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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.
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We are now remaining on page 28, Artistic Text, so that we can take the text that we have got here and apply that to our business card. Now we are going to do something a little different here. What I want you to do is select the business card that I have placed here, it wasn't there previously; I have just put it there now so that you can work with this. And I want you to bring it down to the just to the side of your screen there on that, type in a value of 90, make sure the Lock is on to bring it up to a proper business card size, just pop that there.
Then I want you to go ahead, just select all of that text there, pop it up at the top there like that and this piece of text here, pop that down the bottom there like that. Now there is reason why I am doing this because for many of you, in your job places depending what it is that you do, you'll have to learn the art of matching text and matching the look of things and there are quick ways of doing that and so forth. So I want to do this a little differently.
What we can actually do from this point in time, if you want to and it is up to you, and I'll zoom back out, you can take this card which is my design and continue on using that if you want or once we finish doing this, simply go back a page and of course copy yours and then paste it down on the page here, it's up to you to apply this. But for right now this is work we are doing the text and I want to get you to think in a certain way. So let's begin, the object of this exercise here is for us to match this text up with this text here in terms of size, characteristics, etcetera.
So I simply will start out, select your card, you will have to ungroup. Now we have talked about that before it's all grouped together. Right-click, select Ungroup, now you'll be able to select all of the text individually. Okay, so let's begin. First of all let's select this piece of text here. What's the point size? Well it's 10. What's the point size of ours, 12. So let's first of all change the point size to 10. Now of course it doesn't look the same. What are the differences? The first thing I notice is that of course that's in uppercase and that's in lowercase and I have done this obviously very deliberately because there are some things I want you to see and learn.
Well, rather than retyping that uppercase there is a really quick way. Simply go up to Text, come all the way down to Change Case, okay and then choose Uppercase, click OK and automatically it's changed to uppercase. The other thing I can see is that this is bold and that's not, and also it's italicized and that's not. So, now we have got matching text. Let's click on the next one. You notice there is no point size showing up. Now why do you think that is? And this is important. If you have a look, this is one piece of text, but there are two different point sizes.
So it wouldn't show you a point size. Rather you have to get your Text tool or double click, double click, and if I highlight that piece of text, you will notice that it has a point size. Highlight that one and that has a different point size, probably 6, is what it's meant to be. So, I am going to do that here. I am going to highlight that. And what was that again? Click in there, 8 point, so highlight that and make it 8 point and this one was close enough to 6, so highlight that and we'll make that one 6 point, there we go.
This one is also bold, this one is not. So select and make that bold. Good! So that now matches with that. Now Xenommetry, Xenommetry, whatever you might say it, okay that's a 7 point. Now I don't need my Text tool, so I'll just select that and make that 7 point and finally this one is, we are going to close enough to six, so select and we'll make that 6 point. Now that's really all I wanted to do, was just to make you think and help you see there are some quick ways of doing things and also to really think.
Now again, I have almost made a mistake there. That is obviously bold and that's not. A good example there, I had that sitting up that, away from the original piece of text, so it didn't click. Always place your text alongside whatever it is you are trying to match, really closely and it will stand out to you. So there we go, we have got a match. Okay, what I am now going to do is delete that and I am going to zoom out a little bit more and I am going to show you how it is that I came up with the design that I came up with.
Whenever you are designing, and this is one of the best tips that I can give you, take what you call, what your assets, these, we'll call them assets, place them around your design in multiple locations, so you might start out by popping that in the center, a usual and common thing to do. You might place that say alongside of there, similarly, down there and even place that, maybe shrink it down in size, we'll put it on the purple there, maybe make it white for example, Shift+Page Up, bring it to do the top layer, you might do that, although that doesn't particularly work for me, so Ctrl+Z, back to there.
You will also notice the text is going underneath here. Well of course we don't want that. So let's select all of this and Shift+Page Up to the top layer. So again, take your attributes, put them all around the page, you might come up with something that's really interesting and different. And look that kind of works too, doesn't it? So, put being, play with your assets, move them around, you know you might pop that down in the bottom, you might pop that there, you might change the sizes, I don't want to do that for the moment to make things fiddle diddle differently, etcetera.
Well, the reason I did what I did was I was looking for a more that corporate look and in a typical corporate look, oftentimes in a business card, we have right justification, so if I select that and I come up here, I'll choose Right Justification, I'll do the same thing here and Right Justification. You know it's a common look in the business world to have that right side justification and I think that looks quite nice. So now we are faced with how do we line all this up and have it make sense.
Well, I am going to quickly show you how to use guidelines very quickly. Now remember we've got Snap to Objects turned on, we can also turn on Snap to Guidelines, I am going to turn that on as well. Click on a ruler and drag and, see that, I am going to snap that right to the edge of my spiral just say. Click and drag, pull down, I am going to snap that right on the edge of spiral and again right there and again right there.
So I have now got four what we'll call location points. Now we're going to put one at the back here, like that, that we can snap the backend of our text to. So it's as simple as this. Now that I have done all of my lining up, all I have to do is take my text, click right on the very top of it like that. Snap! See how it snapped? Now move to that and then snap it to the back of that line there, same thing here. Snap! And then snap to the back of that. In fact, wrong way around. I want this one up there.
Snap, and then snap. Now easy is that for lining things up? Snap that at the bottom one and snap, okay, and similarly right there. Now there are two ways you can do with your guidelines, I can turn them off, come up to View, and I can turn the display of them off, but they are actually still there and so they are still snapped or leave them on, and delete them, which in my case is what I am going to do because I don't need them anymore, I quickly wanted to show you a way of achieving the end goal.
So I'd like you to go ahead now, bring up your text, align it as I have shown you, make sure it matches perfectly and then we are ready to move on.
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