Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video fills, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Now we get to talk about one of my favorite topics, and that is fills. Working with color inside of COrelDRAW is an absolute dream and I'm gonna show you why in the next few minutes. If I select an object, it's very simple. You've seen me do it already. Select and effect, so I'll select this object and I'll click on a color and I fill that object. Simple, simple. Option number two for filling an object is to select the color from your color palate, your on-screen color palate and I can click and drag that into an object on my screen.
By the way, I referred to this as my on-screen color palate. You have more color palates at your disposal. You go to the Window menu and you open up Color Palates, you can see you have quite a selection. All of your Pantone color palates for doing your spot colors and process colors. And you have some other palates that have been prepared for web design and SVG graphics, and you can create your own color palates as well. That's a discussion for another time. On top of the select an object and select your color, you have some other methods.
For example, if I don't like this shade of red, it's too simple for me, I can click and hold on the red for a moment and bring up what's called the color neighborhood. The color neighborhood is 49 variations of that particular color in any palate. So now it moves a little closer to yellow and a little closer to the pink and violets and I can work with, let's see, let me drag this one over and drop it in. There you go. So now, I've got a variation. It's not quite the same orange that you're gonna find down here.
If I wanna accentuate that even further, let me open up the color neighborhood and choose this very dark, there we go. That's very dark burnt orange. Somewhere in the middle. It doesn't even look like a red anymore. On top of the color neighborhood, we have color mixing. So we go down here and I put in this cyan blue. Well, cyan blue is something that I don't wanna use over and over again, not too much of. A more interesting blue for me, you can hold down the Crtl key and click on another color and every time you do, it adds a shade of that color into the color you're working with.
So for example, if I move down here to yellow, it's gonna start mixing yellow in and now you see I'm getting a very muted blue. It's starting to turn into a greenish blue. I'll lighten that up a little bit more, maybe add a little red to that. Now, I'm getting a grayish color. Too many colors. Let me add some yellow back in there. And I've got a very deep copper, almost a gold color added to there now. That's color mixing. You hold down the Crtl key and you can mix color. What makes working with color in DRAW a real dream though is this little gem down here.
That is the Interactive Fill Tool. Select the Interactive Fill Tool and you can apply your basic fills or some pretty complex fills in a very, very easy way, very fast way. For example, let me select this object and click and drag across it with my fill tool and when I release, I get a gradient fill. This gradient is something that is completely automated. It's completely at my fingertips and I don't have to go in and out of dialog boxes to use it. I'm gonna zoom in on that object, Shift F2.
I'll tap F3 to step back. So now with my Interactive Fill Tool, and I have my two ends of my fills, my two targets, I can click and drag colors into those targets, notice the tip of my arrow is inside of that box and it drops in a new color. I'll click and drag yellow down here and I can drag as many colors as I want. You see this slider in the middle allows me to accelerate my color toward one target or another, and instead of having a slider, I could put another color.
Let me use some orange in here. I'll put the tip of arrow right on the dotted line this time and there we have a third color added and now I can accelerate the colors by moving that color or if I drop another color in here, let's put some yellow back in. Now I can move these around. What I'm doing is I'm building a complex gradient or fountain fill as it's called inside of CorelDRAW. If you really wanna get crazy, go up here to the Edit Fill dialog box and you can work with your fills in a very precise and much more complicated way inside of the Fill Dialog.