Join Scott Georgeson for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with Perfect Shapes, part of CorelDRAW Essential Training.
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We're now on Page 27 of your working file, Perfect Shapes and these really do come in very handy. Well, on the toolbar, our previous lesson we worked with the Graph Paper tools, so you'll have that most likely selected there. Directly underneath we have Basic Shapes, so we just click on the little flyout, I should say Perfect Shapes, but in this case the Basic Shapes were selected first. So we will make sure that we work with Basic Shapes first, so I select this and the first thing you notice is on the toolbar three options, Outline width, the type of outline you might want to work with and then the Basic Shape itself.
Always select your shape, draw your shape first and then apply the other two, if you want to change to say dotted line or something alternate. Anyway, so let's pick a Basic Shape and I'll fist of all go with a smiley face. Now if I simply click and drag, I don't even have to put my finger on Ctrl key, that's why it's a Perfect Shape and we have a smiley face. Now for all of these objects we are about to draw, you'll find the majority of them have one or two nodes, there'll be a red one, a yellow one, in some cases even a blue one.
Simply hover your mouse over the node and you'll notice that automatically it turns to the Shape tool. Simply click and drag, in this case, I can only move it up and down and I get a sad face, or make it even more smiley face, let's delete that one. I am selecting another object, if for example I were to go with say, the little - actually I'll go with the triangle, because triangles are really handy, click and drag, finger on Ctrl in this case for a perfect triangle or just click and drag to create the shape triangle you want, when you release your mouse, this is one of those that doesn't have a node, so you create a shape basically from the way you drag.
Let me do one more for you. We'll do the no, well I call it No Smoking, but it really it can be a no anything, kind of. Click on the little node and as you can see, great for sign writers you can adjust the thickness of the shape of the no. I don't know what you call it, the strike through, we'll call it that. Okay, let's move on to the next one, Arrows. Now I use arrow shapes all the time. Same properties are available, I usually mainly work with the first arrow, you'll find a basic arrow and you'll pretty much always work with that arrow.
Okay, so hover your mouse over the little red node and as you can see you can reshape the arrow in whatever way that you want; really, really, handy for all types of designs you might need to use an arrow for. Coming down a little bit further, if I go to a completely different type of arrow shape a four corner, now here's one that has the three nodes. So we can see that the red node increases the size of the square in the middle; and we can see that the blue node stretches or actually adjusts the angle of the point; and then the yellow node actually changes the point, you see that? So the yellow node gives you that sort of bladed edge to your point; the blue one pull it down, and that sort of stretches your, what would you call that, the shaft and the height or the angle if you like.
So lots of adjustments there for that particular one. Now, let's move on to FlowChart shapes. FlowChart shapes, probably is not something I personally use a lot of, but, I can see how they would be very, very valuable. So select your varying shapes, place them on the screen, and of course, ultimately you would want to connect them all together, but they are very handy for doing business designs and all those sorts of things. But notice how the point is they create perfect shapes for you. You don't have to put your finger on Ctrl or Shift or anything like that, so I'll quickly just remove those and let's have a quick look at the Banner shapes, I really like these and I do use them quite a lot.
So click and drag, hover over the node and you can see it kind of adjusts the sense of prospective, the height or the thickness of the banner, and say that one there, it's kind of cool one too. This one will adjust the width as you can see and the yellow one adjusts the height and the sense of perspective on it as well. And quickly for the last one, CallOut shapes, and of course that's what that is there, you'll use these lots of time throughout your design projects.
Just simply click and drag, and again, it's a perfect shape ,no need for the Ctrl key, and this simply allows you to move or stretch your pointer to any location. I kind of like this one, I use it quite a lot, as you can see over there. Again, just simply click on the little node to move your pointer wherever you want. Now, in this case here, if we do something similar, say I make that blue. In fact, what I'll do is make that say black and then plus (+) on my keyboard or Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, make that blue, just use the arrow keys and arrow up a little bit, remembering -- actually that's really interesting point.
There is the odd tool that plus (+) on your keyboard won't work with, see that, now hit plus (+) and it's not actually working, because I still have the actual Perfect Shapes tool selected. I need to go back to my Pick tool. So there you go, made a mistake then, but probably a good one for you to see. So, if you can't get plus on your keyboard to work on odd thing to work, you'll need to change your tool back to the Pick tool most likely. So in this case, again, we'll try it again, so I'll make it black and then plus (+) on my keyboard for duplicate, I'll make that blue and I'm just going to arrow up a little bit and as you can see I'm kind of creating that shadow effect around my actual CallOut.
If you were a sign writer, you might select the blue one, right click on white, so now you've got a cutout line all the way around, so the black would be cutout separately to the blue and that's how you would do something like that, adjusting the thickness of that of course, if I were to say, go to 2, you can see the CutOut would become different and if I arrow up a little bit more and then to the left a little bit, anyway, you can play with that. So go ahead and play with those and in our next lesson, we're going to use the Arrow and add an arrow to our card.
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- Understanding vector and bitmap images
- Working with multipage projects
- Using independent per-page layers and guides
- Drawing and editing shapes, lines, curves, and tables
- Creating and using symbols
- Working with text
- Designing a business card
- Shaping, filling, blending, and extruding objects
- Importing and exporting other file types
- Customizing the workspace, menus, toolbars, and palettes