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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 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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