Perspective

09/10/2008

Tips and tricks on how to add a perspective to the texts in your web-to-print templates and make them appear more realistic and blended with the background.

Web-to-print text with perspective effect

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.
  • Import the image that you will use as background and place it inside the background frame as a PowerClip.
  • Select the PowerClip and convert it to a bitmap image.

Perspective effect

Input the dummy text and turn it into a variable web-to-print field.

Web-to-print add perspective/

Select the text and go to Effects/Add Perspective.

Web-to-print perspective grid/

Notice the grid that is formed on top of the text frame? Use the Shape tool (F10) to drag the corners around till you achieve the desired perspective illusion.

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Web-to-print reference edges/

Use edges from the background image as a reference while adjusting the perspective.

Web-to-print perspective/

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The result should be something similar to this.

PowerClip

Now let’s make the text blend with the background image.

Web-to-print edit image/

Copy the background image and go to right click/edit bitmap.

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Web-to-print Photo Paint adjustments/

This opens Corel’s PHOTO-PAINT application for editing images. Press Ctrl+B to adjust the Brightness/Contrast/Intensity of the image, save the changes and exit the application.

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Web-to-print image difference/

The result should be something similar to this.

Select the edited image and place it inside the text as a PowerClip (Effects/PowerClip/Place Inside Container).

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Note. After placing the image inside the text, right click on the text object, go to edit contents, click on the image and press “P” on the keyboard to center it on the page. This will ensure a correct alignment with the background image.

All done!

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

Web-to-print text with perspective effect

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Try this web-to-print template.

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Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

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