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Recreating a Logo Using the Envelope Command

This was a request from a customer on how to recreate the text so that it flows in curve along the top of the text but is still straight at the bottom. We do this using the Envelope command in CorelDraw. The Envelope command is a very powerful tool that is one of those tools that you tend not to know about. It can create a lot of effects

Here is Our Logo

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Here is the Logo that we need to reproduce

Select The Text Tool

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Select the Text Tool from the ToolBox (1)

Click on the Desktop

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Your mouse will turn into a “Plus” symbol with an “A”. You will get a flashing cursor.

Select Your Font

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Before you start typing let us select the font. I believe this font is Times Roman (1) and is a Normal setting (2)

Type Out Your Text

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I have typed out the text that needs to be manipulated

Select The WireFrame View

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Turn on WireFrame mode. Go to VIEW(1) | SIMPLE WIREFRAME (2)

Our Image is a Light Gray and the Text is an Outline

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You can see that the logo is a light gray. We are going to superimpose the typed text on top of the original logo. We can see both easier if the WireFrame is selected.

Drag Out Guidelines

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I have dragged out a number of guidelines so that I can drag up my text to match the text. Notice the “S” is below the Guideline (1)

Drag Our Origin

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Click twice on the guideline so that you see rotation arrows. To move only one side of the guideline requires us to move the origin – circle (1). Hold the left mouse button down and drag to origin to the left (2)

The Origin is Moved

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The origin has moved over.

The Guideline Is Rotated

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I have rotated the guideline so that it is at the top of the “S” (1). With the origin at the “M” when you drag the line down only the right side moves.

Lock the Original Logo

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To make sure that the logo does not get accidentally selected right click on it and select the “Lock Object” (1)

Locate Your Text and Resize to the Guidelines

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Move your text so that it fits in the and between the guidelines. Notice how all the letters line up. In some situations you may need to move a letter to get it to line up. Luckily, this was a pretty basic logo job.

Drag Your Text Up

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We need to resize our text by clicking on the middle top handle (1) and dragging up. Drag the artwork up so that the “M” is in line with the guideline.

Select The Envelope Command

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Go to ARRANGE (1) | ENVELOPE (2)

Select Add New

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Select Add New (1) from the Envelope Docker.

Your Cursor Changes to A Rectangle with Nodes

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Our cursor will change into a cursor with a rectangle and nodes (1).

Click on the Top Middle Node

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If you zoom in on the envelope rectangle you will notice a center node. Click on it and drag down (1)

Here is The Envelope is Started

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Drag down the Node till it touches the lowest spot which is the top of the “P” and the “T” (1)

Drag The Node Handle

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Drag the node handle (the blue arrow) (1) down till it lines up with the letters

Drag The Other Handle

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Drag the other node Handle as we did in the previous step (1)

Drag Down the Node

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All we need to do is to drag the node down so that the “S” lines up

Select the Pick Tool

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Select the Pick tool to finish the envelope

Here is Our Finished Logo

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The text is now mimicking the original text. If you select the text again, you can continue to modify it to fine tune it.

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