Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using guidelines and snap-to options, part of CorelDRAW X4 Essential Training.
If you have been following along with me in this Chapter, you are comfortable not creating multiple pages within a single CorelDRAW file, you also know exactly how to create different page layouts for those different pages in CorelDRAW. So now it's time to talk about one more feature before we start creating and that is Guidelines as well as Snap to options because Guidelines are really going to help you when it comes to lining up the objects you create or insert into your file. Now you may have noticed from the very beginning when we started using this file which is based on a template that there are certain lines showing up on the left hand side, at the top and the bottom all the way down the left, same thing across the top and across the bottom, the right hand side, these are called Guidelines and these Guidelines are actually set at the top, bottom, left, and right hand side of the page to make sure everything stays inside those boundaries.
Well, the first thing I want to show you is that from the View menu you can choose whether or not you are going to view those Guidelines or not. Guidelines are typically turned on by default, you see a check mark here, if I click on Guidelines I don't see those lines anymore. Now they are still there they are just invisible, if I go back up to View down to Guidelines, I toggle it back on and there's the Guidelines there. So how did they get there? Well, I'm glad you asked, we're going to go down to Page 2 of this document. If you are following along with me you are still working with our Bistro_Sign here, if you jumped to lesson though and you want to get all caught up, no problem, if you got the exercise files go to the Lesson2 folder and open up Bistro_Sign4.cdr you will have exactly what I have and when we come down here to the second tab, now labeled menu and click on it there's our new blank page that we created in a previous lesson, the page layout was changed to an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and typically when you have a blank page like this you are ready to start creating, adding content, creating content, and when you do that if you need things to line up perfectly Guidelines can really help.
So how do we get those Guidelines in there, we go to the Rulers on the left and across the top of your screen to add Guidelines. When you add a Guideline from the top ruler you are going to get a horizontal Guideline. So let's click and drag just from anywhere around the ruler down to about the 10.5 inch mark, I'm going to go right there and release. I now have a new Guidelines and this will help me when lining things up and not going too far above that border when I start adding objects.
Let's add another one to the bottom, so again we go up to this top ruler click and drag all the way down to the 0.5 inch mark and I'm going to let go just -- not in the right place here, and if that ever happens, no problem just go back to it when you see the double arrow you can click and drag to move it and move it right to the 0.5 inch mark and let go and I'm just looking over here on the ruler to make sure I'm right at the 0.5 inch mark. Now we can also add some Vertical Guidelines by going to our ruler on the left, same thing. I want my menu items to go down the center.
So I'm going to go over here to the 2 inch mark and when I get right on the 2 inch mark I will let go. Notice how it turns red, it's currently selected, we can go to any of these Guidelines and when we click on them they appear red to indicate they are selected. Just click anyone on your page and none of them turned red. Let's add one more now. we're going to go over here to the 6.5 inch mark, I'm going to go right there, that's 2 inches off the right hand side of my 8.5 inch piece of paper. And now I have got this little area, I have got it all cordoned off.
I'm ready to start adding my menu items, my Objects, that's exactly what we're going to be doing in the next lesson, but just before we do that, another cool feature to make sure that things always stay lined up on those Guidelines is the Snap to function. Now when you are creating objects and you want them lined up say side by side, when you move one object close to another one by default, it's going to look like there is a magnet between the two and they will just snap together, that's called Snap to Objects. Well when we choose Snap to Guidelines we get that same affect and notice up here on the toolbar there is a Snap to dropdown, and when I click on it I have got Snap to Grid, and now if you want to display your Grid it's kind of like graph paper.
You can have objects snapping to the Grid not typically turned on by default, keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Y. Snap to Guidelines is currently not turned on and that's the one I do want to turn on, so clicking Snap to Guidelines turns it on when I go back to the Snap to, it has a check mark next to it. Snap to Objects already had a check mark Alt+Z is the keyboard shortcut for turning that on and off, it's a toggle. Each time you hold down Alt and press the letter Z you will be turning it on and off, on and off. There's also something called Dynamic Guides that can be snapped to as well but we're going to focus in on these two for now, Snap to Guidelines and Snap to Objects.
So with those selected I click down here and I'm now ready to start adding those objects. I just want to show you something here. If we got to the View menu, you will notice that all of those options also appear down here, there's my Guidelines and down below there are Snap to Grid, Guidelines, Objects and Dynamic Guides. If I click on any one of these Guidelines to select it, I also see some different options on my Property Bar. Notice that this button here is depressed, it looks like it is pushed in, it's the Snap to Guidelines feature. So I can turn it off and back on right from there as well and I have got the Preset Guidelines that can be turned on and off and when I click on it, the Options dialog shows up, Corel Presets, I can have One Inch Margins, the Bleed Area, Page Borders, all of these are presets that I can choose to turn on or off just by selecting the check box.
So I'm going to go to my Page Borders and click OK, and you can see I have also got Guidelines now. The Page Border shows up all the way around the outside here. So I have got all the Guidelines I need. What happens when you don't want a Guideline? Let's add one more. I'm going to click and drag from my left ruler right to over here about the 5 inch mark and I'm going to drag another one to the four-and-quarter inch mark which is the center of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. So I have got this one extra one here.
To delete it, just click on it, you know it's selected when it turns red, hit your Delete key on the keyboard and it's gone, as simple as that. So I think that's all I need for Guidelines, if you are going to be following along in the next chapter we're going to be using this file, you might want your changes. I will have a new version of this file in the next chapter as well. So let's move on now to actually creating here in CorelDRAW by creating your own 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