Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Calendars

The holiday season is coming and everyone is on the lookout for the perfect present for a friend or a loved one. Did you think of creating a custom present? Creating a calendar is an easy project with PaintShop Pro and you can either print it at home, or go to a local print shop for a more professional result (or simply a different size than what your printer can do). You can choose to display photos of the kids for grandma to enjoy, or photos of cars from the antique car show for Cousin Frank.

There are different types of calendars and they can take on varied format. You can have a calendar that shows the whole year below a single photo montage, or you can have different photos for each month. You can have the dates printed directely onto the page, or on a separate page. The possibilities are numerous which also means that you can create different presents using the same photos, collages, or scrapbook layouts. Although you can do everything from scratch, you might want to look into the numerous supplies available in digital scrapbook sites.

Let’s have a look at a simple way to create your own custom calendar in 6 steps:

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Turn 2D designs into 3D models with CorelCAD 2014

CorelCADThis week, we launched CorelCAD 2014, our powerful and affordable CAD solution. You can benefit from a number of new and enhanced features that will further streamline the CAD workflow in 2D drafting and 3D design.

With the new industry-standard CAD features and latest-version .DWG (AutoCAD R2013) file support, CorelCAD 2014 is an ideal alternative for professional CAD users looking for a high-performance Mac and Windows solution at an attractive price.

You can choose to work in 2D drafting or 3D modeling workspaces using the new Ribbon UI. The software will recognize which mode you are in and will adjust some of the tools to match the current style of drawing. You can take 2D drawings and convert them to 3D models. Many people take designs or sketches they created in CorelDRAW and create 3D models using CorelCAD.

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Seven types of Black Friday shoppers

shoppingAs the holidays approach and the weather turns cold (well, at least here in Canada) it’s hard not to prepare for the day that many love, some fear and we all anticipate: Black Friday! Yes, it’s that time of year. As you digest your final slice of pumpkin pie, or just enjoy a regular Thursday night if you’re not from the United States, many are preparing for the busiest shopping day of the year.

Obviously, this isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to Black Friday. In fact, there is a rumour going around that Black Friday starts early at Corel this year. But you didn’t hear that from me.

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CorelDRAW at the SGIA Expo

Recently, the CorelDRAW team had the privilege of attending the SGIA Expo in sunny Orlando, Florida! I wanted to reach out and thank all our wonderful fans who joined us. For those who may not know, SGIA stands for Specialty Graphic Imaging Association. SGIA is the only international association for specialty imaging.  Their mission is to provide imaging professionals with the tools and information needed to make the best possible business decisions.

So why did Corel go? When the word “Graphic” is used in a name there is a good chance that CorelDRAW is part of that graphic output.  It only makes sense that we attend an event that represents so many of our loyal users in a strong industry so dependent on creativity.

CorelDRAW team

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Howl-o-Scream Canvas Contest! Three days left to paint at your own risk…


I happen to love fall and Halloween! The first crisp breezes and vibrant leaves on the trees, carving pumpkins, picking apples and putting together the perfect Halloween costume all get you in the spirit of the season.

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The Art of Creativity

A few weeks ago, I attended a seminar called The Art of Creativity with Jason Theodor. It was based on his book Create More Better Different, which he is currently writing. While I often question the idea of teaching creativity, he took a different approach to it. To him, creativity is all about context. Rather than walking through steps on how to be creative, he talked about how to identify your creative type.

In Jason’s opinion, we are all creative, but in different ways. The trick is to identify our type of creative so that we can harness that creative energy in the most effective way. Before I get into identifying your creative type, I’ll give you some context behind his theory.

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How technology has changed education

Instructor in training class with students

Let’s face it, students today learn things that we never even knew existed when we were in school. From social media and video to computer games, technology plays a strong role in educating today’s youth. For some reason, we think this is bad.

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Taking a leap of faith at BlissDom Canada


Over the weekend, I had the chance to attend BlissDom Canada, a social media conference that brings together social media professionals and bloggers from all over Canada. I intended to learn more about social media best practices and how to connect with your audience on a deeper level, but I got a much more important life lesson, that I would like to share with you.

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2013 CorelDRAW International Design Contest winners


We officially announced the winners of the CorelDRAW International Design Contest this morning. Alexei Oglushevich of Russia was named the Grand Prize winner for his entry Summer Fantasies. He not only created an amazing piece of artwork, but also did a screen recording showing how he created his winning entry – see it for yourself on YouTube. Overall, we received so many incredible entries, and we hope you find them as inspiring as we did. For more information and to check out the winning artwork visit www.Corel.com/design-contest. You can also browse all the entries for the Design Contest in the CorelDRAW.com galleries.

Thank you to everyone who participated in a very successful 2013 CorelDRAW International Design Contest and congratulations to the winners!

Grand Prize Winner & General Illustration & Fine Art – 1st place: Alexei Oglushevich, Russia


Advertising/Specialty Graphics – 1st place: Misa Mladenovic, Serbia

Vehicle Wraps – 1st place: Jesus Irvin Herrera Aquino, Mexico

Textile/Fashion Design – 1st place: Brenda Karinkanta, Spain

General Illustration & Fine Art – 1st place: Alexei Oglushevich, Russia

Student – 1st place: Boopalan M., India

Speed Drawing Video – 1st place: Alexei Oglushevich, Russia

This post was originally published in Gérard’s blog on CorelDRAW.com. Find out more posts from Gérard in the CorelDRAW community.

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Help us help you: Photography training

We know that the key to creating awesome photo art starts with composing a great shot. So why is this so much harder than we think? Most of us want to share photos with our friends and family – whether it’s posting a cool sunset photo to Instagram, or surprising grandma with restored pictures of her glory days. So how do we make sure the photos we share are gallery-worthy? This is where Robert Patterson comes in.


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