Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video workspace 201, part of CorelDRAW 12 Beyond the Basics.
- Many of you who are quite experienced with CorelDraw will immediately recognize some differences here on our user interface. Now I don't wanna spend too much time going over the components of the user interface. Although I would like to review. But I do wanna show you some of the flexibility you have in designing your own workspace. First of all, by way of review, let's just cover the main components. We've got our Title bar, Menu bar, Standard Toolbar, first of many. Our Property bar, probably the most important component of the entire user interface.
The Property bar gives you the tools you need when you need them. And then we have the Toolbox. And this very special Toolbar is one that you know you're gonna use again and again and again. Over here on the right-hand side, we have our onscreen Color palettes. And when we begin talking about color, you'll see how many color palettes we have at our disposal. How you can create your own, and where we're gonna go with that. Here we have a Docker window. And again, you know that the Dockers are more tools, more features and more depth for the features that you're using.
And they can be expanded or collapsed. And you can pull them apart. Stack them side by side, one on top of the other. There's lots of choices with your Dockers. Here we have our empty space surrounding our working page. This is called the Desktop, and it's endless. It goes on for as far to the right and left, the top to bottom as you can imagine. And you can place things there. When you have items on your Desktop, they don't exist on any page. They exist on the Master Layer. And we'll talk more about that when we talk about layers.
Here, on our working page, you'll see Page One. And this is our page tab down here, as part of the navigational tools that we have off to the left. Any time you see a plus sign, just click it to add pages to your document. So this is the Multi-Page Layout tool. But then you knew that. To the right-hand side of the horizontal scrollbar, and at the bottom of the vertical scrollbar, we have the Navigator. And the Navigator is a very useful little tool that we'll talk about more about when we're looking at viewing our work. And last but not least, of course, is the Status bar.
And I can't emphasize this enough, it may be the entire point of reviewing the UI. Look at the Status bar, the Status bar gives you the coordinates of your pointer. The coordinates of your object, the amount of movement that you have when you're dragging objects around your working space. It gives you the type of objects you're working with. Tips on exactly how to use the tools that you're currently holding. Your fill color, specifically your outline. As well as a sampling of those things. And much more appear down in the Status bar. If you haven't been accustomed to looking at your Status bar on a regular basis, or using it to help you define the work that you are attemping, get used to using it.
It's an absolute lifesaver. Alright, so that's your user interface in a nutshell. Let me tell you what I don't like. As with most people in this world, I'm very resistant to change. Being resistant to change is one of the reasons that the developers of Corel decided to, and I'm just gonna go up to the Customization menu. And look at Workspace. They decided to include an Adobe Illustrator workspace. So if I choose the Adobe Illustrator workspace, then it rearranges a few things on my Desktop.
And makes the user interface a little bit more familiar. Again, because we're resistant to change, when we're moving from one application to another, we don't necessarily want to see different things. We want familiarity. Well, I've created my own workspace here. And as you can see, that's as easy as clicking New. When I do that, I need to choose a Workspace that it's gonna be based off of. And my own Workspace is based off of the Default. I did that so that I could make changes, arbitrarily without worrying about changing the Default, or having to save a new one after the fact.
Here we can name our Workspace, give it a brief description if we're going to share it. Share it, what's that? Well, once you've created a Workspace, such as I have here, you can Export it, and have other people Import it. When you Export it, you can Export it as an attachment to an email. You can Export it over a local area network. And you can Export any component that you want. Let me just click that. When you click Export, you can Export just your own custom Dockers if you've created any. Or if you've rearranged any.
You can Export menus. Specific menus, or all the menus. You can Export shortcut keys that you've maybe created or modified. The Status bar, if you've changed the look and feel of the Status bar. And you can Export any Toolbars, even those that you've created yourself. And of course they don't appear here yet, 'cause we haven't created any. But when we do, we'll take a look at that again. And right from here, I can save it to an area on the network and share it out. Or just burn it to a CD. Or, I can send it over email. Your Workspace is not going to be that large. So sending it over email is actually a good option.
Let me close that down. Now I'm just gonna get out of here for a minute. The reason I created my own Workspace is 'cause I wanted to rearrange a few things. But I didn't wanna step on anybody's toes. As of Version 10, the Corel developers have included absolute control for the end-user over your working environment. Now, for example, here in the Toolbox, we see this flyout menu. Now it's a small thing, but I use the Polygon tool constantly.
And I don't use the Graph Paper tool as often. But, by default, when you open up the application it's going to show you the first tool in the flyout. So this isn't a whole lot of use to me. Let me show you how you can rearrange and or add components to your Workspace. To start with, I'm going to copy an element from the Toolbox up to a Toolbar. The Standard toolbar is there all of the time. No matter what I'm doing. And I wanna have full-time access to the Outline dialog.
So I'm gonna go into this flyout menu. Grab the Outline Pen dialog. And holding down the Alt and Control key at the same time, Alt plus Control, I'm gonna hold them both down. While they're depressed, I'm gonna click and drag the Outline Pen tool. And you'll notice that you get a little I-bar cursor appearing, yes? That indicates where it's gonna fall. So I'm gonna drop that there. And you can see, that the Outline Pen dialog still exists here. But now, a copy of it exists on the Standard toolbar as well.
This becomes very useful if you wanna add features to the Property bar. Because the Property bar is contact sensitive, when I click on different tools in the Toolbox, the Property bar is going to change to accommodate that particular tool. Well these are all different versions of the Property bar. So if you want to add functionality to the Property bar, you can take things from the Toolbox, and send it up there. Or, you can take things from the menus. For example, for the Smart Drawing tool, I may really wanna have the Copy Effect menu appear there as well.
I can hold down Alt plus Control. And I'm gonna have to select that again 'cause it automatically closed the menu for me. Here we go, and I'll just copy that over here. Oh, I missed. So it created a new menu for me, thank you. I'll just close that and try again. There's the I-bar. Have to make sure I see that dark I-bar cursor appearing in the slot that I wanna put it. Now you notice the icon changed. Well, that's because there was no icon. Here in the menu, there was a text title.
And now the icon's different. And we'll be talking about creating your own custom icons in just a moment. But the contents of that menu are intact. So now, anytime you're holding your Smart Drawing tool, you're going to have access to the Copy Effect menu. Well that'll go away if I change tools. You notice that it's only that version of the Property bar that we've added that to. Well, let's get back to this flyout menu. And I'll show you what I had in mind. When I hold down the Alt plus Control key I'm copying items from one place to another.
Either out of the menus, or out of the toobars. Or various Property bars, Toolbox, Anywhere you wanna go. If you hold down simply the Alt key, you can move a tool. For example, I can reposition the Polygon tool to the front of that menu. And now I'll just change tools. And of course, the ramifications of that are every time I come back into this Workspace, I'm going to have the Polygon tool sitting there waiting for me. And for those of you who have used previous versions, and you're accustomed to using the Polygon tool on a regular basis, Or even just seeing it there.
This is going to make the Workspace a lot more familiar. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the way it was by default. But I have full control over it, so I'm gonna exercise that control. Be careful when you're holding the Alt key alone. Let me show you what happens. If I go back up to the Outline Pen dialog, that we previously copied to the Standard toolbar, and I hold down the Alt key alone. Now when I drag that out, if I drop it into the Workspace without any particular place for it to go. I've thrown it away, it disappears.
Now because we copied it, it still exists here. But it's no longer available to me on a Standard toolbar. And again, I can do that to reset. Just go back to the Smart Drawing tool. And I'll throw away the Copy Effects menu. And now everything's back to normal, except for the small change which is what I wanted. You can use the Alt key to rearrange items. Again, because you're not copying any changes you make are permanent. You can use it to rearrange your toolbars and your Toolbox to fit your needs.
The only thing I'd warn you about, is if you are accustomed to using various computers, then the next computer you sit down to is gonna be back to default. Which will be very different if you've made a lot of customizations. And that could be counter-intuitive.
Note: this product was previously named Advanced CorelDRAW 12
- Artistic media
- Working with barocodes
- Fountain, pattern, texture and Postscript fills
- Creating text and graphics effects
- Using symbols
- Customizing Tools menu
- Recording scripting and macros
- Working with PDF
- Pre-Flight engines