How to put or apply a shadow to objects with CorelDRAW - Simple steps

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Design and imagery, layout and other types of digital content have taken a total turn with the emergence of organizations such as Adobe, which have been offering a wide range of tools that allow viewing creation and editing of photographs , books, animation and much more .

Corel's challenge

If there's one organization that could rock the biggest names in digital content creation and design, it definitely would Corel . After Adobe was founded in 1982, the Corel organization would emerge in 1985 in Canada.



This software developer did not stay in the design part, but also made the creation of programs that they could cope even with those that make up the Microsoft Office package , launching the Corel HOME OFFICE package in 2009, consisting of of CorelWRITE, CorelCALCULATE and CorelSHOW.

CorelDRAW is its most popular design tool

Despite all the progress it has made, the program that has put it on par with the top developers is, without a doubt, CorelDRAW.

This application is designed to meet the needs that its users can present in terms of layout, design, printing and web publishing.

Highlights of CorelDRAW

Like any other program, as technology has allowed the design of new and potentially useful tools, Corel has refined the interface of CorelDRAW , making it one of the most complete on the market . Among the most relevant functions are:

  • The addition of color palettes in 1999.
  • The ability to publish as PDF in 2000.
  • The creation of objects using the symbol tool in 2002.
  • Converting bitmaps to vector graphics in 2007, thanks to the inclusion of the vectorization engine.
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Tool of the day

It wasn't included in the previous list, but it's still interesting and useful when designing. In this opportunity, you will be able to explore how the shading option it works on objects .



This feature has been included in CorelDRAW since its eighth release in 1998, along with the multi-file import feature and the Zipper and Whirlwind tools, which allow you to distort images.

How to use shading

This tool will allow you to simulate the effect of light on objects or texts in your project. This shading can be applied from several perspectives:

  • Horizontal.
  • Left.
  • Right.
  • Below.
  • Top

In order to use this feature, you must locate the ribbon which is located on the left side of the screen, where you will get the button that will allow you to launch this tool.

Shadow creation

As soon as you select it shading tool , you can click on the object, so that it is selected.

  • You can hold down the left click on the object and drag the one indicated to the area where you want to set the shadow.
  • At the top left of the screen you will find a button for presets. By clicking on it, a menu with the different types of shadow will be displayed, choosing the one you prefer.

Shadow settings

Depending on the position assigned to the effect, some buttons for configuring the instrument will be enabled and disabled.


  • If the effect was applied in a centered way, will enabled the buttons that allow you to determine the distance between the object and shadow .
  • Placing the shadow under the object will enable the options needed to determine the angle of inclination and lengthen the length of the shadow.
  • Another shadow fade option that will apply an object that fades based on length.
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Style options

To make the even better shade Compared to the object you use for your drawing, CorelDRAW offers another set of functions that will allow you to customize this effect. In this sense you can:


  • Determines the opacity of the shadow.
  • Softens or fades the edges of the shadow.
  • Using the Fade Direction option, you can select which area the effect can fade from.
  • Change the color of the shadow.
  • Apply shadow and silhouette effects to texts.
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