20 Free CorelDRAW Tutorials On Vector Design Techniques
Vectors can be found all over the web.
They have always been used for graphic design and logos, but are much more commonplace with modern web techniques like responsive design. And there’s plenty of great vector software to work with: most notably Adobe Illustrator.
Yet one that’s often overlooked is CorelDRAW. This program can be cheaper than Adobe’s suite and it gives you a mix of graphics editing along with full vector support. Some designers also love the fact that CorelDRAW can be purchased with a one-time payment instead of by subscription, which is not the case with Illustrator.
Like any other software, learning the CorelDRAW interface can be a challenge. But with these free tutorials, you’ll have no trouble picking up the software and moving fast.
In this collection, you’ll find a variety of different types of tutorials that will help you to master different aspects of CorelDRAW.
Just note: these are all video tutorials on YouTube so they’re best consumed alongside the software itself (a free trial is available if you want to give it a shot). Many designers learn better from visuals and that’s why I specifically organized this list with just videos and no written guides.
1. CorelDRAW for Absolute Beginners
This in-depth tutorial is a great starting point if you are new to CorelDRAW. It’s over an hour in length, so you’ll need to set aside some time to complete this one.
With that said, the video is simply incredible. You really will learn all of the fundamentals of this program along with the major tools and interface elements.
Just keep in mind this is really long so it may not be worth studying all in one sitting. But if you want a real deep dive try watching both videos and spend an afternoon working through the CorelDRAW basics.
2. Working with Mesh Fill in CorelDRAW
The Mesh Fill tool allows you to create smooth color transitions, resulting in very realistic looks. This is an important tool that you should learn if you want to realistic-looking objects in CorelDRAW.
This Mesh Fill tutorial is provided by the official YouTube Channel of CorelDRAW and at just under six minutes in length, it teaches you the basics of the tool very quickly.
3. Creating a Professional Coffee Label Design
Many graphic designers work on packaging and label design projects for clients, so this tutorial is very practical. You may be able to apply these techniques in your own work for a client.
The design that you’ll create with this 10-minute tutorial is somewhat simple but very attractive.
4. Professional Logo Design
Another common job for graphic designers is to create a logo for the client. There are a lot of different styles of logos, and some of the other tutorials below showcase other types of logos, but a simple logo like this one is a safe choice.
You could easily apply the skills learned in this lesson to create a logo for one of your own clients. This video is eight minutes long.
5. Tiger Logo Design
Another common approach to logo design is to use a mascot or an animal in the design. This tiger logo is a great example, and you can follow along with this tutorial (13 minutes) to learn how to do it. These types of logos are perfect for schools or sports teams.
6. Laurel Wreath Logo
When you’re trying to learn a new program the absolute best way to learn is by just tackling projects. But if you’ve never done anything before then you probably don’t have project ideas to work with. No worries friend, this tutorial has you covered with a really cool wreath logo guide.
It’s a pretty short video wrapping up around the 10-minute mark. This means you can work pretty fast even if you pause along the way to replicate the video on your own.
7. Geometric Line Art
This seven-minute tutorial will show you how to create an awesome abstract design. You can use the techniques and principles covered in this tutorial with some of your own creativity to create other types of abstract designs.
There are a lot of tutorials online that show how to create a similar type of design with Adobe Illustrator, but not nearly as many options for CorelDRAW users. This one is an excellent choice that you won’t want to miss.
8. Create a Text Label Design Using Free Fonts
In less than eight minutes, you can watch this CorelDRAW tutorial to learn how to create a nice text-based label with a vintage style. You could use this technique to create labels or badges for a wide variety of purposes, so it’s a versatile tutorial that has plenty of real-world value.
9. Creating a Label Design with Fully Hand-Drawn Ornaments
If you enjoy designing with a hand-drawn style, you definitely won’t want to miss this tutorial. It’s a longer one at about 20 minutes, but you’ll learn some valuable skills that you can put to use in your own designs.
10. 3D Logo Design
Here is another logo design tutorial, but this one takes a different approach than the others that have been covered so far. Here you’ll learn how to create a 3D logo with a mind-bending effect.
At just over eight minutes, this one won’t take up a lot of your time but it will teach you some pretty cool techniques that I’m sure you’ll be eager to use in your own work.
11. Diamond Logo Design
I love the style of logo that is taught in this CorelDraw tutorial. It’s a creative logo that makes excellent use of shapes, and the end result is a really interesting logo. This tutorial is 10 minutes long, so it doesn’t even take that much time.
12. Label Design Tut
Here’s yet another video with some BG music and a really simple non-guided tutorial.
Looking through this 8-minute guide I have to say, I really don’t miss having a voiceover. I can see why it’d be useful but if you just watch the screen you can easily replicate this effect.
13. Sticker Text Effect
A related YouTube channel CorelMaster also features a bunch of high-quality tutorial videos.
These are not exclusively endorsed by Corel but they do cover a huge range of Corel content, all of which deserve some attention from budding designers.
In regards to CorelDRAW, I specifically recommend this video on designing a sticker text effect with the software. It totals just over 18 minutes long and the end result is pretty darn impressive.
Along the way, you’ll learn how to create repeating patterns, how to emboss text, and how to design text vector elements that can easily be resized without losing the work you’ve done. All very useful things to learn, regardless of whether you ever wind up creating the sticker text effect for anything in the real world.
14. Making a Vector from a Photo
One of my favorite ways to use Adobe Illustrator is to turn photos into vector art and this video shows you how to do the same thing with CorelDRAW. The end result is a really awesome vector design or character that looks an awful lot like the photo.
Surprisingly, this video covers the entire process in about 11 minutes. It’s a great technique to learn whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user of CorelDRAW.
15. Simple Vector Portrait Using CorelDRAW
This is another tutorial with a similar goal of creating a vector portrait based on a photo as the starting point .At about 16 minutes long, this one is a little longer than the previous one, but it’s well worth the time to learn how to create these awesome vector portraits.
16. Flat Character Design
Learn how to create simple flat characters using shapes by following along with this video tutorial. You can apply these techniques and insert some creativity of your own to come up with flat characters that look completely different. In only about eight minutes you can learn some valuable skills.
17. Amazing Text Effects Creation Using Layered Text
How about some text effects? This CorelDRAW tutorial is about 15 minutes long and shows you how to create a nice text effect that you can easily reuse with your own projects.
18. Neon Sign
Many logo designers use CorelDRAW for custom text effects and mascots. But many of these techniques can apply to all graphics, which makes them well worth following. Much like this seven-minute video guiding you through the process of designing a neon text sign.
This should feel incredibly simple to follow even if you’re a total beginner. Not to mention the tools you’ll use to create the glowing effect will apply to so many other projects.
I wouldn’t say that there are many places where neon text fits perfectly. Yet if you could learn a few new techniques from this process, it’s well worth the time.
19. Realistic 3D Bottle
You may think of CorelDRAW as just a vector suite for creating icons and text effects. But it can also render full objects as 3D designs too. Take for example this video showing you how to design realistic 3D bottles from scratch.
These could be used in a promotional flyer or a banner ad. Or these graphics could be useful as a presentation tool when showing off a brand redesign.
If you know how to design a bottle then you can learn to design almost any 3D shape with a little practice. That’s the true value of this tutorial.
20. Creating A Cupcake Label
Another awesome food design tutorial with a small branding/identity twist. With this eight-minute tutorial you can quickly learn how to design a realistic cupcake brand from scratch. This includes an icon, some ribbons, and some neat text effects all merged together.
The concept of brand identity is not new. But it has only recently become more mainstream among digital designers working on the web and on tech projects.
If you can develop a solid understanding of UI, branding, and general graphics work, you’ll be a powerhouse in the design space with project work lined up for months.
21. Vector Tut
It is actually possible to create drawings with CorelDRAW. Granted the software is not the best for artists: for that I’d more recommend Corel Painter.
But it’s still much easier to create scalable vector drawings if you’re using CorelDRAW.
So that’s exactly what this video teaches in a total of 20 minutes. You’ll learn how to trace and draw a full vector woman from scratch with just the tools found in this software.
Note, it does help if you have a little bit of an artistic background before tackling this. Certainly not required but it’s a little different than other basic design tutorials.
22. Bottle-Shaped Text
Here’s a tutorial that really shows off the tools in this software, rather than creating a practical end result. You may find yourself looking to match text into a shape since that’s a very common technique. Thankfully what you’ll learn in this guide has everything you’ll need to replicate this for all design projects.
And this is one of the many tutorials that has no voice-over guide, only music and some on-screen instructions. But since this is only 10 minutes long I don’t think it’s hard to follow.
23. Coffee House Logo
Now here’s a much more practical tutorial on logo design.
Specifically a logo design for a coffee house or cafe. Seems pretty cliché, but it definitely works.
In this video, you’ll follow along creating a complete coffee house logo with a bean graphic and some warped ribbons. The final effect could apply to pretty much any business and it’s absolutely stunning from a designer’s standpoint.
24. Basic Line Art
Here’s one more artsy-styled tutorial for all you natural artists.
Specifically, this is a custom line art video tutorial and it goes pretty in-depth with the content. You’ll learn how to trace a drawing and create your own line art from scratch. Not to mention the final piece which looks incredible for a vector object.
It’s a fairly long video with just over 17 minutes of content. And there’s no voice over so you’ll have to follow along from the screen to copy the same techniques on your own.
Still a fun guide to learning digital art and vector design in this design software.
25. Tracing a Logo
And nearing the end of the list we come to this fairly technical tutorial on how to design and trace a custom logo.
The final result looks like a tech company’s logo or something that you’d find on a consulting firm’s website. It’s geometrically complex yet it still catches the eye.
If you’re somewhat comfortable working with shapes in Corel then this tutorial will take your skills up a notch.
But really all of these videos are worth checking out if you’re interested in learning and mastering the CorelDRAW software.
Frequently Asked Questions About CorelDRAW
Is CorelDRAW Easy to Learn?
CorelDRAW is often considered easier to learn than Illustrator or Photoshop. With the help of the tutorials on this page, you should be able to pick up the basics pretty quickly, although it will take more work to become an expert.
How Long Does it Take to Learn CorelDRAW?
That depends on what level of expertise you want to have. In just a few hours of time, you could go through the video tutorials provided here and you’d be able to use the program at a beginner level. CorelDRAW is comprehensive software, so if you want to become thoroughly familiar with the majority of its capabilities, you’ll need to devote a few months consistently working with it.
Is CorelDraw Better Than Adobe Illustrator?
CorelDRAW allows you to do most of the same things that you can do with Illustrator, and a lot of times it comes down to personal preference. Illustrator is more powerful but also comes with a steeper learning curve. Some designers prefer to buy software outright rather than paying a recurring subscription. This is possible with CorelDRAW but not possible with Illustrator.
Is CorelDRAW Free?
No, CorelDRAW is not free. However, there is a 15-day free trial available, so you can if you like it before paying.
What Can I Make With CorelDRAW?
You can design logos, brochures, flyers, labels, package designs, text effects, and other vector graphics.