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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 23 of your working file, the Ellipse tool, and of course we need to learn about the Ellipse tool to do the next part of our business project. Okay, so over here on the Toolbar almost half way down, we've got the Ellipse tool or of course, you need to select it from the flyout. I'm going to click in the middle of my page, finger on Ctrl first and that of course will give me a perfect circle if I put my finger on Shift, well then I'm anchoring to the center and resizing from the center out.
Okay, the first thing that you'll notice is of course a whole lot of properties up here across the Property bar for the ellipse that we've just drawn. Ellipse is actually a default setting, what you'll find is there are two other options, I can make this a pie for example or I can make it an arc. The difference between a pie and an arc of course is that with the pie, we have the inside lines but with an arc we actually don't. You'll also have find over here on the other side, we can produce the opposite, for example, right now, if you look right here, we have a starting point of 0 and an ending point of 270.
So look over here on my little example, starting from 0 going all the way around to 270, well that's the pie that we have right now. If I were to click this little button change direction, we will have the reverse. Now we've got something that starts at 270 and goes to 0. So it starts at 270 and goes all the way around to 0, so 270 all the way around to 0. Now very interestingly, let's go back to an ellipse, and I'm going to go back and this time I'm going to select the actual Shape tool.
With the Shape tool selected, you can actually create a pie or an arc by simply dragging on the node that's here. So if I click and I drag downward, release as you can see I'm creating a pie; I'll undo that Ctrl+Z. If I grab and I click and pull around this way, as you can see I can create a pie of all varying sizes however it is, or angles if you like that I want to create. Let me show you, if you now click on the node and pull on the outside, you create an arc.
So inside, outside; inside we have a pie, outside we have an arc. Inside, outside its pretty cool really. You can also type values up here; say for example say I type 90 and something like 220. So I'll type 90 at the top and then 220, hit Enter, and then what I want to do, by the way I'm going to hit my Spacebar. Remember, if you hit your Spacebar, we learnt this way early, and then you hit your Spacebar again, it always goes back to the Pick tool and then back to the last tool selected, so Pick tool and then last tool selected, okay, so I'm back to my Pick Tool right now.
I'm going to make that green in color. Now remember we also have Snap to Objects turned on. We turn that on in our last lesson. So now when I create a duplicate, by tapping Plus (+) on my keyboard, so Plus (+) and I'll make that yellow. If I now grab my Shape tool and I don't need to go over there, tap my Spacebar, pull this around a little bit further, stay on the inside and then go to the top and pull that round a bit, it'll snap in a minute, and there it is, you see the edge snap right there.
So that's my original green one, this is my yellow one, back to my Spacebar and tap that so that I get Pick tool again, another duplicate Plus (+), I'll make this one say, red, tap it again for the Shape tool, and then, I'm going to drag that all the way around and wait till it snaps, snap, and then I'll snap right there, snap. So we've kind of created a bit of a baseball effect as you can see. Well, of course if you're creating pie charts for your business brochures or whatever, this is a great way to do it and of course I could select any one of those and actually type genuine values and you can make it up and work the whole thing out from there.
Well, that's fairly much all I really wanted to show you, and what we're going to do now is apply some of these skills to the next part of our business card design.
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