Legend and General Directions for Corel Draw Essentials

Reference Legend for Corel Draw Essentials

I have chosen the following titles for the different toolbars on the worktop of Corel Draw Essentials:

Line 1 "Pulldown Menu" Across the top of the screen are the words: file, edit, view, layout, arrange, effects, bitmaps, text, tools, windows, and help. We will call this the Pulldown Menu.
Line 2 "Options Menu"The line below the Pulldown Menu beginning with the white blank page icon we will call the Options Menu.
Line 3 "Page Menu"The line below the Options Menu we will call Page Menu.
Left Side "Tools Menu"The line of icons down the left side of the screen we will call the Tools Menu.
Right Side "Desktop Color Palette"The line of colors down the right side of the screen we will call the Desktop Color Palette.

General Directions Contents

1. New Page
2. Open a Saved Page
3. Import a Clipart Image
4. Remove a Clipart Image
5. Copy a Clipart Image
6. Mirror Image
7. Rotating or Tilting an Image
8. Save a Page
9. Color a Clipart Image
10. Change the Size of a Clipart Image
11. Make a Clipart Image Transparent
12. Add Text
13. Color Text
14. Print a Page
15. Move Outline and Fill Menus to the desktop

1. New Page

In the Options Menu, click on New (the blank page icon). To add pages to that particular document, look to the left of the white tab at the bottom that says, "Page 1." Click the plus sign to the right of "1 of 1." Page 2 will appear. Use the tabs at the bottom to go between pages.

2. Open a Saved Page

In the Options Menu, click on Open (the open yellow file folder icon), click on Up One Level (the yellow file folder with the arrow) and find the drive and file folder with the saved page. To open it either:
      1. Double click on the filename. Or
      2. Click once on the filename, then click Open.

3. Import a Clipart Image

In the Options Menu, click on Import (the icon with the disk and arrow pointing to a blank page). Click on Up One Level (see #2) and find the drive and file folder with the image you want. To import the image either:
      1. Double click on the filenam. Or
      2. Click once on the filename, then click Open. Then click on the blank page.

4. Remove a Clipart Image

Click on the image to Select it (eight black boxes will appear in the perimeter of a selected image). In the Options Menu, click on Cut (scissors icon). The image will be removed.

5. Copy a Clipart Image

Click on the image to Select it (see #4) In the Options Menu, click on Copy (the two page icon), then click Paste (the clipboard and page icon). The copied image will appear directly over the original image. Click, hold and drag the copied image to another spot.

6. Mirror Image

Click on the image to select it. In the Page Menu, above the number 4 in the ruler are two mirroring choices. Click on the upper one, it mirrors left to right. Click on the lower one, it mirrors top to bottom.

7. Rotating or Tilting an Image

Click on the clipart image to Select. Click on it again. You should see arrows around the image instead of boxes. Click at the upper right corner, hold and rotate until it is at the angle that you want in either direction.

8. Save a Page

On the Options Menu, click Save (the disk icon). A menu will appear. Click Up One Level (see #1), find the drive and folder you want to save the page in. Type in the filename. Click Save. It will save it as a Corel Draw File (.cdr). If you wish to save it as another file type, click the Files of Type arrow and choose from the options available, then Save.

9. Color a Clipart Image

Select the Image (see #4). In the Tool Menu, click on the Outline Tool (the pen tip). Click on the Outline Color Dialog (the color wheel with the square). Choose a color (see "Create a Personal Color Palette"), click OK. The image outline color will change to the new choice. Also see Create a Personal Color Palette 4C. Using Your Personal Color Palette from the Corel Desktop.

10. Change the Size of a Clipart Image

Select the Image (see #4). Click and hold on any of the corners. Drag to a larger or smaller size. It will change size in proper proportions doing it this way. To stretch the image horizontally, click and drag the center black box on either of the sides of the image. To stretch it vertically, click and drag the center black box on either the top or the bottom of the image. If you wish to have it an exact size. Select the Image (see #4). In the Page Menu, go to the second set of white rectangles from the left. The top rectangle shows a horizontal arrow next to it and has that measurement in inches. The bottom rectangle shows a vertical arrow next to it and has that measurement in inches. Type in the decimal size you choose in both directions. The image will change to that size.

11. Make a Clipart Image Transparent

This is useful if you are creating a page layout and you need images to be close to each other. Sometimes the white background square of the image will overlap and cover up another image on your page. This will make the image transparent and no longer a problem. Select the image (see #4). On the Tools Menu, click on the Fill Tool (the tipped bucket). Click on the black X. The image will now have a transparent background.

12. Add Text

In the Tool Menu, click on the Text Tool, (the letter A). Choose the Font. A window entitled "Text Attribute" will appear. The default is Artistic Text, click OK. Choose text size. The window will appear again. Click OK. Choose justification. The window will appear each time, click OK. If you want, choose underline, bold, etc. in the same manner. Click on the page where you want the text. Start typing. When you are finished, on the Tool Menu click the Pick Tool, (the arrow), Select the text (see #4), click, hold and drag the text to the new position.

13. Color Text

Select the text (see #4). On the Tool Menu, click the Outline Color Dialog (see #8). Choose the color, click OK. There are times you may also wish to color with both the Outline and the Fill tools. To also color with the Fill Tool. In the Tool Menu, click Fill Tool (see #10). Click the Fill Color Dialog (the first colored square on the left). Find the same color you chose for the Outline color, click OK. You may wish to run a print test to see how it looks both ways. For more details on choosing colors see "Create a Personal Color Palette."

14. Print a Page

On the Options Menu, click on Print (the printer icon). Make sure the name of you printer model appears in the Name box. Go into properties to set paper size, orientation, high quality or fast, no margins, type of paper, etc. for your particular printer. If your document is several pages long and you wish to print all of the pages. Click Print. If you wish to print only one page, for example the page you are on at the moment. Click Current Page, then click Print. If you wish to print pages 2-4. Click page and type in 2-4. Then click Print.

15. Move Outline and Fill Menus to the desktop

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!

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