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5.1 Part One

In this lesson we create the base design of our infographic, starting with the background and a dimensional PowerClip design filled with a simple repeated pattern.

5.1 Part One

Welcome to getting started with Corel Draw. I am Mary Winkler for tuts+. In this lesson we are going to work together on a fun and trendy infographic. This is the first of three parts that make up chapter five and the last section of this course. Create a new document of 8 inches square at 300 DPI. Really, you can set the DPI and size to whatever you want, but as this is just a project demo, I've gone with what I like working with best. Give your document a name and make sure to save it to your machine. And continue saving your document periodically throughout your work. I already have the Object Manager and Object Properties dockers open. I tend to keep them open while working, adding other dockers as needed. Using the rectangle tool, draw a rectangle over your page. In the Object Properties docker, set the Outline to None and the Fill to an Elliptical Fountain Fill. My inner color to the right will be light gray, while my outer color to the left will be medium gray. Use the interactive fill tool to adjust the shape of the elliptical fountain fill. I want the edges of the fill to be primarily in the corners of my design. In the object manager, right-click and lock your rectangle. This will be our background, and I don't wanna accidentally move, edit, or delete it while we're working within the program. Using the rectangle tool, draw a horizontal rectangle within your page. It should take up between one-third and one-fourth of the document. Zoom in with the zoom tool to better focus on your work, and use the pan tool to center your work. Set the outline to none and the fill color to white. Using the pan tool, pan over to the left of the page. I'm going to create a quick and simple repeated design and PowerClip it to our rectangle. I like to create designs like this off the page so I'm focused entirely on what I'm doing. Using the polygon tool, draw a hexagon. Set the fill color to white and the outline color to grey. You can also set the outline width to 1.5 points with the rounded caps and corners in the Object Properties docker. Duplicate the hexagon, shortcut Ctrl+D, and place it next to the first one with the pick tool. Select the two shapes, group them together, shortcut Ctrl+G and begin tiling the hexagons into a pattern. I find it easiest to duplicate a few groups, group everything together once placed, and then duplicate the newer larger group and continue tiling them. Alternatively you can create a custom tile and pattern versus a PowerClip. I just find it quick and easy to not worry about how the swatch is tiling, versus duplicating the same basic shapes. If this was a more complex design, it would make so much more sense to create a custom pattern since I'd want there to be less nodes and paths in my document overall. When you've tiled a fair amount of hexagons make sure they're in a large group. This group can be made up of several smaller groups. Duplicate the rectangle drawn previously and place it over the hexagon group. Select your hexagon group and go to, Object > PowerClip > Place Inside Frame. Select the rectangle with the large black arrow and clip your hexagons to the shape. Place your PowerClip group over your rectangle. You can use the align and distribute docker to make sure they line up properly on your page with the new main design. Next, we're gonna zoom in and add some details. Using the ellipse tool, draw small circles in each hexagon's corners. Alternatively, you can randomize the placement of these circles. The design you're creating is entirely up to you. Group your circles together as you go so your Object Manager docker remains organized. Let's skip ahead to when I'm done with the circles. Group them together and let's move on to the next step. Draw or duplicate a white hexagon. Make sure the outline is set to none and the fill color to white. Using the drop shadow tool, drag out a drop shadow from the center to the direction of your choice. Set the merge mode to multiply and the color to grey. Reduce the transparency to 38%. Place the hexagon over an existing one and scale it down a bit with the pick tool. Duplicate the hexagon. Either apply a new drop shadow on the duplicated hexagon or copy the drop shadow over to the new shape. Repeat this process of duplicating hexagons and copying the drop shadow to add some dimension to your design. It may help to zoom in on your work so placing hexagons is a bit easier. In total, I'll have placed five hexagons over my design. Group them together with Ctrl+G. Next, we're going to add dimension to the rectangle itself. Lock your PowerClip and other design groups in your working layer. Beneath the white rectangle, the one we drew before we created the hexagon PowerClip, draw a rectangle that takes a bit more than half of your rectangle. Set the fill color to an elliptical fountain fill. Your inner color should be black while your outer color be white. Black on the right, white on the left. Set the merge mode under transparency to multiply. Use the interactive fill tool to adjust the radius of the elliptical fountain fill. As you can see, I've made it thinner and wider. Place the fountain filled shape along the bottom edge of the rectangle group. You can further adjust the intensity of the fountain fill with the interactive fountain fill tool and its setting in the Property Bar in Object Properties docker. Place your fountain filled shape beneath the power clip group and rectangle in the object manager so that the gradient peeks out from beneath, giving the rectangle an added bit of dimension. Duplicate the fountain filled shape for the right side of the design. Align the two shapes to their bottom edges, or adjust the fountain filled shapes and whatever you feel works best for your design. Unlock and group together all of your objects, aside from the large grey rectangle we're using as the background shape. Thank you so much for watching this lesson on creating an infographic design. In our next lesson, we'll continue with the graphic editing with shapes, color and other features to really make this design pop.

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