Create Backgrounds

In case you haven't already placed the Outline and Fill Menus on your desktop, now would be a good time. In the Tool Menu click on the Outline Tool (the pen tip), this opens the Menu. Go to the left side and on the gray part click, hold and drag the menu to above the horizontal ruler. This will place it on the desk top where it will always be open and ready. Do the same with the Fill Menu (the tipped bucket). Now they will be very handy to work with!


1. Page Size
2. Background Area
3. Fill Background
4. Remove Outline
5. Printer Setup
6. Print
7. Piecing to cover a 12" x 12" Page
8. Other Options

1. Page size

Open a new page (see D#1) In the Page Menu, second set of boxes from the left it shows the current page size. Most of the time the standard 8 1/2" x 11" is fine. If your printer has the capability of printing larger sizes then you may use the up/down arrows to change the size of your page to 11" x 11" (Mine is currently the Epson Stylus Photo 1280 with a large carriage. This allows me to print 11" x 11" pages.)

2. Background Area

In the upper part of the Tools Menu, click the square icon. Click, hold and drag to create a rectangle on your page the size of the background area you wish to print. For me this usually covers the entire page. When you have finished drawing your rectangle lift off the mouse button and the rectangle will be selected.

3. Fill Background

At the bottom of the Tools Menu, click the tipped bucket Fill Tool. Click the Pattern Fill Tool, it is the checkerboard third choice from the left. A Pattern Fill Window will appear. In the upper left, it will say 2-color, leave it at that. Pattern Fill Browser There is a square in the top center with a pattern in it and an arrow on the right. Click the arrow to view the pattern options included. You may want to use some of these. There is room for quite a few more patterns to be loaded in this pop-up browser and have them remain there until you delete them. You may want to keep the tiles you use the most loaded here. Then each time you wish to use one that isn't in the browser, load it and it will simply keep replacing the very last one with your current new choice.

  • Click Load - There are more patterns to choose from.
  • Click the yellow file folder with the arrow on it over and over until you see the drive listed where the background tile or clipart you want to use is stored. (Once you have loaded from a folder, and continue to make other backgrounds, the last folder you loaded from will come up first at that session. When you close the entire Corel program and open it again the default folder will be the first to come up again)
  • Click on the filename you choose. At the right is a little box next to the word
  • Preview. Be sure the box is checked. A sample of the clip or tile you chose should appear.
  • Click Open - The tile or clip will appear in the browser.
  • Click Front - in the upper right corner. Choose a color and click on it. Your ink outline color will change in the browser. (see Create a Personal Color Palette to work with the millions of color choices) You can stop right here with the color or play with the background color too:
  • Click Back - Choose a color and click on it. Your background color will change.
  • Look at Size - The default will be set at 2" for height and width. Change both of them to 1" for right now. (See Create a Background Size Index)
  • Offset - If you are working with my background tiles you don't need to change this. If you have chosen a clip, trying printing a page as it is at this point. Then try printing the same page using the offset. You can offset the clip by row or column. Change the percent to 50%. Now print and see the difference. Click OK.

    Once you have made the above changes, which normally will take a few seconds, there is one more thing I want you to do.

    4. Remove Outline

    Go to the Tools Menu and click on the Outline Tool (pen tip icon just above the bucket). Click on the square with an X on it. That will get rid of the black line around your background. (See Advanced Backgrounds for more ideas using the outline tool.)

    5. Print Setup

    On the Pulldown Menu, click file. Click Print Setup. Click Options for your printer and set page size. Look to see if you have an option that says "no margins." This will give you the maximum coverage on your page. Sometimes there is still a slight edge around the printed page. It's just the nature of computer printers.

    6. Print

    On the Options Menu, click Print (the printer icon). Click Current Page. Click Print.

    7. Piecing to cover a 12" x 12" Page

    One final word about basic backgrounds. If you must print in the 8 1/2" x 11" size, and you would like to pretty much cover a 12" x 12" page with background, I have found it easier to do the following:

  • When you first have your new page on the worktop, go to the Pulldown Menu,
  • Click Layout.
  • Click Page Setup.
  • Click Landscape.
  • When you are ready, print 2 pages. I found the horizontal easier to overlap, cover and trim to attach to a large background page.

    8. Other Options

    Two different backgrounds on the same page - Simply make two rectangles next to each other and fill them individually. Or make many squares or rectangles placed right next to each other and fill them with different patterns, like a quilt.

    Background on top of another background - Make a background that fills the whole page. Then, if you want to place a blank label on top create another rectangle and fill with the color of your choice. Then write you label in the filled rectangle.

    No outlines around backgrounds - In the above situation if you don't want the lines around each background. In the Tool Menu click the Outline Tool, then click the No Outline button (the X on the square), this will get rid of the line.

    Outlines around backgrounds - But maybe you want the line, and maybe you want it thicker or dotted!

    Thicker line - With the outline around your background click to Select the background box. In the Tool Menu click the Outline Tool. The quickest way to change the width of the line is to click on one of the different sizes right there on the menu.

    Dotted, Broken or Colored Line - With the outline around your background click to Select the background box. In the Tool Menu click the Outline Tool, then click the Outline Pen Dialog (the pen tip). Near the upper left there is a box labeled style, click the arrow on the right of the box and a menu of different styled lines appears, scroll down to see all the options and make your choice by clicking on it. Just above that the width of the line can be changed and just above the width, you can change the color of the line.

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