If you are planning on modifying our templates yourself,
this section is for you. This page provides
fundamental instructions for using the basic tools
within CorelDraw! By following the
steps below, you will be able to alter/customize any of our
templates into thousands of different looks!
screen captures and instructions will provide you a good,
fundamental understanding of the ease in which our
CorelDraw! templates can be modified. Keep in mind,
that we offer a full customization service so if you don't
have or don't want to purchase CorelDraw!, you may request
customization upon checkout from your shopping cart.
Please forgive the size of this page,
but to provide you with the clarity of images and
comprehensive tutorial, we felt this was a must.
is the T-shirt design we will use for this tutorial.
We felt it offered the best all-around features to provide a
comprehensive lesson on the fundamentals of altering our
has powerful, built-in tools that allow us to
incorporate preset variables in all our stock templates.
This gives you, our customer, an easy-to-modify design!
element we are going to change is the text. Right now,
the template displays the word 'Rival' across the middle.
The team we are altering this design for is named
CorelDraw! 'Pick Tool', (shown to left) and select directly
on top of the word 'Rival' in the template. You will notice
eight, black squares appear around the object you selected.
In this case, it it the word 'Rival' (see right).
Now select the 'Text' menu item from the top of the page. It is
a main navigation tool at the very top of your CorelDraw! work
area. Once selected, you will see a fly-out menu (see right)
that will have several text editing tools. You will select
'Edit Text', (see right).
Once selected, a pop-up text editor will appear. The word you
are editing will be visible within the editor and it will be
shown in the font that it was originally created with - in this
case, BrushScript BT. (see right)
drag your mouse over the text and highlight it.
Once highlighted, you may type any custom text you wish.
Since the school we are creating this design for is has
a mascot name of 'Cardinals', that's what we're going
'OK' at the bottom of your text editor window.
BAM! The word 'Cardinals' appeared in the exact same position
and format as the previous word 'Rival'! (see right)
the incredible advantage CorelDraw! has over most all
vector draw packages on the market. It allows us
to preset your template text and you can simply retype
and a different word and keep all of the original
formatting and position! Cool huh?
doesn't mean you can't alter the text further. Not at
all! You can move it, resize it, change the font,
recolor it, change the outline thickness or completely
delete it altogether! All our presets do is give you
an excellent starting point for a professional design!
In most of our templates, we stack fonts
directly on top of each other to create nice effects.
In this design, we stacked the word 'Cardinals'.
Notice there is a red and gold 'Cardinals' on top, and a
black one behind it. That is why you see a black
outline around the red and gold. Simply change the
black text in the back like you did the one in the front.
It's that easy!
have noticed that the 's' at the end of the word Cardinals
didn't line up to the tail as accurately as you might want.
No problem, just select the word again with your 'Pick Tool'
and nudge it where you want it.
this case, we nudged the word 'Cardinal' up a tad (see right)
and decided that's where we would leave it. Then, we selected
the word 'Cardinal' and the tail by holding down the shift key
on our keyboard. That allowed both elements to be selected
together, at the same time. (see right) Once both elements were
selected, new tools appeared on our tool bar at the top of the
page (see below). We will now click on the 'Weld' tool (see
below) and the two objects we have selected together, will
become one. They will weld together. Notice in the next image
down on right, that the 's' at the end of the word 'Cardinals'
and the tail are now welded together. Compare the image to the
right and the image directly below. You will see how they have
now become one object which makes the design flow better.
Now we will change the text that has been 'Fit-To-Path' around
the circle, across the top of the design. So we select it with
our 'Pick Tool' (see right) and the eight, black bounding boxes
appear once again. This can be a little tricky since the text
is fit around an invisible circle so make sure you've selected
JUST the text and not the circle too. Once the text is
selected, we will again click on the 'Text' menu item at the top
of the page and open the 'Text Editor'.
Once the 'Text Editor' is open, we can change the text we
originally had entered to our custom text to fit this job.
Previously we had entered 'RIVALART.COM TEMPLATES & TEMPLATE
PARTS', (see previous image to right). Now we will change it to
'BIRCHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL' and select 'OK' from the bottom of the
'Text Editor' window.
Our changes instantly appear once again! (see right) With the
font still selected, we can edit the text further if needed. It
will continue to wrap around the invisible circle that we had
preset into the template, allowing you to get the look-and-feel
we enlarged the 'BIRCHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL' font to balance
the design. (see below)
change the word template on the banner (see right) to
display the year instead.
Follow the same sequence we stepped through earlier on the word
'Rival' and your banner text will change instantly! (see right)
school we are creating this design for is the Cardinals, we
certainly don't want to leave the tiger head. So
select the existing tiger head with your "Pick Tool' (left)
and press 'Delete' on your keyboard. It will
disappear. (see right)
Now we will import the cardinal head we got from Rival art's
'Template Parts' store ;-) and import it it into our design.
Accomplishing this is very easy. From the main, upper menu of
CorelDraw!, select >FILE>IMPORT and a pop-window of your
directories and files will appear. So chose the cardinal head
and clicked 'OK'. The head appeared on our work area and we
moved it to the middle of the design. Unfortunately, several
things were wrong. The head is too small and it covered the
word 'Cardinals'. (see right)
Select the cardinal head with your pick tool and the black
bounding boxes will appear around it. From the top main menu of
CorelDraw we will select >ARRANGE>ORDER and a fly-out menu
appears where we will select ' In Front Of ' (see right) Once
this selection is made, our 'Pick Tool' cursor gets FAT. It
wants us to tell it what we want the cardinal head to go in
front of. So we select the black background circle behind the
This moves the cardinal head in front of the black background
circle and most importantly, BEHIND the word Cardinal. (see
right) Sometimes you will need to play around with this tool
until you get the right placement of the object you're bringing
forward or sending back. In this case, it worked perfectly the
Now we start playing with the size and position of the head.
Notice to the right, how we moved and enlarged the head a bit.
That's about as big as it will go due to the text across the
top. We wouldn't want to completely block it out. The design
could be finished, ready to deliver to the customer at this
tutorial purposes, we're going to pretend that the customer
requested the head to be much larger and that we get rid of
the text at the top.
that's what we did. You can enlarge the head by simply clicking
on one of the corner bounding boxes and pulling it out. Notice
how we grabbed the top right bounding box. (see right)
customer requested one last modification.
that we make the word 'Baseball' located in the banner, more
pronounced. The following instructions will show you
how to manipulate outlines and fills. Once you read
these instructions, you will be able to alter any object in
CorelDraw! the exact same way. In other words, the
outline and fill tool works exactly the same on art elements
as it does text.
with, we select the white word 'Baseball' within the banner
and then go to our Outline Tool (see left)
fly-out menu appears. (right) This allows us to either make a
quick outline choice or by selecting the pen tip within the
fly-out, we can open an outline dialogue box. (next image down
decided to go to the dialogue box and make several changes at
one time. A thick outline is needed for a drop shadow effect.
We chose an 8.0pt outline (right) and directly below the point
selection dropdown, we chose to round the corners of the font
since the outline would be so thick. The next selection was to
select a color for the outline - we chose black. You can see the
result in the previous design image. (two pictures up on right)
The last selection we made within the dialogue box was to select
'Scale with image'. This is a very important selection since
the final design will be reduced and enlarged to go on several
different items. By selecting this option, we can make sure the
outline of the font will automatically reduce and enlarge with
the design as we manipulate the complete design size within
Now to the
fill option. To begin with, we select the now, black word
'Baseball' within the banner and then choose our Fill Tool
menu appears. (right) This allows us to either make a quick
outline choice or by selecting the colorful square on the
far left of the fly-out, we can open a fill dialogue box.
(next image down on right)
Again, we decided to go to the dialogue box. Once in the box we
chose Pantone Process Black just as we did with the outline.
Simply select on the color of your choice and click 'OK'.
Now we have the
font filled with black and we have a thick black outline as
well. We're ready to create a white font to sit on top of
accomplish this, we simply select >EDIT from the main top menu
and once the sub-menus drop down, select 'Duplicate'. (see
right) The object, in this case the word baseball, will be
duplicated one on top of the other.
back to our Fill Menu Dialogue box by choosing the fill tool
(left) and then the colored square within the fly-out.
(immediate bottom). Once selected the Fill Dialogue
pops up. (far right)
top/duplicate font selected, choose white for the fill.
(right) The font fills white.
select the 'Outline Tool' (left) and when the fly-out menu
appears, simply choose the 'X' within the fly-out.
This gets rid of the outline altogether. Since the
font had been duplicated off of the thick black one, (we
created) the outline had to be removed so not to interfere
with the white.
We have a complete, ready-to-deliver design for the
tutorial covered all the basic manipulation processes
our templates require when using CorelDraw! We
know the level of expertise our customer's posess are
quite varied, so we've tried to make this tutorial as
informative and descriptive as possible by utilizing
both text, and images.
NOTE: We cannot offer telephone or e-mail support on how
to use CorelDraw! If you need further assistance
with learning CorelDraw!, you will need to contact
their support or your owner's manual. Our pricing
model does not afford us the option of
providing training for third-party software.
We hope you understand.
don't have the time, or will, to learn CorelDraw! Or if
you cannot understand the tutorial above, we can step in
and customize your design for you. The pricing for
this service is located on our customization page
(linked from each product detail page).
for your understanding,
The Custom Design Team