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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 on Page 6 of your working file, looking at the subject of dockers, or docking if you like. Every one of these bars that contains information -- the toolbar down the bottom here, the standard toolbar, the property bar, etcetera -- can all be undocked, and moved to alternate locations. First of all, in X5 we now have the option to lock bars; we never had that before. So you right-click on any one of the bars that you can see, and down at the bottom here, you can see we can unlock the toolbar.
So first of all, we'll unlock, and you'll also notice these little dots appear. We call them handles, so they're the docking handles. You'll also notice, you can actually turn on and off the display of a bar. For example, the black menu bar; I can turn that off. Right-click, I'll turn that back on. The status bar at the bottom; right-click, and I'll turn off the status bar. Some people don't want it, and it gives you more working space. Personally, I do prefer to have it there. Now that we've unlocked by choosing this option here, I can actually dislodge one of these bars, so I will dislodge the toolbar, pop it there, and you can resize the toolbar, maybe into what is more preferable for you, something square like that, and you might like to have that floating around your screen, and work like that; some people do.
You can redock this to an alternate location if you want to. For example, I can dock the toolbar at the top there, and I might find that more convenient. Anyway, it's very, very easy to remove, and redock to any location. Now, if I do the same with the color wells -- I'll show you a really cool thing. I'll grab the color well, and I'll dock it near the bottom. Now, if I right-click my mouse on the handle, right-click, and go to Customize, I can actually alter the display of colors. I'm going to turn on Wide borders, Large swatches, and I'm going to put in 4 rows of color. Click OK, and look at that.
I'll redock back over to the right hand side. Now, if you have poor eyesight, and you find it easier to see the larger display of color wells, this is a great option for you. And you can display as many rows of colors as you want, and of course, move through those colors. I'll just quickly right-click, back to Customize, I'll turn off Large swatches, turn of Wide borders, and I'll go back to just one row. Click OK. So that's a good little tip for you. Well finally, I just want to quickly show you how the larger dockers on the right-hand side here work. Now, by default, when you first open, particularly X5, you'll see the Hints docker; you'll also see the Object Manager.
Now, see how I'm alternating between dockers by clicking the tab? Hints docker, and the Object Manager docker. You can add more dockers over time. So if I go into Window > Dockers, I'll just choose another one there, and you can see how this docker has been added to the outside; that's because I've been playing a little bit with the way that they work. But I can simply grab that docker, pop it over there like that, and if I take it, and put it back over the top, automatically it'll rearrange in another alternative way, with that docker sitting at top, and the other two tab dockers at the bottom.
But if I just pull that back up like that, I can have them all sitting on their tabs like that. It's an interesting area. You can pull them all away at one time, stretch it out, work with it however you want, and choose each one separately; double-click to dock back to the last location. Why don't you have a play with that. You can also close them down like that. And I'll primarily work with the dockers turned off for the rest of this project, but I want you to have a play.
If none of your dockers on the right-hand side are showing, simply come to Window, go to Dockers, and you can choose your dockers. Mine are displaying off the page there, as you can see, but there's Hints right at the top, and also the Object Manager right at the top as well. So go ahead, have a play, make sure if you're in X5, you unlock your toolbars, and you can move your toolbars all around, and play, and do whatever you want. Now let me give you a tip: if you get everything really, really messed up, and you cannot figure out how to get everything looking back the way it was looking, close CorelDRAW down, then hold your finger on the F8 key on your keyboard, start up CorelDRAW, keep your finger on it, and shortly, it will ask you, do you want to reset to the factory defaults? Just say yes, and your interface will all come back to looking to how you're used to seeing it.
And that's a good little tip to remember for the future.
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