Colorful typography

12/01/2010

Lets take advantage of the web-to-print Character formatting matching option and create a colorful typography template with the text letters going on top of each other.

Web-to-print colorful typography

This is a simple web-to-print technique that only requres adjusting the Paragraph spacing value of the text frame and adding a transparency operation to it.

Before you start

Web-to-print before you start

  • Add a page frame (Layout/Page Setup/Add Page Frame). This will create a rectangular shape with the exact same size as the page size of your template and place it as a bottom layer.
  • Input the dummy text and turn it into a variable web-to-print field.

Text frame

Character colors

Use CorelDRAW Text Tool (F8) to select and change the color of each letter in the dummy text frame.

Web-to-print character colors

The result should be similar to this.
Web-to-print character formatting matching

Add “~” symbol at the end of the object name to instruct the system to retain each characters setting when replacing the dummy text with the user input. Read more about web-to-print web-to-print character format matching feature.

Character spacing

Next we need to make the characters of the dummy text go over each other.

Web-to-print paragraph formatting

Select the dummy text frame and open CorelDRAW Paragraph Formatting docker (Text/Paragraph Formatting).

In the Spacing section of the docker, set a negative value (ex.-100%) in the Character field.

Web-to-print negative character spacing

The result should be similar to this.

Transparency

Finally, we need to add some transparency to the dummy text frame. This will help make the text readable even though its characters are going on top of each other.

Select the dummy text frame, activate CorelDRAW’s Transparency Tool and assign a 50% uniform transparency to it with the Normal transparency operation.

Web-to-print transparency settings

Web-to-print transparent typography

The result should be similar to this.

All done!

Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.

Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

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