What you need to know on Corel draw part1

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What you need to know on Corel draw part1


What you need to know on Corel draw

What is corelDRAW?

This is a graphic enhancement program that allows you to work with refined curves and objects to produce precise effects over some other typesetting program.
The tool in corelDRAW enables gratifying result without ever cracking a manual.

What can you do with corel draw?

With corel draw, you can;

·         Fill color illustrations
·         Complex drawing
·         Photo realistic images
·         Logos
·         Graphic for the world wide web
·         Fancy headlines
·         Surrealistic images
·         Animination sequences
·         Libraries of clipart
·         High quality drawings from resolution originals.
To get started with coreldraw. First of all click on start button on the task bar.
Locate to CorelDraw folder
Click on coreldraw.

Features on CorelDraw screen

Title bar: this displays the name of the program that you are working or ( coreldraw8) and the file presently opened. It also containing the minimize, maximize and the close buttons to the coreldraw window.
Menu bar:  This display the name of the eleven drop down menu you can access. E.g Fiie,Edit,View etc.
Standard Tool Bar: This is located below the menu bar and it offer shortcuts to other frequently used commands.
Property Tool Bar: This is a content sensitive toolbar that offers you only to control that are relevant for the task at hand. E.g when you are creating rectangle, you offered position and ordering commands and controls for rounding the corners.
The Horizontal/Vertical Scroll Bar: These are used to move to other parts of the drawing or a page.
Status Bar: This is displayed by default at the bottom of the screen initially you can see two areas in the status bar. The coordinate on the left gives the screen position of the mouse pointer and fill displays the fill pattern or color of the selected objects.
COLOUR PALETTE: this is located along the right side of the screen. It provides an easy way for hanging the interior fill and the outline color of a selected object. Due to the fact that the palette contains more colors that can be fit to the screen, the palette as a scroll bar to give you access to all the palette‘s selections.
To display additional color choices, click the down arrows at the bottom end of the color palette.
The Tool Box: The thirteen icons along the left side of the most common commands and functions of the program.
EXPLORING TOOL BOX
Flyouts contains a set of related CorelDRAW tools. A small arrow in the right-hand  corner of a tool box button indicates a flyouts: for example, the shape edit flyout.
PICK/POINTER TOOL: The pick tool let you select and transform objects
TO SELECT AN OBJECT
Ø  Click on the pick tool from the tool box.
Ø  Click anywhere on the object to select it.
Ø  Small black boxes called nodes appear round the objects.
TO SELECT A MULTIPLE OBJECTS
Ø  Select the first object
Ø  Hold down the shift key and the keyboard
Ø  Select the other objects one after the other.
If the objects are in close contact then drag a marquee around them to select them i.e. click an open space beyond the objects and drag .In a rectangle manner around. All the objects are now selected.
TO MOVE AN OBJECT
Ø  Select the object
Ø  Click  anywhere in it and hold down the mouse button
Ø  Drag the object to anywhere you want it.
Ø  Release the mouse button
TO RESIZE AN OBJECT:
To resize an object in height, width or both
Ø  Select the object
Ø  Click on one of its handles, hold down the mouse button
Ø  Drag the handle either inwards to decrease or outwards to increase
Ø  Release the mouse button
 SHAPE TOOL: The shape tool is used for nodes editing, editing and kerning corner of the rectangle and to turn circle into arcs and pie slices.
KNIFE TOOL: The knife tool lets you cut through objects.
TO SPLIT AN OBJECT ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE USING A KNIFE TOOL
Ø  Open the shape edit flyout and click the knife tool
Ø  Position the knife cursor where you want to start cutting, the cursor will snap upright when it ready to cut
Ø  Click once
Ø  Move the cursor to where you want it to stop cutting
Ø  Click once
TO ERASE POSITION OF AN OBJECT
Ø  Pen the shape edit flyout and click the eraser tool
Ø  Select the object you want to erase
Ø  Drag the eraser over the object
FREE TRANSFORM: The free transform tool lets you transform your object by using the free rotation, Angle rotation, scale, and stew tools.
ZOOM TOOL:  This allows you to work in the optimum magnification. It is one of the most essential aids to creating and editing illustration.
PAN TOOL: The pan tool helps you move the display of the drawing window.
BEZIER TOOL: The Bezier tool lets you draw curves using a connect-the-dots style of drawing.
FREEHAND TOOL: This is the electronic equivalent of the artistic sketching.
TO DRAW A STRIGHT LINE:
Ø  Click on the freehand tool
Ø  Click where you want the line to start
Ø  Hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard
Ø  Click where you want the line to end
ARTISTIC MEDIA: The artistic media tool provides access to the brush, sprayer, calligraphic, and pressure tools.
DIMENTION TOOL: The dimension tool lets you draw vertical, horizontal, slanted, or angular dimension lines.
INTERACTIVE CONNECTOR: The interactive connector lets you join two objects with a line.
RECTANGULAR TOOL: The rectangular tool lets you draw rectangles and squares.
HOW TO DRAW A RECTANGLE
Ø  Click in the rectangle icon on the tool box
Ø  Take the mouse pointer to the page
Ø  Click and drag the mouse a little way for the right  and down
Ø  Release the mouse
A rectangle appear on the screen
To draw a square, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while dragging.
TO ROUNDUP THE CORNER OF A RECTANGLE
Ø  Draw a medium size rectangle
Ø  Click on the shape tool from the tool box and notice that the cursor changes from a plus sign to an arrow head
Ø  Select the rectangle, by clicking on it with the arrow head
OR
Ø  Draw either a rectangle or a square using the rectangle tool
Ø  Select either of them with shape tool
Ø  Drag one of their corners nodes along the outline of the rectangle or square.
ELLIPSE/CIRCLE TOOL: The ellipse tool lets you draw ellipses and circles
TO DRAW AN ELLIPSE:
Ø  Click on the ellipse icon on the tool box
Ø  Take mouse pointer to the page
Ø  Click and drag as required
Ø  Release the mouse button
HOW TO DRAW AN ARC:
Ø  Draw an ellipse
Ø  Using the shape tool to select the ellipse
Ø  Place the arrow head on the ellipse`s node
Ø  Click and hold down the mouse button drag in a circle outside the outline of the ellipse.
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