Create two-color patterns in CorelDRAW

05/03/2009

CorelDRAW lets you create your own patterns out of vector art. The process is very simple once you learn a few rules. This tutorial helps understand the basics of creating a custom two color pattern fill.

Check out the Ctreate full color and bitmap patterns in CorelDRAW tutorial after mastering this one.

Overview

You can apply a pattern to an object with the Pattern Fill tool (in the toolbox menu on the left) or through the fill tab in CorelDRAW 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, colors, 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.
  • Two color patterns let you choose the Front and Back colors when applying the pattern.

Creating a Two color pattern

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

Draw your pattern using only black and white colors.

CorelDRAW seamless pattern/

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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.

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CorelDRAW create pattern/

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When you’ve done drawing, go to Tools/Create/Pattern Fill from the top menu to open CorelDRAW Create Pattern pop-up window. Select the Two Color pattern type, choose the resolution and click OK.

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CorelDRAW marquee/

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The cursor is changed to a marquee, drag to select the entire pattern area (in our case the entire page) and confirm the pattern creation.

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CorelDRAW add pattern in library/

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The two color pattern you’ve just created is added to your two-color pattern library. You can find it at the bottom of the library after all the other two-colour CorelDRAW built-in patterns.

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CorelDRAW pattern fill.../

To test it, draw a shape and open the Pattern Fill dialog through the toolbox menu on the left.

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Check the Two color type checkbox and open the drop-down list to find your pattern.

CorelDRAW change pattern colors/

Two color patterns have an advantage compared to the full-color and bitmap patterns which is the ability to change their colors.

Alternate way

There’s also a built in Pattern editor in CorelDRAW that can be used for creating two color patterns.

Launch CorelDRAW built-in pattern creator/

Open the Pattern fill dialog by clicking on the pattern fill tool from the toolbox menu on the left, choose two color as the pattern type and click Create.

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CorelDRAW built-in pattern creator/

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This opens the Pattern editor, choose the bitmap and pen size, draw your pattern on the grid (left click to draw, right click to erase) and click OK.

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CorelDRAW added pattern/

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The new pattern is added to the library.

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:

See also: