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Working with the Graph paper tool

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Video: Working with the Graph paper tool

We're now on page 26 of your working file, the Graph Paper tool. Now straight over to the Toolbar and of course the last tool we worked with on our last page was the Spiral tool, so that's the one you're going to have selected. A lot of people get this confused, so I'm really going to make a great big huge point about this. Ever since CorelDRAW version X4 we now have a brand-new tool, the Table tool. This is not a Graph Paper tool.

Working with the Graph paper tool

We're now on page 26 of your working file, the Graph Paper tool. Now straight over to the Toolbar and of course the last tool we worked with on our last page was the Spiral tool, so that's the one you're going to have selected. A lot of people get this confused, so I'm really going to make a great big huge point about this. Ever since CorelDRAW version X4 we now have a brand-new tool, the Table tool. This is not a Graph Paper tool.

So you know this is not a little fly-out, it sits there on its own, it's called a Table tool, it is not the Graph Paper tool. Did you get that? The Graph Paper tool will sit in amongst the Polygon, Star, Complex Star, Spiral tool, etcetera, that's it right there Graph Paper tool. Make sure it says Graph Paper, okay. If you just knew the amount of emails, Scott, the Graph Paper tool doesn't work like you've said it does, and it's always because they have selected the Table tool, okay.

So make sure you select that. Now you'll find there are very few options for the Graph Paper tool. All we've really got is how many columns and how many rows. So I'm going to type in 5, Tab, and 5. And again, click in the middle, finger on Ctrl and Shift and there you go, it's as simple as that to create obviously some graph paper. You can create long skinny rows and columns or do the reverse, long columns and skinny rows. However you want to actually do it. Finger on Ctrl and Shift and it's all perfect for me, okay.

So I'll pop that back over here in the middle. Now what we're going to do is just play with this a little bit. Notice the finger on Shift and resize that a bit. The Graph Paper tool effectively what does it do, it creates lots of little squares or rectangles, we've already learned how to create those, but it groups them altogether. So, we haven't talked about grouping yet but I need to for this lesson, so up here on the Property bar you'll see Ungroup or Ungroup all, or you can right-click. In fact, I prefer you did this.

Simply right-click on the line or on the X and choose Ungroup. Don't do anything else just choose Ungroup. Now what happens is we've got all these individual squares, okay. But I just want to show you how the Graph Paper tool works, it just squares, but you can have some fun. If I select the whole thing and I'll make it say white, give everything a white fill. The reason why I have done that is so that I can select easily. Finger on Shift, I'm going to select that one, that one, that one and that one and that one, this will really test your ability to select objects and see.

Now click the color black and look at that, we've created a checkerboard, and I know I did that really fast, but I think you're clever enough to work that out. If I now go in here and I select my Shape tool, now I can start to reshape some of these squares individually. Now remember you've got to click on the corner first to select that corner, select the object, click on the corner you want to round, click on the corner you want to round, click on the corner you want to round, and then I'll round all of that and then back to my Pick tool and I'm going to just delete those squares there.

Why am I doing this? To just simply give you ideas of how you can use a tool and create some designs, etcetera. That's enough of that and you can play with that as you want to. Let's say you wanted to design an invoice book or an invoice sort of sheet of paper. This can be a really quick and easy way to do it. Again, selecting my Graph Paper tool, I'm going to select what do I want, I want two rows and I want one column. So I'll click and drag, in fact, I did that, you know I actually wanted one and two.

So click, that's better, okay that looks good. Now this time what I want to do is have one column again, but this time I want 10 rows, so 10, and make sure again that you've got Snap to Objects, so it makes doing this little thing easier, so I can just snap into that corner there, click and drag and say we pull that down to about there. You might want to have a lot more rows than that, and then snap into there and up to there.

So across the top here you would write your company name and all your details, down here you can actually put in whatever it is that you've purchased or what have you, and then of course the price. And then all I want is I want two and one, and click and drag, and there you go, a very quick simple invoice book. If you want to resize you can select any of it, stretch that out a little bit, stretch that out a little bit, and remember if you just slide down you can get it to lock, because we got Snap to Objects on.

Same thing here, it's lock to there and I'll stretch it back, so it's lines up. I'm going to actually stretch it and I'll grab it. Come on, line up for me. I think you know what I'm trying to do. It doesn't always work the way you want, does it, but there you go, I think you got the idea. I'll stretch that one up a little bit and if I select the inside area, I can actually right-click on say gray, I'll make it a gray color.

Look, I know it's very simple and basic, I just wanted to get your mind thinking about it and I'm sure you can come up with a lot of your own kind of creative ideas. You might want to just make that smaller like that or just make it go to the edge there like that. Do whatever you want to do to make that work. Let's go ahead now and we're going to add the Graph Paper tool effect to our card.

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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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