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Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

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Learn how to make your own cool custom CD Cover. This tutorial will teach you the technique of creating a CD Cover with Coreldraw using the bezier and shape tool, gradients, transparency and powerclips. You will also learn how to create texturing and torn effects.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Final CD Cover DesignMake your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

  Tutorial Details

  • Program: CorelDraw 11 – X5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 Hour

 

 

 

 

Step 1 : Basic Elements

First of all you have to use CorelDraw with version 11+. In this tutorial I use CorelDraw X5, Okay lets get started. Let’s take a look at the basic elements used to create our design :

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

This also will be our steps to create the design.

Step 2 : Creating Worksheet

Okay, now that you know the steps and elements, we will begin, first of all open your CorelDraw program, now create a new file, set the paper size to A4 and the units to centimeters.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 3 : Working with Bezier & Shape Tool

Now that we have our worksheet set,  we will begin to create the Ornaments, “Bezier” and “Shape tool”  are the most important tool in this tutorial, make sure that you mastered this step before go to the next step,

go to the “Bezier Tool” and create a custom shape similar like below, point and click to create the line and make sure that the first click is connected to the last click or else you can’t put color in it.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go to the “Shape Tool”, right click on the  middle side lines and go to the upper toolbar, there you will find “Convert to curves tool” click it in order to shape,

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Now in the corner you will see an arrow, drag the arrow to shape.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Shape it similar like picture below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 4 : Coloring

Okay now we are going to put color in the custom shape that you previously create, go to the “Fountain Fill Tool” in the left toolbar, after you see a fountain dialog box apply the value below to create a the color.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Tips : You can create a custom color by double click on the color box.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 5 : Working with Transparency & PowerClip

Okay now create a box shape on top of the blue custom shape using “Bezier Tool”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that using “Shape Tool”, create a new corner / node by double clicking it and shape it similar like picture below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now put a Light blue color on the box shape.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go to the “Transparency Tool”, now you see that the cursor are turning into a glass, drag it from right side to middle so it will make the blue shape linear transparent.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Now select the blue shape and go to the top toolbar and find Effect > PowerClip > Place inside container, after the cursor turning into a black arrow click it to the custom shape.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Tips : you can edit the PowerClip by pressing “Ctrl + click” on the object.

Step 6 : Creating the Ornaments

Okay now using “Bezier Tool” create a custom shape on top of the blue shape similar like picture below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that shape it using “Shape Tool” follow the flow of the blue shape so it will look natural.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Now lets put color in it, go to the “Fountain Fill Tool” and apply the value below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Send the custom shape to the back layer using “Ctrl + PageDown”

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Using same step as steps 3, create a follow up shape on the bottom similar as picture below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Select the follow up shape, and put color in it using “Fountain Fill Tool”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that using same step as steps 3, create a half circle shape on top of the ornaments.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Put color on the half circle shape using “Fountain Fill Tool” and apply the value below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now create another half circle shape on top of the ornaments.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Put yellow color in it.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go to the “Transparency Tool” and apply the value below to create similar.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Select the yellow and blue half circle shape and place it inside the ornaments using “PowerClip” same as step 5

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

We are going to add another custom shape to the ornaments, go to the “Bezier & Shape Tool” and create a custom shape on the bottom of the ornaments.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Put a blue gradient color in it using “Fountain Fill Tool”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that copy the ornaments using “Left + Right mouse click”, resize and arrange it to the top of the original ornaments and resize it.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Copy and rotate it again, arrange it on the bottom of the original ornaments.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 7 : Texturing

After that using “Bezier Tool” create a custom shape that cover the ornaments similar like below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Put blue gradient color in it using “Fountain Fill Tool”, and send it to back layer using “Ctrl + PageDown”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now I need you to create another custom shape that cover the whole ornaments, this will be our container for the texture.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Shape it using “Shape Tool” and make sure you follow to flow of the original ornaments.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that I need you to create a box shape using “Rectangle Tool”, make the size 14 x 14 cm.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go to the “Texture Fill Tool”, after the dialogue box appear set the texture library to samples 8 wood grain.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

This will be our wood texture.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now select the wood texture and place it inside the ornaments container using “PowerClip” same as step 5.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go inside the container by pressing “Ctrl + click”, inside the container select the wood texture and apply the transparency value below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now lets create the outer cd cover, create a box shape by go to the “Rectangle Tool” and resize it to 12 x 12 cm, which is standard cd case size.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Now copy the wood texture again, and place inside the box shape that you previously create.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Okay now select the ornaments and place it inside the outer cd case using “PowerClip”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 8 : Creating Torn Effects

Okay now we are going to create the torn effects, go to the “Freehand Tool” in the left toolbar, and create a free swirl lines similar like below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that go to the top toolbar, find Effects > Artistic Media and apply the value below to create a brush effects.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Break the brush using “Ctrl + K” after that rotate and copy it similar like below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Copy it again and put a brown color on the copied brush.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that create a bottom custom shape that follow the flow of the brush similar like below and put black color in it, this will be our torn container.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Copy the wood texture again and place it on top of the brush, after that using “Transparency Tool” drag the glass cursor from bottom to top to create similar transparency.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Select the wood texture and place it inside the texture container using “PowerClip”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Now Place the Torn Effect inside the outer cd cover.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Step 9 : Creating the Inner CD Cover

Okay now lets create outer cd cover, go to the “Ellipse Tool” in the left toolbar and create a circle shape with the size 12 x 12 cm.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Put orange gradient color in it and create a second circle with the size 2 x 2 cm on the center of the first circle.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Select both of the circle and go to the upper toolbar find “Trim tool” to make the circle hollow.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

After that copy the ornaments in the outer cd cover and put it inside the inner cd cover using “PowerClip”.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Final Image

And we are done, by using the same technique as above you can add more details to the Cd Cover to make it more natural like the final image below.

Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

Posted on January 13, 2012 in Tutorials, tagged , , by EntheosWeb
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22 thoughts on “Make your own CD Cover with CorelDraw

  1. Gr8 job!!! There are no other tutorials like this for CorelDraw. Please post more on CorelDraw tutorials.
    Tons of thanks in advance.

  2. Evergreen…Fantastic…Awesome…Tutorial.
    I am a beginner, started learning in X6 and I want to say please make VDO of all tutorials. It is more easy to understand the drawing for beginners. Please start “Problem Facing in CorelDraw”, It is helpful for beginners.
    Thanks

  3. Evergreen…Awesome…Fantastic Tutorial.
    I am a beginner of Corel and I want to say please make VDO of all drawings. It will easy to understand for beginners.
    Thanks

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