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Working with the Ellipse tool


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CorelDRAW Essential Training

with Scott Georgeson

Video: Working with the Ellipse tool

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.
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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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CorelDRAW Essential Training
5h 19m Beginner Oct 02, 2012

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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 lynda.com 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
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
CorelDRAW
Author:
Scott Georgeson

Working with the Ellipse tool

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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