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CorelDRAW Tips and Tricks

CorelDRAW Tips and Tricks

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Corel Draw Graphics Suite X3 TIps and Tricks + Tutorials
Corel Draw Graphics Suite X3 TIps and Tricks + Tutorials

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Using the Blend Tool and Power Clip in CorelDRAW
This tip has been written for CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X3. While similar features might be available in previous releases the tip will be fully applicable to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 and newer versions only.In the following tip, you will see how the Blend Tool and the PowerClip tool were used to create a businesscard and logo for a locksmith service.1.Select a key shape from the Transportation symbol font (symbol 061).2.Select the key and convert it to curves (Ctrl+Q) or Arrange/Convert to Curves.3.Remove the fill from the key and select a heavy (6 - 7 pt) stroke outline color of your choice.4.Copy and paste the key (Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, or Edit/Copy and Edit/Paste). Make the stroke on thisduplicated key lighter (.2 pt) and make the outline color white.5.Select the white key, then select the Blend tool and drag to the larger stroked key.6.Select the Interactive Drop Shadow tool and add a drop shadow to the blended keys.7.Create a box to represent the size of the business card you want and fill it with a radial, gradient fill.Select your key and PowerClip it to the box (Effects/PowerClip/Place Inside Container). You can alsoedit the positioning of the key by selecting Effects/PowerClip/Edit Contents/Finish Editing This Level.8.Select the Text tool and add your text.You're done!
 
Interactive Fit Text to Path Tool
This tip has been written for CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X3. This tip will be fully applicable to CorelDRAWGraphics Suite X3 and newer versions only.It’s never been easier to attach text to a path with precision – a common effect used in creating signs and logos.The interactive Fit Text to Path tool, introduced in CorelDRAW X3, lets users simply select text, move the pointer along a path, and click to set the text’s position. Users can also easily control the text’s offset distancefrom the path.In addition, users can scale the text after it has been placed on a path by simply selecting both the text and the path and dragging one of the handles.
Using the interactive Fit Text to Path tool
1.
Click the
Freehand
tool, and draw a curved line to use as a path.
2.
Click the
Text
tool, click anywhere in the drawing window, and type.
3.
Click 
Text > Fit Text To Path
.The pointer changes to the
Fit Text to Path
pointer. As you move the pointer along the path, a preview of where the text will be fitted is displayed.
4.
Move the pointer along the path, and click to fit the text.With a closed path, the text is centered along the path. With an open path, the text flows from the pointof insertion.
5.
On the property bar, adjust the value in the
Distance From Path
list box.
6.
On the property bar, adjust the value in the
Horizontal Offset
list box.
7.
In the
Mirror Text
area on the property bar, use the
Mirror Horizontal
or 
Mirror Vertical
  buttons to choose the text's orientation.
 
Working with layers in CorelDRAW
The applications and features described in this tip require CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 or newer to beinstalled. Now you can work with layers on individual pages in CorelDRAW, as well as Master layers and Guide layers.If certain pages (such as the cover page) have their own specific content, it often makes sense to use separatelayers for this.In the picture above you can see two pages with their own layers. You can also see the Master Page layer.Everything you put on the
Desktop
part of the
Master Page
will be shown on all pages. Using the
Guides
and
Grids
of the Master Page will reveal guides and grids on all pages.You can also use guides and layers on individual pages, so these will only apply to the page you have selected.In this example, each page contains layers with text in different languages as well as a "background" and"pictures" layer.To create a new layer, click the
New layer
button at the bottom of the
Object Manager Docker
.As soon as you have clicked this button, you can rename the layer.To the left of the layer name you can lock the layer (click on the
pencil icon
), hide the layer (click on the
eyeicon
) and make it printable or non-printable (click on the
printer icon
).By making a layer non-printable, you can create a layer for comments to other people involved in the process of creating the document. The layers will be visible but not printable.

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