Text Effect Contouring and Text Wrapping in CorelDRAW


In this tutorial we will look at a couple of simple text effects. The effects can not only be used to create an attractive poster, as you will see in this tutorial, but also when creating newsletters, brochures or anywhere else where you want text to wrap around images, or require the text to be outlined.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to use:

  • The Fountain Fill tool
  • The Text tool
  • Text Wrapping
  • Contour tool

1. Start a new document in CorelDRAW (Letter Size). Set the primary color to CMYK.

2. Double click the Rectangle tool to create a frame around the page.

3. Next we will apply a two-color fountain fill. In this example, we will use the CMYK Palette.

a. Right click the rectangle and select Object Properties. This will open the Object properties docker
b. Go to Fill. Select Fountain fill and enable the Linear fountain fill.
c. For the first fill color (From) we will use Brown and for the last fill (To) we will use Murky Green. To select these specific colors, click the small triangle to the right of the color swatch and then click More. Type the name of the color in the Name field.

d. We will set the fill midpoint to 50 by typing it in the position box or by dragging the slider.
e. We will set the color progression to -135 degrees in the Angle value box.

4. Next, Import an image or a graphic and place it on the page.

5. Select the Text tool, click on the page and type a word - in this example, we will be using the word 'Hope' as the title.

a. Set the font (we usedSmudger LET, but any san-serif font will give a similar effect) and set its object size to 3.5 x 2 inches.

6.With the text still selected go to Contour tool. In this example, we used the following settings.


a.Outside Contour, Steps = 2, Contour offset = 0.05

7. To edit the contours with the text still selected, go to Arrange and select Break Contour Apart. Now with the text still selected after breaking the contours, go to Arrange menu and select Ungroup All. Now we can set the color for each of the contours.

a. Select inside contour step and set color to White.
b. Select outside contour step, set color to 70% Gray.

8.Select the text and the contours together, right click and select Group.

9. Create a paragraph text frame using the Text tool. Resize the paragraph text frame to 6.5 x 7.5.

10. In this example, we set the font to Smudger LET, and the font size to 9 points. Fill in the paragraph text - in this example, we will be using the poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers' by Emily Dickinson.

11. By default the text is left aligned. In this example, we will set the author's name '- Emily Dickinson' to the right. To do this, place the cursor before the hyphen/dash, go to Object Properties, click on the Paragraph button then select 'Align Right'.

12. Change the paragraph text color to White.

13.Next, click on the image or graphic, in this example, select the crane on the lower left.

14. In the Object Properties' docker, click on Summary button and select Contour - Straddle Text' as Wrapping Style, with 0.2 Wrap Offset.

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