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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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To help you work your way through this video course, there's a few things I'll highlight before we move on. First of all, if you're working in CorelDRAW X6, you'll see this bar appear when you open this working file. Effectively, CorelDRAW X6 has a number of new features in the area of working with text, and for this file to be compatible to utilize those features, you need to choose Update, and you'll find that with any older document you open.
Well in this training course, we're not going to go through those new features, so you can either choose to Update, and then save the file, or close the X to remove this bar. All right, moving on. Down the bottom of the document here, can you see we have page tabs? If you click one of these, say number 3 there, well that will take me to that page. That will be Lesson 3. It'll also correspond to video number 3 as well, okay, that'll help you to find varying lessons if you do get a little lost.
You can navigate these pages, as you can see here, by clicking on the little arrow, and move through the pages as you go. You can to move to the front by clicking the last little arrow, or to the end by clicking the one on the other end, as you can see there. I will teach you more about this as we move on, but for right now, that's how you quickly navigate around the course. Now I'm just going to delete this; underneath I've go to few more things to show you. If you'll notice, when we went to page 3, there is a number of images at the bottom of this page, which are demonstrating keyboard shortcuts, and as you learn keyboard shortcuts, you'll find you're ability to work quickly will start to improve.
Keyboard shortcuts are demonstrated in a few ways; first of all, you might simply see a single keyboard stroke; in this case, F9. Now, the F9, or the F keys are usually situated at the top of your keyboard, so in this case, I'd simply tap the F9 key, you can see right there, to activate that particular shortcut. Sometimes there are combinations of keystrokes. In this case, I would hold my finger on the Control key; now, while holding that down, I would then tap the O key to activate that shortcut.
Sometimes we'll have a keyboard and mouse combination. In this case, I'll hold my finger on the Shift key, and the pink area on the left side of the mouse indicates click that left button, so finger on Shift, while holding that down, click the left mouse button. Now, this refers to having the Zoom tool selected to perform that shortcut. Of course, as you can see, we can move along, and have Control, hold down Shift as well, and then left mouse click to do the action that has been described to you.
And finally, whenever you see a side of the mouse activated, and an arrow, it means to, in this case, left-click on the Zoom tool, or you may occasionally be told to right-click, and we'll talk more about that as we move along. Well finally, the last important thing. When you go to a page, if the page doesn't look right, or it's all out of context, and the zoom doesn't look right, to quickly get back to the appropriate zoom, just tap F4 on your keyboard, and I've written that there as a reminder for you.
Every time you come in, simply tap the F4 key. Well, that's the end of this lesson, so now we're going to move on to lesson 2. So if you go ahead now, watch video 2, and then come back, and of course, click on Page 2.
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