To duplicate an object using smart duplication

1 Select the object with the Pick tool. 3 Select the duplicate with the Pick tool, and move it to another position on the Drawing Page. Smart duplication settings revert to the default after you deselect the object, select another object, or change tools. The smart duplicate maintains the relative stretch, skew, and rotation attributes of the last duplicate. To make many duplicates of an object quickly, select the object with the Pick tool and move it around the Drawing Window while holding...

Duplicating objects

Duplicating objects is the quickest way to create copies of them. When you duplicate an object, CorelDRAW creates a copy of it and places it above and to the right of the original object, with a default offset of 0.25 inches (or the equivalent in other units of measurement). For information about changing the offset distance, see Changing the offset for duplicates and clones on page 172. After you move the duplicated object, you can duplicate it again to create another copy. The new duplicate...

Arranging objects

The various editing functions in CorelDRAW let you arrange your drawing any way you want. CorelDRAW also offers advanced features such as cloning and duplicating. Cloning copies selected objects directly on screen, creating a connection between the original object (the master) and the new object (the clone). This connection means that any changes made to the master object are also applied to the clone. For example, if you change the master's fill, the clone's fill also changes. Duplicating...

Copying object properties

When you apply a fill or outline to an object, you can copy the same properties to another object. 2 Click Edit, Copy Properties From. 3 Enable one or more of the following check boxes Outline Pen copies outline pen attributes from one object to another Outline Color copies outline color attributes from one object to another Fill copies fill attributes from one object to another Text Properties copies text attributes from one text object to another 4 Click OK. The cursor changes to a large...

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...

To create a style from a graphic or text object

1 Right-click the object using the Pick tool. 2 Click Styles, Save Style Properties. Type a name for the style in the Name box. Leave the name of the style unchanged to overwrite the existing style. Text to use the text properties of the object for the new style Fill to use the fill settings of the object for the new style Outline to use the outline settings of the object for the new style. When you create a style based on an object, CorelDRAW does not automatically apply the style to 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...

Changing a segments properties

Here are two types of segments straight and curved. If you click on a node with the Shape tool, the Status Bar displays the type of segment entering the node and the node type itself, for example, Selected Node Curve Smooth. The Convert Line To Curve and Convert Curve To Line buttons make it easy to turn segments from straight to curved and from curved to straight. You can also change the direction of a curve and smooth out a curve using buttons on the Shape tool Property Bar.

Shaping nodes and segments

You can change the shape of a curve object by moving its segments, nodes and control points. Normally, you move the segments and nodes to make coarse adjustments, then fine tune the shape by moving the control points of the nodes. By holding down CTRL as you drag a node or control point, you can force it to move on a straight horizontal or vertical path. You can edit a curve object's nodes using the Pick tool or any drawing tool. To edit a curve object's segments and control points you must...

Drawing lines and curves with the Bezier tool

The Bezier tool lets you draw lines and curves by placing each node with the mouse. As you place each node, it is connected to the previously placed node by a line or curve. The Bezier tool lets you create complex, irregular shapes quickly and easily and gives you precise control over the position and number of nodes that form a curve. You can format lines and curves as you do outlines. For example, you can choose a line width, a line style, as well as start and end arrowheads for the line. For...

Rounding the corners of a rectangle

You can use the Shape tool to round one or more of the corners of a rectangle or square. A rectangle has a node at each corner. When you round the corners of a rectangle, CorelDRAW splits each corner node in two and draws an arc between each of these two new nodes. You can control the size of this arc by moving any of the corner nodes. The amount of rounding is displayed on the Property Bar. You can round one or more corners of a rectangle.

Displaying an object while positioning it

You can display an object in one of three different forms while positioning it. You can display the object in its outline, opaque fill, or transparent fill forms. By displaying the new position of the object, CorelDRAW lets you position objects exactly where you want them. When dragging an object, you can display either its (1) outline, (2) transparent fill, or (3) opaque fill. When dragging an object, you can display either its (1) outline, (2) transparent fill, or (3) opaque fill. For very...

To move an object by dragging and dropping

1 Select the object with the Pick tool. 2 Drag the object to a new place in your drawing. When you drag an object, the values in the Object(s) Position box on the Property Bar indicate the new coordinates of the object. You can constrain the object to horizontal or vertical movements by holding down CTRL as you drag the object. To position an object exactly where you want it, you can choose to snap the object to a grid, guideline, or other object. For information on snapping objects to grids,...

Moving objects

The easiest way to move and position objects in your drawing is to drag and drop the object using the pick tool or a drawing tool. To drag an object using a drawing tool, you must position the cursor over the small x at the center of the selection box. When you drag an object, CorelDRAW indicates the new position of the selected object as you drag by displaying the object in either outline, transparent fill, or opaque fill. By displaying the new position of the object, CorelDRAW lets you...

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...

Displaying warning messages

You may encounter warning messages while working in CorelDRAW. Warning messages explain the consequences of an action you are about to perform, and inform you of permanent changes that might result from that action. You can decide whether or not you want to view warning messages before continuing with certain operations. You can decide whether or not you want to view warning messages before continuing with certain operations. Although the warnings are helpful, you may not want to view them...

Zooming and panning

CorelDRAW gives you quick access to tools that let you reduce or magnify the view of your drawing. You can zoom in for a more detailed view, or out for a broader view. You can also change your view by moving your drawing around in the Drawing Window. You'll also find zoom controls on the Property Bar, the Zoom toolbar, and the Standard toolbar. Using the Property Bar, you can zoom to any level of magnification. You can also choose from preset zoom levels to revert to a specific magnification...

Displaying guidelines

You can alter how guidelines are displayed in a drawing at any time. You'll find it best to have guidelines showing when you're drawing and positioning objects. However, you might find it useful to hide them when you want your drawing to look like it will when you print it. You can change the way guidelines are displayed on the page by coloring, repositioning, or hiding them. You can change the way guidelines are displayed on the page by coloring, repositioning, or hiding them. You can change...

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 the preset fills and outlines using the Scrapbook

The Scrapbook's Favorite Fills And Outlines page offers preset fills and outlines that you can add to objects. You apply these fills and outlines to objects the same way you add items from the Browse, Clipart, Photos, and 3D Models pages by dragging them from the Scrapbook to your document. In this case, however, you drag the fill or outline to a specific object. The Favorite Fills And Outlines page also allows you to save your own favorite fills and outlines for future use. This allows you 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...

Using consistent settings for new documents

When you close a CorelDRAW file, certain settings are automatically retained. These include all settings currently displayed in the Options dialog box, as well as all toolbar settings. CorelDRAW also remembers which Docker and Color Palette you were using when you closed the drawing. The Document page lets you save settings so that CorelDRAW always opens new drawings using them. The following table outlines each setting type and the individual settings it comprises. Setting type What CorelDRAW...

Adding and removing a page background

You can color the background of the Drawing Page with a solid color or a bitmap. You can also print and export backgrounds with your drawing. When using a bitmap to create a background, specify the dimensions of the bitmap and link the graphic to (or embed it in) your document. When you link a graphic to your document, your document automatically reflects any changes you make to the source graphic. Embedded objects remain the same. Remember to include any linked graphics when sending the file...

Setting the layout style

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, and when you are ready to print them CorelDRAW automatically arranges them in the order required for printing and binding. For example, if you create a four-page newsletter using standard letter-size pages, you will work with the pages upright and in sequential order. However, the printer will need to work with printer...

Backing up your work

It's important to safeguard your work against power failures or system problems that can corrupt and destroy your files. CorelDRAW provides automatic saves and backup features that protect your files in case you forget to save them manually. You can set values to specify automatic save intervals. CorelDRAW saves your file according to the time intervals that you set. This file is named BACKUP_OF_FILENAME, where Filename is the name of your file. Another way to safeguard your work is to instruct...

To specify how much RAM is used to store images

2 In the Options dialog box, click Workspace, Memory in the list of categories. The Memory Usage section of the Memory page displays the total amount of memory available on your computer. 3 In the Max box, type the percentage of the total memory you want to make available for images in CorelDRAW The amount of memory this percentage corresponds to appears to the right of the Max box. 4 You will need to restart CorelDRAW for the new settings to take effect. The amount of memory allocated for...

Creating and opening drawings

After you start CorelDRAW, you have several choices. In addition to opening the CorelDRAW tutorial or touring the features that are new for CorelDRAW 9, you can open an existing drawing, even if it was created with a previous version of CorelDRAW open the drawing you last worked on create a new drawing from a template For a type of document you create frequently, such as newsletters or greeting cards, it is a good idea to base your new drawing on a template. You can also scan images into...

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...

Finding and replacing

The CorelDRAW Find and Replace wizards let you search for objects with specific properties and replace those properties with new ones. For instance, you can search for 16-point bold text and replace it with 10-point plain text. The Find and Replace wizards also allow you to search for specific words and replace them with others. For instance, you can search for all instances of the word walking, and replace them with running. The Find and Replace wizards let you update your drawings quickly and...

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...

Skewing a fill

Interactive Fill Tool Corel Draw

You can skew or slant a pattern fill or texture fill. CorelDRAW lets you skew a pattern or texture fill using the Interactive Fill tool or by adjusting the settings in the dialog boxes. You can adjust the appearance of your tile by adjusting the skew angle. You can adjust the appearance of your tile by adjusting the skew angle. 1 Select the pattern fill with the Pick tool. 2 Open the Fill Tool flyout, and click Pattern Fill Dialog. 3 In the Transform section, type an angle value in the Skew...

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...

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,...

Intersecting objects

Overlapping Object

Intersecting creates a new object from an area where two or more objects overlap. The result is one object with the size and shape of this overlapping area. In addition to this new object, you can keep all, some, or none of the original objects. The new object always uses the fill and outline attributes of the target object. The Intersect command creates a new object out of the area shared by overlapping objects. The Intersect command creates a new object out of the area shared by overlapping...

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....

Using the rulers and grid

The on-screen rulers help you determine the size and position of objects in your drawing. The rulers can be particularly effective when you use them to position objects when dragging them with the mouse. As you move the mouse pointer around the Drawing Window, the rulers find your current position relative to their origin the position where the rulers' 0 points intersect . The Status Bar displays the mouse pointer's position by default. The rulers can display the unit of measurement that best...

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...

Inserting Paragraph text frames inside objects

Text Tool Corel Draw

You can insert a Paragraph text frame inside an object. A Paragraph text frame inside of an object. A Paragraph text frame inside of an object. 1 Select the object with the Pick tool. 3 Drag the cursor over the object's outline. 4 Click the object when the cursor changes to an insert in object cursor. A frame appears inside the object. You can also apply an envelope to a Paragraph text frame. For more information about envelopes, see Creating envelopes on page 457.

Setting grid parameters

You can set the spacing between grid lines using two options frequency and spacing. Frequency sets the distance between grid lines according to how many grid lines you want per horizontal and vertical unit. Spacing sets this distance by specifying the exact distance you want between each line. The grid acts the same way no matter which option you choose. By default, CorelDRAW displays the grid as lines resembling graph paper. You can choose to display the grid as dots, which are not as...

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.

Setting the default page size for multipage documents

CorelDRAW provides an array of preset page sizes to choose from, including standard North American and European sizes, and it also lets you create your own custom page sizes. You can use these settings to design a wide variety of publications, from small Internet graphics to newsletters or giant posters. In a multipage document, the page size you assign anywhere in your document becomes the default size for all pages. Any new pages you add to the document later are automatically assigned the...

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...

Sizing and stretching objects

CorelDRAW lets you size and stretch objects interactively or with greater precision, depending on your preference and your drawing. An interactive size or stretch is one you do quickly and visually on screen, often using the mouse. A more precise size or stretch involves specifying numerical coordinates and values that tell CorelDRAW exactly how to change the object. Sizing changes an object's dimensions by specific values, as opposed to scaling, which changes the dimensions by a specified...

Applying a twocolor pattern fill

Corel Draw Patterns Fill

You can fill an object with a pattern composed of repeating bitmap images. CorelDRAW provides a collection of black-and-white bitmap patterns that you can use as is or customize. You can set the foreground and background of a pattern and change the size of the tiles. Using the Interactive Fill tool in conjunction with the Property Bar, you can apply two-color pattern fills quickly, as well as mix the colors in the pattern. Choose from a variety of two-color pattern fills included with...

Setting the center of rotation with precision

Rotating With Precision Corel Draw

When you rotate an object, it revolves around its center by default. You can move an object's center of rotation to anywhere in the Drawing Window, You can also move the center of rotation to a specific ruler coordinate or by a specific distance. The object will rotate around that new point. You can set the center of rotation precisely to rotate an object around another object. You can set the center of rotation precisely to rotate an object around another object. To rotate an object around a...

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....

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....

Working with Post Script textures

A PostScript texture is a texture fill designed using PostScript language. Some textures are very complex, and large objects that contain PostScript texture fills may take time to print or to update on screen. Therefore, CorelDRAW represents PostScript fills on screen with the letters PS, rather than the actual texture unless you are in Enhanced view . You can enable or disable the Show PostScript fills to display the fill. Choose from a variety of Postscript texture fills included with...

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...

To delete a saved view

2 Click the view you want to delete. 3 Click the Delete Current View button. When working with multipage documents, use the page and magnifying glass icons to change the way you use a saved view. If you disable the page icon beside a saved view, CorelDRAW reverts to the magnification level only not the page. Similarly, if you disable the magnifying glass icon, CorelDRAW reverts to the page only not the magnification level. Use the flyout in the View Manager Docker accessed by clicking _iJ to...

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.

Dimension Text

When you have finished measuring an object using the Dimension tool, a text block displays the object's measurement units and value. This text block is called the dimension text and CorelDRAW lets you customize its display options. You can choose the style, font, and position of the dimension text. You can also choose a unit of measurement and specify the number of decimal places for the measurement. You can add a prefix and suffix to the dimension text to help you keep track of the various...

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...

To specify the position of dimension text relative to the dimension line

1 Select the dimension line with the Pick tool. 2 Click the Text Position Drop Down button on the Property Bar. 3 Specify where you want to place the dimension text relative to the dimension line. to place it above the line. to place text within the line. to place it below the line. to have the text placed horizontally. to place it above the line. to place text within the line. to place it below the line. to have the text placed horizontally. This option places the text horizontally even if the...

Changing an ellipse to an arc or a pie shape

You can use the Shape tool to turn an ellipse or circle into an arc or a pie shape. A simple ellipse has one node, but when you create an arc or pie shape, CorelDRAW splits this node in two. You control the appearance of the arc or the pie shape by moving these two new nodes. You can also change the direction in which CorelDRAW draws arcs and pie shapes. An ellipse left , an arc top right , and a pie-shape bottom right . An ellipse left , an arc top right , and a pie-shape bottom right .

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...

Aligning Paragraph text vertically

You can adjust the vertical alignment of Paragraph text. Adjusting the vertical alignment of columns. 1 Select the Paragraph text frame with the Pick tool. 3 Click the Frames And Columns tab. 4 Choose an option from the Vertical Justification list box. 4s You can also align columns vertically in a Paragraph text frame.

Changing your view using the Zoom and Standard toolbars

You can display the Zoom toolbar so that you always have zoom controls available, regardless of what other tool you're using. The Zoom toolbar provides all the tools you need to get the view you want. These tools work the same way as their counterparts on the Property Bar and in the View Manager. For information about using these tools, see Changing your view using the Property Bar on page 72 and Changing your view using the View Manager on page 75. You can jump to a preset magnification level...

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...

Drawing flow lines

The Flow Line tool lets you draw flow lines that connect objects in your drawing. For flow 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 flow line is linked to an object, it moves when you move the object, and will redraw to reflect the change in position. You can change the outline, line styles and arrowheads of flow lines. For more information, see Filling and outlining objects on page 211.

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...

To draw a dimension line using the Auto Dimension tool

1 Open the Curve flyout, and click the Auto Dimension tool. 2 Click where you want to begin measuring. If you want the dimension line to be linked to an object, click on one of the object's snap points. 3 Press TAB to toggle the Auto Dimension tool from vertical to horizontal or slanted dimension lines. 4 Click where you want to finish measuring. 5 Click where you want to place the dimension text. If you are drawing a slanted dimension line, hold down CTRL while you drag to constrain the angle...

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...

Drawing curves in Pressuresensitive mode

The Pressure-sensitive mode allows you to use a pressure-sensitive pen to create curves of varying thickness. You can also use the mouse and keyboard to simulate the effect of a pressure-sensitive pen. Lines drawn using the pressure-sensitive mode vary in width according to the pressure applied. Lines drawn using the pressure-sensitive mode vary in width according to the pressure applied.