In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple & smart web layout in Corel Draw. You will learn how to design a smart background, a sleek navigation bar and a neat content section.

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Tutorial Details

  • Program: CorelDraw 11 – X5
  • Difficulty: All
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes

Step 1 : Basic Elements

First of all you have to use CorelDraw with version 11+. In this tutorial I use CorelDraw X5, Okay lets get started. Let’s take a look at the basic elements used to create our design :

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This also will be our steps to create the design.


Step 2 : Creating Worksheet

Okay, now that you know the steps and elements, we will begin, first of all open your CorelDraw program, now create a new file and set the paper size to Custom and resize it to 30 x 19 cm.

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Step 3 : Creating the Web Background

Now that we have our worksheet set, now we will begin to create the Web Background, first go to the ” Rectangle Tool “, you can found it on the left toolbar, make a Box shape and resized it same as our worksheet ( 30 x 19 cm ).

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Lets put color on the Biggest circle, by going to the ” Fountain Fill tool ” in the left toolbar and apply the value below, you can create a custom color by double click on the color box.

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Create another copy of Circle shape and make it smaller than the original.

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Now create another box shape with ” Rectangle Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Make the corner rounded by go to the ” Shape Tool ” in the left toolbar, click and drag the corner to make it rounded.

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Arrange the shape on top of the Background.

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Step 4 : Working With Transparency

We are going to make the box shape transparent by go to the ” Interactive Transparency Tool ” in the left toolbar, now go to the upper toolbar and set the transparency type into uniform.

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Copy the Box shape into the bottom of the Background.

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Step 5 : Working With Powerclip

Okay now we are going to insert the Box Shape into the Background , select the Box Shape and go to the upper toolbar and find Effect > PowerClip > Place Inside the container, then you will see a black arrow, Left-click it to the Background, and now you will see that the Box Shape is inside the Background.

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After that create a custom box shape with ” Bezier Tool “, make sure the first click is connected to the last click or else you cant put color in it.

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Now go to the ” Shape Tool “, right click on the upper middle of the custom box shape and find ” Convert to Curves ” in the upper toolbar.

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Now you see that theres an arrow in the corner of the custom box shape, click and drag in order to shape it, shape similar like below.

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Put red color in it, then flip and copy the shape by pressing ” Left + Right mouse ” while hold and drag it to the opposite side.

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Using same way as steps 5 select both of the shape and make it transparent.

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Group the shape by selecting both of them and press ” Ctrl + G ” after that flip and copy the shape.

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Now insert the shape into the background using ” PowerClip ” same as step 5.

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Step 6 : Adding Circular Texture

Okay now we are going to add a circular texture into the background, go to the ” Ellipse Tool ” and create a small Circle shape.

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Now copy the circle into the right side, make as many circle as you like.

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After that copy it again, but this time copy it to the bottom of the original.

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Now create a Circle on top of the Texture.

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After that go to the upper toolbar and find Effect > Lens, after that set the lens type into fish eye and apply the value below.

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After that select the texture and insert it into the Circle shape using ” PowerClip ” put red color in it.

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Make it transparent using ” Interactive Transparency Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Copy the Circle and arrange it on top of the Background.

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Put the Circle inside the Background using ” PowerClip “.

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After that create another Circle using ” Ellipse Tool “, put it anywhere outside the Background.

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Now go to the ” Interactive Shadow Tool ” and drag it to the top of the Background select a white color for the shadow and appy the value below.

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Break the shadow by pressing ” Ctrl + K ” this will make the shadow separate from the circle, and copy it into the bottom of the Background.

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Put the shadow inside the Background using ” PowerClip “.

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Okay now create another Box shape using ” Rectangle Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Create another box shape and arrange it on top of the previous one.

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Make the corner rounded using ” Shape Tool “.

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Now select both of the box shape, and go to the upper toolbar find ” Weld Tool ” and press it.

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This will make both of the shape combine, after that put red color in it.

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Arrange it on top of the Background, and make it transparent using ” Transparency Tool “.

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Flip and copy the shape and arrange it on the bottom of the Background.

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Step 7 : Creating The Navigation Bar

We are going to create the navigation bar, create a thin box shape using ” Rectangle Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Make the corner rounded using ” Shape Tool “.

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After that go to the ” Interactive Contour Tool ” in the left toolbar and apply the value below to create an outline.

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Lets put color on the navigation bar by go to the ” Fountain Fill Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Put red color on the outline.

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Arrange the Navigation Bar on top of the Background similar like below.

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Select the Outline and make it transparent using ” Interactive Transparency Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Create a box in the Navigation Bar to make a highlight button using ” Rectangle Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Make the corner rounded using ” Shape Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Create an outline of the button using ” Interactive Contour Tool “.

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Put color on the button by go to the ” Fountain Fill Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Put red color on the outline and make it transparent using ” Interactive Transparency Tool “.

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Using same steps as above create a search box on the Right side of the Navigation Bar.

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Create a thin line using ” Bezier Tool ” to create a button separation.

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Step 8 : Creating the Contents Bar

Now we are going to create the content bar, go to the ” Rectangle Tool ” create a box shape and apply the value below.

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Make an outline by go to the ” Interactive Contour Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Put color in the content bar by go to the ” Fountain Fill Tool ” in the left toolbar and apply the value below.

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After that arrange it on top of the Background.

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Put red color on the outline and make it transparent using ” Interactive Transparency Tool “.

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Copy the flow elements on the Background and put black color in it.

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Arrange it on top of the Contents Bar.

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Put it inside the Content bar using ” PowerClip “.

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Now select the button in the Navigation Bar and copy it, after that arrange it on the left and right side of the Contents Bar.

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Create an arrow shape using Bezier tool on top of the copied button.

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Now create another box shape by go to the ” Rectangle Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Create an outline by go to the ” Interactive Contour Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Put color on the Box shape by go to the ” Fountain Fill Tool ” and apply the value below.

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Arrange it on the bottom of the Contents Bar.

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Put red color on the outline and make it transparent using ” Interactive Transparency Tool “.

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After that copy again the Flow element on the background.

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Arrange it on top of the Shape that you previously create.

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Put it inside the shape using ” PowerClip ” .

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Final Image

And we are done, you can customize it by adding more color, text, shadow or texture like the final image below.

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