Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving your work, part of CorelDRAW X4 Essential Training.
As you begin creating master pieces in CorelDRAW X4, it will be important for you to understand the proper way to save your work. So in this lesson we're going to look at different methods for saving your masterpieces here in CorelDRAW X4. we'll look at simple updates, to changes you might make to a file, as well as converting your files to other formats. Choosing other locations, even different names, to create different versions of your work. So you can see I have already opened up a file to work with, and it's called a Bistro_Sign.cdr, you will find this in the Lesson1 folder of your exercise files if you have got them, open it up if you like to follow along.
You can see that this is actually based on the template we used in the previous lesson. We had that German pub with some different color schemes, different logos, different content. I just simply made a few changes and created my own version of this, and our scenario here is the Green Onion Bistro. So you can see I have got a different logo, different text, different content down below. Even different images, showing up down here in the bottom corners of my sign. So let's say we want to make a simple change. we're going to raise the price of our Vegetarian Lasagna, I'm going to go up to where it says $ 4.99 here and just double click on it.
Now automatically, that takes me inside the text and changes me over to the text tool it selected over here in my Toolbox. My cursor happens to be flashing just left of the four (4). So I will hit my delete key. If you are flashing away on the other side of the four (4), hit your backspace key. Either way we want to take out the four and add a five, so now it's gone up by a dollar to $ 5.99. I'm going to back to my Pick tool here on the Toolbox right at the top, click on it. Click out here in an empty space to deselect anything to see the finished product.
Now of course, if something were to happen like the power goes out, I shut down draw by accident and don't save my changes, I will have lost that change. We need to update this file with the latest change. The easiest way to do that is to go right to your Standard Toolbar and click on this little icon of the diskette, that's your save button. Ctrl+S, is the keyboard shortcut, if you prefer using the keyboard, either way, clicking or Ctrl+S on the keyboard will update this file with the change. In other words, we've got the newest version of this, we have the new price saved under the same name, the same format, in the same location.
Perfect. Now what happens if you are collaborating with others? Maybe you want to send this off to somebody who doesn't have CorelDRAW, maybe they use Adobe Illustrator, or maybe you want to send it off to a print house to get a thousand copies printed and they prefer Adobe Illustrator or some other format for that matter. Well, in that case you would not use the save button or Ctrl+S, in that case you go up to File and you would choose Save As. Notice, Ctrl+Shift+S is the shortcut for that one, and the ellipsis tell me I'm about to launch some kind of dialog box.
So when I click on it, the save drawing dialog box opens up. You can see the name down below, it's Bistro_Sign. The type is CorelDRAW cdr file. You can see the location, here is the Lesson1 folder, if I click Save, I will be asked to - I want to replace the current version with this new version, that's not actually what I want to do. I want to change a few things. I want to change the location, so I'm going to click on my desktop here. That's where I want to save it. So my location has changed. If I want to change the name from Bistro_Sign, I could, just by typing something else or adding to this.
I'm going to add a two at the end by clicking after sign, typing in a 2, and I want to change the format, the type. Notice, Save As type is, CorelDRAW by clicking this bar. Well, there is quite a list here to choose from. Notice, at the top, I have got some common ones, Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Corel Presentation Exchange. They also appear down here on the long list along with some other ones like SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics, Corel Word Perfect Graphic. There is a Macintosh, Pict or pct file.
Frame Vector Metafile, lots of options here. Corel DESIGNER in there and AutoCAD So let's say our scenario is, we're sending this off to someone who uses Illustrator, they are not familiar with draw, well, we'll just use Adobe Illustrator. You can see that now shows up as the Save As type option. Meaning, this is going to get a different extension. It won't be of the cdr extension, it be an ai extension. All I have to do now, is click the Save button to accept those choices. The Adobe illustrator Export dialog box shows up with some options, like compatibility.
Notice Adobe Illustrator CS, Creative Suite, shows up here. If I click the dropdown, I can narrow it down to a specific version, but by choosing CS, those with CS2 or CS3 will be able to open this file. Maybe I want to go to CS2 though. I know the person has at least CS2 on their PC. The destination can be at PC or a Macintosh. What are they using, it's important to know, because they'll act differently on different types of machines or hardware. So I'm going to leave that to PC. Export text and there is some text in my file as curves, so they become objects or do you want to keep them as text, so that they can be edited with a text tool.
I'm going to leave them as text and then we have got a series of other options down below, some are not selected, and some are. Notice that the ones with check marks are to Include Placed Images. So there are some images that have been added. They will be included. So we'll have a preview image. You know, when you are browsing for a file and you are looking at thumbnails, where you won't be able to see a preview of this image, and that can be saved with it when you save to a adobe illustrator. Other options involve Complex Built Curves and outlines effects and so on.
So you can turn any of those on if you wish. I'm just going to click Okay, accepting the defaults. The only change I'm making is the compatibility to Adobe Illustrator CS2. So when I click Okay, the Export kicks in the gear. So it's going to be kicking my CorelDRAW file, putting it on the desktop in a new format known as Adobe Illustrator. Let me take a moment for that to happen. Meanwhile, I still have my CorelDRAW file in front of me that I can continue working with. So that covers saving. Saving is very important obviously, if you make changes to a CorelDRAW file, you want to update your file by saving those changes.
If you want to save to another format to share with others, collaborates into a print shop, you can do that. You now know that, that's the Save As command. And if I minimize CorelDRAW, I will go right to my desktop, and there is my Bistro_Sign. It's an Adobe Illustrator file, shows up as a blank icon, because I don't have Adobe Illustrator installed. So my computer doesn't know what to use to open this up, although, I could open it up in CorelDRAW. So that covers saving. You are know ready to move on to working with actual pages in a document, and then after that, we'll start creating objects.
- 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