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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 28 of your working file ArtisticText. Now, you will hear me refer to two different types of text throughout the training, one is Artistic Text and the other is Paragraph Text. The best way to define what the differences are is Paragraph Text is text inside of a container and we call it paragraph text obviously because that container allows us to resize it, you know like text in a magazine, that sort of thing. Anyway we will talk more about that, but for right now we are looking at Artistic Text.
So I come down the toolbar and simply select the Text tool or F8 on the keyboard. As with all of the tools we have been learning, when you select a tool oftentimes properties will appear in the toolbar and in this case I am being told these are the properties that will be applied when you click and start typing. So if I click and I type in say CorelDRAW, I can't type this morning, okay. Well that piece of text there is of these attributes, Humanist, 24 and right now it's not bold or underlined, but those options are available to me.
Now this is interesting, one of the first things that you will notice about the Text tool and then with Artistic Text, I can resize my text, I can click and notice how no rotation handles, no skew handles, so the only option I have is to resize, notice how that's affecting the point size as I do resize. If I were to now click Bold, well the text was not made bold, however if I continued to type as you can see, the next bit of text is bold.
So a little bit like working in Windows Word or those other types of programs. The thing to remember is, while you have the Text tool selected you can highlight a particular group of letters within that bit of text; I can change the color for example. I could change the Bold, Underline and I could even change the point size to something much larger inside of what I have selected.
Does that make sense? Okay. Here is the thing, if I get back to my Pick tool now; I actually have a different set of attributes. If I select this, I can click again and now I can rotate and skew and do all those things that we have been learning about. However I can't individually select a letter as I can when I have the Text tool selected to apply something. What happens here is if I apply something, well, everything, it's applied to the entire piece of text at the same time.
I can make the whole piece of text Bold or Underlined etcetera, etcetera, change the color of the whole thing, but I can't individually do it. So that's a primary difference between the two. Select the Text tool and then I can highlight an area, change the color; change its attributes and so on. Okay, I'll just quickly undo that with Ctrl+Z. Let's just leave it like that for a moment. Now just we'll shrink that down a little bit and pop that over there. I want you to also notice when you have the Pick tool selected if you come and you select your text but double-click, so double-click, automatically I have the Text tool selected.
Now to go back to the Pick tool, you can't hit the Spacebar of course because that puts a space in your text. So Ctrl+Space will take you back to your Pick tool, just bear that in mind. The last thing I quickly want to show you and we will learn a little bit more shortly when we actually go ahead to do our card, but the one more -- actually two more things I want to show you, is if I select my Text tool and then I change some attributes up here, I get asked this all the time, if I then change that to say, let's come back up here to Arial, find Arial Black, notice what I am asked, changing text properties when nothing is selected will modify the attributes used by the Text tool.
Notice how cool Artistic and Paragraph as an option, let's just with Artistic, let me reword that for you. If you change properties on the property bar, before you click on the page and type, they will become the default properties. So just type some rubbish. If I go back to my Pick tool, delete that, now watch this, if I come back and select my Text tool, see by default Arial Black, 24 is my now default text setting. That can be very handy for when you are working and you want to have a default size and type of text, simply select before you do any work on the page, click OK and now that will be your default.
Okay, last thing I want to show you; I have a piece of text down here which you can drag onto the screen to work with this. Now, there are some spelling mistakes in there right now that we can't see, however if we select the Text tool or I double click, double click, you will notice a wavy red line now appears. If I right click, well automatically I can spell-check. Right click and I can spell check, that's what the red wavy line was for. Now this piece of text here was really just a great big long line of text and I just typed it out, hit Enter on my keyboard to do a carriage return and I created that, okay.
I can now, with my Pick tool selected, click on this and I can still skew it and I can still rotate, etcetera, etcetera, all the normal things. I can also begin to apply a Center Right, Full Justify, etcetera. Now as I hover, you can see it's automatically applied, so I can see what that would look like before I click on it. Full Justify by the way doesn't always look great, if you don't have lots of words within your paragraph that I might have there.
So, None, Left, Center, Right, Full Justify and Force Justify. Well, of course hopefully you work with other programs and do understand what they are, but we will learn more about them as we move along. Okay, well I am going to delete that for now, delete that for now, and we'll move onto our next lesson, we'll take this text down here and we are going to apply that to our card.
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