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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 24 of your working file, the Polygon tool, and that interesting looking effect there was incredibly easy to create using the Polygon tool, and I'll show you how in just a moment. Well, once we've learned how to do this, we're then going to create that shape that you can see in the background there. So let's select the Polygon tool, so click, and the first thing you'll notice are again the properties on the Property bar. You have a couple of options; you can set some properties before you create your polygon or after. I'll hold my finger on the Ctrl key to create a perfect pentagon, as you can see there.
Now, if I wanted to change the number of sides to this, that's all I have to do, is I can click through and I can change the number of sides, or I can just type the value in; I'll go straight back to 5. You'll notice that whenever you create a polygon, there are a number of nodes that appear throughout. Well, those nodes would allow us to, well, do all the bending and stretching and have fun with. So we used to select our Shape tool, sorry, I meant we need to select our Shape tool and just simply click on any one of these nodes, click and drag, and as you can see, as you move that around, you can begin to reshape the polygon.
If I make that yellow in color, you can see how you can do all sorts of things. You can actually pull right across the other side and begin to do some interesting things with that, and depending on how many sides you've got and what you do, you'll come up with all sorts of interesting designs. Notice how we've now lost the number of sides; I need to go back, select my Pick tool to be able to change the number of sides. So as I do this, even though it's still an odd design, you can see how by adding more points I can end up with a really interesting design. Doesn't that look great? Okay, garb my Shape tool again, and I can begin to pull and change that in whatever way I want and come up with all sorts of really interesting things.
Let me just make that a little bit larger. And I'll just pull the center starry bit a little bit, rotate it around a little bit. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to, first of all, remove the black outline, so right-click on the no color wheel, so that's right-click, removes the black outline. Now, Plus (+) on my keyboard to create a duplicate and I'm going to make that red in color, and simply put my finger on Shift and shrink it down in size, okay? Then Plus (+) on my keyboard again, make it orange in color, same thing, shrink it down in size, and there you go. Isn't that a really interesting looking effect? So go ahead, have a play with the Polygon tool, and just pull and push and create duplicates and do all sorts of things, have some fun, and in our next lesson we'll create the next stage of our project.
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