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Teach Yourself CorelDraw ( What Is Tool & Docker In Corel Draw, How it Works? )- Your Tutor For Graphic Design(Window)

Updated on April 29, 2011

Corel draw Application

Corel draw is a graphic design application. With the help of this application one can create ads, collateral for print as well as beautiful web pages having logos and banners.

It would be an interesting experience to learn this application step by step sitting in front of your Pc or laptop at your own personal room also at your own preferable time!

Before you can start drawing you would be requiring a PC or a laptop with Windows operating system, a sizable memory (at least 2 GB) and a copy of Corel Draw application installed on your computer. (There are several versions of Corel draw applications. I am using Corel Draw 11. The users of other versions might find a slight difference in terms of menus and tools but hopefully it wouldn’t create any difficulty in the learning process.

Let us now go through some terminology which would have been frequently used during these learning series.


Object – Any single element used in a drawing like line, curve, shape, symbol etc.

Drawing – The work created with Corel Draw application like artwork, logo, banner, poster, newsletter etc.

Vector graphic – Image which is generated from some mathematical information like position, length, direction etc. is called vector graphic.

Bitmap – Image created from a grid of dots (popularly known as pixels in computer terminology) is called bitmap image.

Docker window / palette – It is the window which contains available commands and settings relevant to a specific tool or task.

Flyout – A button that opens a group of related tools or menu items.

Artistic text – The text on which special effects such as shadows can be applied is called artistic text.

Paragraph text – a type of text to which formatting options can be applied and also can be edited in large blocks.

Let’s start now

We are ready now to start our journey to the exciting world of graphics design! First of all let us start the application.

Go to the application menu of your computer and launch the Corel draw application which is installed in your computer. The welcome window will appear which will contain the following options:

  • New graphic
  • Open last edited
  • Open graphic
  • Template
  • Corel TUTOR
  • What’s new?

Select New Graphic. It will open an window containing title bar, menu bar, tool box, drawing window, drawing page, ruler, standard toolbar, property bar, docker window / palette, color palette status bar, navigator etc.

Let’s have a close look in this window and try to understand the meaning of different tools and menus. We are going to work with this window for several days and may be throughout our life if we like it! So let’s concentrate on it.

Details of different tools and menus of starting window

Menu bar – it contains pull-down menu options.

Property bar – This is a detachable bar with the commands that relate to the active tool or object. For example if pen tool is active it displays commands and properties that can be set as per requirement.

Toolbar – This is also a detachable bar which contains shortcuts to menu and other commands.

Title bar – Title bar displays the title of the currently opened drawing.

Rulers – This is the horizontal and vertical borders used to determine the size and position of any object in the drawing.

Toolbox – Toolbox is a floating bar with tools for creating and modifying objects and also for filling those objects.

Drawing window – Drawing window is the area outside the drawing page bordered by the scroll bars and application controls.

Drawing page – The rectangular area inside the drawing window is called the drawing page. It is the area where we will create our drawings.

Color palette – it is a dockable bar which contains color swatches.

Docker window / palette – This window contains available commands and setting relevant to a specific tool or task.

Status bar – Status bar is an area at the bottom of the application window that contains information about object properties such as size, color, fill and resolution. It also shows the current mouse position.

Document navigator – It is the area at the bottom left of the application window that contains for moving between pages and adding pages.

Navigator – Navigator is button at the bottom right corner that opens a smaller display to help us move around the drawing.

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


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      Mira 3 years ago

      That's the smart thiiknng we could all benefit from.

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      Amanda 3 years ago

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      chetna 5 years ago

      it found me vry helpful for my exams...

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      Web Design Memphis 6 years ago

      Great tutorial! I'm usually a Photoshop user, but CorelDraw is a great program too.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thank you Cheeky Girl for your great appreciation! This will give me the inspiration to continue the series as well as maintaining its quality!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This is a great hub, and it's about time that some hubbers did hubs on graphics software, as we all use it for our hubs! And many more would benefit from the knowledge! You get a star for this hub from me! Cheers! Very useful!:D

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thank Anamika for your visit to my hub. I will certainly try to provide step by step guide and will also provide the images of the drawing pages which I have personally drawn! thanks for your support!

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      This series of Hubs is definitely going to be helpful to me as I have learned coral draw but have not practiced for the past 3 months. I need to revise what I learned and this tutorial would be a great help. Thanks!

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks andycool for your interest in my hub! You would definitely find this series on a regular interval.

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      andycool 7 years ago

      Done a great job! If u teach over here I'll be ur first student... Thank u!