Awards & Engraving

August '18

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A&E AUGUST 2018 • a-e-mag.com 55 Graphic Design clients not only a proposed design, but how that design would appear in real life — for instance, as a label on a bottle, a sign installed on a building, or the engraving on a plaque or trophy. This has become an essential feature for me in the work I do, since it helps my clients visualize what the final product will look like. What continues to amaze me is how closely the finished product matches the mockup. I often photograph the final installed sign, for instance, and it is difficult to tell the difference between the mockup and the photo of the final installation. My method utilized both CorelDRAW for the initial design and PhotoPaint to merge the design into a photo, for instance, of the location where the sign was to be installed. I had to save the design as a bitmap file or JPG and then open it in PhotoPaint, along with a photo of the location/container, etc., onto which the finished product would be installed. With the vector graphic converted to a bitmap image, I could select the design and copy and paste it into the photo showing the intended location, etc. With the pasted image on a layer above the destination photo, I could then position, resize, and distort it as necessary so that it would fit in a way that was accurate and believable. With the image of the artwork on a layer above the image of the location, slight adjustments could also be made to the color, brightness, sharpness, etc., so that it matched the background image. The layers could then be flattened to form the final image. However, CorelDRAW has now added an Add Perspective button under Effects in the menu bar. With a destination bitmap image open in CorelDRAW, a bitmap image of the final artwork is selected, and the Add Perspec- tive button is clicked. The markers around the selected image can then each be moved inde- pendently, positioned appropriately over the destination image, and adjusted so that the size and perspective of the artwork matches the size and perspective in the destination image. This makes quick work of the process described above. In some cases, the merging of images might be better resolved using my older method, but in general the Add Perspec- tive button should do the job in record time. (figs 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) ENVELOPE TOOL FOR BITMAPS Up until now, a design created in Corel- DRAW could be grouped and as a group, freely distorted using the Envelope tool in the toolbar. This, too, could be placed on a destination bitmap image and adjusted to match the size and perspective below. How- ever, if there were any bitmap images in the grouped design, those images could not be distorted along with everything else. In other words, the Envelope tool was not compatible with bitmap images. With CorelDRAW2018, it is now possible to distort bitmap images using the Envelope tool, thus creating another method to create perspective as described above. In addition, it can also distort in other ways. For instance, if I designed a label for packaging a bottle or jar, I could photograph the unlabeled jar and import that image to my page. I could then select the bitmap image of my label design and, using the Envelope tool, distort it in such a way so that it appeared to be affixed to the contours of the jar or bottle — again a simple fix. (figs 4a, 4b, 4c) fig 4a fig 4b fig 4c A&E The world's most widely used laser and rotary engraving software Amazing photo reproduction 2D and 3D engraving ADA compliance for braille Complete design and production tools 800-545-9581 www.cadlink.com

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