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Understanding page setup

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Video: Understanding page setup

We're going to quickly look at page setup. Now, the best way to look at this is simply to start a brand new document, so I'll come up here, and I'll choose New Document. Well, the Create a New Document dialog comes up, and of course, all the parameters we can see here will affect the size of our page. As you can see, I can change from my default to an alternate page size if I want. I can manually type in a Size; I can choose my Primary color mode. Just quickly on that, if you're sending your design to a professional printer, you will most likely want to work in CMYK mode.

Understanding page setup

We're going to quickly look at page setup. Now, the best way to look at this is simply to start a brand new document, so I'll come up here, and I'll choose New Document. Well, the Create a New Document dialog comes up, and of course, all the parameters we can see here will affect the size of our page. As you can see, I can change from my default to an alternate page size if I want. I can manually type in a Size; I can choose my Primary color mode. Just quickly on that, if you're sending your design to a professional printer, you will most likely want to work in CMYK mode.

And usually your local Inkjet printer does a fairly good job of CMYK as well. If you know you need an RGB output, which would be something like a wide format printer, or you might have a specific printer that simply works better with RGB, you would choose the RGB color mode. But for most things you'll work with, CMYK will be what you choose. The Rendering resolution will affect things like drop shadows, and things that Corel makes for you on the fly when you begin to work with effects, and we'll work with this resolution of 300 dpi.

Anyway, I'll simply click OK to that, create our new document, and what I want you to see is that when you have no objects selected -- so I might have some text, and some squares, and all sorts of things on here -- if I don't have any of those selected, the standard property bar generally displays all of the informational parameters about our page setup. Again, there's our page size. We could choose an alternate page size. Manually type in a size, go from Portrait to Landscape if we want to, and so on.

This next one is quite interesting. We've got All pages versus Current page. What this means is, if I go and I click the plus to create a new page, the new page will be identical as the page that I'm working on, or if you like, I will say it in another way: if I make a change here, so I type in, say, 250 wide, you'll notice that every page is 250 wide. However, if I choose this button Current, and then I make this, say, 300 wide, what happens is only the page I'm working on has been affected. Can you see that? So that allows you to change the page you're working on without affecting everything else, and that's pretty important to remember.

Well, I'm just quickly going to delete this page, and delete this page. Let's just go back to our standard A4 size. Moving along, you can change the units you want to work in on your page, right down to working in miles, or if you like, kilometers. Maybe a town planner might use such large measurements. I will discuss with you the other parameters in some future lessons. Now, to delve down a little deeper, if we want to actually change some more parameters about our page, we can come up to the Layout, and go to Page Setup, or what's easier, because there is always more than one way, is double-click the drop shadow around the edge of the page.

So I double-click, and as you can see, that brings up my Options, starting with Page Size. So we've fairly much got all of the same parameters we've got across the top, plus a few others. This one is interesting: Add a Page Frame. So if I click, and I click OK, can you see that? Automatically I've got a rectangle that's the identical size of my page, and that can be quite handy. I'll just delete that. Double-click again. Moving down, we can change our Rendering Resolution. We can also insert a Bleed area.

So if I require, say, a 5 mil Bleed area, turn that on, click OK; see the dotted line around the outside? We'll talk more about the bleed area down the track, but for right now, for those of you who know what that means, that's very, very handy. So I'll just turn that off. Okay, let's move down to the next one, Layout, and under Layout, you can choose from some varying options: a Full Page, a Book, as you can see, Tent Card, and so on. But for right now, I'm going to just stay with Full Page, and I want to demonstrate Facing pages.

If you were going to create a magazine, or a multi-page brochure, this would be a great way to do it. Start on the right, or the left side. I'll start with the right, and I'll show you why? Click OK. Now, notice the page starts -- see the 0 there? It starts on the right side of the center of my working area. Now, if I add a page, you'll notice the page comes to the left of center. Add another page, and now can you see what's going on? Now, if I add another page, see? Left, and then right, so what's happening? Let's go back to the beginning.

So there's Page 1. Now we turn the page over, go to Page 2, Page 3. If we go to Page 4, the page has been turned over; I'm seeing 4, and 5, and so on. So that's a great way to do a magazine style or multi-page brochure layout. So I'll just turn off Facing pages. Under Label, that's a subject we're going to cover later on, so I won't talk about that now. Under Background, however, this is a great place to create a permanent background for your design, whatever it is you might be doing.

For example, if I click Browse here, I could go and find a particular photograph I have, and every page could have that photographic background, or I might choose a Solid color. For example, you might be creating a brochure, and that brochure basically is a very light -- you're going to print it onto a light yellow paper. And notice how every page here has the bright yellow page paper, as you can see. Now remember, I turned off multiple facing pages; that's why it's one page being displayed at a time now.

Here is the thing; so I do my design, I lay it up on the yellow background, and if I go back in here, I can choose, based here, whether I'm going to print that background, or without printing it, really what I'm doing is I'm just seeing what that print is going to look like on the yellow colored paper, and that can be really handy. Particularly, you know, you don't want to spend a lot of money, so you're using colored paper to help create the effect that you're looking for. If you want to print it, just make sure that option is turned on.

And finally, the one that you'll mostly work with: No Background at all. So click OK, and that's all we're going to look at for page setup, and that's probably enough. So go ahead, create a brand new document; play around with some of this. I recommend that you actually try and put an image in the background, create some facing pages, and so on, and we'll move on to our next lesson.

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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
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      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
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      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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