Create mosaic-like images in CorelDraw:
This tutorial has three parts.
Part 1: Creating the document and selecting your image.
1. Launch CorelDraw
2. Create a new document
3. Import a royalty free jpeg image
Note: Royalty free images can be accessed through CorelConnect.
Part 2: Creating the grid to hold the image.
1. Using the rectangle tool create a perfect square on the upper most left corner of the image
To create a perfect square:
Hold CTRL and then click and drag to create a perfect square.
2. Create a series of square in one row.
Select the square and then press the Plus sign on your keyboard to create a duplicate without an offset. and then drag the object on the right side. To ensure that the it is aligned with the first object click on the object and then press SHIFT + CTRL on your keyboard and drag the object to the right side
You now have 2 squares
3. Using the Blend Tool, make a series of squares.
Click on the first square, press shift and then click on the other square to select both objects. Once the objects has been selected. Go to Effects >> Blend.
In the Blend Docker, you would need to set the number of steps you would like to use. In this example, the steps were set to 42, as there should be a space in between squares.
4. Select all the squares and click on Arrange >> Break Blend Group Apart. We would need to do this step so that we can blend the squares again and fill the image.
Select all of the squares in one row and then group them. Once grouped, select the grouped squares and press the Plus sign on your keyboard to create a duplicate without an offset.
5. Once finished, drag the grouped squares down, again, To ensure that the it is aligned with the first object click on the object and then press SHIFT + CTRL on your keyboard and drag the object downward.
You now have 2 groups of squares. One on the top and one on the bottom of the image.
6. Select both groups and then go to Effects >> Blend
In the Blend Docker, you would need to set the number of steps you would like to use. In this example, the steps were set to 27, as there should equal spaces between squares.
Part 3: Creating the mosaic effect
Now that the grid is created. The next step is editing the image.
'1. Alt + Click on the document to select the image. Once selected, move the image on the left side of the document. S'elect the grid and Click on Arrange >> Break Blend Group Apart.
Ungroup all of the objects.
Now, combine the ungroup objects. The group of square are now a single object (grid)
2. Place the image back on its original position, at the back of the grid.
2. Select the image and go to Effects >> PowerClip >> Place inside Frame
Click on one of the squares. The image is now placed inside the object
2. To edit the image inside the object
Select the object and then go to effects >> Powerclip >> edit image
3. Making the image look like an illustration.
Once the image has been selected. Click on Trace Bitmap >> Outline Trace >> Low Quality Image
A message will pop out that will inform that the size of the bitmap is large. Just click on reduce bitmap to continue.
Once in the PowerTrace window, the program will now process the trace, wait for it to finish and adjust accordingly to your preference.
Under Options select delete original image and then click ok.
To finish editing the bitmap, click on Effects >> Powerclip >> Finish Editing This Level
5. Select the Grid and right click on Transparency on the Color Palette to remove the border lines.
6. Using the Rectangle Tool, create a rectangle that is the same size as the document.
7. Select the rectangle and then go to Arrange >> Order >> To the back of page
8. Export the image to JPEG.