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This tutorial will walk us through the act of creating a lightning bolt using both CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. The two foci will be the Natural Pen Tool (Draw) and channel operations (Photo-Paint).
Before we actually create the lightning, let's set up our Draw environment.
Using the available pen nibs within the natural pen tool gives us the necessary freedom to create jagged, random-looking lightning bolts. Of the four available types of nibs, two are the more useful for creating lightning: the Fixed-Width Pen Type and the Preset Natural Pen Type. The basic difference between the two is the shape they give a lightning bolt.
Let's try our hand at a bolt of lightning using the Preset Natural Pen Type.
That's it! Let's close up CorelDRAW and open Corel PHOTO-PAINT. To set up Photo-Paint's environment:
Let's match the canvas size to our CorelDRAW file: Go to Open | New from the File menu, choose Black as the Paper Color and 640 x 480 for the image size. If it requires, change the resolution to 96 dpi. An example is shown at right.
We want to retrieve the work done in Draw and use it as a channel mask. So go to Mask | Load | Load from Disk from the menu and locate the exported *.cpt file created earlier. The file will come up as a mask to which we want to commit the following steps:
Now our lightning is finally beginning to look like the real thing as shown at right (I hope!). But let's do a couple more things to further enhance it.
(From here, we can use our Transformation tools to resize, skew, scale, rotate, distort, or give perspective to our bolt. Resizing vertically is especially useful in that we can make the bolt skinnier, thereby making it appear further away.)
And that about wraps it up! With a little imagination there's no end to the number of lightning bolts a person can create.
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Last Updated Wednesday March 21 2007.
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