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Using Corel CONNECT


CorelDRAW Essential Training

with Scott Georgeson

Video: Using Corel CONNECT

We're now on Page 8 of your working document at Corel CONNECT. Corel CONNECT is a brand new program that has been included with X5, and basically it's designed to allow you to search for assets -- now, when I say an asset, it could be a vector image, a bitmap, a JPEG image, it could be fonts, etcetera -- to quickly find those things that you need, and be able to easily add them to a document or project that you're working on. This is what Corel CONNECT looks like.
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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
    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

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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 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
Scott Georgeson

Using Corel CONNECT

We're now on Page 8 of your working document at Corel CONNECT. Corel CONNECT is a brand new program that has been included with X5, and basically it's designed to allow you to search for assets -- now, when I say an asset, it could be a vector image, a bitmap, a JPEG image, it could be fonts, etcetera -- to quickly find those things that you need, and be able to easily add them to a document or project that you're working on. This is what Corel CONNECT looks like.

Now, a quick way to access Corel CONNECT is to use the application launcher. So if you simply come up here to the standard toolbar, click on the Application launcher, and choose Corel CONNECT. It will take a moment to open up. It does a quick look inside of your DVD drive to see what DVD you've got in there, and as you can see, I have got my X5 DVD, so automatically it's been selected right there. It's a very easy program to use. Basically, the left-hand side are all the locations that we might want to search.

Now, you notice Public here has got the blue square in there; that means that has been selected automatically. One of the reasons for that is because it's public, but also I've installed all of my X4 clipart there. I also want you to see, if I had my X3 clipart CD in the drive, that would be selected as well. So it's a great way to be able to access your previous clipart that you've had on CDs from various versions of CorelDRAW you may have had, or even other DVDs you may have.

Okay. Across the bottom here, we have what we call the tray. Now, the tray is the place where we put clipart we might want to use in the future, and it will stay there until we actually remove it, which is very handy, and I will show you why. Let's just simply do a search. Now, I am going to type up here travel. So I will type in travel, and click the little Search button. Now, it's very important that the type of asset you are looking for is selected here, and as you can see, there's no search results, because all that's selected is Fonts.

So I am going to select Bitmaps, and Vectors, and as you can see, all of a sudden we're starting there to see clipart, and as I begin to move down, we'll see pictures as well; photographs of things relative to travel. Here's what I want you to see. This is what I am viewing from the X5 DVD; what's sitting in my DVD drive right now, as you can see there. As I scroll down, I will eventually come to Users\Public\Documents\Corel. I installed my X4 previous version, X4 DVD of content, and of course, it gets placed in the Public folder, Documents, under Corel.

So this is what's coming from there, and if you were to have installed other forms of clipart, or other versions, of course, it would be searching for those as well. So it's really very handy. So once you find something you're happy with -- in fact, let me show you this first. See the little Zoom slider? I can slide the Zoom slider up to see much larger images. However, you can see a larger image just by hovering your mouse over the image. You don't have to click or anything; just hover, and you will see information about that image. Let's come down to find a bitmap style image, say that one there; hover your mouse.

You can see the name, the pixels, dpi, and it's a 32-bit RGB, etcetera. So when you find something you're happy with, click on that, and simply drag it down to the tray. You can delete images from the tray if they're not suitable; say, that one there, and say I don't want that one there. Go find other images that you might want. When you're happy with those, drag them down to the tray. Now, there is a reason we are putting them in the tray, and I will demonstrate this more as we go, but I want to show you a few other things first of all.

Let me show you the power of this program; it's really quite good. Go ahead and turn off Vectors, and Bitmaps, and let's type in here arial, just a basic font, and click Search. Well, first of all, it's found arial in my Documents, and I do actually have it sitting there, because I have had to send it off to a couple of people. And you can see I don't have any other areas that it's showing up. In fact, if I were to type in .ttf, for TrueType font, and search, a number of TrueType fonts come up, and these are actually fonts that I have, again, in my Documents folder.

But also, you will now see fonts that were installed, the Extras fonts that were installed with my X4 DVD, again, sitting in the Corel area, as we go down there and scroll down. Now, what you're not seeing are the fonts that I have installed. And you may want to; you may need to find an installed font to send off to someone. So what I would do is under Folders, come down to Folders, and go to your Computer, break the Computer tree down. It might take a second.

Once the computer tree breaks down, we want to go to our C: drive, break that down, and look in the Windows folder. So I am just going to click Windows. In the Windows folder is the Font folder. Now, if I do the Search again, we will see a lot more fonts. Let us shrink this right down to help us scroll through. So that's what's sitting on our X5 DVD right now; all of those extra fonts that you can see. I really particular wanted you to see that we can come down, and here's our Windows folder, so these are all my installed fonts, and you may need to access one of those.

If you simply select the font, right-click, Open from Source Location, look at that; that's where they're installed to. You can see, Windows > Fonts. Well, I will leave you withall of that, because I think you can see, it's a very, very powerful program, depending on how you want to use it. Okay. Well, now that I have some images that I've dragged down to my tray here, I can simply select an image, and I can choose to Open it from its default location, Import it into CorelDRAW, open in PHOTO-PAINT, Open, again, source location, or simply Remove it; delete it.

But I am going to do something different. I am going to just -- actually, no I won't. What I will do is I will say, I will select that one there, and I will open in PHOTO-PAINT, just to show you how that works. Now, as you can see, the photo just automatically opens up in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, in my case, X5, and it's that easy. That's really what I wanted you to see. I am just going to minimize this, and pop it out of the way, and I am now going to close down Corel CONNECT. Let's assume we've done all of our searching, we're happy with these photographs that we've dragged down here to the tray, so I am going to close this down.

Now, the reason why is I am going to show you how all of these programs interconnect. Now remember, I've closed down Corel CONNECT, okay? Let's come up and create a brand New document, just to make this easy. Just click OK. Now what I am going to do is come up to Window, down to Dockers, and I am going to turn on Connect. So I click on Connect. That's very interesting! Let's come back, go to Window > Dockers, and see the Tray? I can actually turn on the Tray as well. Look at that! The tray has all of the images in it that we dragged into Corel CONNECT, doesn't it? Now, if I wanted to search further, here is the incredible part of this; now let's say I wanted to, I want to search a little bit more, and I am just going to type in, well, we've got something from Paris there. Let's type in Spain, and see if we can find something.

I'll click Search. Now, if we drag this over a little bit, make it a lot wider, we'll be able to see images more clearly. Now, there are not a lot of images, but at least there's something there for us to see. Now, I want you to watch this. I am going to drag this down on the tray, and then I am going to, I will drag that one down on the tray as well, and I will drag that one down. Now, you can add as many images as you want, and scroll through those, etcetera, etcetera. Here is the thing; I am going to close down the Connect portion, or the searching portion, and I've still got my tray open.

Let's go back, and I will bring PHOTO-PAINT back up. Now, back to Corel PHOTO-PAINT; here is the thing again. Back to Window, to Dockers, now if I go down, and turn on the Tray, what do you think is going to happen? Exactly the same set of images I now have available in here. Now, I don't need to have that portion of the docker open; I can just simply display the tray on its own. Now, you can dislodge the tray, and I can have the tray offscreen if I want to.

I will pop it down here, just so you get bit of an idea of that. So I can have that offscreen, and I can have it in any format that I want. Maybe you would prefer to have the photographs on the side there, like that, so I can scroll through the images that way. Watch this though; if I select that image, and I delete it, what do you think will happen back in CorelDRAW? Let's pop that out of the way. Have a look at that: it's gone in CorelDRAW as well. So what's the point? Corel CONNECT basically allows you to place all your working images into this tray.

You can move the tray around in either program, in any way you want. You can dislodge it, have it on another screen if you want, add images, delete images, and it will all synchronize between Corel CONNECT, PHOTO-PAINT, and CorelDRAW. It's a really powerful program. Now of course, once you've got an image you want to use, simply drag it onto the interface; it's that easy. That's all you have to do is simply drag it into your working area, and away you go.

Well, I'd like for you now to do a few things; go ahead and open Corel CONNECT. Remember, come up to your Application launcher, and choose Corel CONNECT. Do a bit of Search, play with Corel CONNECT; it takes a little while just to get familiar with what you want to search on, and of course, you can navigate your entire DVD if you want to. Let me quickly show you that, because I didn't really show you that before. Let's come back to Corel CONNECT. I actually opened the program itself now. The reason why I am using the program rather than in CorelDRAW is because I want to see the display of a lot of clipart quite easily.

You can simply breakdown whatever DVD you have in your drive, look at this, go to Photos, and I can navigate all the way through my photos, say Landscape, click on Landscape, do a double-click. Just give it a few seconds. It will take a little while to actually search the DVD. And as you can see, all of the images inside of the Landscape folder appear. Now, that did take a little while, by the way. I actually paused the movie there for a while for you. And we can see all of the amazing pieces of clipart that we've got sitting in there. There are some great clipart, new images in the X5 DVD. So there you go.

And you can navigate anywhere on your computer. You can go to My Documents, which I won't go to right now, but you can go to My Documents, and you've got a pictures folder in there, and you can look in there. It really is a great program. So as I said, open up Corel CONNECT, use the Application launcher right there to do that, and do some searching. Look around your X5 DVD, or earlier version DVDs, navigate your actual computer, look in My Documents, look in My Pictures; whatever it is that you may want to do. Search for fonts; search for everything.

Drag a few images down on to the tray, okay? So I am going to select a few of these, delete them again, and just drag something down on to the tray. You can minimize; in fact, I will minimize. Have a look at the tray here, and a bit of a drag, and you can see the tray is updated with those new images. Simply drag onto here. Have a play; see what you think. I am sure you'll enjoy it, and of course, I have shown you this because it's another way to import images into your designs. Remember, our previous lesson was all about importing.

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