‘Tis the season to give back

Season's GreetingsWe are in the midst of a very busy time of year: preparing for the holidays and shopping for family and friends (and perhaps ourselves, while we’re at it!). But amidst the mall crowds and parking-lot gridlock, we should also use this time to think about those in need.

Here at Corel, we make it a priority to give back to our community, both at the global and local levels. We have a diverse group of employees, and this is evident in the variety of initiatives we support.

You may have heard about our Corel Cares program, where we provide educational opportunities to children all over the world. That isn’t the only way in which we give back. We continue to support many initiatives close to the hearts of our employees:

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Did you know that there is a CorelDRAW product specifically for the decorated apparel business?

This post was originally published on Wilcom’s blog

Corel and Wilcom have joined forces to bring you Wilcom DecoStudio e3 which combines the strengths of CorelDRAW Graphic Suite and Wilcom embroidery software, in an easy and intuitive way. If you offer custom t-shirt printing or ad specialties, you quite possibly also offer embroidery. With Wilcom DecoStudio e3 you can do all this in-house without the costs and time delays involved in outsourcing to a third party. 

DecoStudio e3 is designed for screen printers or apparel decorators who aren’t embroidery experts, and simply want to stream line their processes and save time and money. The best part is, DecoStudio is fully integrated with CorelDRAW so you don’t need to have two different applications open, and because you’re working in familiar territory it’s super easy to learn.

It’s not just for embroidery though! With the Rhinestone design tool, Product Visualizer and the new Virtual Decoration option, you will find DecoStudio – with CorelDRAW – to be a valuable tool for all your garment decoration processes.

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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…

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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

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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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