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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 on Page 11; page views. Now, these page view options are very important to help you work with projects, depending on the complexity, and what you have in a project. This very basic design that we can see here consists of only three objects; an oval at the top, an oval at the bottom, and this rectangle. But, of course, it all looks a bit more complicated, doesn't it? If we go to Simple Wireframe mode, so up to View > Simple Wireframe mode, we can now see the basic elements.
No colors, no outlines, no fills, postscript fills, etcetera; just the basic elements. Now, when you start to work with complex designs, you will ultimately find that being able to go down to the Wireframe mode is fairly important, because it allows you to find the start, and the endpoint, in this case, of a blend. So I am actually blending from that oval to this oval, and I will show you a little bit more about that in a moment. But I can see the basic elements, and I can get to them, and I can actually edit them. Now, Wireframe mode if I go up to the next one, that now allows me to see all of the lines that exist, so the intermediate steps in that blend, but still no colors, no outline colors, no fills, etcetera, etcetera. Draft mode; if I go to Draft mode, I now have a basic concept of the color, and a basic idea of the look.
There is no fountain fills, or postscript fills. You can see that it's one block color at the bottom there. This can be helpful if you're dealing with a very complex image, but really, in reality, it's a little bit of a leftover from the days of slower computers, and I would not be surprised if in the future we see a couple of these modes disappear. But it is handy in terms of speeding up your design process if it's very complicated. Again, Normal mode is the next step up. So go to View, and then Normal mode.
So now we're starting to see some more of the postscript fills. You can see the outlines are not so crisp and clear, but at least I am getting a better idea of what it looks like. Bitmaps would basically display in a very low resolution, but again, it will help you speed up the re-rendering of your screen, if it's a very, very complex, or very large image. Enhanced mode; let's go to Enhanced mode. Enhanced mode is the one that mostly you will work with, and it does look the best.
Everything is crisp, and sharp, and it anti-aliases your bitmaps, and you really do see a very nice look. So this is the mode you'll mostly work at, and it is the default mode. New to X5 is Pixel mode. Now, let's go to Pixel mode. You notice the picture didn't really change in its look until we begin to zoom in. So if I zoom right in here, we're starting to see at the pixel level. In other words, we can see what a vector image would look like as a bitmap.
Now, see how there's a nice solid blue, and then as it moves out, the blue is slowly fading out to white? That's what we call anti-aliasing. It can be very handy, particularly for designs you're doing for the Web, etcetera, to see how your images are going to look as a bitmap. Probably the mode you would choose to do a final check before you send off to your printer or whatever. F4; zoom back out. Now, F9 is a Preview mode. So, for example, if you were in Wireframe mode, or one of these other modes, and you pressed F9, you would see a premium display full screen of what your design looks like.
Now, I can't do that; I am working on double monitors, and it comes up on the wrong monitor, etcetera. So yes, please do that, and experiment with that as you run through this. And finally, Shift+F9; a very, very, very -- can I stress it enough -- handy shortcut. Let me show you. Oftentimes, you want to go to Simple Wireframe mode, and then of course, you want to go back to your premium mode, so I will go back to Enhanced mode. Now, Shift+F9 remembers those last two things, so Shift+F9 on my keyboard takes me back to Wireframe; Shift+F9 again, back to Enhanced.
So you can see the advantage in toggling between those two. Well, basically if I go now back to -- I'll do a Shift+F9, I can take that little circle that's there, stretch it out like that, play with it a little bit, Shift+F9 again, and as you can see, it changes the look of my design. This is a blend. Please do play with this a little. You will have some fun just stretching it around, and coming up with all sorts of different shapes, and designs, and shortly you will learn how I did that, and how that actually works.
So please jump in, try all the View modes, and certainly try the keyboard shortcuts, and have a play; have some fun!
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