Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video CorelDRAW interface, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW 11.
- Well here in this first movie we're gonna take a look at the user interface in CorelDRAW 11. And I guess we should start right up at the top. Here we have the title bar. It indicates that we're in CorelDRAW 11. It sounds like a really simple thing, but often people are confused because the whole suite has the same look and feel. If you're working in the Bitmap Editing program, sometimes this can be an important tip. And if I switch documents really quick, you'll also see that the title bar serves to tell you the exact location of the file, whether it's on your network or your local drive.
I'm just gonna go back to the blank page so we have nothing to distract us. Next, below the title bar, we have our menu bar and here, of course as you would expect it, is a long way around to find all of the features or almost all the features that you can use within the CorelDRAW graphics suite. Right below the menu bar, we have our first toolbar. It's the standard toolbar. Standard because it has your basic things on it. We have cut, copy, paste, and undo, redo and a lot of things that you would expect to find in any application.
- However, if you are using a Macintosh, you will not see that. That's actually specific to Windows. - Below the standard toolbar, we have our first exciting feature in this chapter and that is the Property Bar. The Property Bar is exciting because it's context sensitive, and depending on what tool you're working with, it's gonna give you the tools you need when you need them. And we'll look at that in just a moment. I'm going to click on the very left-hand side, there's a little double ridge here. I'm gonna click and pull that bar and just let it float in our workspace for a moment.
And now if I go over to the toolbox, and that's what this vertical toolbar is called, the toolbox. You'll notice the tool that I currently have selected is the Pick Tool. This is a friend of ours we're gonna go back to again and again and again. But if I flip away form the Pick Tool for a moment, say I'll go to the Zoom Tool, you notice that the Property Bar changes to follow me. I'll go to the rectangle tool and it'll do the same thing. So depending on what item you're working with, the Property Bar is going to offer you the important tools at the time you're working at.
I'm just going to dock that again, back up to the space and go back to the Pick Tool. So that's the top and the left-hand side. Let's go all the way over to the right-hand side. This is our on-screen color palette that you'll see over here. Currently we have opened the default CMYK palette. This could change as you're working but this is typically where people pull their colors from. And right at the bottom of the screen, is our Status Bar. The Status Bar is something that's too often overlooked and I'm gonna ask you to look to it over and over again as we go because there's a lot of important information down here.
But if nothing else, you'll be looking to the Fill and Outline colors that you'll see in these color areas, these color swatches. Let's take a look at the working page. We have the working page, and surrounding the working page is the work area. And this working area is large and endless and we'll talk more about that when we talk about some of the navigation tools. And let's take a look at something that is a little bit unique to CorelDraw, and that is the Docker. We've found kind of a unique way to manage our palettes and all the extra toolbars that we have that you don't normally see or they're optional.
If I go to the Window menu, and go down to Dockers, you'll see quite a complete list of things that you can add to your workspace. Let me open a couple of very basic ones. I'll go down to Transformations, and I'll choose one of the many Transformations, and you'll see that we've had a Docker pop up on the right-hand side of our screen. I'm gonna go back and open up a second one. Dockers, and we'll open up the Color Docker which is just another one of the many ways to work with color. Now you see by default, they've stacked themselves on top of each other, and you can thumb between them using these tabs.
There's a lot of different ways to organize these Dockers. If I use a keyboard shortcut to center my view of my working page, you'll notice that it centers the view to the available area, minus the area the Dockers have taken up. That can be somewhat of an advantage if you know you're gonna want to keep that Docker open full time, it's considered as part of your view. But, you can use these buttons to collapse or expand the view. You can use, again, this double ridge, to rip up the entire Docker window into a floating palette.
This can look very familiar for Macintosh users. And this is actually the default way that the Macintosh version starts up. And if I dock it again, real quick, I can do that per tab as well. I can grab a tab and tear it up, and now I have one floating palette and one docked menu. And while I have this one floating, it'll allow me to show you just a couple of the ways that these can be arranged. Depending on the configuration of your computer, you can use those to your advantage. Here, I can dock it to the side of the Docker.
I want you to watch where my cursor is, 'cause that's really the telltale. You notice as I get close, it suddenly jumps into place and you see a dark gray bar there. That gray bar tells me that I'm about to dock it beside. And now you note that when I collapse it, it collapsed them both in. This isn't a huge advantage for me right now because I only have one screen. But if you had a dual monitor set up, this could really come in handy. Let me tear that away again. I'll make it float. And then, I'm going to drag it into a top and bottom stacking position.
And here, now you can see two Dockers at a time, and they're stacked above one another. And again, I'm gonna tear it out. And for this last one, I want you to watch carefully. As I get it in place, you notice the way the shadow is, I'm just gonna do it again. The shadow surrounds the entire Docker Box and when I release, it stacks on top of one another again, which is more of the normal configuration for that. And that's the user interface in a nutshell.