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Skewing objects


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Video: Skewing objects

We're now on page 18 of your working file, the subject of skewing. Now, as I said in the previous lesson, when you select an object, click again, you get the four rotation handles, but you also have these side handles, which we call skew handles. And really what they do is they allow you to literally skew. So imagine the bottom of the piece of text is fixed. When I click on the top skew handle, and I move to the right, as you can see, the bottom is fixed, and I'm able to lean to the left, or to the right, and we call that skewing.
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
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      12m 23s
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      3m 45s
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      5m 8s
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      4m 52s
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      4m 1s
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      4m 50s
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      6m 59s
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      5m 56s
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      6m 2s
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      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
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      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
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      8m 35s
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      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
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      6m 42s
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      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
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      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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CorelDRAW Essential Training
5h 19m Beginner Oct 02, 2012

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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.

This course was created by Scott Georgeson. We're honored to host his tutorials in the lynda.com library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector and bitmap images
  • Working with multipage projects
  • Using independent per-page layers and guides
  • Drawing and editing shapes, lines, curves, and tables
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Working with text
  • Designing a business card
  • Shaping, filling, blending, and extruding objects
  • Importing and exporting other file types
  • Customizing the workspace, menus, toolbars, and palettes
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Skewing objects

We're now on page 18 of your working file, the subject of skewing. Now, as I said in the previous lesson, when you select an object, click again, you get the four rotation handles, but you also have these side handles, which we call skew handles. And really what they do is they allow you to literally skew. So imagine the bottom of the piece of text is fixed. When I click on the top skew handle, and I move to the right, as you can see, the bottom is fixed, and I'm able to lean to the left, or to the right, and we call that skewing.

If I hold my finger on Control, in that same way we saw with rotation, 15 degree increments, which can make it easy. Now, the thing is that whenever you work with text a lot, some text doesn't have italics available. If I click, for example, Italicize there, it very much looks like a skew, doesn't it? I'll quickly undo that. You may find that you want more skew, and that's why you will use it, or more of the sense of italicizing. So again, simply click, if you hold your finger on Control, well, you know that's two clicks there, about 30 degrees skew, and that way I know I'll apply that to similar text. Control+Z, Control+Z.

Now, the same thing applies; always remember that whatever handle you select, it's the opposite side that becomes the anchor point. So again, click on the bottom, and the top is anchored. So click on the side, and of course, the opposite side is anchored. Now, you can create some really great effects. For example, let's say I were to skew that to the right just a little. Now, Plus on my keyboard, or Control+C, and Control+V for copying; we learned that earlier.

And I'll click, because I just created a duplicate, pull that down like that, and that's an effect you oftentimes see today. It's kind of a cool effect. Click on, say, a light color gray, and it's kind of a shadow effect. Click on black, and again, it's quite a cool type of effect. We'll look more at those sorts of effects as we move along. Now, one more thing I want to show you quickly is the Alt key. The Alt key is kind of weird. Now, I'm just quickly going to show you what it does. Finger on Alt -- sorry, I'll click again on the skew handles. Finger on Alt, and what it kind of does is it fixes the object in the center.

So as I move my mouse left and right, you can see it's kind of skewing the top and the bottom around a center point. But I can also do it up and down as well. Well, if nothing else, it's certainly a lot of fun, and it's a great way to move something around, and kind of get a feel of all sorts of different kind of skew options, as you can see there. So we've called it an effect, because there really is no word to describe it, but please do have a play with that. And of course, when you work with multiple objects, it's exactly the same.

Select them all, click, bring up your skew handles, and of course, you can work in exactly the same fashion. Now, I'll quickly show you one more thing; how powerful skew is. Now, I'm going to hit Plus on my keyboard, or Control+C, and then Control+V. Shrink that down a little, just like that. Click again, and I'm just going to skew that to the right a little. Select it again, and what does that look like? Does that look like an open folder? Now, how easy was that? We just simply worked with a square, or a rectangle if you want to call it that, and we've created that folder effect that you oftentimes see in Windows.

So go ahead, have a play with skew, create the folder you've just seen, and we'll move on to the next lesson.

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