CorelDRAW Master - Pratik Shah

Pratik Shah

Name: Pratik Shah
Occupation: Self-employed
Location: Mumbai, India
Hobbies: Morning walks in a park. Cricket. Reading technology updates. Gadgets. Composing music.


How long have you been in this profession?
I have been into graphic design since 1994.

Why did you choose this profession?
I was always interested in arts and drawing. I like to express my ideas and imagination in a creative form.

How did you get started?
Along with my studies in maths and physics from Bombay University, I simultaneously started taking computer classes in graphic design and soon realised CorelDRAW was the best avenue to achieve my goal. In 1998, I started my own company, Graphix. I also taught graphic design to scores of students over the years. For the past eight years, I have been engaged in web design, catalog and book design for publishing companies.

What are your most important accomplishments?
Seeing one of my students succeed and being appointed as an art director in one of the largest publishing house in Mumbai is my great accomplishment. Also, being part of the Beta testing team for CorelDRAW X5 and X6, and a member of the advisory council for CorelDRAW X6 are some of my important accomplishments.

Describe a special moment in your career.
Being awarded and recognized as Technical Evangelist for CorelDRAW by Corel (India).

History with CorelDRAW

How long have you used CorelDRAW?
Since 1993.

How did you come across CorelDRAW?
While taking graphic design classes at a local training institute.

What are your top three favorite CorelDRAW features?
With the X6 version, I would vote for 64-bit support, Styles & Opentype support.

What are the CorelDRAW features that allow you to distinguish your designs/art?
Powerclip, Contour, Fit text to path.

How do you feel about CorelDRAW?
I always keep saying 'CorelDRAW rocks!'