Learn to use CorelDraw by creating customized packaging

(Part 2) Creating a Logo

Tea light Candles

In the first part of this tutorial we used CorelDraw to create a "net" for the box that will be used to package a tea light candle.

In this tutorial we will learn a range of graphic techniques that we will use to create a logo that will be added to our packaging

With the program started you will need to open the document you have already saved by selecting File - Open from the menu at the top of the screen.

If you followed the instructions in the last tutorial this will be saved as "Packaging 1"

Because we are going to be experimenting with some different ideas we are going to add a new sheet to our work.

At the bottom left corner of your page you will see a page selector and you will need to add a page by clicking the button indicated in the red ellipse below.

New Page

It is good practice to name sheets so that we will name the new sheet Logo and rename Page 1 as Net.

To do this Right Click on the page names (Currently Page 1 and Page 2)

In the Popup menu you will select
Rename Page
Rename Page
Renamed Pages

 

  • Rename the pages as shown here

Notice that CorelDraw now indicates that we have 2 pages in our document and we can select them by clicking on the page tabs

  • Select the Logo page

On our Logo page we are going to start with some text for the name of our candle company. The text tool is started by clicking the button with the letter A in the toolbox.

There are two types of text in CorelDraw. Paragraph text and Artistic text. Let's start with Paragraph text. We won't be using it for our Logo but now is a good time to understand it's use.

  • Click on the Text tool
  • Put your cursor somewhere on your page, hold down your mouse button and drag down and right before releasing the button.

You have created a text frame that you can type into.

Paragraph Text

To save time typing select and copy the text below then paste it into your text frame. Don't worry if it doesn't all fit into the frame.

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The text does not fit in this frame and this is indicated by the black arrowhead in the centre at the bottom of the frame (on the later versions of CorelDraw this is also indicated by the red dashed line around the text box).

  • Adjust the size of the text frame by dragging the handles around with your mouse. Notice that the text flows into the available space.
  • With the text frame too small to contain all the text click on the black arrowhead in the centre at the bottom of the frame, the mouse pointer will change.
  • Draw a second text frame somewhere else on your page.
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Text Flow

Notice that the text flows into the next frame. Resizing the first frame will automatically change the start of the text in the second frame.

  • Experiment with the text modifiers shown here\nodifiers

They work just as they would on a word processor.

Before we leave paragraph text, let's do something a little more interesting with it.

You will remember that if you click on an object a second time, the handles change to allow you to rotate and skew the object. Try it with your text.

Skewed and rotated text

As you can see, the text can be rotated and skewed in the same way as any other object.

We will not be dealing with Paragraph text in this task so, having experimented with it, let us now delete the text on your screen by selecting it with the Pick Tool and pressing the Delete button on your keyboard.

The type of text we will be using in this task is Artistic Text

This type of text is only suitable for individual words or a sentence.

To add Artistic Text we use the same tool as for paragraph text Text Tool but instead of drawing an area to be filled by text you are simply going to click with your mouse in the position you wish the text to start.

  • Type the words
    "TEA LIGHT COMPANY".
  • Select the Pick Tool
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The appearance of the text may be changed by selecting a different font from the Font List

Font List

 

  • Using the handles around the text experiment with stretching the text.
    Note: If you click on the text tool twice you can Rotate and Skew the text just as you can with other objects on your screen.
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We are now going to change the colours used for both the Fill and the Outline of the text.

With the "TEA LIGHT COMPANY" text selected:

  • Left Click with your mouse on the Yellow colour swatch on the colour palette.
  • Right Click with your mouse on the Red colour swatch on the colour palette.
    You should now see your text in Yellow outlined in Red
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CorelDraw allows us to curve text using a feature called Fit text to path.

  • If necessary re-type your text.
  • Use the ellipse tool to draw an ellipse below the text

With the "TEA LIGHT COMPANY" text selected:

  • Select Text from the menu
  • Click on Fit Text To Path
    The cursor will now change to an arrow because CorelDraw now wants you to select a path to fit to.

  • Click on the ellipse you have drawn
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Text to Path

Your text will now attach itself to the path defined by the ellipse. You may now adjust the way the text aligns to this path by changing the position of the text using your mouse to move the red diamond highlighted above.

 

Try changing options in the Properties bar to see how it affects your text.

  • De-select everything by using the Pick Tool and selecting a clear part of the page
  • Using the Shape tool directly under the Pick Tool select only the ellipse
  • Press the Delete key to remove the ellipse.
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Now you have experimented, delete what you have done on this page and repeat the process with your own choice of font and colour.
As you create the ellipse, hold the control key down as you draw it to constrain it to being an exact circle.

Once you have completed your text:

  • Download this image of a candle and save it on your computer (Candle.png)
  • From the File menu select Import and locate the picture of a candle that you have just saved.
  • The cursor will change, allowing you to drag a rectangle to the required size of the imported image.
  • Use the Pick tool to resize and reposition the candle picture inside the text as shown here.
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To complete our logo we will add a Drop Shadow to the text.

  • Use the Pick tool to select the text
  • Select the Drop Shadow tool from the fly out menu in the Toolbox
    (5th icon from bottom)
  • Select Perspective Top Left from the Presets in the Property bar.
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Our Logo is now complete

We are going to group all the objects that make up our logo into one.

  • Using the Pick Tool select all of the objects by Marquee selecting everything by dragging from the top-right of the logo to the bottom-left before releasing your mouse button.
    Alternatively use the keyboard shortcut Control and A to select everything.
  • Group everything by selecting Arrange then Group from the menu or using the keyboard shortcut Control and G.

That is our logo complete. Save your work as Packaging2 in your My Documents folder.

In the next part of this tutorial we will be rendering our net and applying the logo to it.

In this tutorial we should have a learnt the following:

  • Creating and naming pages
  • Creating paragraph text
  • How to flow text from one frame to another
  • How to rotate and skew paragraph text
  • How to fit text to a path
  • How to import objects into our work
  • How to add drop shadows
  • How to group objects together to make one object

Well done. In the next part of the tutorial we will develop the graphics on our tea light packaging.

Continue to Part 3