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How do I create open face (exposed neon) channel letters in CorelDraw?

Discussion in 'Corel' started by sgnpntr, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. sgnpntr

    sgnpntr New Member

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    Anybody got a slick trick to depict open face neon channel letters in CorelDraw to show to clients?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    myront CorelDRAW is best

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    Can you post a sample? I could tell you how with CorelDraw but not familiar with channel letters and neon.
     
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    Just put a glow on the object. About 5 feather and 75 opacity.
     
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  5. Bobby H

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    I create my actual neon tube path designs for things like open face channel letters and other stuff within CorelDRAW. Creating a good single-stroke center line is critical. I typically work in full size, so I'll assign a pen stroke to the center line the same width as my desired neon tube width, usually 12mm but sometimes 10mm for tight stuff or 15mm for really big things. The pen stroke can be converted to an object once the design is finalized, but I'm always careful to not let CorelDRAW delete the original centerline when converting the stroke. From there it's easy to apply contour effects for glow within CorelDRAW or port the artwork into Photoshop for more convincing glow effects on photo-like renderings.
     
  6. matthewota

    matthewota Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

     
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    matthewota Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

    Where is the Corel "glow" command?
     
  8. ams

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    Use the drop shadow, then make it an outside shadow. Dim the feathering to about 5 and darken the shadow to around 75 opaque. If you change colors, be sure to alter the blend type.
     
  9. matthewota

    matthewota Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

    Thank You. I am Running Corel X8 and will give it a try.
     
  10. matthewota

    matthewota Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

    I do it all with vectors. I do not like bitmaps. I just make a vector, make it 15mm to scale, convert it to an object. Then I paste the vector over and over again at different pen strike witdhts and different colors. I use the neon object as a pattern by scaling it and then the production artist plots out the vector for the neon shop.
     
  11. matthewota

    matthewota Electrical/Architectural Sign Designer

    Attached is a PDF lesson I made that shows how to make glowing neon in Corel Draw without using drop shadow bitmaps. My method even allows part of the drawing to be used as a full scale neon pen pattern. It is scaleable to any size to fit any drawing scale, or even full size
     

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  12. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    No need to do this manually. That's what the Blend tool is for...
     
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    Neon letters, using Corel Photopaint>>[​IMG]
    >>>>>>>>>>>[​IMG] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>[​IMG]
     
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  15. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

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    There's all sorts of ways to visually simulate the look of open faced neon channel letters in CorelDRAW.

    I design the ones we build to exact specification so the letter backs & faces can be routed and the tube paths can be used for neon tube patterns. Then I concern myself later about how to make the artwork look for client sketches. I start with a full size layout. Depending on the size of the letters and the lengths of the tube paths I'll make the thickness of the tubes 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, etc. The edges of the tubes have to be a certain minimum distance from the edge of the returns. I'll create a center-line path for the tubes and use the pen tool settings to determine tube thickness. I'll keep the center-line path and make copies to convert the object to outline. For client sketches you only have to do this a couple or so different times to create a decent looking glow effect on a scale drawing. Using tons of outline or contour steps is overkill for a scale drawing. If I want to be really picky about the look of it I'll take the paths over into Photoshop and dress up a better looking rendering there. Some of this just really depends on the specific project.

    Single stroke neon in channel letters can be a pain to produce. This is where the blend tool in CorelDRAW can be handy. You can break apart parts of a letter and then blend between the parallel lines to create a single stroke line in the center of the letter. You'll have to reverse path direction on one of the outer parallel lines of the letter shape. This method works best/easiest on clean, sans serif letter styles. With some of the more irregular typefaces out there you'll be stuck having to hand draw the single stroke, center path. The blend tool can also work for creating exposed neon for really large letters where multiple tubes are filling the open space.

    Currently CorelDRAW does not support gradients on path strokes. Adobe Illustrator added this feature a couple versions ago. This feature can create a convincing looking neon tube effect just with one open path. Maybe some day Corel will offer the same feature in DRAW.
     
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