CorelDRAW: Working with Pattern Fills for Dye Sublimation Artwork

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By J. Steven Spence   Among the types of fills available in Corel is a little bugger called “Pattern Fills” and that is exactly what it is. A pattern that can be duplicated over and over again to create a background for fill an object, including text.   There are three basic types of pattern fills: Two-color, Full-color and Bitmap. They are what they say: A two-color fill starts out as black and white but the two elements, the objects and the background can be assigned a color. This allows the line drawings to appear more realistic such as a green Maple leaf or red bricks with gray mortar.   The full-color patterns are much more attractive but are what they are. There is no options for color but you can adjust the size and orientation. For the most part, the patterns get lost in the graphic and it is usually difficult to identify the actual design but if you look carefully, you can find the point at which the pattern repeats itself.   The bitmaps are more like a photograph, and some probably are. They are very realistic but they are still a pattern that repeats itself over and over and with a little effort, it is fairly easy to identify the repeating points although this is usually not an issue, especially if something is placed over the background. These can also be used to fill text and other objects for a variety of reasons.   This is a fill tool I use almost daily. I encourage you to learn about them if you don’t know about them already.   One way to learn more is to check out “CorelDRAW: Working with Pattern Fills for Dye Sublimation Artwork” at CondeTV.