Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating multi-page projects, part of CorelDRAW X4 Essential Training.
Before you start creating your masterpieces here in CorelDRAW X4, it's important that we talk about pages, working with multiple pages in a document, modifying page layout, and even using Guidelines and Snap to options to make life easy for you when it comes to lining up objects on your page. So we're going to look at all three of those things in this chapter before we move into the next chapter where you'll start creating. So you can see I have actually opened up a file here, it's called Bistro_Sign2.cdr, looks a lot like the file we were working with in the previous lesson, but this one is the Lesson2 folder of your Exercise Files.
So if you have got them and you want to follow along, open it up. As I look down below in my Status Bar here, just above Status Bar, I see that I am on Page 1 and there is only one page. It is a one page document. One of the great advantages of CorelDRAW over some of the other applications out there is that you can have multiple pages and each of those pages can be different layouts. So for example with our Green Onion scenario here where we created our Bistro sign that's probably going to go in the window, we might also want to create a menu for our customers and maybe business cards to hand out to those customers. Well we can have all three of those in one file, nice and convenient, nice and easy to find and organize.
So we are going to talk about creating multiple pages first and then as we move through the lessons in this chapter we'll look at modifying the page layout and using those Guidelines and Snap to options to help you when it comes to adding objects to the page. So I have got a one pager here and we already know from our tour of the user interface that down below in the bottom-left corner here I've got navigation buttons. I am on page one of one. The navigation buttons are not selectable right now because I only have one page, but what's important is that I have got these little plus signs on the left and the right for adding pages. So in our scenario where we want to create a business card and a menu we need two more pages.
So we have the option now of inserting those pages before or after the current page, so if I click this little plus sign on the left, I get a new page one, page one is selected. It's blank by default and if I go to page two by clicking on the Page 2 tab, I see my original page. Now if I wanted a page after this I click on the plus sign over here on the right hand side of the navigation buttons. Now I've got a Page 3 which is also blank. I have got a Page 2 tab down here but can't I see the Page 1 tab currently.
Notice I am on Page 3 of 3 and now I can use my navigation buttons to move through the pages one at a time. I can move right to the end by clicking the arrow with the line after it or right to the beginning by clicking the arrow with the line in front of it and if I want to go directly to a page I can click on the tab if I can see it. Now if you have many, many pages and you want to be able to see more tabs you can also click and drag this little border here between your horizontal scroll bar and the page tabs. I'll click and drag this off to the right a little bit so if needed to add more pages I'd be able to see those tabs down here.
The other thing you can do is change the name of your tabs and a neat little trick with anything, including your page tabs, is to right click with your mouse. So clicking the right mouse button displays the menu. I'm going to go Page 1 here and right click. Notice I have some options here. I can rename the Page. It's currently called Page 1. I can insert another after or before this page, I can duplicate this Page, delete the Page if I don't want it, switch the orientation and use Publish Page to ConceptShare, something we will talk about later on.
Well, let's say I want to delete this page. I'm going to delete it right now, removes that, I'm down to two pages. I am on Page 1. I want to insert the page after. Now we also move pages around too if we wanted to just by clicking and dragging these tabs, but now I have got Page 1 as my sign. Page 2 is going to be my menu and Page 3 is going to be my Bus. card. So I am going to go back to Page 2 and right click again. This time choose Rename Page and all I have to do type in whatever I want here. I'm going to type in Window Sign like so and click OK.
And that's the name of my tab now, Page 1. I'm going to right click on Page 2 and rename it, even though there's nothing there right now, this is the page that I want to reserve for my menu so click OK and that's my menu tab and I am going to right click on Page 3, rename that one to Bus. Card, I can hit Enter or click OK and that's locked in. So now I've got my Windows Sign, my menu and my Bus. Card page's ready to work with.
So once you have got your multiple pages and you are comfortable moving around those pages, the next thing we will need to explore is changing the page layouts. I mentioned earlier that we can have different page layout for different pages in a single file and I love that feature and that's exactly what we are going to explore in the next lesson.
- Understanding vector and bitmap images
- Working with multi-page projects
- Using independent per-page layers and guides
- Drawing and editing shapes, lines, curves, and tables
- Creating and using symbols
- Working with text and WhatTheFont
- Converting vector objects to bitmap
- Shaping, filling, blending, and extruding objects
- Importing and exporting other file types
- Customizing the workspace, menus, toolbars, and palettes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Working with Pages
Modifying page layout4m 17s
3. Creating Objects
4. Working with Objects
5. Working with Text
6. Working with Color Outlines and Fills
7. Working with Layers
8. Viewing Your Work
9. Working with Bitmap Images
10. Shaping Objects
11. Using Interactive Tools
12. More Object Effects
13. Importing, Exporting, and Publishing
14. Customizing the User Interface
15. Printing Your Work
16. Other Applications in the Suite
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