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...

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...

Setting the drawing scale

You can set the scale for your drawing. In CorelDRAW, the scale represents a ratio between the drawing (page distance) and the real world (world distance). For example, if you choose a drawing scale of 1 10, one unit on the ruler corresponds to 10 units of real distance. Setting a drawing scale is particularly useful when creating a technical or architectural drawing in which you need to draw a large item on a relatively small page. You can choose from preset scales or create a custom scale to...

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...

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...

Organizing Objects

CorelDRAW provides powerful tools for arranging and organizing objects in your drawings. You can accomplish tasks that range from simple operations like copying, grouping, and combining objects, to more advanced operations, such as using the Object Manager to organize an entire document. You can control the vertical order of objects in a drawing, and align or distribute objects on the page. The object arrangement tools can help you expand the scope of your creativity and increase your...

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...

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...

Changing the mapping mode of an envelope

Corel Draw Envelope Images

You can change the mapping mode of an envelope to adjust the way the object fits to the envelope. Envelope mapping modes 1 Original, 2 Vertical, 3 Putty, 4 Horizontal. Envelope mapping modes 1 Original, 2 Vertical, 3 Putty, 4 Horizontal. 1 Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Envelope tool. 2 Select the object that has the envelope you want to edit. 3 Choose one of the following mapping options from the Mapping Mode list Horizontal Mode stretches the object to fit the...

Working with linked bitmaps

Instead of importing and embedding bitmaps in a drawing, you can link bitmaps to the drawing. When you link a bitmap, the document references the bitmap instead of actually attaching it. Changes you make to the original bitmap are applied to the bitmap in your drawing. Linking bitmaps is an advantage because it decreases file size. If you later want to embed the bitmap in a drawing for example, you want to send the file to someone who doesn't have access to the original bitmap files you can...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

Adjusting the rotation of a Twister distortion

Twister Corel

You can adjust the number of degrees, as well as the number of complete rotations you've applied to an object. You can also rotate the object clockwise or counterclockwise. To change the number of degrees the object is rotated 1 Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool. 2 Select the object with the Twister distortion. 3 Type a value in the Additional Degrees box on the Property Bar. To change the number of complete rotations 1 Follow steps 1 and 2 from the...

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 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.

Applying and removing a Pull distortion

Distort Corel Draw

You can apply a Pull distortion to any object you create. If you don't like the distorted object, you can remove the Pull 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 left. The point at which you click the object determines the center of 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...

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...

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...