Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening files and touring the new user interface, part of CorelDRAW X4 Essential Training.
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In this next lesson we're going to explore the newly designed user interface here in CorelDRAW X4. Now if you are a user of previous versions of CorelDRAW, don't worry, you will have no problem finding your way around, you'll feel totally comfortable in this environment. It really hasn't changed in that way, but what you will notice is a fresh new look. So to really explore the user interface, we should open up a file. You will notice right now that my menus for example, are very sparse. The tools on the various Toolbars and then the Toolbox are grade out, not accessible in this, because I have got nothing open right now to work on.
So let's open up a file first. To do that we know there are a few different ways. We could go up to our little button up here for the Welcome screen we saw in the previous lesson, that the welcome screen gives us an opportunity to open up recently used files or even browse to existing files. So if we click this button from the Quick Start page here, you can see under open recent, if you have opened up and worked on any other CorelDRAW files, they will be listed here. For example, I have got IntroFileX4.cdr, you may have nothing here, but when I hover over a file with my mouse button, I see a thumbnail of the first page, over there on the left and down below some additional information about that file.
Now you do have nothing here, you do have a button down below that allows you to browse through the folders in your computer by choosing the Open other button, you will be able to do just that. But, if you do not have the welcome screen open, like I didn't, I'm going to close it up here. The other option is to go up to the File menu and choose open from here, Cltr+O, is the keyboard shortcut. You have another way, and if I click out here to close up this menu, you will notice that the second button on my Toolbar here is also an Open button.
So all of these will do the same thing, they open the Open Drawing dialog box, and now all you have to do is, browse through your exercise files to the Lesson 1 folder. To find this one here, IntroFileX4. So I'm going to click on it once to select it. Now if you have the exercise files, wherever you store them, you will have to browse to them, remember on the desktop. If you do not have the exercise files, don't worry. You can still learn lots just by watching. So with IntroFileX4 selected, I'm going to click the open button down below here in this dialog box to open it up, and now if you check at my user interface, I have got lots of buttons to choose from, lots of tools.
Look at my menu bar, I have got File all the way across here to help lots of options. So let's start our tour, right at the top on our Title Bar. This top bar is called the Title Bar, it tells you what you are using, CorelDRAW X4, in case you forgot, but more importantly is the name of your file, IntroFileX4. It's a .cdr file, a CorelDRAW file, and the entire path, so you see exactly where this file is located. Also in the very far right hand corner, you have got buttons to close up CorelDRAW, this is colored red on purpose.
It's a little bit dangerous. Clicking this button will Close up the entire application. So if you got multiple files opened for example, and you haven't saved changes, you will be prompted to, but if you by accident answer no, you will lose those changes. So you really want to make sure that you do not have anything opened or at least you have saved everything before you click this button. First you got to Minimize the Restore button to keep draw running, but just get it out of the way, you can minimize it, bring it back, when you are ready to work on draw again, right where you left off, and you will notice down below on this next bar, called the menu bar, where we see all those menu headings.
We have similar buttons. Well, these apply to the actual file that's opened in CorelDRAW. So I can minimize this file to work on another file without closing it. Restore it to change its size. Now right now it's restored up, meaning, it fills the entire screen, I can restore it down, by clicking this button, and you can see now my Restore button here is a restore up or maximize button. There is also a little Close button here which will close the file itself, but keep CorelDRAW open. So I would like to go there to close my files after I save them.
Let's go over here on the left hand side of our menu bar, these are the menu headings, and each one of these has a menu when you click on them, a dropdown menu. So if I click on File, you will see file commands. New, Open, Close, Save, Import, Export, Print, all of these are file commands or commands related to working with the entire file. If I go up to the Edit menu with my mouse pointer, you can see edit commands, many of them not accessible right now, because I haven't selected anything, or I haven't actually done anything with this file yet, and I have got View commands, Layout commands, there is Arrange, Effects.
Now some of these menu items have little black triangles to the right, if I go down to Effects and hover over Adjust. You can see there is a sub menu here with a whole bunch of adjust options. Same thing for Transform and Correction. Down below I have got a whole bunch more, so keep in mind you have got hidden commands in those sub menus. There is Bitmaps, Text, tools and all the way to Help. I'm going to click out here in my actual documents, so I have closed up that menu, because the next part down is our Standard Toolbar containing buttons which are basically shortcuts to some of the commands we saw in the menu Bar.
Pretty much every command is available to you through the menus. But there are certain commands that you will use more often than others, and typically they will appear here on your Standard Toolbar. For example, this first group, New, Open, Save and Print. All of those are file commands found on the File menu. Then we got another grouping, Cut, Copy and Paste. They appear on the Edit menu. Same with Undo and Redo. Then we have got Import and Export. Those are borrowed from the File menu. Got a command here for Application Launcher, and there is a Welcome screen, they are kind of grouped together as well.
Zoom options. All of these Toolbars and menus are totally customizable, there is a whole chapter dedicated to this later on, where we'll make changes to our Toolbars in our menus. Down below there is a really important one, it's called the Property Bar. Right now you will see options here for changing the Paper Type and Size, there are some size options here. The Orientation, Landscape or Portrait. You can see, I have got, page layout options here as well. I have got my Units selected.
All of these apply to the entire file down below. But what's really cool about the Property Bar is it's context sensitive, meaning, if I come down here and click on the word 'Welcome,' you can see that text is now selected and look up here, my Property Bar is totally changed to give me a different set of tools, the tools I need, when I need them. So here we can see things like, the actual size of this object, which happens to be text, the location as well. You can see the font that is being used, the point size, any attributes.
If I want to turn, Underlining or change the Justification or Alignment, I can do that right from here. If I click on this box down below, which is a yellow rectangle, I get different options up here, these are tools that would apply to working with that kind of object, like changing the borders for example, or the width of the outline around the outside of my rectangle. If I click out here in a blank spot on my page, it's flipping back now to the original Property Bar, I saw a moment ago.
With also dot rulers across the top and down the left hand side, these show up by default. You can turn them on and off at your leisure, but right now there on, showing me exactly the size and position here of things on my page. Down the left hand side is a Toolbox. These are tools that you are going to be using to create things here in CorelDRAW. This is all a part of the design process. There are lots of tools, and you will notice that some of these tools have little black triangles, and they do have sub menus called flyouts.
For example, if I come up here to the Zoom tool and I click, notice that I have got two zoom options, the zoom and the Hand tool. If I come down here now without clicking and just hover over these, I see the flyouts. You will notice something about these flyouts. I have gone over here to this Polygon tool, they have these little dots across the top, and that means that when I hover over, I might see a four sided arrow, that allows me to click and drag, to move that set of tools to any place on my page.
Notice that I keep the tool over here, but now I have got them easily accessible as I work on my document, and I can close up that little set, just by clicking the Close button. And of course, you will notice I have got these little dots at the very top of the Toolbox, the entire Toolbox as well as my Property Bar and my Standard tool Bar, meaning I can float any of these. If I don't want my Toolbox docked over here on the left hand side, I can click and drag when I see the four sided arrow here at the top, and place my Toolbox anywhere I want.
I can size it to any shape I want as well, and I when I'm done with it, I could close it, but I'll lose my tool. So even better, is to put it back over here. I can drag it back to its location, it will be docked there, or double click up where it says Toolbox. That puts it back where it was, when I dragged it away from there. Same things goes for your Standard Toolbar, your Property Bar and over here on the right hand side, the Dockers. The dockers appear over here and right now, HINTS is showing up by default. HINTS is a tab over here, it's a separate docker, and you can see, I have got actually two dockers, one is called the Object Manager, and dockers can be opened up by going to the Window menu, down to Dockers, and you will see right now I have got two with check marks next to them.
You may have the same too or others if you reduce them. For example, the View Manager, if I click on it, its now opened up here at the top. Now I can collapse my dockers by clicking the double arrow up here at the top. You can see tabs now for my View Manager, Object Manager and Hints, clicking any of those brings them back. The View Manager though always appears up here at the top. When I'm done with an actual docker, I can close it by clicking the Close button. Needs to do the same to HINTS now. I can switch to my Object Manager just by clicking the tab, and of course, I can always go up to Window, down to Dockers and deselect something that has a check mark, that will turn it off.
If I didn't want Hints, I click on Hints here to turn it off. Always come back here to turn it back on. I'm going to leave Object Manager and Hints on at this time, and to undock my Hints, I will just go the title bar and drag it wherever I want it to go. Now you can see I have got both of these dockers here floating around on my screen. Double clicking up here on the Title Bar, will put it back where it was. Just to the right of the Dockers, you have got the color palette. You can see a standard set of colors here, but there are more, I can click this double arrow down here.
That's a single arrow actually with a line in front of it. That will show me an extended set of colors, and if I click back out here, anywhere, it collapses back down to that standard setting, just to let you know there are more colors than what you are seeing. This is a standard set. If you wanted extended colors, for example, shades of Cyan, you can click and hold your mouse button down to see the extended palette, and then select the shade of Cyan right from here. So for example, I'm going to click Cancel here, I'm going to click right on my text, 'Welcome,' come over here and click on Cyan.
You can see it just changes my text color to Cyan, but if I wanted a different shade, I'll just click and hold this down. Now, I can just move over here to maybe a darker shade, click on it. I see that change right here, deselect my object by clicking on a blank space, and that's how easy it is to use the color palette. we'll have a whole bunch of lessons just dedicated to working with color. Down at the bottom of you screen you have got some information showing up-down here on what we call, our Status Bar. Watch what happens when I click on my text here, WELCOME.
Well, first of all my Hints change over here, to give me Hints about moving, scaling and stretching objects. Down below, though you can see this object is what we call artistic text, and it's using the Arial Black font, and you can see it on layer too. So I have got information, there is the text size as well, showing points, and some instructions down below, about what I could do with this object, like, double clicking it to get some tools for rotating and skewing and so on. So when I deselect my text, you can see that I get a different piece of information showing up-down here at the bottom.
I'm going to click on my yellow rectangle, down at the bottom, I get some information, this is called a curve on layer one and look over here too. You can see there's things like the outline and colors being used, if I go up to my text and click on it. There is the Fill color that Blue I selected with no outline. So you really get some helpful information about the different objects on your page down there on the Status Bar. So pay attention to what's going on down there for sure. Also you've got some navigation buttons here for doing things like flipping between multiple pages in a CorelDRAW file, if you've got them.
This one has two pages, Page 1 and Page 2. If I click on Page 2, I will see that page. Then go back Page 1, and back to Page 1. Notice I have also that navigation buttons, here it says, I'm on one of two, if I click the right arrow, I will be on two of two. To go back to the beginning, I can click the arrow with the line in front of it on the left or to the end, there is an arrow with a line after it. Of course, this looks better with even more pages than two. To add pages, I'm going to go back to the first page here, you have got a plus sign on the left as well as on the right.
So if you wanted to add a new page before the current page, you would click this one on the left. If you want to add a new page after Page 1, you click this little plus sign on the right. Clicking it adds the page. You can see now I'm on Page 2 of three, Page 1 is my Welcome, Page 3 has my vector and bitmap that we're going to be using in the next lesson. So I'm going to go back here to Page 1, and if I don't want Page 2, I'm just going to right click on it. I see a pop-up menu, keep in mind, right clicking always gives you context sensitive options, like delete page in this case, so I'm going to click on delete page and it's gone, I'm back to Page 1 and Page 2.
Go back to Page 1 by clicking the tab, so that is the user interface. we're going to keep this file open for the next lesson where we talk about the difference between a vector image and a bitmap image, each has its own advantages and each are worked with differently here in CorelDRAW.
- 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