Here’s a design technique explaining how to realistically replace a photo on a newspaper page. A simple web-to-print or dynamic imaging template can make anyone a celebrity.
Before you start
- Import the background image (photo of a newspaper) in your CorelDRAW template document;
- Import the image that you will use as the placeholder.
In a nutshell, we’re going to draw a shape that covers the image area in the newspaper and use it to hold a black & white web-to-print image placeholder.
First thing we need to do is to draw a shape that will hold a user uploaded image. This shape has to be identical to the original shape of the photo that the newspaper has on its front page.
Black & White image placeholder
User uploaded images inherit the properties of the placeholder image. This means that if the image placeholder is in Grayscale color mode, the image that the user uploads will also be converted to Grayscale, regardless of whether the user uploads a color image or a grayscale (black and white) one.
If the newspaper in your web-to-print template is viewed from an angle, you’ll need to add a perspective to your image placeholder. Since CorelDRAW doesn’t allow a perspective effect to be applied on a bitmap in a way that we need it to, you can skew the image to make it appear like it’s viewed from an angle. Learn how to simulate a perspective effect on a bitmap.
The color of a newspaper page is not 100% white and the images printed on it are not crystal clear. This means that all user uploaded images will appear too clear and the ones that contain white parts in them will have those parts standing out from the rest of the page.
Open the background image of the newspaper in Photoshop and draw a shape that covers the image just like we did in CorelDRAW earlier. Fill the shape with a solid Gray color and rasterize it (Right click on the layer / Rasterize Layer).
Save the image in a format that retains transparency (PNG, TIFF etc.) since we only need the shape that covers the image.
Now that you have the gray noise image, you can import it in your CorelDRAW template document and place it on top of all objects (Press P on the keyboard to center it on the page and ensure it is aligned with the image placeholder under it).
Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.
Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.
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