Master the world's fastest drawing program! Learn the principles of vector drawing as you learn technique, composition, and other art essentials--then apply your skills to creating websites, animations, logos, photographic retouches, and more. Xara Xtreme 5: The Official Guide shows you how to customize the software, use QuickShapes, draw vector paths, use fills for photorealistic effects, and compose professional desktop publishing documents. This hands-on resource brings you from concept to completion with examples that span a range of art styles--using the vector drawing program that thinks it's a bitmap editor. With these tutorials that apply to Xara Xtreme, Xtreme Pro, and Magix Xtreme Photo & Graphic Designer, you'll: Work with vector paths that look like paint strokes Tag colors to dramatically change complex drawings in seconds Build multi-page, graphically rich websites in a few hours Convert bitmap web graphics to resizable vector shapes Design artwork in minutes that looks like it took days Create and export original Flash animations for the web in no time Create 3D text and apply special effects to imported photos and vector shapes Invisibly retouch photographs with feathering, fractal fills, multi-step gradients, and transparencies Inside you'll find an inspirational Xara GrandMasters Gallery of award-winning artwork from around the world. Get started today by downloading free trial software from www.xara.com! Download lesson files from www.mhprofessional.com/computingdownload and www.theboutons.com. Gary David Bouton, an international award-winning illustrator, has authored 25 books on graphics software, including CorelDRAW X4: The Official Guide. He practices what he teaches: his work can be seen on Graphics.com, TalkGraphics, The CG Society, and YouTube.
The Only Corel-Authorized Guide to CorelDRAW X7 CorelDRAW X7: The Official Guide shows you how to create photorealistic illustrations, lay out text and graphics, import and edit photos, add special effects to vector art and photos, and transform 2D objects into 3D artwork. You'll also get expert tips for printing work that matches what you've designed on your monitor. Step-by-step tutorials based on downloadable sample files let you learn by doing. Explore and master CorelDRAW's menus, palettes, and dockers Add Paragraph Text, Artistic Text, and custom-shaped text to your designs Explore the new Content Exchange for access to new, exciting patterns and other fills Create the illusion of 3D objects with the Perspective and Extrude tools Dramatically edit objects with the Smear, Twirl, Attract, Repel, and Distortion tools Add elements of photorealism to your drawings with lens effects, transparency, shadows, glows, and bevels Combine photos with vector graphics in CorelDRAW, and perform advanced editing in PHOTO-PAINT
The Only Corel-Authorized Guide to CorelDRAW X5 Learn to create outstanding fine art and eye-catching commercial graphics with one powerful tool! CorelDRAW X5: The Official Guide is your comprehensive reference and workbook to get you started designing visually captivating CorelDRAW artwork. Learn, step by step, how to create the illustrations you've imagined, quickly assemble layouts for print and package designs, import and edit photos, master the art of typography and the science of color theory, make 3D scenes from 2D objects, and apply special effects to ordinary pictures. Packed with expert techniques and advice for creating professional-quality art, this is your one-stop CorelDRAW X5 reference and hands-on guide. Create drawings that look like paintings using the Artistic media and Free Transform tools, Mesh Fill, and the Smudge and Roughen brushes Master the Curves tools, including the new B-Spline tool Design logos, brochures, and other business items in a flash with the layers and page options features Use CorelDRAW as a desktop publishing program Create 3D objects with the Extrude tool Make your drawings look photorealistic with transparency, shadows, glows, and lens effects Import, edit, and retouch photos, including camera RAW files Go from novice to retouching pro with PHOTO-PAINT--the Suite's advanced image-editing application Master more than the tools--learn how to create impressive artwork with the guidance of an expert Gary David Bouton has used CorelDRAW professionally for more than 15 years and is the author of six books covering previous versions. He was a 1992 finalist in the CorelDRAW World Design Contest. A former advertising art director, Gary has received four international awards in design and desktop publishing and has written several other guides on digital graphics, including Xara Xtreme 5: The Official Guide.
The only official guide to CorelDRAW—fully updated throughout to cover all the new features of the latest release CorelDRAW X The Official Guide is the one-stop tutorial/reference for learning how to create gorgeous graphics for a variety of print and web uses. Veteran graphic designer and author Gary Bouton shows you how to use the new product features, and shows off beautiful graphics and techniques in this Corel-authorized guide. Packed with examples and techniques, this book delivers details no CorelDRAW user can afford to be without! Ideal for beginners through experts getting started on the new release, the book explains how to install the software, use the illustration and drawing tools, work with text, apply colors, fills, and outlines, apply special effects, and work in 3D. CorelDRAW X The Official Guide Offers hundreds of tips, tricks, and shortcuts that show how to get the most out of product features, not just what the features do Includes online access to 30+ video tutorials of hands-on instruction from the author, plus CorelDRAW native files, stock images for tutorials in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, custom typefaces designed by the author, and other useful starter pieces for learning CorelDRAW Includes a full-color insert demonstrating results of various filters and effects Provides a comprehensive CorelDRAW X reference as well as drawing tips and illustration techniques Discusses print and web use and potential issues Explains how to use PHOTO-PAINT, Corel’s image-editing tool
The Corel-Authorized Guide to CorelDRAW®—Updated for CorelDRAW X8 This thoroughly revised guide offers complete coverage of CorelDraw X8, including the revamped interface and brand-new features. CorelDRAW X8: The Official Guide shows anyone—from a beginner to an experienced illustrator—how to create top-drawer commercial graphics and exquisite artwork. You will learn to draw photorealistic illustrations, use shortcuts to create complex art, lay out text like a pro, add special effects, and transform 2D objects into 3D graphics. The book features tips for printing high-quality work that matches what you’ve designed on your monitor. • Work in the customizable interface redesigned to reflect Windows® Metro style • Explore and understand the software’s menus, palettes, and dockers • Lay out brochures, flyers, and other multi-page documents • Add paragraph, artistic, and custom-shaped text to your designs • Search the Content Exchange for fonts, vector patterns, background designs, and the Get More docker • Use the Perspective, Extrude, Smear, Twirl, Attract, Repel, and Distortion tools • Incorporate lens effects, transparency, shadows, glows, and bevels • Put all the elements together in a professional, visually compelling way with layout and design tips from the author
Inkscape is a powerful, free, cross-platform, vector-based drawing tool similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. The Book of Inkscape, written by Inkscape developer and graphic designer Dmitry Kirsanov, is an in-depth guide to Inkscape, offering comprehensive coverage and creative advice on Inkscape's many capabilities. Kirsanov draws on his experience using Inkscape for design and illustration as well as his extensive knowledge of Inkscape's features, several of which he developed. Following an overview of vector-based graphics in general and SVG in particular, Kirsanov takes the reader from basic techniques-selecting, transforming, styling-to more advanced topics such as gradients and patterns, path editing, artistic drawing, clones and patterns, working with text, exporting bitmaps, and using extensions. The Book of Inkscape is a complete guide to Inkscape for every artist, whether amateur or professional.