Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Studio 4.5

What is New on this Software?

Live-action cartooningImport video files and draw over them to create Roger Rabbit style live-action cartoon animation. Explore rotos copying by tracing over live-action videos and create even more realistic animation. Animate photos in cut-outImport photos and portraits to build a library of key poses which you can animate using cut-out techniques.
  • The more facial expressions, the more interesting your animation! Photoshop layers are there tooCreate multi-layer graphics in Adobe® Photoshop® and import them into Toon Boom Studio 4.5 preserving all layer information.
  • Create some impressive camera moves and explore cut-out techniques.
  • Import Flip Boom or Animation-ish filesBring your Flip Boom and Animation-ish projects to the next level by adding sound, effects and camera moves in Toon Boom Studio 4.5.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Recovery Console

Another tool you can use to repair Windows when it won't start is the Recovery Console, which is a command-line utility that will allow you to access the volumes on your hard disks. However, it does not require the Windows command prompt to run. This allows it to run when Windows won't start. It will allow you access to NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 volumes. The Recovery Console allows you to perform very advanced functions, and should be used with caution. It is recommended that only network administrators use this tool. It can be used to manage files and folders, start and stop services, repair the master boot record (MBR), and repair Windows 2000 or other Windows.

The Recovery Console has incorporated some security features to prevent unauthorized access to data, one of which is that you must enter the Administrator password to use it. This prevents someone from using the Recovery Console to access data on the computer without being authorized. You cannot copy files from the hard disk to floppy disks to prevent users from copying data and taking it with them. In order to fix Windows 2000, you are allowed to copy files from a floppy disk, CD-ROM, or another hard disk to a local hard disk. Also, you are only allowed to run commands that are supported by the Recovery Console.

One of the uses for the Recovery Console is to restore the registry. When you back up the System State, a copy of the registry is stored in the <SystemRoot>\Repair\RegBack folder. If you have a corrupt registry, you can use the Recovery Console to copy the backed-up registry files over the corrupt registry files. This will restore the registry to the state when the System State was backed up. The following is a complete list of the commands that are supported by the Recovery Console.

  • Attrib This command allows you to set the attributes of files.

  • Batch This command allows you to run commands in a text file. This allows you to run multiple commands at once.
  • Cd or Chdir This command allows you to change to a different directory.
  • Chkdsk This command allows you to run the Check Disk program. It can check and repair volumes.
  • Cls This command clears the screen.
  • Copy This command allows you to copy files from one location to another. However, in Recovery Console, wildcards are not allowed.
  • Del or Delete This command allows you to delete one file. As with the Copy command, wildcards are not allowed.
  • Dir This command will allow you to view a list of files and subfolders in a folder.
  • Disable This command allows you to disable a service or driver. You can use the Listsvc command to display a list of services and drivers that you can disable.
  • Diskpart This command can be used to add and delete partitions.
  • Enable This command allows you to enable a service or driver. You can use the Listsvc command to display a list of services and drivers that you can disable.
  • Exit This command will exit from Recovery Console and restart the computer.
  • Expand This command allows you to expand a compressed file or a file in a CAB file stored on a Windows 2000 CD-ROM. You cannot use wild cards with this command in Recovery Console.
  • Fixboot This command allows you to rewrite the boot sector of a hard disk to repair it.
  • Fixmbr This command allows you to rewrite the master boot record of the startup hard disk to repair it.
  • Format This command allows you to format a volume with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS. NTFS is used by default.
  • Help This command allows you to display the commands available in Recovery Console.
  • Listsvc This command allows you to display a list of the services and drivers that can be disabled and enabled.
  • Logon This command allows you to list all installations of Windows 2000 and Windows NT. You can choose one of these installations to log on to. You will need to enter the administrator password. If three attempts to log on fail, it will exit from the Recovery Console and restart the computer.
  • Map This command allows you to display a list of information about the drives on the hard disk.
  • Md or Mkdir This command allows you to create a directory. You cannot use wildcards with this command.
  • More or Type This command allows you to display a text file on the screen.
  • Rd or Rmdir This command allows you to delete a directory. You cannot use wildcards with this command.
  • Ren or Rename This command allows you to rename a file or directory. You cannot use wildcards with this command.
  • Set This command allows you to display and set Recovery Console environment values.
  • Systemroot This command allows you to change directory to the <SystemRoot> directory.

The Recovery Console is not installed by default.; you must install it manually from the Windows 2000 CD-ROM. To install it, run winnt32.exe /cmdcons from the i386 directory on the Windows 2000 CD-ROM. You must have administrator privileges to install it. This will create a directory called Cmdcons in the root of the drive you select. It will also create a file called Cmldr, and create an option on the Boot menu to start the Recovery Console. If your computer will not start, and you do not have Recovery Console installed on it, you can start the computer from the Windows 2000 CD-ROM or from the Windows 2000 Setup disks, and choose the Recovery Console option.

Run Windows in Safe Mode

On occasion, Windows might not be able to start. When this occurs, one of the options available is to start Windows in Safe Mode. Safe Mode allows you to start Windows with only the necessary device drivers and services. This includes the mouse, keyboard, CD-ROM, standard VGA video, Event log, and disk controllers. This can help you determine why the computer will not start by allowing you to start Windows with the minimum devices so you can fix the problem. Once you have started in Safe Mode, you can try to isolate the problem by disabling or deleting services, device drivers, or applications that are started automatically.


Safe Mode is useful in several situations. You should start Windows in Safe Mode if it stalls or does not work correctly, if your video doesn't work correctly, or if your system all of a sudden becomes very slow.


To start Windows in Safe Mode, press f8 at the Boot menu while the computer is booting up. This will bring up the Windows Advanced Options menu. There are several flavors of Safe Mode from which to choose: normal Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Safe Mode with Networking is the same as normal Safe Mode, except networking services and devices needed to provide network support are also loaded. Safe Mode with Command Prompt is similar to normal Safe Mode, except it only starts with the command prompt.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Interactive Drop Shadow

You can use the Interactive Drop Shadow tool to create the illusion of depth in two-dimensional objects. Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Drop Shadow tool. Lets you create drop shadows for objects.
  • Click the books, and drag to position the drop shadow.
  • Select Flat Bottom Left from the Preset List in the Property bar.
  • In the Drop Shadow X Offset box on the Property Bar, type 0.171, then press Enter.
  • In the Drop Shadow Y Offset box, type 0.253, then press Enter.
  • In the Drop Shadow Opacity box, type 50, then press Enter.
  • In the Drop Shadow Feathering box, type 15, then press Enter.
  • Click the Drop Shadow Feathering Direction button, and click the Average button. Lets you choose the direction of the drop shadow feathering.
  • Press ENTER to display the effect.
  • Apply Drop Shadow to Object
  • Next, you can apply a drop shadow to the globe.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Click the globe.
  • Click Effects menu, Copy Effect, Drop Shadow From.
  • Using the horizontal pointer that appears, click the drop shadow of the books.
  • Save Object
  • Your brochure is now finished. You can save the file to safeguard your drawing.
  • Click File menu, Save As.
  • From the Save In list box, choose the location where you want to save the file.
  • Double-click the directory in which you want to save the file.
  • In the File Name box, type a filename.
  • Click Save.

Reorganize Brochures
In this lesson, you learn how to use CorelDRAW to reorganize the brochure's layout as a Web page and then publish it to the Internet.
This lesson teaches you how to reorganize the document layout as a Web page
resize and scale objects convert objects to bitmaps use objects as hyperlinks publish to the Internet

If you are starting with this lesson, open the lesson5.cdr sample file in the Program Files/Corel/Graphics10/Tutors/Draw/Html_docs/htmlpics directory; otherwise, continue working with the file you created in Lesson four.

First, you will move all the objects on the brochure off the Drawing Page so that you can work with the orange background image.

  • Click the Picktool.
  • Drag the globe object onto the Drawing Window.
  • Repeat the previous step for the remaining five objects and the title text.

Import Image

You can import an image into the brochure and shape it with Interactive Envelope tool to fit the image on the cover of the white book.
  • Click File menu, Import.
  • From the Files Of Type list box, choose CDR - CorelDRAW.
  • From the Look In list box, navigate to the Program Files/Corel/Graphics10/Tutors/Draw/Html_docs/htmlpics directory.
  • Choose surfer.cdr, and click the Import button.
  • Click the Import Placement Start Cursor on the white book cover to place the image. Use to size and position the top left corner of an image at an exact location in the drawing. Place the cursor anywhere in the Drawing Window to help you align and position objects.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Drag the surfer to position it so that if fits inside the white book cover.
  • Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Envelope tool.
    Opens the Interactive Tool flyout, which contains the Blend tool, Distortion tool, Envelope tool, Extrude tool, Drop Shadow tool, and Contour tool.
    Lets you apply envelopes to objects by dragging special nodes or by applying preset envelopes.
  • Click the surfer.
  • On the Property Bar, click the Envelope Unconstrained Mode button.
    Lets you shape an envelope. You can move envelope nodes freely and use control points to make precise adjustments.
  • Drag the nodes of the envelope until the surfer fits on the book cover and looks the way you want.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Hold down SHIFT, and click the surfer and one of the books.
  • On the Property Bar, click the Group button.

Next Interactive Drop Shadow

Distorted Polygon

You can duplicate the distorted polygon, resize it, and then blend the two polygons together.

  • Click Edit menu, Copy.
  • Click Edit menu, Paste.
  • Hold down SHIFT, and drag a corner sizing handle toward the center of the object. Release the mouse button when the polygon is about half its original size, and release the SHIFT key.
  • Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Blend tool.
  • Opens the Interactive Tool flyout, which contains the Blend tool, Distortion tool, Envelope tool, Extrude tool, Drop Shadow tool, and Contour tool. Lets you blend two objects by dragging the mouse from one object to the other.
  • Click the middle of the smaller polygon, and drag downward until the handle disappears.

Swirl and Place Object
You can change the size of the swirl and place it under the globe.

  • Click here to preview how the globe with the swirl should look.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Click the swirl object.
  • In the Object(s) Size Width box on the Property Bar, type 2.294.
  • In the Object(s) Size Height box, type 0.684
  • Press ENTER to display the effect.
  • Click Arrange menu, Order, To Back.
  • Drag the swirl under the globe.
  • Marquee-select both the globe and the swirl, and choose Arrange, Group.
  • Click Edit Menu, Copy.
  • Click Window menu, and choose the window that contains the brochure.
  • Click Edit menu, Paste.
  • Drag to position the globe in the center of the drawing.

Next Import Image

Cut Filled Polygon

Now, you can cut the filled polygon into two pieces with the Knife tool.
  • Click here to preview how the polygon should look.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Click the polygon to select it.
  • Open the Shape Edit flyout, and select the Knife tool. Opens the Shape Edit flyout, which contains the Shape tool, Knife tool, Eraser tool, and Free Transform tool. Lets you split an object in two, reshape an object by redrawing its path, or create subpaths in an object.
  • Position the Knife tool over the center node on the left edge of the polygon.
    When the cursor changes to an upright position, click and drag the knife across the polygon to the opposite node, making a wavy line. Click here to see how to make the knife cut.
  • Click the Pick tool.
  • Marquee-select both pieces of the polygon.
  • On the Property Bar, click the Group button.

Create Distortion

Next, you can use the Interactive Distortion tool to swirl the polygon.

  • Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool.
  • Opens the Interactive Tool flyout, which contains the Blend tool, Distortion tool, Envelope tool, Extrude tool, Drop Shadow tool, and Contour tool. Lets you apply a distortion to an object by dragging over it. The distortion types are Push and Pull, Zipper, and Twister.
  • On the Property Bar, click the Twister Distortion button. Lets you apply a Twister distortion to an object by dragging over it.
  • Click the top of the polygon and drag clockwise one full circle.
  • On the Property Bar, click the Center Distortion button. Lets you position a selected object's distortion effect at the exact center of the object.

Next Distorted Polygon