Join Mark Abdelnour for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the interface, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3.
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- In this movie we're going to look at the CorelDRAW X3 user interface. From the welcome screen I'm going to click on the "New" icon, what does is bring us to a new, fresh, blank working page where we can start our design work. First, let's look at the different parts of the application window. At the top-most part of the window you'll see a blue bar, this is your title bar. In the title bar what you'll see is the name of the application you're working in, in this case CorelDRAW X3, as well as "Graphic 1" which is the default name given to a blank document that you'd be starting in CorelDRAW.
If I were to save this file at any point, the name of the file would be shown here in the title bar. Just below the title bar, is your menu bar, and, again, like most applications, if I were to click on any one of these menu options a pull-down menu will appear listing many of the commands contained within. Just below the menu bar is your standard toolbar. Like most applications, like let's say Corel WordPerfect or Corel Quattro Pro, what you'll see here are some of the standard tools and functions that you'd find in any application, things like New, Open, Save, Print.
Just below the standard toolbar is something called the property bar. The property bar is a context-sensitive toolbar in CorelDRAW X3, and what it does is follow you as you work, bringing you the tools you need, when you need them, saving you a lot of time. Let's take a look at this toolbar in action. I'm gonna go ahead and click on the Zoom Tool, look at it here in the toolbox. Keep your eye on the property bar, and I'm gonna click on the Zoom Tool and take a look what happens. The property bar changed to reflect the fact that I'm now in Zoom Tool mode, and now I have all the tools I would need if I want to zoom in, zoom out, zoom to full page.
So that's how the property bar works. I'm just gonna click back on the Pick Tool and the property bar will return to its standard mode. Just below the property bar is the Rulers. The Rulers allow me to place objects on my drawing page with precision. I can also set up the units of measurement for my ruler, which we'll be visiting later on. To the left side of the screen, we have the toolbox. The toolbox houses all the tools you will need in CorelDRAW X3 to not only draw and manipulate objects, but also apply effects and fill them.
The toolbox, like many of the other toolbars, are completely detachable. Let me show you what I mean. I'm gonna go ahead and click right up here on these lines just above the toolbox. If I click and drag you'll notice now I have a floatable, or a floating toolbox, this allows me to position it anywhere I'd like on the screen. I'm gonna put it right back where we found it. And, as I've mentioned, you can do that with your standard toolbar and as well the other toolbars in the user interface.
In the middle of the screen, what you'll see here, this blank page, this is known as your drawing page, and to the left of it, all this white area, this is actually your drawing window. The drawing window is a great feature as well, I like to use it by actually placing objects there that I may be using later on. If I were to print my file, anything on the drawing window won't print, it's only the things that are actually on the drawing page that will print. And we'll be looking at that a little later as well. Over to the right side of the window, where you see those rainbow of colors, that's your color palette.
This actually contains all of the swatches that you'll need to fill, outline your objects. Let's now move down to the bottom part of the window, and you'll see over here to the left where it says "Page 1", and then to the left of that, where it says "1 of 1," this is your document navigation. This document navigator allows you to move through multiple pages in any file that you're working on. And that's another great feature in CorelDRAW X3, is the ability to have multi-page documents all within one file.
Just below the document navigator, is your status bar. You'll notice here it gives you some instructions, a little bit of help. I'm gonna click on the ellipse tool, and I'm gonna draw an ellipse on the drawing page. Keep your eye on the status bar, notice it's giving me the width and height, as well as it's position on the page. And when I release my mouse, you'll notice now it tells me that there's an ellipse on layer one. So the status bar will give you information about the object that you're working on. Further to the status bar, off to the right, we have scroll bars, which are familiar, I'm sure to you, because they're in most applications.
There's one for horizontal and vertically scrolling. As well in the user interface, what you'll see are something called, Dockers. I don't have any Dockers loaded right now, but if I move to my window menu, click on Dockers, you'll see the whole list of Dockers that are available in CorelDRAW X3. I'll go ahead and click on, let's say the Bevel Docker. And you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. A Docker is docked to the right-side of the application window, and it actually contains many of the tools related to bevelling.
In this case, it keeps them all in one centralized location. What really makes a Docker fantastic, is that it doesn't obscure your image in any way. So you can see that I can still see my full working page, or my drawing page, and all my Docker functionalities here on the right. If I wanted to maximize my real estate, but still potentially use this Bevel Docker later on, I could collapse it by clicking here on this double arrow. You'll notice it disappears, but it's still listed here on this tab. If I wanted to expand it right back out, I can click on this arrow, and there it is.
Another great feature of the Dockers is that I can have multiple Dockers open at the same time. If I move back to my window menu, let's open two more. I'll go to Dockers, and let's bring up the Hints Docker. And I'm gonna bring up one more. Let's bring up the Undo Docker. And I can just click and drag on top of Bevel, and you'll see here now that I have my Hints tab, my Undo tab, and right down here, I have my Bevel Docker.
So I can have multiple open at the same time. And again, to maximize real estate, by clicking on the double arrow, it removes all of them, and now I can just see the tabs. And if I need them, I can just click on them. So that concludes our tour of the user interface. Let's dive right into the application and look at getting assistance.
- How to work efficiently in the CorelDRAW X3 interface
- How to use the drawing tools
- How to apply special effects and edit graphics, including cropping, scalloping, filling, and beveling
- How to control page layout
- How to correct color and lighting
- How to publish and print projects