Ransom note

26/07/2009

A web-to-print design with a custom shape attached to every letter. You can use this technique to create one of those ransom notes where the text is compiled of different newspaper cut-out letters, very popular amongst kidnappers.

Web-to-print ransom note template

Before you start

Web-to-print before you start

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  • 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 in a way that each letter of a word is a separate artistic text frame and link them.
  • Import background bitmap slices of real paper or simply draw them inside CorelDRAW.

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Web-to-print dummy text

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Note. Don’t leave empty spaces between the words of your dummy text when creating this template! This web-to-print template needs to be filled with text without spaces or the spaces will fall where letters are in user input.

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In a nutshell, we’re going to assign a different font, color, size etc. to each “single characterlinked artistic text frame and group it with its corresponding background paper slice.

Dummy text

Web-to-print change fonts/

Start of by randomly changing the font, color, size, angle etc. to each of the single character text frames.

Note. You can make the text frames that are sitting on top of bitmap paper slices appear like they are actually printed on the paper by assigning a Uniform Subtract transparency to them with CorelDRAW’s Transparency tool.

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Web-to-print ransom note preview/

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The result should be similar to this.

Conditional paper slices

The paper slices we used as backgrounds for the characters should only appear if there is a character present. They should be discarded if a user inputs a shorter text as well as for the empty spaces between words.

Web-to-print conditional object removal/

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To achieve this we need to group each web-to-print text frame with its corresponding background slice. Read more about Conditional object removal.

All done!

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

Web-to-print save default preview

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Note. Since the web-to-print template it self is filled with text frames, you need to update it and save that preview as the default one.

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Try this dynamic imaging template.

Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

Download the Cheap Ink killed my Printer, Broadway, Avant Garde Medium, Gogo Big, and Eraser Dust fonts used in the template.

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