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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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Selecting objects will be the most common thing you do as you learn to work in CorelDRAW. An object is either selected or deselected. You can tell an object is selected by the sizing handles that will appear around the outside, and by the little nodes that, in this case, because it's text, you will see, or for example, if I were to select that rectangle, you can see the little nodes in the corner there. Selecting an object is fairly easy. You can click on the object to select it, and click on the white of your working area to deselect the object.
Now I can, as you see here, draw a marquee, simply click my mouse, and whatever is inside of that blue dotted line -- we call that a marquee -- when I release my mouse, will be selected. Now, you notice how my marquee runs over the top of other objects? Because the entire object is not inside, only those objects that are will be selected, and you can see them there by the little nod; that lets me know that all of those objects there are selected. Click on the white to deselect.
Now again, I will click, drag over the whole area, and as you can see, I've selected all of those objects. Well, that's fairly easy, and of course, clicking on any object that you want, as well. But do you remember in an earlier lesson we turned off treat all objects as fill? So this little rectangle here, when I click in the middle, absolutely nothing happens, because it has no fill color. So to select that, I would either draw a marquee, or I have to click on the outline. So remember that when you have no fill, click on the outline color, or draw a marquee around the outside.
There are ways to select multiple objects without drawing a marquee, and that's our first option here. If I select my piece of text, hold my finger on the Shift key, I can now select another object. So only the text and this blue rectangle are selected. You can see the little node. If I deselect, I will do it again; finger on Shift, the green one, the blue one, and the text. So that's called multiple selecting. But of course, I chose what would be part of that selection by holding my finger on the Shift key.
Yu can do the reverse. Hold your finger on the Shift key when you have a number of objects selected, and click on the one you wish to deselect. Click, and as you can see, you're deselecting from the group, or from that selection. The next option is what we call the Digger tool. Now, right now if I go into View, and Simple Wireframe, we looked at this earlier, you notice underneath this blue square, there are two other squares. Well, I could select them, because I am now in Simple Wireframe mode.
So if I click, as you can see, on the outline, I can select, or even go like that, and select. However, back here in Enhanced mode, I can't click through the blue square. However, I could draw a marquee around the outside, like that, and select them. There is another way, also, that you will find very handy, and very quick. Hold your finger on the Alt key. So I am holding my finger on the Alt key now, and as I click, automatically it clicks through the top object to the next one.
Now if I click again, you can see the other object is selected. Click again, and I am going to my background area there. So I can click on my top object, finger on Alt, click again, it selects the one underneath, click again, and the one underneath that. So it's digging, that's why we call it the Digger tool, through all of the objects that are there. Well the next one, Control+A; I'll simply go Control+A, and all objects on my screen will become selected. Tab is an interesting one; click Tab.
Now, if I hit the Tab key, as you can see, it's automatically moving on to the next object. And in fact, what it's doing is it's moving to the next object, or selecting the next object in the stacking order. We'll look at stacking order shortly. But effectively, when you place an object on your working area, it is basically stacked one on top of the other, on top of the other. No object can be on the same plane, if you want to look at it like that. So Tab, Tab, Tab; finger on Shift, and then hit Tab, and I can go back the other way, selecting the objects in the order with which they were placed onto my working area. Okay.
Well finally, just hit Escape as I just did to deselect. So why don't you now run through all of the options that you can see here. Just quickly make sure you feel okay with selecting and deselecting objects, and we'll move on.
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