Join Mark Abdelnour for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting assistance, part of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Essential Training.
- In this video we'll look at the extensive library of help features available in CorelDRAW X3. For those of you with access to the exercise files, I'm working on a file by the name of DRAWx3_Main.cdr. It's located in the exercise files folder. And you'll also notice down at the bottom here in my document navigator, that I'm on page three. These are some of the help features available in CorelDRAW X3. You can see by the list that it's fairly extensive, and I'm, again only scraping the surface on the help you can actually receive here.
You ever find that you're stuck using this application or you're on a feature or using a feature and you wish to know more? You're gonna see that there's really no shortage. What I'm going to do is move to the help menu where you'll see all the different help features available. One of the first ones I want to look at were the Hints. Now you may recall from the previous video that I went into some detail as to how these work. Hints will actually follow you as you work and they're located in a docker. So if you click on a text tool, then all the help related to text will appear in that docker.
If you want more information on hints I recommend you view that video. As well if you click on the Help Topic here, this should be familiar 'cuz in most applications they have a help type dialog box that's very similar. Here we have it broken down by topics. So if I wanted help, for example, working with symbols. I could double click on it. And it breaks it down into sub-topics and if I want to know how to use symbols in drawings, here's the help that I needed. And it further breaks down into more links that take me deeper into that actual topic.
Another example would be if I wanted to work with layers. Double click here. Scroll down, and you'll see that there's some sub-topics available here as well. Also in this help dialog is the index tab. If I click on it, and again, let's say I was looking for help on layers, I'll go ahead and type in layer. And it takes you automatically to all the topics starting with layer. You can see here that there's a definition. If I double click, over here on the right it tells you that it's a transparent plane on which you can place objects in a drawing.
As well, these are all the sub-topics related to layers here on the left side. If I move to the search tab, here as well, if I wanted help on layers I'll type in layer. Click on list topics, and here you go. You can see them all right here. Can make this screen bigger as well just by clicking and dragging. And we can see more of the topic title here. So for example To Create a Layer. And it gives me the information I need. If I thought that this was an important piece of information that I might refer again to later on while I'm working in DRAW, I can move to my favorites menu or tab.
And right down at the bottom it tells me that my current topic is To Create a Layer, and then I can click on Add. And it adds it here to my favorite topics list. So I can quickly access the help I need right from this position. So I'll close out of this help dialog box by clicking on the x here in the top right corner. And now let's look at a new feature in CorelDRAW X3 called Insights from the Experts. You can access the Insights from the Experts feature from the help menu as well. If I click on Help, and then click on the Insights from the Experts feature, website will launch.
And this should give you an idea of what this feature's all about. In short, Corel invited several experts from different corners of the graphic design world to share with everyone their ideas, their approaches, their tips and their methods. In areas as diverse as engraving, all the way to cartooning. So when you click on this feature what you get are actual experts sharing with you how they work with CorelDRAW. So you can see here we have someone from Germany. Someone from Bulgaria, Denmark, Canada, and if I were to click on any one of these, for example let's look at this one by Doug Downey from Canada.
If I click here to view the tutorial, what it does is launch a PDF in Adobe portable document format. And you can see here that it's step-by-step how this individual used CorelDRAW to create this logo. So those are your Insights from the Experts and there are several to look at. You'll really glean a lot of incredible information from those different tutorials. I'm gonna go ahead and close out of that by clicking on the x in the top right corner.
And I'll also close out of this screen. Which brings us right back to CorelDRAW. I'll move back to the help menu. And now let's look at the Corel tutor. Yet another help feature that'll--provides you with step-by-step instructions on working through some of the different tools and features in CorelDRAW X3. So for example, if I wanted to work with layout, this tutorial will actually step me through how to lay out text and graphics, as it says here, to create a poster. I'm gonna go ahead and click on this to view the tutorial.
Again, it launches a PDF. And here we are, complete with graphics. And some step-by-step instructions. You can see here on the left as well some breakdown of the different steps. I'm just gonna expand that out so you have a better view. You can see To Import the Coffee Cup, To Import the Logo and it will step you through on exactly how you can do those things. It's like having your own personal tutor kinda sitting right next to you as you work through DRAW. So I'm gonna close this screen as well by clicking on the x in the top right corner. And I'll close out of this screen.
And let's continue working through the help features. So from the help menu, the next thing I want to point out was the What's New? and the Highlight What's New. We kinda talked about Highlight What's New in the previous video but I did want to bring your attention to the fact that you can look at the differences between What's New? in this version and version 12, but as well you can go as far back as version nine. So if I click on version nine for example, all the highlights that you see, especially over here in the toolbox, signify what's new since version nine in the product.
If I move back to the help menu, and I wanted more details around exactly what those features were. I could click on What's New? and this brings up the help menu. And within it is a list. An extensive list of all the new features in CorelDRAW X3. You'll notice that each section, for example, in the smart fill section there are links as well. Some of these link to glossary terms others give you actually sub-topics where it teaches you how to use the tool. So that's a quick way to get help on what's new in the product.
I'll go ahead and close that window. Let's continue looking at these. Move back to the help menu. And this time let's look at technical support. Now technical support is interesting 'cuz if you have a problem with the product, let's say, you run into some sort of issue where something may not be working properly, or you need step-by-step instruction on how to work a certain feature and the tutorials aren't helping. It may be a support related issue. By clicking on this link here in the Corel Support Services page, it'll take you to the website where you can actually search through their knowledge base.
So there's a lot of great technical support that you can achieve here from their website. I'm gonna move back to this corner here. The familiar x, and close that window. And one that I skipped over, there's actually two I skipped over here, the first one here is Templates. Let's look at that. If I'm going to the, uh, file menu you're gonna see a New From Template option. I decided to put this feature here in the help section only because I find it's an incredible help especially for people who aren't familiar with using the product and you need to kind of, whip out a poster or brochure very quickly.
So if I click on New From Template, dialog box comes up and here you're gonna see about a hundred different templates available for you to use. You have some full page templates and these are short for business letter. Here's flyers, as well. If I move here we have different label types. Envelopes, side fold, so ball cards, birds cards, bug cards, so all sorts of different things. You even have some websites that you can pick from. And last but not least you can browse your hard drive for other templates that you may have created as well.
If I were to return to let's say, side fold I'll give you a good example of what one looks like. I'll click on martini card. I'll ensure that the include graphics option is enabled. Click OK. And here you see a template of a martini type card. You'll see the graphics are already here. Down in the document navigator I can click on page two. And you can see the inside of the card. Page three, and then page four is the back. So it really provides you with the structure and the graphics and now it's up to me to customize.
I'm gonna move to the top right corner here. Click on the x. Now close this template, I'm not gonna save the changes, click on No. And let's move through some more examples of help features available. The next one is Working with Office. Now that's a great help feature because if you're using Microsoft Office, you can click here on the Working with Office feature. And this gives you all the help related to working with those applications. So everything from importing files from Office applications like, Microsoft Excel or Word Perfect but you can also look at exporting files to those applications.
Copying and inserting objects as well. And using a workspace that we'll discuss in more detail in a later video. So I'm gonna close out of that feature as well and I think you're getting a really good idea of all the help available. The last feature I'll show you in this help section is one of my favorites I think it's just--it's a fairly simple help feature and it's called Tooltips. Just by hovering over top of an icon so example here a button in this toolbar, it tells me that thats snap to grid. And it even gives me the keyboard shortcut. Or keyboard combination of Control+Y to access that feature.
If I move here over to the toolbox you'll get the idea as I hover over this pencil tool. It's called the Freehand Tool. And I can access it by pressing F5, or function five on my keyboard. This concludes this video on getting help in CorelDRAW X3. In the next video we'll look at the differences between vector and bitmap--