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A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N 1 0 2 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 S O F T W A R E T I P S & T R I C K S the drop shadow tool. With the comple- tion of the entire image, I selected it all and grouped it. I then drew a rectangle and lled it with a dark blue color. I then power clipped the group into this rectan- gle. is nished the design. I then added the "Drama Team" lettering on top. This image was then exported as a PNG le and emailed to my client. She didn't like the gray masks but wanted them to be more gold in color. Rather than recoloring them, I converted each to an RGB bitmap and changed the colors in the Image Adjustment Lab. e nal design in Fig. 1 was acceptable to my client, so we were both happy. HOW TO USE MESH FILL Using the Mesh Fill feature in Corel- DRAW can prove to be a bit tedious and often a bit frustrating. Nevertheless, it can provide some fairly impressive and dynamic visual results. For those not fa- miliar with this feature, I have oered the following simple example of how to create a design and use it to implement some basic functions of the Mesh Fill fea- ture. I rst drew a square shape, rotated it 45 degrees to get a diamond shape. I then stretched it horizontally and converted it to curves. Selecting all nodes, I made them all curves. I then selected the top and bottom nodes and made them symmetrical. is resulted in a smooth image, the basis for a leaf design, as depicted in Fig. 6. On the left is the basic shape, and the right side is the Mesh Fill rendition of the leaf. Fig. 7 show a possible use of the im- Above: This finished image employing the Mesh Fill function shows how it can help you achieve your graphic goals. Fig. 8 (below): Cartoon image of a UFO I began and never finished. I want to draw attention to the canopy over the cockpit. With the ellipse tool, I drew the basic shape and filled it with white, then reshaped it.

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