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In today’s class, we will be talking about graphic design. Enjoy the class!
Introduction to CorelDRAW
CorelDRAW is a vector illustration program. Images are displayed on the computer screen as pixels. How the program treats the pixels is determined by whether the image is defined as a vector or a bitmap. A bitmap file defines the position, colour and size of each pixel. A vector program defines a line of pixels and treats them as a single object. To change an object in a bitmap, you must change all the pixels, so if a red box on a blue background needs to be smaller, you have to re-create a smaller red box and change the pixels where the box was to the blue background. When you have a vector image, you redefine the size and location of the lines. Each object is independent of the others and can be manipulated as needed. To make your work easier, Corel Corporation has added a few bitmap manipulation tools in DRAW and includes its bitmap manipulation program, CorelPhotoPaint, when you purchase CorelDRAW.
CorelDRAW is one of the most powerful and versatile illustration programs on the market today, on any platform. In this class, I cannot teach you all you can do with this program. I can only show you how to use the tools and effects included in the program. What you do with CorelDRAW is limited only by your imagination, time, and budget. In my personal experience, I have seen projects ranging from fine art frescoes to silk-screened T-shirts to laser engraved stainless steel parts. Your use may be as ordinary as a flyer for a garage sale or as complex as the annual report for a Fortune 500 company. From desktop publishing to fine art, CorelDRAW gives you the tools. I can only teach you the skills to use them. The talent, inspiration and effort come from you.
- When CorelDRAW is loaded, a new section is created on the Start Menu. To open DRAW, click the Start button from the Taskbar.
This opens the Windows Start menu.
- Select Programs from the list.
This activates the Programs panel. Programs are contained in groups, but rather than being initially displayed in a group window, each group is listed.
- Find the Corel section and select CorelDRAW 12.
This opens up the program with the CorelDRAW welcome screen. If you have used the program before, you may have turned off this screen.
- Choose Open Graphic or use the Open command on the File menu.
New Graphic creates a new, one-page document. Open Last Edited opens the last document you had open. The splash screen will show the names of the files over the icon. The Templateicon allows you to access many professionally created templates you can then modify for your own projects. The CorelTutor gives you a brief overview of how to use the program and What’s New? shows you all the improvements from Version 11. Designer.com connects you to the Corel Designer.com web site where you can find many helpful areas. If you clear the check from the box in the lower-left corner, you will not see this graphic but will open a new file when you open the program.
- Direct the Explorer to your hard drive and the folder where you saved the class files.
- Choose the file Open 1st.cdr.
If the Panose Screen appears listing fonts that are not loaded, click the OK button. This utility allows you to load fonts for a document when you open the document. You must have the Font Navigator utility loaded and active for the fonts to install automatically.
- Window Components
The various window components in CorelDraw are: • Title bar • Menu bar • Property bar • Toolbar (Standard) • Toolbox • Rulers • Drawing page • Drawing window • Colour palette • Docker • Status bar • Document navigator • Navigator
- What is CorelDRAW and what can it be used for?
- Highlight the steps in opening CorelDRAW
In our next class, we will be talking about CorelDRAW. We hope you enjoyed the class.
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