CorelDraw

Windows Components

The various window components in CorelDraw are:

  • Title bar
  • Menu bar
  • Property bar
  • Tool bar (Standard)
  • Tool box
  • Rulers
  • Drawing page
  • Drawing window
  • Colour palette
  • Docker
  • Status bar
  • Document navigator
  • Navigator

Tools Overview

The Toolbox is located in the left portion of the window and contains all the drawing and editing tools necessary to create objects for an illustration. Tools containing a small triangle in the corner produce a Flyout. These are described as:

Pick Tool Selects objects. Once selected, you can use the Pick Tool for move, stretch, scale, rotate, and skew objects.

Shape Tool Reshapes objects by moving nodes, lines, and control points.

Zoom Tool changes the current view of the drawing.

Freehand Tool draws lines and curves. You can also use this tool to trace bitmaps.

Smart Drawing Tool converts the freehand strokes you draw to basic shapes and smoothed curves. 

Rectangle Tool draws rectangles and squares. Squares are created by using the Control key while drawing.

Ellipse Tool draws ellipses and circles. Circles are created by holding down the Control key as you draw.

Graph Paper Tool draws a collection of boxes that simulate a sheet of graph paper.

Perfect Shapes Tool – A collection of objects, which you can add to your drawing.

Text Tool – Adds either Artistic or Paragraph text to your drawing.

Interactive Blend Tool – Allows you to merge objects.

Eyedropper Tool – Allows you to select a color within an object, especially a bitmap, and allows you to apply that color to another object.

Outlines Tool – Sets the outline style of an object or a line. This includes the line type, ends, color, and weight.

CorelDRAW Shortcut Keys

1) Align

Align Top: T

It lets you align the objects that are selected to the top.

Align Bottom: B

It lets you align the objects that are selected to the bottom.

Align Right: R

It lets you align the objects that are selected to the right.

Align Left: L

It lets you align the objects that are selected to the left.

Align Center Vertically: C

You can vertically align the center of the objects that are selected.

Align Center Horizontally: E

You can horizontally align the center of the objects that are selected.

Align to baseline: Alt + F12

It allows you to align text to the baseline.

 

2) Display Document Shortcut Keys in CorelDRAW

Window Refresh: Ctrl + W

You can refresh the window with this shortcut.

Reveal Nonprinting Characters: Ctrl + Shift + C

Nonprinting characters can be shown

Display Toggle: Shift + F9

Toggle can be displayed.

Preview Full-Screen: F9

Full-Screen can be previewed.

3) General Shortcuts Keys in CorelDRAW

Copy: Ctrl + C, Ctrl + Insert

You can copy and move one or more objects to the clipboard

Cut: Ctrl + X, Ctrl + Delete

You can cut and move one or more objects to the clipboard.

Delete: Delete(Button)

Selected objects can be deleted using this button.

Paste: Ctrl + V

You can place the content in the document.

Repeat: Ctrl + R

The last operation can be repeated.

Redo: Ctrl + Shift + Z

The last action which was undone can be reapplied using redo.

Duplicate: Ctrl + D

Selected objects can be duplicated.

Undo: Ctrl + Z, Ctrl + Backspace

The previous action can be canceled using undo.

4) File Related Shortcut Keys(Formatting)

Save: Ctrl + S

The document that is active can be saved.

Save As: Ctrl + Shift + S

The document that is active can be saved using a new name.

Open: Ctrl + O

You can open a document that is existing by searching the folder in which the document is present.

New: Ctrl + N

You can create a new document.

Import: Ctrl + I

It lets you import a file into the document that is active.

Export: Ctrl + E

The duplicate of the document can be saved to a different file format

Print: Ctrl + P

Printing options can be selected and then you can print the active document.

Exit: Alt + F4

It lets you exit CorelDRAW and you will get a popup to save the active document.

5) Docker Window Shortcut Keys in CorelDRAW

Contour: Ctrl + F9

Contour docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Position: Alt + F7

Position docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Rotate: Alt + F8

Rotate docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Envelope: Ctrl + F7

Envelope docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Lens: Alt + F3

Lens docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Graphic And Text Style: Ctrl + F5

Graphic and text style docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Linear Dimensions: Alt + F2

Linear Dimensions docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Size: Alt + F10

A size docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

Scale And Mirror: Alt + F9

Scale and mirror docker window can be opened through this shortcut.

6) Dialog Shortcut Keys:

Intensity/Brightness: Ctrl + B

You can adjust the brightness with this shortcut.

Color Balance: Ctrl + Shift + B

You can adjust the color balance with this shortcut.

Saturation/Hue: Ctrl + Shift + U

Saturation can be controlled using this shortcut.

Uniform Fill: Shift + F11

Helps you in selecting a hard fill color by using color palettes, color harmonies, color viewers or color blends for an object.

Fountain Fill: F11

Using a gradient of shades or colors, an object can be filled.

7) Font Shortcut Keys(Formatting):

Font Size: Ctrl + Shift + P

You can adjust the font size with this.

Increase Font Size: Ctrl + Numpad 8

Font size can be increased with this.

Decrease Font Size: Ctrl + Numpad 2

Font size can be decreased with this.

Bold: Ctrl + B

You can make the text bold.

Italic: Ctrl + I

You can italicize the text.

8) Outline Pen:

Outline Color Dialog: Shift + F12

Outline color dialog can be opened with this shortcut.

Outline Pen Dialog: F12

Outline pen dialog can be opened with this shortcut.

9) Toolbox:

Hand: H

You can select the hand tool.

Artistic Media: I

With the use of freehand strokes, you can add artistic spray, brush and some calligraphic effects.

Ellipse Tool: F7

You can select the ellipse tool.

Eraser Tool: X

You can select the eraser tool.

Freehand Tool: F5

The freehand tool can be selected.

Mesh Tool: M

Mesh tool can be selected.

Rectangle Tool: F6

A rectangle tool can be selected.

Polygon Tool: Y

Polygon tool can be selected.

Spiral Tool: A

The spiral tool can be selected.

Text Tool: F8

The text tool can be selected.

10) Zoom

Zoom Out: F3

You can zoom out.

Zoom: F2

You can zoom in one shot.

Zoom in to all object: F4

You can zoom in to an object as a whole.

The 7 types of logos (and how to use them)

A Logo is an image that symbolises your business

Types of Logos

1. Monogram logos (or lettermarks)

Monogram logos or lettermarks are logos that consist of letters, usually brand initials. IBM, CNN, HP, HBO… Noticing a pattern, yes? They’re the initialisms of a few famous businesses with rather lengthy names. With 2 or 3 words to remember, they’ve each turned to using their initials for brand-identification purposes. So it makes perfect sense for them to use monograms—sometimes called lettermark logos—to represent their organizations.

Letter Logo
Letter Logo

2. Wordmarks (or logotypes)

Similar to a lettermark, a wordmark or logotype is a font-based logo that focuses on a business’ name alone. Think Visa and Coca-Cola. Wordmark logos work really well when a company has a succinct and distinct name. Google’s logo is a great example of this. The name itself is catchy and memorable so, when combined with strong typography, the logo helps create strong brand recognition.

Wordmark Logo
Wordmark Logo

When to use lettermark and wordmark logos:

  • Consider a lettermark logo if your business happens to have a long name. Condensing the business name into initials will help simplify your design and likewise customers will have an easier time recalling your business and your logo.
  • A wordmark is a good decision if you’re a new business and need to get your name out there, just make sure that name is short enough to take advantage of the design. Anything too long can look too cluttered.
  • A wordmark logo is a good idea if you have a distinct business name that will stick in customers’ minds. Having your name in a great, designed font will make your brand all the stickier.
  • Both lettermark and wordmark logos are easy to replicate across marketing material and branding thus making them highly adaptable options for a new, and developing, business.
  • Remember that you’ll want to be scrupulous when creating a lettermark or a wordmark. Your business name in a font alone likely won’t be distinct enough to capture the nuance of your brand. So make sure you hire a professional who’ll have an eye for detail.

3. Pictorial marks (or logo symbols)

A pictorial mark (sometimes called brand mark or logo symbol) is an icon—or graphic-based logo. It’s probably the image that comes to mind when you think “logo”: the iconic Apple logo, the Twitter bird, the Target bullseye. Each of these companies’ logos is so emblematic, and each brand so established, that the mark alone is instantly recognizable

Pictorial Logo

4. Abstract logo marks

An abstract mark is a specific type of pictorial logo. Instead of being a recognizable image—like an apple or a bird—it’s an abstract geometric form that represents your business. A few famous examples include the BP starburst-y logo, the Pepsi divided circle and the strip-y Adidas flower. Like all logo symbols, abstract marks work really well because they condense your brand into a single image.

Abstract Logo mark

When to use picture and symbol logos:

  • pictorial mark alone can be tricky. It’s effective if you already have an established brand but that’s not a hard and strict rule. You can use brandmarks to your advantage to convey what your business does graphically if your name is too long, and they can also be used effectively to convey a desired idea or emotion.
  • Pictorial and abstract marks also work quite well for global commerce if, for example, a business name doesn’t lend itself well to translation.
  • A pictorial mark however may not be the best idea if you anticipate changes to your business model in the future. You may start off selling pizzas and use a pizza in your logo but what happens when you start to selling sandwiches or burgers, or even produce?
  • Abstract marks allow you to create a completely unique image for your business, but are best left to design professionals who understand how color, shape and structure combine to create meaning.
Retro Logo

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