Working with templates

A template is a set of styles and page layout settings that determine the appearance of a drawing or document. When you create a new drawing, CorelDRAW automatically loads the default template (CORELDRW.CDT). This template has one graphics style, one Artistic text, style, and seven Paragraph text styles. In addition to the default template, CorelDRAW provides a wide variety of preset templates to help create drawings. You can find the preset templates on the CorelDRAW CD-ROM or by running the...

Drawing connector lines

The Connector Line tool lets you draw lines that connect objects in your drawing. For connector lines to be effective they must be linked to the objects they are labeling. To link objects, use the object's snap points. When a connector line is linked to an object, it moves when you move the object. You can only move connector lines by moving either or both of the objects they connect. You can change the outline of connector lines as well as customize connector line styles and arrowheads. For...

Selecting objects

Before you can move or shape an object, you must select it. When you select an object, a selection box appears around the object. A selection box appears as an invisible rectangle having eight black squares, called selection handles, arranged at the corners and midpoints, and a small x in the center. When you select an object, eight selection handles appear around the object. The center of the selection box is marked by a small x. When you select an object, eight selection handles appear around...

Working with guidelines

Guidelines are lines that you can place anywhere in the Drawing Window to help you align and position objects. You can create any number of Horizontal, Vertical, and Slanted guidelines and save them with your drawing. You can also enable snapping to guidelines so that objects automatically align with the guidelines when moved or drawn nearby. Use guidelines to help you create, align, and position objects in the Drawing Window. Use guidelines to help you create, align, and position objects in...

Browsing FTP sites using the Scrapbook

Using the Scrapbook, you can connect, either anonymously or by supplying a user name and password, to any File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site. After you connect to a site, you can browse its contents for files to include in your document. When you find a file you want to use, you can import it into your document or download a copy to your local drive. You can't upload files from your document to the FTP Sites page. Initially, you connect to an FTP site by typing its address. After you connect to...

Browsing files clipart and photos using the Scrapbook

The Scrapbook's Browse page provides a searchable view of your computer's folder and file hierarchy. This page serves two main functions it allows you to search your computer for a file you want to import, and after you find the file, it allows you to drag it directly into your document. This function is especially useful for importing objects or files created using one of the applications in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite or other compatible applications. The Clipart and Photo pages of the...

Getting Started

Understanding the flexible, intuitive features offered by CorelDRAW for setting up your drawings will make it easy for you to create a variety of documents, from individual graphics to newsletters, pamphlets, business cards and labels. This chapter will help you start using CorelDRAW effectively. It describes how to create new drawings or open existing files, as well as how to save, close, archive, and back up documents. You will learn about the different options associated with these commands,...

What is a bitmap image

Photo-editing applications like Corel PHOTO-PAINT work with bitmap images. When you work with bitmap images, you can refine small details, make drastic changes, and intensify effects. Bitmap images, also called raster or paint images, are made of individual dots, called pixels (picture elements), that are arranged and colored differently to form a pattern. When you zoom in, you can see the individual squares that make up the total image. Increasing the size of a bitmap has the effect of...

Object linking and embedding

OLE is a method of exchanging information between applications. OLE lets you create objects (e.g., pictures, charts, and text) in one application, then place these objects in other applications. When you double-click the objects, the application that created them is launched letting you edit the objects. For example, you can launch your favorite spreadsheet program from within CorelDRAW, create a new chart, and display it. You can also use OLE to import objects you have already made in other...

Working With Styles And Templates

This chapter describes how to use styles and templates to help you format drawings and documents in CorelDRAW. A style is a set of formatting settings that simplifies the task of formatting objects in your drawings. When you apply a style to an object, all the settings of the style are applied to that object in one step. Styles can save you considerable time if you need to apply the same formatting to many different objects. For example, you can create a graphic style for quickly formatting...

Setting tool preferences

CorelDRAW lets you control the default settings of your drawing tools. The options of the Freehand and Bezier tools such as Auto-join, Freehand and Autotrace tracking, Corner and Straight Line Threshold, can be preset only through the Options dialog box. The Auto-join option determines how close two end nodes must be to join automatically. The Freehand Tracking option determines how closely a freehand curve matches the movement of the mouse. The Autotrace Tracking sets the accuracy of the...

Adding standard guidelines

Snap Guidelines Corel

You can set up precise Horizontal, Vertical, and Slanted guidelines. You set up Horizontal and Vertical guidelines based on the horizontal or vertical distance from the 0 point on the appropriate ruler. Conversely, you set up Slanted guidelines based on two specific ruler coordinates or one coordinate and an angle. You can align objects along a guideline visually or have them snap to the guideline for exact positioning. You can create horizontal and vertical guidelines by dragging from a ruler...

Changing your view using the Zoom flyout

How Make Coreldraw Object

The Zoom and Pan tools make it easy to change your view of a drawing. The Zoom tool lets you zoom in to get a closer look at an area of your drawing, or out to get a view of a larger area. The Pan tool lets you move the Drawing Page around to get the view you want. Using the Pan tool is much like using your hand to move a piece of paper on a desk. To zoom in on a specific object, use the Zoom tool to enclose an object in a marquee box. To zoom in on a specific object, use the Zoom tool to...

Using layers to organize your drawing

The layering feature of CorelDRAW gives you added flexibility for organizing and editing the objects in your drawings. You can divide a drawing into multiple layers, each containing a portion of the drawing's contents. For example, using layers could help you organize an architectural plan for a building. You could organize the building's various components plumbing, electrical, structural, etc. by placing them on separate layers. You could then use the Object Manager to view, print, or edit...

To save a fill or outline in the Scrapbook

1 Click Tools, Scrapbook, Favorite Fills And Outlines. 2 Open the folder in which you want to save the fill or outline. 3 Using the Pick tool, drag the object that has the fill or outline you want to the Scrapbook. 4 In the Save A Favorite dialog box, enable or disable the check boxes to indicate the fill and outline properties you want to save. s You can also save a favorite fill and outline in the Scrapbook by dragging the object with the right mouse button to the Scrapbook. To display the...

Working With Color

How Draw Color Wheel

It is important to understand how color is communicated by your scanner, monitor, and printer in order to achieve a consistent and accurate reproduction of the colors you desire. A basic understanding of the color spaces and color management of your equipment helps you achieve the precise color you want for your project. Color management is the process of ensuring that the final colors you see in your project are as close to, or as accurate a reproduction of the ones you want no matter which...

Combining and breaking apart objects

Combining Objects

You can break apart combined objects. This feature is particularly useful for modifying clipart created by combining several independent objects. When you break apart Clipart or any combined object , you can change the attributes and properties of its individual components. Combining objects can create clipping holes and joining line or curve segments. In all cases, the object produced is a curve that can be manipulated just like any other curve in CorelDRAW.

To apply the Watercolors effect

K I Select the bitmap with the Pick tool. 2 Click Bitmaps, Art Strokes, Watercolors. 3 Move the Brush Size slider to set the size of the brushstroke. 4 Move the Granulation slider to set the granularity of the brushstroke. 5 Move the Water slider to set the amount of water in the brushstroke. 6 Move the Bleed slider to set the bleed rate of the brushstroke. 7 Move the Brightness slider to set the amount of light in the image. The Watercolor effect supports all color modes except 48-bit RGB,...

Using the rulers grid and guidelines

The rulers, grid, and guidelines help you draw and arrange objects with precision. The rulers are adjustable and give you a sense of location and size in the Drawing Window. The grid is also adjustable and is superimposed on your drawing to help you draw and align objects precisely. Guidelines are lines that you add to the Drawing Window to help you align objects. By default, guidelines do not appear when you print your work you can set them to print using the controls in the Object Manager....

Working with fountain fills

Fountain Fill Corel

A fountain fill causes two or more colors to flow into each other smoothly, letting you add depth and color to your drawing. The fill can flow in a straight line across the object Linear , in concentric circles from the center of the object Radial , in rays from the center of the object Conical , or in concentric squares from the center of the object Square . Fountain fills can follow a linear, radial, conical, or square path. Fountain fills can follow a linear, radial, conical, or square path....

Filling And Outlining Objects

Corel Draw Change

When you add an object to a drawing, CorelDRAW gives it a default outline attribute, a default fill attribute, or both. The object's outline is the line that surrounds the object. The fill is the color or pattern contained in the object. You can change these attributes using the Outline and Fill flyout tools. For information about changing the default fill and outline see, Changing a default style on page 149. With CorelDRAW you can apply a fill and outline to objects. Text objects are closed...

Emphasizing a Zipper distortion in a specific area

You can emphasize a Zipper distortion in a specific area of an object. Emphasizing the points of a Zipper distortion. Emphasizing the points of a Zipper distortion. To emphasize a Zipper distortion in a specific area of an object I Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool. 2 Select the object whose zipper distortion you want to localize. 3 Ensure that the Zipper Distortion button is enabled on the Property Bar. The button is enabled when it appears pressed. 5...

Setting the layout style

Coreldraw Layout

CorelDRAW offers layouts for single-page documents as well as standard multipage publications like booklets and pamphlets. You work with the pages in sequential order on screen, but when you are ready to print them, CorelDRAW automatically arranges them in the order required for printing and binding. Depending on the type of document you create, the printing order may need to be different from the order you work in. CorelDRAW automatically prints your documents to match the layout style you're...

Creating a master layer

Master layers are layers whose contents appear on each page of a multipage document. Master layers are particularly useful if you have an object such as a corporate logo that you want to appear on each page of a document. Create a master layer if you want certain objects displayed on all pages of a document. Create a master layer if you want certain objects displayed on all pages of a document. Right-click a layer name, and click Master.

Using the Scrapbook

The Scrapbook allows you to browse your computer's folders, view collections of clipart and photographs, import files into your drawing, apply your favorite fills and outlines, and browse File Transfer Protocol FTP sites. The Scrapbook is a folder filled with clipart, photos, fills, outlines, FTP sites, and other items you can use in your drawings. The Scrapbook Docker window is divided into six pages Browse, Clipart, Photos, Favorite Fills And Outlines, 3D Models, and FTP Sites. To open the...

Shaping basic objects

Pentagon Coreldraw

Once you have created basic objects, you can use a number of tools, buttons, and commands to change the shape of the object. For example, you can use the Shape tool to round the corners of a rectangle or shape an ellipse into an arc or a pie-shape. To shape a polygon or star, you can use the Polygon Star button to switch from polygon to star and from star to polygon. You can use the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of a star. You can also use the Shape tool to drag nodes on the object....

Applying and removing a Zipper distortion

Distorsion Corel Draw

You can apply a Zipper distortion to an object. If you don't like the distorted object, you can remove the Zipper distortion. 1 Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool. 2 Enable the Zipper Distortion button on the Property Bar. The button is enabled when it appears pressed. 3 Select the object to which you want to apply the distortion. 4 Drag the end handle to determine the amplitude of the zipper effect. The point at which you click the object determines...

Using the Toolbox

This table describes all of the tools in the CorelDRAW Toolbox. Tool Description The Pick tool lets you select and transform objects. The Shape tool lets you edit the shape of objects. The Knife tool lets you cut through objects. The Eraser tool lets you remove areas of your drawing. The Free Transform tools lets you transform your object by using the Free Rotation, Angle Reflection, Scale, and Skew tools. The Zoom tool lets you change the magnification level in the Drawing Window. w The Pan...

Welding trimming and intersecting objects

When you weld, trim, or intersect objects, you can create completely new shapes that are irregular and unusual. There are two ways to weld, trim, or intersect objects using the Shaping Docker, and using the Pick tool with the Property Bar. You can weld, trim, or intersect single objects with other single or multiple objects, as well as multiple objects with multiple objects. You can apply these operations to almost any object created in CorelDRAW, including clones, objects on different layers,...

Exploring the work area

The large white portion of the CorelDRAW Application Window is the Drawing Window. The rectangle in the center with the drop shadow is the Drawing Page. Usually, only the part of your drawing that falls within the Drawing Page is printed. You can use the remaining space, called the Desktop layer, in the Drawing Window to keep your tools and pieces of your drawing handy. For more information about the Desktop layer, see Using layers to organize your drawing on page 193. The CorelDRAW Toolbox...

Locking and unlocking a layer

Locking a layer prevents accidental changes to its contents. When a layer is locked, objects on it can't be selected or edited. When you unlock the layer, you can change any object it contains as long as the object is not locked. 1 In the Object Manager Docker, click the layer name. 2 Right-click the layer, and click Properties. 3 Disable the Editable check box. 1 In the Object Manager Docker, click the layer name. 2 Right-click the layer, and click Properties. 3 Enable the Editable check box....

Applying and removing a Push distortion

Tool Pic Coreldraw

You can apply a Push distortion to any object you create. If you don't like the distorted object, you can remove the Push distortion. 1 Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool. 2 Enable the Push And Pull Distortion button on the Property Bar. The button is enabled when it appears pressed. 3 Select the object to which you want to apply the distortion, and drag the mouse to the right. The point at which you click the object determines the center of the...

Skewing objects

Skewing Object With Coreldraw

Like the other transformation tools, the skewing tools are flexible and easy to use. You can skew objects interactively, or with greater precision. An interactive skew is one you do quickly and visually on screen, often using the mouse. A more precise skew involves specifying percentage values that tell CorelDRAW exactly how to change the object. Dragging an object's skewing handles with the mouse is the fastest way to add a slant to objects in your illustration. The Free Skew tool is also a...

Importing and opening files

The Import and Open commands let you open files in different formats. Both the Import and Open Drawing dialog boxes let you choose the drive and folder where the file is stored. To display only those files with the extension you have specified, you can choose that extension from the Files Of Type list box. The Import dialog box contains options that let you control how bitmaps are imported, import a portion of an image, resample an image, suppress filter dialogs, detect watermarks, combine...

To extract the contents of a Power Clip object

1 Select the PowerClip object with the Pick tool. 2 Click Effects, PowerClip, Extract Contents. If you created nested PowerClip objects and want to extract all contents objects in succession, you'll need to use perform this task for each nested level. You can also extract the contents of a PowerClip using the Object Manager. For more information, see Creating PowerClip objects using the Object Manager on page 191.

Using the transformation tools

There are up to five different ways to transform most objects using the mouse, the Free Transform tools, the Property Bar, the Transform toolbar, or the Transformation Docker. The mouse is usually the quickest and most intuitive way to transform objects, but will not necessarily work by itself for every transformation for instance, to weld, trim, or intersect objects, you will need to use the mouse in conjunction with the Property Bar or the Shaping Docker . If you require greater precision or...

Using Docker windows

The following lists common actions you can perform on a Docker window To Do this Click Window, Dockers, and click the Docker window you want to open. Click the arrow button at the corner of the Docker window. Drag the top of the Docker window away from the edge of the Application Drag the Docker window to the edge of the Application Window. Click the X button at the corner of the Docker window. Separate Docker windows Undock the Docker windows, and drag a tab from the list of Dockers. Separate...

Setting a bleed limit

When you use a bleed to extend the print job to the edge of the page, you must set a bleed limit. A bleed limit determines how far an image can extend beyond the crop marks. Usually, a bleed limit of .125 to .25 inches is sufficient. Any object extending beyond that uses memory needlessly and may cause problems when you print multiple pages with bleeds on a single sheet of paper. A bleed requires that the paper you are printing on is larger than the size of paper you ultimately want, and the...

Copying Push and Pull distortions

You can copy Push and Pull distortions and apply them to selected objects. 1 Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool. 2 Select the object to which you want to copy the distortion. 3 Click Effects, Copy Effect, Distortion From. 4 Using the horizontal pointer that appears, select the distortion you want to copy. You can also use the Copy Distortion Properties button on the Property Bar.

To change the position of dimension text

Organization Chart Style

Select the dimension text with the Pick tool and drag it to a new location. The dimension line changes accordingly. Drawing Connector lines and Flow lines The Connector Line and Flow Line tools let you dynamically connect two objects with a line. A line drawn with one of these tools is attached to both objects so that if you move one or both of the objects, the line is repositioned to maintain the connection. If only one end of a line is connected to an object, the other end is fixed to the...

Starting Corel Script Editor

If you want to create or edit a scripts, you can launch Corel Script Editor directly from the Tools menu. For more information about scripts and script syntax, see Corel SCRIPT online Help. Click Tools, Corel SCRIPT, Corel SCRIPT Editor. Corel SCRIPT application commands and functions Any script you create by saving a recording of your CorelDRAW operations is comprised of Corel SCRIPT application commands. Corel SCRIPT application commands instruct CorelDRAW to perform specific actions. For...

Changing text case

You can change text case without retyping the text. You can change the text case to 1 sentences case, 2 lowercase, 3 uppercase, 4 title case, and 5 toggle case. You can change the text case to 1 sentences case, 2 lowercase, 3 uppercase, 4 title case, and 5 toggle case. 1 Select the text you want to change with the Text tool. 3 Enable one of the following text case buttons Sentence Case capitalizes the initial letter of the first word in each sentence Lowercase makes all text small letters...

Converting Artistic text to Paragraph text and vice versa

You can convert from one text type to another. To convert Paragraph text to Artistic text 1 Select the Paragraph text frame with the Pick tool. 2 Click Text, Convert To Artistic Text. To convert Artistic text to Paragraph text 1 Select the Artistic text with the Pick tool. 2 Click Text, Convert To Paragraph Text. If you convert Paragraph text to Artistic text, you lose attributes that are specific to Paragraph text, such as columns, tabs, and drop caps. You cannot convert Paragraph text to...

Adding and removing bullets

You can add bullets that text wraps text around. You can also offset a bullet from text to create a hanging indent. You can remove a bullet without deleting your text. To add a bullet that text wraps around 1 Select the Paragraph text frame or paragraph with the Text tool. 4 Choose Bullet from the Effect Type list box. 5 Choose a font from the Font list box. 6 Choose a symbol from the Sample window. You can also choose a bullet by entering its index number in the Symbol box. Index numbers are...

Creating a pattern using symbols

Creating Symbol Corel Draw

You can create background patterns by tiling symbols. 1 Click View, Dockers, Symbols. 2 Choose a symbol category from the list box. 3 Choose a symbol from the Sample window. 5 Drag the symbol to the Drawing Page. To change the row and column spacing 1 Follow steps 1 to 4 from the previous procedure. 2 Click the Tile Options button. Type values in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes to specify the spacing between symbols. Enable the Identical Values check box to maintain equal spacing around a...

Drawing curves using the Object Sprayer

Longer Object

The Object Sprayer mode allows you to spray a series of objects along a curve. Besides graphic and text objects, you can import bitmaps and spray them along a curve. Of course, the more complex the object you want to spray, the more system resources you use, the longer CorelDRAW takes to produce the curve, and the larger your file size. A series of objects sprayed along a curve using the Object Sprayer. A series of objects sprayed along a curve using the Object Sprayer. The Object Sprayer has a...