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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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Okay, remaining on Page 27: Perfect Shapes, we're going to add the arrow to our card, really a very short lesson, but let's go back a page, select our card, Ctrl+C, and then forward, Ctrl+V, and we'll just zoom right in on the center section there. And selecting our perfect shapes, I want to select the Arrow Shapes, and I'll go with the first shape that's there. I'm going to hover right in the middle and then Ctrl and Shift, because I want it to size out from the center mainly.
So pretty much a normal arrow, I will just make the shaft not quite as long, that's the only thing I want to change, something like that. Now, go back and select my Pick tool. Now, here's the thing we didn't talk about before in Perfect Shapes, now that I have my Pick tool selected, the node is still there, but notice how when I hover over with my mouse, it doesn't automatically change to a Shape tool. So I would have to go back to my Shape tool if I wanted to actually create any additional changes to that, just something to bear in mind.
Well, I'm going to make that a dark gray color, so one of the grays in the middle there. You can see this one is 60%, see it says K:60, so in other words, 60% white or 60% black, right-click for the outline, as well as left click for the fill. Now, just going to select that, finger on Ctrl, and rotate 45 degrees. Now, remember, 15 degree increments, because my finger is on Ctrl, and you can see I've got 45 up there. Plus (+) on my keyboard or Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. The same purple we've been working with, the 40 and 40, 40 C, 40 M.
Now, the outline color, again, right- click on that as well, and we're simply going to use the Skew handle, remember? So you click once for normal handles, click again for Rotation and Skew, just skew to the left a little, and that reveals the shadow underneath that you can see, maybe not quite as much as that. If you want to give this a black outline to highlight it, right-click, you could do that, but that would make it a lot thinner, so up to say 0.5 or even a hairline, that looks pretty cool too.
At this point in time you can play to achieve the effect you personally might want to achieve. If I were to click that again and stretch up just a little, because say that the height of that is above the height of the shadow, I think it gives a little bit more impact. F4, zoom back out, and we've now added our arrow to our card. Again, a short lesson, but a good little skill to develop.
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