CorelDraw (styled CorelDRAW) is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Corel Corporation. It is also the name of Corel's Graphics Suite, which bundles CorelDraw with bitmap-image editor Corel Photo-Paint as well as other graphics-related programs (see below). The latest version is designated X8 (equivalent to version 18), and was released in March 2016. CorelDraw is designed to edit two-dimensional images such as logos and posters.
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Getting to Know CorelDRAW
If you have been using CorelDRAW, you may have turned off this opening screen. If so, skip to step 5.
The CorelDRAW Window.
The Toolbox is located in the left portion of the window and contains all the drawing and editing tools necessary to create objects for an illustration. Tools containing a small triangle in the corner produce a Flyout. Flyouts contain additional tools, or tool options and are explained below in the order they appear on the default screen. Flyouts are described following the Tool Overview.
The colorful row of boxes on the right of the screen is the Color Palette. DRAW comes with 18 color systems and gives you the ability to create your own palette. The palette can be floated or parked. The type of palette can be changed with the Windows menu, or the Color Palette Browser Docker. You may have several palettes open at once.
The main color palettes include HKS ® Colors, Trumatch Colors, Uniform Colors, Web Safe Colors, and the complete Pantone® Matching System including the system that was shipped with CorelDRAW 8. (The Pantone system is updated by the company on a regular basis and a major change was made in 1998. Pantone numbers assigned in DRAW 8 will not match the system in DRAW 9 or DRAW 10.) In addition, the Color Palette Browser Docker includes some specific color systems such as human skin colors and natural color systems. Here is also where any custom palettes you build will be stored.
Note: When you hold down a chip on the color palette, a box with shades of that color displays. (Shown below.) By dragging to one of the shades of the first color, you can choose a shade of a color quickly and apply it to a line or fill an object .
Changing an Option
The Options dialog allows for extensive customizing of CorelDRAW 12. To make this curriculum easier for you, one of the default settings for CorelDRAW 12 needs to be changed before we continue.
Changing the View
Often, when working on an image, you want to see it with out the clutter of the screen or the image has become so complex that you only want to see the outlines of the object. These are the View options.
The Zoom Property Bar
As you work on an image, you may want to get closer to see detail or make small adjustments. DRAW gives you several options for zooming into your object or out. When the Zoom Tool on the Toolbox is selected, the Property Bar displays the following options.
Changing preview settings
You should now be familiar with the CorelDRAW interface. Move on to Chapter 2 and you will begin working with objects.
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