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Getting to Know CorelDRAW

Opening CorelDRAW

If you have been using CorelDRAW, you may have turned off this opening screen. If so, skip to step 5.
  1. When CorelDRAW is loaded, a new section is created on the Start Menu . To open DRAW, click the Start button from the Taskbar .
    This opens the Windows Start menu.
  2. Select Programs from the list.
    This activates the Programs panel. Programs are contained in groups, but rather than being initially displayed in a group window, each group is listed.
  3. Find the Corel section and select CorelDRAW 12.
    This opens up the program with the CorelDRAW welcome screen. If you have used the program before, you may have turned off this screen.

Opening screen

  1.  Choose Open Graphic or use the Open command on the File menu .
    New Graphic creates a new, one page document. Open Last Edited opens the last document you had open. The splash screen will show the names of the files over the icon. The Template icon allows you to access many professionally created templates you can then modify for your own projects. The CorelTutor gives you a brief overview of how to use the program and What's New? shows you all the improvements from Version 11. Designer.com connects you to the Corel Designer.com web site where you can find many helpful areas. If you clear the check from the box in the lower left corner, you will not see this graphic but will open a new file when you open the program.
  2. Direct the Explorer to your hard drive and the folder where you saved the class files.
  3. Choose the file Open 1st.cdr .
      If the Panose Screen appears listing fonts that are not loaded, click the OK button. This utility allows you to load fonts for a document when you open the document. You must have the Font Navigator utility loaded and active for the fonts to install automatically.

The CorelDRAW Window.

Parts of the GUI

Window Components

A - Standard Toolbar

 You can customize this or any other Toolbar or create additional Toolbars.

B - Property Bar

The Property Bar is dynamic. Property options change depending on what you are working on. This enables you to access commands that are specific to the current tool or feature you are using.

C - Main Tool Box The main tools you will use are accessed from this bar.

D - Rulers

The Rulers show the current mouse cursor location as you move in the work area.

E - Color Palette

The Color Palette by default is located to the right of the work window. Like the Toolbars, it can also be relocated. You can choose from a preset palette of colors, or use a specific color system such as Pantone Spot Colors.

F - Status Bar

The Status Bar is used to give you information about cursor movements or symbol properties such as the fill or size.

G - Page Navigator The Page Selector is used to add and move between pages. When a file contains multiple pages, individual page tabs appear to the right of the Page Selector bar.
H - Docker Tabs Dockers allow access to effects, styles, colors, and many other features of CorelDRAW. They can be floated or “docked” at the side of the window.  When closed, they are accessible through a vertical tab.

 

Tool Overview

The Toolbox is located in the left portion of the window and contains all the drawing and editing tools necessary to create objects for an illustration. Tools containing a small triangle in the corner produce a Flyout. Flyouts contain additional tools, or tool options and are explained below in the order they appear on the default screen. Flyouts are described following the Tool Overview.

Pick Tool
pick tool icon
Selects objects or groups of objects. Once selected, you can use the Pick Tool of move, stretch, scale, rotate, and skew objects.

Shape Tool

shape tool icon

Reshapes objects. Objects are reshaped by moving nodes, lines, and control points.

Zoom Tool

zoom tool icon

Changes the current view of the drawing. You can also select magnification options from the Property Bar in the Zoom mode.

Freehand Tool

freehand tool icon

Draws lines and curves. You can also use this tool to trace bitmaps.
Smart Drawing Toolrectangle tool icon Converts the freehand strokes you draw to basic shapes and smoothed curves.

Rectangle Tool

Draws rectangles and squares. Squares are created by using the Control key while drawing.

Ellipse Tool

ellipse tool icon

Draws ellipses and circles. Circles are created by holding down the Control key as you draw.

Graph Paper Tool

polygon tool icon

Draws a collection of boxes that simulates a sheet of graph paper.

Perfect Shapes Tool

perfect shaptes tool icon

A collection of objects which you can add to your drawing. They include such things as arrows, stars, talk bubbles, and flow chart symbols.

Text Tool

text tool icon

Adds either Artistic or Paragraph text to your drawing.

Interactive Blend Tool

 interactive blend tool icon

The Blend Tool allows you to merger objects together through a series of steps. The flyout gives access to several more interactive tools that are described on the following pages.

Eyedropper Tool

eyedropper tool icon

The Eyedropper Tool allows you to select a color within an object, especially a bitmap, and allows you to apply that color to another object. You can also capture the color for a customized palette. The flyout gives access to the paint bucket that applies the color.

Outline Tool

outline tool icon

Sets the outline style of an object or a line. This includes the line type, ends, color, and weight. The flyout gives quick access to some changes.

Fill Tool

fill tool icon

Assigns the fill style of any object. Fills are only visible on closed objects. The flyout gives access to control dialogs for each type of fill.

Interactive Fill Tool

interactive fill tool icon

 

Allows you to apply Fountain fills (gradients) using the mouse. The flyout gives access to the Mesh fill Tool.

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Flyouts

Tool buttons containing a small triangle in the lower right corner display Flyouts. Flyouts are used by CorelDRAW to display additional tools. They are activated by holding down the tool button with the mouse.

The table below is not meant to be a comprehensive look at each tool Flyout, but rather a reference.

Flyouts

Shape Edit Flyout
shape edit flyout

Holds Shape Edit, Knife, Smudge, Roughen, Free Transform and Virtual Segment Delete Tools.

Zoom Tool Flyout
zoom tool flyout

Holds the Zoom Tool, which is used for changing the view magnification, and the Pan Tool, which is used for moving the drawing page around the display area.
Curve Flyout
curve flyout

Holds the Bezier Tool, Artistic Media Tool, Dimension Tool and the Connector Tool. Each tool is used to create specific types of lines.
Rectangle Tool Flyout

rectangle tool flyout
Holds the Rectangle tool and the 3-point Rectangle tool.

Ellipse Tool Flyout

ellipse tool flyout

Holds the Ellipse Tool and the 3-point Ellipse Tool.
Object Flyout

polygon tool flyout

Holds the Polygon Tool for creating multi-sided objects, the Spiral Tool and the Graph Paper tool.
Perfect Shape Flyout
perfect shape flyout
Accesses the collection of shapes you can add to your drawing .
Interactive Tool Flyout
interactive tool flyout

Holds the Interactive Blend, Contour, Distortion, Drop Shadow, Envelope, Extrude, and Transparency Tools.

Eyedropper Tool Flyout
eyedropper tool flyout
Holds the Eyedropper Tool and the Apply Tool for the color, effect, or property selected by the eyedropper.
Outline Tool Flyout
outline tool flyout
Displays options for changing line color, styles, weights, and ends.
Fill Tool Flyout
fill tool flyout
Displays options for changing fill color, styles, creating custom colors, and removing fills.
Interactive Fill Flyout
interactive fill flyout
Holds the Interactive Fountain Fill Tool and the Mesh Fill Tool.

Toolbars and Flyouts can be made to float. Once floating, you can dock them to any part of the window. To float a Toolbar or a Flyout, place your cursor over the area at the end of the bar that resembles two ribbed bumps or gray lines. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the bar out to the main window of the program. All tools on the Flyout will be displayed so you can easily access them. To dock the Flyout or return the toolbar to its original location, double click on the title bar of the floating Flyout. To return the Flyout to its original location, click on the closing X in the upper right-hand corner. Below is the Interactive Tool Flyout in floating mode and in Flyout mode.

floating flyout             popped flyout

Page Navigation with the Page Selector

A CorelDRAW file can have as many as 999 pages. A document of that length, however, might be created more easily in CorelVentura. To navigate a multi-page document you use the Page Navigator bar at the bottom left of the work window. From this bar you can add or move from one page to another. To delete pages you need to use the Delete Page command under the Layout menu.

  page nav explained

  1. Click on the Page 2 Tab.
    The Page 2 tab should be white. You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys on the keyboard.
  2. Select the Page Tab for page 3.
      The Add Page button should appear as this is the last page for this file.
  3.  Select the First Page arrow button to go back to page 1
  4.  Click on the 1 of 3 space.
  5.  Enter a 3 in the Go To box and click OK .

The Property Bar

The Property Bar is located just under the Standard Toolbar. It is an interactive command center. Being interactive means that the options on the Property Bar change depending on the current task or command. It is designed to save time by interactively displaying commands as you work. You will work more with the Property bar as you progress. This section is meant only as an introduction.
  1. Select the Pick Tool .
  2. Place the cursor indicator on top of the purple rectangle and click.
    Small black handles appear designating a selection. You will learn about these later in the class. Notice the Property Bar changed to display a new set of options.
  3. Select the text.
    Again, new options display for working with text.
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Dockers

Twenty-four functions of CorelDRAW 12 display in a dialog window called a Docker.  Dockers are placed into the interface or “docked” as are Tool Bars or the Property Bar. They are accessed by clicking on the tabs at the right of the working window. Dockers can also float or be closed so only the tabs show. Dockers replaced Roll-Ups from earlier version of DRAW. To access the Dockers, go to the Windows menu then icon Dockers.

Docker

Function

Properties Displays the characteristics of the object selected including any Web assignments such as links or hot spots. Allows access to the function that changes that characteristic.

Object Manager Shows the hierarchical structure of objects, layers, and pages within a document including the stacking order of the objects. Allows you to move objects from one layer to another.
Object Data Manager Sets up a spreadsheet-like document recording information about an object.
View Manager Allows you to change the view without using the menu or the drop down list on the Standard Toolbar.
Link Manager

Allows you to create HTML links within your documents.

Undo Docker Lists all the moves you have made so you can reverse them. The default is 99 steps. You can change this to a smaller number if you wish.
Internet Bookmark Manager Organizes bookmarks you have assigned within a Web project in DRAW.
Symbol Manager Allows you to set up libraries of objects you use frequently and convert them to symbols.
Artistic Media T his tool acts as an calligraphy pen, a paint brush or an image sprayer.
Blend Gives all the controls for the Blend effect.
Contour Gives all the controls for the Contour effect.
Envelope Gives all the controls for the Envelope effect
Extrude Gives all the controls for the Extrude effect
Lens Gives all the settings for the Lens effect.
Bitmap Color Mask This CorelPhotoPaint feature allows you to mask all pixels of a certain color in a bitmapped image.
Transformations Allows access to all the Transform tools, Position, Rotation, Scale & Mirror, Size, and Skew.
Shaping Allows access to the Weld, Intersect, Trim, Simplfy, Front minus Back, and Back minus Front operations.
Color Allow you to create custom colors in each color palette.
Color Palette Browser Lists all color palettes available on the system and allows quick loading and changing of the palettes.
Color Styles Sets color palette styles just as you set graphics and text styles for consistency within a project.
Graphics and Text Styles Sets styles just as you can within a word processor. Allows you to keep text and objects consistent throughout a project.
Scrapbook A storage area for frequently used clipart, text files and many other file types. Also allows quick access to sites on the Web or other networked machines.
Web Connector Allows you to connect to Corel.com.

 

Color Palettes

The colorful row of boxes on the right of the screen is the Color Palette. DRAW comes with 18 color systems and gives you the ability to create your own palette. The palette can be floated or  parked. The type of palette can be changed with the Windows menu, or the Color Palette Browser Docker. You may have several palettes open at once.

The main color palettes include HKS ® Colors, Trumatch Colors, Uniform Colors, Web Safe Colors, and the complete Pantone® Matching System including the system that was shipped with CorelDRAW 8. (The Pantone system is updated by the company on a regular basis and a major change was made in 1998. Pantone numbers assigned in DRAW 8 will not match the system in DRAW 9 or DRAW 10.) In addition, the Color Palette Browser Docker includes some specific color systems such as human skin colors and natural color systems. Here is also where any custom palettes you build will be stored.

Note: When you hold down a chip on the color palette, a box with shades of that color displays. (Shown below.) By dragging to one of the shades of the first color, you can choose a shade of a color quickly and apply it to a line or fill an object .

colorbox

Changing an Option

The Options dialog allows for extensive customizing of CorelDRAW 12. To make this curriculum easier for you, one of the default settings for CorelDRAW 12 needs to be changed before we continue.

  1. Go to the Tools menu then Options then icon Workspace then icon General
    Or (Ctrl+J)then icon Workspace then icon General.
  2. Change the Regular Undo setting from 99 to 15.
    Each time you make a change in a document, CorelDRAW 12, makes a full copy of that document so it can reverse your steps if you use the Undo command. A level of 99 quickly uses up all the resources of your machine even if you are using a very powerful machine. In my opinion, more than 15 undo's constitutes “Start over".
  3. Click OK.

Changing the View

Often, when working on an image, you want to see it with out the clutter of the screen or the image has become so complex that you only want to see the outlines of the object. These are the View options.

  1. Go to the View menu and select the Wireframe .
    The various view qualities are designed to save screen redraw time for complex drawings.
  2. Change back to the Normal View option.
    The other View options are described below.
Views

View descriptions

Simple Wireframe Black and white outlines of the objects. Bitmaps are shown as monochrome grayed areas. Does not show blended objects or some other effects.
Wireframe Black and white outlines of all objects including blend groups.
Draft Displays most items as they will be printed but uses patterns to represent certain fills. A checkerboard pattern is displayed for the two-color fills. Two-headed arrows display for full color fills. Hatched line patterns display in place of bitmap fills. A pattern of repeated PS displays for the PostScript fills. Screen redraw time is much faster in Draft mode.
Normal Displays all object, high resolution bitmaps and all fills except PostScript.
Enhanced Displays the best possible quality for your monitor and shows all PostScript fills.
Full screen preview Removes all the DRAW elements from the screen and shows the image at the best possible resolution and against a white background.
Preview Selected only Shows the selected object at the best possible resolution and separates it from the other objects.
Page Sorter View This allows you to rearrange the pages of a multi-page document and to view all the pages of a multi-page document in thumbnails format.

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The Zoom Property Bar

As you work on an image, you may want to get closer to see detail or make small adjustments. DRAW gives you several options for zooming into your object or out. When the Zoom Tool on the Toolbox is selected, the Property Bar displays the following options.

Zoom Commands
Zoom In zoom tool Allows you to get closer to your drawing and work on detail. You can drag a marquee box around a point and zoom into that point. Clicking with the cursor zooms you in to double the previously set view level.
Panning panning tool Allows you to move about the page with precision. With a work area of 250 feet (yes that is feet!), it is easy to get lost. This allows you to move the page as if you could use your hand.
Zoom in and out zoom in and out
Clicking with the plus Tool zooms you in double the last view setting, for example, if you are at 100%, you will go to 200%. Clicking with the minus Tool zooms you out to the last setting. Using the example in the previous sentence, it would put you back to 100%

Zoom To Selected

Zoom To All Objects
zoom to

Changes the display to show only selected objects (Shift+F2). Changes the view to display all objects (F4). This will include objects located outside of the page.
Zoom To Full Page, Page Width, or Page Height

zoom to fp pw ph
Allows you to see the entire page (Shift+F4). Changes the current magnification to include the left and right edges of the page. Changes the current magnification to include the top and bottom edges of the page. All three cause the page to be shown at less than 100% magnification.

Zooming

  1. Go to the Toolbox and select the Zoom Tool (F2).
    The mouse cursor changes to the magnifying glass with the plus sign. The Property Bar also displays the tools described above.  
  2. Click in an area.
    You have just gotten closer to the drawing. You can also zoom in by dragging the Zoom Tool around a specific area.
  3. Press the F3 key on your keyboard.
    This shortcut zooms out to the previous view each time you press it.
  4. Place the tool icon to the upper right of the Bluebonnet.
  5. Click and drag diagonally to create a zoom marquee.
  6. Release the mouse.
    By dragging the Zoom Tool around an area, you can enhance the magnification and be more precise by zooming to a specific area.
  7. Go to the Standard Toolbar and select the Zoom Levels list (the box showing the % of magnifications).
    Values for the magnification settings can be selected from the list, or typed in as needed.
  8. Select To Page (Shift + F4).
    This will change the display to show you the whole page.

Changing preview settings

  1. Go to the View menu and select the Full Screen Preview (F9).
    The window changes to display only the drawing. All window components are removed.
  2. Press the Escape key on your keyboard.
    This will take you back to a standard preview or you can use the right mouse button.

You should now be familiar with the CorelDRAW interface. Move on to Chapter 2 and you will begin working with objects.

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