Plastic/Gel/Bubble Text Effect Corelx13 - no plug-in needed

General tips and techiques used in various sign/graphic design software. Corel, Flexi etc.
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Plastic/Gel/Bubble Text Effect Corelx13 - no plug-in needed

Post by Muts » Tue May 29, 2007 12:43 pm

Gel/Plastic/Bubble text WITHOUT A PLUG-IN.
Yes is it possible and easier then you think

First off, choose the correct font. We have all
seen it “Times” with a gel effect - hideous
indeed! We need something more conducive to
this effect something with rounded or soft
corners, and plenty of meat....no Arial Narrow will not work.

Here I am using Barmeno! Around 3” high

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Choose a dark color for your text.
Here I am using a “pure hue” rgb BLUE - one day I’ll explain that.
Then we’ll add a Contour to the “Inside”
1/8 is good or .12 close enough. Choose a lighter blue
here I am using Straight CYAN.

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Now we are gonna need Highlights!
You’ll need an extra set of inner contours to complete the highlights
Break what you have apart, copy the CYAN part and move it out of the way.

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We’ll come back to that in a minute.
Go ahead and make your highlights. If you do not know how to do that
follow this tutorial - highlights

Highlights complete!

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ok, grab the copy you made of CYAN Inner Contour convert that
to a bitmap ( if your gonna output this I suggest 300 dpi, but if your
machine is having trouble keeping up then use something lower ) :)

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We’ll apply a filter, never leaving CorelDRAW!
You want Gaussian Blur ( top menu Bitmaps, Blur - Gaussian blur) -


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24 pixels or so is good for the size letter we are using.

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Stick your blurred letters on top of your Highlights and Original Letters and Voila!

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I like to keep the highlights
UNDER the blurred letters I think they look better.

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Some other idea’s using the same technique -

Gradient, Shelacked Wood

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Post by gamisano » Thu May 31, 2007 1:22 pm

Hey Muts,

Thanks a ton for the tutorial. I just have one question, when I followed your steps, and placed the blured bitmap over the text, it blocks out everything behind the bitmap. How are you making these areas transparent? Thanks!

Guido

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Post by Muts » Thu May 31, 2007 6:05 pm

In the "convert to bitmap" box be sure to have "transparent background" checked.

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Very Cool

Post by Signs Up » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:53 am

I tried it and it works great! I love the look you get. I will say that the Shelacked Wood you showed at the end is exceptional! I tried using the patern fill dialog Wood looking bitmap but I never got it right. Any chance you will show us how to do the Shelacked Wood? Like I said it's really cool.
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