Join Mark Abdelnour for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving your masterpieces, part of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Essential Training.
- In this video, we're going to look at saving your artwork. If you've created a drawing in CorelDRAW you've put a lot of time into your graphic, and then it comes time to save your work. What we're going to do in this video is look at those two different ways that you can save your work. As well, we'll look at reverting to previous versions of your work, and last but not least, closing your work. Let's start with saving. You'll notice that I have a file open on my page currently. If you look at the title bar, you see that it's luckysign_open.cdr.
This is one of the files in the exercise files folders. If you have access, you can open that same file as well. With the file open, I'm going to go to my save button on the toolbar. Watch what happens when we click on the save button here in the toolbar. Did you notice anything? Well, nothing really changed. What this is actually doing is saving any changes that I've made since the last time with the same file name, which is luckysign_open.cdr which you see up here.
Any changes that I make, I can just keep hitting the save button as I work and that'll ensure that I don't loose any of the changes that I've made. Now, let's say I wanted to save this same file under a different file name, maybe for backup purposes. Many times when I work in a CorelDRAW, especially in a complex graphic, I'll sometimes create backups. Now, that can be done automatically in CorelDRAW through your tools options, and it's set that way by default. Sometimes I'll create even another one, and this is how I would do that.
I move to my file menu. Instead of clicking on save, which is currently a grade option meaning it's unavailable, I click on save as. Save as allows me to save the file under a different file name or even as a different file type, and I can do that all within this dialogue box. Let's talk a little bit about this dialogue box called save drawing. First of all, it's asking me where do I want to save the file that I'm working on.
Here, it's telling me that it's going to save it in the number 02_Jumping Right into CorelDRAW X3 folder. I can click on this drop-down arrow, and this gives me a complete view of my computer, and I can click a different location if I wanted, for example, into my Documents, or to my Desktop. I'm going to go ahead and click Desktop. There is shows me what's currently available on my Desktop in terms of files, shortcuts, and what have you. I can then further drill down and click on Exercise Files, which is a folder.
You can see now that I'm able to navigate within this window through the different folders on my hard drive. I'm going to continue navigating. I'm going to move to Jumping Rioght into CorelDRAW 3, which is where it was originally. I'm going to decide to save it here. I'm going to move down to the file name, and here I can change the name to something different. Currently, it's luckysign_open. I'm going to put my cursor right after the word open, and I'm going to put _v2 as in Version 2 on my keyboard.
You'll see here in the save as type that it's currently set to CDR. That is the file format. You can see here the native file format in CorelDRAW. If I click on the drop-down, I can change the file type to a different type of application. For example, let's say I knew that I wanted to take this file into Adobe Illustrator. By clicking on Adobe Illustrator, you'll notice the file format changes to a .ai, which is their file format. I can leave it there and click save, and then I can launch Adobe Illustrator, and I can open this file.
There may be some things that don't come through perfectly, and that happens typically when you move one file from one application to another. In most cases, this file format is very strong, and it does convert very well. I'm going to click on the drop-down menu, and I'm going to bring that right back to the format that I had it originally which was the CDR format. Over here on the right side is something called Version. Again, we're still in the save dialogue box, and I want to remind you about that. You may have a destination in mind for this file that isn't maybe your computer.
For example, let's say the file that I'm working on is a file I want to share with a colleague at work. That colleague may not have CorelDRAW X3, they may have an earlier version, let's say DRAW 11 or DRAW 12. What I can do is save this file in an older version format or CorelDRAW. That will ensure that that individual can open the file regardless of their version of CorelDRAW. Let's take a look. Let's say I knew my colleague was using Version 9.
We're going as far back as Version 9. I just select it from the list. You'll notice CDR didn't change, because they've had the same file format as early as I can remember. They haven't changed that file format, which is a really strong selling point for using CorelDRAW, because it's truly backward compatible. You can see that here in this list of Versions that it supports. It goes as far back as Version 7 in terms of saving back. I'll leave it on Version 9. I'm ready to save. I'm going to go ahead and click on the save button.
I've just saved the file to a Version 9 CDR format under a new name in the same location. You can that here in the title bar. With saving now behind us, let's look a little bit at reverting and closing our documents. Let's make some changes. I'm just going to click some text and just do some random things here to make a point. I'm just going to move this around a little bit. Now, let's say after doing all this I was unhappy with my work, which I kind of agree with right now. I kind of made a little bit of a mess.
Let's say I want to revert now back to the last time I saved this file. That was only a couple of seconds ago, and it looked a lot better then. A quick way of going back to where I started, the last time I saved my file is using the revert feature. If I move to the file menu here in the menu bar, I can click on revert. You'll see that it gives me a warning message. It's telling me that it's going to revert this file to the last saved version, and I'm going to loose all the current changes.
I'll gladly click on OK, and you'll notice that it returns me right back to the original graphic. That revert feature is a fantastic feature to know about, and trust me I've used it quiet a few times in my design work. Last but not least for this video, let's look at closing your files. If you have multiple files open or even one file open, there will come a time when you want to close the file that you're working on. Don't worry, of course, if you forget to save your file and you close, because you'll be prompted to save it.
Let's take a look. If I want to close this file, there's two different ways I can do that, or actually three if I use keyboard shortcuts. I can move here to the corner of the drawing window and click here on this X, which will close the file, or I can move to the file menu and click on close. I'm going to go ahead and do that. It closed the file. To get an idea of how many files I currently have open, I'm going to go to my window menu, and I'll show you all the files opened currently. I have two. I have one called Lucky Brochure, as well as the file we're now looking at, which are the DRAWX3_Main.cdr file.
If I wanted to close two file at the same time, saving me some time, I can go to the file menu and click on close all, and that'll close all the files that are open. This concludes this video on saving your work. In the next section, we're going to look at working with pages.