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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 are now on Page 22 of your learning file, the Rectangle tool. Now from this point in time we're going to first of all learn about a particular drawing tool, in this case the Rectangle tool and then in the second lesson Part A of this if you like, we're going to start on our Business Card Project applying what we've just learned. So let's start out by looking at the Rectangle tool. Selecting the Rectangle tool from the Toolbar or if you like you can't see there, click on the little fly-out and you will see it there.
So we'll pick from the list of Rectangle, click and drag to draw a rectangle, and remember finger on Ctrl constraints to create a perfect square, but I just want a rectangle for right now. I'm now going to select the Shape tool, the second one down the Shape tool and the Shape tool is again a tool you just use all time because it will affect all of the drawing tools and you'll see as we go. So select the Shape tool. You'll notice that what happens is four little nodes appear on my object.
Now remember my object had to be selected first. If I go and select my Shape tool I would then have to click on my object to select it, all right. All I have to do now is click on one of the four corners and then drag, click and drag, and all four corners round perfectly the same. I can click on any one of the four to create this effect. If I want to round on only one corner, simply click again on that corner and then round.
Now watch this, if I don't click first but I just simply begin to drag again, you'll notice all four corners are adjusting, okay. So remember, to adjust a corner you must click on that corner first, then adjust, if I want to readjust, click again, one click, and then I can readjust, okay. So I'll just quickly delete that. I'll draw another rectangle. As I said earlier, the previous lesson, all of the drawing tools have properties and those properties will always appear across the Property bar here and we have a number we need to look at.
Well you saw me shape the corners using the Shape tool but I can actually manually type in a value into any one of the four corners. If the lock is on, and it is on right now, and I type a value say 20, all four corners will have a 20 mm Corner Radius applied. However, if I turn the lock off I can just adjust one corner, say I adjust that to 5. So I am just adjusting the one corner, and this is great if you require extreme accuracy to be able to type in a value.
Here's the thing though, I want you to watch this. If I turn the lock back on, and let's say I add 5 to this one corner, so I'll type in a value of 10. What's going to happen is all four corners will have 5 added to them, because 5 is the difference of what I have added there. Hit Enter, so now we have got 25, 10, and 25. Can you see that? Very important to realize that. With that lock on whatever you type into one box that same amount will be applied to all four radiuses.
Well, I'm just going to delete that and I am going draw another rectangle. Lock on, type in a value of 20. In X5 we've have a number of additions, in fact, I'll drop it back to 10. One of the big ones is this one here, Relative corner scaling, now this is not available in X4 and X3, a really great reason to upgrade. What this means is that as I resize this rectangle, the radius resizes with me.
Now I let go, notice it went from 10 to 17, again, if I shrink this down it's gone from 17 down to 4.6. So the radius is adjusting as I resize. If I turn this off, which is how it works in X4 and X3, and then I resize the radius remains the same as you can see there. This can be a nuisance and really affect your final design, if you need to resize, it can really change the appearance of a design. So just remember that one.
Leave that on unless you have a reason to turn it off. And last but not least, now in X5 we have the addition of two extra types of corners, a Scalloped corner and a Chamfered corner, both really good for creating Plaque effects and type of thing. Here we go. Finally, with every one of the drawing tools you always have the ability to adjust the Outline thickness from the Property bar. So again, if I were to select say 10 as you can see, I usually work with one or a little thinner than that.
So with a little creativity I can be let's say a little silly, watch this. I'll click and drag and I'll just draw, first a square. I'll grab my Shape tool and I'll round that corner off, click round that one off just a little, this one little more and that one a little less. Should I have clicked again on that one, so click again, so I have rounded all four corners a little differently. Plus on my keyboard or don't forget Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, finger on Ctrl and I flip that over, just move it over a little bit, then create another duplicate Plus (+) on my keyboard, shrink that duplicate right down, pop it there, Plus(+) on my keyboard, pop that over the other side and I'll flip it over, finger on Ctrl and I'm doing this very fast and you can play with this in your own way and I'm using nothing that I haven't taught you so far.
So finger on Shift and select the two background ones, make them yellow, select both of those make them blue, and on I am actually shrink that down little bit here, shrink it down a little bit, pop those there, and I'll create another duplicate, Plus (+) on my keyboard, drag that down there, shrink it down, rotate round a little bit like that and Plus (+) on my keyboard, pull that down, close it up. Now come on, you can't tell me that this is hard to do, there is nothing about this, and not to be silly really in reality, but it's a bit of fun and it puts to use what it is we've been learning, and there we go.
So I kind of got a square face going on, and I can make that green in color, remember to be on the top layer, finger on Ctrl, Page Down a few times, it will slowly go back down through the stacking order and there we go, a silly face using rectangles. And that's probably a good experiment for you to try, it will hone your skills for your next lesson.
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