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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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The wonderful thing about CorelDRAW is you can have multiple pages to one document. That means that you can ultimately create magazine layouts, multi-page brochures; in fact, that's what you're looking at right now. This is a multi-page document. We call this a scrollbar, and just to the left of the scrollbar, you'll see three little dots here in X5. In earlier versions, you wouldn't necessarily see the dots. But just hover until you see the double-ended arrow, click, and drag, and look at that; you can resize the scrollbar, revealing more of the page tabs. It's quite handy. Or, I personally prefer to work with a single page.
And of course, the page run is always highlighted, so I'll move down; that will slowly highlight. We can move through all of the pages in the document by using the inner arrow, and you'll notice I'm now on page 5 of 36, 6, and so on. Multiple click, and away you go. Same with the other way; move to the front, or move to the back of the document. You can actually double-click right in the middle here where the numbers are. Double-click, and type in a page number you want to go to. Click OK, and there you go; automatically you've moved to that page.
If you don't still have it open from our last lesson, I'd like you to go ahead and open the test file we created, test1.cdr. Click Open; now we're going to add some pages, so I'm just going to do plus, plus, and plus; add some pages. Now, in an earlier vision of CorelDRAW, the little plus doesn't become available unless you're actually at the end or the front of the file. Just keep that in mind if you're in an earlier version. Now, I can right-click on any page tab. Right-click, and Rename.
Rename, and I'll call this Front Page. Now I'll Rename the last page. Right-click, Rename, and call that Back Page. Now, I've done this for a reason. The reason why is I've found so many times, I've named the page with a number, or some form of relevance as to where it should be within the document, and then inevitably, I change it. Click, and drag, and look at this; I can reposition where that page goes within my document, changing the order of pages, and then, well of course, the page name doesn't make any sense.
So I highly recommend, when you name a page, call it a useful name. Click OK, and that's what I've done; I've called it a Useful Name. So a name that means something about the page; not so much where the page should sit within the document. Now remember, you can right-click, and you can delete a page; you can right-click, and duplicate a page if you wanted to. If I right-click, and insert a page after -- notice Page 2, I inserted after the page I had selected.
Well, there are a number of things that you can do here, of course. I'd like for you to play around with all of these, remembering there's always more than one way to do something in CorelDRAW. So under Layout, you can also perform all of the same tasks you can as right-clicking on a tab. So go ahead, open up your test1 file, and play around with adding, deleting, renaming, copying pages, and so on.
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