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, and when to use them. Using these options properly will help you keep your files organized and find them faster.

Before you start creating drawings, you may want to know how to set up an effective working environment. This chapter contains instructions on setting up the Drawing Page, including page size, orientation, and background. It also tells you how add and remove pages, and how to navigate multipage documents.

You'll also want to take advantage of the tools offered by CorelDRAW for ensuring that objects are accurately drawn and placed. These include the rulers, grid, and guidelines.

It's a good idea to become familiar with the Scrapbookâ„¢ as an organizational tool. The Scrapbook is a Docker window in which you can browse the folders that store files, clipart, photos, preset fills and outlines, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites. The Scrapbook provides drag-and-drop access to these folders and sites. It also lets you organize, store, and access your own favorite designs, fills, and outlines.

The viewing and panning features of CorelDRAW let you view drawings in a variety of ways according to your needs. This chapter contains information

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on how to magnify or reduce your view, save specific views for future use, and pan quickly through multipage documents.

Finally, you'll learn how to view information about your computer and your documents, and how to turn CorelDRAW warning messages on and off.

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