One of the more popular techniques used with photographs is turning that photograph in to what it is called a vignette. The vignette is a technique where you start to fad an image from a predetermined spot in a photo and fad it to nothing at the edge of the photo. Creating an an oval vignette is the most popular technique and is used extensively by photographers. In this article we will use the powerclip function in CorelDraw to create out oval cutout. Than we will use the vignette command in CorelDraw to create our vignette
Here is our original image
Here is the sample image that we will be working with. Note: when you are choosing an image make sure that you have good space around the image. This photo has this. If it was a close up image I would not be able to create the vignette as I would not have enough space around the image.
Let us create our oval
From the toolbox select the Ellipse tool or press the F7 key (1)
Draw an oval
Draw an oval that is somewhat what you want.
Place your oval over your image
The next step is to place the oval over your photo. As you can see from the photo I have ample room to place the oval because of the space around the person. I have used a wider line and one that is yellow so that you can see what I am doing.
Select your picture
Select your picture (1). You know it is selected as the status bar indicates that you have an RGB photo selected (2)
Select EFFECTS (1) | POWERCLIP (2) | PLACE INSIDE CONTAINER (3)
Click inside in the oval
With the photo selected your cursor will change into a black arrow (1). Click inside the oval with the arrow
You may get an error message
You may get an error message. This is typically because you do not have the photo selected or you are not clicking inside the oval or the oval is not a valid vector.
Here is my PowerClipped Image
Here is my powerclipped image. We will need to get rid of the yellow line.
Remove the outside line
Select the pen tool in the toolbox (1). Next select the “X” to remove the outline (2)
Photo with no outline
Here is the photo with no outline
Resize your PowerClip
It is good practice to resize your image before you convert to a bitmap. Make sure you have your scale lock on (1). Than change your horizontal (2) or vertical value (3). Becasue the lock button is on entering in one value automatically scales the object in the other direction.
Convert the Powerclip image to a bitmap
To be able to apply our vignette i you need to convert your powerclipped photo to a bitmap. Go to BITMAP (1) | CONVERT TO BITMAP (2)
Setup for Lasering
Here is the setup for converting your powerclip to a bitmap. Resolution should be 150 dpi (1). Convert your image to grayscale (2). Make it Transparent (3). Note: resize your image in terms of size you want to engrave the image at before you convert the image
Setup for Sublimation
If you are doing this for sublimation than it is best to setup your conversion to bitmap as per the figure. Set your DPI to 300 (1). Your colour model should be RGB (2) for ink jet and cmyk for laser printers. Use the transparent background so that you get rid of the white box that surrounds the photo (3).
No white box
When you select the transparent image you can place a coloured background on your image.
Go to BITMAP (1) | CREATIVE (2) | VIGNETTE (3).
Do your vignette
In the Vignette window we need to do a few things. First of all we need to see the preview windows. Click on the dual window preview (1). Click on the lock icon so that you can see any changes (2). Select the Ellipse shape (3). Adjust your Offset (4) and you fade (5) accordingly to what you want.
Our Vignette is done
Here is the finished image. Notice the fading from the inside out.
Invert the image for laser engraved images with white cores
If your image is going to lasered engraved on a product where the core is lighter than the top material than you will probably have to invert the image (create a negative). To do this select EFFECTS (1) | TRANSFORM (2) | INVERT (3).
Inverted Object – Notice no black background
Notice in the finished image that my background is white. This is because I made the image transparent.