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CorelDRAW Essential Training
Illustration by John Hersey

Adding artistic text


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CorelDRAW Essential Training

with Scott Georgeson

Video: Adding artistic text

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.
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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CorelDRAW Essential Training
5h 19m Beginner Oct 02, 2012

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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.

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
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
CorelDRAW
Author:
Scott Georgeson

Adding artistic text

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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