eCards

10/08/2009

Creating an eCard template is very similar to creating a web banner, twicture or any other dynamic imaging template. Mind a few basic requirements and the rest is easy.

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 color space

Sample

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Static parts

Dynamic imaging static parts/

The static parts of the template are not influenced by the users input. You can draw vector shapes in CorelDRAW or import an image, up to you.

Variable parts

The variable parts of the template can be changed by the user. These can be text fields, images, colors etc. The template in this example has a variable text and image field.

Text field

Dynamic imaging paragraph 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/

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

Note. Assign a auto font resizing option to the frame by overflowing it with text.

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Dynamic imaging text field/

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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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Image field

Dynamic imaging image placeholder

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Import an image that you will use as a placeholder in your CorelDRAW document and rename its object to turn it into a variable image field. The template used in this example has a bunch of images that the users can choose from, read more about .EPS stock images.

All done!

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 text in your template, you need to rename the dummy text frame(s) object in one of the following formats:

  • Text~ – 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.
  • Text.1 ; Text.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 text to be made up from a few connected Artistic text frames.
  • Text.1~ ; Text.2~ ; etc. – a combination of the two.

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