By J. Stephen Spence
PowerClip â€“ the most exciting and useful tool I know of. Itâ€™s not found anywhere else â€“ only in CorelDRAW and I use it almost every day. If you havenâ€™t found it yet, please check out the new CondeTV video on YouTube called, â€œWork with the PowerClip Tool in CorelDRAWâ€.
This easy to use tool is under the â€œEffectsâ€ menu and allows you to place an image, either a bitmap or clipart, inside a shape â€“ any shape, including text!
This means you can take a photograph and insert it in an oval like the old time photos or simply in a rectangle to get rid of that pesky white bounding box that is around most bitmaps.
You can take a flag and put it in text to make the text red, white and blue or take a design, logo or other art and place it inside of text in just a couple of mouse clicks!
Fills, clipart, text, designs, photos, bitmaps and solids can all be placed inside any closed shape in just a half-dozen clicks.
â€œBut weâ€™re not done yet!â€ the TV commercials scream, â€œThereâ€™s more!â€. Once you have PowerClipped something into a shape, you can convert it to a bitmap and then use all the creative tools under the Bitmap menu such as Vignette that puts a fadeout effect around an image like those old fashioned photos.
Every sublimator should know about this helpful tool in CorelDRAW â€“ even if you are using an old version, itâ€™s still there (although if your version is really old, it works a little bit different than the new versions).
This is the first of what I hope will be many YouTube videos sponsored by Conde teaching CorelDRAW exclusively for sublimators. Keep checking back to the Conde blogs for updates.