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.
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.
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.com community.
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.
Note: You may remember Carole Asselin, from Creation Cassel and Scrapbook Campus, who told you about the importance of scrapbooking when sharing your photos. Now, she’s taking it a step further by showing you how to create a scrapbook image.
Whether you are a professional photographer looking for a way to showcase your stunning photos, or a parent capturing images of daily family events, you probably want to look at ways to turn those photos into something special, just the way they deserve to be displayed. That is what scrapbooking is all about. It can be minimal or it can be intricate. It is your call but remember the story you want to share.
When you start your scrapbooking project, you can either create everything from scratch, or look for digital supplies that will match or complement your photo. Creating every paper and element is possible but if you want to complete your project a little faster, using premade supplies is the way to go. I found a kit that revolved around a beach theme and had colors similar to some elements of the photo so I will be using a kit I found in my stash called Beat the Heat (this kit is no longer available as far as I know). It will be a great match for this photo. Follow along with these steps to create your scrapbook page:
So, you’re a budding graphic designer looking to get your name out there. You have a personal website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter handle… What now? Have you thought about creating a profile on LinkedIn?
If you are anything like me, you probably enjoy the ability to paint on-the-go. When pairing Wacom products with Corel Painter X3, painting freedom is at the tip of your stylus now more so than ever!
I’ve toted my various Intuos Tablets along with me, as long as I can remember, on my various creative adventures. I’ve used them at home, in planes, on trade show floors, in seminars, during classes and even outdoors on location. The medium tablet is the perfect size to pop into a computer bag and work with right on my lap no matter where my painting adventures lead me. Plus it is cross-platform compatible, which was a big advantage for me seeing as I happen to create on both Mac and PC.
Artist, Illustrator and CorelDRAW Master Stefan Lindblad recently shared his thoughts on Corel PHOTO-PAINT as an alternative to Photoshop. Find out what he had to say in this blog post, originally shared on his blog:
With Adobe moving 100% to cloud based software, more and more users are looking for Adobe Photoshop alternatives. The alternative I already use and have used since 1997 is Corel PHOTO-PAINT (also spelled Photopaint by some, and in the CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT community, many times simply called PP) from leading software maker Corel, which also develops Corel PAINTER and PaintShop Pro.
PHOTO-PAINT used to be a standalone program for photographers and illustrators, just like Photoshop is. But nowadays, it’s an integrated part of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.
If you’re a small business owner, you know the importance of photos. Whether for your website, brochures, posters, events or social media, imagery is essential to conveying your brand’s story. But not all entrepreneurs were born with photography skills, nor can they afford professional help.
As a result, photo-editing skills are becoming increasingly important for anyone in business or marketing. No, you don’t have to go through an entire college course; all it takes is some self-education.