Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video The Welcome screen, part of CorelDRAW X4 Essential Training.
Alright, in this first chapter, we're going to get you started with CorelDRAW X4 and that means in this first lesson of the chapter, we'll be launching the application and exploring the welcome screen that greets you. After that we'll talk about what is new or enhanced in CorelDRAW X4, get a good overview before we start using those tools as we move through the other lessons in this title. Then we'll open up a file, so we can tour the new user interface. There are few changes you need to know about. After that, we'll talk about vector and bitmap images.
It's really important you understand the differences between those two types of images and their advantages, disadvantages and how to work with each in CorelDRAW. After that, we'll be creating a brand new file from scratch and then compare that to the next lesson, where we create a new file by using one of the many templates you have at your disposal here in CorelDRAW X4. The last lesson in this chapter will be all about saving your work. Very important, that when you put a lot of time and energy into a project, you know how to save it properly.
But right now, we can't do any of that until we launch the application so here I'm on my desktop. I'm going to go down to my Start button down here on the bottom left corner and give it a click. By default, there is no shortcut icon on your desktop. That's not created during the installation process. Of course in Windows, there are ways to create your own shortcuts if you wanted to do that. Now, you can see here from my most Recently Used list that CorelDRAW X4 is one of my most recently used applications, but if you have never used it before, it will not show up here.
So, you've got two other options. One is to go down to All Programs, just hover over All Programs, you don't even need to click on it and it will expand to show you all of your folders including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 and when you click on that folder it opens it up to display the applications in the suite. Notice that some of mine are highlighted and some are not. The ones that are highlighted are the ones I still haven't used. The ones that are not highlighted, I have used before like CorelDRAW X4, there it is right there. Now, if you have ever seen any of my other titles, you know my favorite way to find an application is just to come down here to the Start Search field.
Instead of browsing through folders and lists, just come down here type in Corel, for example and you will see all the Corel programs, the history, you will see the files you have used that have Corel in them. But, right at the top here under Programs is CorelDRAW X4, how about that? So, all I have to do is click on it to launch the application. So, this is going to launch CorelDRAW X4. If this is your first time, you will see the welcome screen. This is not my first time, but I still see the welcome screen because I have left the check box selected down below that Always shows the Welcome screen at launch.
Now, the only difference is the very first time I launched CorelDRAW X4, my welcome screen was not in the Quick Start section. Notice over here on the right hand side, I have got some tabs, Quick Start, What's New, Learning tools, a Gallery and Updates. So, I can go to those sections just by clicking the tab. Now, if this is your first time launching the application, you do not see this Quick Start screen, what you see is the Welcome Screen. So, I'm going to click Welcome right up here under Quick Start, closes up the booklet, it's kind of like an electronic version of a booklet and you can see here, it does say Welcome across the top and down below, I have got access to Quick Start, What's new, Learning tools, Gallery and Updates.
All those tabs that we still see over here on the right hand side. Now, the difference is, when I hover over these like Quick Start, look over here on the right hand side. When I hover over Quick Start without clicking on it, it does say, this is where I go to Quickly perform basic task like opening an existing document, starting a brand new one from a blank page or from a template. As I move down to What's New without clicking on that, here is what I got to wee what's new in X4. You see examples of how you can use the new features. You have got some Learning tools as well.
So, you can get access to them by clicking Learning tools here or the Learning tools tab. There is a gallery where you can see some inspiring projects created with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. There are a couple of links to websites that will give you a cool idea of what you can do with DRAW X4 and then of course there is Updates down below where you can choose to receive messages, about any updates, new tutorials or any other content for that matter. Notice right here too, there is a little button that allows you to get a Workspace tour. Now, we're going to be doing that as we move through this chapter, but you could go right to this little link here to get a tour of the new user interface and it will show you how to use the basic tools and features, give you a little bit of inside too from design professionals, kind of neat.
Well, let's go to Quick Start and give it a click. So, that opens up that section, you can see how it's flipped open like a booklet. Quick Start is the tab that you see here. From this screen, if you choose to Always have the Welcome screen launch, whenever you launch CorelDRAW X4, well, right away, you can see you can do everything possible like open up recent files that you have worked on, they are listed here under Open Recent. If this is your first time, you won't see anything here under Open Recent. You have also got a button to Open any other file that you maybe haven't worked on in a while, it doesn't show up on the recent list.
You can create a New blank document or create a New one by getting a head start, using one of the templates right from here. So, pretty much anything you need to do in CorelDRAW can be done from this Quick Start section of your welcome screen. Now, if you want to move on to another tab, you just click the tab over here on the right. Let's go to Learning tools and when I click on that, notice the other two flip over to the left hand side, just like I have flipped open a book. Over here I have got Video tutorials, something called CorelTUTOR, it has been around for a long time so, you can get some great tutorials online using CorelTUTOR.
Insights from the experts, that's kind of need depending on how you are going to be using CorelDRAW. There maybe experts out there who have already done what you are hoping to do. So instead of re-inventing the wheel, check out their insights. There's Tips and tricks and a link to a history. So, there's more resources that are available online obviously and they are updated periodically. See that information right there. If we go over to the Gallery, here is where you will see some links to -- for example, Igorstshirts.topblogspot.com, some cool graphics.
Every time you open this up it is going show you something different. When I go back to Quick Start for example and come down to the Gallery, you can see I have got a couple of different samples showing up here. So, every time you come back to this section it just changes up and then it gives you some, maybe inspiration for different kinds of things you can do with CorelDRAW. I think this is really cool, looks very realistic, but all created in CorelDRAW. Notice, there is a link here to cdwgraphics.com and you can click that link, it will launch your default browser, take you right there to get some more inspiration.
The last tab is the Updates tab and you can see here, you can get some News. Visit the CorelDRAW.com Community, so there are others using CorelDRAW that you can ask questions and get some inspiration form them as well. You can also Sign up for the Graphics By Design newsletter by clicking this link. So, lots of options to help you get comfortable, become an expert using CorelDRAW. Now, the one tab I have not clicked on yet is the What's New tab and that is where we're going to go in the next lesson to talk about what's new or enhanced here in CorelDRAW X4.
- 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