This web-to-print technique takes dynamic imaging to a next level. Learn how to create a design of a person holding a pen, writing on some surface and have the pen positioned according to the length of the text.
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 page size of your template and place it as a bottom layer.
- Input the dummy text and turn it into variable web-to-print field.
In a nutshell, we’re going to take a transparent picture of a hand holding a pen and place it inside a variable web-to-print text field. Then we will PowerClip them inside a transparent container to ensure the hand gets cropped according to the text length and place it on top of a background blank paper image.
Let’s start by cutting out the background of the image with the hand.
Use the layer Blending Options (Right click on the layer / Blending options) to drop a shadow from the hand.
Save the image in a format that retains its transparency (ex. .PNG, .TIFF).
Import the transparent hand image you made in Photoshop and press Ctrl+X to copy it to the clipboard.
If a user inputs a longer text, the hand will go over the page size. To make sure the hand is cropped to the page size every time, we’ll place it in a container of the same size as the page.
Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it. This is a dynamic imaging template but the technique can be applied to web-to-print templates as well.
Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.
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