Multiple distortions

16/02/2009

Using different intensity web-to-print distortions on the same text field adds a hypnotic effect in your web-to-print template. Follow these few simple steps to warp your web-to-print design.

Web-to-print multiple distortions

Before you start

Web-to-print 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.
  • Input the dummy text, set its horizontal alignment and turn it into a variable web-to-print field called Text.

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In a nutshell, we’ll copy the dummy text multiple times and assign a slightly different distortion to each copy. Since all the text frames share the same field name, the user will be asked to input text into a single field and all the text frames will retain their level of distortion.

Distortion

Duplicate the dummy text frame multiple times (we made 10 copies) and assign a different color to each copy.

The top text frame will remain as is, while the other copies will have ascending levels of distortions assigned to them.

CorelDRAW distortion tool/

Lets start with the second text frame from the top. Select it and activate the Distortion tool from the toolbox menu on the left.

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Assign a Twister Distortion to it with 0 Complete Rotations and 30 Additional Degrees.

Web-to-print distortion settings

The next text frame down should have the same settings with 60 Additional Degrees, the one after that with 90 and so on.

When you get to the bottom 3 text frames, start assigning more intense distortions to them. Leave the Additional Degrees value to 0 but change the Complete Rotations values to 1 for the third frame from the bottom, 2 to the second one and 3 complete rotations to the bottom one.

Web-to-print distortion settings

Multiple distortions web-to-print template/

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The result should be similar to this.

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Web-to-print object manager/

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Your Object Manager (Window/Dockers/Object Manager) should look similar to this in the end.

All done!

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

Web-to-print multiple distortions

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Try this web-to-print template.

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Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

Variations

Web-to-print multiple distortion variations/

Take this technique a step further by adding additional effects to the dummy text. In this example the text frames share the same contour effect apart from the distortion.

Read more about CorelDRAWs Contour tool.

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