Bevel Power Clip

27/01/2009

CorelDRAW doesn’t allow combination of extrude, bevel and power clip in one object. Here’s the way around.

Example

CorelDRAW beveled PowerClip

Beveled objects can’t handle PowerClips but that doesn’t stop us from using a transparent, non-beveled copy of the object with the desired PowerClip content and placing it on top of the beveled one.

In this example we used e few different effects and we assigned each of them on a separate copy of the same text as separate layers.

Input the text, select the object and press Ctrl+C on the keyboard to copy it to the clipboard.

Extrude

Assign an extrude effect to it with the Extrude tool from the toolbox on the left.

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The result should be similar to this.

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Bevel

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Press Ctrl+V to paste a new, untempered copy of the text on top of the extruded one. Go to Window/Dockers/Bevel and assign a Soft Edge bevel to it. We used the following bevel settings in this example.

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CorelDRAW bevel and extrude/

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The result should be similar to this.

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PowerClip

Press Ctrl+V again to paste a new copy of the text on top of all the objects. This will be the PowerClip container.

Import some shape or pattern that you want to use and place it inside the top text object as a PowerClip (Effects/PowerClip/Place Inside Container).

Right click on the text and go to Edit Content. Select the pattern inside it and activate CorelDRAW’s Transparency Tool from the toolbox menu on the left.

Choose the Uniform preset from the presets drop down menu in the top bar and choose Multiply as the transparency operation.

CorelDRAW transparency tricks

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Your object manager should look like this in the end.

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CorelDRAW beveled PowerClip

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The result should be similar to this.

Download the CDR file.

Download the BellBottom Laser font used in this example.

Object and PowerClip transparency

Here are a few CorelDRAW rules that can cut the head-scratching time when dealing with PowerClips and transparencies.

  • Assigning a transparency effect to a PowerClip will only effect the transparency of the object that is the PowerClip container and it’s content will remain fully visible. (Ex. If the PowerClip is completly flooded with its content, adding a transparency effect will make no difference to it).
  • To add a transparency to the PowerClip content you need to assign it directly to the object that is inside the PowerClip container (Right click on the text and go to Edit Content).
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