Monday, January 07, 2013

The Interview Series: CorelDRAW & PP user, Designer & Illustrator Anna Maria Lopez Lopez, Spain

My Interview series continues with “Designer & Illustrator Anna Maria Lopez Lopez, Live and work in Spain. Anna Maria Lopez Lopez is a CorelDRAW & PHOTO-PAINT user & Beta tester. Anna runs her own freelance business. She is also the founder of the great spanish language Corel Community CorelClub I interview people I have come to know through Corel forums, and who are fellow beta testers of- and fellow CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users. And some of us have met in real life.

Your Name: Anna Maria Lopez Lopez

Websites: and
I´m also the founder of ( The Spanish speaking Corel Community since 1996 )

Style & type of work you produce?
All kind of graphic and visual identity design for print and Web (graphic identity projects, brochures, art catalogues,flyers,displays,signs,book covers,advertisement campaigns, editorial illustrations, etc. Also I have experience in fashion design and creating graphics for fashion industry ( patterns, graphics for screen printing,trendboards, etc).
Regarding to my style, I like to mix all kind of graphic styles with vibrant colours, but my preferences are clear, I love vintage and retro style.

You like myself is a user of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. What was it that made you discover , and drew you to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite?
I started my career using a Mac at school, but at that moment I found the Mac graphic software very limited for what I wanted to do. So I made a research asking some local designers about PCs and graphic design software, then I discovered CorelDRAW and from that moment on, I´ve been using it for creating all kind of graphics.

What year was it?

Which Programs do you use, Corel and none-Corel programs?
On a daily basis CorelDRAW, Corel Photo-PAINT and Corel PaintShop Pro. And, depending on the kind graphic project I am working on, I also use Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe FireWorks, and yes I must confess that sometimes I work with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator ( some plugins and extensions don´t work with Corel software )

Do you use any analogue tools in conjunction with your work?
All kind of typical design tools ( pen, cutter, glue, rulers, scissors... ) for creating the roughs and paper mock-ups of printed works.

Which year was it you started your business, your work?

I´ve started working as a professional multidisciplinary designer on 1993.

Would you recommend CorelDRAW Graphics Suite?

For sure, I´m always recommending it! for many many reasons and advantages. Besides I´ve written several books ( ) about digital design and fashion design by computer and on all my books I always recommend CorelDRAW for professional graphic and fashion design.

What, more importantly, made you begin working with the work you do today? After all you could have made a career as a hairdresser or something in that line instead, like any other human being.
Since I was a child I was very creative and imaginative, I always wanted to become a designer or creator, I did´nt have clear what kind of designer I could be, even now I consider myself multidisciplinary designer because It permits me to design lot of different things, like a magazine cover,a street banner ,a website or a coat.

What is that you like with your work?

The non-routine, every new project is a new challenge to improve my skills. Also my work is totally related to one of my other passions, technology, so the combination design+technology makes me love my work everyday.

In an interview in the Digital Artist Magazine, who interviewed me a few years back, I was asked what I would like to see in future versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Is there anything you would like to see?

I´ve have many suggestions but I´ve been asking for an improved CorelDRAW fill tool with symmetry options for creating symmetric seamless patterns. Also I´d love to see new tracing styles for PowerTRACE like an option to auto-trace with different shapes (circles, stars,letters...) ideal for creating advanced vector halftones for screen printing, graphic and fashion industry.

Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning?

Coffee, a mug of coffee.

What do you think is important to think about running your own business or in your line of work, to think about. Is it discipline or and something else?

Discipline + hard work + passion for what you do

For someone just starting out, what do you think they should think about?

I think that the key to success is that you have to love what you do, and do your very best in every project you start, you have to consider your artworks as a medium to make this world a more beautiful place :)

Is there any big change in how and what you worked with when you first started out. Have the business changed in any way?

Internet has changed all! now I can design a CD cover for a musician in California, a book jacket for a publisher in London, a T-shirt for a screen printing company in Australia , etc, etc. We have no limits or frontiers and our designs can be global. Our designs are free to travel all around the world :)

Thank you!
Stefan Lindblad

Stockholm, january 2013

Copyright Stefan Lindblad & Anna Maria Lopez Lopez, 2013

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Corel Designs | New Windows 8 App Created for Designers and Artists

I use Corel software, yes, but I saw in action the new Corel DESIGNS app for Windows 8. It doesnt cost anything to watch this Youtube video. I may sound like a sales person, but when you look at this one and try it out, then you will see how great it is, it really is that simple. "Corel Designs | New Windows 8 App Created for Designers and Artists"

Stefan Lindblad
illustrator, graphic designer

Saturday, December 01, 2012

CorelDRAW X6.2 update 2 - a great deal for everyone


Corel yesterday released the new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6.2, Update 2 - with it the Membership perks!

For those of us who have Premium Memeberships its an early christmas and a great improvement  in our daily workflow. Promiss, no sales talk as I really think it is that good. Those who missed it, Corel added a Membership program for all those who register their product and get a membership. Be it Standard or Premium.  Premium Membership gives you that little extra. Such as new features otherwise and traditionally implemented for the next future version, in this case X7.

For any fellow Corel PHOTO-PAINT user out there I like to highlight New Rotating Guidelines. The Guides let us rotate the guidelines 360 degrees, just like we always have been able to do in CorelDRAW. And is in my own case a huge improvement to my workflow as an illustrator and graphic designer, using both programs. Just love it! Rotating guidelines in a BITMAP program ladies and gentlemens are not as common as you may first think.

Check out more on and where a more detailed list is available

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bamboo Stylus Pocket from Wacom.

Bamboo Stylus Pocket from Wacom.

Gadgets are fun when they work and especially fun to me are gadgets that I like and use. Pens can be gadgets, like Bamboo Stylus Pocket. Would I use it?


Is it touch sensitive?

Now, I am a professional artist, illustrator and graphic designer so to me its not touch sensitive as I compare to a totally other products and I have my demands. For others it might be perfectly okey. While I perfectly understand people will like this product from Wacom, I wont be using it in my work, maybe if nothing else is at hand. Its nevertheless great to have a digital pen to instantly draw someothing on a digital touch screen, to take notes and mayeb sketch something very roughly ad fast - and simple.


I would instead grab my paper sketchbook and a pen and draw LIVE.
I already use a Wacom Intuos pen tablet in combination with my Computer graphics software, with a whole range of touch sensitivity & tools absolutly crucial to my work and pure joy. Would I add another product to use in my work other than a Wacom Intuos tablet it would be Wacom Inkling.

For someone who is not like myself an artist & illustrator who draw and paint daily in my work and when having fun, this might be a fun product to use. After all you download an app, you install it and you start to draw.
I have had a Wacom Intuos since version 1 and drawn & painted with great results in combination with my CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Corel PAINTER graphics software  - and I have dropped the Wacom Intuos on the floor numerous times, indoors and outside - and they still work. Simply great qualtiy. Sometimes I need to reinstall the driver or install a new driver, but thats is easy and it works great.

Download Bamboo Paper app for stylus pens

The good thing with Bamboo Stylus is that it does what it seems to be intended to do. But if you dont use the Wacom Bamboo Paper app, then you might get bored due to the apps for smartphones for example are so poor.
Use it as a gadget, a toy or in work - but not in any artistic work as of yet. After all its not a Wacom Intuos pen tablet. Its a fun product but with limitations.

Special features of the Bamboo Stylus Pocket

+ Four coloured rings to personalize it a tad

+ Extended in length if needed to make it a bit easier to hold and use.

+ Clip and plug in to have it hanging on your smartphone


Read and view more about this fun new product from Wacom on their website




Stefan Lindblad
Artist, Illustrator & graphic Designer

Monday, July 23, 2012

NEW Blog address


NEW Blog Address

I am continuing with my blog, no worries, only I am shifting from Google Blogger service I have used since 2005, to use WORDPRESS instead directly on my own website /

The new blog address is already up and running and ALL blogposts and comments are intact on the NEW address

Hope you will enjoy the new address!

I will still keep this older address alive as long as Blogger permits me.

Stefan Lindblad

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Russian scientist whant your brain to live for ever

Sci-Fi, yes, but in theory, I say in theory, a thought by a Russian scientist, can become reality, and it is to move all thougths and feelings that makes a person over to a robot, and this way can live on forever in form of a robot. Now why not move the entire brain and give it a plug in cable then, and hook it up with a computer in the robots main frame, control panel?

Seriously this is all crazy and sounds like mad science, but mad science and sci-fi thoughts have sometimes turned into reality.

Read more here

New AC Milan look for the great young players

Allthough I thought it mentally wrong by AC Milan to sell and force away Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, still in AC Milan is Stephan El Shaarawy who I personally rate more than Pato. Pato who still is a great goal scorer. Now if I was in charge of AC Milan I would buy the young Swedish success player John Guidetti, 21 years old and experienced, who banged in 23 goals in 20 games for Feyernoord last season in Holland. And he was on loan from Manchester City, making such an impact on the fans that some tatooed his name to their body. Now, AC Milan, Allegri and Galliani may be stupid not to buy Guidetti, but imagine if they did buy him anyway. You would then have three fabulous players up front in John Guidetti, Alexander Pato, Stephan El Shaarawy and if he stayes – Cassano.

That folks would be a super forward line. Youth, speed, playmaking and force. In my eyes John Guidetti outclass Pato any day in the week in being a more complete player. In some ways similar to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in that he dont only score goals but also set up passes for other players as well. In contrast to Pato who more is a scorer than a assist player. Stephan El Shaarawy have also shown that he is a really fine football player last season, being a great team player with great passes. He got more playing time due to all injuries last season in AC Milan. He showed ´he understood football in playing with such a great player like Ibrahimovic.

Now, why AC Milan dont buy John Guidetti is to me a mystery and bad judgement from their side. He have power game in him, force, speed and fantastic eye for tactics and football.

The future in part lays in John Guidetti and Stephan El Shaarawy.

Now back to illustration, art and graphic design.

Stefan Lindblad

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I´m a creative, self employed - skydrive cloud please

I have Nokia Lumia 800 windows phone 7.5, and i use the app Skydrive on the phone and Skydrive on my laptop. This is all great for my work flow. Especially as I use them in conjunction with each other.

Yes i have Dropbox, but only on my laptop as currently the guys at don't supply a dropbox app for Windows phone 7.5, so therefore thank god for Skydrive from Microsoft. works great.

Therefore I was somewhat surprised reading today that a company like Apple seemingly so bad on Cloud services, according to this article on "The Register".

For me as an illustrator and graphic designer, and mobile such, its very important and common work flow these days with cloud services, so why isnt Apple equivalent better than its rumour. In any case I have my Skydrive and Dropbox combo and sometimes Yousendit so I am fine today.

I use Skydrive, Dropbox and Yousendit to transfer, share and send files to my clients and recieve files as well. Be it illustrations, graphic designs, signs, T-shirt design prints, book cover layouts or what have you.

Stefan Lindblad 
Illustration and graphic design

Im creative & sync & deliver - skydrive

I have Nokia Lumia 800 windows phone 7.5, and i use the app Skydrive on the phone and skydrive on my laptop. This is all great for my workflow. Yes i have Dropbox, but only on my laptop as currently guys at dont supply a dropbox app for windows phone, so therefore thank god for Skydrive from Microsoft. works great. I was somewhat supeised that a company like Apple seemingly so bad on cloud services, according to this article on "The Register". For me as an illustrator and graphic designer, and mobile such, its very useal and even important these days with cloud services. Stefan Lindblad illustration and graphic design

UK gov gone fully mental on copyright

Sadly the UK goverment seem to have fallen into the hands of either lobbyists like the Pirate Party in Sweden and other countries & EU parliament, or the Big corporations, and now fully not giving a rats ass of the copyright holders, such as ultimately the single creator. such as illustrators, photographers and so forth. You would think brittish gov and parliament to be more protective than this. Read more

Quote // "
Analysis Photographers, illustrators and authors will be amongst those to lose their digital rights under radical new proposals published by the Government today. New legislation is proposed that would effectively introduce a compulsory purchase order, but without compensation, across an unlimited range of creative works, for commercial use.
Millions of amateurs who today post their images to Flickr and automatically receive the full protection of the law, would also lose, unless they opted-out."
//End Quote

Now, if you for a second think how much is going digital, there will be no way for a creative on his/her own to simply make a living. You can set up how many PayPal & equivalents support this and that buttons you like, and still not making money Because those who whants everything for free, dont give a rats ass if you make a living or not. After all we all have to pay our bills and eat, and this copyright infringments will only serve big corps and free lothers.

Here is a post I wrote in 2009, during the swedish EU election in swedish, Read this link using Google translate for reference.

Stefan Lindblad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What some media says about Nokia, untrue

What some media says in their reports, show to be wrong. Nokia sales better than expected, even double its sales figures. You would like media to write truthfully, we all know that's far always the case, and apparently not these days about Nokia smartphone sales either. 1 quarter sales was around 2 million units when quarter 2 was doubled to around 4 million units. Summer is probably slow, but if this momentum and interest is kept, then 6 or 8 million units sounds like a reasonable figure? I don't know, I am no economist. But its interesting all the same.

Read more here:

I mention Nokia and Windows phone simply because I have a Nokia Lumia 800 windows phone 7 myself, black colour. And I really like the phone, and Media seem to down talk the phone, or rather down talk Nokia all the time, almost like they want the company Nokia to fail and file for bankruptcy, like some seem to do with Black Berry as well. I hope both Nokia and Blackberry survives and let all of us have to opportunity to choose different models and brands. Just imagine if all of use only used Iphone and Android phones. Pretty boring wouldn't it. I believe even Google and Apple would think so to after a while.

Currently the only app I miss out on for my Windows phone 7, Nokia Lumia 800 is a true Google Blogger blogg app. Blogger/Google have done an app for Android and Iphone users, so why the wait for the rest of us? There are other apps for blogging to blogger blogpost but I personally don't like them as I feel they are not quality apps for blogger users just yet. Nokia as a company by they way creates/delivers simply great apps for windows phone 7/7.5 on a fairly regular basis. Which is nice and so do Microsoft as well. As you probably understand tons of other companies do too, its just that darn Google Blogger app for windows phone I am waiting for now.
Here sharing some free add for Nokia a video add campaign they run with microsoft "Ben Rudolph smoked by windows phone". Its on me Nokia.

Nokia official website

Stefan Lindblad

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nokia Lumia my smartphone since a while back

Prior to buying my new mobile phone, the smartphone Nokia Lumia 800, a Windows Phone 7, I remember a week or two before buying it, telling my Book Publisher I wasnt buying a smartphone to replace my old mobile phone a sony ericsson. I didnt call so much I said. Then I bought it anyway and I dont look back. Now, I have whent through the boom, internet junkie period many of us get trapped in at first, now when all is calming down, I still use my smartphone with joy. I love Nokia Lumia 800 for the camera it comes with and the windows OS have finally settled with me, after all I was also affected of how a smartphone app screen should look like – android & apple-like. WIndows Phone look totally different. And I like it today.

I just read an article on the Nokia run website/blog Nokia conversations, where it claims Nokia Lumia 900 users are happy with their new phones. Now its an official Nokia website/blog so of course they wouldnt write anything else, read here But equally I can understand them if its true, that they are happy with the phone. I am, so why shouldnt they be as well Skrattar

The only thing I really miss out on right now, is a Blogger app for windows phone 7. Google have made a blogging app for IPHONE and ANDROID but not for Windows Phone. I use blogspot / blogger for my both blogs. One in swedish and one in english language. Yes there is a blogging app for blogger blogspot, Jage IT Consulting AB, a Swedish registered company making apps for windows phone amongst things, but it says it only supports english language, which isnt good for me or anyone else who also write in non english languages, like Swedish. And in Swedish you need letters Å, Ä, Ö. And the layout of the interface of the blogger app blog from Jage IT Consulting AB isnt Metro Style and it doesnt look any good in design. And if I dont like the design of the UI user interface, cant use swedish language it means its not for me.

I belive, naive or not, that a app for blogger blogs where you can upload images, add links and support for more langauages than english would add even more value to Nokia Lumia but above all Windows Phone. Jage IT miss out on design and languages.

Google where are you?
Microsoft where are you?
Nokia who makes so mane good apps for Windows Phone, where are you?

Stefan Lindblad

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Interview Series: Fellow CorelDRAW Master & artist Joe Diaz, Pontiac, IL, USA

Joe Diaz and I were both elected CorelDRAW Masters by Corel corporation in Canada, for their CorelDRAW Master Program. To be named and selected like this directly by Corel as a CorelDRAW and PHOT-PAINT user, is an honour for both of us. This way Joe and I came to know each other a bit. I discovered the work and art by Joe and I really liked what I saw. Joe is simply brilliant in what he does both artistically, designwise as well as a user of CorelDRAW. With no further ado, I present to you - Joe Diaz

Your Name: Joseph Diaz

Website: Diaz Sign Art

Style & type of work you produce? 

Comercail Art including: Signs, Logos, Print Design, Hand Painted Murals, Vehicle Graphics, Vector Illustrations. 

You like myself is a user of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, and both of us named CorelDRAW Master by Corel

What was it that made you discover and ultimately drew you to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite?

I grew up in the sign industry. My Parents started the local sign shop and I worked there as a kid. Early on they switched to CorelDRAW. At first, as a kid, I just used CorelDRAW to play around. By the time I got to highschool, I began doing comercial sign work and logo designs for our family buisness. I've been using DRAW ever since.

What year was it? 

My parents first began using V1 in 89. I'm sure as a kid I played around in it, but my first real memories of using CorelDRAW was version 4 in the early 90s.

Which Programs do you use, Corel and none-Corel programs? 

CorelDRAW, most recently CorelPAINTER, Expressions Web for web development, Flash Pro, Poser and DAZ3D

Do you use any non-computer aided tools in conjunction with your work? 

Yes. we still do alot of work here by hand. Our murals may be initialy designed in CorelDRAW, but are all hand painted. Obviosly there is a lot of carpentry work when building signs. Some times when doing illustration work, I might start drawing by hand then scan the layout or illustration in to CorelDRAW and finalize it there.

Which year was it you started your business, your work? 

I didn't start our buisness but grew into it. Our shop was founded in 1979.

Would you recommend CorelDRAW Graphics Suite? 

Absoultly. In my oppinion it's the best graphic design suite out there. We love it because it is fexable and quick. We are able to design a wide range of projects in Corel, and it works well with all of our equipment. (printers and plotters)

What made you begin working with the work you do today?

At first as a summer and after school job. For a short period I wanted be an Archetect. I was actually pretty good at AutoCAD, but while attending college I had to get a job to pay for school, so I went to work for a different sign shop that was near campus. I guess at one point I realized that I loved being a graphic designer more than a draftsman because I was able to be a bit more creative.

What is that you like with your work? 

Almost every day is a different project, and every project is different from the last. It's challenging but fun at the same time.

In an interview in the Digital Artist Magazine (it seems to have been renamed Fantasy Artist), who interviewed me a few years back, I was asked what I would like to see in future versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Is there anything you would like to see?

CorelDraw makes auto backups, which is great. but if you force corel to close or it crashes and you restart Draw, it will attempt to open all of those autobackups. It asks you if you would like to open them, but they no longer have a specific name. Instead it's "Graphic 1" "Graphic 2", etc.. I think it would be great if the autobackups also retained the file name so you know what file you are agreeing to open. Elliptical or rectangular gradients.

The ability to organize your fonts within Draw. Let's say you wanted to temporarily group all you san-serif fonts together, or scripts, etc... I've got thousands and thousands of fonts and I have a hard time remembering all their names. Sometimes I'm like "I need slab font" then I scroll all the way through the list looking for all of the fonts that fit that category until I find the perfect font for the job. A feature like that would save me sooo much time.
Another feature that I would find useful would be a stop watch feature that keeps track of how long you have been working on a given file. It would have to some how record how long you are working though and not how long the file is open. 

Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning? 

Nope. OJ and cereal are my weapons of choice.

What do you think is important to think about running your own business or in your line of work, to think about. Is it discipline or and something else? 

Patience, knowing when to disconnect yet allways remaining open to new ideas and a willingness to learn, and lastly never excepting that you are good enough.

For someone just starting out, what do you think they should think about? 

Learning the basics of design first. Color, contrast, composition, etc... The tool dosn't make the craftsman. In other words: It dosn't matter how fantastic your software is If you don't understand the basics of layout and design first.

Is there any big change in how and what you worked with when you first started out. Have the business changed in any way? 

Computers and Computer aided designs have taken a much larger role in our industry from when I was a kid. First it was Paint and screen printing then vinyl, now digital printing. I can't wait to see what's next.

Thank you Joe!
Great to talk with you 

Stefan Lindblad

All photographs courtesy by Joe Diaz

Reflections Almedalen, English News blog from Sweden

Reflections from Almedalen, the Swedish political event week, occuring every summer at Almedalen, Visby town on the swedish island of Gotland. Here an english article from the Swedish News Paper/blog “ The Local “. Click attached link


Stefan Lindblad

Friday, July 13, 2012

New T-shirts “Sapiens”, illustration & Design in Stefan Lindblad store

 I've posted a new t-shirt, "Sapiens", my illustration & design, in my own store at Spreadshirt. Both a Womens and Mens model. I ordered one for myself. The pint was excellent, a t-shirt in a really good quality, 100% cotton. Feels great to wear. I placed the order on sunday and it arrived in my mail within a week, actually this thursday, less that a whole week. Really impressed with how fast and well it works with Spreadshirt. And others who placed orders have said the same.

Klassisk T-shirt herr - T-shirts Stefan Lindblad, Sapiens t-shirt 2012

Stefan Lindblad, Sapiens t-shirt 2012

Damtopp - T-shirts Stefan Lindblad the Sapiens 2012

Stefan Lindblad the Sapiens 2012

Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, art, graphic design

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG?, he is our Swedish ROCKY!

Where will Zlatan Ibrahimovic play, at PSG 2012/13 Regardless Zlatan Ibra Ibrahimovic is our own Swedish and the worlds current ROCKY Balboa in the world of football, the underdog who wins. Read his book, see him play and hear his own voice and words and phrases in broadcasted interviews. Its an interesting journay he have done and an impressive one to say the least. The once who dont like him, only add to the fact the role of a Rockey-ish persona. He came from less fortunate situations as a kid, struggled hard and worked hard and fought hard.


Stefan Lindblad

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Painting – The first meeting

This oilpainting, 50 x 50 centimeters, came to my thoughts once again. “The First Metting” its called. Part of my exhibition “The Journey” (Resan), 2003.

Its still for sale as one of the paintings still in my possesion from that time.


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, art, graphic design

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Spec work - no thanks

Spec work? No thanks
See and understand why

Stefan Lindblad

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yo! Nokia & Microsoft? This is on me, Fun add!

Yo! Nokia & Microsoft, This is on me, Fun add! And because I like my own Nokia Lumia 800.

And NO I wasnt payed by either of these companies.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now in the most outer area of our solar system

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now in the most outer area of our solar system, where to our knowledge no man made machine or humans ever been. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 was sent out to space by NASA in 1977. Since then, 34 years ago, it have been sending incredible images and information back to earth. The last information it sent took some 16 hours + to reach our earth.

Soon, very soon V1 and V2 will continue traveling OUT of our solar system.

Read that once again - they will travel across the border of our solar system.

And no one knows exactly what will happen to V1 and V2 or what they will meet. This is in my view one of the most exciting things going on right now.

Read more here




Stefan Lindblad

Monday, June 11, 2012

CorelDRAW MASTER – Stefan Lindblad – Join Webinar on Creating an illustration for use in a book cover design

CorelDRAW MASTER – Stefan Lindblad – Join Webinar on Creating an illustration for use in a book cover design in CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6.



Webinar Registration

Join Stefan Lindblad, CorelDRAW Master, Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Artist, for this webinar that will show you how he uses CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6 to design a book cover. This webinar will cover:
- Creating a freehand illustration with Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™ by using the Paint tool, the Brush Settings docker, and Merge Modes in the Objects docker,
- Importing the illustration into CorelDRAW and laying out the book cover by using PowerClip objects and the Text tool,
- Printing the project, converting text to objects, and outputting a PDF for client review.





Stefan Lindblad

Illustration, graphic design & art

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Vladimir Krutov is dead but never forgotten in world of Ice Hockey

Vladimir Krutov will never be forgotten as a Ice Hockey player in Sweden. And neither will the others in the SUPER FIVE. Krutov was a member of the SUPER-FIVE in old Soviet Union ice-hockey team. CCCP could easily beat Sweden at the time 13-1. If Sweden at that time could hold on through the first and second half against the team CCCP, then Sweden had made a good game, and then Sweden would loose with 9-0 or 13-1 in the last third period. (Ice hockey is played best of three periods). As a young man in Sweden cheering on the swedish team it felt so devastating.

When the SUPER FIVE played it was the team for Soviet union of course and everything with Soviet Union politically was as bad as it ever can be. There was literally nothing I felt about soviet union that made me feel secure, it was just a mad world on the other side of the Baltic Ocean, and it was threatening. It was the time of the cold war. Swedish military number one enemy was Soviet Union.

But they had a fantastic ice-hockey team. They had the SUPER FIVE. And despite being a PR machine for communist soviet union, it was still a fantastic team, but they never looked happy to me. The day Soviet Union fell apart and was no more, and new Russia had to try to become somewhat more democratic, no other team from old soviet union, now basically Russia, have won games in such way year after year, game after game. When they had to compete on the same terms as the rest of the world, the SUPER FIVE with Krutov, Fetisov, Larionov, Kasatonov, Makarov had gotten older and new players came along and they too was bought by teams in NHL (USA & Canada). Just like Swedish national teams they had to relay on which players could be free to play in the world cup each year.

The way Barcelona play football today, with the same kind of players year after year, only adding one or two each season, the same was with the old soviet union ice hockey. Just ask how the USA team in Lake Placid in the early 80´s felt when they won. Or any team for that matter.

The same way Barcelona play, tic a tac, the same way but maybe even more dominating in a way, did the old Super Five soviet union team play. In Sweden it was called "Clap, Clap ice hockey".

The kind of ice hockey they played sometimes felt like from another world. It felt unreal in a way.

Then with the fall of Soviet Union and the fall of the SUPER FIVE, came Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Lidström and the rest of the coming Swedes and suddenly Sweden could win a world cup.

Krutov passed away recently and is now buried in Chimk, Moscow, RUSSIA. And it came as a surprise to me that Russia of today and ever since the fall of soviet union basically had forgotten about Krutov. Krutov played a few years in the Swedish league and then aparently whent on to coach young ice hockey players.

Krutov, rest in peace.

Youtube clip, Swedish documentary

Stefan Lindblad

Saturday, May 26, 2012

In 2016 I´ll coach a club where my daughter goes to study in: José Mourinho

You gotta love the man José Mourinho, I do especially if it is true in what he says, that he will coach a club in the city, country where he´s daughter go to university. According to that is.

Read more about it here


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist & graphic designer

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Featured by Corel as Photo-Paint user on

Admittedly I am honored to have been featured, interviewed by Corel as a Corel Photo-Paint user. Read more on, features or directly on

Stefan Lindblad

Sunday, April 29, 2012

You Need a T-Shirt–and MY T-shirt Campaign is on

You REALLY need a T-Shirt and MY T-shirt is on.
Go check it out, I´ve just only started.

Click image or here 


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & graphic designer

Made New banner for my main store

I made a full clean out of my old store on my general website, and installed a new shopping cart. With it I am slowly adding products back again. Books, mainly in swedish, but also T-Shirts.

For this occasion, well for today to be honest as the store had a nother banner beofore, I made New banner for my main store – Cheering and singing the occasion Blinkar. The new banner for t-shirts can be seen here

And just choose language in the top menu if needed. From swedish to english.

My t-shirts are bought on demand via Spreadshirt, so just click on t-shirts.


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration & design

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Draw digitally without your computer or smartphone, enjoy coffee and life – Wacom Inkling

Draw digitally without your computer or smartphone, enjoy coffee and life – Wacom Inkling is the product that make it possible for you to grab your favorite sketchbook or paper, to go to your favorite local café, sketch, sip coffee and look at people. Just relax and create. From there you go back to your studio, home, kitchen of office and hook the inkling to your computer, and digitally transfer the drawing you made on real paper/sketchbook, into your favorite program such as Photo-Paint or Coreldraw, or Painter. Simply first save as PSD (unfortunatly not to many file formats to choose from, but Photo-PAint from Corel can take them all anyway).

Here is an article about it,

Wacom E-store

and a complimentary video from Wacom/youtube.

Enjoy the coffee, sketch and life!


Inkling have been around for a while now, but I got reminded when I tipped about it on a CorelDRAW forum >


Stefan Lindblad

Illustrator & graphic designer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New T-Shirt from Stefan Lindblad, eagle feather drawing print

New T-Shirt from Stefan Lindblad, myself. For euro currencie countries here goes. pencil drawing I made in my sketch book of an eagle feather is now turned into a T-Shirt. Here one of the Womens shirt, pick colour in the T-Shirt shop online

Stefan Lindblad
Illustration & Design

Monday, March 26, 2012

Corel attend Sign & Digital UK 2012 fair, Birmingham, England

This is a pressrelease I like to share with UK readers.This pressrelease list a variety of topics that will be talked about and demonstrated, and all other information you may need visiting the Corel stand.

The fair will be held in Birminham, England. (UK).
Website for the FAIR

Quote Press release//
You can read more about this Sign & Digital UK fair here

Following the successful launch of CorelDRAW®Graphics Suite X6 earlier this week, Corel has announced it is now planning to attend Sign & Digital UK 2012 (stand C38.)

Sign & Digital UK celebrates its 25th anniversary providing Corel with the perfect platform to demonstrate the latest version of its flagship product. The show offers exclusive access to the sign making and digital printing industries' latest innovative products, technologies, services and applications and is seen as the leading event of its type in the UK.

James Phillips, Corel's marketing manager - who will be attending the event - comments, “The sign industry is a very important market for CorelDRAW and we look forward to demonstrating the significantly improved workflow, performance and raft of new features in our latest version. CorelDRAW continues to be the leading graphics solution for those in production-related businesses. We will be offering exclusive demonstrations and tutorials to visitors showing how they can achieve their goals in their daily work as quickly and easily as possible.”

Visitors can meet the Corel team at stand C38 in Hall 3, where the company will be showcasing CorelDRAW X6 for the first time, running live demos every day in the Corel theatre. Visitors are also invited to speak with Corel’s experts and take part in free tutorials tailored to the requirements of the sign making and embroidery industry.

Exclusive special offer at the show – Free Corel AfterShot Pro worth £79.99

Visitors to the show who purchase the full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 will also be given a free boxed copy of Corel® AfterShot Pro, a fast and flexible photo workflow solution that combines robust photo management, advanced non-destructive editing and complete RAW processing for more professional photos, worth £79.99. This exclusive offer will only be available from registered resellers exhibiting at Sign & Digital UK: Radecal Signs on stand H30, and Signmaster Systems Ltd on stand N20.

//End Quote

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scanning CorelDRAW X6 64 bit a macro from SoftBotz Software Studio

Scanning CorelDRAW X6, using the 64 bit version a temporary glitch.
Are your trying to Scan via CorelDRAW X6, 64 bit version but cant? here is a must have macro from Softbotz for all who need to scan directly via CorelDRAW X6 64 bit, during the transition period till Corel have their own solution ready. Why do we wait for Corel? As I have written previously Scanner manufacturers like Canon dont supply a TWAIN or WIA driver for all their scanner models. They say they do, but they dont. Read more about this here

Now SoftBotz Software Studio, the quality Macro & program makers have come up with a solution for us - a Macro, User Control!

Read more about this great macro, and download this version from Softbotz Software Studio.

"So you bought the Greatest Graphic Program there is - CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, and you found out when you installed the 64-Bit Version you couldn't scan!"

Now, you will be able to scan using WIA in CorelDRAW X6 64 bit and Photo-Paint X6 64 bit, but while we wait a while for Corel to add it, here is a solution from Softbotz.

Like I have written previously in my blog, scanner manufacturers marketing their scanners false saying it has 64 bit Drivers, when seriously many of their new scanner models dont have 64 bit TWAIN drivers at all. And in my personal view have put all software makers using TWAIN and WIA in a somewhat strange situation.

To scan like you always done directly via CorelDRAW you need a solution that solve your problems till Corel have come up with their own solution later this year, possibly for the next service pack that is. Softbotz Software Studio who are avid CorelDRAW users have come up with a solution for CorelDRAW users during this transition period.

Do take a look, it might be the solution for you.

If you are using CorelDRAW X6 32 bit then you dont have to use this macro. Its ONLY for 64 bit users.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CorelDRAW & Photo-Paint New upgrade policy

There is a new upgrade policy from Corel.

With the introduction of CorelDRAW X6 one may only be eligable for upgrade if one have X4 or X5. But because this means a big step from previous VERY generous upgrade policy, Corel announce they will offer EVERY user with ANY version of CorelDRAW to upgrade to X6 – for 90 days.

Corel have been preetty much one of the few Computer graphic Software out there to offer a upgrade since version 1.0 released back in 1989.

Here is the official statement from Corel.

With X6, and following the standard Corel policy introduced in 2011, we have changed our upgrade eligibility. Going forward, only people who own two versions back, e.g. from X4 or X5. We understand that this is a change compared to previous versions, and we have therefore announced a 90-days period with an extended upgrade path that includes any version of CorelDRAW (even version 1.0 that was launched in 1989!).”

Read more in their press release here




Stefan Lindblad

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CorelDRAW X6 & PHOTO-PAINT X6 - the Tech specs details

CorelDRAW X6 & PHOTO-PAINT X6 - the Tech specs details
In my previous post I mentioned the release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 and a few of the new features. In this post I will try to add a more detailed list of whats new. And if I forget anything I will try to remember to add it to this same thread.

If you are upgrading from let say CorelDRAW X4 or earlier, then I recomend my detail spec list for CorelDRAW X5. That will give you a super list I would say of most of the new and  enhanced features. And dont foget all the bugs being fixed as well.

The X5 service Pack 3 list

New and Enhanced!


- Full support for 64 bit applications!

- Choose between 32 bit and 64 bit.
(This can be important for those with scanners who dont have 64 bit TWAIN drivers. Read a thread about this here:

CorelDRAW X6

- Full support for 64 bit applications!

- Full Open Type Support

- Full support for VBA Macros on 64 bit as well as 32 bit. Some macro producers may have to upgrade their macros to 64 bit, but 64 bit VBA is fully supported.

Simple a HUGE improvement on the basically all new Powerclip features. This is something for us Powerclip users to cherish again and again. I already love it and it has improve my workflow a great deal to say the least. I loved Powerclip before, it just became so much better.

- Color Styles Docker.
Color Styles in X6 is not the "old" color Styles. This is something completly new. In Color Styles Docker you will find Color Harmonies with a great drag and drop feature. Check it out as it takes to much time to explain in this list.

- Color Harmonies

- Object Styles Docker

- Search Content on the property bar. (Corel Connect

- Alignment Guides

- Align to Baseline Grid

- Snap to Baseline Grid

- Paragraph Text Frame > "Insert Placeholder text ".
Which is a Lorem Ipsum generator in text field.

- Text Properties Docker". A new and the best ever for CorelDRAW

- Object Properties Dockers

- Layout Toolbar

- Object Origin in Transform Toolbar

- Internet Toolbar

- Hints Docker now comes with a very helpful Videos Tab with tips and tricks videos.

- Page Number. Insert Page Number.

- Template: New from Template

- VECTOR Shape Tools
Smear, Twirl, Attract, Repel

- Freehand Pick tool

- Contour Tool


Full support for 64 bit applications! 

- Bruish Settings Docker, the Nib preview window is now 3 to 4 times wider. Making it easier to see more brush nibs right away. 

- Full Open Type Support
- Interactive Open Type Indicator (show when open type is available)

- Character Formatting Docker.
This docker is the Text Docker in Photo-Paint. (Object>Text>Character Formatting)

- Smart Carver Tool

- Search Content in Property Bar (Corel Connect)

- Objects Docker. Merge Mode, new "Pass Through" on Groupe Objects

- Through Beta many legacy and other bugs have been fixed and enhanced quality not mentioned here.


- You can now write a website domain name in the search field to capture all images on the specific page you are visiting. On a page by page basis. You go to one page at a time on the specific website.

System Requirements, your computer that is
Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions) , Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), or Windows® XP (32-bit), all with latest service packs installed
Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Opteron™
1.5GB hard disk space (for typical installation without content - additional disk space is required during installation)
Mouse or tablet
1024 x 768 screen resolution
DVD drive
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 or higher

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & graphic Designer

CorelDRAW X6, Photo-Paint X6

Whats new?
Read a more detailed list of new and enhanced features and tech specs here

On the Corel website you can read more, but here are a few things to look for.

1. 64 bit support. You can now use both a 32 bit as well as 64 bit CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint. I like you to take not on how quickly the programs start, that alone is great. JUst simply love working in a full 64 bit environment. Speed, speed, speed. Of Course you will be even happier with full 64 bit if you have at least 8 GB Ram. But even with less Ram you will notice faster and smother workflow.

2. Full Open Type support in both CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint

3. Built in Colour Harmonies.

Document Styles

4. New Creative Vector shaping tools such as Smear, Twirl, attract and Repeal

5. Enhanced complex script support

6. New and VERY improved POWERCLIP that will make any powerclip user happy. I simply love this enhancement. Love it. DId I say I love it?

And so much more here and there thingys. Go download the trial and have fun!

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator and graphic designer

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Corel Hero video, Joe the CorelDRAW user

I was brwosing around and whent into Corels website and found these videos with users of different Corel software. I like the videos, so I took the liberty link them from here. Joe Diaz won the Corel Grand Prize, and they make great work.

Look at their work at



Stefan Lindblad

Friday, March 16, 2012

INYE, the IPAD contender from Nigeria Africa

Demand for the new Ipad in Africa is said to never been big. Apple have basically no precense in africa and Nigeria according to co-founder Saheed Adepoju of Encipher. But Africa like many other continents like the same products and possibilities as the rest of the world, of course. The Nigerian company ENCIPHER have therefore come up with a tablet of their own called INYE, in the local language meaning "First".


The Nigerian company Encipher have or will manufactured what seems a great product: a new tablet using Google Android as OS. A Apple Ipad contender for half price of the Apple Ipad. You can see a reportage about it and the co-founder himself Saheed Adepoju on CNN:

Read more about INYE and Encipher here

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Interview Series: Mo, aka Maurice Beumers, CorelDRAW user & Beta Tester, runs his own business, in Germany

My Interview series now continue with "Mo", Maurice Beumers. CorelDRAW user & Beta tester, runs his own freelance business,  "Mo", Maurice Beumers "Econceptum", who live and work in Germany. I interview people I have come to know through Corel forums, and who are fellow beta testers of and fellow CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users. And some of us have met in real life.  

Your Name: Maurice "mo" Beumers


Style & type of work you produce? 

graphics design and illustration

You like myself is a user of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. What was it that made you discover , and drew you to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite? 

I came in contact with CorelDRAW the first time in my apprenticeship as a sign maker, where it was mostly used for car lettering and vinyl cutting.

What year was it? 

It's been back in 1995.

Which Programs do you use, Corel and none-Corel programs? 

I use CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTOPAINT as well as may other programs: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Gimp, Inkscape, Artrage, Google Sketchup, Kerkythea, Sculptris, MapZone...

Do you use any analogue tools in conjunction with your work? 

Sometimes, when it is required by a client. I'm not a fan of mixing both analog and digital media, my experiences in the past with that were not satisfying.

Which year was it you started your business, your work? 

My creative work has a long story, but my graphics design and illustration business was founded on beginning of January 2012, this year.

Would you recommend CorelDRAW Graphics Suite? 

Of course I would. But as a graphics designer nowadays it's better to have oneself not restricted and bound to a single program or suite. Every each one has its advantages, and a creative designer or illustrator should pick the tool that expresses his creativity the best at the moment. Every graphics suite is only a tool, like a hammer or a broom.

What, more importantly, made you begin working with the work you do today? After all you could have made a career as a hairdresser or something in that line instead, like any other human being. 

As a young boy I started to draw. I was stunned by all the great and inspiring TV comic series during the 80ies, and I've learned to draw humans with action figures.
The apprenticeship I've absolved was a bit far away from creative expression, but I've learned a lot technical stuff which helped me later in drawing and painting accurately. At the same time I bought my first airbrush, and started to do freelance work in my spare time with portraits and airbrushes.

Most of my career I've worked as a sign maker, until I took a job as a corporate publisher in 2007. My responsibility was graphics design for an european IT supplies distributor, and I've learned a lot in a few years. That was the time I fully exhausted the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for the first time, and I've started to work with it on a daily basis until today.
After this employment, which I had to quit cause I moved house, I've been working in several frustrating occupations, and I've started to prepare my own business.
My business was planned for years, but I never dare the big step to self employment. You know, in the last years, every year a new kind of crisis was anounced: we had the global economic crisis in 2009, then the euro crisis and so on, so I thought it would be better to wait. beside that, I'm a blockheaded do-gooder, so I worked out a concept to combine my passions with my personal interests, and it seems the right time to start my own business is NOW.

What is that you like with your work? 

To be self employed as a graphics designer is very demanding, that is what I like the most. Reinventing tasks and workflows is required, daily. And that feeds the creativity at the same time as it demands it.

In an interview in the Digital Artist Magazine, who interviewed me a few years back, I was asked what I would like to see in future versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Is there anything you would like to see? 

A lot. Some improvements on the meshfill tool and artistic media, some elaboration on export formats, procedural texture fills and- oh, Google Sketchup import! That would be cool! But at the moment I am very satisfied with CorelDRAW. Corel PHOTOPAINT could have a bit more brush options and texture fill options.

Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning? 

Hm, both, but coffee is my favorite. I'm a night owl, so I need coffee, but I enjoy tea.

What do you think is important to think about running your own business or in your line of work, to think about. Is it discipline or and something else? 

Flexibility, creativity and friends or a family who reinforce ones back. I think that's everything one needs, isn't it?

For someone just starting out, what do you think they should think about? 

They should think about almost everything. A business plan helps to get the right and reallistic idea of the project, but the opinions of friends and family is also very important. Noone should start with nothing: no plan, no clients and no reserve assets are doomed for sure.

Is there any big change in how and what you worked with when you first started out. Have the business changed in any way? 

There are many things in change at the moment. The ACTA thing is currently in progress, which will change the copyright laws and our internet life fundamentally. What I observe in the novel book and learning book sector is that more and more publications are digitalized, that will be a difficult market for illustrators in the future.

Thank you!
Stefan Lindblad
Stockholm, march 2012

Copyright Stefan Lindblad & Maurice Beumers, 2012