Activity Feed Forums Software Discussions Corel Software can anyone help me with relief shadows in corel9 please?

  • can anyone help me with relief shadows in corel9 please?

    Posted by eddie cotter on May 13, 2002 at 6:21 pm

    hi everyone, i have a small problem, if any one can help,
    i am trying to do releif shadows in corel draw9, but when i separate the
    letter from the shadow, some of the shadow overlaps on to the letter
    no matter what i try i cant seem to get a perfect sepparation
    between letter & shadow, thanks in advance, eddie 🙂 [/b]

    Paulsad replied 22 years, 1 month ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Martin Pearson

    May 13, 2002 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Eddie I’m afraid I can’t help you with your problem as we dont use coral a great deal. In Lorraines poll you said that coral was great and why spend money on something like e6. I think you have just answered your own question. I’m not trying to be cheaky but the dedicated sign software is written for a reason. Coral Draw is a great program but it wasn’t written with the sign industry in mind.

  • eddie cotter

    May 13, 2002 at 10:22 pm

    yeah ! point taken martin, i think the problem is more with me than the software, look at it like this ive just don my first two vans both coustomers went away witha smile on their faces, very happy
    & promised they would be back with more work !
    why woul i need to spend so much on high end gear,
    dont get me wrong, i know e6 is the biz & eventualy when i get established
    i will invest in the best sign software, eddie

  • Timmy Mallet

    May 15, 2002 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Eddie,

    The method I use is to copy the original text and paste where you want your shadow to lie, I then go to the arrange menu then shapping and click on the trim option. You can also pick which part of the text to leave behind e.g target or source. I you then find that some of the shadow touches the next letter in the text you can alter the text spacing by changing the kerning option.

    Hope this helps you a bit as it’s me first answer on the board.

    Happy signing,


  • Phill Fenton

    May 15, 2002 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Eddie, Corel Draw is a brilliant program in many ways but not being a dedicated sign program – some of the Fonts are inferior to those supplied for true sign software. I understand some fonts are "stepped" being designed with DTP in mind, and when blown up to the sizes used on signs can give dissapointing results. I use Corel a lot for its ability to import different file formats and export them in other formats. Also it’s ability to create bitmap images from vector art (useful for emailing clients a jpg image of a job without giving away the actual vector art that could be used to create the sign by another sign shop). Because Corel sells so many copies – most of the bugs are ironed out. Something that doesn’t always happen with dedicated sign software which can be full of bugs. You don’t need a dongle (software lock) either so can run the program simultaneously on as many PCs as you like – another useful feature at times. 😀

  • Lorraine Buchan

    May 16, 2002 at 7:32 am


  • red dragon

    May 16, 2002 at 9:56 am


    Have you looked at the Corel Plug-in called Sign Tools, this is an Australian software. It would appear to be capable of doing what you want. I’ve only looked at the trial version, so can’t comment on full ability. I think it retails at 395Au Dollars, if you do a search on E.bay for vinyl cutters available to UK, it comes up there. I know of a company in the UK selling this plug-in, go to

  • eddie cotter

    May 16, 2002 at 3:29 pm

    thanks to all, i think tims option sounds the easy one, eddie 🙂

  • Paulsad

    May 17, 2002 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve got Sign Tools – Sign Wizard sell it here in U.K.
    There are some nice features but whether its worth the xtra *£200 or so I don’t really know.
    Coreldraw is just very familiar to me – I’ve been with it since v. 1.1 and I’m on 10 now. True type fonts are inferior to type one fonts (postcript fonts) as a rule but you will find type one fonts in coreldraw as well – I have found you must convert to curves before you try to cut them.

    *price £149 (on offer at moment)

Log in to reply.