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CorelDRAW X7: The Official Guide, 11th Edition

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The Only Corel-Authorized Guide to CorelDRAW X7

CorelDRAW X7: The Official Guide shows you how to create photorealistic illustrations, lay out text and graphics, import and edit photos, add special effects to vector art and photos, and transform 2D objects into 3D artwork. You'll also get expert tips for printing work that matches what you've designed on your monitor. Step-by-step tutorials based on downloadable sample files let you learn by doing.
  • Explore and master CorelDRAW's menus, palettes, and dockers
  • Add Paragraph Text, Artistic Text, and custom-shaped text to your designs
  • Explore the new Content Exchange for access to new, exciting patterns and other fills
  • Create the illusion of 3D objects with the Perspective and Extrude tools
  • Dramatically edit objects with the Smear, Twirl, Attract, Repel, and Distortion tools
  • Add elements of photorealism to your drawings with lens effects, transparency, shadows, glows, and bevels
  • Combine photos with vector graphics in CorelDRAW, and perform advanced editing in PHOTO-PAINT

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Part I Student Orientation Weekend
    1. Chapter 1 Welcome! What’s in Store, and What’s New
      1. If You’re New to Vector Drawing Programs
        1. What Vector Drawing Is and Isn’t
        2. Corel CONNECT: Your First Stop
        3. You’re Welcomed Before You Enter CorelDRAW
      2. The CorelDRAW Application Window
      3. Corel CONNECT in the Workspace
        1. Using Your Universal Connection
      4. Tutorial: CONNECTing to Media Using Corel CONNECT
      5. So What Else Is New?
        1. The New Elliptical Fountain Fill
        2. Color Node Pop-Ups
        3. The Smart Fill Tool
        4. Quick Response Codes in CorelDRAW
        5. PDFs to Go
    2. Chapter 2 The Roadmap to Features and Productivity in CorelDRAW
      1. The CorelDRAW Workspace
        1. The Page Shadow: It’s a Command Control
      2. Tutorial: Defining and Saving a Custom Page Size
        1. Page Options on the Property Bar
        2. Can You Give Me a Hint?
        3. CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT Are Your Friends
        4. Choosing Tones from the Color Wells
        5. Surprises When You Right-Click and Use the Wheel
        6. Page Navigation: Panning and Zooming the Smart Way
        7. Not to Be Overlooked on the Standard Bar…
        8. Shortcut Keys You’ll Want to Memorize
      3. The Terms Global vs. Local
      4. A Brief Anatomy Lesson on Dockers
        1. Opening, Moving, and Closing Dockers
        2. Nested (Grouped) Dockers
    3. Chapter 3 Diving into CorelDRAW! Your First Professional Composition
      1. Working with the Star Tool to Build a Pattern
      2. Tutorial: Making the Background: Putting the Star Tool to Work
      3. Tweaking the Star Object
      4. Tutorial: Reshaping a Star: Technique 1
      5. Tutorial: Reshaping a Star: Technique 2
        1. Making a Pattern of Stars
      6. Tutorial: Creating More Stars than a Hollywood Agent
      7. Tutorial: Rotating and Scaling to Populate the Pattern Area
        1. Shaping Operations and Combining Objects
      8. Tutorial: Trimming the Stars to the Background and Beyond
        1. An Introduction to Enveloping Objects
      9. Tutorial: Enveloping and Trimming the Welded Stars
        1. Adding Shading to Your Composition
      10. Tutorial: Adding Lighting to the Beach Ball
        1. Adding Highlights and a Shadow
        2. Blending Yourself a Cast Shadow
      11. Tutorial: Making a Cast Shadow with Blends
      12. Adding a Background and a Floor in Perspective
      13. Tutorial: A Starry Ball Sitting on a Floral Rug
        1. Completing the Composition with Embellishments
      14. Tutorial: Framing Your Composition
  10. Part II Getting Started with CorelDRAW X7
    1. Chapter 4 Working with Single- and Multi-page Documents
      1. Setting Up Your Document Page
        1. Controlling Page Size and Orientation
        2. Paper Type/Size
        3. Page Viewing Options
        4. Controlling Page Background Color
      2. Tutorial: Changing a Background Bitmap
        1. Using Layouts and Labels
      3. Naming Pages
        1. Using the Rename Page Command
        2. Save Details with Your File
        3. Navigating a Multi-page Document
        4. Using the Object Manager
      4. Page Commands
        1. Inserting Pages and Setting Options
        2. Deleting Pages
        3. Moving and Duplicating Pages
        4. Using the Page Sorter
      5. Working with Guidelines and Guide Layers
        1. Using Guidelines
        2. Working with the Guides Layer
        3. Make an Object a Guideline
      6. The New Alignment and Dynamic Guides Docker
      7. Alignment Properties on the Docker
        1. Adding Margins to the Mix
        2. Dynamic Guides
    2. Chapter 5 Creating Basic Shapes and Applying Transformations
      1. Using the Rectangle Tool and Property Bar
        1. Drawing a Rectangle
        2. Setting Rectangle Corner Properties
        3. Creating 3-Point Rectangles
      2. Using the Ellipse Tool and Property Bar
        1. Drawing an Ellipse
      3. Tutorial: Round One with the Ellipse Tool
        1. Controlling Ellipse States
        2. Creating 3-Point Ellipses
      4. Using Polygons and the Property Bar
        1. Drawing and Editing Polygons
      5. Tutorial: Reshaping a Polygon
        1. Stars and Complex Stars
      6. Using the Spiral Tool
      7. Using the Graph Paper Tool
      8. Tutorial: Power-Drawing a Grid with Graph Paper
      9. Using the Convert Outline To Object Command
    3. Chapter 6 Arranging and Organizing Objects
      1. Basic Object Selection
        1. Pick Tool Selections
        2. Picking and Freehand Picking
        3. Selection Techniques
        4. Selecting Objects by Type
      2. Moving Objects
        1. Using the Pick Tool
        2. Using Nudge Keys
      3. Transforming Objects
        1. Transforming Objects Using the Cursor
      4. Tutorial: Off-center Object Rotation to Create a Design
        1. Using the Free Transform Tool
        2. Copying Effects with the Attributes Eyedropper Tool
      5. Tutorial: Straightening Objects via Attributes
      6. Applying Precise Transformations
        1. Positioning (Moving) Objects
        2. Rotating Objects
        3. Scale and Mirror Objects
        4. Sizing Objects
      7. Precision Skewing
      8. Controlling the Order of Things
      9. Working with Views of a Document’s Depth: Layers
        1. Exploring the Object Manager
        2. Navigating Pages, Objects, and Layers
      10. Tutorial: Navigating and Mastering Layers
        1. Using Object Manager Editing and View States
        2. Controlling Layer Properties
        3. Working with Master Page Layers
      11. Tutorial: Working with Master Page Items
  11. Part III Working with Object Tools for Art and for Business
    1. Chapter 7 Choosing (and Understanding) the Right Path Tools
      1. Sidling Up to CorelDRAW X7’s Curve Tools
      2. How to Draw in CorelDRAW
        1. Drawing with the Freehand and Polyline Tools
        2. Drawing Arcs with the 3-Point Curve Tool
      3. Tutorial: 3-Point Curves and Closed Objects
        1. Drawing with the 2-Point Line Tool
      4. Using the Bézier and Pen Tools
        1. Getting a Handle on Béziers
        2. Drawing Conventions for the Bézier and Pen Tools
      5. Tutorial: Drawing Curves and Straight Line Segments
      6. Editing Bézier Paths
      7. Tutorial: Editing Paths with the Shape Tool
      8. Controlling Freehand and Bézier Tool Behavior
      9. Working with Compound Paths
        1. Combining Objects
        2. Breaking Paths Apart
        3. Converting Objects to Curves
    2. Chapter 8 Exploring Special Shapes, Connectors, and Other Office Automation Helpers
      1. CorelDRAW’s Smart Drawing Tool
      2. Tutorial: CAD: CorelDRAW-Assisted Drawing
      3. Tutorial: Reshaping a Perfect Shape
      4. Using Perfect Shape Tools
      5. Tutorial: Creating Perfect Objects
        1. Editing Glyph Nodes
      6. Using the Dimension Tools
        1. Using Dimension Tools
        2. Checking Out Dimension Lines
      7. Tutorial: Using Dimension Lines
        1. Segment Dimensions
        2. An Exercise in Dimensioning to Scale
      8. Tutorial: Drawing Scale, Windows Calculator, and Dimension Lines
        1. Working with Callouts
      9. The Connector Tools
      10. Tables
        1. Creating a Table
        2. Using the Proper Tool for the Job
        3. Table Options When the Pick Tool Is Active
        4. Table Options When the Shape Tool Is Active
        5. Editing a Table When the Table Tool Is Active
        6. Working with Text and Graphics in a Table
        7. Converting a Table to Text
        8. Converting an Existing Text to a Table
    3. Chapter 9 Editing Objects and Rearranging Paths
      1. Shaping and Reshaping Objects
        1. Shaping Commands and the Property Bar
      2. Working Examples of Object Shaping
      3. Tutorial: Trimming a Chicken
      4. Embellishing Corners and Object Node Editing
        1. Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer
        2. Down and Dirty and the Shape Tool
      5. Tutorial: Reshaping Objects with the Shape Tool
      6. Hiding Object Exteriors Using PowerClips
      7. Tutorial: PowerClipping a Design onto an Object
      8. Cutting with the Knife Tool
        1. Types of Cuts with the Knife Tool
        2. Setting Knife Tool Behavior
      9. Using the Eraser Tool
        1. Working with Eraser Operations
      10. Tutorial: Power Erasing
        1. Setting Eraser Tool Properties
      11. Using the Virtual Segment Delete Tool
      12. Cropping an Illustration
  12. Part IV Working with Text in a Composition
    1. Chapter 10 Paragraph Text, Artistic Text, and When (and How) to Use Them
      1. CorelDRAW’s Text Tool
      2. Entering and Editing Artistic Text
      3. Options for Formatting Characters
        1. Use the Property Bar to Change Characters
      4. Tutorial: Using Object Styles with Paragraph Text
        1. Combining and Breaking Apart Artistic Text
        2. Converting Artistic Text to Curves
      5. Entering and Editing Paragraph Text
      6. Tutorial: Creating Linked Paragraph Text Frames
      7. Wrapping Text Around Other Shapes
        1. Fitting Text to Curve
      8. Tutorial: Text Along a Curve
      9. Embedding Objects into Text
        1. Using the Insert Character Docker
        2. Using the Symbol Manager
      10. Tutorial: Saving Frequently Used Symbols to Your Own Library
      11. CorelDRAW’s Font Playground: Take a Ride!
    2. Chapter 11 Intermediate Desktop Publishing and Proofing Tools
      1. A Few Paragraphs Covering Advanced Paragraph Features
        1. Working with Columns
        2. Columns Settings
        3. Moving Text Within a Paragraph
        4. Converting Between Artistic Text and Paragraph Text
      2. The Text Bar and Special Paragraph Formatting
        1. Formatting Bulleted Lists
        2. Making Bulleted Paragraph Text
      3. Tutorial: Creating a Bullet Motif
        1. Changing Text Case
      4. Formatting Paragraph Text
        1. Paragraph Alignment
        2. Spacing
        3. Formatting Tabs
      5. Tutorial: Making a Menu Featuring Dot Leaders
      6. Using CorelDraw’s Writing Tools
        1. Assigning Language Codes
        2. Using the Proofing Tools
        3. Common Buttons
        4. Setting Spell Checker Options
        5. Main Spell Checking Options
        6. Using Grammatik
        7. Using the Thesaurus
      7. Finding and Replacing Text and Special Characters
        1. Finding Text
        2. Replacing Text
  13. Part V Attributes for Objects and Lines
    1. Chapter 12 Options for Filling Objects
      1. Examining the Fill Types
      2. Using the Color Palette
      3. From Uniform to Non-Uniform Object Filling
        1. Customizing Your Fountain Fills
      4. Tutorial: Editing a Fountain Fill In-Place
      5. Uniform Color Fill Options on the Property Bar
        1. Swatches and Preset CMYK “Color Chips”
      6. Applying Pattern Fills
        1. Two-Color Fills
        2. Vector Pattern Fills
        3. Bitmap Fills
        4. Controlling Pattern Fills Interactively
      7. Tutorial: Customizing a Pattern Fill
        1. Create Your Own Two-Color and Full-Color Patterns
      8. Applying Texture Fills
      9. Applying PostScript Fills
      10. Working with Mesh Fills
        1. Mesh Fill Options
      11. Sampling Fills
        1. Applying the Color Eyedropper
        2. Using the Attributes Eyedropper Tool
      12. Tutorial: Drop a Property
    2. Chapter 13 Applying Strokes to Paths
      1. Applying Outline Pen Properties
        1. Outline Pen Options and the Property Bar
      2. Tutorial: Going Long and Wide
        1. Outline Tool Features on the Object Properties Docker
      3. Exploring the Outline Pen Features
        1. Setting Outline Color
        2. Choosing Outline Styles
        3. Creating and Editing Outline Styles
        4. Setting Outline Arrowheads
      4. Tutorial: Drawing, Saving, and Editing an Arrowhead Style
        1. Setting Corner Shape
        2. Setting Line Cap Shape
        3. Outline Pen Calligraphic Effects
        4. Scaling and Behind Fill Options
      5. Turning an Outline into an Object
      6. Using the Artistic Media Tool
        1. Applying Presets to Lines
      7. Tutorial: Painting with a Drawing Program
        1. Drawing with Brushes
        2. Applying the Sprayer
        3. Calligraphy Pens and Applying Media
      8. Tutorial: Defining and Applying Calligraphic Brush Strokes
        1. Pressure Mode
    3. Chapter 14 Using Blends and Contours
      1. Blend and Contour Effects: Similarities with Distinctions
      2. Blending as Illustration Shading
      3. The Interactive Blend Tool and Property Bar
      4. Creating a Simple Blend Effect
      5. Tutorial: A Basic Blend Between Very Different Shapes
      6. Looking At the Components of a Blend
      7. Editing Blend Effects
        1. Setting Blend Options
        2. Creating Extraordinary, Complex Blend Effects
        3. Assigning a Blend Path
      8. Tutorial: Blending Objects along a Path
        1. Working with Multi-object Blends
      9. Tapping into Contour Effects
      10. Using the Contour Tool and Property Bar
      11. Tutorial: Applying a Contour Effect
        1. Editing Contours Interactively
        2. Choosing Contour Direction
        3. Setting Contour Colors
        4. Creating Special Effects with Contours
        5. Fountain Fill Color
        6. Controlling Contour Acceleration
      12. Using the Contour Docker
    4. Chapter 15 Mixing and Matching with Digital Color Models
      1. Digital Color Terms and Definitions
        1. Subtractive and Additive Color Models
        2. LAB Color
        3. Grayscale
        4. Registration
      2. Using Color-Related Dockers
        1. Using the Color Docker
        2. Finding and Applying Fixed Colors (and Tints)
      3. Tutorial: Dying a Pair of Shoes
        1. Using the Color Palette Manager Docker
        2. Using Fixed and Custom Palettes
        3. Using the Color Styles Docker
      4. Tutorial: Making a Color Style and Changing It
      5. Introducing the New Color Harmony
        1. Color Harmonies for Fashion Design
      6. Tutorial: Changing the Color Harmonies of a Monochrome Drawing
        1. Changing Groups of Dissimilar Colors
      7. Tutorial: Recoloring a Logo with Color Styles
      8. Adjusting and Transforming Color
  14. Part VI Creating the Illusion of a 3D Composition
    1. Chapter 16 The Perspective and Extrude Effects
      1. The Perspective Effect: What Perspective Does to an Object
        1. Getting a Perspective on Perspective
      2. Experiments in Perspective
      3. Tutorial: Creating One-Point Perspective
        1. Working with Two-Point Perspective
      4. Tutorial: Creating a 3D Ground Plane
        1. Copying Perspective and Creating a 3D Scene
      5. Tutorial: Perspective Scenes via Copying
        1. Pre-visualizing Designs in Perspective
      6. Tutorial: Pre-visualizing a Design on a Product
      7. Extruding Objects: How Extrude Works
        1. Choosing and Applying an Extrude Effect
        2. Navigating the Interactive Markers
      8. Tutorial: Going Deep with the Extrude Tool
      9. Using the Extrude Tool and Property Bar
        1. Setting Extrude Depth
        2. Setting Vanishing Point Properties
        3. Setting 3D Rotation
        4. Using the Rotation Tools
        5. Adding Lights
      10. Tutorial: Working with Extrude Light Options
        1. Setting Extrude Color
      11. Using the Extrude Docker
    2. Chapter 17 Using the Envelope Tool, Lens Effects, and Bevels
      1. What Does an Envelope Do?
      2. Creating Envelope Effects
        1. Using the Envelope Tool and Property Bar
      3. Tutorial: The Envelope, Please
        1. Using the Envelope Docker
        2. Choosing an Envelope Mode
        3. Choosing Envelope Mapping Options
      4. Tutorial: Creating a Text Envelope
      5. What’s Behind a Lens Effect
      6. Using the Lens Docker
      7. Tutorial: Working with a Lens Effect
        1. Exploring the Lens Effects
      8. Tutorial: Changing Object Size with the Fish Eye Lens
        1. Using Lens Options
      9. Using the Bevel Effect
        1. Creating Soft-Edge Bevel Effects
        2. Determining Altitude
  15. Part VII Special Effects in CorelDRAW
    1. Chapter 18 The Shape Editing Tools and Distortions
      1. The Shape Edit Tool Group
        1. Using the Smooth Tool
        2. The Smear Tool
      2. Tutorial: Adding the Smear to Your Artistic Career
        1. The Twirl Tool
      3. Tutorial: Creating a Stylized Sun
        1. The Attract and Repel Tools
      4. Tutorial: Repelling a Polygon Object
        1. Using the Smudge Brush
        2. The Roughen Brush
      5. Tutorial: Adding Character with the Roughen Brush 467
      6. Mastering Distortion Effects
        1. Using the Distort Tool and the Property Bar
        2. Getting Hands-On with the Distortion Tool Markers
        3. Exploring Distortion Presets
    2. Chapter 19 Transparencies and Shadows
      1. The Importance of Objects Interacting with the Scene
      2. Clearing Things Up with the Transparency Tool
      3. Using the Transparency Tool and Property Bar
      4. Tutorial: Creating a Dimensional Drawing Through Transparency
        1. Setting Transparency Properties
        2. New Controls and Locations for Transparency Options
      5. Tutorial: Creating a Reflection on a Shiny Surface
        1. Additional Fountain Transparency Types
        2. Using Transparency Operations (Merge Modes)
        3. Creating Multistage Transparencies
        4. Pattern Transparencies
        5. Using Transparency Freeze
      6. Using the Drop Shadow Effect
        1. Using the Drop Shadow Tool and Property Bar
      7. Tutorial: Working the Property Bar and Shadow-Making Markers
        1. Manually Adjusting a Drop Shadow Effect
        2. Shadows as Glow Effects
  16. Part VIII Bitmaps and Photos and How to Use CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to Work with Them
    1. Chapter 20 Working with Bitmap Images in CorelDRAW
      1. Cropping a Placed Photograph
      2. Nondestructive Cropping
      3. Tutorial: Using the Shape Tool to Crop
      4. Masking Through Nondestructive Cropping
        1. Trimming Away Unwanted Image Areas
      5. Tutorial: Background Removal, Technique 1
        1. Boolean Operations as a Trimming Technique
      6. Tutorial: Background Removal, Technique 2
        1. Compositions with Mixed Media
      7. Tutorial: Composing a Design Using Vector and Image Shapes
      8. Working with Alpha Channels and Image Transparency
        1. Working with Partial Transparency
      9. Tutorial: Creating a Photorealistic Glass Effect
        1. Blending Photos with Transparency
      10. Tutorial: Creating a Transition Between Two Images
      11. Bitmaps to Vector Art: Using PowerTRACE
        1. Bitmap Conversions for Logo Alterations
      12. Tutorial: Working Between CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT
      13. Tutorial: Reworking a Logo Using Vectors
        1. PowerTRACE for Traditional Artists
      14. Tutorial: Digi-tooning
    2. Chapter 21 Understanding and Working with Pixel-Based Images in CorelDRAW
      1. The Properties of a Pixel-Based Image
        1. Pixel Artwork vs. Vector Artwork
        2. Bytemaps and Pixels
      2. Importing Bitmaps into a Document
      3. Placing and Modifying an Image
      4. Tutorial: Putting a Picture into a Car Advertisement
        1. Switching from Resizing to Resampling
      5. Tutorial: Resampling a Photo
        1. Nonrectangular Cropping in a Jiffy
      6. Tutorial: Cropping with the Shape Tool
        1. Importing Nonstandard Bitmaps
      7. Tutorial: Working with Layered Bitmaps
        1. Working with Raw Images
      8. Tutorial: Raw Image Color Correction
      9. An Everyday Bitmap-Oriented Workflow
        1. Creating a Catalog Cover
      10. Tutorial: Adjusting a PNG Image in the Lab
      11. Tutorial: Saving a Bitmap Copy of Your CorelDRAW Composition
    3. Chapter 22 Common Image-Editing Techniques Using PHOTO-PAINT
      1. The Building Block of Digital Photos: The Pixel
        1. Pixels and Resolution
        2. Image Resolution
        3. Resolution, Pixel Count, and Printing
      2. Tutorial: Resizing a Photograph
      3. Resampling and Resizing Photos
      4. Tutorial: Making a Thumbnail Image Suitable for Printing
      5. Automation: Recording Your Cropping and Resampling
        1. Evaluating a Crop Area for a Collection of Photos
      6. Tutorial: Recording Your Edits
      7. Flipping Images…with a Twist
  17. Part IX Getting Your Work in the Public Eye
    1. Chapter 23 Professional Output: A Primer on Prepping Your Work for Print
      1. Printing a Document to a Personal Printer
      2. Tutorial: Printing Single- and Multiple-Page Documents
      3. Setting Print Options
        1. Setting General Options
        2. Using the Color Tab Settings
        3. Choosing a Layout
        4. Printing Separations
        5. Setting Prepress Options
        6. Choosing PostScript Options
        7. CorelDRAW’s Printing Issues Tab
      4. Previewing Your Printed Document
        1. Print Preview Tools and the Property Bar
        2. Pick Tool Property Bar Options
        3. Imposition Layout Tool Property Bar Options
        4. Marks Placement Tool Property Bar Options
        5. Zoom Tool Property Bar Options
      5. Setting Printing Preferences
        1. General Printing Preferences
        2. Driver Compatibility
        3. Printing Issues Warning Options
      6. Using the Collect For Output Wizard
      7. Print Merge
    2. Chapter 24 Basic HTML Page Layout and Publishing
      1. Web Page Navigation Buttons and Hotspots
        1. CorelDRAW’s Internet Toolbar
        2. Creating Rollover Buttons
      2. Tutorial: Creating Different Looks for Rollover States
        1. Setting Internet Object Behavior
      3. Tutorial: Creating Bookmark Links
        1. Using the Links And Bookmarks Docker
        2. Applying a Page Background
      4. Publishing Web Documents
        1. Setting General Options
        2. Examining Web Page Details
        3. Reviewing Web Images
        4. Setting Advanced HTML Options
        5. Browsing the Web Page Export Summary
        6. Preflight Web Issues
      5. Setting Web Publishing Preferences
        1. Exporting Images for the Web
      6. Tutorial: Exporting a Graphic with Transparency
        1. Web Text Options
      7. Tutorial: Formatting Text for the Web
        1. Use Alt Tags
        2. SVG: Export as Vector Objects
      8. Tutorial: Exporting Vectors as Vectors for the Web
      9. Exploring SWF Files
        1. Objects and Fills that SWF Supports
      10. Tutorial: Making a Single-Frame SWF File
  18. Index