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CorelDRAW Essential Training

Whether you're an aspiring or experienced artist, this course provides detailed coverage of CorelDRAW, the flagship vector-based illustration and layout application. Author Scott Georgeson, the official creator of video training for CorelDRAW X4, X5, and X6, helps you get up to speed with the basics of vector drawing. Scott demonstrates how to use objects, layers, and pages to organize documents effectively and he discusses working with color, Artistic Text, drawing tools, and special effects. The course also covers how to align and group objects to lay them out more effectively and how to dictate the layering of objects with the Weld, Trim, and Intersect commands.

CorelDRAW Essential Training
This course was created by Scott Georgeson. We're honored to host his tutorials in the lynda.com library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector and bitmap images
  • Working with multipage projects
  • Using independent per-page layers and guides
  • Drawing and editing shapes, lines, curves, and tables
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Working with text
  • Designing a business card
  • Shaping, filling, blending, and extruding objects
  • Importing and exporting other file types
  • Customizing the workspace, menus, toolbars, and palettes
I'll teach you how to do processes in a way that you may have not considered before. So whether you're a novice starting from scratch, or you are someone who's been using CorelDRAW for quite a while, you're going to learn how to work smart, and that's what this program is all about. We'll teach you everything that you need to know, so that you can become proficient, and ready for you chosen vocation. Well I'm excited. Let's jump in, I'll show you how the program works, and we can get going straight away.
 The CorelDRAW interface
This really is a very short lesson. Basically, I've taken a snapshot of the CorelDRAW interface, as you can see here, and I've drawn some arrows, and placed the varying names or titles that I will use throughout the training around this interface. If you don't know what it is I'm referring to, you've heard an unusual term, and it's referring to the interface, simply come back to Page 2, and have a quick look, and most likely, you'll see what it is I was referring to highlighted here for you.

Working with new documents
One of the things you'll quickly learn about CorelDRAW is there are many ways to achieve the same result. For example, opening a file. Well, there are many practices for opening the file, so Corel basically have built most of those practices in, so whichever one you're used to will mostly likely work. For example, Control+O works for most Windows programs, or we have the icon up here that we can choose to open, or go to File, and choose Open, or of course, we can go down and open a recently saved a document, as you can see.

You'll notice up here under Open, it also tells you the keyboard shortcut, and many of the menus will contain the keyboard shortcut to bring about that particular event. Well, I'm going to use the icon, so I'll click Open, and here in the Open dialog box, you can see across the top here there is a path. Now, I created this path for this training as I was creating it, and it's not going to be the same path you'll be utilizing. I'm going to use this to build up files over time as I create the training, but what you're going to do is you'll have downloaded your files, and I recommend if you haven't already, place them in a folder inside of My Documents, and then you'll see a path up along the top that's relevant to My Documents, and whatever folder you place all of your files inside of.

For right now, I just have this one file here. You'll notice that we can see what's inside of the file, and that's because of of the icon that is saved when you save a file. Now, from version X4 up, in Window Vista, or in Window 7, if you select a file, you can actually see a preview, and if there are multiple pages, you can see a preview of all those pages, and actually scroll through them, which is really very handy. You can change the size of all of your icons by simply choosing that little icon area, depending what version of Windows you have, click on that to display varying sizes, or use the little dropdown, and as you can see, choose your option.

A lot of people have Extra Large Icon selected, because it makes it easy to see what's in the file. Now remember, the icon normally represents the first page of the file you're opening. So select that, and click Open. Now, the first thing I want you to notice is CorelDRAW did not ask us to close down, or didn't automatically close down the other files we had opened. The reason is you can have multiple files or multiple documents open in CorelDRAW at the same time.

To access them, come up to Window, and right near the bottom here, you'll see all of the presently open files. Notice this one here has the little tick alongside; that means this is the one that's presently selected that we're working on. Well, Untitled is just a blank one I created to show you I can have more documents, and this one here, if I click on it, well of course, that's the document you've open right now. A quick way to navigate through is to use Control+Tab, so hold your finger on Control, and tap the Tab key, and I can quickly scroll through, or rotate through all of the open documents, as you can see.

Okay, well I would like for you to go ahead now, and choose one of the open options, and I would like you to open the Cogs file in this path, or if you saved it to an alternate path, please go to that path. Open up, then move through, select the H1, and try the Control+Tab option. Come back, and we'll look at part two.

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