Text on a cylinder

20/11/2008

This is a technique you can use to create a 3D cylinder with a text frame on its side and place it in your web-to-print template.

Web-to-print text on a cylinder

Draw a cylinder

Web-to-print top side/

Use the Ellipse tool (F7) to draw an ellipse that will be the top side of the cylinder and convert it to curves (Right click/Convert to Curves).

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Web-to-print top and bottom/

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Duplicate the ellipse and place the copy where you want the bottom of the cylinder to be.

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Web-to-print bottom side outer nodes/

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Select the bottom ellipse and use the Shape tool (F10) to select its two outer nodes.

Web-to-print break curveWith the two nodes selected, click on the Break Curve icon in the top menu.

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Web-to-print break curve apart/

Right click on the bottom ellipse and click Break Curve Apart (or Ctrl+K).

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Web-to-print top arch/

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This will break the curve into two arched curves. Select the uper arc and delete it. The result should be similar to this.

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Turn on the Snap to Objects option by pressing Alt+Z on the keyboard or from the View drop-down list in the top menu.

Web-to-print draw cylinder body/

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With the lower arc curve selected, activate the Pen tool from the left tool box menu and draw the lower part of the cylinder by clicking on the nodes.

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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. Assign a uniform black fill to it.

Fountain fill

To achieve a 3D illusion we need to add gradients to the shapes that form the cylinder.

Web-to-print conical fountain fill/

Select the top ellipse and assign a Conical two color fountain fill to it.

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Web-to-print linear fountain fill/

Select the cylinder’s body shape and assign a Linear two color fountain fill to it.

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Note. The two color fountain fills should be slightly different for the top and the body. For a greyscale cylinder, use different percentage of black for the “From” and “To” fountain fill colors.

Web-to-print cylinder/

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The result should be similar to this.

Add a text frame

Web-to-print dummy text/

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

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Web-to-print envelope tool/

Select the text and activate CorelDRAW’s Envelope tool from the tool box menu on the left.

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Web-to-print shape text/

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Drag the text frame nodes and their arrows to shape the text to the cylinders shape.

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Web-to-print final result/

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The result should be similar to this.

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 on a cylinder/

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Try this web-to-print template.

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Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

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