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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 on page 29 of your working file, the subject of Alignment. Now I know I say this over and over again, but this is one of those things you really have to learn and because you are just going to use it all of the time. I mean simple things like this; lining up objects and spacing them perfectly apart and doing it quickly and easily. You really do need to know this. So we're going to quickly look at alignment and the next one will be spacing, how to you know achieve this nice even spacing between objects, etcetera.
There are a number of keyboard shortcuts and I want you to know that this is how I personally work using these keyboard shortcuts, but I am going to show you both ways, okay. Now if I select a group of objects like this, I can easily quickly use one of these keyboard shortcuts or on the Property bar will become available the Align and Distribute button, okay. Click this option here and what you'll find is under the Alignment tab, don't go to Distribute yet, we are going to it in our next lesson.
Under the Alignment tab we have got really six options and we can have combinations for example I can click Top and I can click Center and then I can click Apply. But let's just go one at a time for the moment. If I click Top and click Apply, you will notice that every object on its top side has aligned together. If I click Center, click Apply, they've now all aligned through the center and of course bottom, the same thing. If I unselect that and I select center that way, click Apply they're now all centered.
The question is though, just Ctrl+Z, undoing a little bit, what are they aligning to? And this is the important part that a lot of people don't realize. There are two ways of aligning. The object that is at the bottom of the stacking order, and in this case it's actually the red square, in other words that's the first object that I created. If for example, and let me just quickly do that again for you, I'll select all of those objects and I'll go T for Top and I could do this one here, so hit T on the keyboard, and they have all aligned to the top of the red square, Ctrl+Z to undo that.
Let's say that I don't want them to align to the object that's on the bottom. There is a way of doing this. Select all of your objects, now finger on Shift key and deselect the one, you want them to align to, so deselect and as you can see the little node disappeared, keep your finger on Shift and select it again. Let me word that for you correctly. The last object selected becomes the anchor point if you like, or becomes the point of origin to which everything will then be aligned, the last object selected.
So what are the two options? The one that is either on the bottom of the stacking order or the last object you select. Again, finger on Shift and if I just select them all one at a time, like this, and I'll select the green one last, that now becomes my anchor point or my point of origin. Now if I click Top, they are aligned to the top, Ctrl+Z, let's click Center, click Apply, they have all aligned to the center of that object. Okay, now we are going to close this down and just quickly work with all the keyboard shortcuts.
So again, select all of the objects here and then finger on Shift, deselect and reselect that blue one and then hit L on my keyboard. They have all aligned to the left hand side, can you see that? Okay, now see, I'll do it again, select everything, I am going to align to my green one, so finger on Shift, deselect and select, C on keyboard, they have all aligned center. Let me bring that to the top layer. So I am going to do it, or the top of the stacking order I should say.
Shift+Page Up brings it to the top and again select everything, finger on Shift, deselect and reselect and then see. I just wanted you to be able to see it so that it was sitting on the top, Ctrl+Z, Undo. Now, if for example, I were to let's say if I right click on that object, and I go to Order, and then I go behind that object, that now is on the bottom layer, isn't it? Or I could have gone Shift+Page Down as we have learnt previously.
Select all of these objects and remember that's still on the bottom layer, so this time we are going to select Top, so they will all align across the top of that object, so T, see how they are aligning to the top. They all just come straight down and align to the top. Now that I have aligned to the top, I could do C, so they have aligned to the top and now they have also aligned to the center of that object. Can you see here, that's working? That's kind of cool, isn't it? Let's just select everything again. Remember, this object is now on the bottom of the stacking order.
So I am going to select E for Horizontal/ Center, so remember where it's going to align through the center of that object. So E on my keyboard, we have aligned through the center there. Again, if I hit C now, that will align perfect center, so I have done an E and I have done a C, so everything is perfectly centered to the object on the bottom of the stacking order. Okay, the bottom one is obviously obvious, I'll do this and I'll deselect the green, reselect and go with B for bottom and I have aligned to the bottom there.
Now finally the last thing I want to show you is P for page. Now if you select all of your objects and then hit P, they will align perfectly center to your page. All right and as you can see that's my page there, probably a little difficult with this setup, but that is center of my page. When you have got an A4 page up or something like that and you hit P, it will all go to the center. I oftentimes will have a whole lot of objects and for example, a lot of those objects are grouped them together. Once I've done my design, hit P; just so that it's all perfectly sit in center, on my page.
I'd like for you to go ahead now, play with what you have just seen, try all the keyboard shortcuts, do have a little bit of play with this as well, and once you do, I haven't really gone into some of the other areas of this, but once you do, move on and then we are going to look at Distribute and then we'll finish off our business card.
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