Merge mode samples

17/06/2009

Here are a few examples of designs achieved by assigning different merge modes to some of their elements. The CorelDRAW merge modes are used as transparency operations or as drop shadow blending modes.

Remember that these operations are a bit of a trial and error. It is hard to predict what the result will be with all the possible combinations of color, intensity, transparency type, etc.

“Add” transparency

Add transparency

No transparency/

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Here we have two images on top of each other. One of them is PowerClip’d inside a text frame and has a uniform “Add” transparency operation assigned to it.

Add transparency

No transparency

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In this example, we used a simple pink text frame with an outline. The “Add” transparency operation is only assigned to the fill of the object, leaving the outline of the text solid

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“Divide” transparency

Divide transparency

No transparency/

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This is also an image PowerClip’d inside a text frame. The PowerClip’d image is different than the background and has a “Divide” transparency operation assigned to it making it slightly visible.

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“Lightness” transparency

Lightness transparency

No transparency/

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In this case, we have a solid color text frame with a uniform “Lightness” transparency effect and a drop shadow. The shadow has a large offset that also has the “Lightness” merge mode assigned.

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“Multiply” transparency

Multiply transparency

No transparency/

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An outlined text frame with a “Multiply” transparency operation to both the fill and the outline which has a slightly darker color. The text frame also has a “Perspective” effect applied.

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“Subtract” transparency

Subtract transparency

No transparency/

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This is an example of two text frames with a “Perspective” effect as well as a “Subtract” transparency operation applied on them. Both text frames have different colors.

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Logical “And” transparency

Logical And transparency

No transparency/

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A solid-colored green shape is strategically placed on top of a grayscale background image. Assigning a logical “And” merge mode as a transparency operation makes the object blend with the background, coloring the part that the green shape covers.

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“Difference” transparency

"Difference" transparency

No transparency/

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Here we have a solid-colored text frame with a “small glow” drop shadow. The text and its shadow have a “Difference” merge mode assigned to them.

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