Twictures

03/08/2009

Creating a twicture template is very similar to creating a web banner or any other dynamic imaging template. You just need to keep a few rules in mind.

Unfortunately Twitter stopped providing easy access to feeds via RSS making this application a fun project from the past.

Template requirements

  1. Create a new single page CorelDRAW document
  2. Set units to pixels
  3. the size of the page should be no more than 1400px x 1400px
  4. Use RGB colour space

Sample


Lets make a simple twicture template where the user’s twit appears written with chalk on a green board!

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Static parts

The static parts of the template are not influenced by the users input. You can use vector shapes or images depending on your design. In this example, we used a JPG image of a blank green board.

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Import the background image in your CorelDRAW file.

Note. We recommend you prepare the images outside CorelDRAW before you import them in the document.

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Dynamic imaging twitter logo/

Optional. You might want to insert a twitter bird or the “follow me on twitter” phrase somewhere in the design to give a clear idea that users are looking at a twicture.

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Variable parts

In twicture templates, the only variable part is the text (Twit). These templates must have a single text input field.

Dynamic imaging draw text frame/

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Activate CorelDRAW’s Text tool from the toolbox menu on the left (F8), click n’ drag to draw a Paragraph text frame that will hold the text.

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Dynamic imaging dummy text/

Input the dummy text and set the desired alignment, formatting, font etc. In this example, we used the Eraser Dust font.

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The maximum length of a twit is 140 characters! Make sure the dummy text in your template has at least 200 characters to account for white space and line breaks.

Note. Since we’re using a Paragraph text frame in this example, we can simply add the auto font resizing option to the frame and not worry about the length of the dummy text.

Rename the dummy text object in CorelDRAW’s Object Manager (Window/Dockers/Object Manager) to turn it into a variable text field.

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Click on the text frame object, hold the click for a few seconds and type Twit.

All done!

This is the structure of CorelDRAW’s Object Manager for this particular template.

  • The variable text frame on top,
  • The optional twitter logo and phrase under it and
  • The background image at the bottom.

Upload the template in your catalog and test it.

Note. The font(s) you used in the template have to be uploaded in your designer account and assigned to the template.

Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file used in this example.

Advanced options

If you want to apply special effects (Ex. Envelope, Perspective, different fonts etc.) to the twit in your template, you need to rename the dummy text frame(s) object in one of the following formats:

  • Twit~ – when the dummy text is a single text frame with different formatting, fonts, colors etc. assigned to parts of it. Read more about Character formatting matching.
  • Twit.1 ; Twit.2 ; etc. – when you want to connect multiple text frames into a single input field. This option comes in handy when the design you’re trying to achieve requires the twit to be made up from a few connected Artistic text frames.
  • Twit.1~ ; Twit.2~ ; etc. – a combination of the two.

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