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Master colour gradients in CorelDRAW
Illustrator Andrew Archer shows you how it’s done.
Graphic design software
Melbourne-based artist Andrew Archer, who has been an illustrator and art director for more than a decade, is best known for his signature “hallucinogenic” colour schemes, which you can see in his work for Nike, Audi, GQ, The New York Times and other brands and publications.
Here, Archer offers a detailed peak at how CorelDRAW helps him push the colours of a dramatic illustration to the limit.
Trace it out
I started with a scanned sketch that I traced over, alternating between the LiveSketch and Pen tools to recreate the line work. I especially like LiveSketch. It’s a fluid, organic mode that feels almost like hands-on drawing. But it also has a predictive element that corrects and smooths your work – it magically makes a line straight or a circle perfectly round.
Make the gradient
Next, I started to build up the artwork.
The Eyedropper is great for testing colour combinations and applying palettes throughout an artwork. But using it to find the perfect gradient can give your work a more dramatic feel.
Adding that gradient is easy with CorelDRAW’s Interactive Fill tool. It can stretch the gradient or make one colour go farther into another. And changes are reflected in real time. It’s probably the best gradient tool I’ve used.