Join Mark Abdelnour for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the user interface, part of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Essential Training.
- In this video, we're going to look at the CorelDRAW X3 user interface, or UI. When you first launch the application, what you'll see is the Welcome Screen, and we covered the Welcome Screen in the previous video. Once you select a New Document, this is what you'll see, and from here, it allows us to move around the page and introduce ourselves, or familiarize ourselves with the different tool bars, tool boxes, color palettes, and status bars, so we have a really good idea of how this program works.
Let's start at the very top. The very top of the user interface you're gonna see the name of the application, CorelDRAW X3, plus Graphic 1. This is called your Title Bar. Your Title Bar holds the name of the application as well as the name of the file and the folder location or file location of the file that you're working on. Right now it says Graphic 1 because by default when you start a new graphic in CorelDRAW that's the naming convention it gives.
Below the Title Bar what you'll see is the Menu Bar. This should be familiar to you just like the Title Bar because most applications have Title Bars and Menu Bars. If I click on any one of these menus, for example, Effects, a list of commands appears, and each one of those commands, sometimes you'll have a little bit of a flyout, and you have some more commands that are built into that one. You'll also notice next to some of these commands keyboard combinations like this one here for Contour, telling you that it's Control + F9, or Function 9.
So that's your Menu Bar, again, should be familiar to you. A lot of applications have those. Right below the Menu Bar, you'll see the Standard Tool Bar. This is your Standard Tool Bar right here. I think the reason why they call it Standard is because you find a lot of the tools that are standard to most applications in the Standard Tool Bar. For example, right at the start of the Standard Tool Bar is the New icon, which allows you to start a new page. Next to it, Open. Next to it, Save. Next to it, Print.
I think you're getting the message that you find a lot of those standard tools that you'd find in, let's say, Corel WordPerfect or Microsoft Word, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Redo, all those things are located here in the Standard Tool Bar. Just below that Tool Bar is the Property Bar. Now, this is where we get to something that's unique to CorelDRAW, not something that you typically see in other applications. The Standard Tool Bar is, or sorry, the Property Bar is a Tool Bar that follows you as you work. Very similar to the Corel Tutor, it intuitively knows what it is you're doing in CorelDRAW, and then it brings you all of the tools that you need, when you need them.
So, for example, I'm gonna move to my Tool Box, click on the Ellipse tool, which is this circle here in the Tool Box. Click and drag on my screen, and if you take a look at the Property Bar, it's actually changed, it's dynamically changed to bring me all the tools related to drawing ellipses. So I didn't have to go hunting through the different menus and all the different features to find all my ellipse or circle tools, they're all right here in the Property Bar, which we call Context Sensitive.
So it knows exactly what I'm doing, and it brings me those tools that I need at that precise moment. So that's your Property Bar. Just below your Property Bar is the Ruler, and you'll notice that there's a horizontal ruler, as well as a vertical ruler. There are some ticks here that you can see between these numbers, 6, 4, and 2. It's set up currently in inches, and you can change that. It's set there by default. If I click on my Pick Tool, just click on my backdrop here in the Drawing Window, you'll see here that the units is set to inches.
By clicking on this drop down, you can see all the different units of measurement that I can choose from. Obviously the Ruler is there to allow you to better position objects, even better size objects on your screen. Just below your Ruler is your Drawing Page. This is where all the action's going to take place. Your Blank Drawing Page is where you'll be doing your design work. Whatever appears on your Drawing Page will print, unless you specify it not to print, but by default, those objects will print.
The reason why I'm even bringing that up in the first place is because right next to your Drawing Window, this vast white space that you see all around your Drawing Page, this is your Drawing Window. Your Drawing Window is a spot where you can actually put objects that you may be using later on. I like to think of it almost like a sand box, and for example, let's say I knew I want to use this ellipse later on, but not immediately. I could place it here on the Drawing Window, and it will remain there, and if I were to print my graphic, this object would not print, because again, only the objects on the Drawing Page will print.
So that's your Drawing Page and your Drawing Window. Let's move to the left side of the screen. I'm just gonna delete this ellipse by pressing Delete on the keyboard, and off to the left side, all these tools here, these are the tools found in the Tool Box, and the Tool Box holds all the tools that allow you to draw or create and modify, edit objects in CorelDRAW. You'll notice a small, little triangle in the corner of some of these icons.
This is called a flyout, and if I click and hold on the little triangle, more tools pop out, and that gives you an idea of just how there's some subtools available within the Tool Box, and you can access those by clicking and holding on the actual triangle, which is the flyout. All the Tool Bars in CorelDRAW are also floatable Tool Bars, meaning, I can click and drag the Tool Bar, this case the Tool Box, out from its current location and have it floating if I'd like.
I could also dock it to new locations, if I move it up here, for example, and drop it, I've now docked it to the top portion of the user interface. To do this, all you do is click and drag. You can see these kind of double lines here at the left side of this Tool Box. All I do is click and drag that, and it allows me to move it around. I'm gonna put it back in its location just by clicking and dragging it right back, and you can kinda see it snap to its location, and I'll release, and it's back to where it started. Let's continue this tour of the user interface by moving to the bottom portion of the page.
There you'll see something called the Document Navigator. Here it tells us we're on Page 1 of 1, and you can see here that we're on Page 1. This allows me to move through multi-page documents, and that's a fantastic feature within CorelDRAW is the ability to actually work in multi-page files. So I could have like a 50 or 20 or 5 page graphic all contained within one file name. For example, right now I'm on Page 1, if I click on this + sign, you'll notice Page 2 just appeared.
Click again, Page 3, and this Document Navigator allows me to move between my pages, and you can see that here. To the right of the Document Navigator is a scroll bar, horizontal scroll bar, and over here vertical. I can click and drag the scroll bar this way, or, using the up or down arrows, for example, I'm clicking on the down arrow, and then I can click on the up arrow. So those are your scroll bars, and just below the scroll bars and the Document Navigator is your Status Bar.
Let me show you how that works. I'm gonna move to my Tool Box, click on the Rectangle tool, move back to my Drawing Page, and I'm just gonna click and drag. And notice my Status Bar. It tells me that there's a Rectangle on Layer 1, and if I move over here to the left side, you'll see that it tells me even the Width of the Rectangle, the Height, Center, all in inches. It gives me all of that information right there in the Status Bar. I'm going to move now to the right side of our screen where you see this rainbow of colors.
Now those colors are all contained within something called the Color Palette. The Color Palette in CorelDRAW contains all these color wells, and these wells of color allow me to apply fills and outlines to my objects, and we'll be covering that bit of functionality in a later video. So that concludes this video on the tour of the user interface. In the next video, we're gonna look at creating drawings, as well as opening drawings, and closing them.