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Using the Pick tool

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Video: Using the Pick tool

We're now on page 12 of your working file, the Pick tool. Of course, the Pick tool, in very many ways, is the most important tool, because you use it to select things, move things, choose tools, etcetera. So whenever you see the arrow, you have what we call the Pick tool. I have mentioned this before, but I will highlight it again: when you select an alternate tool, and then tap the spacebar, it automatically goes back to the Pick tool. So no matter what tool you have, tap the spacebar, and automatically, it will go back to the Pick tool.

Using the Pick tool

We're now on page 12 of your working file, the Pick tool. Of course, the Pick tool, in very many ways, is the most important tool, because you use it to select things, move things, choose tools, etcetera. So whenever you see the arrow, you have what we call the Pick tool. I have mentioned this before, but I will highlight it again: when you select an alternate tool, and then tap the spacebar, it automatically goes back to the Pick tool. So no matter what tool you have, tap the spacebar, and automatically, it will go back to the Pick tool.

Now, the main reason I have created a lesson about the Pick tool is there is a couple of unique features about it that a lot of people don't understand, that really affect the way you work. Here they are. The Pick tool selects objects. How do you do that? Simply click an object. Well, this is what we would call an ellipse. It has a blackout line, and a red fill. I can click anywhere on that to select the ellipse, as you can see. Here I have a rectangle, with curved corners, or rounded corners if you like, and it's see-through; it has no color.

It's sitting on top of the circle, or the ellipse. If I click, do you notice how the object becomes selected? Now, I guess it's a psychological thing, but for me, because it has no fill, and it's see-through, I don't expect it to become selected when I click inside, because I don't feel I am clicking on anything; I should be clicking through it. So here's the thing; if you hover right alongside that other object, right on the outline, and click, you will notice I missed it.

I will do it again; missed it again. There we go! I got it, right? So, if you hover on the right spot, you can actually click through the object, and select something that's behind. Personally, I really don't like that. What I prefer is for the object to be treated as though it has no fill, and so therefore, I can't select it. Well, there is an option for this. By default, CorelDRAW is set up as treat all objects as though they had a fill; we can change this.

If you simply right-click on the Pick tool, go to Customize, come down to Toolbox Toolbar, and right down the bottom to Properties, we'll bring up the Options dialog box, and there's lots of options in here we'll talk about at another time, but we need to come to the Toolbox. We will click the plus, come down, and look for the Pick Tool. There it is right there; the Pick Tool. So if I click on that, all of the options for the Pick Tool are right here. See this is turned on? Treat all objects as filled.

Well, if I turn that off, and click OK. Now, I am clicking, hear me clicking, and nothing is happening. I can easily select the object that has the fill. But if I click here, nothing happens. To select this, I've got to click on the outline, and I personally far prefer that. One more thing. Control+J brings up the same Options dialog box. In fact, it's a lot easier really, isn't it? So Control and J bring up the Options dialog box. Some people like to have the Pick tool look like a crosshair. I just thought I'd show this to you.

So click that, click OK, and now you have a crosshair. Select your object; move your object around. And of course, the crosshair, I guess it allows you to do a lot of aligning. For example, if I click in the center, and I move up there, the crosshair allows me to know that I am aligning the center of my ellipse with the top of that rectangle, or as you can see, I am centering the ellipse with the center of that rectangle. Hey look, it's not everybody's cup of tea, and it's certainly not mine, but I do know some of you will prefer it, so I wanted to show you.

So Control+J, and I personally will turn that off, and I leave this off as well, but it's up to you, what you prefer. Let's move on.

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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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