Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video drawing and editing objects, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Something that everybody has to know in order to being drawing in CorelDRAW, and that is, how to use the drawing tools. So in this page, we're gonna be looking at rectangles, circles, and polygons which are three of your very basic shapes. Let's start off with your Rectangle Tool. That's over here in the toolbox in the left-hand side of your screen. So if I click on the Rectangle Tool, you can see that I have my shape drawing pointer, that's the open crosshair with the small rectangle in the bottom right-hand corner to indicate that's the tool I'm working with.
And I can click and drag a rectangle. A rectangle is defined simply by four right angles and four sides, opposite sides being equal, or I can hold down the Ctrl key in my keyboard while I draw, and that constrains and I'm gonna say this for the first time but you'll hear it over and over again, control constraints. So when I hold down the Ctrl key, it constraints all four sides to be equal and now I have the shape that we know as a square.
One other thing I'd like to point out to you about drawing rectangles, is that if you switch back to your Shape Tool, you can edit the nodes in a very predefined way to round the corners of that rectangle. Now, let's take a look at drawing circles. I'll go over here and grab my Ellipse Tool. In a similar way that the rectangle and the perfect square are two different shapes, I can draw an ellipse, something that is not perfectly round, or I can hold down the Ctrl key, yes indeed, Ctrl key, control constraints, and I get a perfect circle.
What I can show you about drawing circles is found up here in the property bar. You'll see that we have three different types of circles. I have an ellipse, which I've just drawn. Either a perfect circle or an oval. I can create a pie by changing nodes here and you'll see it took a bite out. Now, if I wanna edit those nodes, just grab my Shape Tool and I can edit those nodes to increase or decrease the size of my pie.
And I can create an arc. The difference between an arc and a pie is the fill and the closed object. An arc is not closed, as you see there, and pie is closed, which means it can hold a fill color. The arc does not hold a fill color. Now, let's switch back to our Pick Tool and go over here and we'll look at the polygons. The Polygon Tool, you will find in this flyout menu. It shares space with the Graph Paper Tool and the Spiral Tool.
Let me select the Polygon Tool. By default, I click and drag out a five-sided polygon. It has five points marking its corners. I can change that. I can decrease the number to four or a minimum of three because, as anybody who studied math knows, the definition of a polygon is a three or more sided object. And I can take the number of sides up as high as I want. Up to a maximum of 500 sides. When it reaches 500, DRAW says, "Okay, that's enough." Honestly, once you get up to around 100, it starts to look so much like a circle, it's indistinguishable.
Now, there are differences but nothing that we're gonna talk about here. Let's keep it down to, say, 16 points and we'll reduce that maybe down to a noticeable ... There we are, an eight-sided object. So now we have our typical stop sign shape. You can draw polygons using the Ctrl key as well to constrain the lengths of the sides to be equal. Since I've done a little editing with each of these other shapes, let me go back to my Shape Tool and what happens with the polygon when you grab any one of the nodes, you get everyone of its opposing nodes coming with you to edit that shape.
So I can create a star shape and if I hold down Ctrl, I'll get a nice, symmetrical star here. If you have more than five sides, it gets very interesting as you edit these, you end up with a very fun looking, almost spirograph set behavior. We'll look at more of that in the advance video as we explore these shapes fully.