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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're now continuing on page 33 and I am going to discuss the subject of color palettes with you. We're not going to go into great depth, but just some quick and convenient things that will really help you to work. Okay, well first of all, I am going to undock this palette from here and move it down to the bottom. Now remember, if you're in X5 you have to, from X5 on, what you've got to unlock the toolbar, so if you can see the little tick, click on here to unlock and you know you're unlocked because you see all these little dots at the end of all of the toolbars.
Click on the little dot and pull it down, then grab the title bar and we'll just drag that down to the bottom and now I've docked to the bottom. Well the first thing I'm going to do is increase the display of the number of rows, because to see the rest of the colors I have to click on the little flyout there to just show all of the colors, but I want to see them all at one time. So now I'll click on the little button here, go to Customize and Maximum number of rows is 1, let's increase that to 2 and click OK, so now I can see all of the colors within my default CMYK Color Palette.
Now remember, you can have multiple palettes open at the same time. For example if I come to Window>Color Palettes, I could open an RGB or a PANTONE or whatever I want, there is lots to choose from, click Open Palette and navigate and find some of the others. For right now though, what I'd like to do is open the Document Palette. Now this is brand-new to CorelDRAW X5, so you don't have this in earlier versions. When you first open X5, you'll probably see this palette and it will probably be blank.
Most likely you've closed it and you no longer have it open, well this is how you get it back. What the Document Palette is designed to do is allow you to one; either put all of the colors within your actual design into this palette, so that when you save your document you've got a full reference of colors and you maintain the integrity of your document; or alternatively I am going to use it myself a little differently. But remember this, there are a couple of options as to how you populate this palette with colors.
If I have Automatically Update selected, well every time for example if I click and drag and I then say click on this color here and then I click on this color and then this color and then this color and I'll right-click over here. As you can see the palette automatically is filled with colors every time I utilize a color, okay. That's not how I want to do it. I am going to delete that and click again, come down to Edit Color, simply hold your finger on Shift and select them all or Ctrl and select them one at a time, Delete Color and we're back to blank again.
There is another way, let me grab my Pick tool. Again, if I have, and don't forget Automatically Update is on at the moment, I don't want that on so I am going to turn it off. If I were to add from document, give that a second and CorelDRAW will look at all the colors existing in the present document as that exists now and it will list all of those colors for us and we can choose to add them to the Document Palette if we want, or just a range of them. Click OK and that would all be added.
I don't really want to do that right now, because I am going to use it in another way. This is the way I am going to use it, I am going to first of all dock it over here in the right hand side and then I'm going to take these two girls we've got here and I am going to show you how I would use it. I don't know which one of these two that you would say is correct color wise, but let's just assume that the one on the left here is the accurate design.
Well, if I take her and I simply hover over the Document Palette, wait for that palette to appear, then let go, then automatically the document palette will fill up with all of the colors inside of this piece of clip art. You can do the same thing with bitmaps. Anything that you have on your screen, drag it over the Document Palette and all of the colors within that will appear in that palette or you may be asked to choose how many colors, because there might be hundreds in it for example.
So what's the upside here? Well let's say that a client has given you a piece of clipart and you've brought that into CorelDRAW and they say I want you to work with only those colors. Well, simply drag that into Document Palette and you know that you're safe so long as you only work with these colors. Isn't that so cool? Now additionally, if I want to add a color to this palette that doesn't exist on my page, but I have say, some CMYK values, well again, select my image, Uniform Fill, so Shift+F11.
Now let's just say that I know that I want to have a 20 and 5 and 62 and 18, okay. Let's just say that this is the color that my client wants me to utilize, alright, it's this color right here. Well, I can easily add this to my Document Palette by -- if I've got multiple palettes open, use little drop-down, select your Document Palette and click Add to Palette.
And there it is right there, it just appeared. So again, it's another way to build up your customer's colors within the palette. If he sent you a piece of clipart and you just want one color and you've brought it into CorelDRAW, use the Eyedropper tool and let's assume it's one of these blues down here and I could click right there, my palette goes to that blue and I click Add to Palette and it appears right there. Now, if you're an X3 or X4, when you click Add to Palette, you'll find it will actually be added to your default palette, whatever you've got open at the moment, it might be a CMYK or your RGB palette, but it will be added there, okay.
The Document Palette is brand-new to X5. Okay, let me click OK to that and of course she became recolored, let's undo that. Always remember that you have to break a part or ungroup, I should say, particularly a piece of clipart like this if you want to color specific sections. The last thing I want to show you that's really, really handy is -- now in X3 and X4, you could select any color on your palette, click and drag and you can move it to another location. However, here in X5, we can't do that without Default Palettes, because they are locked.
We can do it however with the Document Palette. Now here is what I mean. I can rearrange this in whatever order I want, for example black up there, then go with the darker gray, maybe the lighter gray, then with the white, see it puts a line underneath where it's going to go. Then I might want to go with say red and then into oranges, see if there is anymore. And then I might go into yellows, so the lighter yellow. And I tell you what, I'll go ahead and I'll finish putting this or setting this palette up how I think it should look.
Okay and that's kind of how I would arrange that palette and I just wanted to show you, you can put your colors in blocks however you want to do them, etcetera. So what's another advantage in this, well now that I have created a color palette that has all of the colors of my primary girl in it, well it makes it a lot easier to color this one, doesn't it? For example, let's say I want to put that green into this image. Well, I know that it's most likely going to be that one and that looks about right.
And again with the red, on her lipstick there and of course you could follow this process through which is what I am going to get you to do next. I want you to follow what it is that I have shown you here. And basically, what I want you to do is the following: Open your Document Palette, up to Window> Color Palettes>Document Palette, open it up. If it has any colors in it, I want you to delete the colors. I then want you to redock your standard palette down the bottom here, display two rows.
Then I want you to take her and copy her over the top of the palette, get all of the colors. And then drag those colors and drop them on to this image and recolor her the same as her. If you want, also go ahead with the Uniform Fill dialog box and add another color into the Document Palette, just so that you've familiarized yourself with it. And hey, why not rearrange all the colors as I have done as well? It's a tremendous experience to do it. Well that's it for this lesson, there is quite a bit there to do and learn and you'll find this valuable in the future.
The next lesson, you're just going to hate me because I am going to show you quicker way to do all of this. Okay, see you in the next one.
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