Understanding CorelDraw Interface.
In this lesson, we will learn and Understand CorelDraw Interface. Where we will explore drop-down menus, Locating the toolbar and the toolbox, and Understanding dockers.
Exploring Drop-Down Menus in CorelDraw Interface.
At the top of the screen, we have standard drop-down menus.
I start with the file menu, in here When you will click on the file
You can see the drop-down just like other programs. In this view, we have a menu icon followed by the feature function name and also associated with the keyboard shortcut which is assigned.
You may also notice the black colour triangle in the right. That is an indication there are additional menu items as subsets. Here I show what is mean.
If I save the file there is send to.
I have the ability to send the file multiple ways like Bluetooth, compression zip folder as well as couple of other options.
Continues to look to other menu items. You see the there are organized and relatively logically fashion.
Suppose I select a bitmap menu.
You notice that number of these features are greyed out.
The reason for this I currently do not have a bitmap selected on my page. So here is the trip if you are trying to apply the effect on the object the application is not allowing it.
Take a look at the status bar.
At the bottom, you see there is current layer1 is selected. For example, if in your file bitmap file is open and is selected then it will show bitmap is selected.
Now if you go to the bitmap menu then you will notice some options which were de-active and are active.
As I continue to move to cross to my menu bar than I have a text menu.
There are things such as options, or settings for CorelDraw to change the CorelDraw interface, how it behaves also under tools we have things such as Color Management, Macros, Scripts. If we Look at them under the windows menu.
We have colour pallets. In more important menus are also available such as Dockers, Dockers are panels when activated it will appear right side of the screen and provide the functionality to the applications if we have one of the dockers is active then you will see a checkmark to the left to it here.
I show you what is my mean. If I select Object Data Manager you will see it appears on the right-hand side of the screen.
If I go back to the Windows menu and uncheck to Object Data Manager then that docker will be off.
Finally, I want to talk about the menu item is the help menu.
Under the help, you see things like.
- Product help.
- Welcome screen.
- Video tutorials and so on.
A hint is actually is docker it can be used from Windows and also can be useful within the Dockers option which is available in the Windows menu.
The hints docker allow you to learn more about the application as you use it.
With the hints docker in view if I select crop tool then my hint docker will be changed and will tell me how to use the crop tool.
As you move another tool like artistic media tool also hint docker will be changed to give additional help.
If the information is not sufficient in hint docker. You require more research to scroll down and click on help topics.
It will launch help file for me and provide additional information about the topic.
Locating the Toolbar and the Toolbox.
It is very important to understand the toolbar and toolbox in CorelDraw Interface. Let’s take a look standard toolbar in context-sensitive or interactive property toolbar. We can start with the standard toolbar. The standard toolbar is right below the drop-down menu and contains some of the common commands.
Things just new document, open save, print, you notice that their down-pointing arrow is next to the open this gives you access the most recently used documents, next we have cut, copy, paste.
now of course these functions are associated keyboard shortcuts with them. They can be found in the Edit menu next, we have undo, redo icons,
you may also notice there is a small icon next to that if I hit the dropdown. I have the ability to back up my undo history I select any command (move) and just I do redo it is a great way to save time in the editing process.
The next icon launch Corel Connect I will cover later on.
Following the Corel launcher, we have import and export as well as publish to PDF. If you are sure that what is pdf file takes a look.
Next, we have view options.
First, we have the ability to select different zoom levels.
- Full Screen.
- Show Rulers.
- Show Grids.
- Show Guides lines.
I also snap a number of different objects. Include such things. Document Grid, Baseline Grid, Objects, Page.
Finally, we have options as well as an application launcher.
The application launchers allow launching coral applications. Directly from and within the CorelDraw.
One other note here is that if you have installed it. Third-party plugins with CorelDraw also can be accessed from here as.
Now take a look at the interactive property bar or context censor property bar.
The interactive property bar directly below the standard toolbar. It gives additional capacities to tools and objects that are selected.
Here I show what is my mean.
I have pick tools selected from the toolbar.
With nothing selected on-page. I have the ability to change or modify the settings from my current document.
I can change here things such as.
Units of measure and number of other options over here.
If I selected a rectangle tool.
Here you can see, here I can set the size of the rectangle, corner roundness, as well as outline weight.
The interactive property bar. Now only changes, when I select object but tools as well as.
The toolbox is also very important in the CorelDraw interface, it Contains the majority of tools that you have been using and working in CorelDraw. It is located here left-hand side of the screen.
As menus of the above. Some of the tools have a black triangle right-hand corner. These indications additional tools, which are available. You can make yourself.
Dockers are very essentials in CorelDraw Interface. We can do the whole series on dockers, for now, a cover the few.
Object Manager can be accessed through Windows Menu.
Docker is seen on the left-hand side of CorelDraw. It can be customized.
Click on this icon over by the dockers allow me to quickly customize which docker is being displayed and which one I want to turn off.
which Docker you want to display click on it.
A docker is a panel, which is usually is appeared on the right side of the CorelDraw screen. Although it can be customized.
For example ( you can see) on the right-hand side of my screen, two dockers are opened.
- Object Manager.
Now dockers will display the same types of controls as a dialogue box. Such as commands bar, Buttons, and list boxes, but unlike most dialogue boxes you can keep a docker is open. While working on the document. This will allow to you access the commands, to experiment with different settings.
The docker can either be docked or floating to float the docker simple matter pull of the page.
Click on the docker with the mouse and drag everywhere on the screen where you wish to like.
Docker can be tabbed or docked anywhere I mean you can drag it everywhere on screen.
If you want to open several dockers at the time. The tabbed together into the nest.
Now take the look at object Manager Docker.
It shows all the pages in the current document having all layers.
The buttons at the top of the object manager provide a number of extended features.