Discover that most commands can be found in the various menus
- [Voiceover] At the top of the screen we have some standard drop down menus. I'll start with the file menu, in here when I click on file, you can see that it will drop down just like any other program. In this view we have the menu icon followed by the feature or function name and if there is one, you'll also see associated keyboard shortcut that has been assigned. You may also see a small black triangle pointing to the right, this is an indication that there are additional menu options as a subset.
Here I'll show you what I mean. If I was to save this file then select send to, I have the ability to send this file to a bluetooth device, compressed zip folder as well as a couple of other options. Continuing to look at some of the other menu items you'll see that they're organized in a relatively logical fashion. When I select bitmap you'll notice that a number of these features are grayed out, the reason for this is that I currently do not have a bitmap selected on my page. So here's a tip, if you're trying to apply an effect to an object and the application is not allowing it take a look at the status bar, remember where that is? Look down here, what you can see here is that I have a curve on layer one selected, now if I select the bitmap and the status bar tells me I have a bitmap selected then when I go back to my bitmap menu you'll see I have a number of options that are now available to me.
As I continue to move across my menu bars you'll see that I have things such as text, tables, tools and within the tools menu I have things such as options or settings for CorelDRAW to change how it behaves. Also under tools we have things such as color management, macros and scripts. If we look under the windows menu we have color palettes, and probably one of the most important menu items of all are dockers. Now a docker is a panel that when activated will appear, usually on the right side of the screen, and it will provide enhanced functionality to the application.
If I have one of the dockers enabled you will see a check mark to the left of it. Here I'll show you what I mean. If I select the object data manager you'll see it appear on the right hand side of the screen and if I go back underneath windows, down to dockers, it will have a check mark next to that. If I select this again it's going to turn that docker off. The final menu item that I want to talk about is the help menu, under help you'll see things such as product help, welcome screen, video tutorials and hints.
Now the hints is actually a docker, it can be accessed from here, it can also be accessed from windows, down to dockers and then selecting hints. The hints docker allows you to learn more about the application as you're using it. For example, with the hints docker in view if I select my crop tool my hints docker is going to change and tell me how to use the crop tool. As I move through my tool box you'll notice that the hints docker is changing to give me additional information about that.
If the information in here isn't sufficient, you require more research, simple scroll down and if I click on help topics it will actually launch the help file for me and give me additional information on that topic. Let me just close this off, now although there are a lot of tools and features within the drop down menus, Corel has pulled together some of the more common tools out of them and put them into the standard tool bar and the standard tool box.
Roger Wambolt, senior product trainer at Corel, eases in with an exploration of the interface and touches on the major players in the toolbox: the Pick, Shape, Crop, Curve, and Interactive tools. Then, once you know how to draw simple lines and shapes, he shows how to group, copy, and adjust objects on your document page. Plus, learn about working with text, using the new Font Manager and the extensive library of fonts in CorelDRAW, adding and editing images, automating tasks with scripts and macros, creating color palettes, and preparing your CorelDRAW projects for print. Roger closes with some tips on customizing the CorelDRAW interface to be more productive and create your designs in fewer steps.
- Locating the toolbar and toolbox
- Understanding dockers
- Using rulers, grids, and guidelines
- Starting with a template
- Using the tools: Shape, Crop, Curve, and many more
- Working with fonts
- Manipulating objects
- Importing and editing bitmap images
- Being more productive with scripts and macros
- Creating color palettes
- Printing CorelDRAW projects
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 06/22/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover getting started, Live Sketch and the stylus, node editing enhancements, adding impact to a design, outlines and corner control, useful tools, and exporting and sharing workspaces.