Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video eyedropper tool, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Another feature that's been greatly improved in CorelDRAW 12 is the eyedropper tool. Now, the eyedropper tool is not new in itself and as you probably are already aware, what the eyedropper is used for is to sample a color so that you can have it and reuse it within your document without having to try and recreate it manually. And that's typical of any application. Here with the eyedropper tool I can sample a color from this object, which has a gradient, so it has many different colors inside. And when I do, you'll see down here in the bottom right hand side that the color I've selected is now my current fill color.
So I can hold down the shift key and drop that in this object. The shift key brings up my paint bucket. Now that's not new, that's something that CorelDRAW has been able to do for a long time. What is new with the sampling colors is the select from desktop. Now if I just restore my application here so it's not filling the entire screen, let me minimize it for a moment. You'll notice that I have a very colorful desktop. I've selected an image for my desktop, and I've done this on purpose.
Let's say, for example, move this off, that I want to pick up this sand color, or better yet a color from the beautiful crystal clear water that we have here. I'll select from desktop and now the eyedropper can transcend the application and select a color outside of the application that I can use to fill. Hold down shift, I can use to fill my objects. It picked up the sand color, if I do it again, I have to click each time I want to select a color from outside of the draw application.
So select from desktop, and I'll try and select one of these beautiful blues. Shift and there I have one of the blue colors of the ocean, as there are thousands in there, that's just one. And if I open up another application, here's an instance of the browser and it's pointed to lynda.com's website, and I have a page advertising Corel Painter 8, great application. If I want this blue, the blue that is the cover of the book, or video, I can go to select from desktop and over to this application, select that blue and then apply it here.
As you can see, I can select from anything that is outside of the application CorelDRAW with the select from desktop, very powerful feature. But that's not all, let's maximize it up again. This drop down that allows me to sample colors will switch over to object attributes, and if I select object attributes, now I have an entirely different function for the eyedropper tool. I can eye drop outline, fill and text colors. So let me just go here and select this object.
And I'll shift paint, now you'll see it's selected the entire outline and the entire fill. Now that was even possible in previous versions, but here's what wasn't possible in previous versions. I can sample transformations, for instance size. Say okay, so when I select this object, now when I paint, it's going to paint the size of the object as well. You'll see that I have a drop shadow in this object, well if I go to effects, I can pick up any number of the effects, including drop shadow.
I'll sample that and let me paint this object. That object has now been set to size, fill and outline, and to pick up the drop shadow. So very quickly I can move around and fill all of these objects. Let me just fill this one, see it matches the size for me, it applies the drop shadow and it applies the fill to the best of its ability. So I can pick up this and apply it to here. Again, it's matched the size, it's matched the fill and outline, and the drop shadow is maintained because it did not have a drop shadow here to replace it, it just kept the drop shadow that I had from a previous fill.
So here you can see I can apply all kinds of combinations here. I could turn off the outline and fill properties, and the sizing properties, and just have it move that drop shadow around my screen. So I'll sample the drop shadow and apply that all over the place where drop shadows don't currently exist. I can have it apply any number of effects, my blends, and my distortions, the envelopes that I've created. And just to size and position, size and rotation alone are huge.
Let me select rotation, sample that, and click here and you'll see it adjusts the rotation. So now you can apply all of these things across your entire document from page to page, from document to document, very, very easily and fast.