Posts in: Design techniques

Lots of ideas, tricks and tutorials to help designers while creating templates


You can use this web-to-print technique to create a see-through text cut out of a 3D surface.  It simulates a thick peace of metal, wood or any material with a text cut out in the middle of it, making the background image be visible through the holes. More »


This variable web-to-print textured text retains the texture when viewed from an angle. It shows how to use web-to-print and dynamic imaging templates to show texture on 3D letter as if they were cut out from a solid block like plastic or marble. More »


Let’s make an alternative vision of the world. This is a cool web-to-print design idea for a colorful view of a variable photo through sunglasses. Works equally well for web-to-print and dynamic imaging templates. More »


Tips and tricks on how to create a analog roll counter for your web-to-print template. More »


You can make a paragraph text frame to automaticaly wrap arround a shape and add that extra touch to your web-to-print template. More »


Shapes can be used as Paragraph text frames. Here are some tips and tricks on how to place texts inside objects and make them inherit the shape of that object. More »


User images uploaded into a web to print template can be blended with the rest of the design in a very creative manner. This posts explains how to use CorelDRAW transparency to blend a user photo with background More »


Web button templates are only as good as the number of designs they can be customized to fit. The most important feature, when it comes down to web button templates, is their ability to change colors as the users require. Here’s a neat trick that you can use to make a stylish glossy web button with “chameleon” abilities. More »


Remember those color blindness tests? Here are some tips and tricks on how to incorporate the technique in you web-to-print template designs. More »


Lets take advantage of the web-to-print Character formatting matching option and create a colorful typography template with the text letters going on top of each other. More »


Apart from using the two-color variable gradient fills technique for creating variable multicolor gradients, you can also combine the two and end up with a multicolor gradient fill where the user chooses a single color that effects the entire multicolor gradient. It makes a complex web-to-print template easier to use. More »


Some texts are not uniform. They may consist of different colour segments, different fonts, emphasis, etc. It would be difficult for any software to try and guess how to reformat user input based on complex composite structures. The easiest way is to split them up into segments. More »


Take shadows and light sources to the next level. This technique helpa you add a cool realistic shading effect to text in your web-to-print template. The idea is to create an illusion of an object is casting its shadow on the template and letting raise of light pass through and highlight parts of the design. More »


This is a simple trick achieved with the help of CorelDRAW Envelope tool. Use this technique to simulate a realistic text perspective on a corner of a wall in your web-to-print and dynamic imaging templates. More »


Learn how to make a dynamic imaging template that looks like a credit card and the user can change the embossed text on the card. It’s a useful technique for web-to-print as well. More »


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. More »


Image formats that retain transparency can be used in web-to-print templates. Here’s how you can use some cut-out photos as image selection in your web-to-web designs. More »


This is a simple and easy way to make the text frames in your web-to-print templates appear like they are cut out of a piece of flat surface, be it a sheet of paper or anything else. More »


This “dirty” typography design style is very popular amongst designers. Simulating the illusion that something went wrong during the printing process actually gives the web-to-print design a more appealing look and authenticity. More »


Learn how to make digital displays like car stereos, dashboards, home entertainment products etc. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to add this type of effect in your web-to-print template. More »


Lets push the design boundaries to their limits. This is a complex 3D typography design that does require some effort but will certainly pay off in the end. More »


A simple technique that you can use to add a bit more “flavor” to your web-to-print templates by making the text more fun. More »


The choice of stock images attached to a web to print template don’t have to be bitmaps only. Vectorized art can be a better option in some cases to achieve a higher quality as well as a smaller file size. Here’s how you can take advantage of the .EPS file format in your web-to-print templates. More »


A few ideas how to use extruded fonts in web-to-print and dynamic imaging designs. More »


Here’s a cool and simple way to set your web-to-print templates on fire using a combination of distortions in repeating text fields placed on top of each other. More »


An illusion of a text floating in thin air along side some skyscraper attracts the eye, but is not always easy to make it look realistic. This post explains how to achieve the same effect in your dynamic imaging and web-to-print templates. More »


Have you ever written something on your fogged up bathroom mirror or window? Here’s a web-to-print or dynamic imaging way of doing it. More »


Foil is commonly used in print finishing. It gives a product a distinct and often expensive look. Simulating foil in a web-to-print templates may be difficult, but not impossible. More »


Create the illusion like a piece of glass is being shattered on top of the text in your design. Break your web to print template to pieces with the help of this cool technique. More »


Create the illusion of a 3D text. Folow these steps and learn how to add a cool “gel like” paste text in your web-to-print template. More »


This is a simple hippie-style web to print text effect with outer contours. Create a “far out” template by following a few simple steps. More »


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. More »


This “retro” typography design style introduced in the hippie era is coming back in a big way. Learn how to make a boogie template in a few simple steps using CorelDRAWs Envelope and Contour tool. More »


A cool dynamic imaging effect with a reflective image changing scenery while retaining the original reflection. Here’s a trick to help you achieve this in a web-to-print or dynamic imaging template. More »


Images can be used inside a text frame for better alignment – when the text changes the images shift as well. In this example the text was getting behind the image, when it should be the other way around. More »


A design inspired by art of Yayoi Kusama, but technically is similar to our color blindness test test design technique.  Here’s a design where the same dotted pattern is used as a PowerClip container of a variable image field and the text frame contains that same image. More »


Here’s a cool web-to-print or dynamic imaging technique of light rays going through from behind a variable text frame. This is a simple trick that involves some Photoshop work and some creative use of CorelDRAW layers. More »


Here’s an idea on how to place a small type text and still keep an accent on it. This technique helps you simulate the appearance of a text under a magnifying glass. More »


The paragraph text frames in your template can be any shape you want. Here are some tips and tricks on how you can draw shapes with text using the help of the Envelope tool. More »


Learn how to add a cool looking metallic text with glow in your web-to-print templates using bevel and fountain fill.

This shiny reflection will enhance your graphics, and make them stand out above the rest, by adding this “wow” factor to your design.

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More ideas to make your typographic design web-to-print templates even more fun with the help of colors, color combinations and PowerClips.

You can assign different colors to each text object in your typographic design template. Each object will keep its color after the user inputs the text. More »


You can create multiple color gradient fills by layering transparent variable color shapes in your web-to-print design. It’s a  similar technique to the two color variable gradient technique, but here users can choose individual colors of the multicolor palette. More »


Using different intensity web-to-print distortions on the same text field adds a hypnotic effect in your web-to-print template. Follow these few simple steps to warp your web-to-print design. More »


Here is the pseudo perspective trick in action for web-to-print and dynamic imaging. The possibilities are endless, this example explains how you can use a single image uploaded by a user to make repeating laptop screens on top of each other like they are floating above the main screen. More »


Another cool technique which might be usefull when trying to achieve some dark and mystical Sci-Fi effect in your web-to-print template. This involves the help of both Photoshop and CorelDRAW. More »


Sometimes objects and text are mixed. Changes in the text should shift the objects as they were part of the text as in this example from a web-to-print brochure: More »


Although CorelDRAW does not allow Beveled shapes to be PowerClip containers, there is a way of working around this limitation! This simple technique explains how to add a complex fill (ex. image) to a variable web-to-print text that has a Bevel effect assigned to it. More »


This is a cool typography trick for web-to-print or dynamic imaging templates where text need to stand out. There are two ways of doing this, using PowerClips or custom transparency operation. More »


Here’s another neat typography trick for web-to-print or dynamic imaging template. There are two ways of doing this, using custom transparency operation, as explained here or using PowerClips. More »


It’s a neat trick to play with a two-color web-to-print pattern. Since you can change the colors of these patterns, you can use the same pattern on your text and background and only change the colors. This, however, requires perfect alignment of the web to print patterns on top of each other to appear seamless. More »


Patterns can be used for many purposes in a web-to-print templates. After learning how to create custom two color, full color and bitmap web-to-print patterns in CorelDRAW, you can try them in your web-to-print designs. Here are a few examples of patterns and their practical use. More »


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. More »


Some web-to-print products look very different from what a web-to-print template looks like on the screen. This web-to-print help post explains how you can create a preview template of a badge or a button so that users can get a realistic view of the final product. More »


A realistic pin button preview technique can be taken one step further. Things like perspective, lighting or other similar details help artificially created illusions for your web-to-print templates to be more believable. More »


Some ideas on how to create a cool all-in-one player button with as many functions as you wish. Folow these steps to learn some tricks and understand the benefits of the web-to-print conditional objects removal option along the way. More »


A bunch of Polaroid photos are lying on a table and form a collage of a single image. The web-to-print template looks as if all the Polaroids are positioned in a way that makes each photo part of a bigger puzzle. More »


This is a neat “illusion” technique that you can use to simulate a raindrop covered window in front of a variable image in your web-to-print or dynamic imaging templates. More »


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. More »


Add a text reflection in your web-to-print templates and make the illusion like the text is standing on a glossy surface. More »


Repeating the same text over and over is a great way to create various trendy typographic effects for your web-to-print templates. You can use multiple transformations to achieve even better effects. Here are 2 examples. More »


Learn how to create a cool web-to-print template with repetitive text that allows for some flexibility in the text length. The margin is quite small and may break the layout if few characters too many. Consider making a clones for different lengths, e.g. 5 letter word, 10 letter word, etc. More »


It is not always possible to create web-to-print layouts for all possible lengths of text.  A simple workaround is to make the design flexible so that the text is only constrained on one side and it’s length does not effect other elements. More »


Make the text visible only by its shadow. This is a very simple trick that involves adding a drop shadow on a No Fill web-to-print text frame. Here’s what you need to know to achieve this effect in our web-to-print software. More »


Simulating realistic environments for web-to-print designs requires attention to detail. This example demonstrates how a variable image can be layered inside an image using a shadow dropped on it. More »


Some times a header or some other text in a web to print template is split in half by an graphic element. More »


Create an illusion as if text was stitched on a piece of cloth in your web-to-print templates. More »


Remember how the opening credits at the beginning of the classic Superman movies look like? Here’s a neat trick on how you can create a web-to-print or dynamic imaging template with the same effect. More »


Sometimes a text needs to blend with the background perfectly to give an illusion of it being written on the surface. This technique comes in handy when trying to make your web-to-print template appear more realistic. More »


You can use the Artistic text objects in your web-to-print template as PowerClip containers and overlay them to achieve contrasting effects that make the design look very professional. More »


Add a cool underwater effect applied to artistic text in a web-to-print template to it appear as it’s being immersed in liquid. More »


It’s all about the power of “Text on a path”! Your imagination can take this option beyond simple arched texts and into drawing shapes with the text it self. More »


A 3D text is floating on realistic clouds. Combine the power of Photoshop and CorelDRAW to achieve this awesome effect in your web-to-print templates. More »


Overlaying text with another text creates a cool typography effect, resembling a watermark. It is very easy to  use in web-to-print templates. More »


This is a technique you can use to create a 3D cube with a text frame on each side of it and place it in your web-to-print templates. More »


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. More »


Tips and tricks you can use to create a glossy sphere with a text on it’s surface for your web-to-print template. More »


Texts do not need to be limited to what the plain look the font gives you. Overlaying text and using powerclips can add an edge to any design. More »


Variable web-to-print text frames can form some basic shapes. This technique is based on CorelDRAWs Envelope tool. Learn how to turn a web-to-print user text into a distinct shape. More »


Learn how to create a variable web-to-print text that appears like it’s coming from the background simulating a sliding shape with its motion. More »


Learn how to create the illusion of a tattooed text using a few simple tricks that include playing arround with the text object’s transparency and the envelope tool. More »


Tips and tricks to add a two color gel like 3D text in your web-to-print templates. More »


Have you ever dropped an object in a pool and looked at it from above the water’s surface? The water gives it a pretty cool optical distortion effect. Here’s how you can simulate this and “drown” your web-to-print template. More »


Kerning information may be lost if used on individual characters. Use kerning on the whole text frame. More »


Artistic text can be used as a PowerClip container in web-to-print templates with both, the text and the image inside it as variable fields. More »


Combination of variable color shapes and transparencies in a web-to-print design can create a variable gradient fill. This tutorial shows a simple linear 2-color gradient. Add more color variations to achieve more complex gradients for web-to-print. More »


Here are some ideas to help you create a vintage type of text for a web-to-print template and make it appear like it was written on old damaged paper.

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A web-to-print effect for a carpenter’s business card using wood grain textures. The web-to-print text takes appearance as it was cut of thin veneer and inserted as inlets into a board. Very crafty. More »