October 1, 2000
Creating reflections in CorelDRAW 9 is a very simple process that turns out extremely good results with very little work. In this tutorial we'll be focusing on the Transformation panel but we'll also be using some bitmap effects. You can open the Transformation panel by pressing Alt-F9. You should see a panel similar to the one below.
For simplicity sake, as soon as you open the Transformation panel, set it up to look like the one above.
This tutorial will work for images you have created, bitmaps, clipart and other vector art. I chose a clipart car from the CorelDRAW 9 Clipart CD.
Select all the objects you would like to reflect. Go to the Transformation panel and click on "Apply to Duplicate". You should see an effect similar to the image below.
That was easy. There it is. Your new reflection. It does look a little blah though so let's spiff it up a bit. With your new reflection still selected go to Bitmaps>Convert to Bitmap. If you are already using a bitmap image you don't have to complete this step.
Go to Bitmaps>Creative>Smoked Glass. When the dialog comes up you can adjust the sliders and colors to get the reflective effect you want. For window reflections using a medium gray would work. I chose to do water and picked a blue green color. As you adjust and change settings you can use the preview button to see what is happening with your image.
In the same way that I created the reflection of the car, I created a sky and ground and reflected those also.
Because I wanted something similar to a water effect I also applied the Ripple effect to my reflected objects. You can find the ripple effect in the Bitmap menu in the Distort option.
The sky was made by creating a rectangle and applying the "Clouds - Morning" texture from the Fill Tool. You can find "Clouds - Morning" in the Sample texture library.
The ground was made by creating a rectangle and applying a Linear fill. I then used the Envelope Tool the create the curves at the top of the rectangle.
The water was made by creating a rectangle and applying a solid blue green fill to it. I also applied a uniform transparency to it using the Fill Tool>Gradient Fill.
Each piece then went through the reflection, Smoked Glass, Ripple process outlined above.
This total exercise took only about 15 minutes to complete.
Copyright 2000, Vikki Olds, All Rights Reserved