Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video business card, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW 11.
- Next we're going to look at working with a logo to build a business card in CorelDRAW and this is an example of a logo that I already built. Imagine that I just build it in this untitled document and what I would like to do is store it somewhere where I can access it again but have it in its own very small, compact form. The first thing that I want to do is double click on the pick tool as that is a shortcut that we haven't shown to select everything that's on the screen. Next, I'm going to choose "file," "save as," and I have a choice over here to "save selected only." I'm going to go ahead and call this the "btours logo." Press "save," and I've just made a compact document that only contains this artwork and it doesn't have any extra space around it.
- It doesn't save any of the page information in the background. - Correct, and if you were to bring it into a bitmap program, for example, like Photo-Paint, it would come in without any background associated with it at all. So it's a really nice technique if you have lots of little elements that you want to store and reuse. So next I'm going to create a business card. I'm going to choose, "file," "new," and first show off something that we haven't looked at yet, "new from template." CorelDRAW automatically bumps you out to a window where you see a lot of different templates that ship with the product and there happen to be a number of business cards here in the labels category.
I'm just going to click and scroll through them so that you can kind of see that some designs already exist. I'm going to go ahead and click "OK" to open up an existing template. You'll see that you're able to reconfigure these documents easily by clicking inside and retyping, or adding your own graphics, or whatever you'd like. Now I'm not going to use a template because I have my own style in mind here. I just wanted to show this feature, "new from template." I'm just going to choose, "file," "new," and show that there are also a number of presets here under this menu item here, and if I scroll down you'll see that one of the presets is a business card.
When I select that, I have the choice of a horizontal orientation or a vertical orientation. You can see that the size is already set for me to a standard business card size. - After you've gone ahead and laid out some of the basic elements that you might want to use on a series of business cards, you could then save this as a template. It's one of the formats you can use during save and if you find out where CorelDRAW has been installed in your hard drive, you can browse to that location and within the DRAW folders you'll find the template folder.
Putting this file in there will make it available to you the next time you access the "new from template." - It's very useful. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and choose to import the CorelDRAW document that I saved earlier. We looked at importing a bitmap but you can also import vector artwork. So I'm just choosing, "file," "import," and I'm going to go up a level here and locate the btours logo that I just saved. You can see it's cinched in around just the artwork that I saved.
I'm going to choose "import." I get exactly the same options that I would get with a bitmap. If all I do is click, the logo is going to come in very large here. I'm going to undo that whole operation, "control z." Instead I'm going to choose, "file," "import," and grab onto that. I'm going to drag a size out for the size that I'd like the logo to be. You probably can't tell just by looking at this but the shape that I'm dragging out is constrained and I'm not controlling the constraint of it.
It's actually responding to the size of the artwork that I'm importing. if I were importing a skinny, narrow piece of artwork this constraint would be different. It's actually sensitive to the artwork that I'm importing. So when I let up, I really do get an acurate idea of what size my logo will come in at and that is also partially due to the fact that it was saved the way that it was, where there wasn't a lot of excess space around the artwork. So I would just go ahead and position this into place and then I would get a paragraph text box because I would want to enter in some text that was actually formatted here rather then the artistic text which is more display or headline text.
For example, the "b" here and the "tours" were created out of artistic text and what I would want to create next would be paragraph text. We'll call this "Barcelona Tours, Lynda Weinman. Now, one thing to note when you do create a business card, typically business cards do not use 12 point type. That is the default size of text in just about any word processor and any draw program, but if you really look through your wallet at all of the different business cards that you may have collected, you will notice that the type generally is a lot smaller on a business card.
So what I would want to do is change the text size here. I would want to first select the type. So I have two ways of selecting the type. I can either click and drag and select it all this way or I can return to the "pick" tool and that is going to give me a selection of everything that I just selected here. Believe it or not, you often go to a very small point size on a business card. A 6, or a 7, or even 5 point. I know it might feel odd to set something so small, but it's really going to look a lot better if you do that. I'm just going to go ahead and it doesn't really matter that I have this excess room because it's not effecting my type, but I am going to go ahead an reposition that.
We'll just pretend like our business card is beautiful and we're happy with it and we're ready to save it off and before we do that it might be helpful to see how this is going to print. Often if you have a business card, you can save a lot of money in printing if you gang it up on a piece of paper and you have multiples of the same card and you let the printer cut it up after it's been printed. So I'm going to turn the mic over to Mark so that he can show off some of those features.