Join Mark Abdelnour for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in CorelDRAW X3, part of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Essential Training.
- In this video, we'll look at what's new in this version of the CorelDRAW suite X3. Now, before we look at what's new, I'd like to introduce you to the fictitious company that we'll be representing throughout the videos in this series. The name of that company is lucky you Tours. And you can see their logo here on the page. Lucky you specializes in creating fun, memorable journeys for both the adventurous and exceedingly curious, all one step at a time. Now, with this company in mind, you'll notice that we're creating marketing collateral, things like brochures.
In one case, we create business cards and we look at logo design, and we're using lucky you Tours for most of the videos as we work through them. So now that we know what company we're fictitiously working for, let's talk a little bit about what is new in the CorelDRAW X3 suite of products. We'll start first with CorelDRAW. Now, instead of doing it the typical way, where I actually jump from one feature to the next, I'm actually going to introduce this video by introducing a new feature right from the start. If I move to my Help menu, and I click on Highlight What's New, you're gonna notice a new feature right away in CorelDRAW X3, and that's the ability to see exactly what's new in the application, depending on the version you wanna compare it to.
So in this case, you'll see that, since Version 12 is enabled, I'm just gonna go ahead and click on it. And now take a look around at the user interface. You'll notice that this here is highlighted yellow. And as I move over here, you'll notice more yellow here in the tool box. What those yellow highlights mean is that those are actually new features in CorelDRAW X3. It doesn't look like that many at first glance. But if I go up here to the menus, you'll also notice that there's some highlights there. And as I move across, some of the menus have more than others.
And these are all new features in this suite. So I thought that might be a good way to introduce those features as we move through this video. So let's start here on the left side in the tool box. I should stress at this point that I will be speaking about these different features fairly quickly, just as I introduce them. And in some cases, if you're not familiar with CorelDRAW, you may not be completely aware of it, how it works and what it's all about. Don't worry, because in future videos, we will be going through them in more detail. So let's start here in the tool box. Second from the body, and you'll see that it's highlighted.
This is the Shape Tool. Now, the Shape Tool allows you to work with nodes. And what's new about the Shape Tool ... I'm just gonna go ahead and click on the letter "l" in the word "lucky" ... You'll notice it becomes selected. I'm gonna click on the Shape Tool. And why don't we just zoom in? I'm just gonna click on my Zoom Tool and zoom in on the l. You'll notice that there's some little dots all around this l. Those are nodes. Gonna click on the Shape Tool. And right up here in the Property Bar are some new features. First of all, I'm gonna select all the nodes.
My status bar, down here at the very bottom, tells me that there are 17 nodes in that letter. And right up here, enhanced in this feature, is the Reduce Nodes feature. If I click on that, you'll notice down in the Status Bar that it's reduced the number of nodes from 17 to 10. So that's a new feature right there. And reducing nodes, which we'll learn about in future videos, allows you to actually reduce the complexity of a graphic in your design work, and that really makes life easier for sign cutters, let's say.
Or if you're trying to print a complex graphic, by reducing the nodes, it'll print faster, with less problems in the printer. So there's a new feature. And if we move back to the tool box, another new feature is the Crop Tool. So before we go there, I'm just gonna zoom back out to full screen. And let's look at cropping. Now when you crop an object, I mean, you've seen this, probably, in other applications, especially photo editing applications, where, if you wanna crop out a person or cut a person out of an image, or only get a certain part of an image so you kind of cut into it, well, that's called cropping.
And what I'm going to do here in CorelDRAW is first let you know that this is a new feature, the ability to actually access a tool in the tool box for cropping. But moreover, you're actually able to crop not only bitmap objects but, as well, vector graphics. So let's go ahead and do that, working on this horseshoe. Thing to remember is to always click on the horseshoe first. Just let it know it's selected. I'll move to my Crop Tool, the new Crop Tool, come right back over. I'm just gonna click and drag so I only have half of it, double-click, and you'll see how easy it is to crop vector graphics.
Just gonna go ahead and undo that. I'm a lot of gonna select it and ungroup it. So now let's look at another new feature. And again, it makes it really easy, you can see that they're highlighted. Right here is something called the Smart Fill Tool. Now, the Smart Fill Tool is a fantastic tool, because what it does is actually detects the edges of an object and allows you to actually fill parts of an object. Now, I'll make a lot more sense when I actually show you this in example. So I'm gonna zoom in on the horseshoe, and click on my Pick Tool.
And I'm gonna click on this background, this green, kind of, shadow. As I click and drag, you'll see that it's a separate object. And if I want to change the color of just this piece of the horseshoe, that'd be very difficult to do in previous versions of CorelDRAW. Like, watch what happens when I go to my color palette and I try and change this color. Let's change it to blue. It changes both sides, because this is one complete object. So let me undo that and show you how the Smart Fill Tool works. Just gonna bring it right back.
And, again, let's say I just wanna change this piece here but not the whole shadow. I'll move here to my Smart Fill Tool and just click. And you'll notice what it's done. It's detected the actual edges of the object, or the partial object, and filled it. Now, if you're wondering why it shows that color, its right up here in the Property Bar and you can select from various colors right there. That's a very powerful new feature, a lot more functionality to it that we'll be looking at in more detail in a later video. Gonna go ahead and undo that.
And now let's move down to the tool box, one more, and we'll see here the Text Tool. What's new about text in CorelDRAW X3? Well, when I click on this tool, right up here in the Property Bar, you'll see another highlight. This is the new Character Formatting Docker. I'll click on it, and this provides you with a centralized location for all sorts of text handling functionality. And that's new in this version, as well. So I'll go ahead and lose that. It's an excellent time saver, actually, not having to go to different menus. It's all right there, centralized in one docker.
Let's continue looking at new features by moving up now to the menus. Under Window, this is where you'll see that there are some new Color Palettes, some enhancements made, as well, to some existing ones as well as some new ones added. And under Dockers, you'll see that there are three new ones. Let's click on the first one here called Hints. Hints are fantastic, and what they do is, they actually follow you as you work. And let me show you what I mean by that. I'm gonna click on the Pick Tool and click on a object. See what's happening with the Hints? It keeps changing.
It's actually giving me hints, or tips, or lessons, on what to do, depending on what it is I'm actually doing. So you can see here, I've got an object selected. So it's kind of guessing that I'm probably gonna go to moving it, scaling it, or stretching it at this point. Keep your eye on the Hints Docker as I click on the Text Tool. Notice it changed again, and now it's giving me all sorts of help regarding adding text. So that's new in this version, as well, are the Hints in docker format as they follow you. I'm just gonna click on the x here to close that docker.
And let's move back to the Window menu, back to Dockers, and here you'll see another option for Beveling. I'm gonna click on that. Simply put, beveling just allows you to kind of raise the edges of an object And to put this in perspective, and to give you a better idea of how this works, I'm gonna zoom in a little closer here. I'm gonna click again on the shadow. And let's move over here, and let's click on Emboss. You'll see there's two styles. And again, there will be a video dedicated to beveling. I just wanna introduce you to this feature at this point.
I'll click on Emboss and click Apply, and you can see somewhat of a raised edge that's been applied now to this shadow. So this is an enhanced feature, as well, now located in a docker. Gonna close that. Zoom back out to full page. We'll return back to the docker location, and there's one more there I want to bring your attention to. It's one called Filet/Scallop/Chamfer. Gonna click on it, and very simply put, and again, there's a video dedicated to this feature, as well. This allows you to round the corners of an object.
And again, really a great feature to have, especially if you're doing vinyl cutting or sign cutting or engraving. And if I move here to the operations, you'll see that Fileting rounds the corner of an object, Scalloping kind of takes a little bit of a chomp out of the corner, and last but not least, Chamfering kind of straightens the edge on the corner. So I'll close that docker. And we've looked at six or seven new features already. Let's move through the menus and see if there are others we wanna look at. Under Text, you'll see here that the Character Formatting Docker, which we've already looked at, but under it is its friendly neighbor, the Paragraph Formatting Docker.
Very similar. Again, all sorts of features, centralized, one location, all specific to inserting text in a paragraph format. I'm gonna close that. Let's continue through, and now let's look at Bitmaps. Now, this is where there's been a lot of additions. You'll see here that the Convert to Bitmap feature has been enhanced. There's been some new features added there that we'll look at. But what I want to bring your attention to here is the Auto Adjust, Auto Adjust and the Image Adjustment Lab. What this allows you to do is very quickly and very easily fix a photograph that you may have in CorelDRAW.
So I'm not gonna show you that right now, but I just wanted to introduce you to the fact that this is a new feature in this suite. As I move down, Trace Bitmap, this will take us into a enhanced feature as well, or an enhanced tool called Power Trace. Power Trace allows you to take a bitmap object, or a photograph, and convert it into a vector format. This is a fantastic feature because what it allows you to do is edit bitmaps, because really what you're doing is converting them into vectors. So you're taking pixels and converting them into curves and lines, which makes it a lot easier to edit.
And we're gonna look in that. We're gonna look into that application in more detail, as well. Last but not least, and I'm just scraping the surface of the new features, I'm gonna move to the Edit menu, and here you'll see the Step and Repeat, which is highlighted, as well, as being new in this version. The Step and Repeat feature is like a Duplicate feature, but on steroids. Step and Repeat allows you to take an object and duplicate it a number of times. But you'll see here that you have complete control over the offset between the copies or the space between the copies.
And further to that, you can even look at the direction you want it to duplicate in. And again, we're gonna look at this feature in more detail, as well. So I'll close that. And again, I'm only scraping the surface of what's new in DRAW X3. You've seen a very good sampling of what I've shown you so far. So now let's look at the new features in another major player in this suite of applications, Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3. Now, if you're not aware of this application, what it does is allow you to photo edit. And new in this version ...
I'm gonna move to my Help menu again, because, just like in DRAW X3, you have the ability to see what's new in this version since Version 12. Again, the highlights appear. I'm gonna go back to my Window menu here, and you'll notice Dockers has been highlighted and there are some new ones here. I'm gonna first click on Hints. And again, just like in DRAW X3, you'll notice that we have all sorts of tips or little tutorials that help us work in the product. Now, if you keep your eye on the Hints Docker, I'm gonna click on, for example, the Text Tool, and you'll notice again that it changes, just like in CorelDRAW X3.
So that's new in this version. As well, here in the Property Bar, we also have the Character Formatting Docker. So just like in CorelDRAW X3, it's a centralized location for your text tools, or text formatting tools. As well, if I move to my Adjust menu, you'll notice here, Auto Adjust and Image Adjustment Lab, again, just like in CorelDRAW X3, the ability to very quickly fix photos that you may have open on your screen.
And last but not least, I'll move to my Image menu, and you'll see here the Cutout Lab. The Cutout Lab's fantastic. What it allows you to do is actually isolate parts of an image very quickly. And if you're familiar with masking in a photo editing software, this is a really quick and easy way to mask objects so you can isolate them and then apply effects to them. So I'll click here and just let you know that again, I'm scraping the surface of what's new. I barely touched on everything. But I wanted to give you a good idea of what was there.
And that concludes this video on what's new in CorelDRAW X3. And in the next video, we'll look at getting assistance or help when you--