How to Make a Diamond Shape in Corel Draw
Some designers always want to design each and every part of their works on their own. There can be many reasons for this, they may like to take full credit of their creation and it may give satisfaction that their design is their own and not a thing that is "borrowed" from someone else or copy/pasted.
Corel Draw is an amazing software which helps designers to create designs, cartoons, jewelry and so much on their own. The possibilities are endless.
This tutorial shows a method to make a diamond from scratch. So that can be used in a jewelry design or suchlike.
You just have to make this diamond once, and after that you can mirror or use other techniques to arrange it in a necklace or earring design that you are creating.
Making a Diamond in Corel
Open Corel Draw.
Draw a circle and pull the grid lines from the top and right side. To activate the guidelines click “View> Guidelines” in the menu bar or press Alt + v + i which is the shortcut key for same.
Now we need to make some more guidelines but this time as a multiply sign. First of all select the “Pick Tool” and then Press shift and select both the guidelines which we created by clicking. The Shift key as many of the Corel users know, allows us to select more than one object/item at a time.
Once both are selected the color of the guidelines will change like this:
Press control key, which will show the rotate option and a tiny circle. Bring the tiny circle in the middle of the circle
Clicking on the arc like arrow, while pressing the left mouse button to rotate the guidelines until it gets right and i.e. It looks like a multiply sign that is balanced from all the sides and divides the circle perfectly.
Now use the Bezier tool to draw a triangle as shown below. Then select the "Shape Tool" from left panel and click the triangle and then select it. Click on the "convert line to curve" option from the top menu.
Adjust the diagonal line so it becomes a curve and fits the circle edges.
After the curve slice of circle is created it should look like this (colored in blue for you to see the difference)
Now we will mirror this curve in the remaining 3 parts of the circle.
Once all sides are mirrored it should look like this.
You dont have to color the half circles if you want, its just to make things clear, and if you are making it for the first time, you may want to color it with blue or any other color and once mirroring is done, you can replace the color with white.
Selecting two guide lines and making that rotate button may prove to be a pain in the head if you haven’t tried it before. The best way, is to keep the shift key pressed and select both the lines one by one. (Now the main part) Keep control key pressed now and click on the selected guidelines. Most of the time, you will find that the selected guidelines will be deselected by mistake. So watch out for that!
Now click on the rectangle tool from the side menu, and draw a square by pressing control key. Make sure that intersecting point of the guides and the lines as a reference as shown in the figure to draw the square inside the circle. As shown below.
Now click in the middle of the square to get the rotate option and then right click where you want to place the rotated copy of the first square. It should look like this:
You may be thinking why so many guidelines? And when are we going to make some drawing? Hang on.. just a little more.. You will know why.
OK guys now we need more guidelines and we will select the two guidelines as a plus or multiply sign as mentioned in above steps and then place them in between the guidelines as below.
Now the new guidelines will pass through the intersection points of the two squares.
Follow the same process and make a pair of guidelines and rotate the lines as follows:
Now we have all the guidelines we need. Since these guidelines are very crucial if you want to create a diamond in Corel Draw.
Click on the Bezier tool and we have to take guidelines as reference and create shapes by using Bezier tool as shown beside. This shape is highlighted in red so you can spot the progress.
Keep doing the same until it looks like this
Once the shapes are created use the pick tool to select the full circle. Click Fill > Fountain Fill > Linear
Select a mixture of grey and white and adjust as follows (you can always play around with colors)
You can see after the above step the diamond has a greyish white color.
Also click on the square that is on back side and press "Ctrl + Page Up" to bring the square forward.
Now we need to make some more shapes inside the square by making use of the Bezier tool. As illustrated here in red.
Now mirror the shape and paste it as below:
By using the mirror technique fill all these squares as illustrated:
Now create another shape by means of bezier tool as illustrated below. The shape is colored in yellow so you can identify the changes.
Once the shape is created all you have to do is use the "mirror" technique and paste it in all empty spaces.
After this step we wont need the guidelines anymore and we can turn it off by Clicking View > Guidelines. This is our rough final diamond design.
Select the full diagram again and color it as shown in step 9.
Select all parts that are colored in green by pressing shift and clicking on each of these.
Keep shift pressed and make a smaller copy of these parts inside and right click to place the copied parts in place.
Do the same thing for a second time but this time the copies are very small.
For the final time, select all the contents and on the side bar select " Fill > Texture Fill > Styles > Eclipse 2 Colors.
Change the "Bottom" Color as shown in the image of the dialogue box to a darkish shade of gray color instead of black.
This setting will give life to the diamond.
Final Steps in Making Diamond
We are almost there. Finally select the diamond and go to the color panel and right click on the white color which will change the border of the diamond from black to white.
Alternative color styles
You can try out some different coloring style for the diamond to give it a bit more realistic look.
I found Fill > Texture Fill > Styles > Eclipse 2 colors , and change color to black instead of gray.
So just keep playing around with colors to give a more realistic look.
This diamond can now be used in a necklace, I may make a tutorial on making a necklace using this diamond in near future.. so stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t hesitate to ask If you have any questions, I am always happy to help.