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A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N 9 8 G R A P H I C S P R O A P R I L 2 0 2 2 G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M Fig. 1: The final drama club design. ll images courtesy oug ender S ome time ago, a friend asked me to develop an image she could use to promote a new proposed drama club in print and online. She provided a few possible images for con- sideration. I then consolidated her sug- gestions and chose the Mesh Fill fea- ture in CorelDRAW to best reach her desired goal. Fig. 1 is the result of my eorts. DRAMA CLUB DESIGN Here are the steps I took to reach the final image. The first thing was to create a basic shape of the curtain. I used the Bezier tool for that. Fig. 2 shows my initial shape with the mesh lines indicated by a red dashed line. Note that when the Mesh Fill tool is accessed, the default mesh is two columns and two rows as appears on USING THE MESH FILL FEATURE STEPS FOR A FANTASTIC DESIGN IN CORELDRAW S O F T W A R E T I P S & T R I C K S | O U Fig. 2 (left): My initial shape with the mesh lines indicated by a red dashed line. Fig. 3 (right): y alternating certain colors, it allowed me to create the appearance of a pleated curtain. the task bar. I changed it to 10 columns and six rows. It is best to keep the shape of the object as simple as possible. As can be seen, some of the mesh lines fall outside the image. is makes it a little more dicult to choose the proper node to color. e simpler the object is, the better. Next is to begin lling the object with appropriate colors by selecting nodes and clicking on the desired color. For this project, I chose to use four colors: maroon (C:0 M:90 Y:50 K:58), dark red (C:0 M:100 Y:100 K:25), light red (C:0 M:100 Y:95 K:0), pale pink (C:0 M:20 Y:20 K:0). By alternating these colors, it allowed me to create the ap- pearance of a pleated curtain as in Fig. 3. I then selected individual edge nodes at the bottom and moved them up slightly to form the rued edge. Next, the drawback sash was created by drawing a rectangle, modifying the corners, and adding an envelope to arc it. It was then skewed into position. After lling it with maroon, I again chose the Mesh Fill tool, this time with four columns and four rows. I then used my same colors to add the necessary highlights. When I was satised with the

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