CorelDRAW Essential Training
Illustration by John Hersey

Adding unique graph shapes


CorelDRAW Essential Training

with Scott Georgeson

Video: Adding unique graph shapes

Okay, we're remaining on Page 26, the Graph Paper tool, and we're about to do the next phase of our business card project. So we'll go back a page, copy to the Clipboard the last place we're upto, Ctrl+C, and then forward the page and Ctrl+V, paste down. Now don't forget I've always created a sample on every page, if you need to zoom in tight to have a look at what I've done there as a reminder just remember you can do that and we are going to zoom in nice and tight to our card right here, so you can see what I'm doing.
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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
    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

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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 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
Scott Georgeson

Adding unique graph shapes

Okay, we're remaining on Page 26, the Graph Paper tool, and we're about to do the next phase of our business card project. So we'll go back a page, copy to the Clipboard the last place we're upto, Ctrl+C, and then forward the page and Ctrl+V, paste down. Now don't forget I've always created a sample on every page, if you need to zoom in tight to have a look at what I've done there as a reminder just remember you can do that and we are going to zoom in nice and tight to our card right here, so you can see what I'm doing.

Let's select the Graph Paper tool and I want to go with 8x8. Now the idea here is I want my Graph Paper tool to line up with the edges of this portion of the design here. So hover your mouse, until you get that little node lock in the center, click and drag finger on Ctrl+Shift, so we're sizing from the center, perfectly, I want you to lock to the edge, just make sure your mouse is right on the edge, as you can see it lines up there like that. It looks to me like it's actually over the edge a little bit, I don't know that I know why, but I'd say we're out of sizing a little somewhere and this kind of stuff happens, all right, here's a few things I would do first of all in this situation.

Select my Graph Paper, draw that again. Now finger on Shift and I'll select my spiral behind. I'm going to hit E and C on my keyboard. Now, did you see what happened? I'm going to do Ctrl+Z, and Ctrl+Z. Notice that the graph paper moves, E and C. Now why is that? I'm actually jumping forward a lesson, I'm actually doing an alignment thing. E means to line up horizontally with the second object selected.

C means to line up, center vertically to the second object selected. I hope that's not too advanced for where we're at right now, but effectively I selected the Graph tool, finger on Shift, selected the Spiral tool, so the Spiral I should say not tool. So the Spiral was the second thing I selected. So E and C on your keyboard. E aligns my graph to the spiral horizontally, center horizontally.

C aligns my graph to the spiral vertically. Okay, I hope that helped. All right, now I'm going to select my graph paper and right-click on the color blue and the outline thickness is too thick for me. Now, in this particular situation we don't have an outline thickness appear in the Property bar up here, so there is another way to do this, you are actually learning a lot here. The third tool up from the bottom is what we call the Outline Pen, click on the little flyout and you can see other thickness options.

In fact, let me just do that again for you. I'm just going to pop up. Let me just try, yeah, there we go. So now you can actually see all of the options that are there. I simply want to go with say, 0.5, I want it to be a lot thinner, and that suits this design better I think, don't you. Can you see how my blue is just over the outside of the black, we might have to do something with that shortly. But anyway, we now need to put this on the appropriate stacking order, because I don't want it on top, I want it just above my spirals.

So what I'm going to do is right-click in the center and I'm going to choose Order and In Front Of, I'm going to click on the purple because I want you to see the effect. If the graph paper goes behind the spiral, can you see that where the spiral crosses over, you kind of get a cool effect. Now I played around with that as being an interesting idea and I've eventually gave up on it because I thought, oh, no I don't like it. So I want to come up just above the spiral.

So Ctrl+Page Up, remember that brings you up one in the stacking order, so now I'm directly above the spiral or of course, I could have right-clicked gone Order and In Front Of and then clicked right on the edge of the spiral to get the same thing. Okay, so now I want to create a duplicate so Plus (+) although for you who are having to use Ctrl+C and V I'll do it that way, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. I want you to see that it actually puts it on the top of the stacking order, so we need to now obviously send that back in the order again, but before we do we, want to rotate.

So click again to bring out the rotation handles, finger on Ctrl, remember that used to be 15% increments and watch up here on my Property bar and you can see where we're up to, and really what I was actually looking for is to just rotate a perfect 45. Now, I'll undo that and had I rotated in the other direction, you would have seen it's actually 45 degrees, see that. Now what we'll do is put it in the right place in the stacking order. So again, right-click and Order, and In Front Of, and this time I'll click the other blue graph paper, there we go.

So there's a few steps to this one and actually a few interesting things to learn isn't it? Well, I'm going to do a few things now. First of all what I'm going to do is round the four corners of the bottom graph, so Shape tool. Now before, I taught you to ungroup. I'm not going to ungroup this time, because that can become a little messy with all these little squares everywhere. So what I'm going to do is show you how to select in amongst a group, finger on Ctrl, okay, and you can select then an object inside of a group.

Now if I have my Pick tool selected, I could do the same thing; finger on Ctrl and I could select an object inside a group of objects, now if I don't put my finger on Ctrl and I click, I select the whole of the group of objects, finger on Ctrl and I can select individually. See that? Cool! Let's grab the Shape tool, finger on Ctrl, click, select that corner and round. Finger on Ctrl, click the corner and round; oops, didn't select the corner I wanted to round, finger on Ctrl and there we go.

Okay, now what I will do is just to quickly F4 so that I can remember the colors I used. I went red and blue, okay. So what I want to do, again, finger on Ctrl, select the corner, blue, finger on Ctrl select the corner, blue, finger on Ctrl, and red, finger on Ctrl, and red. Now what I want to do is delete some of the squares I don't want to see inside of this. So again, finger on Ctrl and Delete.

Now, in some ways it could be easier to ungroup this and do it. In that way, I could just multiply select the whole bunch of them and then hit the Delete key, but the thing is what happens is when you do that, you'll end up with all of these really little individual objects everywhere that should you want to make a change, you've got to go, you kind of select them all one at a time and so I'm kind of saving myself that problem for later by doing it this way.

So this is long wind, I do want to say to you, finger on Ctrl, selecting the object and deleting it, kind of a long way around, but that's okay, it's good for developing your motor skills for working with CorelDRAW. Now I'm just going to select that one there and finger on Ctrl that one there, I'd want to create that square thing up looking through there, but there might have been another way to do this, but I really am wanting you to get used to dealing with groups of objects and some of the stranger things that we sometimes have to deal with when working with the graphics program.

Okay, so there's my design. So you can see I kind of have those squares going in through there, not much. A lot of it is hidden by the design, but I do have that little corner there, hey what if I didn't want the little corner. I might simply choose to delete that, I might think that that's may be not right, so I'll delete that one. Now can you see how my blue is sort of just below or just on the outside of the black outline there, I'll zoom in a bit closer. He stays on the outline just there. I mean I'm being very fussy and pedantic now, and resizing that down will be hard.

So what I would do is select it, and again, this is why ungrouping would be bad. I can still select it as a group, and I might just drop it back to say 99%. Now with my lock on, it will resize from the center just hit Enter and just see how it'll just compress down a little bit, I'll undo it, Ctrl+Z. You see that, now I'll redo, Ctrl+Shift+Z redoes, see that? And I think that fits and looks a whole lot better. Hey, there was a lot we did just then really, a lot more to that than you probably thought there was going to be.

So see how you go with that and don't forget when you're finished actually save. You might need to make some notes for this one.

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