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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 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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