CorelDRAW rainbow

12/02/2009

Here’s one of the many ways to make a rainbow in CorelDRAW. This technique is based around the Blending tool used to blend two arcs of similar color.

CorelDRAW rainbow

Using a Counterclockwise blend between two objects of the same color results in a blending out of the entire color spectrum. We’ll use this feature to create a rainbow.

CorelDRAW perfect arc shape/

Select the Basic Shapes tool from the toolbox menu and choose the Arc Shape from the Perfect shapes drop-down menu in the top settings bar.

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CorelDRAW arc/

Draw a Red arc shape holding down the Ctrl key to make it proportional. The result should be similar to this.

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CorelDRAW drag node/

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Use the Shape Tool (F10) to drag the small red node at the bottom edge of the arc and make it thinner. This will be the inner rainbow arc.

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CorelDRAW inner and outer rainbow arcs/

Duplicate the arc, scale the copy to make the outer rainbow arc and change its color to Pink which is close to Red in the color spectrum.

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CorelDRAW blend/

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Activate the Interactive Blend Tool from the toolbox, click on the red arc with it and drag to the pink one. This will fill the gap between the two arcs with blending steps.

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CorelDRAW counterclockwise blendClick on the Counterclockwise Blend icon in the top settings bar of the blending tool.

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CorelDRAW color spectrum/

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The result should be similar to this.

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CorelDRAW number of blending stepsBy changing the Number of Blending steps in the top settings bar, you can make the color spectrum smother or make it fragmented into distinctive steps.

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CorelDRAW smooth rainbow

100 blending steps

CorelDRAW fragmented rainbow

10 blending steps

Download the CDR file.

Links to everything you need to know about rainbows:

See also: