Teach Yourself Corel Draw - The Most Popular Graphic Design Application – Part 2

In part 1 we have learnt some basic terminologies and the layout of drawing window along with other detachable and dockable windows.

Now no more waiting, no more boring theory, we will go directly to the thrilling activities, yes we will now start drawing something.

Drawing lines

First of all we will learn how to draw lines. There are several methods by which you can draw lines in Corel draw. We will explore those tools one by one and draw and manipulate lines in different ways.

Drawing straight lines using polyline tool

  • Launch the application with the New Graphic selection
  • Click on the curve flyout from the toolbox (4th from the top of toolbox)
  • Select the polyline tool
  • Click on the starting point
  • Click on the end point – a line will be drawn on the drawing page. If you want to draw a multi-segment line you can click on the next point, otherwise double click to end the active process. To end the active selection click on the pick tool (the first tool on the toolbox)

Drawing straight lines using Bezier tool

  • Click on the curve flyout from the toolbox (4th from the top of toolbox)
  • Select the Bezier tool
  • Click on the starting point
  • Click on the end point – a line will be drawn on the drawing page. If you want to draw a multi-segment line you can click on the next point, otherwise double click to end the active process. To end the active selection click on the pick tool (the first tool on the tool box)

You might be thinking that if both the tools are doing the same function then what is the fun in using both the tools! Yes you are right, although both the tools are capable of drawing straight lines they are having different functions also. Bezier tool can be used to give an artistic shape of your lines also. To have an idea let us do the following exercise.

  • Select the Bezier tool
  • Click on the starting point
  • Click on the end point to draw a straight horizontal line
  • Now click on the middle of the new line and drag downward, you will see that an arc is forming between these two points. When you are satisfied with shape, release the mouse button.
  • Double-click on the point slightly below the end point of the straight line
  • You will find that an image similar to the shape of the letter e has been formed.

Save your York

It is important to save your work, so that you can access it for further modification.

  • Go to the file menu
  • Select Save As – the saving window will appear
  • Select the destination
  • Select the file type – select the default one –that is .cdr
  • In the file name box type an appropriate name
  • Click on the Save button

The file will now be available in the specified directory and you will be able to open it by double-clicking on it.

Exporting the file

You can also export your work as a standard image file.

  • Go to the file menu
  • Select Export – the Export window will appear
  • Select the destination
  • Select the standard file type – such as jpeg, bmp, gif, tif etc.
  • In the file name box type an appropriate name
  • Click on the Save button

Now we have to take a break to digest what we have learnt today. We will come soon and continue our journey towards this wonderful world of graphic design. Till then relax.

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