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Mirroring Objects - Corel CorelDraw Tutorial


Vikki Olds

May 2005

Creating reflection effects and shadows is really easy using the mirroring tools in CorelDraw. In this tutorial we'll take a quick look at creating a mirror object and then turn it into a shadow.

We'll be using the Free Angle Reflection tool to set our object in place.


First, you'll need an object to mirror. I've chosen a piece of clipart. From the file menu click Import and navigate to an image you want to use or create a basic shape to use for the tutorial.

Once you have an object placed, select it and go to Edit>Copy, then Edit>Paste.

Open the Shape Edit flyout and choose the Free Transform tool. Your object is already selected so click and hold where you want the anchor point of the mirrored image. Drag the mouse to create a line of reflection.

For purposes of example, you can see that the mirror above doesn't work so I've moved my mirror image up to where it needs to be, below, and transformed it a bit because I want to create a shadow with the mirrored image. To transform an image as below, select it, then click on it again to get the rotation handles showing. Drag the bottom center rotation handle to distort it as shown below.

Since we're creating a shadow we need to desaturate the color image. Go to Effects>Adjust>Desaturate.

Well, it looks ok but we really don't see shadows that look like that so we need to make a couple more adjustments.

With the shadow image selected go to Effects>Transform>Posterize.

Set the level of posterization as shown below and click ok.

Ok, it's getting there and could probably be left just as it is, but we'll make one more adjustment to lighten the shadow a bit.

Use the Interactive Transparency tool to lighten it up a bit.

Have fun!

Copyright (c) 2005, Vikki Olds, All Rights Reserved


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