ALC1O
Unit 3 - Advanced Features of Corel Draw

Hearts

Tutorials modified from graphicssoft.about.com

 

The Basic Heart

 

1.) First we need to create the basic heart shape. Start with a circle. Right click on the circle and choose convert to curves.

Now you should have a circular shape with four nodes: top, bottom, left, and right.

2.) Use the shape tool to select the bottom node, then go to the property bar and convert it to a cusp node.

<-- Make Node a Cusp

Do the same for the top node.

3.) Drag a marquee around the top and bottom nodes, then drag down so the top node is fairly even with the two side nodes.

You should now have a shape like the one shown. Not quite heart shaped, is it? Let's fix that...

4.) Select the top node with the shape tool. Drag the two control points upward to form a V shape. Try to keep the two handles symmetrical.

Do the same for the bottom node. You may need to move the bottom node up slightly.

5.) Make sure the top and bottom nodes are aligned vertically, and the three nodes across the top are aligned horizontally.

If you need to, you can select two or more nodes by dragging a marquee around them, or by click-shift-clicking, and then align them with the align nodes button on the property bar.

<-- align selected nodes

Continue to edit nodes to tweak the shape until you have a heart shape you're happy with. You can use the arrow keys to.

Here's how mine turned out.

SAVE THIS HEART NOW AS BASICHEART.cdr

Save this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as "basicheart.cdr" (You will need this heart in the next Sections)
Export this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as basicheart.jpg
Post the drawing on your website on the
Tutorial 3 - Hearts page. Make sure to label it.


 

The 3D-Heart

Open the BASICHEART.cdr.
Before you make any changes save it as 3DHEART.cdr

 

1.) Duplicate the heart and make the top heart smaller than the original. Center align the two hearts by selecting both hearts and clicking the the align button on the property bar.

2.) Select the larger heart, then select the interactive fill tool.

From the property bar, choose linear fill for the fill type. Drag your cursor across the heart to fill it in.

3.) Drag the black box to the upper left corner of the heart, and drag the white box to the lower right for a diagonal fill.

4.) From the colour palette, click and drag the Faded Pink swatch and drop it on the black square of the interactive fill. Then drag the Ruby Red swatch and drop it on the white square. (Hold your cursor over a swatch and the colour will pop-up in a tool tip.)

Remove the outline from the large heart.

5.) Select the smaller heart and set the fill to red and the line to none.

6.) Now choose the interactive blend tool.

Change the step value in the property bar to about 20. Click on the smaller heart and drag toward the larger heart, then let go.

Voila! Your heart now has some dimension.

 

Save this heart as 3DHEART.cdr

Save this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as "3Dheart.cdr"
Export this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as 3Dheart.jpg
Post the drawing on your website on the
Tutorial 3 - Hearts page. Make sure to label it.


Heart with Transparency

Open the BASICHEART.cdr.
Before you make any changes save it as TransHeart.cdr

1.) Duplicate the basic heart outline. Then place the duplicate directly over the original using Align > Center

2.) Fill the top heart with a linear fountain fill going from soft pink in the upper left hand corner to ruby red in the lower right. Adjust the fill direction as shown.

Send this object to the back.

3.) Fill the other heart (now on top) with solid red. Set the outlines for both to none.

 

4.) Select the solid red heart. Then select the interactive transparency tool and select Radial

Set the transparency to radial in the property bar.

 

5.) The center swatch will be black and the outer swatch white. We need to reverse this, so drag the white swatch from the palette to the center swatch, and then drag the black swatch from the palette to the outer swatch.
Note: Do not just drag the black to the white. The arrow must stay from white to black

Adjust the size of the transparent area by dragging the outer swatch so that most of the circular outline is enclosed within the boundaries of the heart as shown.

Group the two hearts so you don't move one of them inadvertently.

6.) Create a small circle in the upper left section of the heart, like I have.

7.) In the property bar select the Pie button.

8.) Drag the end points of the pie shape until the shape is slightly smaller than a half circle. The pie will transform to an arc.

9.) Right click the arc and choose convert to curves. Then select the curve and click the Auto Close curve button on the property bar.
<-- Auto close curve

10.) Select the shape tool. Drag a marquee around the shape with the shape tool and click the button on the property bar to convert lines to curves.

<-- Convert line to curve

 

11.) With the shape tool, click and drag the straight section of the new shape to form a crescent moon shape. Fill this shape with white and remove the outline.

 

12.) Select the transparency tool.

In the property bar choose linear transparency. Arrange the black and white swatches as I have, to create the highlight for the heart. Set the transparency midpoint to about 30. (Note: Use a value that works for you)

 

13.) Now we'll just add a drop shadow to make the heart pop off the page a bit. Select the interactive drop shadow tool, then click and drag on the heart to create a drop shadow. Change the perspective type to flat, and drag the shadow into place. Adjust the feathering and opacity if desired..

Save as TransHeart.cdr

Save this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as "transparentheart.cdr"
Export this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as transparentheart.jpg
Post the drawing on your website on the
Tutorial 3 - Hearts page. Make sure to label it.


The 3D-Heart with Extrusion

Open the BASICHEART.cdr.
Before you make any changes save it as ExtHeart.cdr


1.) Fill the heart with a solid colour and no outline. Edit the basic shape so that it does not have such an emphasized point at the bottom. Refer to part one for how to do this.

2.) Select the interactive extrusion tool, then click and drag on the heart in the direction you want the depth to go.

3.) In the property bar, change the extrusion type to the middle button on the bottom row.

You may need to move the vanishing point in your drawing to adjust for the change.

4.) Now lets adjust the lighting so we can see the dimension. Click the lighting button on the property bar. I used two lights. Light 1 is in the top left front at an intensity of 100. Light 2 is the bottom right back with an intensity of 65.

5.) Add a bevel by clicking the bevel button on the property bar. I used a depth of .03" and an angle of 15 degrees.

You may need to adjust the vanishing point again after adding the lighting and bevel.

That's the basic 3d heart.

 

Duplicate it and change the colour by selecting it and clicking a different colour in the colour palette.

 

Save each heart in your Unit 2 Folder as "extrudedheart.cdr"
Export this Drawing in your Unit 2 Folder as extrudedheart.jpg
Post the drawing on your website on the
Tutorial 3 - Hearts page. Make sure to label it.