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nihane26 05-07-2006 09:35 PM

Lettering with Corel Draw
 
Just curious if anyone knows how to letter with corel draw. I'm having some problems and some help would be appreciated.

Piekos 05-08-2006 09:16 AM

I use Corel DRAW for design all the time. Ask away.

~N

nihane26 05-08-2006 10:18 PM

How do i do word balloons? i've tried and i can't seem to get it right.

Piekos 05-09-2006 11:35 AM

Create a circle with the cirlce tool.

If you want to square it off just a little bit, convert it to curves: ARRANGE/CONVERT TO CURVES. Select the Shape tool (the node editor) and click anywhere on the circle. You'll see the 4 nodes appear. Select one of the nodes and while holding down the CONTROL key, Pull on the node "arms" that appear. Repeat on the node on the other side.

To create the tail: Draw a triangle with the Freehand tool. Select the Shape tool again, select the triangle and when the nodes are selected, you can click the CONVERT LINE TO CURVE button on the menu at the top of your workspace. Then just grab the lines that you want to curve and curve them.

To connect the tail to the balloon, place the tail on the balloon, select both with the Pick tool and then hit the WELD button at the top of your work space.

It sounds way more complex than it is. Takes all of 5 seconds when you get used to it.

~N

nihane26 05-09-2006 06:33 PM

Thanks for the help. I was about to pull my hair out figuring that out. :)

Ace Corona 06-26-2018 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Piekos (Post 972569)
I use Corel DRAW for design all the time. Ask away.

~N

Can you show examples of your lettering with CorelDraw?

Stewart Vernon 06-26-2018 11:36 PM

The post you're replying to is over 12 years old... he might not be using Corel Draw anymore.

Bishop 06-27-2018 11:16 AM

Also, I haven't seen Piekos around here for a very long time. It is unlikely he will come back and post samples.

paul brian deberry 06-27-2018 05:20 PM

Yeah, he was using CorelDraw probably to save money.

Ace Corona 06-27-2018 05:20 PM

Sorry for necroposting, I Googled this topic and it brought me to this thread.

paul brian deberry 06-27-2018 05:31 PM

Nah, it's cool.

Stewart Vernon 06-28-2018 04:11 AM

Yeah... just didn't want you to be waiting for an answer that probably wasn't coming :)

I will say, that I honestly don't remember ever hearing of anyone lettering in Corel Draw outside of this thread. My father used it for years as a Technical Illustrator before switch back to Adobe Illustrator... and when I was at IBM they used Corel Draw for Technical Illustrations in all the manuals we wrote... but when I was looking into tools-of-the-trade for comics stuff, I never found references to anything other than Illustrator for lettering.

Ace Corona 07-03-2018 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Stewart Vernon (Post 1875773)
Yeah... just didn't want you to be waiting for an answer that probably wasn't coming :)

I will say, that I honestly don't remember ever hearing of anyone lettering in Corel Draw outside of this thread. My father used it for years as a Technical Illustrator before switch back to Adobe Illustrator... and when I was at IBM they used Corel Draw for Technical Illustrations in all the manuals we wrote... but when I was looking into tools-of-the-trade for comics stuff, I never found references to anything other than Illustrator for lettering.

Thank you for your concern, I was interested in seeing if Corel was a cheaper alternative to Illustrator, I have the student edition of CS 5 but my laptop isnít going to last forever. If I got a new laptop, the adobe subscription seems overpriced.

Toondoctor 07-03-2018 02:06 PM

Corel Draw's most current version is probably very similar to Illustrator. Haven"t used them it in over a decade but it was solid then, probably still is now. The toolsets of most of these apps have stabilized over decades ago. The differences are in export filter, plug ins and interface.

Ace Corona 07-03-2018 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toondoctor (Post 1875858)
Corel Draw's most current version is probably very similar to Illustrator. Haven"t used them it in over a decade but it was solid then, probably still is now. The toolsets of most of these apps have stabilized over decades ago. The differences are in export filter, plug ins and interface.

Thank you for your help, thatís good to know

Stewart Vernon 07-05-2018 03:20 AM

I switched over to the Mac in 2008 or thereabouts, and Corel hasn't made a version of their Draw for the Mac... so it hasn't come up as even an option for me. I mean, I could run it in a virtual machine, but I have Illustrator so no need to try.

If you get a discounted price on an older version, then yeah... the newer subscription model of Adobe is not good if you aren't making regular coin to pay for it... but if you have to buy the latest version of something, then it starts to be worth considering depending on what Corel Draw costs these days.

paul brian deberry 07-05-2018 08:09 AM

Manga Studio is a perfect alternative to Illustrator. It's easy to use.

JimCampbell 07-16-2018 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by paul brian deberry (Post 1875881)
Manga Studio is a perfect alternative to Illustrator. It's easy to use.

With the greatest respect, you can't letter worth a damn in Manga/Clip Studio. Its typographic controls aren't fit for purpose. It doesn't support OpenType features like autoligatures; will try to apply faux bold/italics even if you have the correct bold/italic fonts installed; and generally lacks the fine-grained control over tracking, kerning and the like.

Affinity Designer is a pretty credible Illustrator replacement, and you can definitely letter with it — out for Mac, Windows and iOS. It's a one-off purchase (about $50, I think) rather than an ongoing license and there are pros out there right now doing work with it.

Tomas M91 07-16-2018 10:29 PM

Can confirm Affinity Designer as a good Illustrator replacement. However common tools (shear, mesh, etc) arent available yet but will be in the future. There are manual transformations (along x/y) which can do it but seems more daunting

Ace Corona 07-21-2018 05:12 AM

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Originally Posted by JimCampbell (Post 1876066)
With the greatest respect, you can't letter worth a damn in Manga/Clip Studio. Its typographic controls aren't fit for purpose. It doesn't support OpenType features like autoligatures; will try to apply faux bold/italics even if you have the correct bold/italic fonts installed; and generally lacks the fine-grained control over tracking, kerning and the like.

Affinity Designer is a pretty credible Illustrator replacement, and you can definitely letter with it ó out for Mac, Windows and iOS. It's a one-off purchase (about $50, I think) rather than an ongoing license and there are pros out there right now doing work with it.

Thanks for letting us know

maverick 08-16-2018 02:00 PM

I have an old Mac that runs snow leopard and honestly the only reason I keep it around is because it runs Illustrator CS2.

pandayboss 10-20-2018 07:37 AM

I know this thread is catered to letterers but it'd be nice if you could show us your lettering. Sorry to break the flow of conversation! I just want to see what you guys are talking about.:)

Lucas.Gattoni 10-25-2018 10:05 AM

Well, here's (some of) what I've been up to lately... The Lettering Bear Portfolio :laugh:

Quote:

Originally Posted by pandayboss (Post 1877479)
I know this thread is catered to letterers but it'd be nice if you could show us your lettering. Sorry to break the flow of conversation! I just want to see what you guys are talking about.:)


pandayboss 11-22-2018 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucas.Gattoni (Post 1877545)
Well, here's (some of) what I've been up to lately... The Lettering Bear Portfolio :laugh:

Cool portfolio! :bounce::carrot::thumbs:

So it seems that nothing is different from lettering with Corel or Photoshop or something. Is it better with corel?


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