Learn how to create tables for your newsletter or publication
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- [Voiceover] Creating a table in CorelDRAW is just as easy as creating a table in Quattro Pro, Excel, or any other spreadsheet program. It's simply a matter of setting the size, and then doing some quick formatting. Let's take a look at that now. I'll select the table tool underneath my text tool. On the interactive property bar, I want to make sure that we have five columns, and four rows. Left click and drag on my page to create the table. I want to ensure that my size is 9.5 by three inches in height.
And I'm gonna tap the letter P, that will ensure it's in the center of my page. Perfect. That's right where I want it. Now what I'm gonna do is simply add some of my labels. We're gonna start going down the left hand side, I'll go back to my text tool. I'll click on the first one. I want to make sure that my cap locks key is on. So, we have "Data," "Mercury," "Venus," and, of course, "Mars." Now I'm going to format some of this text, so let me just zoom in a little bit so we can get a tighter look at this.
We're gonna start by changing the color of my text. So I wanna select my eyedropper tool, and the color I want the text to be the same color as this banner in the back. I'm simply gonna use this attributes eyedropper to click on the color, and it's simply a matter of clicking in each of the fields to change the text. Now, with the text tool, I can double click in here to select my text. I want to make sure that it's Arial black, and I want 16 point. I'm also gonna make this center-justified. You'll notice that if I click and drag, I can select all of these cells.
However, it doesn't give me the ability to change my fonts. That's because the interactive property bar changes depending on what's selected. What I do have the ability to do, is I can change my background color, I can change border, I can dictate how I want the lines colored, and which lines I want to have colored, as well as splitting cells, joining cells, and a couple of other items here. Instead, what I can do, is if I right click a blank area on a toolbar, I'm going to bring up my text toolbar. Now if I select this text, I have the ability of changing my font, my point size, as well as my justification.
I'm going to continue entering this information, and if you take a look in the chapter five exercise files, you'll find the data sheet that will allow you to complete the information, as well. Now that I've entered all of my information, I just want to continue formatting these cells, so as we saw it previously, it's simply a matter, with my text toolbar on the page, I'm gonna click in here, I'll select these cells, and I can go ahead and make sure that this is 16 point. And I want center-justified. And there you have it. The ability to add a table directly into CorelDRAW.
Of course, if you happen to have a table already created in Word or Excel, it's simply a matter of clicking on the import icon, select the proper filter format, and import that directly into CorelDRAW.
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