Learn the many different ways to use the pick tool, from selecting, rotating and even skewing objects
- [Voiceover] Now we're going to be examining some of the more common tools that are in the Toolbox. If you remember, the Toolbox is on the left hand side over here. Before we jump in however, I'm going to unlock the toolbars. To do that, it's simply a matter of right clicking a blank area on the screen and I'm going to toggle this on and off. Simply click on the Lock Toolbars will allow me now to undock these. Hold the mouse button down on my Pick Tool, I'll left click and drag, and I wanna bring this out onto the screen so we can use it. The Pick Tool is the 1st tool in the Toolbox.
This allows me to select an object and I can do a number of things with the Pick Tool. For example, you'll notice that I have some sizing handles around the perimeter of this object. If I left click and drag one on the corner, it will allow me to change the size proportionately. If I use one on the top or bottom, it allows me to reduce the size horizontally, or vertically. If I do a 2nd click on an object that is currently selected, you'll notice that I have some rotation handles and a pivot point in the center.
I can select a rotation handle, left click and drag, and this allows me to rotate an object. You'll also note, that as I do this, on my interactive property bar, this value is changing. This allows me to set a very precise angle of rotation. I'm gonna set this as zero and hit enter. Now, you'll notice as I've mentioned, a pivot point in the center. I can left click and move this pivot point anywhere I want to on the page. It doesn't necessarily have to be over top of the document. And now when I grab one of these rotation handles, it will actually rotate around that pivot point.
And you just do a Ctrl + Z to bring that back to where it belongs. And I'll deselect this object. Now, with the Pick Tool, we've seen the transformation. Now let's just talk about selecting objects. To select an object, left click and drag and create what we call a marquee. Now this marquee must completely encompass the elements that we want to select. I'll let the mouse button go and you can see I now have my butterfly selected. The entire butterfly. Let me just do a Ctrl + Z on that. I'm going to do a shift + F2 and that will zoom me into the butterfly.
Get a little bit closer. If I do a left click and drag, take a note of the objects that I'm actually selecting. When I let the mouse button go, we can see what has actually been selected. Now the reason these objects weren't selected is because it wasn't completely encompassed. Let me show you a little accelerator or a short cut key. We do a Ctrl + Z. Now, if I left click and drag and hold the alt key down, anything that this marquee touches will be selected. It doesn't necessarily have to encompass the entire thing. Let me just move this thing out of the way and you can see the objects that I currently selected there.
Do Ctrl + Z. And two other methods of selecting objects is this. I want to select this element on the page here. If I left click and drag to draw a frame to select it, I'm actually going to move the frame. So here's what you need to do. Left click, draw a frame, keep the mouse button held down on the left, hold the right mouse button down as well, and now I can move this frame wherever I want to. And now when I release the right mouse button, I can continue drawing the frame and actually position it where I want it.
Let the left mouse button go and now as you can see it's selected those elements that I can move out of the way. Obviously, I don't want to move these so I can simply move those back if I wanted to. But, I think you get the idea. Let me just do a Ctrl + Z to undo that. The final method I wanna show you for selecting objects is something called the Digger tool. Now the Digger tool allows you to dig down certain levels of objects within a design. As I do this, I want you to watch in the Object Manager on the right hand side. I'm gonna select this 1st flower. And now if I hold the alt key down, I can click once more and you'll see in the Object Manager I've moved down a couple of objects and I've actually selected an object that is behind that flower.
Let me do a Ctrl + Z to put that back. And again, alt key, click once more, once more again, and each time I click, it's going down one level. So there ya have it, that's the standard Pick Tool. We're going to take a look at the Freehand Pick tool. So I'm going to go to the next page. But, before I actually get into this tool, I wanna show you one final method of selecting an object with the standard Pick Tool. Here's a group of 150 objects and of course, we know this because the status bar tells me that there's 150 objects there. What I want to do is I want to select an element within this but I don't want to have to ungroup it.
It's very easy to do. All I need to do is hold down my ctrl key and when I click on an object, you'll notice that my sizing handles are now round dots or circles. This is an indication that an object within a group has been selected. And then I can now come over and make any necessary changes that I want to do to it. Again, ctrl, click on the element, and I'll change the color. Now, let's talk about the Freehand Pick tool. Let me just deselect this. I'm going to select these elements and I'll ungroup that, simply by clicking on the toolbar up here.
Alternatively, I can go to Objects, Group, Ungroup Objects. Now that these are ungrouped, I can select my Freehand Pick tool and the Freehand Pick tool allows me to create a marquee that is not a square or a rectangle. For example, I can simply draw my marquee around the element that I want to select, release the mouse button, and that's all there is to it. Basically, the Freehand marquee allows you to draw an irregular shape marquee to select elements within the confines of that.
Now the final tool on the Pick Tool toolbar is the Free Transform. So let me just do another page down to go to my next page. The Freehand Transform allows for a number of different options and they are located on the interactive property bar. The 1st is the Freehand rotate. When I select this icon, and then click on the image, my rotation will take place from the point that I click on the object itself. For example, if I click down here, that will be my pivot point when I go ahead and rotate. Let me put that back.
I'll do a Ctrl + Z to undo that. The next one, is the Free angle reflection and this will allow me to mirror object by dragging it. Again, very quick to rotate that. Do another Ctrl + Z. The next one is my Free scale. This will allow me to resize this object and again, it's going to resize from the center out where the center is where I click with my mouse. For example, if I click right down here this is going to resize from the center inwards or outwards from that point.
So it's very easy to control how an object is going to transform. So as you can see, the Pick Tool is a very flexible tool and one that you'll find yourself using quite a bit. Oh, and one more little tip. If you have any tool selected and want to select the Pick Tool, simply tap the spacebar. It works on all tools, except for the text tool. With the text tool, if you tap the spacebar, you'll get a space.
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.