How to Create a Logo in CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW offers its users a lot of creative freedom, and there is more than one way to create a logo in the program. However, the easiest and most unique way is to sketch out your idea on paper or a program and then transform it into a vector drawing using CorelDRAW 2022. This guide shows you this method of making a logo on CorelDRAW.

Starting and converting your sketch into a vector drawing

  1. Open Corel, and select Create a New Document.
  2. Import your sketch into CorelDRAW. You can do this by going to File > Import. The file should be any file type imported into CorelDRAW, such as AI, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, CPT, CDR, PCX, PDF, TIFF, etc.

    Importing an image into CorelDRAW
    Go to File > Import, and locate the picture file you want to import.
  3. Locate the file on your PC and click on Import.

    Import picture into CorelDRAW
    Locate your file, and click on Import.
  4. Once the sketch is imported, you can transform it into a vector drawing. The main difference between the vector and the original sketch is that the vector copy allows you to manipulate individual lines in the picture. Pressing Ctrl + U on the keyboard makes all the objects in the vector drawing “ungrouped”.If you prefer not to automatically convert it into a vector drawing, you can skip to the next section, which shows you how to draw over the sketch manually.

    Manipulate objects
    After un-grouping the vector drawing, click on any object to move it.
  5. To transform your imported sketch into a vector drawing, there are various options you can choose. This will depend on the complexity of the picture. If the image is simple, as it should be for most logos, you can use the Trace Bitmap options in the “Property Bar”.
    Tracing in CorelDRAW
    Select the picture, and choose one of the Trace Bitmap options.

    Trace Bitmap > Outline Trace > Line Art worked great in this case.

    Line Art tracing in CorelDRAW
    Go to Trace Bitmap > Outline Trace > Line Art.

    After clicking on Line Art, you will be given a new window where you can adjust the outline settings. These settings allow you to configure the number of details, line smoothing, and corner smoothness. You can also remove the background from the traced picture. As you adjust these settings, you will see them change in the Preview.

    Before and after preview of line trace
    Adjust the trace settings.

    Keep in mind that the Trace Bitmap option will create a vector copy on top of your picture.

    Picture and Tracing Bitmap compared
    Tracing allows you to separate the image into curves.

    You can automatically delete the original picture by clicking on Delete original in the PowerTRACE window.

    Delete the original
    Click on Delete original to delete the original picture and keep the vector one.

    Note: You can select any number of objects in CorelDRAW, and if you press Ctrl + G on your keyboard while they are selected, you can group those objects. This allows you to move all those objects simultaneously without selecting them each time individually.

    Grouped vs. Un-grouped
    Moving grouped vs. un-grouped objects.
  6. If the vector image doesn’t look accurate enough, you can go back to Trace Bitmap > Outline Trace > Line Art.
    In the Image type drop-list, you can select different tracing options. Each option will give a unique outline to your sketch. You will also get to see the preview of your settings. Thus you can see in real-time the most appropriate option for your drawing. Different trace optionsIn the Image type, select different trace options.

Drawing over your sketch in CorelDRAW

If you prefer not to convert your sketch into a vector automatically, you can use the Freehand tool to draw the picture yourself.

  1. Start by selecting the Freehand tool and roughly outlining the image.
    Freehand tool CorelDRAW
    Select the Freehand tool in CorelDRAW.

    The easiest way to do this is to create a straight outline and curve it later. You can click once, let go, and click somewhere else to create a straight line with the Freehand tool.

    Note: It does not have to look perfect, as you are just creating nodes that you will later manipulate to get the outcome you want.

    Once you have a rough outline, click on the Shape Tool, and select all the nodes.

    Creating the outline with Freehand tool
    Create a rough straight outline.
  2.  Then right-click on the line, and select To Curve.

    Curve the line
    Right-click on the selected curves, and click To Curve.
  3. This will allow you to manipulate the lines and curve them however you want. You have to click and drag the line you wish to curve.

    Adjust the lines
    Click and drag the line you wish to curve.
  4. You can also use other tools such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, and Polygon tools if you need those particular shapes.

    Tools in CorelDRAW
    The Rectangle, Ellipse, and Polygon tools in CorelDRAW.
  1. In this case, we will use the Rectangle tool to add the frame for the logo text. You can create a rectangle and adjust it to fit the picture.Creating a rectangleCreate a rectangle and adjust its size by clicking and dragging the black squares surrounding it.
  1. Next, we will add color to our drawing. In CorelDRAW, you can add color to closed objects using the Interactive Fill or Smart Fill tool.For example, click on the Interactive Fill tool, the object you wish to color, and the preferred color.
    Interactive and Smart Fill CorelDRAW
    Use the Interactive or Smart Fill to color your closed curves.

    To use the Smart Fill tool, click on the Smart Fill option and then on the object you wish to color. This will copy and paste your object shape on top and give it color.

    Smart fill tool
    Click on Smart fill, and then on the object you want to color.

    You can also select the closed curves/object and left-click on any color from the color palette to color them.

    Note: coloring objects in CorelDRAW is only possible when the objects are closed.

    Closed vs. not closed objects
    Closed compared to the not-closed object.
  2. To change the outline’s color only, select the object and right-click on any color from the Color Palette on the right. You can also adjust the thickness of the outline in the “Property bar” above.

    Changing the outline color and thickness
    Select the object and right-click on a color to change the outline color. Change the thickness in the “Property bar.”

Changing object order

  1. Next, you should change the order of the objects in your drawing. For example, to bring the rectangle behind the cat in our logo, select the rectangle and press Ctrl + Page Down on your keyboard until the rectangle goes behind the cat.

    Bring the object behind
    Bring an object behind another object with the Ctrl + Page Down keyboard shortcut.

Adding text

  1. Select the Text tool and select where you want your text displayed.
    Text tool in CorelDRAW
    Use the Text tool to add text.
  2. Write down the text of your logo. Then, click on the text box, and use the text formatting options at the top to change the font family, size, weight, etc.

    Adjust the text setting
    Use the text formatting options in the “Property bar”.
  1. After you are satisfied with the logo you’ve created, export your file by going to File > Export.

    Export picture in CorelDRAW
    Go to File > Export.
  2. Choose your file type. We recommend selecting the PNG file type as it allows you to keep your background transparent, while other file types will make your background a solid color. Next, choose where you wish to save the file, and click on Export.

    Export as PNG
    Choose where you want to save the file, select the PNG file type, and click on Export.
  3. It’s also good practice to save your CorelDRAW file, so you can change it in the future if needed. After exporting your picture, go to File > Save and ensure that CDR file type is selected. Choose where you wish to save your file, then click on Save.

    Saving as CDR
    Go to File > Save, select the CDR file type, choose where you wish to save the file, and click on Save.

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