INTRODUCTION TO Corel DRAW VERSION 9

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INTRODUCTION TO CORELDRAW VERSION 9:

COREL DRAW is a comprehensive drawing based program that makes it easy to on professional artwork from simple logos to intricate technical illustrations. CorelDraw provides tools and effect that lets you work efficiently to produce high quality graphics. You can also deliver your artwork to a service bureau for printing publishing your document to the internet.

Before you begin using CorelDraw, there are some areas with which you should become more familiar. To assist you in using the application, CorelDraw provides several types of help. When using CorelDraw, you may find it useful to know the difference between vectors and bitmaps. Furthermore, getting to know the vector controls that appear in the application lets you with the application.

ABOUT CORELDRAW CORPORATION
Corel Corporation is recognized international as a world leader in the development of PC based graphics and business application software. CorelDraw is now available in more than 17 languages and has won more than 215 international awards from major trade publications.

OTHER GRAGHIC ENHANCING PACKAGES:
A. Aiver graphics.
B. WordPerfect presentation.
C. Freelanco Graphics.
D. Microsoft paint.
E. Microsoft PowerPoint.
F. Microsoft Publisher.
G. Microsoft Designer.
H. Corel Photo House 4.
I. Corel Photo Magic 3.

   GETTING STARTED
Understanding the flexible, intuitive features offered by Corel DRAW for setting of your drawings will make it easy for you to create a variety of documents, from individual will graphics to newsletters, pamphlets, business cards and lables.
This chapter drawing will help you to start to use Corel DRAW effectively. It describes how to set up an effective working environment. This chapter contains instruction on setting up Drawing page, including page size, orientation, and background. It also tells you how to add and remove pages, and how to navigate multi page documents.

You’ll also want to take advantage of the tools offered by Corel Draw for ensuring that objects are accurately draw and placed. There include the rulers,  grid, and guidelines. It’s a good idea to become familiar with the scrapbook as an organization tool.
The Scrapbook is a Dockers Window in which you can browse the folders that store files, clipart, photos, preset, fills and outlines, and file transfer protocol (FTP) sites. The Scrapbook provides drag-and-drop access to these folders and sites. It also lets you organize, store and access your own favourite designs, fills and outlines.

The viewing and panning features of Corel DRAW lets you view drawings in a variety ways according to your needs. This chapter contains information on how to magnify or reduce your view, save specific view for future use, and pan quickly through multipage documents.

Finally, you’ll learn how to view information about your computer and your document and how to turn CorelDraw warning messages on and off.

HOW TO ENTER CORELDRAW 9
On the Desktop, at the taskbar
A. Click start
B. Point to CorelDraw 9
C. Click CorelDraw 9
Windows now loads the program; emblem appears on the screen showing that the program loading is in progress.

TO CORELDRAW FEATURES:
The Title Bar: This bar lays on top, on this bar is where the current program registers for easy identification; helps the user to be sure that he is in the environment. Apart from the name of the package which automatically register alongside, at the right end of the royal blue bar appears three  little buttons (a) Minimize (b) Maximize (c) close Buttons. These are known to the control buttons.

A. The Minimize Button: Minimizes the program and bring the program to the task bar for retrieval instead of going to start-up all the process afresh.
B. Maximize Button: Minimizes the program ones you call it back to screen this is called Restore.
C. The close Button: closes the current program and entirely without taking you to the desktop environment.
Meanwhile, when you start Corel DRAW, there are two windows that open, the Application window.

3. The Menu Bar
1. The view: The view menu is the third of the menus, which helps you view to array part during work. The ”Zoom” command which allows the user to see in full-screen the appearance of his work.
2. Layout: The layout is the menu under which you find the commands that  help you change your board size, by clicking page set-up and also help to insert (add) pages (paste boards) to your graphical environment.
3. Tool: the tool menu is the menu that allows you to your toolbar for customize or your color group so that you can, change your colors in the color manager.
4. Text: The text menu contains most important items for designs, but the one (an expert) may not consult the text menu during design operation because, the essential features lays at the formatting bar, and the user might also use keyboard to accelerate the pace of operation. But within the text menu, are the;
A format Text: this item aids the users to format the automatic font and select the one of his choice. To format text.

1. Click format text from the text menu, a dialog will appear, under the dialog box little bar lays three options, font, space and align, automatically, the dialog box appears with font option been selected.
2. Select your choice font from the font scroll down lists.
3. The close Button is a short cut to close your program instead of going through file so on, to close the program.
                2.    The menu Bar: As the name implies, the name menu is popularly refer to list of foods available in a restaurant or canteen. In computer, menu refers to list of commands that allows the user to reach to the point of his choice during operation.

The menu includes:
A. File: The file menu contains many commands that are very important during operation and it is the only menu you must consult during operation you are to do an efficient job. This is because under this menu you find “New” command, which helps you to go to another New Corel DRAW environment “close” command, “Save” and save As” commands, “print command, “print view” command, “Exist” command, the command that exist/close your program also this menu at the button contains and return you to design area automatically. List of files you have run (the most current ones which saved).
B. Edit: The word edit in computer simply mean are the necessary commands that enables the user to correct all the mistake or unwanted actions the two commands that perform these actions are the undo and Redo commands the undo command takes you back to the format stage where you are before the present actions, while “Redo” command brings back the previous action you substitute the current one. Also enables important command there are the “cut, copy” and paste commands which help to copy or cut’ a graphic to paste it, in any of computer programs, of your choice (expect on the Dos packages). You can level change the font size by selecting, font size.
G.    Arrange: The Arrange menu is the menu that helps to arrange your text, under the arrange menu one can sent object or text backward or forward or convert your object or text to curve, etc.
H. Effect: As name implies, the effect menu helps an operator to see an effect on your pasteboard. Effect’s add perspective which all the user to drag text for shape.
I. Bitmap: The bitmap menu is menu that helps you to convert color picture and effect some changes on pictures scanned into the Corel Draw environment.
J. windows: The window menu has solution for locating four current graphic files which has not been closed.
5. The Tool box: This bar is very important, if you must work with Corel DRAW. The toolbox contains 13 different tools with other fly out. The tools are as listed in the table in subsequent pages.
6. Standard Tool Bar: The standard tool bar contains shortcuts for some necessary commands, which will help in making good work in Corel DRAW 9 examples: landscape, portrait, etc.
7. Property Bar: The property bar is the bar which contains essential short-cut for easy and fast operation. The short-cut include: New, save, print, cut, paste, copy, undo, Redo, import, Export, etc. these commands are not written in words automatically, but are represented by their icons, you can view the; names by merely placing the mouse arrow on the short-cut icon.
8. The Scroll Bars: the Scroll bars are made to scroll-up and down the drawing window.
9. Status Bar: the status bar, helps you see the current mode of your drawing level because, displays the present mode of the Corel DRAW window
  10. The color palette: The color palette is where the colors are available for design you can select any of the colors, by clicking on any of the colors.

Corel DRAW 9 tool Box and function:
Tools Description.
The pick Tool Lets you select and transform object.
The shape tool Let you edit the shape of object.
The knife tool Lets you cut through objects.
The eraser tool Lets you remove areas of your drawing.
The fee transform tool Lets you transform your object by using the free rotation, angle reflection, scale and skew tools.
The Bezier tool Lets you draw curves using a connect the dots style of drawing.
The Artistic media tool Provides access to the brush, Sprayer, calligraphic and pressure tools.
The dimension tool Lets you draw vertical, horizontal, slanted or dimension lines.
The connector tool Lets you join two objects with a line.
The flow chart tool Lets you join two objects with a flow chart line.
The rectangle tool Lets you draw rectangles and squares.
The ellipse tool Lets you draw ellipses and circles.
The polygon tool Lets you draw polygons and stars.
The spiral tool Lets you draw symmetrical and logarithmic spirals.
The graph paper tool Lets you draw a grid of lines similar to that on graph paper.
The text tool Lets you type words directly on the screen as Artistic Text or as paragraph Text.
The interactive fill tool Lets you apply various fills using the mouse.
The interactive mesh tool Lets you apply a mesh grid to an object using the mouse.
The interactive Transparency  tool Lets you apply transparencies to objects using the mouse.
The interactive Blend tool Lets you blend two objects.
The interactive Distortion tool Lets you apply a push or pull distortion, a Zipper distortion, or a Twister distortion to an object.
The interactive Envelop tool lets you distort an object by dragging the nodes of the envelope that is placed on top of the object.
The interactive extrude tool Lets you apply a third dimension to object.
The interactive drop shadow tool Lets you apply a drop shadow to an object.
The interactive contour tool Lets you apply a contour to an object.
The Eyedropper tool Lets you select a fill from the object on the drawing window using the mouse.
The paint bucket tool Lets you fill an object on the drawing window after selecting a fill using the Eyedropper tool.
The outline tool opens a layout Lets you set the outline properties.
The fill tool opens a layout Lets you set the fill properties.

Handling the mouse in Corel DRAW:
1. The mouse must be firmly held.
2. Do not hold down any of the buttons while moving the mouse (intending arrow to move freely).
3. Make sure that you point the particular text or object you want to move or select before clicking.
4. To select an object or text, you must click at the text itself even at the slider edge.
5. When you want to carry an object or text around your window, simply select the object, point your arrow at the object itself and hold down your left current mouse button and drag.

CREATING AND OPENING DRAWINGS:
After you start Corel DRAW, you have several choices in addition to opening the Corel DRAW tutorial, or touring the features that are new for Corel DRAW 9, you can:
1. Create a new drawing.
2. Open an existing drawing, even if it created with a previous version of Corel DRAW.
3. Open the drawing you last worked on.
4. Create a new drawing from a template.

For types of document you create frequently, such as newsletters or greeting cards it is a good idea to base your new drawing on a template. You can also scan image into Corel DRAW from a Hp scanner or a digital camera.
OPENING A DRAWING
To open a drawing:
1. Click file, open.
2. From the look in list box choose the drive where the files are stored.
3. Double-click the folder where the files is stored.
4. Double-click the filename.

N/B: when you open a drawing, the bottom right corner of the open drawing dialog box provides information about the version of the file and the compression ration with which it was last saved.

If you try to open a drawing that is already open, and to which you have made changes, a message box appears asking if you want to revert to the saved version on the drawing. Click Yes, to replace the open drawing with the saved version. Click No, to keep the changes you made.

SAVING AND CLOSING DRAWINGS.
Corel DRAW lets you save your files in the way that best suits your file management needs. You can save only the selected objects of a drawing make a copy of a drawing by saving It with a different name, or save a drawing in format that is compatible with an earlier version of Corel DRAW. There are also several vector formats you can choose from.
 Corel DRAW offers advance options that let you assign notes, keywords, thumbnails so you can find your files more easily in future sessions. You can see fonts, textures, blends your file, making it faster to open and save.
Before you close an active file, Corel DRAW asks whether or not you wish to save it, you can also specific viewing windows, and close all open files or views using a single command.

SAVING FILES.
To save a new drawing:
1. Click file, save as.
2. From the save in the list box, choose the drive where you want to save the file.
3. Double-click the folder in which you want to save the file.
4. Type the file name in the file name box, and click save.

TO SAVE SELECTED OBJECTS ONLY:
1. Select the objects with the pick-tool.
2. Click file, save as.
3. Enable the “selected only” check box.
4. To keep the original drawing intact, type a different name in the file name box, or choose a different folder from the save in the list box.

SAVING FILES USING OTHER OPTIONS:
Corel DRAW lets you save your files in the way that best suits your file management needs. You can save only the selected objects of a drawing, make a co-operate drawing by saving it with a different name, or save a drawing in a formats as compatible with an earlier version of Corel DRAW. There are several ways of formats you can choose from.

Corel DRAW offers advanced options that lets you assign notes, keywords and thumbnails, so you can find your files more easily in future sessions. You can save fonts, textures, blends, and extrudes with file, or save references to them. These references reduce the size of your file, making it faster to open and save.

Before you close an active file, Corel DRAW asks whether or not you wish to save it, you can also close specific viewing windows, and close all open files or views using a single command.

SAVING FILES USING ADVANCED SETTINGS.
Corel DRAW lets you make your files smaller, more portable or faster to open and save.

You can save various elements of your drawing (such as textures, blends, and extrudes), with the drawing instead of saving a reference to them. Saving textures, blends, and extrudes with the drawing increases the file size, but causes complex drawings to open faster.

TO SAVE A DRAWING USING ADVANCED SETTINGS:
1. Click file, save as.
2. Click the advanced button.
3. Enable one or both of the following check-boxes.
Save Presentation Exchange (CMX), makes the drawing readable applications that support the CMX format. File size may increase.
Use current thumbnail saves the drawing with the last thumbnail generation. This speeds-up saving.
4. In the file optimization section, enable one or both of the following or boxes.
Use bitmap compression, it compresses bitmap in the drawing to reduce the file size.
Use Graphic object compression; it compresses graphic objects in the drawing to reduce the file size.
5. In the Texture section, enable one or both of the following check-boxes.
Save Textures with the file allows complex drawings to open faster. This increases the file size.
Rebuild Textures when opening the file, creates smaller files. Complex files, may take longer to open.
6. In the blends and Extrudes section, enable one or both of the following dark boxes.
Save blends, and Extrudes with the files allows complex drawings to open, this increase the file size.
Rebuild blends, and Extrudes, when opening the files, creates smaller files. Complex files, may take longer to open.

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