Create full-color and bitmap patterns in CorelDRAW

05/03/2009

You can create and add custom pattern fills in CorelDRAW out of vector art or bitmaps. The process is very simple once you learn a few rules. This tutorial helps understand the basics of creating custom full-color and bitmap pattern fills.

Check out Ctreate two color patterns in CorelDRAW tutorial as well.

Overview

You can apply a pattern to an object with CorelDRAW Pattern Fill tool (in the toolbox menu on the left) or through the fill tab in CorelDARW Object Properties docker (Alt + Enter). Either way, the Pattern fill dialog should look like this.

CorelDRAW pattern fill dialog/

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You are able to change the pattern’s size, rotation, offset and some other values depending on your preference.

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These are a few things that you should keep in mind about patterns:

  • To avoid unwanted stretching and distortion, draw and save your patterns as perfect squares.
  • Keep in mind that a pattern will be repeated over and over depending on the size you set for the pattern and the size of the object it fills. A good idea is to design your pattern in a way that it can look seamless after it is repeated as a fill.

Full-color VS Two-color patterns

Full color patterns are created in the same way as the two color ones. There are two main differences in the creating process – the colors and the pattern file.

Colors

When creating Full color patterns, you can use any and as many colors as you like. Since full color patterns don’t allow you to change their original colors when applying them to an object, like two color patterns do, the colors are saved with the pattern file.

Pattern file

After you’ve selected the pattern area with the marquee and you’ve confirmed the pattern creation, you will be asked to save the pattern as a separate file in the CorelDRAW Patterns folder.

Creating a Full color pattern

Open a new CorelDRAW document and set the page size to a square (Ex. 50mm by 50mm).

CorelDRAW full color pattern/

Draw your pattern using any colors you wish but, keep in mind that if the art goes all the way to the edge, make sure you draw or crop the art in a way that it is continuous on all sides to ensure a seamless pattern after it is applied. This goes for the shape itself as well as the colors.

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Marquee pattern area/

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Go to Tools/Create/Pattern Fill from the top menu to open the Create Pattern pop-up window. Select the Full Color pattern type and click OK. The cursor is changed to a marquee, drag to select the entire pattern area and input the pattern file name.

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CorelDRAW seamless full color pattern/

Test the new full-color pattern by assigning it to a shape. It should be automatically added in CorelDARW full color patterns library after you’ve saved it.

Download the full-color pattern we made for this tutorial.

Creating a Bitmap pattern

These patterns come in handy when you want to use some raster image as a pattern fill. The difference between a full-color and a bitmap pattern is that the vector-based pattern tiles in the full-color pattern can be re-sized (enlarged) without quality loss. Bitmap patterns, however, act as any other bitmap and resizing the pattern is pretty much the same as resizing any raster image (loss of quality).

CorelDRAW load bitmap pattern fill/
Open CorelDRAW Pattern fill dialog by clicking on the pattern fill tool from CorelDRAW toolbox menu on the left, choose Bitmap as the pattern type and click on Load.

Browse for the image you want to use as a pattern fill and click Import.

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CorelDRAW add bitmap patern/

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The bitmap image is added to your Bitmap patterns library just like with the full color example. Test it by applying the pattern to an object.

Custom web-to-print patterns

The custom patterns you used in CorelDRAW are retained in the file after you’ve saved it. This means that you can use any custom patterns (two-color, full-color or bitmap) in your web-to-print templates. Read more about custom web-to-print patterns.

Usefull links

Here are some more links on the subject:

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