Creating Special Effects

The special effects in CorelDRAW let you alter the appearance of objects. You can distort objects, add new elements to objects, and change the relationship between objects.

By blending two objects, you create a series of intermediate objects that show a transition in color, shape, and size. Three distortion effects let you change the shape of objects: Push and Pull, Zipper, and Twister. You can also change the shape of an object by applying an envelope to it then shaping the envelope. The object conforms to the shape of the envelope. By extruding an object, CorelDRAW adds surfaces to make it appear three-dimensional. Adding one and two-point perspective lets you create the illusion of depth and distance. You can create the illusion of depth between objects by adding drop shadows. You can apply transparencies, which are grayscale masks, to objects. Transparencies are applied on top of the object's current fill, therefore the object's color show through the transparency. The lenses in CorelDRAW let you change the appearance of objects you view through them. You can contour an object, creating the effect created by contour lines on a topographical map. When you create PowerClip objects, you place an object inside another object. One object becomes the contents; the other object becomes the container.

You can apply effects to both Paragraph text and Artistic text. However, some effects are exclusive to Artistic text and others to Paragraph text because CorelDRAW treats the two text types differently.

Effects you can apply to Paragraph text frames include applying envelopes, drop shadows, and PowerClip objects.

Effects you can apply to Artistic text include extrusions, blends, contours, distortions, envelopes, lenses, PowerClip objects, perspectives, and drop shadows.

You can create a number of different blends, including straight-line blends and compound blends, among others. When you've created a blend, you change its intermediate objects. For example, you can set the number of steps and distance between intermediate objects. You can also change the entire blend. For example, you can change the start or end object, split the blend, or change the blend path.

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