Digital display

01/12/2008

Learn how to make digital displays like car stereos, dashboards, home entertainment products etc. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to add this type of effect in your web-to-print template.

Web-to-print digital display

Before you start

  • Add a page frame (Layout/Page Setup/Add Page Frame). This will create a rectangular shape with the exact same size as the paper size of your template and place it as a bottom layer.
  • Select the background shape and round it’s corners.
  • Use the Rectangle Tool (F6) to make a equalizer grid like the one you see on most stereo displays.

Fonts

The character width on this type of digital displays is fixed. Therefore, we need to use a special font that has these properties.

Digital font sample/

Download the SF Digital Readout 1.1 font or any other digital font you can find on 1001fonts.com

Dummy text

Web-to-print full character/

Notice the characters on these types of digital displays are formed by activating a combination of all parts that the Full character is made up of.

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Web-to-print semi visible background character/

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Look closely, you’ll see the unused parts are also visible in the background.

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To achieve this effect, we’ll make a static background text frame by typing a number of those Full characters and assigning a 95% Black color fill to it.

Note. For this particular font, type “`” to create a Full character.

We now have the background for the variable text and we can add the dummy text.

  • Duplicate the background text frame,
  • Assign a lighter color (Ex. Blue) to it,
  • Type in the dummy text, assign a left or right horizontal alignment  and turn it into a variable web-to-print field,
  • Repeat this for all the text frames in your template.

Web-to-print dummy text/

The result should be similar to this.

Text texture

Web-to-print character texture/

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Look closely, see a very small pixelated texture on the parts that are lit up.

To achieve this we can use one of CorelDRAWs built in textures and slightly modify it.

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Web-to-print object properties/

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Select a dummy text, open the Object Properties docker (Alt+Enter) and assign a Texture fill to it. (Ex. Use the Cobwebs texture from the Samples 6 collection). Click the advanced button to open the Texture Fill advanced options.

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Web-to-print texture fill colorsChange the texture colors and any other properties needed to achieve the desired effect.

Web-to-print textured text/

The result should be similar to this.

Note. Repeat the steps above for all remianing text frames and shapes in your web-to-print template.

Final touch

Web-to-print glow rectangle/

Lets add a glossy glow to the display and give it a 3D look. To achieve this draw a smaller rounded rectangle on top of the original one and place it close to the top edge.

Web-to-print transparency tool/

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Assign a white uniform fill to the new rectangle and activate CorelDRAW’s Transparency tool.

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Web-to-print drag transparency nodes/

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Click on the top edge of the white rectangle and drag the cursor downwards. You can adjust the transparency transition by dragging the nodes to the desired position.

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Note. Repeat this step for the bottom side as well.

Web-to-print digital display template/

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The result should be similar to this.

Things to consider

Since the text must align with the background text perfectly, you should keep in mind:

  • The variable text fields must have a Max number of characters that is equal to the number of Full characters used in the background text.
  • Using narrower characters like “! . : [ ] etc.” will missalign the text.
  • These type of digital fonts don’t support some special characters like “& % # @ etc.” and they all appear the same as the Full character.

All done!

Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.

Web-to-print digital display/

Try this web-to-print template.

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Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

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