Dye Sublimation Tips: Using Text in CorelDRAW, Part One

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By Steve Spence Learning text is easy in CorelDRAW. For the most part, it works like any word processor but then it doesn’t. For one thing, we demand a lot more from text when doing sublimation that we do in a word processing situation.   There are times when we need shadows, multiple colors, justified text, mirrored text and much more. Knowing how to do the various tricks when working with text not only saves a ton of time and frustration, but it improves our graphics which produced better looking products.   In the first of a series of CondeTV videos on YouTube, I talk about the basics. Fonts, point sizes, some dos and don’ts, and how to fix the notorious “I typed a bunch of stuff with the Shift Lock on and now I have to do it all over again”.   Outlines are a common feature when using CorelDRAW and special attention is given to them in the video with special attention given to how an outline on text can get us in trouble. Heavy outlines are useful but if you don’t know the secret of hiding behind the fill, it can be very frustrating as can the issue of getting text just the way you want it and then it going wacky when you reduce it for another size job.   Justification is easy enough but do you know how justification is accomplished? Or the difference between “Full Justification” and “Forced Justification”?   They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it is true. It would take pages and pages to tell you what is shown on the video in just 15 minutes. Oh yea, there is a Part Two coming fast. Then we will talk about fitting text to a path (usually an arc) and who know what after that…   Check it out, “The Basics: TEXT, Part One".