There's a nifty new tool in Corel PhotoPaint 7 called the Image Sprayer. What this tool does is to apply images that follow the trail of your brush stroke across an image. The images that the Image Sprayer uses to create this effect are stored in what is called an Image List. In this example, you'll discover how surprisingly easy it is to create a custom Image List and use it to create a seamless tile.
1. Start with a new file, 200x200 pixels in 24-Bit RGB Color. First, you'll create your objects using the Type tool and a dingbat (or symbol) typeface. In the example shown below, I've used the Zapf Dingbat typeface, which is included with Corel Draw 7. I varied the size and the color of the symbols. As you use the type tool to make each symbol, Corel will automatically create it as an object.
2. Once the assortment of symbols is created, select View/Objects to view the Objects roll-up. Select all of the objects by shift-clicking on each object icon on the object roll-up. Or, use the Object Picker tool to marquee the entire image, thus selecting all of the objects. Once you have selected all the objects, select Object/Drop Shadow, with the settings Horizontal, 4; Vertical, 4; Feather, 2; Direction, Inside; Opacity, 60. Each object will then have its own drop shadow, as shown below.
3.Double click the Image Sprayer tool to open its Tool roll-up. Click on the flyout menu and select Save Objects as Image List. You now have a custom Image List that you can use for any project.
4. Now, to create your seamless pattern tile,start with a new file, 100x100 pixels in 24-Bit RGB Color.
Select the Image Sprayer tool and cover the entire image as shown above. Next, select Effects/2D/Offset with the Horizontal and Vertical values set to 50, and the Wrap Around radio button selected. Clean up the visible seam by clicking the Image Sprayer to cover any visible edges.
The examples shown above were all created with the Image Sprayer. The first example is the stars seamless tile created in this example. The second example uses the same Image List, with the Size setting on the Image Sprayer tool roll-up changed. The center example was created by using the Arrows typeface included with CorelDraw 7, found on CD number 1 in the Fonts/Symbols directory.
The alphabet example was fun to create. Each letter was created individually using the Text tool, with white selected as the paint color. A different typeface was used for each letter.
The food example was created using some of the Objects included on the CorelDraw CD number 2, in the Objects directory. The last example was created by selecting clipart included with CorelDraw.