Despite the wide variety of graphic design programs that you can find on the market, it is no secret to anyone that CorelDRAW is among the best. In addition to its versatility and wide range of design tools, it offers a customizable character in most of its functions.
What is a pattern?
A pattern is nothing but an image that repeats a finite or infinite number of times without representing any fissure or rupture in the drawing.
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As previously mentioned, one of the functions that most characterizes CorelDRAW (and that has also placed it as one of the best design programs for digital content), is the ability to customize a large part of your tools, depending on the need and preference of its users.
In this sense, you can not only use the patterns that CorelDRAW can offer you, but you can also create the figures and shapes that you think are necessary to develop a mosaic.
How to create a custom pattern
To proceed with the create a custom tile or pattern Through the tools offered by CorelDRAW, you just have to follow a series of instructions that will be shown below:
- Draw on the sheet the main figure for the design of your pattern.
- Use the «Shape Properties» box to set equal measurements. For example: 10 cm long and 10 cm wide.
- Align the figure, so that it is in the ideal position with respect to the sheet. To do this, go to the object tab, go to the «Align and distribute» section and click on the option of the same name.
- A toolbar will appear next to your screen through which you can perform the horizontal and vertical alignment to ensure that it is perfectly centered on the sheet.
Define your layout
This figure will make up the background of your pattern, so you should assign a fund and begin to draw the rest of the figures that will be part of it. To do this, you must:
- Define the background color of your pattern, using the CorelDRAW color palette or some other palette that you have created previously.
- Use the corners (in case of using, for example, a square) of the figure that serves as the background of the pattern to place the rest of the figures. The guidelines will be very helpful for this.
- You can click on the horizontal ruler that appears on your screen and drag it to the sheet and later add the remaining lines around the figure.
- Draw the shape that will form the pattern. It is important that, using the shape properties tool, you set measurements equal to and less than the shape that serves as the background. That is to say: if you used a figure with measurements of 10×10 before, you can assign the new figure, measurements of 5×5.
- Duplicate the figure and place it on each of the picture corners.
Save the created pattern
Once you have finished drawing and aligning the figures that will form the pattern, you can add the effects you want the same. What remains would be to proceed with the creation and saving of the pattern. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Go to the «Tools» tab on the ribbon. Go to the «Create» section and click on «Pattern fill».
- Select the type of pattern of your preference.
- It is recommended to select only the central area of the design. Therefore also the importance of the guide rules in the design process.
- Click on the «Accept» button and a new window will appear where you can assign name, tags and category.
Using the custom pattern
In this way, taking the design out of the box (place on the same sheet or on a new one), the pattern you just created. How? In the following way:
- Draw a new figure.
- Go to the «Interactive fill» option.
- Click the «Vector Pattern» button.
- Select the category of «Personal«.
- Select the created pattern.
- Adjusts its size based on your design preferences.
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