Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video setting up a page, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- As we're getting started let's take a look at setting up a basic page. At this time I should do a quick overview of the user interface and then we'll create a new document and look at the features that are available for setting up your page. To start with we have our menus. That's expected. Here in the menu bar you'll find all of the options and tools that you can use within Corel Draw. Below the menu bar we have our first toolbar. This is known as the standard toolbar. Standard because we have our New, Open, Save, Print, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Redo.
Very typical features. Below that we have the property bar. Now, the property bar is special. It's contact sensitive. And that means depending on the tool that you have in your hand from the toolbox, that's this in the left-hand side, the tool that you have in your hand in the toolbox changes the properties on the property bar. So, you always get the tools you need when you need them. Over here in the toolbox, you'll notice these black arrows. They refer to fly-out menus and fly-out menus contain a whole bunch of tools that are related in some way.
Either in what they do or how they do it. On the right-hand side of our screen we have the on-screen color palette, and we have several color palettes at our disposal. We'll be looking at those in a bit. The on-screen color palette is a way that we can select and use colors in our diagrams. And here, in this area of the screen, we have our desktop. Here we have our working page. Below the working page we have some navigation controls which we'll be talking about next. And we have the status bar at the very bottom.
The status bar is full of very useful information. We'll be sure to watch that. Now, let's go up and click on New Document in our standard toolbar. We have a letter document, 8.5 by 11 portrait orientation. And I can change that orientation to landscape. I can change the dimensions of my page. Let's play 10 by 7.5 and I just press tab to go to the next dialogue box, and then I'll hit enter to apply those changes. You'll notice that our page type says Custom.
Well, this drop-down dialogue box contains a lot of presets that we can use to size our page or choose the page type. I can see a variety of things including business cards, various types of envelopes, as well as the standard paper sizes that we've come to expect. Let me just click back on a letter. You notice it jumps back to portrait by default. That's part of the preset. We can also have multiple pages. And I'm gonna do that by just clicking the plus sign a couple of times. There we have three pages.
We can affect these pages individually. Let's go back to page 1, and up here we have a control that allows us to define a single page or multiple pages. And right now it's set to multiple pages. So, if I change to landscape for example that's going to apply that effect to all three pages. Let's go back to portrait and I'm going to switch to individual pages and now I can have page number 1 be landscape while page number 2 and 3 remain portrait.
Or I can say to page number 1 go ahead and be 10, tab, 7.5, hit enter. A different size, now I have a custom-sized page, and page 2 and 3 remain the way they were. From the Layout menu and the Page Setup dialogue box you can get a more in depth view of that setup. And from here you can save a custom page and add it to your preset list. And we'll cancel out of here. Let's make another new document.
This time we'll add four pages. I'm showing an example of a booklet. In a booklet, of course, you have opposing pages. Now, you may make a booklet with a lot more than 4 pages but this is a good small example. Layout, Page Setup, and here under the Page section of the Options menu, see Layout, we have an option for facing pages. If you click Facing pages, say Ok, page number 1 shifts over to the right-hand side, and this will become the cover of our little booklet. Page 2 and 3 have now been set up as opposing pages, and then page 4 is the back cover of our booklet.
This is very useful. It translates into the Print engine. And allows you to do an imposition layout. So, you can actually print it in a booklet layout and then assemble it later. And there's a quick look at some of the features and options for setting up a page.