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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 7 of our working file, the subject of import. Why do we import rather than open a file? Well basically, we want to bring an asset, some form of design, or some form of image into our existing document, whereas if we were to open, of course, it would open up in its own document. So how do you import? Well again, work with a keyboard shortcut Control+I, up to File and choose Import, or as I mostly do, I'll work with the icons.
So I'm going to choose Import. Now, here in Import, remember that you can adjust the display of the files you're looking at, again, within your Windows browser. And the thing that I want you to see here is that I've added a couple more files, and that I can actually choose from many different file types. Now, right now, I'm working with CDR files, as you can see there, but you'll notice here that there are lots of file formats you can actually import. Now, if you're in an earlier version of CorelDRAW, you'll probably find a dropdown list just here of all the file types you can import.
There are so many different types, and I want you to just see it as I arrow down there are many more that you can see right down there. You can import Photoshop files, Adobe Illustrator files, PDF files; just so many different types. Most likely, the one you're after will be there, but for right now, I'm actually working with, of course, CDR files. Well, I'm going to simply choose this one here, and choose Import. When you do this, you'll see the display of a left-handed cursor.
Underneath, you can see the name of the file, Eagle 5, the size; the next three lines tell you how to bring in this image. I can click and drag, press Enter to center on my page, or use the spacebar to place it based on its original position. In other words, let's say this eagle is set in the top left-hand corner of an A4 page; if I hit the spacebar, it will position itself in this document in that top left-hand corner where an A4 page would be.
Well, right now I'm simply going to hit Enter on my keyboard, and watch what happens. Hit Enter, and it perfectly centers on my page. Okay, delete. This time I will bring in a two images. I'll select that one; finger on Control allows you to multiple select -- see how they will become highlighted -- or deselect. So I'm just going to bring in these two. Click Import. Now, this time I'm going to click, and where I click represents the top left-hand corner of the image.
So click, that was the top left-hand corner, and over here I'll click again, click, and you see that was the top left-hand corner right there. Now finally, I'll just quickly show you, I'm going to select all of the eagles that we've got here, holding finger on Control. Now remember the name of the actual files. I've named them conveniently to demonstrate this; that will come in in the alphabetical order of their name. Remember that. So we should expect to see Eagle 1, then Eagle 2, and so on. So Import. This time I'm going to click and drag, so I've got control of their size.
Now you can see that we're bringing in Eagle 2, and then 3, and then 4, and then 5. So you can see the advantage of using the click-and-drag method. So I'd like for you now to go ahead and import these files a couple of different ways. Try the Spacebar, try the Enter, and click-and-drag, and click method. Try multiple selections, and so forth, just so you get used to using import.
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