Sunday , December 17 2017
Home / CorelDraw / Set Up Lesson – Changing the Colours in a Logo in CorelDraw

Set Up Lesson – Changing the Colours in a Logo in CorelDraw

“I have a question. I have attached a logo.

Will it engrave properly on the encore gold and black, the logo is coloured and if I convert it to b & w it looks awful, am I doing it right
Chris”
This is a pretty standard question that I get from customers. So let us go through the techniques to engrave this logo. I am going to show you how to change the colours in a vector image.

Here is the Logo

media_1289315028750.png

Here is the original logo

Open up the Convert to Bitmap

media_1289315667647.png

I need to convert this image to black and white to see how bad the logo is. Select the BITMAPS (1) | CONVERT TO BITMAP (2)

Use These Settings

media_1289315677522.png

Set the Resolution to 150 (1). The colour mode to black and white (2). Turn off all the others, including Anti-aliasing (3).

Not Good Enough

media_1289315723518.png

You can see that the logo is probably not going to be good enough engraved like this. There is a some pixelation here – blue arrows. This would not be too bad if it was going onto wood but it is going onto gold engraving plastic so it will show all the imperfections in the logo.

How About Gray

media_1289315792605.png

If we send a coloured logo to the laser the laser converts it to gray. I have converted the logo to gray and it is not good enough.

This Image is Actually a Vector Object

media_1289316325303.png

Instead of converting the image to bitmap you will notice that this image is a vector image. This means that it is easy to change colours. If you have the logo selected and you look at the bottom of the page you will see that it is a group of 42 objects. This typically is an indicator that the image is a group of vectors.

View WireFrame

media_1289316332124.png

If you want to see if it really is a vector image go to VIEW | WIREFRAME. This will show you that the image is made up of lines and thus is a vector object. However, this is not a very good vector image as it is broken into a lot of smaller objects that may make it harder to change their colour as it is hard to select each one of the vectors. To be able to select the individual objects I need to ungroup the objects in the logo.

Ungroup the Image

media_1289318733276.png

Go to UNGROUP (1) | UNGROUP ALL (2)

Change the Brown Colour

media_1289326830373.png

There are a couple of ways to change colour in a Vector Image. One way is to select the objects and just select a new colour. We will do that later. Another way is to do a Find and Replace. This is very helpful if you have a lot of objects with the same colour. Let us look at this technique. First of all select the colour that you want to change. I have selected the brown colour that is in the face of the cat (1). Next look at the bottom right side of your screen. You will see that the colour is listed. In this case it is R=207 G=186 and B=105 (2). This is the 3 RGB numbers that make up this colour. Write this number down. Note: if you keep the objected selected while you do the next steps the numbers will stay displayed.

Open up The Replace Objects Command

media_1289318365487.png

Go to EDIT | FIND AND REPLACE (1) | REPLACE OBJECTS (2).

Select Replace a Colour

media_1289318444614.png

Select Replace a Color (1) then click next (2).

Select Other

media_1289318467574.png

We want to find find a colour so that Corel can select all those colours at once. Once selected, we can replace the old colour with another colour. Click the lull down arrow in the Find box (1). White is the default and we do not want this. Click the down arrow and you will have a a colour fly out. As the colors we are looking for is not a standard color selection “Other” (2).

Input the Colour that we want to find

media_1289318567549.png

First select our colour model as RGB (1). Next input the numbers of the selected colours (2). Notice that the numbers are still displayed at the bottom right corner (3). Press OK (4)

Select a Replacement Colour

media_1289328000590.png

We now want to replace the selected colour with white. So click on the down arrow (1). Select the white colour (2).

Select Finish

media_1289328981607.png

Select Finish (1).

Select Replace All

media_1289318620539.png

Select “Replace All”.

Click Ok

media_1289318641336.png

Corel will replace all the colours. Click ok (1)

The Cat Face is White

media_1289323039382.png

You can see that all the colours that had the selected colour have now been replaced with white.

Open the Object Manager

media_1289329491907.png

In this next step I will start selecting individual colours and change their colour. To make selections easier I will use the Object Manager. Make sure that it is open by going to TOOLS (1) | OBJECT MANAGER (2).

Select the Red Tongue

media_1289316929545.png

I want the red tongue on the top (1) to be black so I select it. Notice that I can see it in the object manager it is red with a yellow outline

The Mouth is Black

media_1289330985741.png

The top of our mouth is now black.

Change the Tongue to White

media_1289316958077.png

I have now selected the tongue and I want it to be white. Notice that is has a red fill and a yellow outline. I will need to change both of these to white. You can see the object manager has listed the object is red with a yellow outline.

Select the Two Eyes

media_1289316990533.png

Hold the Ctrl Key down and select the two yellow eyes by clicking on each eye. If you hold the Ctrl key down you can select multiple objects.

Select White

media_1289317001323.png

Select the Eyes and then left click on the white swatch in the colour palette. Left clicking on the colour fills in the colour. Because there is also a yellow outline you can now right click on the white swatch. This will change the yellow outlines to white. You could also right click on the “X” at the top of the colour palette (2) this will get rid of the outline.

Change the Yellow Whiskers

media_1289317016379.png

The outline of the whiskers is yellow so we need to make these white. I have selected all the whiskers in the logo. Notice that all of them are together in the object manager. Right click on the white colour swatch in the colour palette as we did earlier and the outlines will turn white. The fill is black so we can leave them alone.

Now Select the Yellow Text

media_1289317070865.png

Click on the yellow text. Luckily it is all joined. Click on the white colour swatch.

Now Select the Yellow Text

media_1289317078687.png

Click on the yellow text. Luckily it is all joined. Click on the white colour swatch.

Our Logo is Complete

media_1289317086580.png

Here is our logo it is now complete. This job took less than 5 minutes

Traced Logo

media_1289318098781.png

I did try a trace on the logo, but it did not turn out too well as you can see

About admin

Check Also

When I scale an image up I want the line width to scale with it

Sometimes when you want to scale a vector drawing up you may want that line …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *