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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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You'll notice now that I've actually included the title bar across the top here, so that you can see that the document you have open, or the document you creating; you can see the path to that document. So for example, if I go back to Cogs, notice the path at the top here, which let's me know where I've got that file from is being displayed, which is really quite handy. If I go ahead and create a new document by using the New icon, so I'll click, the nice thing about CorelDRAW X5 is you have the ability to set all of the parameters for your document before you move on, rather than having to do that later, etcetera. I'm going to leave that as the default, Untitled-1; I'll show you why in a moment, and click OK.
I am going to go ahead and create another one. This time I'll call that test1; test1, click OK, and one more. I am going to call that, I'll leave that as Untitled-2, and I'll show you why. All right, so here are all of the open documents we have, and presently we're looking at Untitled-2. If I go ahead and I simply close Untiled-2 down, and you'll see that's what it's called up there, it doesn't have a path, because we've not saved it anywhere. If I close that, well of course, nothing happened.
Automatically we move on to the next document. Why? Well, because no change was made to that document; therefore you're not automatically asked to save it. However, let's make some change to this one. If I, for example, change the page size; you'll notice right now I have an A4 page by default, and I work in millimeters by default. However, if I go to Letter, automatically I change to inches, but the point is, I've made a change to the document, so if I now close, click Close, I'm asked to Save. So I'll say Yes, and navigate back to the same path we've been working with, and I'm going to call it test1.
You can see that I've already been practicing, and I've done this before. So I'll save that as test1. Now, automatically it disappears, because I closed it down, remember? So now I've got Untitled-1, Cogs, and of course, our working file. Well I'm going to close Untitled-1 down, and again, nothing will happen. But this time I'm going to go ahead and open up that document I just created. Click Open, and there's test1, and test2 that I was playing with earlier. I can actually select that file, and hold my finger on the Shift key, and select that file as well. Or if I had a list of files, and I only wanted particular ones in the list, use Control. Click Open; now both of those files have opened, as you can see.
So I'll simply use my Control+Tab, and I can navigate through my opened files. So what I'd like for you to do is to go ahead and create some new files, change one of them, save that file, open them up, move through them, and then we'll move on to our next lesson.
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