Here’s a cool web-to-print or dynamic imaging technique of light rays going through from behind a variable text frame. This is a simple trick that involves some Photoshop work and some creative use of CorelDRAW layers.
In a nutshell, we’re going to create two images in Photoshop and sandwich some variable text frames between them in CorelDRAW.
Before you start
- Input the dummy text and turn it into a variable web-to-print field.
- Duplicate the dummy text and scale the copy so that it is larger than the original one.
We’re gonna use Photoshop to create the light rays needed for this web-to-print technique.
After you have as much rays as you want, select most of them and merge them into a single layer (Right click on the layer/Merge layers). Merge the smaller group of layers into a separate layer as well. The reason we need a few rays merged separately is because those will stay sharp while the other (larger) group of rays will have a blur filter assigned to them.
Next we need to add some gradient colors to the rays.
Open the layers Blending options (Right click on the layer/Blending options) and assign a Radial gradient fill to it.
Copy the layer style (Gradient fill) and paste it on the layer with fewer (sharper) light rays.
Create a few more light rays using the method explained above. These are the rays that will go over the variable text. The difference between the foreground and background images is that the foreground image will be transparent (no background) and it will have just a few sharp rays with a slightly different gradient applied to them.
Download the FREE Photoshop .PSD file we ended up with.
Import the Background image you just created in Photoshop to your CorelDRAW web-to-print template and place it under all other objects.
Select the dummy text frames and assign a small drop shadow to them. Use these settings as reference.
Copy the background image and PowerClip it inside the larger copy of the dummy text.
Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.
Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.
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