Corel DESIGNER X7 User Guide
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Contents
Getting started...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7................................................................................................................................................ 3
System requirements.........................................................................................................................................................................3
Preparing for installation.................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 applications....................................................................................................................... 4
Installation options........................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Modifying and repairing installations................................................................................................................................................6
Uninstalling CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7...................................................................................................................................... 7
Frequently Asked Questions.............................................................................................................................................................. 7
Corel memberships and services............................................................................................................................................................. 9
Technical Suite memberships............................................................................................................................................................ 9
Features that require membership and sign-in................................................................................................................................10
Updating Corel products................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Corel Support Services.................................................................................................................................................................... 11
About Corel....................................................................................................................................................................................12
What’s new in Corel DESIGNER X7?.....................................................................................................................................................13
Precise technical communication.................................................................................................................................................... 13
Leverage technical assets................................................................................................................................................................ 18
Unmatched publishing options.......................................................................................................................................................21
Advanced standards compliance.....................................................................................................................................................23
Work faster and more efficiently.................................................................................................................................................... 24
Learning resources................................................................................................................................................................................29
Getting help................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Using the Help and tooltips........................................................................................................................................................... 30
Welcome screen............................................................................................................................................................................. 31
Macro programming guide............................................................................................................................................................ 31
Network deployment guide............................................................................................................................................................ 32
Web-based resources......................................................................................................................................................................32
Customized training and integration resources............................................................................................................................... 32
Corel DESIGNER workspace tour...........................................................................................................................................................33
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Corel DESIGNER terms and concepts.............................................................................................................................................. 33
Corel DESIGNER application window.............................................................................................................................................. 34
Corel DESIGNER workspace tools....................................................................................................................................................36
Standard toolbar............................................................................................................................................................................ 36
More about toolbars...................................................................................................................................................................... 37
Exploring the toolbox..................................................................................................................................................................... 38
Property bar....................................................................................................................................................................................53
Dockers...........................................................................................................................................................................................53
Status bar.......................................................................................................................................................................................55
Choosing a workspace....................................................................................................................................................................56
Starting and setting up........................................................................................................................................................................ 59
Starting and quitting Corel DESIGNER............................................................................................................................................ 59
Changing the language.................................................................................................................................................................. 59
Changing startup settings...............................................................................................................................................................60
Corel DESIGNER basics......................................................................................................................................................................... 61
Understanding vector graphics and bitmaps...................................................................................................................................61
Starting and opening drawings...................................................................................................................................................... 62
Scanning images............................................................................................................................................................................ 65
Working with multiple drawings.................................................................................................................................................... 66
Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions....................................................................................................................................... 66
Zooming, panning, and scrolling....................................................................................................................................................67
Previewing drawings.......................................................................................................................................................................70
Choosing viewing modes................................................................................................................................................................71
Working with views........................................................................................................................................................................73
Saving drawings............................................................................................................................................................................. 74
Working with locked files............................................................................................................................................................... 76
Backing up and recovering files......................................................................................................................................................76
Adding and accessing drawing information....................................................................................................................................77
Closing drawings............................................................................................................................................................................ 78
Finding and managing content............................................................................................................................................................ 79
Exploring Corel CONNECT...............................................................................................................................................................79
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Accessing content...........................................................................................................................................................................84
Browsing and searching for content...............................................................................................................................................86
Viewing content............................................................................................................................................................................. 89
Using content.................................................................................................................................................................................89
Installing fonts................................................................................................................................................................................91
Managing content.......................................................................................................................................................................... 92
Syncing trays with OneDrive........................................................................................................................................................... 93
Content types................................................................................................................................................................................. 95
Working with precision........................................................................................................................................................................ 97
Using gravity snapping................................................................................................................................................................... 97
Using dynamic guides.................................................................................................................................................................. 100
Using alignment guides................................................................................................................................................................106
Using constrain keys.....................................................................................................................................................................109
Using object coordinates.............................................................................................................................................................. 110
Collaborating...................................................................................................................................................................................... 119
Using ConceptShare..................................................................................................................................................................... 119
Lines, shapes, and outlines................................................................................................................................................................121
Working with lines, outlines, and brushstrokes...................................................................................................................................123
Setting the default property values...............................................................................................................................................123
Drawing lines................................................................................................................................................................................124
Parallel drawing............................................................................................................................................................................ 129
Closing multiple line segments..................................................................................................................................................... 131
Drawing callouts...........................................................................................................................................................................131
Drawing connector lines............................................................................................................................................................... 135
Drawing dimension lines.............................................................................................................................................................. 138
Formatting lines and outlines....................................................................................................................................................... 142
Adding arrowheads to lines and curves........................................................................................................................................147
Drawing calligraphic, pressure-sensitive, and preset lines..............................................................................................................149
Applying linear-pattern brushstrokes.............................................................................................................................................151
Spraying linear patterns along a line............................................................................................................................................ 152
Using pressure-sensitive pens and devices.................................................................................................................................... 154
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Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices...........................................................................................................154
Drawing shapes.................................................................................................................................................................................. 157
Drawing rectangles and squares...................................................................................................................................................157
Drawing ellipses, circles, arcs, and wedges................................................................................................................................... 160
Drawing polygons and stars......................................................................................................................................................... 161
Drawing grids...............................................................................................................................................................................162
Drawing predefined shapes.......................................................................................................................................................... 163
Drawing projected shapes............................................................................................................................................................ 164
Drawing by using shape recognition............................................................................................................................................ 166
Shaping objects.................................................................................................................................................................................. 169
Working with curve objects.......................................................................................................................................................... 169
Shaping curve objects by using Reflect Nodes mode.................................................................................................................... 174
Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects....................................................................................................................................... 175
Splitting objects............................................................................................................................................................................179
Trimming objects.......................................................................................................................................................................... 181
Filleting, scalloping, and chamfering corners of curve objects.......................................................................................................182
Welding and intersecting objects..................................................................................................................................................184
Creating new objects from boundaries......................................................................................................................................... 184
Creating PowerClip objects........................................................................................................................................................... 185
Smudging and smearing objects.................................................................................................................................................. 189
Adding twirl effects...................................................................................................................................................................... 192
Roughening objects...................................................................................................................................................................... 193
Shaping objects by attracting or pushing away nodes..................................................................................................................195
Applying distortion effects............................................................................................................................................................196
Shaping objects by using envelopes............................................................................................................................................. 198
Reference: Shaping objects........................................................................................................................................................... 200
Projecting objects............................................................................................................................................................................... 203
Understanding projected drawing modes..................................................................................................................................... 203
Using projected drawing modes................................................................................................................................................... 204
Customizing drawing profiles....................................................................................................................................................... 206
Objects, symbols, and layers............................................................................................................................................................. 209
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Working with objects......................................................................................................................................................................... 211
Selecting objects...........................................................................................................................................................................211
Changing object properties...........................................................................................................................................................214
Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects................................................................................................................................... 214
Copying object properties, transformations, and effects............................................................................................................... 216
Cloning objects.............................................................................................................................................................................218
Moving objects............................................................................................................................................................................. 218
Sizing and scaling objects............................................................................................................................................................ 220
Rotating objects........................................................................................................................................................................... 222
Mirroring objects.......................................................................................................................................................................... 223
Skewing objects............................................................................................................................................................................224
Aligning and distributing objects..................................................................................................................................................224
Applying object hinting................................................................................................................................................................ 227
Changing the order of objects......................................................................................................................................................227
Grouping objects.......................................................................................................................................................................... 228
Combining objects........................................................................................................................................................................229
Locking objects.............................................................................................................................................................................231
Finding and replacing objects.......................................................................................................................................................231
Hiding and displaying objects.......................................................................................................................................................232
Accessing and displaying geometric information about objects.................................................................................................... 232
Inserting bar codes.......................................................................................................................................................................233
Inserting and editing QR codes.......................................................................................................................................................... 235
Inserting QR codes....................................................................................................................................................................... 235
Editing QR codes.......................................................................................................................................................................... 236
Validating QR codes..................................................................................................................................................................... 238
Working with symbols........................................................................................................................................................................239
Using symbols in drawings........................................................................................................................................................... 239
Managing collections and libraries............................................................................................................................................... 242
Creating, editing, and deleting symbols........................................................................................................................................243
Sharing symbols between drawings..............................................................................................................................................245
Reference: Working with symbols................................................................................................................................................. 246
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Creating objects for the web..............................................................................................................................................................249
Exporting bitmaps for the web.....................................................................................................................................................249
Saving and applying web presets................................................................................................................................................. 255
Exporting objects with transparent colors and backgrounds......................................................................................................... 256
Creating rollovers..........................................................................................................................................................................256
Adding bookmarks and hyperlinks to documents......................................................................................................................... 258
Adding hotspots and alternate text to objects..............................................................................................................................259
Working with layers............................................................................................................................................................................261
Creating layers.............................................................................................................................................................................. 261
Changing layer properties.............................................................................................................................................................264
Moving and copying layers and objects........................................................................................................................................267
Object linking and embedding........................................................................................................................................................... 269
Inserting linked or embedded objects...........................................................................................................................................269
Editing linked or embedded objects............................................................................................................................................. 270
Working with object data...................................................................................................................................................................271
Setting up the project database................................................................................................................................................... 271
Managing object data.................................................................................................................................................................. 273
Applying CGM data to objects..................................................................................................................................................... 274
Color and fills.................................................................................................................................................................................... 281
Working with color............................................................................................................................................................................ 283
Understanding color models.........................................................................................................................................................283
Understanding color depth...........................................................................................................................................................285
Choosing colors............................................................................................................................................................................ 286
Using the Document palette.........................................................................................................................................................292
Creating and editing custom color palettes.................................................................................................................................. 294
Organizing and displaying color palettes...................................................................................................................................... 297
Displaying or hiding color palettes in the Palette libraries............................................................................................................. 298
Setting the properties of color palettes........................................................................................................................................ 299
Filling objects......................................................................................................................................................................................301
Applying uniform fills................................................................................................................................................................... 301
Applying fountain fills.................................................................................................................................................................. 302
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Applying hatch fills.......................................................................................................................................................................305
Applying pattern fills.................................................................................................................................................................... 308
Applying texture fills.....................................................................................................................................................................312
Applying PostScript fills................................................................................................................................................................ 313
Applying mesh fills....................................................................................................................................................................... 314
Applying fills to areas...................................................................................................................................................................316
Working with fills......................................................................................................................................................................... 317
Managing and sharing fills and transparencies...................................................................................................................................319
Managing fills and transparencies................................................................................................................................................ 319
Saving and sharing fills and transparencies.................................................................................................................................. 321
Using color management................................................................................................................................................................... 323
Understanding color management............................................................................................................................................... 323
Getting started with color management in Corel DESIGNER......................................................................................................... 327
Installing, loading, and embedding color profiles......................................................................................................................... 330
Assigning color profiles................................................................................................................................................................ 331
Converting colors to other color profiles...................................................................................................................................... 332
Choosing color-conversion settings............................................................................................................................................... 332
Soft proofing................................................................................................................................................................................333
Working with color management presets..................................................................................................................................... 334
Working with color management policies.....................................................................................................................................335
Managing colors when opening documents.................................................................................................................................336
Managing colors when importing and pasting files......................................................................................................................337
Managing colors for print............................................................................................................................................................ 338
Using a safe CMYK workflow....................................................................................................................................................... 338
Managing colors for online viewing............................................................................................................................................. 338
Special effects....................................................................................................................................................................................339
Adding 3D effects to objects..............................................................................................................................................................341
Contouring objects....................................................................................................................................................................... 341
Applying perspective to objects.................................................................................................................................................... 344
Creating extrusions....................................................................................................................................................................... 345
Creating bevel effects................................................................................................................................................................... 349
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Creating drop shadows................................................................................................................................................................ 351
Blending objects........................................................................................................................................................................... 354
Changing the transparency of objects................................................................................................................................................ 359
Applying uniform transparency.....................................................................................................................................................359
Applying fountain transparency.................................................................................................................................................... 360
Applying pattern transparency......................................................................................................................................................362
Applying texture transparency...................................................................................................................................................... 364
Copying, freezing, and removing transparencies...........................................................................................................................365
Applying merge modes................................................................................................................................................................ 366
Using lenses with objects................................................................................................................................................................... 369
Applying lenses.............................................................................................................................................................................369
Editing lenses............................................................................................................................................................................... 371
Text.....................................................................................................................................................................................................373
Adding and manipulating text............................................................................................................................................................375
Importing and pasting text...........................................................................................................................................................375
Adding artistic text....................................................................................................................................................................... 377
Adding paragraph text................................................................................................................................................................. 377
Adding columns to text frames.................................................................................................................................................... 381
Combining and linking paragraph text frames..............................................................................................................................382
Aligning text by using the baseline grid....................................................................................................................................... 385
Selecting text................................................................................................................................................................................ 386
Finding, editing, and converting text............................................................................................................................................ 386
Shifting, rotating, mirroring, and flipping text..............................................................................................................................388
Moving text.................................................................................................................................................................................. 389
Wrapping text.............................................................................................................................................................................. 390
Fitting text to a path....................................................................................................................................................................391
Inserting special characters, symbols, and glyphs..........................................................................................................................393
Embedding graphics..................................................................................................................................................................... 396
Working with legacy text..............................................................................................................................................................396
Formatting text...................................................................................................................................................................................397
Choosing typefaces and fonts.......................................................................................................................................................397
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Formatting characters................................................................................................................................................................... 400
Changing text color...................................................................................................................................................................... 401
Kerning a range of characters...................................................................................................................................................... 403
Changing text case....................................................................................................................................................................... 404
Working with OpenType features..................................................................................................................................................405
Adjusting character and word spacing......................................................................................................................................... 409
Adjusting line and paragraph spacing.......................................................................................................................................... 410
Adding bullets to text.................................................................................................................................................................. 412
Inserting drop caps.......................................................................................................................................................................413
Changing character position and angle........................................................................................................................................ 414
Aligning text.................................................................................................................................................................................415
Adding tabs and indents.............................................................................................................................................................. 418
Working with text styles............................................................................................................................................................... 419
Hyphenating text.......................................................................................................................................................................... 419
Inserting formatting codes........................................................................................................................................................... 421
Displaying nonprinting characters.................................................................................................................................................422
Adding equations............................................................................................................................................................................... 423
Working with text in different languages........................................................................................................................................... 425
Formatting Asian text................................................................................................................................................................... 425
Using line-breaking rules for Asian text........................................................................................................................................ 426
OpenType support for Asian text.................................................................................................................................................. 427
Formatting multilingual text......................................................................................................................................................... 427
Displaying text correctly in any language......................................................................................................................................428
Working with translated text........................................................................................................................................................ 429
Managing fonts..................................................................................................................................................................................431
Substituting fonts......................................................................................................................................................................... 431
Embedding fonts.......................................................................................................................................................................... 432
Viewing fonts............................................................................................................................................................................... 433
Filtering fonts............................................................................................................................................................................... 434
Searching for fonts.......................................................................................................................................................................435
Identifying fonts........................................................................................................................................................................... 437
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Choosing fonts with Font Playground...........................................................................................................................................437
Using the Bitstream Font Navigator.............................................................................................................................................. 440
Using writing tools............................................................................................................................................................................. 441
Using QuickCorrect....................................................................................................................................................................... 441
Using the spelling checker and Grammatik...................................................................................................................................443
Using the thesaurus......................................................................................................................................................................445
Working with languages...............................................................................................................................................................446
Customizing the writing tools...................................................................................................................................................... 446
Using checking styles....................................................................................................................................................................447
Using rule classes......................................................................................................................................................................... 450
Analyzing a drawing.....................................................................................................................................................................450
Using word lists............................................................................................................................................................................452
Checking statistics........................................................................................................................................................................ 454
Reference: Using writing tools...................................................................................................................................................... 455
Templates and styles..........................................................................................................................................................................461
Working with templates..................................................................................................................................................................... 463
Searching for templates................................................................................................................................................................463
Using templates............................................................................................................................................................................465
Creating templates....................................................................................................................................................................... 465
Editing templates..........................................................................................................................................................................466
Working with styles and style sets......................................................................................................................................................467
Creating styles and style sets........................................................................................................................................................ 467
Applying styles and style sets....................................................................................................................................................... 470
Editing styles and style sets.......................................................................................................................................................... 470
Managing default object properties..............................................................................................................................................471
Exporting and importing style sheets............................................................................................................................................473
Assigning keyboard shortcuts to styles or style sets...................................................................................................................... 473
Finding objects that use a specific style or style set...................................................................................................................... 474
Breaking the link between objects and styles or style sets.............................................................................................................474
Working with color styles................................................................................................................................................................... 475
Creating and applying color styles................................................................................................................................................ 475
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Editing color styles....................................................................................................................................................................... 478
Viewing color styles......................................................................................................................................................................482
Exporting and importing color styles............................................................................................................................................ 484
Breaking the link between a color style and an object..................................................................................................................484
Pages and layout............................................................................................................................................................................... 485
Working with pages and layout tools.................................................................................................................................................487
Specifying the page layout........................................................................................................................................................... 487
Choosing a page background.......................................................................................................................................................490
Adding, duplicating, renaming, and deleting pages..................................................................................................................... 491
Inserting page numbers................................................................................................................................................................493
Using the rulers............................................................................................................................................................................ 495
Calibrating the rulers.................................................................................................................................................................... 496
Setting up the document grid...................................................................................................................................................... 496
Setting up the baseline grid......................................................................................................................................................... 497
Setting up guidelines....................................................................................................................................................................498
Modifying guidelines.................................................................................................................................................................... 500
Setting the drawing scale............................................................................................................................................................. 501
Working with tables........................................................................................................................................................................... 503
Adding tables to drawings........................................................................................................................................................... 503
Selecting, moving, and navigating table components................................................................................................................... 504
Inserting and deleting table rows and columns............................................................................................................................ 507
Resizing table cells, rows, and columns........................................................................................................................................508
Formatting tables and cells...........................................................................................................................................................509
Working with text in tables.......................................................................................................................................................... 510
Converting tables to text.............................................................................................................................................................. 511
Merging and splitting tables and cells.......................................................................................................................................... 512
Manipulating tables as objects..................................................................................................................................................... 513
Adding images, graphics, and backgrounds to tables...................................................................................................................513
Importing tables in a drawing...................................................................................................................................................... 514
Bitmaps.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 515
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Working with bitmaps........................................................................................................................................................................517
Converting vector graphics to bitmaps......................................................................................................................................... 517
Importing bitmaps........................................................................................................................................................................519
Cropping bitmaps.........................................................................................................................................................................519
Changing the dimensions and resolution of bitmaps....................................................................................................................519
Straightening bitmaps.................................................................................................................................................................. 520
Correcting perspective distortions................................................................................................................................................. 521
Using Digimarc watermarks to identify bitmaps........................................................................................................................... 522
Removing dust and scratch marks from bitmaps.......................................................................................................................... 523
Applying special effects in bitmaps...............................................................................................................................................524
Working with colors in bitmaps................................................................................................................................................... 526
Using the Image Adjustment Lab................................................................................................................................................. 527
Adjusting color and tone..............................................................................................................................................................532
Using the Tone Curve filter........................................................................................................................................................... 533
Transforming color and tone........................................................................................................................................................ 534
Editing bitmaps with Corel PHOTO-PAINT.....................................................................................................................................535
Working with bitmap color modes.....................................................................................................................................................537
Changing the color mode of bitmaps...........................................................................................................................................537
Changing bitmaps to black-and-white images.............................................................................................................................. 538
Changing bitmaps to duotones.................................................................................................................................................... 539
Changing bitmaps to the paletted color mode............................................................................................................................. 540
Tracing bitmaps and editing traced results......................................................................................................................................... 543
Tracing bitmaps............................................................................................................................................................................ 543
PowerTRACE controls....................................................................................................................................................................546
Previewing traced results.............................................................................................................................................................. 547
Fine-tuning traced results............................................................................................................................................................. 548
Adjusting colors in traced results..................................................................................................................................................550
Setting default tracing options..................................................................................................................................................... 552
Tips for tracing bitmaps and editing traced results.......................................................................................................................553
Working with RAW camera files.........................................................................................................................................................555
Using RAW camera files............................................................................................................................................................... 555
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Bringing RAW camera files into Corel DESIGNER.......................................................................................................................... 556
Adjusting the color and tone of RAW camera files.......................................................................................................................558
Sharpening and reducing noise in RAW camera files.................................................................................................................... 560
Previewing RAW camera files and obtaining image information................................................................................................... 561
Using AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition to work with RAW files.............................................................................................................563
Using AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition with CorelDRAW Technical Suite..........................................................................................563
Printing.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 565
Printing basics.................................................................................................................................................................................... 567
Printing your work........................................................................................................................................................................567
Laying out print jobs.................................................................................................................................................................... 568
Previewing print jobs.................................................................................................................................................................... 569
Applying print styles..................................................................................................................................................................... 570
Fine-tuning print jobs................................................................................................................................................................... 571
Printing colors accurately..............................................................................................................................................................572
Printing to a PostScript printer..................................................................................................................................................... 574
Using print merge........................................................................................................................................................................ 576
Viewing preflight summaries........................................................................................................................................................ 579
Preparing files for print service providers............................................................................................................................................ 581
Preparing a print job for a print service provider.......................................................................................................................... 581
Working with imposition layouts.................................................................................................................................................. 582
Printing printers’ marks................................................................................................................................................................ 584
Maintaining OPI links................................................................................................................................................................... 586
Printing color separations............................................................................................................................................................. 587
Working with color trapping and overprinting............................................................................................................................. 588
Specifying In-RIP trapping settings................................................................................................................................................590
Printing to film............................................................................................................................................................................. 593
Working with a print service provider...........................................................................................................................................593
File formats........................................................................................................................................................................................595
Importing and exporting files............................................................................................................................................................. 597
Importing files.............................................................................................................................................................................. 597
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Exporting files...............................................................................................................................................................................600
Working with 3D models................................................................................................................................................................... 603
Installing Lattice3D Studio Corel Edition....................................................................................................................................... 603
Importing 3D models................................................................................................................................................................... 604
Inserting and adjusting 3D models...............................................................................................................................................605
Exporting to PDF................................................................................................................................................................................ 607
Exporting documents as PDF files................................................................................................................................................. 607
Including hyperlinks, bookmarks, and thumbnails in PDF files.......................................................................................................610
Reducing the size of PDF files...................................................................................................................................................... 610
Working with text and fonts in PDF files...................................................................................................................................... 611
Specifying an encoding format for PDF files................................................................................................................................. 613
Specifying a viewing option for EPS files...................................................................................................................................... 613
Specifying color management options for exporting PDF files.......................................................................................................614
Setting security options for PDF files............................................................................................................................................ 614
Optimizing PDF files..................................................................................................................................................................... 616
Viewing preflight summaries for PDF files.................................................................................................................................... 617
Preparing PDF files for a print provider.........................................................................................................................................617
Working with office productivity applications..................................................................................................................................... 619
Importing files from office productivity applications..................................................................................................................... 619
Exporting files to office productivity applications.......................................................................................................................... 619
Adding objects to documents...................................................................................................................................................... 619
Exporting to HTML............................................................................................................................................................................. 621
Setting preferences for exporting images to HTML....................................................................................................................... 621
Creating web-compatible text.......................................................................................................................................................622
Previewing and verifying files before exporting to HTML...............................................................................................................622
Exporting to HTML....................................................................................................................................................................... 623
Supported file formats........................................................................................................................................................................625
3D file formats............................................................................................................................................................................. 626
Adobe Illustrator (AI).................................................................................................................................................................... 626
Adobe Type 1 Font (PFB).............................................................................................................................................................. 629
Windows Bitmap (BMP)................................................................................................................................................................629
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OS/2 Bitmap (BMP).......................................................................................................................................................................630
Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)..............................................................................................................................................630
CorelDRAW (CDR)......................................................................................................................................................................... 632
Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX).............................................................................................................................................. 632
Corel PHOTO-PAINT (CPT)............................................................................................................................................................. 633
Corel Symbol Library (CSL)............................................................................................................................................................633
Cursor Resource (CUR)..................................................................................................................................................................633
Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX, or RTF).......................................................................................................................................... 634
Microsoft Publisher (PUB)............................................................................................................................................................. 635
Corel DESIGNER (DES, DSF, DS4, or DRW).................................................................................................................................... 636
AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG) and AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Format (DXF).................................................................637
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)....................................................................................................................................................... 638
PostScript (PS or PRN)...................................................................................................................................................................642
GIF................................................................................................................................................................................................643
HTML............................................................................................................................................................................................644
JPEG (JPG).................................................................................................................................................................................... 644
JPEG 2000 (JP2)........................................................................................................................................................................... 645
Kodak Photo CD Image (PCD).......................................................................................................................................................646
PICT (PCT)..................................................................................................................................................................................... 647
PaintBrush (PCX)........................................................................................................................................................................... 648
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)...................................................................................................................................... 649
HPGL Plotter File (PLT).................................................................................................................................................................. 650
Portable Network Graphics (PNG)................................................................................................................................................. 651
Adobe Photoshop (PSD)............................................................................................................................................................... 652
Corel Painter (RIF)......................................................................................................................................................................... 653
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).....................................................................................................................................................654
Adobe Flash (SWF)....................................................................................................................................................................... 658
TARGA (TGA)................................................................................................................................................................................ 659
TIFF...............................................................................................................................................................................................659
TrueType Font (TTF).......................................................................................................................................................................660
Visio (VSD)....................................................................................................................................................................................660
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WordPerfect Document (WPD)......................................................................................................................................................660
WordPerfect Graphic (WPG)..........................................................................................................................................................661
RAW camera file formats..............................................................................................................................................................662
Wavelet Compressed Bitmap (WI).................................................................................................................................................662
Windows Metafile Format (WMF).................................................................................................................................................662
XML Localization Interchange (XLIFF)............................................................................................................................................662
Additional file formats..................................................................................................................................................................663
Recommended formats for importing graphics.............................................................................................................................663
Recommended formats for exporting graphics............................................................................................................................. 664
General notes on importing text files........................................................................................................................................... 664
Customizing and automating............................................................................................................................................................ 667
Setting basic preferences.................................................................................................................................................................... 669
Disabling warning messages.........................................................................................................................................................669
Viewing system information......................................................................................................................................................... 669
Customizing Corel DESIGNER..............................................................................................................................................................671
Saving defaults............................................................................................................................................................................. 671
Creating workspaces.....................................................................................................................................................................672
Customizing keyboard shortcuts................................................................................................................................................... 673
Customizing menus...................................................................................................................................................................... 674
Customizing toolbars....................................................................................................................................................................676
Customizing the toolbox.............................................................................................................................................................. 679
Changing the color of window borders........................................................................................................................................679
Customizing the property bar.......................................................................................................................................................680
Changing the desktop color......................................................................................................................................................... 681
Adjusting the contrast of the application workspace.................................................................................................................... 682
Customizing the status bar...........................................................................................................................................................682
Customizing filters........................................................................................................................................................................ 683
Customizing file associations........................................................................................................................................................ 684
Using macros to automate tasks........................................................................................................................................................ 685
Working with macros................................................................................................................................................................... 685
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Reference........................................................................................................................................................................................... 693
Comparing features............................................................................................................................................................................ 695
Glossary.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 699
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Getting started
Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7................................................................................................................................................. 3
Corel memberships and services.............................................................................................................................................................. 9
What’s new in Corel DESIGNER X7?......................................................................................................................................................13
Learning resources................................................................................................................................................................................. 29
Corel DESIGNER workspace tour............................................................................................................................................................33
Starting and setting up......................................................................................................................................................................... 59
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Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7
This section contains the following topics:
• “System requirements” (page 3)
• “Preparing for installation” (page 3)
• “Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 applications” (page 4)
• “Installation options” (page 4)
• “Modifying and repairing installations” (page 6)
• “Uninstalling CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7” (page 7)
• “Frequently Asked Questions” (page 7)
System requirements
The following list includes the minimum system requirements. Note that for optimum performance, you need more RAM and hard disc
space than indicated in the list.
• Operating system with latest service pack: Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions) or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions)
• Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64
• 2 GB RAM
• 1 GB hard disk space
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Electronic software downloads (ESD) require more space to allow for the download, the uncompressed setup files, and the actual
installation, which includes copies the source files as well.
Mouse or tablet
1280 x 768 screen resolution or greater
DVD drive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later
• Internet connection is required for Membership and Subscription services, installing updates, and accessing some features such as the
Content Exchange, QR codes and ConceptShare.
If the Microsoft .NET Framework is not available on your computer, it will be installed during product installation.
Preparing for installation
• Make sure that your system’s date and time are set correctly.
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• Close all applications, including all virus detection programs and applications that are open in the system tray or on the Windows
taskbar. Not doing so may increase the installation time and interfere with the installation.
• Log in as an administrator.
• Make sure that you have enough free disk space available on the drive where you want to install the application.
• Delete the contents of the system’s TEMP folders to avoid file and memory conflicts. To navigate to the Temp folders, type %temp% in
the Search box on the Windows 7 Start menu or the Windows 8 desktop.
• Install CorelDRAW® Technical Suite X7 in its own directory to avoid conflicts with previous versions.
Installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 applications
The installation wizard makes it easy to install CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 applications and components. You can choose a typical
installation to quickly install the suite, or you can customize the installation by choosing different options.
To install CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 applications
1 Close all applications, including all virus detection programs.
2 Insert the DVD in the DVD drive.
If the installation wizard does not start automatically, browse to the root of the DVD, you must locate setup.exe on the DVD, and
double-click the file. Be sure to navigate to the folder that corresponds to the version of your operating system: 64-Bit or 32-Bit.
3 Scroll down to read the license agreement, and then click I accept.
4 Click Next.
5 Type your name in the User name text box.
6 Type your serial number in the Serial number text box.
The serial number is not case-sensitive.
7 Click Next.
8 Follow the instructions for installing the software.
Installation options
You can choose between the following types of installations:
• Typical installation — automatically installs the main programs and utilities of the suite to a default location in the Program Files folder.
If later you need a component that is not installed, you can modify your installation.
• Custom installation — lets you choose additional features, exclude components that you don’t need, and specify where to install the
suite. For example, you can install desktop shortcuts or install Ghostscript for better handling of imported EPS and PDF files.
• Deployment — available only for multiseat purchases. This option lets you create a server image for installing the software to individual
workstations. For more information, see the CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 Deployment Guide.
Programs
The following table lists the programs that are installed by default. To exclude a program from the installation, you must choose Custom
installation.
Program
Description
Corel DESIGNER®
A full-featured vector graphics application with dedicated technical
illustration tools and industry-standard output support
CorelDRAW®
An intuitive and versatile graphics application for creating highquality vector illustrations, logo designs, and page layouts
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Program
Description
Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™
A complete image-editing application that lets you retouch and
enhance photos as well as create original bitmap illustrations and
paintings
Corel® CONNECT™
An application that provides easy access to content such as clipart,
photos, and fonts
Corel® CAPTURE™
An easy-to-use application for capturing images from your
computer screen
Bitstream Font Navigator
An application for browsing, organizing, and managing fonts
Lattice3D Studio Corel Edition
A 3D-authoring application for creating high-quality illustrations
and renderings from DWG, 3DS and other 3D file formats
Lattice3D Player
An application for viewing 3D files
Program features and utilities
The following table lists the program features that you can install. Not all components are available in all versions of the software.
Feature or utility
Description
Notes
Writing Tools
Include Spell Checker, Thesaurus, and
Grammatik in various languages to help you
proofread and edit documents
Writing tools in the language of the
operating system are required and installed
by default. For example, the English writing
tools are installed by default on an English
operating system.
To install additional languages, you must
choose Custom installation, or modify your
installation later.
Duplexing Wizard
Lets you configure a printer for two-sided
printing
Requires Custom installation
Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 7.1
A subset of the Microsoft Visual Basic
(VB) programming environment, which is
suitable for beginners.
You can use VBA to create basic macros
for personal use, but you can also use it to
create more advanced macro projects.
Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for
Applications (VSTA)
A built-in program environment that allows
developers and other programming experts
to use VSTA for creating the most advanced
macro projects
To use VSTA with CorelDRAW Technical
Suite, you must have your own copy of
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or later
installed.
If you install Microsoft Visual Studio after
installing CorelDRAW Technical Suite,
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Feature or utility
Description
Notes
you must re-install the VSTA feature by
modifying your CorelDRAW Technical Suite
installation. For more information, see “To
modify or repair a CorelDRAW Technical
Suite X7 installation” on page 7.
Windows Shell Extension
Lets you view thumbnails of native Corel
files such as CorelDRAW (CDR), Corel
PHOTO-PAINT (CPT), and pattern fill (FILL)
files.
If you have installed CorelDRAW Graphics
Suite or CorelDRAW Technical Suite
before, this option does not appear in the
installation wizard.
GPL Ghostscript
Highly recommended if you import EPS
and PDF files in your documents. This
feature lets you isolate and use individual
elements of imported EPS files rather than
only header images. It also improves the
import of PDF files generated by third-party
applications.
Requires Custom installation
Additional options
The following table lists additional installation options.
Option
Description
Notes
Language packs
Let you use the programs and Help in two
or more languages
This option is included only with
multilingual versions of the software and
requires Custom installation.
Allow product updates
Automatically downloads product updates
and asks you before installing them
Included with the Typical installation
Install desktop shortcuts
Adds product icons to your desktop for easy
access
Included with the Typical installation for trial
versions of the product, this option requires
Custom installation for all other versions.
Copy installation files
Lets you maintain and update the software
without using the installation disc
Included with the Typical installation
Modifying and repairing installations
You can also use the installation wizard to do the following:
• modify the current installation by adding or deleting components
• repair the current installation by fixing errors such as missing or corrupt files as well as inaccurate shortcuts and registry entries
Repairing an installation is helpful when you encounter problems in using the application, or when you suspect that the installation is
corrupt. Before repairing an installation, try resetting the current workspace to the default settings by holding down F8 while starting the
application. Note that when you reset the workspace, all workspace preferences are reset.
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To modify or repair a CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 installation
1 Close all applications.
2 On the Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program.
3 Double-click CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 on the Uninstall or change a program page.
4 Enable the Modify option or the Repair option in the wizard that appears, and follow the instructions.
Certain features, such as Copy installation files and Install desktop shortcuts, cannot be added by modifying your installation.
Uninstalling CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7
You can uninstall CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 from the Control Panel.
To uninstall CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7
1 On the Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program.
2 Double-click CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 on the Uninstall or change a program page.
3 Enable the Remove option in the wizard that appears, and follow the instructions.
To completely uninstall the product by removing user files, such as presets, user-created fills, and customized files, enable the Remove
user files check box.
Any additional applications and components that you installed with the suite such as Lattice3D Studio Corel Edition or Microsoft
Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA).
Frequently Asked Questions
If your question is not included in the list below, visit Corel® Support Services, and search the Corel® Knowledge Base.
• “I am upgrading my version of the software. Do I need to uninstall the previous version?” (page 7)
• “What is the difference between an upgrade and an update?” (page 7)
• “What if I lost my serial number and need to reinstall the software?” (page 7)
• “What is the difference between Typical and Custom installation? Which type of installation is suitable for me?” (page 8)
• “How do I deploy CorelDRAW Technical Suite to my organization’s network?” (page 8)
I am upgrading my version of the software. Do I need to uninstall the previous version?
No, you don’t need to uninstall the previous version. By default, the new version is installed to a separate folder, which ensures that you
can work with both versions. Do not change the installation folder to install the upgrade and the previous version to the same folder.
What is the difference between an upgrade and an update?
An upgrade lets you install the latest major version of the software. After a major version is released, updates usually follow to offer
defect fixes, performance and stability improvements as well as new features for premium members. Updates have the name of the
major version with a number appended — for example, .1. By default, the application notifies you when a product update is available,
but you can also check for updates by clicking Help  Updates.
What if I lost my serial number and need to reinstall the software?
For download versions, check the email you received from Corel when you purchased the product.
If you are a standard or a premium member, check your My accounts page on corel.com.
If you purchased a box, check the cover of the installation disk.
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What is the difference between Typical and Custom installation? Which type of installation is suitable for me?
See “Installation options” on page 4.
How do I deploy CorelDRAW Technical Suite to my organization’s network?
If you purchased multiple licenses of CorelDRAW Technical Suite, you have the option of deploying the applications to your
organization’s network. The CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 Deployment Guide provides more information about network installations. To
purchase a volume license of the software and obtain its deployment guide, please contact Corel Support Services.
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Corel memberships and services
This section contains the following topics:
• “Technical Suite memberships” (page 9)
• “Features that require membership and sign-in” (page 10)
• “Updating Corel products” (page 11)
• “Corel Support Services” (page 11)
• “About Corel” (page 12)
Technical Suite memberships
Technical Suite memberships provide cloud-based access to product updates, digital content, new product features, and online services. Two
membership options are available: Standard and Premium.
Technical Suite Standard Membership
Included with your product purchase, this free membership provides access to:
• performance and stability updates
• online library of content such as clipart, photos, templates, and pattern fills
• extensive online selection of fonts
Technical Suite Premium Membership
This paid membership lets you enrich your product experience with:
• exclusive online content such as clipart, photos, and pattern fills
• exclusive online selection of professional fonts
• early access to new features and services as they become available
• upgrades to the latest versions of CorelDRAW Technical Suite
If you buy a product subscription, Premium Membership is included with your purchase. Subscription is a payment method that allows you
to rent the product for a fixed period of time, with the option to renew.
Signing up and signing in
To sign up for a membership and take full advantage of its benefits, you must have a corel.com account and sign in. The Sign in/Sign out
button shows your sign-in and membership status.
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Button state
Indicates that...
You have not signed in.
You have signed in as a standard member.
You have signed in as a premium member.
Your subscription has expired.
Using your account
You can check your account settings from within the application at any time, and you can download any utilities or applications provided
with your membership from Your Account page.
To become a member
1 Click Help  About membership.
2 Follow the instructions.
If you don’t have a corel.com account, you must create one first.
To sign in
• Click Help  Sign in.
To check your corel.com account
• In CorelDRAW, Corel DESIGNER, or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, click Help  Account settings.
Features that require membership and sign-in
To use some standard and premium features, you must have the required membership and sign in (Help  Sign in). Otherwise, the features
appear shaded in dark gray and are unavailable.
Standard features
The following table lists the standard features that require membership and sign-in. To use these features, you must have Standard or
Premium membership.
Standard feature
For more information, see...
QR codes
“Inserting and editing QR codes” on page 235.
Installing font families
“Installing fonts” on page 91.
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Premium features
The following table lists the premium features included in CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7. To use these features, you must have Premium
membership and sign in.
Premium feature
For more information, see...
Hiding and displaying objects
“Hiding and displaying objects” on page 232.
Changing the desktop color
“Changing the desktop color” on page 681.
Knife (Premium) tool
“Splitting objects” on page 179.
Correcting perspective distortions
“Correcting perspective distortions” on page 521.
Real-Time Stylus support
See “Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices” on
page 154.
AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition
“Using AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition with CorelDRAW Technical
Suite” on page 563.
Finding fonts
“Filtering fonts ” on page 434 and “Searching for fonts” on page
435.
Updating Corel products
By default, you are automatically notified when product updates and news become available. In addition, with the default installation, the
application automatically downloads new product updates and asks you for permission to install them. However, you can change the update
settings at any time.
You can view information about product updates by clicking Help  Updates.
To change the update settings
1 Click Help  Welcome screen.
2 Click Updates.
3 On the Updates page, enable or disable either of the following check boxes:
• Notify me of available product updates, news, and tutorials.
• Automatically download product updates and ask me before installing.
Corel Support Services
Corel Support Services can provide you with prompt and accurate information about product features, specifications, pricing, availability,
services, and technical support. For the most current information on support services available for your Corel product, please visit
www.corel.com/support.
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About Corel
Corel is one of the world’s top software companies providing some of the industry’s best-known graphics, productivity and digital media
products. Boasting the most comprehensive portfolio of innovative software, we’ve built a reputation for delivering solutions that are easy
to learn and use, helping people achieve new levels of creativity and productivity. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards for
innovation, design and value.
Used by millions of people around the world, our product lines include CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, CorelDRAW Technical Suite, Corel®
Painter®, Corel® PaintShop® Pro, Corel® VideoStudio® and Corel® WordPerfect® Office. For more information on Corel, please visit
www.corel.com.
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What’s new in Corel DESIGNER X7?
The new and enhanced features of Corel DESIGNER X7 are described in the following topics:
• “Precise technical communication” (page 13)
• “Leverage technical assets” (page 18)
• “Unmatched publishing options” (page 21)
• “Advanced standards compliance” (page 23)
• “Work faster and more efficiently” (page 24)
Precise technical communication
Create high-quality, technical communication projects using dedicated technical illustration tools, graphic design and layout features, and
professional image editing.
New! Parallel Drawing mode
To speed up the creation of all kinds of technical graphics, from wiring diagrams to architectural designs, Corel DESIGNER X7 has added
the Parallel Drawing mode. It allows you to simultaneously draw multiple parallel curves while controlling the distance between them. The
Parallel drawing toolbar lets you set the number of parallel curves to create and position them with precision, and preview the curves as you
draw them. In addition, you can create a series of parallel curves based on an existing curve. For more information, see “Parallel drawing” on
page 129.
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You can draw parallel curves simultaneously.
Enhanced! Node editing
You can now reposition a node in a curve object by specifying its coordinates in the Object coordinates docker. For more information, see
“To specify a node’s coordinate values” on page 174.
You can edit a node in a curve by specifying its coordinates.
Enhanced! Symbol styles options
If a symbol in your drawing uses styles that differ from those in its external definition and you break the link between the symbol and its
definition, you can rename the styles or merge them. You also have these options when converting a linked symbol to an object.
You have more options when breaking a link to a symbol.
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New! Corel Equation Editor
You can manage equations as editable elements within technical illustrations using the Corel Equation Editor. It lets you create and format
mathematical and scientific equations, and insert them in a Corel DESIGNER X7 drawing as scalable text. For more information, see “Adding
equations” on page 423.
You create equations and insert them in a drawing.
New! Align and Distribute docker
The new Align and distribute docker, which replaces the Align and distribute dialog box, lets you see all available alignment options
at a glance and instantly view the effect of changes as you modify the settings. By default, objects are aligned and distributed based on
their paths. Now you can also align and distribute objects from the edge of their outlines. You can align objects with a reference point by
specifying its exact x and y coordinates. For more information, see “Aligning and distributing objects” on page 224.
You can precisely arrange and position, or intuitively scale and rotate, an object in relation to other onscreen objects.
New! Alignment guides
With Corel DESIGNER X7, the new alignment guides help you position objects more quickly, appearing on the fly with suggested alignment
to the existing artwork on your page. These temporary guidelines appear when you create, resize, or move objects in relation to other
objects. Alignment guides interactively connect the centers and the edges of objects, and you can also choose to display alignment guides
from the edges of one object to the center of another object. By using the Intelligent Spacing and Intelligent Dimensioning features, you can
position, scale and rotate an object with precision in relation to other onscreen objects.
In addition, the new Alignment and dynamic guides docker makes it easy to modify the default settings for alignment and dynamic guides
to suit your needs. For example, if you are working with a group of objects, you can display alignment guides for individual objects within
the group, or for the bounding of the group as a whole. You can specify margins for alignment guides to help you align objects at a set
distance, and you can choose to display the alignment guides to follow the margins only, or to follow the actual edges of the object in
addition to the margins.
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Using alignment guides to position objects quickly
For more information about alignment guides, see “Using alignment guides” on page 106.
New! Hiding and displaying objects
Premium feature
Corel DESIGNER allows you to hide objects and groups of objects, helping you edit objects in complex projects and experiment with your
designs more easily. For more information, see “Hiding and displaying objects” on page 232.
You can hide and display objects.
New! Selecting adjacent nodes
Corel DESIGNER X7 offers enhanced node selection. You can now select adjacent nodes on curves by using the Shape tool while holding
down Shift. For more information, see “To select a node” on page 171.
New! Outline Position
With Corel DESIGNER, the new Outline Position options help you create objects with more precise sizes. The Outside outline, Inside outline,
and Centered outline buttons let you specify whether an outline is positioned inside the object, outside the object, or an equal combination
of both. By positioning an outline inside an object, you can more easily create elements in your designs, such as walls, with specific sizes
because the outline will be rendered within the object's original measurements. For more information, see “Formatting lines and outlines” on
page 142.
New! Splitting objects
Premium feature
With the revamped Knife (Premium) tool in Corel DESIGNER, you can split vector objects, text, and bitmaps. You can split single objects or
groups of objects along straight, freehand, or Bézier lines. For more information, see “Splitting objects” on page 179.
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New! Copying curve segments
Corel DESIGNER lets you copy and cut curve segments, and then paste them as objects, making it easy to extract subpaths or create adjacent
shapes with similar contours. For more information, see “To copy or cut a curve segment” on page 171.
New! Color harmonies
With new harmony rules, you can use a preset combination to shift all colors in a color harmony by predetermined values. Plus, you can use
harmony rules to create a new color harmony from scratch. For more information, see “Harmony rules” on page 478.
Color harmonies let you change combinations of colors easily.
Enhanced! Property Manager docker
The redesigned Property manager docker has a new tab option that can help new users gain efficiency by reducing congestion. The Scroll/
Tab mode button sets the docker to present only one group of formatting controls at a time, making it easier to focus on the task at hand.
Enhanced! Color Styles docker
The enhanced Color styles docker makes it easier to view, arrange, and edit color styles and color harmonies. You can now specify the
brightness value for a color, and constrain the Harmony Editor’s selector ring, which preserves saturation and hue while you adjust the color.
New! Object Styles preview
A new pop-up now appears when you hover over a style in the Object styles docker, offering a quick preview of the style before it’s applied.
New! OpenType support for Asian text
You can now use advanced OpenType typography features with Asian text, such as widths, forms, vertical metrics, kana glyph alternatives,
and vertical alternates and rotation. For more information, see “OpenType support for Asian text” on page 427.
Enhanced! Special characters, symbols, and glyphs
The revamped Insert character docker presents all characters, symbols, and glyphs associated with a selected font, making it easier than
ever to find these items and then insert them in your documents. Available in Corel DESIGNER X7, CorelDRAW X7 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT
X7, the docker includes a filtering option that lets you display only the character subsets that you want. For example, you can choose to
display only the numbers or mathematical symbols for a selected font.
New! QR codes
With Corel DESIGNER X7, you can now add scalable QR codes to a drawing, allowing you to give technicians in the field the ability to link to
online technical documentation from printed documentation or machine labels using a smartphone.
The Property manager docker makes it easy to customize a QR code, and you can create an object style that saves a fixed appearance for
the QR code to enable quick and easy reuse.
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You can change the shape, outline width, color, and fill type of the QR code pixels, change the background color and fill type, and more.
There’s also a Validate option, which analyzes the QR code to ensure it can be read by QR code readers, smartphones, and scanners. For
more information, see “Inserting and editing QR codes” on page 235.
Enhanced! Fountain fills
You can now create elliptical and rectangular fountain fills, apply transparency to individual fill color nodes, repeat a fill within a filled object,
adjust a fill’s angle of rotation, and smooth the blend transition of a fountain fill. You can also save personal fountain fills and share them
in the new Content Exchange, an online repository of community content that can be downloaded and is accessible to anyone with a
corel.com account. Plus, you can apply and adjust fountain fills more quickly, accurately, and creatively by using the new interactive controls
in the Property manager docker. For more information, see “Applying fountain fills” on page 302.
New! Bitmap pattern fills
The Property manager docker provides enhanced controls for bitmap pattern fills, making it faster and easier to preview, apply, and
interactively transform bitmap fills. You can save personal bitmap pattern fills and share them in the Content Exchange, an online repository
of community content that can be downloaded and is accessible to anyone with a corel.com account. Plus, the new .FILL format is
supported by Patterns™, a new iOS app that makes it easy to create bitmap patterns from photos.
You can precisely arrange and position, or intuitively scale and rotate, an object in relation to other onscreen objects.
Enhanced! Color Styles docker viewing options
The Color styles docker also offers convenient viewing options, including Hint view, which provides a visual indication of all document
objects that use a specific color style, and Page sorter, which displays thumbnails of all pages in a document and previews changes as you
adjust colors. You can also click View  Page sorter to access thumbnails of all pages in a document, with live previews of changes you make
to the document’s color styles. For more information, see “Viewing color styles” on page 482.
Leverage technical assets
Access your critical data from various sources to ensure all of your important technical files can be delivered in a readable format.
New! 3D illustration updating
To speed up technical-publication authoring, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 with the Lattice3D Studio CAD Corel Edition Add-On offers the
Auto detection and update command. It lets you automatically generate updated vector illustrations to replace ones in DES files that were
created using the Send to Corel DESIGNER command. The illustration specifications, such as view, positions of the objects, line weights and
export settings, are fully recognized and maintained. As a result, the illustrations are recreated using the updated 3D model and inserted in
the same place as the original, allowing technical illustrators to start a publication with a preliminary 3D design and update it with the final
design instantly.
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You can automatically update 3D illustrations.
Enhanced! Insert 3D model
Corel DESIGNER X7 offers you more flexibility when you insert a 3D model in a drawing. You can now embed a 3D model (XVL file), which
gives you the option of editing the 3D model within the Corel DESIGNER (DES) file at any time. What’s more, if you share the file with other
users, they’ll be able to work directly with the embedded 3D model, eliminating the need to distribute both the DES and external XVL files.
And just as in previous versions, you can link a 3D model, which automatically updates it in a DES file whenever the XVL file is modified in
Lattice3D Studio CAD Corel Edition. For more information, see “Inserting and adjusting 3D models” on page 605.
You can embed or link 3D models in drawings.
New! Fill selector
Accessible from the property bar, the Property manager docker, and the Edit fill dialog box, the new Fill selector makes searching,
previewing, and selecting fills quick and easy. It also provides access to both locally stored fills and those available in the Content Exchange.
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The new Fill selector makes searching, previewing, and selecting fills quick and easy.
New! Fill sharing
You can instantly share personally created or modified fills to both the new Content Exchange repository and the new Patterns iOS app.
You can share your custom pattern fills in the new Content Exchange.
New! Content Exchange
The new Content Exchange is an online repository that integrates with Corel CONNECT and the suite’s applications, making it quick
and effortless to access and share vector fills, bitmap fills, and fountain fills with a community of other users. For more information, see
“Accessing content” on page 84.
You can browse the content available on the Content Exchange.
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New! Content Exchange — Favorites
You can instantly set any asset that catches your eye in the Content Exchange as a favorite, which is a quick and convenient way to keep a
list of content that you might want to download later.
New! Content Exchange —Vote up and Vote down
A pop-up appears when you hover over an asset in the Content Exchange, which gives you the opportunity to Up Vote or Down Vote the
asset. You can sort assets in the Content Exchange based on the results of user voting.
New! Syncing trays with Microsoft OneDrive
You can now sync Corel CONNECT trays with Microsoft OneDrive, which provides cloud-based access to your tray contents on other
computers or mobile devices. For more information, see “Syncing trays with OneDrive” on page 93.
You can access to your design assets on other computers or mobile devices.
Unmatched publishing options
Export to over 100 file formats, including 3D PDF, to easily exchange files with colleagues and clients worldwide.
New! 3D PDF support
You can publish technical drawings to 3D PDF from Corel DESIGNER X7 giving you the power to create documents that combine text, vector
graphics, images, and embedded 3D models. Using a PDF reader that supports 3D PDF viewing, such as Adobe Reader, the end user can
interact with the 3D model, so they can intuitively rotate, move, and size it.
3D PDF is an excellent cross-media format. In addition to being ideal for electronic distribution, it can also be used for print, with the 3D
content being printed in its default view.
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You can create 3D PDFs.
Enhanced! Support for AutoCAD (DWG / DXF) files
Enhanced support for the AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG) format simplifies working with dimension shapes when you import those
files. Corel DESIGNER X7 recognizes dimension shapes in DWG files, allowing you to use the Dimension tools to easily change arrowheads
on dimension lines, reposition dimension text, and update associative dimensions when modifying a shape. You also have the option of
maintaining the exact look of the dimension shape, which converts it to curves and text. And when you export to DWG/DXF, dimension
shapes are editable in CAD applications, such as AutoCAD or CorelCAD™.
Corel DESIGNER X7 recognizes dimension shapes in AutoCAD (DWG/DXF) files.
New! Hotspotting callout shapes
If your drawings are used in interactive electronic technical manuals (IETMs), you can now make those files even more information-rich.
Corel DESIGNER X7 lets you manually add hotspots to a callout shape when outputting a drawing to a CGM v4 file, making them responsive
when clicked or hovered over. Working in the Object data manager docker, you can link a callout shape to a web page, jump to a section
in another file specific to the callout shape, or display a screentip. For example, you can link a part in a design to an online parts catalog,
allowing for instant access to specific, up-to-date information, such as price and availability. For more information, see “To add a hotspot to
a callout” on page 134.
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You can add hotspots to callout shapes.
New! Font embedding
You can now embed fonts when you save Corel DESIGNER documents so that shared recipients can view, print, and edit the document
exactly as designed. This is especially useful when sending a Corel DESIGNER file to a print shop, ensuring that the document can be viewed
and printed accurately.
Corel DESIGNER X7 respects any restrictions encoded with each font, so a font must support embedding to be saved with the document.
While some fonts cannot be embedded, most will support embedding for either print and preview, or for editing. For more information, see
“Embedding fonts” on page 432.
Font embedding allows others to view, print, and even edit your drawings without having to install or substitute fonts.
Advanced standards compliance
Share your technical designs and documentation using a diverse set of cross-media publishing and distribution capabilities, and create
illustrations with localized text for a global market.
New! Translating text objects
Corel DESIGNER X7 simplifies the creation of technical documentation for a global market and reduces localization costs by offering
the ability to send text to, and receive text from, a Translation Memory System (TMS). You can export text from a drawing to the XML
Localization Interchange file format (XLIFF), the industry-standard format for sharing translatable text between a TMS and software. Then,
when you receive the translated text back, it can be imported into the existing document, creating a new, language-specific file with
identical content except the translated text strings.
All text in single- or multi-line annotations, tables, callouts — even artistic text, isometric text, or text on a curve — can be exported for
translation, all the while maintaining formatting such as font type, bolding, italics, and more. You also have the flexibility to exclude a text
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object from translation or to discard any text formatting. What’s more, Corel DESIGNER X7 supports both XLIFF 1.2 and the new XLIFF 2.0
standard. For more information, see “Working with translated text” on page 429.
Corel DESIGNER X7 simplifies the creation of technical documentation for a global market.
Work faster and more efficiently
Become more efficient and productive by taking advantage of a wide array of new and enhanced features —from fills, and transparencies to
improved multiple document and automation workflows.
New! Accessing eBooks
Premium feature
The Corel DESIGNER X7 User Guide, CorelDRAW X7 User Guide, and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7 User Guide are now available as eBooks.
Published to the EPUB and MOBI file format, the eBooks bring the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about product features
to your eBook reader.
The Corel DESIGNER User Guide X7 is now available in EPUB and MOBI file format.
New! Workspaces
A variety of tailor-made, workflow-specific workspaces have been introduced in Corel DESIGNER X7. We’ve worked with experts from
a variety of industries who use the suite routinely to arrange tools and features for specific tasks, such as diagramming and technical
illustration. There are also CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator workspaces, which will help new users get up to speed within a familiar
environment. Another option for new users is the Lite workspaces, which provide exploration-friendly, scaled-down options in the toolboxes
and property bars. And for longtime users, there’s a Micrografx Designer workspace containing legacy menu commands and toolbar
settings. For more information, see “Choosing a workspace” on page 56.
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You can choose from a variety of workspaces.
New! Instant customization
The toolbox, dockers, and property bars contain handy new Quick customize buttons which will help you tailor the interface to suit your
workflow. These buttons offer a faster and more convenient way to add dockers to your workspace, add or remove tools from the toolbox,
and add or remove items from a property bar. For more information, see “Customizing the toolbox ” on page 679, “Dockers ” on page
53, and “To add or remove a toolbar item on the property bar ” on page 680.
New! Multiple document interface
You can now work with multiple documents in a tabbed view, which helps you stay organized and quickly switch between several active
documents.
New! Vector pattern fills
You can efficiently preview, apply, and interactively transform vector pattern fills by using the enhanced controls in the Property manager
docker. You can also save personal vector pattern fills and share them in the new Content Exchange, an online repository of community
content that can be downloaded and is accessible to anyone with a corel.com account.
New! Overflow buttons
For tablet and mobile device users, new overflow buttons have been added to the toolbox, property bar, dockers, and color palettes to
indicate the presence of additional controls that do not fit within the workspace. You simply click an overflow button to instantly access the
hidden tools or controls.
New! Changing the desktop color
Premium feature
You can change the color of the desktop, the area surrounding the drawing page in Corel DESIGNER and CorelDRAW or the image in Corel
PHOTO-PAINT, to suit your documents. For more information, see “Changing the desktop color” on page 681.
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Custom desktop color in Corel DESIGNER
New! Undocking documents
When working with multiple documents, you can now drag a document outside of the application window to undock it, which is especially
useful for dual-monitor workflows.
New! Changing the color of window borders
You can customize the application window and dialog boxes by changing the color of their borders (Tools  Customization). To choose
the color you want, you can quickly sample any onscreen color; or you can use color sliders, color viewers, or color palettes. For more
information, see “Changing the color of window borders” on page 679.
New! Support for high resolution monitors
Corel DESIGNER X7 has been optimized for high DPI resolutions, ensuring that user interface elements appear crisp and legible when
displayed on high resolution monitors. And for those who work with multiple monitors, you can drag a document out of the application
window and place it within a second screen, dedicating one monitor to the illustration and the other to frequently used dockers and
toolbars.
New! Transparency
You can now apply transparency to individual color nodes within a fountain fill, allowing you to adjust an object’s transparency so that all
objects beneath it are partially visible.
In addition, transparency settings have been added to the Property manager docker in Corel DESIGNER X7, making it faster and easier to
apply and adjust object transparency. New options help you to quickly specify whether transparency is applied to an object’s outline, fill, or
both. Plus, you can instantly save transparency settings as a style to enable effortless reuse of the effects you use most often.
It is faster and easier to apply and adjust object transparency.
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New! Welcome Screen — Workspace selection
The revamped Welcome Screen now includes a Workspace tab, which lets you choose from a variety of workspaces that were designed
for different proficiency levels and specific tasks. For example, there are Diagramming and Technical Illustration workspaces, a Micrografx
Designer 9 option for longtime users, as well as a Lite option for new users.
New! Welcome Screen navigation
The Welcome Screen has been completely redesigned, making it easier to navigate and discover the abundance of available resources,
including Workspace selection, What’s New, application updates, Tips & Tricks, CorelDRAW.com, as well as Membership & Subscription
information.
New! Welcome Screen docking
You can now keep the Welcome Screen open as a docked tab in the workspace or as a separate floating window, providing constant access
to its wealth of versatile resources.
New! Welcome Screen — content notification
The redesigned Welcome Screen now provides update notifications directly in the navigation pane, so that you will be immediately informed
of any available new content. This makes it easier to stay current with CorelDRAW Technical Suite application updates, content, learning
resources, and more.
New! Fill creation
You can now instantly create new bitmap and vector fills from selected objects in your workspace by using the New from document button
in the Property manager docker. For more information, see “Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” on page 321.
New! Edit Fill dialog box
In Corel DESIGNER X7, the new Edit fill dialog box gives you more efficient access to all available controls for uniform, fountain, vector
pattern, bitmap pattern, two-color pattern, texture, PostScript, and vector hatch fills. The Edit fill dialog box also provides a real-time
preview as you make adjustments.
New! Fill saving
Accessible from both the Property manager docker and the Edit fill dialog box, the new Save as new button makes it easy to save
personally modified fills. Plus, the new .FILL format preserves and exposes all fill settings, making it quick and simple to modify both saved
fills and fills downloaded from the Content Exchange.
New! Font Playground
The new Font playground docker introduces an easier way to browse, experiment with, and choose the perfect font. You can easily add
sample text to view its appearance in different fonts, and a handy Zoom slider lets you quickly adjust the size of sample text. With a single
click, you can also choose whether the sample text appears as a single line, multiple lines, or a cascading series of increased sizes.
The Font playground docker also provides access to advanced features within OpenType fonts. If a text sample uses an OpenType font,
you simply select the text to display the Interactive OpenType arrow and then choose which features to apply. For more information, see
“Choosing fonts with Font Playground” on page 437.
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Choosing fonts with Font Playground
New! Microsoft Visual Studio for Applications
The inclusion of Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications provides access to the latest development tools, making it easy for developers
to create VSTA automations for all applications in the suite.
New! Multi-Seat license
You can now purchase a single serial number for use by several registered users, which includes access to Corel membership benefits such as
online content and application updates.
New! Font list box
With the new Font list box in Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT, you can view, filter, and find fonts easily. In addition
to the font filters available before, you can filter fonts based on weight, width, supported scripts, and more. Font search has also been
enhanced, allowing you to use keywords to search for fonts.
New! Drop shadows with Gaussian Blur feathering
Drop shadows in Corel DESIGNER now look more realistic because they use Gaussian Blur feathering. You can change the feathering of drop
shadows from the Feathering direction button on the property bar.
New! Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS)
You can now take full advantage of the pressure and tilt of your RTS-compatible pen tablet or device to control your brushstrokes in Corel
DESIGNER, CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTOPAINT. Update 4 includes support for the Real-Time Stylus (RTS) interface, which was introduced
with Windows 7.
New! AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition
AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition is a RAW converter, non-destructive photo editor and high-speed photo manager in one. It gives you the tools
to control every aspect of your photo workflow whether you are making detailed adjustments to a single photo or batch processing multiple
RAW images.
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Learning resources
You can learn to use the product in various ways: by accessing the Help and tooltips, by completing tutorials, and by exploring the resources
on the Corel website (www.corel.com). You can also check the Readme file (readme.html), which is installed with the software.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Getting help” (page 29)
• “Using the Help and tooltips” (page 30)
• “Welcome screen” (page 31)
• “Macro programming guide” (page 31)
• “Network deployment guide” (page 32)
• “Web-based resources” (page 32)
• “Customized training and integration resources” (page 32)
Getting help
Various learning resources are available. The following table can help you decide what learning resources to consult when you need
assistance. You can access more information about some resources by clicking the corresponding links.
To
See
Obtain additional information about product tools and features
Help
“Web-based resources” (page 32)
“Welcome screen” (page 31)
Learn to automate tasks by using macros
“Macro programming guide” (page 31)
Find information about deploying the suite on a network
“Network deployment guide” (page 32)
Find information about customized training and workflow solutions
“Customized training and integration resources” (page 32)
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To
See
Find specific information about the latest version of the suite
Readme file, which is accessible from the installation wizard
Using the Help and tooltips
The Help provides comprehensive information about product features from within the application. If you are connected to the Internet, the
application displays the web-based Help, which contains the latest updates. If no Internet connection is available, the application displays
the local Help, which was copied to your computer during product installation.
You can browse through the entire list of topics, look up tools and topics in the index, or search for specific words. You can also access the
Corel Knowledge Base on the Corel website and other online resources from the Help window.
The Help is also available online in PDF format.
Tooltips provide helpful information about application controls when you position the pointer over icons, buttons, and other user interface
elements.
Documentation conventions
The following table describes important conventions used in the documentation.
Convention
Description
Examples
Menu  Menu command
A menu item and menu command that you
need to click in sequence
Click File  Open.
A note contains important information
that is relevant to the preceding steps. It
may describe conditions under which the
procedure can be performed.
A compound blend cannot be copied or
cloned.
A tip contains suggestions for performing
the preceding steps. It may present
alternatives to the steps, or other benefits or
uses of the procedure.
Trimming an object can reduce the drawing
file size.
If you click the Equal margins button, you
must specify values in the Top/left margin
boxes.
You can change the number of swatches in
the color grid by dragging the Size slider.
To use the Help
1 Click Help  Product Help.
2 Click one of the following tabs:
• Contents — lets you browse through topics in the Help. To open a topic, click the topic heading in the left pane.
• Index — lets you use the index to find a topic
• Search — lets you search the full text of the Help for a particular word or phrase
You can also
View context-sensitive Help from within a dialog box
Click the Help button in the dialog box.
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You can also
Print a specific Help topic
Open a Help topic, click the page that you want to print, and click
Print at the top of the Help window.
You can also access the Help by pressing F1.
You can also access the Help from the Welcome screen.
To search the Help
1 Click Help  Product Help.
2 Click the Search tab, and type a word or phrase in the search box.
For example, if you are looking for information about the RGB color mode, you can type “RGB” to display a list of relevant topics. To
search for a phrase, type the phrase, and enclose it in quotation marks (for example, type “dynamic guides” or “color mode”).
3 Choose a topic from the list that appears.
If your search results do not include any relevant topics, check whether you spelled the search word or phrase correctly. Note that
the English Help uses American spelling (for example, “color,” “favorite,” “center,” and “rasterize”), so searching for British spellings
(“colour,” “favourite,” “centre,” and “rasterise”) produces no results.
Welcome screen
The Welcome screen gives you easy access to application resources and lets you quickly complete common tasks, such as opening files and
starting files from templates. You can find out about the new features in CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7, access learning resources, and learn
about membership and subscription options.
In addition, the following online resources are accessible from the Need Help? page to help you get the most out of Corel DESIGNER:
• Tutorials — show you how to draw with precision, add dimension lines and callouts, create a wiring diagram, add a 3D look to a
drawing, and more
• Case studies and white papers — show you how Corel DESIGNER helps many different industries deliver high-quality technical
documentation, and help you overcome challenges in creating technical documentation
• Tips and tricks — highlight useful tools and shortcuts, and give you a starting point for exploring some of the CorelDRAW Technical Suite
X7 features
The Welcome screen appears when you start Corel DESIGNER. You can also access the Welcome screen after starting the application.
To access the Welcome screen
• Click Help  Welcome screen.
To view and access the available resources, click the links on the left side of the Welcome screen.
To stop displaying the Welcome screen each time you start the application, disable the Always show the Welcome screen at launch
check box in the lower-left corner.
Macro programming guide
The CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 Macro Programming Guide provides a streamlined instructional approach to programming macros
for CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7. You can use either Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for
Applications (VSTA) to create macros that automate tasks and provide customized solutions for Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW, and Corel
PHOTO-PAINT.
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To access the macro programming guide
• On the Windows Start menu, click Start  All Programs  CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7
Guide PDF.
 Documentation  Macro Programming
Network deployment guide
The CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 Deployment Guide is a step-by-step resource for deploying CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 to a network.
This guide is provided to customers who purchase a volume (“multi-seat”) license of CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 for their organization. To
purchase a volume license of the software and obtain its deployment guide, please contact Corel Support Services.
Web-based resources
The following web-based resources can help you get the most out of CorelDRAW Technical Suite:
• Corel Knowledge Base — articles written by the Corel Technical Support Services Team in response to questions by users
• Community.CorelDRAW.com — an online environment to share your experience with the product, ask questions, and receive help and
suggestions from other users
An active Internet connection is required to access web-based resources.
Customized training and integration resources
Corel Corporation has training partnerships with other firms.
Corel Training Partners
A Corel Training Partner (CTP) is an independent, officially accredited local organization that provides training and training resources for
Corel products. CTPs are located worldwide for your convenience. Please visit www.corel.com/trainingpartners to find a partner near you.
Corel Technology Partners
Corel Technology Partners are businesses that embed Corel technology in their products, develop plug-in applications for Corel software,
or integrate standalone applications into Corel technology solutions. This comprehensive program is designed especially for developers and
consultants. It includes the components that are necessary to design, develop, test, and market custom solutions related to Corel products.
For more information about Corel Technology Partners, please email Corel Corporation at [email protected]
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Corel DESIGNER workspace tour
Becoming familiar with the terminology and workspace of Corel DESIGNER will help you easily follow this user guide’s concepts and
procedures.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Corel DESIGNER terms and concepts” (page 33)
• “Corel DESIGNER application window” (page 34)
• “Corel DESIGNER workspace tools” (page 36)
• “Standard toolbar” (page 36)
• “More about toolbars” (page 37)
• “Exploring the toolbox” (page 38)
• “Dockers” (page 53)
• “Status bar” (page 55)
• “Choosing a workspace” (page 56)
Corel DESIGNER terms and concepts
Before you get started with Corel DESIGNER, you should be familiar with the following terms.
Term
Description
object
An element in a drawing, such as an image, shape, line, text, curve,
or symbol
drawing
The work you create in Corel DESIGNER: for example, technical
drawings, schematics, and diagrams
vector graphic
An image generated from mathematical descriptions that
determine the position, length, and direction in which lines are
drawn
bitmap
An image composed of grids of pixels or dots
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Term
Description
artistic text
A type of text to which you can apply special effects, such as
shadows
paragraph text
A type of text to which you can apply formatting options, and
which can be edited in large blocks
Corel DESIGNER application window
When you launch Corel DESIGNER, the application window opens, containing a drawing window. The rectangle in the center of the drawing
window is the drawing page where you create your drawing. Although more than one drawing window can be opened, you can apply
commands to the active drawing window only.
The Corel DESIGNER application window appears below. A description of its parts follows.
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Part
Description
Menu bar
The area containing pull-down menu options
Property bar
A detachable bar that contains properties of the active tool or
object. For example, when the text tool is active, the text property
bar displays commands that create and edit text.
Toolbar
A detachable bar that contains shortcuts to menu and other
commands
Title bar
The area displaying the title of the currently open drawing
Rulers
Horizontal and vertical borders that are used to determine the size
and position of objects in a drawing
Toolbox
A bar with tools for creating and modifying objects in the drawing
Drawing window
The area outside the drawing page bordered by the scroll bars and
application controls
Drawing page
The rectangular area inside the drawing window. It is the printable
area of your work area.
Docker
A window containing available commands and settings relevant to
a specific tool or task
Color palette
A dockable bar that contains color swatches
Document palette
A color palette that helps you keep track of the colors that you use
in your document and store them for future use.
Status bar
An area at the bottom of the application window that contains
information about object properties such as type, size, and
resolution. The status bar also shows the current mouse position.
Document navigator
The area at the bottom left of the drawing window that contains
controls for moving between pages and adding pages
Navigator
A button at the lower-right corner of the drawing window that
opens a smaller display to help you move around a drawing
To toggle between displaying and hiding the status bar, click View  Toolbars  Status bar.
For information about displaying and hiding the rulers, see “To hide or display the rulers” on page 495.
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Corel DESIGNER workspace tools
Application commands are accessible through the menu bar, toolbars, toolbox, property bar, and dockers. The property bar and dockers
provide access to commands that relate to the active tool or current task. The property bar, dockers, toolbars, and toolbox can be opened,
closed, and moved around your screen at any time.
You can customize many of these workspace elements to suit your needs. For more information, see “Customizing Corel DESIGNER” on page
671.
Standard toolbar
The standard toolbar contains buttons that are shortcuts to many of the menu commands.
The standard toolbar is displayed by default. For information about customizing the position, contents, and appearance of toolbars, see
“Customizing toolbars” on page 676.
Click this button
To
Start a new drawing
Open a drawing
Save a drawing
Print a drawing
Cut selected objects to the Clipboard
Copy selected objects to the Clipboard
Paste the Clipboard contents into a drawing
Undo an action
Restore an action that was undone
Import a drawing
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Click this button
To
Export a drawing
Publish to PDF
Display the Connect docker and search for content such as clipart,
photos, fonts, and more
Start Corel applications
Open the Welcome screen
Set a zoom level
Enable or disable automatic alignment for the grid, guidelines,
objects, and dynamic guides
Open the Options dialog box
More about toolbars
In addition to the standard toolbar, Corel DESIGNER has toolbars for specific kinds of tasks. For example, the Text toolbar contains
commands relevant to using the Text tool. If you use a toolbar frequently, you can display it in the workspace at all times.
The table below describes toolbars other than the standard toolbar.
Toolbar
Description
Text
Contains commands for formatting and aligning text
Zoom
Contains commands for zooming in and out of a drawing page
Internet
Contains commands for Web-related tools for creating rollovers
and publishing to the Internet
Print Merge
Contains commands for print merge items that combine text with
a drawing, such as creating and loading data files, using data fields
for variable text, and inserting print merge fields
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Toolbar
Description
Transform
Contains commands for skewing, rotating, and mirroring objects
Macros
Contains commands for editing, testing, and running macros
Layout
Contains commands related to the layout of your document,
including PowerClip frames, text frames, columns, and alignment
guides.
Drawing plane
Contains commands for choosing a drawing plane and a drawing
profile, and lets you access the Projected axes docker. This toolbar
is displayed by default.
Parallel drawing
Contains commands for drawing parallel curves
Exploring the toolbox
The toolbox contains tools for drawing and editing images. Some of the tools are visible by default, while others are grouped in flyouts.
Flyouts open to display a set of related Corel DESIGNER tools. A small flyout arrow in the lower-right corner of a toolbox button indicates
a flyout. You can access the tools in a flyout by clicking the flyout arrow. After you open a flyout, you can easily scan the contents of other
flyouts by hovering over any of the toolbox buttons which have flyout arrows. Flyouts function like toolbars when you drag them away from
the toolbox. This lets you view all the related tools while you work.
In the default workspace, clicking the flyout arrow on the Shape tool opens the Shape edit flyout.
Some tools in the toolbox are not visible by default. You can choose which tools to display in the toolbox.
To toggle between displaying and hiding the toolbox, click Window  Toolbars  Toolbox.
To hide or display tools in the toolbox, click the Quick customize button
, and enable or disable the corresponding check boxes.
Locating tools in the toolbox
The following illustration shows the other flyouts in the default Corel DESIGNER toolbox and can help you locate tools more easily.
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Tools
The following table provides descriptions of the tools in the Corel DESIGNER toolbox.
Pick tools
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The Pick tool lets you select, size, skew, and
rotate objects.
The Freehand pick tool lets you select
objects by using a freehand selection
marquee.
Shape tools
The Shape tool lets you edit a curve object
or text character by manipulating nodes.
The Freetransform tool lets you transform
an object by using the Free rotation,
Freeangle reflection, Free scale, and Free
skew controls on the property bar.
The Smudge tool lets you distort a vector
object by dragging along its outline.
The Roughen tool lets you distort the edge
of a vector object by dragging along its
outline.
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The Smear tool lets you shape an object by
pulling extensions or making indents along
its outline.
The Twirl tool lets you create swirl effects by
dragging along the edge of objects.
The Attract tool lets you shape objects by
attracting nodes to the cursor.
The Repel tool lets you shape objects by
pushing nodes away from the cursor.
Curve tools
The 2-point line tool lets you draw a
straight two-point line segment.
The Multi-point line tool lets you draw
lines and curves one segment at a time, in
preview mode.
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The Freehand tool lets you draw single line
segments and curves.
The Bézier tool lets you draw curves one
segment at a time.
The B-spline tool lets you draw curved lines
by setting control points that shape the
curve without breaking it into segments.
The 3-point curve tool lets you draw
a curve by defining the starting point,
endpoint, and center point.
The Pen tool lets you draw curves in
segments and preview each segment as you
draw.
The Smart drawing tool converts your
freehand strokes to basic shapes and
smoothed curves.
Linear pattern tools
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The Linear pattern brush tool lets you
apply brush strokes to a curve and create
sweep arrows and similar objects.
The Linear pattern sprayer tool lets you
draw chains, hoses, pipes, and similar
objects.
The Linear pattern preset tool lets you
draw curves by using preset strokes.
The Calligraphic tool lets you draw lines
that vary in thickness according to the
direction of the line and the angle of the
pen nib.
The Pressure tool lets you draw lines that
vary in thickness according to the pressure
of the pen nib.
Rectangle tools
The Rectangle tool lets you draw a
rectangle by dragging diagonally.
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The 3-point rectangle tool lets you draw
rectangles at an angle.
The Graph paper tool lets you draw a grid
to simulate graph paper.
Center-point polygon tools
The Polygon tool lets you draw a polygon
by dragging from the center to a point
(vertex) on the polygon.
The Star tool lets you draw perfect stars.
The Complex star tool lets you draw
complex stars that have intersecting sides.
Circle tools
The Center-point circle tool lets you draw
a circle by specifying the center point and a
point on the circumference.
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The Center-radius circle tool lets you draw
a circle by specifying a value for the radius
and then clicking where you want the
center to be.
The 3-point circle tool lets you draw a
circle by specifying three points on the
circumference.
Ellipse tools
The Ellipse tool lets you draw an ellipse by
dragging diagonally.
The 3-point ellipse tool lets you draw
ellipses at an angle.
Dimension tools
The Parallel dimension tool lets you draw
slanted dimension lines.
The Horizontal or vertical dimension
tool lets you draw horizontal or vertical
dimension lines.
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The Angular dimension tool lets you draw
angular dimension lines.
The Segment dimension tool lets you
display the distance between end nodes in
single or multiple segments.
The Radial dimension tool lets you display
the radius of a circle or circular arc.
The Diametric dimension tool lets you
display the diameter of a circle or a circular
arc.
Callout tools
The 1-leg callout tool lets you draw a
callout with one leading line.
The 2-leg callout tool lets you draw a
callout with a two-segment leading line.
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The 3-leg callout tool lets you draw a
callout with a three-segment leading line.
Connector tools
The Straight-line connector tool lets you
draw a straight connector line.
The Right-angle connector tool lets you
draw a right-angle connector line.
The Rounded right-angle connector tool
lets you draw a right-angle connector line
with curved corners.
The B-spline connector tool lets you draw
a curved connector line by using control
points.
The Bézier curve connector tool lets you
draw a curved connector line one segment
at a time.
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The Edit anchor tool lets you modify
connector line anchor points.
Projected Shapes tools
The Thread tool lets you draw threaded
shapes in projected view.
The Well tool lets you draw threaded well
shapes in projected view.
The Cylinder tool lets you draw cylinders in
projected view.
The Prism tool lets you draw prism shapes
in projected view.
Table tool
The Table tool lets you draw and edit tables.
Perfect Shapes™ tools
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The Basic shapes tool lets you choose from
a full set of shapes, including a hexagram, a
smiley, and a right-angle triangle.
The Arrow shapes tool lets you draw
arrows while choosing the shape, direction,
and number of heads.
The Flowchart shapes tool lets you draw
flowchart symbols. These controls are
available on the property bar.
The Miscellaneous shapes tool lets you
draw ribbon objects and explosion shapes.
These controls are available on the property
bar.
The Callout shapes tool lets you draw
callouts and labels. These controls are
available on the property bar.
Text tool
The Text tool lets you add text, create a
paragraph text frame and type within it, or
type text along a path if a curve is selected.
Interactive tools
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The Extrude tool lets you apply 3D effects
to objects to create the illusion of depth.
The Blend tool lets you transform one
object into another through a series of
intermediate shapes and colors.
The Transparency tool lets you apply a
transparency to an object to partially reveal
image areas underneath.
The Envelope tool lets you distort the shape
of an object by applying an envelope to it
and dragging the nodes of the envelope.
The Drop shadow tool lets you create the
illusion of lighting in a two-dimensional
drawing by adding a shadow to an
object. You can adjust properties such as
feathering, opacity, edge style, and color.
The Contour tool lets you create a series of
concentric shapes that radiate into or out of
an object.
The Distort tool lets you transform objects
by applying Push and Pull, Zipper, or Twister
effects.
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Deletion tools
The Virtual segment delete tool lets
you delete portions of objects between
intersecting lines.
The Eraser tool lets you remove unwanted
areas in a drawing.
The Knife (Premium) tool lets you split
vector objects, text, and bitmaps along
straight, freehand, or Bézier lines. To
use this tool, you must have Premium
membership and sign in.
The Knife tool lets you slice an object into
two separate objects.
The Crop tool lets you remove the areas
outside a selection.
Interactive fill tools
The Interactive fill tool lets you fill an
object with a gradient of colors or shades.
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The Smart fill tool lets you create objects
from enclosed areas and then apply a fill to
those objects.
The Mesh fill tool lets you fill an object by
blending multiple colors or shades arranged
over a mesh grid.
Eyedropper tools
The Color eyedropper tool lets you sample
a color from an object in the drawing
window or on the desktop and apply it to
other objects.
The Attributes eyedropper tool lets
you copy object properties, such as line
thickness, size, and effects, from an object
in the drawing window and apply them to
other objects.
Zoom tool
The Zoom tool lets you change the
magnification level in the drawing window.
Pan tool
The Pan tool lets you drag hidden areas of
a drawing into view without changing the
zoom level.
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Property bar
The property bar displays the most commonly used functions that are relevant to the active tool or to the task you’re performing. The
property bar content changes depending on the tool or task. For example, when you click the Text tool in the toolbox, the property bar
displays only text-related commands, such as text, formatting, alignment, and editing tools.
You can customize the contents and position of the property bar to suit your needs, and add controls. For more information, see
“Customizing the property bar” on page 680.
Common property bar buttons
The Add preset button lets you save the current settings for reuse.
The Delete preset button lets you delete user-created presets from
the Preset list box.
The Fill button lets you open a dialog box where you set up a fill to
apply to an object.
The Outline pen button opens a dialog box where you set line
properties.
The Geometric properties button opens the Property Manager
docker and lets you set coordinates for the selected object.
The Keep settings button lets you use the current settings as the
defaults for new objects.
Dockers
Dockers display the same type of controls as a dialog box, such as command buttons, options, and list boxes. Unlike most dialog boxes, you
can keep dockers open while working on a document, so you can readily access the commands to experiment with different effects.
An example is the Property Manager docker. When this docker is open, you can click an object in the drawing window and view formatting,
dimensions, and other properties of the object.
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The Property Manager docker
Dockers can be either docked or floating. A docked docker is attached to the edge of the application window, a toolbar, or a palette. A
floating docker is not attached to a workspace element. If you open several dockers, they usually appear nested, with only one docker fully
displayed. You can quickly display a docker hidden from view by clicking the docker’s tab.
Nested dockers
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You can move dockers, and you can collapse dockers to save screen space.
To open a docker
• Click Window, and click a docker name.
To open or close dockers, you can also click the Quick customize button
on the right side of a docker, and enable or disable the
corresponding check boxes.
You can also close a docker by clicking the X button on its title bar. Clicking the X button on the title bar closes all nested dockers in a
group. To close only a specific docker, click the X button on the docker’s tab.
To move dockers
To move
Do the following
A docker
Drag the docker’s tab to a new
location.
Multiple nested dockers
Drag the title bar of the active docker
to a new location.
To dock a floating docker
• Drag the docker’s title bar or tab to an edge of the drawing window and position the pointer along the edge. When a grey preview of
the docker’s position appears, release the mouse button.
To collapse a docker
• Click the Collapse docker button
on the docker’s title bar.
To expand a collapsed docker, click its tab.
Status bar
The status bar displays information about selected objects or the active tool. While you are drawing a non-freehand line or curve, the
segment length and total length for all segments are displayed. It also displays color information and color proofing status.
See “Customizing the status bar ” on page 682 for information about customizing the contents and appearance of the status bar.
The graphic shows some of the information displayed in a status bar.
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Choosing a workspace
Corel DESIGNER includes a collection of specialized workspaces that are designed to help you increase your productivity. A workspace
is a configuration of settings that specifies how the various command bars, commands, and buttons are arranged when you open the
application. You can choose a workspace from the Welcome Screen that displays when you first launch the application or you can switch to
a different workspace from within the application.
The specialized workspaces in Corel DESIGNER are configured according to specific workflows or tasks, such as page layout work or
illustrating. Their purpose is to make more accessible the tools that you use most often.
The following table describes the available workspaces.
Workspace
Description
Lite
This workspace makes CorelDRAW’s most commonly used tools
and features more accessible. If you are new to CorelDRAW, the
Lite workspace is ideal for getting started.
Default
The default workspace has been redesigned to provide a more
intuitive placement of tools and controls. This workspace is ideal for
users who have experience with other vector graphics software, as
well as users who are familiar with Corel DESIGNER.
Help topics are based on the Default workspace.
Micrografx Designer 9
The Micrografx Designer 9 workspace is ideal for users who prefer
the look and feel of Micrografx Designer 9.
Technical Illustration
The Technical Illustration workspace is optimized for users who
create technical manuals and catalogs of interactive parts.
Diagramming
The Diagramming workspace features tools and a layout that are
essential for creating diagrams.
CorelDRAW
The CorelDRAW workspace can help you transition easily from
CorelDRAW to Corel DESIGNER.
Adobe Illustrator
Simulates the Adobe Illustrator workspace by positioning the Corel
DESIGNER features where you would find the equivalent feature in
Adobe Illustrator. This workspace is useful if you recently switched
from Adobe Illustrator to Corel DESIGNER and you are not familiar
with the Corel DESIGNER workspace.
If you have a unique workflow, you can create a custom workspace that is optimized for your specific needs. For more information, see
“Creating workspaces” on page 672.
To choose a workspace
• Click Window  Workspace, and choose one of the available workspaces.
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You can also choose a workspace from the Welcome Screen or by clicking Tools  Customization, clicking Workspace in the list of
categories, and then enabling the check box beside a workspace in the Workspace list.
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Starting and setting up
This section contains the following topics:
• “Starting and quitting Corel DESIGNER” (page 59)
• “Changing the language” (page 59)
• “Changing startup settings” (page 60)
Starting and quitting Corel DESIGNER
You can start Corel DESIGNER from the Windows taskbar and end a Corel DESIGNER session from the application window.
To start and quit Corel DESIGNER
To
Do the following
Start Corel DESIGNER
Do one of the following:
•
(Windows 7) From the Windows taskbar, click
Start  Programs  CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7  Corel
DESIGNER X7.
•
Quit Corel DESIGNER
(Windows 8) Click the Corel DESIGNER X7 tile on your
desktop.
Click File  Exit.
Changing the language
If an application has been installed in more than one language, you can change the language of the user interface and Help at any time.
If you did not install a specific Writing Tools language when you first installed the product, you can do so now.
To change the language of the user interface and Help
1 Click Tools  Options.
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2 In the list of categories, click Global.
3 Choose a language from the Select the language for the user interface list box.
If you want to change the language of the user interface and Help when you start the application, enable the Ask me the next time the
software starts check box.
4 Restart the application.
To add a language for Writing Tools
1 Close any open applications.
2 On the Windows taskbar, click Start  Control Panel.
3 Click Uninstall a program.
4 Double-click CorelDRAW Technical SuiteX7 on the Uninstall or change a program page.
5 Enable the Modify option in the installation wizard, and click Next.
6 In the Writing tools area on the Program features page, open the list box, and enable the check box next to the language that you
want to install.
7 Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
Changing startup settings
You can specify the startup settings for Corel DESIGNER, which control how the application appears when it’s opened. For example, you can
start the application with the Welcome screen open or a new blank document.
To change startup settings
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click General.
3 In the Getting started area, choose an option from the On Corel DESIGNER X7 start-up list box.
If you want to hide the Create a new document dialog box when starting documents, disable the Show New Document dialog box
check box.
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Corel DESIGNER basics
Corel DESIGNER lets you create and edit drawings. In this section, you can find information about commonly performed tasks.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Understanding vector graphics and bitmaps” (page 61)
• “Starting and opening drawings” (page 62)
• “Scanning images” (page 65)
• “Working with multiple drawings” (page 66)
• “Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions” (page 66)
• “Zooming, panning, and scrolling” (page 67)
• “Previewing drawings” (page 70)
• “Choosing viewing modes” (page 71)
• “Working with views” (page 73)
• “Saving drawings” (page 74)
• “Working with locked files” (page 76)
• “Backing up and recovering files” (page 76)
• “Adding and accessing drawing information” (page 77)
• “Closing drawings” (page 78)
Understanding vector graphics and bitmaps
The two main types of computer graphics are vector graphics and bitmaps. Vector graphics are made of lines and curves, and they are
generated from mathematical descriptions that determine the position, length, and direction in which lines are drawn. Bitmaps, also known
as raster images, are composed of small squares called pixels; each pixel is mapped to a location in an image and has numerical color values.
Vector graphics are ideal for logos and illustrations because they are resolution-independent and can be scaled to any size, or printed and
displayed at any resolution, without losing detail and quality. In addition, you can produce sharp and crisp outlines with vector graphics.
Bitmaps are excellent for photographs and digital paintings because they reproduce color gradations well. Bitmaps are resolution-dependent
— that is, they represent a fixed number of pixels. They look good at their actual size, but they can appear jagged or lose image quality
when scaled, or when displayed or printed at a resolution higher than their original resolution.
You can create vector graphics in Corel DESIGNER. You can also import bitmaps (such as JPEG and TIFF files) into Corel DESIGNER and add
them to your drawings. For information about working with bitmaps, see “Working with bitmaps” on page 517.
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Top: A vector graphic consists of lines and fills. Bottom: A bitmap is made up of pixels.
Starting and opening drawings
When you start Corel DESIGNER, you can choose the workspace with which you feel the most comfortable. For example, you can choose a
workspace that has the look and feel of CorelDRAW. If you are new to Corel DESIGNER, it is best to choose the default workspace, on which
all procedures in the Help and user guide are based.
Corel DESIGNER lets you start a new drawing from a blank page, a template, or an existing drawing. A blank page gives you the freedom
to specify every aspect of a drawing. A template provides you with a starting point and leaves the amount of customization up to you. The
templates included with the application are available under the following categories:
• ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
• Architectural
• DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung)
• Engineering
• ISO(International Organization for Standardization)
For information about starting a drawing from a template, see “To start a document from a template” on page 465. For more information
about creating and using templates, see “Working with templates” on page 463.
Notes for starting new drawings
When starting a new drawing, Corel DESIGNER lets you specify page, document, and color management settings. You can choose from a list
of preset settings, which are based on how you intend to use the drawing. For example, you can choose the Web option if you are creating
a drawing for the Internet, or the Default CMYK option if you are creating a document destined for commercial printing. However, if the
preset settings are not suitable for the drawing that you want to create, you can also customize the settings and save them for future use.
Notes for opening existing drawings
Basing a new drawing on an existing drawing lets you reuse objects and page settings. Corel DESIGNER lets you open existing drawings
saved to the Corel DESIGNER (DSF or DES) format as well as drawings and projects saved to various other file formats, such as CorelDRAW
(CDR), Adobe Illustrator (AI), Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), and Computer Graphics Metafile
(CGM). However, you may not be able to open certain files, depending on their file type and contents. In such cases, you can try importing
the files as objects in an open drawing. For information about the file formats that you can import into Corel DESIGNER, see “Supported file
formats” on page 625.
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If the drawing you are opening is from an earlier version of Corel DESIGNER and contains text in a language different from the language
of your operating system, you can choose code page settings to ensure that text is properly converted according to the Unicode Standard.
Code page settings help you correctly display text such as keywords, file names, and text entries outside the drawing window — for
example, in the Object manager and Object data manager dockers. To display text correctly in the drawing window, you must use
encoding settings. For more information, see “Displaying text correctly in any language” on page 428.
If the drawing you are opening contains an embedded International Color Consortium (ICC) profile, the embedded color profile remains the
document’s color profile. For more information, see “Understanding color management” on page 323.
You can search for drawings by different criteria, such as filename, title, subject, author, keyword, comment, text within the file, and other
properties attached to the file. For more information about searching for files, see the Windows Help. For more information about browsing
and searching for content, see “Browsing and searching for content ” on page 86.
You can also display previous versions of a drawing.
To start a drawing
1 Do one of the following:
• On the Welcome screen, click Get started  New document.
• In the application window, click File  New.
2 Type a filename in the Name text box.
3 From the Preset destination list box, choose an output destination for the drawing:
• Corel DESIGNER default — applies the Corel DESIGNER default settings for creating graphics that are destined for printing
• Default CMYK — applies settings for creating graphics that are destined for commercial printing
• Default RGB — applies settings for creating graphics that are destined for printing to a high-fidelity printer
• Web — applies settings for creating graphics that are destined for the Internet
• Custom — lets you customize destination settings for a document
You can also
Change the unit of measurement for the page
Choose a unit of measurement from the Drawing units list box.
Change the page size
Choose a page size for the drawing from the Size list box or type
values in the Width and Height boxes.
Change the page orientation
Click one of the following page orientation buttons:
•Portrait
•Landscape
Set the number of pages
Type a value in the Number of pages box.
Set the default color mode for the document to RGB or CMYK
Choose a color mode from the Primary color mode list box.
Set the resolution for effects that will likely be rasterized, such as
transparency, drop shadow, and bevel effects
Choose a rendering resolution from the Rendering resolution list
box.
Choose the preview mode for the drawing
Choose a preview mode from the Preview mode list box.
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You can also
Choose an RGB profile for the drawing
In the Color settings area, choose a default RGB profile from the
RGB profile list box.
Choose a CMYK profile for the drawing
Choose a default CMYK profile from the CMYK profile list box.
Choose a Grayscale profile for the drawing
Choose a default Grayscale profile from the Grayscale profile list
box.
Choose a default method for out-of-gamut colors to be mapped
into gamut
Choose an option from the Rendering intent list box.
When you choose a color mode from the Primary color mode list box, it becomes the default color mode for the document. The
default color mode affects how colors work together in effects such as blends and transparencies. It does not restrict the type of
colors that you can apply to a drawing. For example, if you set the color mode to RGB, you can still apply colors from a CMYK color
palette to the document.
The primary color mode also specifies the default color mode for exporting documents. For example, if you choose the RGB color
mode and export a document as a JPEG, the color mode is automatically set to RGB.
The settings that are displayed in the Color settings area of the Create a new document dialog box are based on the settings that
are specified in the Default color management settings dialog box.
If you do not want to show the Create a new document dialog box and prefer to use the last used settings to create new
documents, enable the Do not show this dialog again check box.
You can restore the Create a new document dialog box when starting drawings by clicking Tools  Options, clicking General in the
Workspace list of categories, and enabling the Show new document dialog box check box.
To create a custom preset
1 In the application window, click File  New.
2 In the Create a new document dialog box, choose the settings that you want to save as a preset destination.
3 Click the Add preset button
.
4 In the Add preset dialog box, type a name for the new destination preset.
You can delete a destination preset by choosing the preset name from the Preset destination list box and clicking the Remove preset
button.
To open a drawing
1 Click File  Open.
2 Locate the folder where the drawing is stored.
3 Click a filename.
4 Click Open.
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You can also
Extract an embedded International Color Consortium (ICC) profile
to the color folder in which the application is installed
Enable the Extract embedded ICC profile check box.
Maintain layers and pages when you open files
Enable the Maintain layers and pages check box.
This option is not available for all file formats.
If you disable the check box, all layers are combined in a single
layer.
This option is not available for all file formats.
View thumbnail of a drawing
Click the arrow button next to the Views button, and click Extra
large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons.
Choose a code page
Choose a code page from the Select code page list box. This
option is not available for all file formats.
Search for a drawing
Type a word or phrase in the search box.
The search box looks for files only in the current folder and
subfolders. To search for a drawing in another location, you must
first navigate to the folder where the drawing is stored.
Access a previous version of a file
Right-click a file, and click Restore previous versions.
You can access a previous version of a file only if System Protection
is turned on.
For detailed information about accessing previous versions of files,
see the Windows Help.
To open a file you have recently worked on, click File  Open recent, and click the filename.
If you have multiple files open, you can navigate between them by clicking Window  Document, and then clicking the name of the
file that you want to display in the drawing window.
Scanning images
You can scan images in Corel DESIGNER. Corel DESIGNER supports scanners that use Microsoft Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), which
provides a standard interface for scanning images.
If your scanner does not support WIA, but has a compatible TWAIN driver, you may be able to use this driver for scanning images in Corel
DESIGNER. TWAIN is supported by both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Corel DESIGNER. However, note that there are very few 64-bit
TWAIN drivers available.
The software interfaces and options vary. For information about using the software associated with your scanner, see the manufacturer’s
documentation.
To scan images
1 Click File  Acquire image, and click one of the following commands:
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• Select WIA source — for a scanner that uses a WIA driver
• Select TWAIN source — for a scanner that uses a TWAIN driver
A command appears disabled if a compatible WIA or TWAIN scanner driver is not installed.
2 Choose a scanner from the dialog box that appears.
3 Click Select.
4 Click File  Acquire image  Acquire.
5 Preview the image, and select the area that you want to scan.
WIA, in combination with some scanners, supports scanning of multiple areas to separate files.
6 Click Scan.
On your scanner’s interface, this button may have a different name, such as OK or Send.
To scan additional images during the same session, click File  Acquire image  Acquire.
Working with multiple drawings
Multiple drawings can be opened in a single drawing window, making it easy to handle many drawings simultaneously. You can access each
open drawing from its tab at the top of the drawing window, and you can start new drawings.
Open drawings appear docked, but you can undock any drawing you want and drag it inside or outside the application window.
To work with multiple drawings
To
Do the following
Switch to another open drawing
At the top of the drawing window, click the tab that has the
filename you want.
Start another drawing
Click the New button to the left of the last tab in the drawing
window.
Undock a drawing
Drag the tab to a new position inside or outside the application
window.
Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
You can undo the actions that you perform in a drawing, starting with the most recent action. If you don’t like the result of undoing an
action, you can redo it. Reverting to the last saved version of a drawing also lets you remove one or more actions. Certain actions applied to
objects, such as stretching, filling, moving, and rotating, can be repeated to create a stronger visual effect.
Customizing the Undo settings lets you increase or decrease the number of actions that you can undo or redo.
To undo, redo, and repeat actions
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To
Do the following
Undo an action
Click Edit  Undo manager.
Redo an action
Click Edit  Redo.
Undo or redo a series of actions
Click Window  Undo manager. In the Undomanager docker, click
the action that precedes all the actions that you want to undo, or
click the last undone action that you want to redo.
Revert to the last saved version of a drawing
Click File  Revert.
Repeat an action
Click Edit  Repeat.
When you undo a series of actions in the Undo manager docker, all actions listed below the action that you click are undone.
When you redo a series of actions in the Undo manager docker, the action that you click and all preceding undone actions are
redone.
You can repeat an action on another object or group of objects by selecting the object or objects and clicking Edit  Repeat.
You can also undo or redo a series of actions by clicking the arrow button next to the Undo button
or Redo button
on the
Standard toolbar and choosing an action from the list.
To specify the Undo settings
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click General.
3 In the Undo levels area, type a value in one or both of the following boxes:
• Regular — specifies the number of actions that can be reversed when you use the Undo command with vector objects
• Bitmap effects — specifies the number of actions that can be reversed when you work with bitmap effects
The value that you specify is limited only by your computer’s memory resources. The higher the value you specify, the greater the
demand on memory resources.
Zooming, panning, and scrolling
You can change the view of a drawing by zooming in to get a closer look or by zooming out to see more of the drawing. You can
experiment with a variety of zoom options to determine the amount of detail you want.
Panning and scrolling are two additional ways to view specific areas of a drawing. When you work at high magnification levels or with large
drawings, you may not be able to see the whole drawing. Panning and scrolling let you move the page around in the drawing window to
view previously hidden areas.
You can zoom in and out while you are panning, and you can pan while you are zooming. In this way, you can avoid having to alternate
between the two tools.
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You can also use the Quick Pan mode to switch from any active tool to the Pan tool. This feature lets you pan without having to change
tools.
If you use a mouse wheel, the wheel zooms in and zooms out by default. You can also use the mouse wheel to scroll.
You can specify default zooming and panning settings.
To zoom
1 In the toolbox, click the Zoom tool
.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following:
• Zoom in
• Zoom out
• Zoom to selected
• Zoom to all objects
• Zoom to page
• Zoom to page width
• Zoom to page height
The Zoom to selected button is available only if one or more objects are selected before you click the Zoom tool.
When you are not editing text, you can also access the Zoom tool by pressing Shift +Z.
Using the Zoom tool, you can also zoom in by clicking anywhere in the drawing window or dragging to select a specific area to
magnify. To zoom out, right-click in the drawing window, or drag with the right mouse button to select a specific area.
You can also zoom in by using the Pan tool
and double-clicking in the drawing window. To zoom out, right-click in the drawing
window.
Use the following keyboard shortcuts to zoom during any task, such as when you are drawing an object:
• F2 — zoom in around the pointer
• F3 — zoom out around the pointer
• F4— zoom to all objects
• F5 — refresh the drawing window
• F6 — zoom to selected objects
• F7 — zoom to the page
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The F2 and F3 shortcut keys let you zoom in and out around the pointer.
To pan in the drawing window
1 In the toolbox, click the Pan tool
.
2 Drag in the drawing window until the area you want to view appears.
To pan in the drawing window while zoomed in on the drawing, click the Navigator button
in the lower-right corner of the
drawing window.
You can quickly center the page in the drawing window by double-clicking the Pan tool in the toolbox.
Using the Navigator (lower-right), you can display any part of a drawing without having to zoom out.
To switch to the Quick Pan mode
1 Click any selection, drawing, or shaping tool, and start using it.
2 Hold down the middle mouse button or wheel, and drag in the drawing window.
To scroll by using a mouse wheel
• Do one of the following:
• To scroll vertically, press Alt while you move the wheel.
• To scroll horizontally, press Ctrl while you move the wheel.
The mouse wheel can be used for scrolling only if the Scroll option for the mouse is enabled. For more information, see “To establish
default setting for the mouse wheel” on page 70.
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To specify default zoom settings
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Toolbox, and click Zoom, Pan tool.
3 To specify the action of the Zoom or Pan tool when you right-click in the drawing window, enable one of the following options:
• Zoom out — zooms out by a factor of 2
• Context menu — displays a menu of commands that let you zoom to a specific level
4 To specify how the page appears when the zoom is set to 100%, enable or disable the Zoom relative to 1:1 check box.
• When the option is enabled, a 100% zoom displays real-world dimensions.
• When the option is disabled, a 100% zoom displays the full page, regardless of real-world dimensions.
5 To specify how the page appears when you zoom in and out using the mouse wheel, enable or disable the Center mouse when
zooming with the mouse wheel check box.
• When the option is enabled, the area where the mouse pointer is located moves to the center of the screen as you zoom in and out
using the mouse wheel.
• When the option is disabled, the area where the mouse pointer is located stays in the same position as you zoom in and out using the
mouse wheel.
You can click Calibrate rulers to ensure that one inch on your screen equals one inch of real-world distance. For more information,
see “Calibrating the rulers” on page 496.
To establish default setting for the mouse wheel
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click Display.
3 To specify the default action of the mouse wheel, choose Zoom or Scroll from the Default action for mouse wheel list box.
Previewing drawings
You can preview a drawing to see how it will look when printed or exported. When you preview a drawing, only the objects on the drawing
page and in the immediate area of the drawing window are displayed, and you can see all layers that are set to print in the Object manager
docker. If you want a closer look at specific objects in a drawing, you can select and preview them. When you preview selected objects, the
rest of the drawing is hidden.
Before you preview a drawing, you can specify the preview mode. The preview mode affects the speed with which your preview appears as
well as the amount of detail displayed in the drawing window.
By default, the borders of a page are displayed in the drawing window, but you can hide them at any time. If a drawing is intended for print,
you can display the area that will actually print as well as the bleed, the part of the drawing that extends beyond the page border. Bleeds are
useful when a drawing contains a color page background or objects that are positioned on the page border. Bleeds ensure that no white
space appears between the edges of a drawing and the edge of the paper after the printer cuts, binds, and trims the document.
To preview a drawing
• Click View  Full-screen preview.
Click anywhere on the screen, or press any key, to return to the application window.
You can press Page up and Page down to preview pages in a multipage drawing.
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To preview selected objects
1 Select the objects.
2 Click View  Preview selected only.
Click anywhere on the screen, or press any key, to return to the application window.
If Preview selected only mode is enabled and no objects are selected, Full-screen preview displays a blank screen.
After you return to the application window, you can disable Preview selected only mode by clicking View  Preview selected only.
To choose a full-screen preview mode
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click Display.
3 In the Full-screen preview area, enable one of the following options:
• Use draft view — Drawings appear without PostScript fills or high‑resolution bitmaps, and no anti-aliasing is used.
• Use enhanced view — Drawings appear with or without PostScript fills, and anti-aliasing is used to sharpen the display of the
drawings.
You can display PostScript fills when you preview a drawing in Enhanced mode by enabling the Show PostScript fills in enhanced
view check box.
To set the page display
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Page size.
3 Enable one of the following options:
• Show page border — displays page borders
• Show bleed area — displays the area of the drawing extending beyond the page border. To change the bleed area, type a value in the
Bleed box.
When preparing a drawing for commercial printing, you may also need to set a bleed limit. For more information, see “To set a bleed
limit” on page 585.
You can also click View  Page  Page border, or View  Page  Bleed.
You can display the printable area of a drawing by clicking View  Page  Printable area. The printable area is usually indicated by two
dotted lines inside or around the page, depending on the current printer settings. One outline indicates the area that can be printed
on the current printer; the other outline indicates the paper size that your printer is set to use.
Choosing viewing modes
As you work, Corel DESIGNER lets you display a drawing in any of the following modes:
• Simple wireframe — displays an outline of the drawing by hiding fills, extrusions, contours, drop shadows, and intermediate blend
shapes; also displays the bitmaps in monochrome. This mode lets you quickly preview basic elements in a drawing.
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• Wireframe — displays a drawing in simple wireframe mode plus intermediate blend shapes
• Draft — displays fills and bitmaps with a low resolution. This mode eliminates some detail to allow you to focus on the color balances in
a drawing.
• Normal — displays a drawing without PostScript fills or high-resolution bitmaps. This mode refreshes and opens slightly faster than the
Enhanced mode.
• Enhanced — displays a drawing with PostScript fills, high-resolution bitmaps, and anti-aliased vector graphics.
• Pixels — displays a pixel-based rendition of the drawing, which allows you to zoom in on an area of an object, and then position and
size the object more precisely. This view also lets you see what the drawing will look like when it is exported to a bitmap file format.
• Simulate overprints — simulates the color of areas where overlapping objects were set to overprint and displays PostScript fills, highresolution bitmaps, and anti-aliased vector graphics. For information about overprinting objects, see “To overprint selected objects” on
page 589.
• Rasterize complex effects — rasterizes the display of complex effects, such as transparencies, bevels, and drop shadows when in
Enhanced view. This option is useful for previewing how the complex effects will be printed. To ensure the successful printing of complex
effects, most printers require complex effects to be rasterized.
The viewing mode you choose affects the amount of time it takes for a drawing to open or be displayed on the monitor. For example, a
drawing displayed in Simple Wireframe view takes less time to refresh or open than does a drawing displayed in Simulate Overprints view.
Left to right: Simple wireframe, Draft, and Enhanced views
To choose a viewing mode
• Click View, and click one of the following modes:
• Simple wireframe
• Wireframe
• Draft
• Normal
• Enhanced
• Pixels
• Simulate overprints
• Rasterize complex effects
If you are overprinting, it is important to preview the objects in the Simulate overprints mode before printing. The type of objects
you are overprinting and the type of colors you are mixing determine how overprinted colors are combined. For more information
about overprinting, see “Working with color trapping and overprinting” on page 588.
You can set the default viewing mode by clicking Tools  Options, clicking General in the Document list of categories, and choosing
an option from the View mode list box.
You can quickly switch between the selected viewing mode and the previous viewing mode by pressing Shift + F9.
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Working with views
You can save a view of any part of a drawing. For example, you can save a view of an object at 230% magnification and then return to this
specific view at any time.
If a document contains multiple pages, you can view them all at once by using the Page Sorter view. You can also display consecutive lefthand and right-hand pages on the screen at the same time (facing pages) and create objects that span two pages.
To save a view
1 Click Window  View manager.
2 Use the Zoom tools in the View manager docker to set up a view.
3 Click the Add currentview button
.
You can also
Rename a view
Double-click a view name, and type a new name.
Delete a saved view
Click a view, and click the Delete current view button
If you disable the page icon
.
next to a saved view in the docker, Corel DESIGNER switches to the magnification level only, not the
page, when you switch to that view. Similarly, if you disable the magnifying glass icon
, Corel DESIGNER switches to the page
only, not the magnification level.
You can also save the current view by clicking the Zoom or Pan tool in the toolbox, clicking in the Zoom levels list box on the
standard toolbar, typing a name, and pressing Enter.
To switch to a saved view
1 Click Window  View manager.
2 Click a view in the View manager docker.
You can also switch to a saved view by selecting it from the Zoom levels list box on the standard toolbar.
To view all pages in a multipage document
• Click View  Page sorter view.
To return to the default page view, click the Page sorter view button on the property bar.
To view facing pages
1 Click Layout  Page setup.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Layout.
3 Enable the Facing pages check box.
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4 Choose one of the following settings from the Start on list box:
• Left side — starts the document on a left-hand page
• Right side — starts the document on a right-hand page
You cannot view facing pages if the document uses a Tent Card or Top-fold Card layout style, or if it contains multiple page
orientations. The Left side option is available only for the Full Page and Book layout styles.
When you enable the Facing pages check box, the content on the facing pages is merged on one page. The layer structure for
the merged page is based on the left-hand page. The layers from the right-hand page are inserted above the layers on the lefthand page. This rule also applies if you reorder the pages. If you disable the Facing pages check box, the layers and content are
redistributed across separate pages. Objects that cross both pages are assigned to a page according to where the center of the object
is found.
It is recommended that you avoid switching back and forth between individual pages and facing pages within the same document.
Saving drawings
By default, drawings are saved to the Corel DESIGNER file format (DES). You can save a drawing to other vector file formats as well. If you
want to use a drawing in another application, you must save it to a file format that is supported by that application. For information about
saving files to other formats, see “Exporting files” on page 600.
When saving a drawing, you can embed the used fonts to facilitate file sharing. By default, Corel DESIGNER embeds all used fonts, with the
exception of Asian fonts and fonts that do not have embedding permissions. For more information, see “Embedding fonts” on page 432.
When you save a drawing, Corel DESIGNER lets you add reference information so that you can easily find and organize drawings later on.
You can attach tags (also known as properties) such as title, subject, and rating.
You can also save selected objects in a drawing. For large drawings, saving only the selected objects reduces the file size, which can decrease
the time it takes to load the drawing.
When saving a file, you can use advanced options to control how bitmaps, textures, and vector effects, such as blends and extrusions, are
saved with the drawing.
You can also save a drawing as a template, which lets you create other drawings with the same properties. For information about saving a
drawing as a template, see “Working with templates” on page 463.
To save a drawing
1 Click File  Save as.
2 Type a filename in the File name box.
3 Locate the folder where you want to save the file.
If you want to save the drawing to a vector file format other than DES - Corel DESIGNER, choose a file format from the Save as type list
box.
You can also
Save only selected objects
Enable the Selected only check box.
This option is available only if there are selected objects in the
drawing.
Embed fonts
Enable the Embed fonts check box.
This check box is unavailable when you save a drawing to an earlier
version of CorelDRAW.
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You can also
Add reference information
Do any of the following:
•Type a title and subject in the corresponding box.
•Assign a rating to the file.
If you are using an expired trial version of Corel DESIGNER, you will not be able to save drawings.
Saving a drawing to a previous version of Corel DESIGNER may result in loss of certain effects that were not available in the previous
version of the application.
When you save a drawing to the latest version of the CorelDRAW file format, the option Make compatible with version 17.0 is
enabled by default. This option ensures that the file can be opened in CorelDRAW X7.3 and earlier X7 versions. If the file contains
new features such as drop shadows with Gaussian blur feathering, this option results in a bigger file size.
You can also save a drawing by clicking File  Save.
You can also save a drawing by clicking the Save button
on the Standard toolbar.
To use advanced options when saving
1 Click File  Save as.
2 Click Advanced.
3 Enable any of the following check boxes:
• Save presentation exchange (CMX) — saves a drawing as a Corel® Presentations™ Exchange (CMX) file so that you can open and
edit it in other Corel applications, such as WordPerfect
• Use bitmap compression — reduces the file size by compressing bitmap effects, such as bitmap extrusions, transparencies, and drop
shadows
• Use graphic object compression — reduces the file size by compressing vector objects, such as polygons, rectangles, ellipses, and
perfect shapes
Using compression increases the time required for opening and saving a drawing.
4 If a drawing contains texture fills, enable one of the following options:
• Save textures with the file — saves custom texture fills with the file
• Rebuild textures when opening the file — re-creates texture fills when you open the saved drawing
5 If a drawing contains blends and extrusions, enable one of the following options:
• Save blends and extrudes with the file — saves all blends and extrusions included in a drawing
• Rebuild blends and extrudes when opening the file — re-creates blends and extrusions when you open the saved drawing
Choosing to save textures, blends, and extrusions with the file increases the file size but lets you open and save a drawing more
quickly. Conversely, choosing to rebuild textures, blends, and extrusions when a saved drawing is opened decreases the file size but
increases the time required for saving or opening a drawing.
To save a drawing that is compatible with an older version of Corel DESIGNER
1 Click File  Save as.
2 Type a filename in the File name box.
3 Locate the folder where you want to save the file.
4 Choose a version from the Version list box.
5 Click Save.
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If the drawing includes new features; enable one of the following options in the Save to a previous version dialog box:
• Keep appearance — preserves the appearance of text, fills, outlines and transparencies when the file is opened in a previous version
of Corel DESIGNER. However, this option may limit editing.
• Keep editable — preserves the file editable. However, this option may change the appearance of text, outlines, fills, and
transparencies when the file is opened in a previous version of Corel DESIGNER.
You can also
Specify save settings
Click Tool  Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Save,
and enable one of the following options:
•Keep appearance (suitable for limited edits)
•Keep editable (may change appearance)
Disable the prompt that appears when saving to an earlier version
Click Tool  Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Save,
and disable the Ask when saving check box.
Working with locked files
In a corporate environment you may open a locked file that is already being edited by another user. You can save changes that you make to
a locked file in one of the following ways:
• If the other user has modified the file or still has the file open, you must save the file with a new name by clicking File  Save As.
• If the other user has closed the file without modifying it, you can save the changes by clicking File  Save.
Backing up and recovering files
Corel DESIGNER can automatically save backup copies of drawings and prompt you to recover them in the event of a system error.
The auto-backup feature saves drawings that you have opened and modified. During any working session with Corel DESIGNER, you can set
the time interval for automatically backing up files and specify whether you want the files to be saved in your temporary folder (the default
location) or in a specified folder.
You can recover the backup files from the temporary or specified folder when you restart Corel DESIGNER after a system error. If you choose
not to recover the backup file, it is automatically erased when you quit the application.
To specify auto-backup settings
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click Save.
3 Enable the Back up every check box, and choose a value from the Minutes list box.
4 In the Always back up to area, enable one of the following options:
• Temporary folder — lets you save auto-backup files in the temporary folder
• Specific folder — lets you specify the folder for auto-backup files
You can also
Create a backup file before saving
Enable the Back up original file before saving check box.
Disable the auto-backup feature
Choose Never from the Minutes list box.
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Auto-backup files are named auto_backup_of_filename and can be saved in any folder you specify. Backup files are created when
you save a drawing. They are named backup_of_filename and are always stored in the same folder as the original drawing.
All open or modified files that are not in the Corel DESIGNER (DES) file format are backed up as Corel DESIGNER files.
You can cancel the creation of an auto-backup file by pressing Esc while a file is being saved.
To recover a backup file
1 Restart Corel DESIGNER.
2 Click OK in the file recovery dialog box that appears.
The file recovery dialog box appears upon startup after a system error.
3 Save and rename the file in the specified folder.
If you click Cancel, Corel DESIGNER ignores the backup file and deletes it when you quit the application.
Adding and accessing drawing information
Corel DESIGNER lets you add reference information, such as language, title, author, subject, keywords, rating, and other notes to a drawing.
Although adding document information is optional, doing so makes it easier to organize and locate drawings later on.
The application also lets you access other important document information, such as the number of pages and layers, fonts, object and text
statistics, and the types of objects the drawing contains. You can also view color information such as the color profiles that are used to
define document colors as well as the primary color mode and rendering intent.
To add drawing information
1 Click File
 Document properties.
2 In the Document properties dialog box, type text in any of the following boxes:
• Language
• Title
• Subject
• Author
• Copyright
• Keywords
• Notes
3 To specify a rating, choose a rating from the Rating list box.
4 Click OK.
You can modify the drawing information at any time.
To access drawing information
• Click File
 Document properties.
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Closing drawings
You can close one drawing, or multiple drawings, at any time before quitting Corel DESIGNER.
To close drawings
To
Do the following
Close one drawing
Click File  Close.
Close all drawings
Click File  Close all.
If you are unable to close a document, you may have a task, such as printing or saving, in progress or a task that has failed. Please
refer to the status bar to view the status of a task.
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Finding and managing content
Corel DESIGNER lets you access, search and browse the Content Exchange, a collection of clipart, photos, fonts, symbols, frames, patterns,
and image lists. In addition, you can find content located on your computer, local network, or the website of an online content provider.
When you find the content that you need, you can import it into your document, open it in its associated application, or collect it in a tray
for future reference.
Corel DESIGNER is fully integrated with the search capabilities that are offered by Windows 7 and Windows 8. By default, the application
searches all locations that Windows Search is configured to index. For information about modifying indexing options in Windows Search,
see the Windows Help. Windows Search is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. For more information, visit
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/desktopsearch/downloads/default.mspx. If you are using another third-party computer indexing and
search tool (for example, Google Desktop) or you don’t have Windows Search installed, the application has limited search capabilities and
lets you search only by filename.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Exploring Corel CONNECT” (page 79)
• “Accessing content” (page 84)
• “Browsing and searching for content” (page 86)
• “Viewing content” (page 89)
• “Using content” (page 89)
• “Installing fonts” (page 91)
• “Managing content” (page 92)
• “Syncing trays with OneDrive” (page 93)
• “Content types” (page 95)
Exploring Corel CONNECT
You can browse and search for content by using Corel CONNECT. Corel CONNECT is available both as a standalone utility and as a docker.
You can choose whichever mode better suits your workflow.
The image below shows the main components of the Corel CONNECT utility:
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Part
Description
1. Libraries pane
Lets you access content provided by Corel and Corel partners
2. Favorite folders pane
Provides quick access to frequently used folders
3. Folders pane
Displays a representation of the file structure available on your
computer
4. Tray pane
Lets you collect files from one or more folders
5. Zoom slider
Lets you adjust the size of thumbnails in the viewing pane
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Part
Description
6. Viewing pane
Lets you view thumbnails of content files
7. Helpand options button
Lets you open a menu of commands that allow you to access Help,
configure content libraries, set preferences, and view version and
license information
8. Go to parent folder button
Lets you go one level up from the current folder
9. Refresh/Cancel button
Reloads the results from your last search or initiates a new search
based on the criteria that you have specified. When a search is in
progress, the button changes to the Cancel mode
, which
allows you to stop a search at any time.
10. Search and address box
Lets you search for files by using search terms, typing a folder path,
or specifying a web address
11. Filter toolbar
Lets you choose which type of content to display in the viewing
area: folders, vector images, bitmap images, fonts, or files saved to
file formats that are not supported by the suite
12. Configure content libraries button
Lets you activate access to local and online content libraries
13. Navigate forward button
Takes you to the next page of content
14. Navigate back button
Takes you to the previous page of content
In docker mode, the search utility has two components: Connect docker and Tray docker. The Connect docker has two viewing modes:
single pane and full view. In full view, all panes are displayed. In single-pane view, either the viewing pane or the Libraries, Favorite folders,
and Folders panes are displayed. You can resize the docker to display all panes or toggle between the viewing pane and the Libraries,
Favorite folders, and Folders panes.
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The Connect docker with the viewing pane hidden (left) and the navigation pane hidden (right).
Click the toggle arrow (1) to display or hide panes. Resize the docker to display both panes.
You can also customize the size and display of individual panes.
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The grab area (1, 2, 3) lets you resize a pane.
You can use the Favorite folders pane to create shortcuts to folders that you visit frequently. You can add locations to and remove locations
from the Favorite folders pane.
To start Corel CONNECT
To
Do the following
Start the standalone utility
Do one of the following:
• (Windows 7) On the Windows taskbar, click Start  All
Programs  CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7  Corel CONNECT X7.
•(Windows 8) Click the Corel CONNECT tile on your desktop.
Display or hide the Connect docker
In Corel DESIGNER, click Window  Connect.
Display or hide the Tray docker
In Corel DESIGNER, click Window  Tray.
To resize a pane
• Point to the pane’s grab area, and when the cursor changes to a two-directional arrow, drag the edge of the pane.
To display or hide a pane
• Click the arrow to toggle between displaying and hiding the pane.
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To add a location to the Favorite Folders pane
• Drag a folder from the Libraries, Folders, or viewing pane to the Favorite folders pane.
You can also add locations to the Favorite folders pane by right-clicking a folder in the Libraries or Folders pane, and clicking Add
to favorites.
To remove a location from the Favorite Folders pane
• Right-click a location in the Favorite folders pane, and click Remove from favorites.
Accessing content
You can access content available on the Content Exchange or on the websites of online content providers. You can also access content from
previous versions of the software that is stored on a CD or DVD.
Using the Content Exchange
The Content Exchange provides a collection of clipart, photos, fonts, symbols, frames, vector and bitmap patterns, and image lists that you
can access. You can browse the available content, or you can search by keywords, mark your favorites, vote for content that you like, or copy
content from the Content Exchange to your personal folder.
You must sign in to your corel.com account to use content from the Content Exchange. For more information, see “Technical Suite
memberships ” on page 9.
You can browse the content available on the Content Exchange.
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Using content from online content providers
You can find content on the websites of online content providers such as Flickr®, Fotolia, and iStock®. The images that you find online
are often subject to usage restrictions and may be watermarked or low-resolution. For information about using such images, see “Using
content” on page 89.
Note that online content is unavailable in workplaces with restricted Internet access.
Using content stored on a CD or DVD
To access clipart and other content included on a CD or DVD from a previous version of the software, you must insert the CD or DVD, or
browse to the folder to which you have copied the content.
To use the Content Exchange
1 In the Libraries pane, click Content Exchange.
The available folders appear in the viewing pane.
2 Double-click a folder to access its content.
Thumbnail versions of the files appear in the viewing pane.
3 Point to a thumbnail to view more information about a file.
4 Click a thumbnail.
A pop-up window appears.
5 In the pop-up window, perform an action from the following table.
To
Do the following
Search content by keyword
Click one of the keywords associated with a file to perform a search
based on that keyword.
Search results include all types of content in the Content Exchange
that is tagged with this keyword. To narrow down search results to
specific types of content (such as bitmaps, vectors, or fonts), click
the corresponding button on the Filter toolbar.
Copy fills, pattern, image lists, and photo frames from the Content
Exchange to your personal folder
Click the More options button
personal button
, and click the Copy to
.
The content is copied in the respective folder in the My Documents
\Corel\Corel Content folder.
Mark as a favorite
Click the Favorite button
.
To remove content from your favorites, click the Unfavorite button
.
Vote to rank content higher or lower
Click the Vote up
Report inappropriate content
Click the More options button
or the Vote down button
.
, and click the Flag button
.
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To
Do the following
Prevent a file from appearing in future searches
Click the More options button
, and click the Hide button
.
You must sign in to your corel.com account to use content from the Content Exchange.
To access a content library stored on a CD or DVD
• Insert the content CD or DVD.
The content library appears in the Libraries pane.
To access a CD or DVD content library that was copied to your computer
1 In the Libraries pane, click the Configure content libraries button
.
A warning sign next to a content library shows that it needs to be configured.
2 Click a content library, click Locate, and browse to the folder where the library is stored.
The content library appears in the Libraries pane.
Browsing and searching for content
With the Corel CONNECT docker, you can browse for content, or you can search for content by using keywords.
You can browse and search for content in one or multiple locations on your computer or local network as well as online. You can also
navigate to previously viewed content.
Searching for content
You can search by the name, category (for example, clipart, photo images, or fonts), or reference information (for example, tags or notes)
associated with a file. When you type a term in the Search and address box and initiate a search, all matching files are displayed as
thumbnail images in the viewing pane. For example, if you type flower, the application automatically filters out all files that do not match
and displays only the files that have the word flower in the filename, category, or tags assigned to the file. You can also type phrases and
multiple words, and you can fine-tune your search by using Boolean operators such as AND, NOT, and OR. For example, you can find
content that contains both flower and sun images by typing flowers AND sun.
To increase the search speed for local content and improve results, you can adjust the Windows Search options by adding more locations to
the index.
You can also find all images on a webpage by typing the web address. For example, typing www.corel.com displays all the images that
appear on the Corel website.
Refining your search
By default, your search results include all relevant content such as vector graphics, bitmaps, and fonts. You can narrow down the search
results by excluding content. For example, if you are searching for graphics, you can display only vector graphics or only bitmaps. If you want
to choose a font for your project, you can display only fonts.
You can widen the scope of a search, and you can cancel a search at any time.
To browse for content
• Click a location in one of the following panes:
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• Libraries — lets you browse online and local content
• Favorite folders — lets you browse your favorite locations
• Folders — lets you browse the folder structure available on your computer
You can browse the contents of only one folder at a time.
To specify the location where you want to browse for content, type or paste a path in the Search and address box, and press Enter.
The Search and address bar keeps track only of the locations that you enter manually. To delete all locations, click the drop-down
arrow, and click Clear list.
To search for content
1 Click a location in any of the following panes:
• Libraries — lets you search for online and local content as well as content on a CD or DVD
• Favorite folders — lets you search for content in your favorite locations
• Folders — lets you search for content in the folder structure available on your computer
2 Type a word or multiple words in the Search and address box, and press Enter.
Files that match the search terms appear in the viewing pane.
If you want to search for a phrase, enclose the phrase with quotation marks.
You can also
Search for content in multiple locations
Enable the check boxes for the libraries and folders that you want
to search, and click the Refresh button
.
Show or hide search results for a location
In the viewing pane, click the Show/Hide arrow to the right of the
location.
Specify how many online search results to display
Click an online content provider in the Libraries pane, and choose
a number from the Search results list box. This number determines
the initial number of search results that are displayed in the viewing
pane, as well as the additional results that are displayed each time
you click More from.
Fine-tune a search by using Boolean operators
Type one of the following Boolean operators between the search
terms:
AND — lets you find content that contains all search terms in the
Search and address box. Instead of AND, you can also use the plus
sign (+).
NOT — lets you exclude content that contains the search term after
NOT. Instead of NOT, you can also use the minus sign (-).
OR — lets you find content that contains at least one of the search
terms
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Clicking a Show/Hide arrow (1) lets you show or hide the search results for a specific location.
When you search for online content, only vector files and bitmaps are included in the search results.
If you want to browse the folder where a file is stored or access the source webpage of an image, right-click the file, and click Open
source location.
To find all images on a webpage
• Type a web address (for example, www.corel.com) in the Search and address box.
To refine your search
• On the Filter toolbar, click one of the following buttons:
• Folders
— to hide or display folders in selected folders
• Vector drawing files
• Bitmap files
• Font files
• Other files
— to hide or display vector graphics that are supported by the suite
— to hide or display bitmaps that are supported by the suite
— to hide or display TrueType (TTF), OpenType (OTF), and PostScript fonts (PFB and PFM)
— to hide or display file formats that are not supported by the suite
A category is included in the search results if the button appears pressed.
To navigate to previously viewed content
• Click the Navigate back
or Navigate forward
button.
You can also go back to the previous search results by pressing Backspace.
You can also navigate to previously viewed content by clicking the Search and address bar drop-down arrow and choosing a
location from the list. The Search and address bar keeps track only of the locations that you enter manually.
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To stop a search
• Click the Cancel search button
.
Viewing content
Clipart, photos, and fonts appear in the viewing pane as thumbnail images. You can select individual, multiple, or all thumbnails.
By positioning your pointer over a thumbnail, you can display a larger preview. You can also display file information such as filename, file
size, image resolution, and color mode for content that was not provided by an online content provider. You can also preview the fonts that
you find. Thumbnail zooming makes recognizing a particular file easier and faster.
To select a thumbnail
• Click a thumbnail.
You can also
Select multiple thumbnails
Do one of the following:
•Drag around the thumbnails that you want to select.
•Hold down Ctrl, and in the viewing pane click the thumbnails
that you want to select.
•Click a thumbnail, and holding down Shift, click the last
thumbnail in the range that you want to select.
Select all thumbnails
Press Ctrl + A.
To view file information
• Hover over a thumbnail.
To preview a font
• Double-click a font thumbnail.
You can also preview a font by right-clicking a font thumbnail and clicking Open.
To adjust the size of thumbnails
• Drag the Zoom slider to the left to decrease the size of the thumbnails, or to the right to increase the size of the thumbnails.
Using content
If you want to view or edit a file before you incorporate it into your project, you can open it in CorelDRAW, Corel DESIGNER, Corel PHOTOPAINT, or its associated application.
You can insert and place content in your document. Images that are obtained from online sources, such as iStock and Fotolia, may be
subject to copyright and usage restrictions. Such images, also referred to as “comp images,” are often low-resolution or watermarked. To
use comp images, you must first check with the owner if you have rights to use them and purchase them if necessary. Then, you can replace
the comp images in your document with the purchased images. You can view a list of all comp images in a document.
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In addition, in Corel CONNECT, you can perform many tasks (such as renaming, printing, compressing, emailing, and faxing files) that are
available through the Windows operating system. Right-click a file in the viewing pane, and choose a command.
To open a file
• Select a thumbnail, and perform an action from the following table.
To
Do the following
Open a file by using the Corel CONNECT utility
Click one of the following buttons:
• Open
— lets you open a file in the application it is
associated with or navigate to the source webpage of an online
image
• Open in CorelDRAW or Import in CorelDRAW
— lets you
open or import a file in CorelDRAW
•Open in Corel DESIGNER or Import in Corel DESIGNER — lets
you open or import a file in Corel DESIGNER
• Open in Corel PHOTO-PAINT
— lets you open a file in Corel
PHOTO-PAINT
Open a file by using the Connect docker
Do one of the following:
• In full view, click the Open button
.
• In single pane view, click the File commands button
, and
click Open.
Open a file by using the Tray docker
Click the Open button
.
You can also open a file by right-clicking it and choosing the option that you want.
You can also open multiple selected files.
To insert a file into an active document
To
Do the following
Insert a file into an active document by using the Corel CONNECT
utility
Drag a file from the Tray or viewing pane to the active document.
Insert a file into an active document by using the Connect docker
Do one of the following:
•Drag a file from the viewing pane of the Connect docker to the
active document.
•In single-pane view, select a file in the viewing pane, click the
File commands button
, click Import, and click in your
document.
•In full view, select a file in the viewing pane, click the Import
button
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, and click in your document.
To
Do the following
Insert a file into an active document by using the Tray docker
Select the file, and click one of the following buttons in the Tray
docker:
• Import
— lets you insert a file as an embedded object
• Import and link
— lets you insert a file as a linked object
•Import at original position — lets you import and place a vector
graphic at the original position where it was created relative to
the page
Note that the Import buttons are not available in the standalone
utility.
Insert and place a vector graphic in a document
Click the Import or Import and link button and do one of the
following:
•Drag to place and resize the graphic.
•Press Enter to center the graphic on page.
•Press Spacebar to place the vector graphic at the original
position where it was created relative to the page.
You can also insert a file into an active document by dragging the file from the viewing pane or the Tray docker to the active
document.
You can also insert a file into an active document by right-clicking the file in the viewing pane and choosing an import command.
You can also insert multiple selected files.
To check, purchase, and replace a comp image
1 In your document, right-click a comp image, and click Open comp source.
2 On the website of the online content provider, check the copyright and usage restrictions for the image, and purchase it if necessary.
3 In your document, right-click a comp image, and click Replace comp.
4 Navigate to the purchased image, and click Import.
Transformations, such as scaling, rotating, and resizing, that were applied to the comp image are preserved in the final image.
To view a list of all comp images in a document
• Open a document, and do one of the following:
• Click File  Print, click the Preflight (Issues) tab, and click Some images may be subject to copyright and usage restrictions.
• Click File  Document properties.
When you export a document to the Adobe Illustrator (AI), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), HTML, or PDF file format, you can view a
list of all comp images in the preflight summaries.
Installing fonts
You can install the fonts that you find, and you can install font families.
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For information about finding fonts, see “To browse for content ” on page 86 and “To search for content” on page 87.
To install fonts
1 In Corel CONNECT or the Connect docker, browse to or search for the font that you want to install.
2 Do one of the following:
• In the viewing pane, right-click the font thumbnail, and click Install.
A check mark appears in the lower-right corner of the font thumbnail to show that the font is installed.
• To install a font family, right-click the font thumbnail, and click Install font family.
To install a font from the Content Exchange collection, you must have a CorelDRAW membership and sign in to your corel.com
account. To install a Premium font, you must have a Premium membership.
To uninstall a font, right-click the font thumbnail, and click Uninstall.
Managing content
You can organize your content by using trays or by adding content files to specific folders on your computer.
A tray is useful for gathering content from various folders. While the files are referenced in the tray, they actually remain in their original
location. You can add and remove content from the tray. The tray is shared between CorelDRAW, Corel DESIGNER, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, and
Corel CONNECT. You can also open files from the tray to preview them more easily.
You can create trays so that you can organize your content. Trays are saved to the My Documents\Corel\Corel Content\Trays folder, but you
can change the default folder to which trays are saved.
You can rename trays to give them meaningful names. When working with multiple trays, you can close some trays temporarily to avoid
clutter. You can easily reopen a tray when you need it. In addition, you can load a tray file that is not listed among the available trays. You
can delete a tray at any time.
To add content to a tray
• Select one or more thumbnails in the viewing pane, and drag them to the tray.
If you want to open a file from the tray, double-click its thumbnail.
You can also drag content from a folder on your computer to the tray.
To add content to a folder
• Select one or more thumbnails in the viewing area, and drag them to a folder in the Favorite folders or Folders pane, or any other
folder on your computer.
You can drag content from the tray to a folder.
To remove content from a tray
• Select one or more thumbnails in the tray, and click the Remove from tray button
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To create a tray
• Click the Add new tray button
in the lower-right corner of the tray pane.
By default, trays are saved to the My Documents\Corel\Corel Content\Trays folder.
You can email trays that contain only online content.
To change the folder to which trays are saved
1 In the standalone utility, click the arrow on the Help and options button, and click Options.
2 Type a path in the Default tray location box.
To browse to a folder, click the Browse button next to the Default tray location box.
To work with trays
To
Do the following
Select a tray
Click the tray tab.
Rename a tray
Right-click the tray tab, click Rename, and type a new name.
Open a tray
Click the All trays arrow, and click a tray.
An open tray has a check mark beside its name.
Close a tray
Right-click the tray tab, and click Close.
Load a tray file
Click the All trays arrow, click Open tray file, and navigate to the
tray file.
Navigate through multiple trays
Holding down Ctrl, press Tab.
Delete a tray
Right-click the tray tab, and click Delete.
You can also close and delete a selected tray from the All trays menu.
Syncing trays with OneDrive
You can sync your trays with OneDrive and have access to your content from other computers or mobile devices. You must have a OneDrive
account to use this feature. After you sign in, you can see all your OneDrive folders in the Libraries pane in Corel CONNECT and view their
content in the viewing pane.
When you delete files from the trays, the files are also deleted from OneDrive when the trays are synced.
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After you sign in, your OneDrive folders appear in the Libraries pane.
Trays are stored in My Documents\Corel\Corel Content\Trays. Each tray is stored as a separate folder. If the trays have never been synced
with OneDrive, each tray folder contains shortcuts to the files that have been added to the tray, while the actual files remain in their original
location. However, when you sync the trays with OneDrive, all files added to the trays are copied from their original location to the respective
tray folder.
When you sync trays with OneDrive, the synced files appear in the following OneDrive folder: OneDrive\Apps\Corel\Trays.
To sync trays with OneDrive
1 In Corel CONNECT or the Connect docker, click OneDrive in the Libraries pane.
2 Sign in when prompted.
The first time you sign in, you are asked to grant Corel Cloud Service access to your account. You can always change this setting by
logging into OneDrive online and specifying which applications have access to your account.
3 When asked whether you want to enable Tray Sync, click Yes.
4 Make sure that the Enable Tray Sync with OneDrive on this computer check box is enabled, and choose an option from the Sync
frequency list box.
Your OneDrive folders and content appear in the viewing pane.
You can also
Upload files to OneDrive
Drag the files from the viewing pane or from the desktop to a
OneDrive folder.
You can also drag files to a tray. If the trays are synced, the files in
the tray are automatically uploaded to OneDrive.
Import files from OneDrive into your document
Select the file in the viewing pane, and click the Import button
, or drag the file to an open CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT
document.
Remove files from a synced OneDrive folder
Select the file in the tray, and click the Remove from tray button
.
When the tray is synced, the file is removed from the synced
location in OneDrive.
If you delete a file from a synced OneDrive folder, the file from the
local tray folder is moved to the Recycle Bin when the trays are
synced.
Access OneDrive online
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In the viewing pane, right-click a OneDrive file or folder, and
choose Open source location from the context menu.
You can also
OneDrive opens in a browser, where you can manage your
OneDrive files and folders.
View the properties of a file in a OneDrive folder
Right-click the file, and then click Properties.
View the properties of a OneDrive folder
Right-click an empty space in the viewing pane, and then click
Properties.
Sign out of OneDrive
In the Libraries pane, click the Configure content libraries button
, and click Sign out in the OneDrive area.
If trays are syncing and there is a conflict between two files with the same name, both files are kept, and a number is appended to
the name of the second file.
If you do not enable Tray Sync, you can still see your OneDrive folders in Corel CONNECT and upload or download files.
The tray tab icons indicate the sync status of the tray: offline
, error
, syncing
, or synced
.
You can enable and disable Tray Sync directly from the Tray docker by clicking the All trays arrow in the lower-left corner and then
clicking Synchronize with  OneDrive.
Content types
Content types include fonts, clipart, photos, interactive frames, vector patterns, bitmap patterns, photo frames, image lists, and others.
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Working with precision
Precision is essential when you work with technical graphics. With Corel DESIGNER, you can create precise objects and position them
accurately by using gravity snapping, constrain keys, dynamic guides, and object coordinates.
When you draw or modify objects, gravitysnapping lets you specify the exact placement of a point. If you want to constrain an object to a
particular shape as you draw, or control the angle of lines, you can use constrain keys.For example, when drawing a rectangle, you can use
constrain keys so that the rectangle is drawn as a square.
You can use these features for all drawing and editing operations. For example, before rotating an object, you can snap the center point to
the corner of another object and then rotate the object around that point.
Dynamic guides, which are temporary guidelines that you can display from eligible snap points in objects, help you draw and position
objects with precision. In addition, you can draw and modify objects by specifying object coordinates.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Using gravity snapping” (page 97)
• “Using dynamic guides” (page 100)
• “Using alignment guides” (page 106)
• “Using constrain keys” (page 109)
• “Using object coordinates” (page 110)
Using gravity snapping
Gravity snapping is the attraction of the pointer to a snap point. Snap points are precise mathematical drawing coordinates. When the
pointer approaches a snap point, the gravity source of the snap point is highlighted. The highlighting identifies the snap point as the target
that the pointer will snap to. Snap points are also known as “gravity-snapping candidates.”
The gravity field of each snap point has a radius of 10 screen pixels (not document pixels) by default. When the pointer enters a gravity
field, a gravity source indicator appears around the point, and the name of the gravity source appears on the screen. You can turn gravity
snapping on and off.
Gravity shortcut keys let you activate a single type of gravity snap. By default, gravity shortcut keys are the first letters in the names of gravitysnapping candidates. When you hold down a gravity shortcut key, all other gravity snap points become inactive. For example, if you hold
down the M key, only the Midpoint gravity snap point is active.
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If the pointer is within the gravity fields of two or more gravity-snapping candidates, the gravity-snapping candidate closest to the pointer
has priority. If the gravity-snapping candidates are the same distance from the pointer, the pointer snaps to the gravity-snapping candidate
with the higher priority, as listed in the following table.
Gravity-snapping candidate
Description
Pixel
Point on the pixel grid
S
Node
Node on an object
N
Intersection
Geometric intersection of line
segments, arcs, or guidelines
I
Midpoint
Midpoint of line segment
M
Quadrant
Points that are at 0°, 90°, 180°,
and 270° on a circle, ellipse, or
arc
Q
Tangent
Point on the outside edge of an
arc, circle, or ellipse where a line
will touch but not intersect the
object
T
Perpendicular
Point on the outside edge of a
segment where a line will be
perpendicular to the object
P
Edge
Point that touches the nearest
perpendicular edge (shortest
perpendicular distance from the
pointer to the edge)
E
Center
Center of the closest object
(arc, regular polygon, or curve
centroid)
C
Grid
Visible or invisible grid point
G
Text baseline
Point in the baseline of artistic
or paragraph text
B
Absolute
Pointer location; temporarily
suspends all gravity snaps
A
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Gravity
source indicator
Gravity shortcut key
You can make gravity-snapping candidates active or inactive and set other options to customize snapping.
Corel DESIGNER lets you control how gravity snapping works.
To turn gravity snapping on or off
1 Click Tools
 Gravity.
2 Enable or disable the Gravity on check box.
You can also toggle gravity snapping on and off by pressing Alt + Z.
To use gravity snapping
1 Move the pointer close to where you want to snap.
2 Click when the gravity source becomes highlighted.
If you are dragging to draw a line or select an object, release the mouse button.
You can also
Snap an object to another object
Drag an object close to where you want to snap. When the gravity
source becomes highlighted, release the mouse button.
Snap to guidelines
Move the pointer to the edge of a guideline or to the intersection
of two guidelines.
To turn off snapping to guidelines, click Tools  Gravity, and disable
the Edge mode on the Gravity page of the Options dialog box.
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To set gravity options
1 Click Tools  Gravity.
2 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Activate snapping objects to page elements (edges, edge
midpoints, and page center)
Enable the Snap to page check box.
Activate a gravity-snapping candidate
In the Modes area, enable the corresponding check box.
Activate all gravity-snapping candidates
Click Select all.
Disable all gravity-snapping candidates without turning off gravity
snapping
Click Deselect all.
Display gravity source indicators
Enable the Show gravity location marks check box.
Display the name of the gravity source
Enable the Screen tip check box.
Change the size of the gravity field around gravity-snapping
candidates
Type a value in the Gravity radius box.
Using dynamic guides
You can display dynamic guides to help you move, align, and draw objects in precise relation to other objects. Dynamic guides are temporary
guidelines that you can display from the following snap points in objects: center, node, quadrant, and text-baseline end nodes. For more
information about snap points and snapping modes, see “Using gravity snapping” on page 97.
You can also display dynamic guides that are tangent, perpendicular, or parallel to objects, as well as dynamic guides that are extensions of
line segments.
Left to right: The 2-point rectangle tool is used to display dynamic guides
from a center snap point, a quadrant snap point, and a tangent snap point.
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Perpendicular dynamic guide (left) and parallel dynamic guide (right)
As you drag an object along a dynamic guide, you can view the distance between the object and the snap point that was used to create the
dynamic guide. You can then position the object precisely. Dynamic guides can also help you draw parallel lines and draw objects in relation
to other objects. In addition, you can display intersecting dynamic guides and place an object at the intersection point.
A dynamic guide was displayed from a node in the bolt on the left. The screen tip next to the node displays the angle of the
dynamic guide(0º) and the distance between the node and the pointer (1.5 inches). The bolt on the right was dragged along
the dynamic guide and positioned precisely 1.5 inches away from the node that was used to generate the dynamic guide.
Dynamic guides contain invisible divisions, called ticks, to which your pointer gravitates. Ticks let you move objects along a dynamic guide
with precision. You can adjust tick spacing to suit your needs, and you can disable snapping to ticks. You can set other options for dynamic
guides. For example, you can choose to display dynamic guides at one or more preset angles or at custom angles that you specify. You can
preview the angle settings. You can also customize the color and line style of dynamic guides. When you no longer need a dynamic guide at
a certain angle, you can delete the angle settings. You can also display dynamic guides that are extensions of line segments.
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This dynamic guide is an extension of a line segment.
You can turn off dynamic guides at any time.
To enable or disable dynamic guides
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides, and click the Dynamic guides button
.
2 In the Alignment and dynamic guides docker, enable or disable the check box in upper-right corner of the Dynamic guides section.
You can toggle dynamic guides on and off by pressing Shift + Alt +D.
To display dynamic guides
1 With dynamic guides enabled, click a drawing tool.
2 Move the pointer over and then off a node, center, quadrant, or text-baseline snap point of an object.
3 Repeat step 2 with other objects to display other dynamic guides.
The snap points you point to are registered in a queue and used to create dynamic guides.
You can also
Do the following
Display a dynamic guide that is a tangent to the edge of an object
Move the pointer over the edge of an object. When an edge snap
point becomes highlighted, press H. Then, display the dynamic
guide by moving the pointer off the snap point as if to draw a
tangent.
Display a dynamic guide that is perpendicular to an object
Move the pointer over the edge of an object. When a snap point
becomes highlighted, press U. Then, display the dynamic guide by
moving the pointer off the snap point as if to draw a perpendicular
line.
Display a dynamic guide that is parallel to a line segment
Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides, click the Dynamic
guides button, and ensure that the Generate parallel guides
button is enabled. Start to draw a straight line, and then move the
pointer over the edge of an existing line segment to register the
angle. Then, display the dynamic guide by moving the pointer back
as if to draw a line parallel to the line segment you just pointed to.
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You can also
Do the following
You can use the 2-point line tool
or 3-point rectangle tool
Display a dynamic guide that is an extension of a line segment
, Multi-point line tool
,
to display parallel dynamic guides.
Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides, click the Dynamic
guides button, and click the Extend along segment button. Move
the pointer over an end node in the line segment until the snap
point becomes highlighted. Then, display the dynamic guide by
moving the pointer as if to extend the line segment.
The node, center, quadrant, and text-baseline snap points appear only when the corresponding gravity modes are activated. For more
information about snap points and gravity modes, see “Using gravity snapping” on page 97.
You can avoid displaying too many dynamic guides by clicking in the drawing window or by pressing Esc. Either of these actions
clears the queue of points.
You can use the snap points you registered to display intersecting dynamic guides. First, display a dynamic guide, and then move the
pointer along it to where an intersecting dynamic guide would be displayed from a registered snap point.
To position an object in relation to another object
1 With dynamic guides enabled, select an object.
2 Drag the object to a node, center, quadrant, or text-baseline snap point of the target object.
3 When the snap point of the target object becomes highlighted, drag the object along the dynamic guide to position it.
The node, center, quadrant, and text-baseline snap points are displayed only when the corresponding gravity modes are activated. For
more information about snap points and gravity modes, see “Using gravity snapping” on page 97.
To draw an object in relation to another object
1 With dynamic guides enabled, click a drawing tool.
2 Move the pointer over a node, center, quadrant, or text-baseline end-node snap point of an object.
3 When the snap point becomes highlighted, move the pointer to display a dynamic guide.
4 Move the pointer along the dynamic guide to the point where you want to draw, and drag to draw an object.
To draw parallel lines
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides, and click the Dynamic guides button
.
2 Ensure that the Generate parallel guides button is enabled.
3 Draw a straight line or an object that contains straight line segments.
4 Using the 2-point line tool
or Multi-point line tool
, start to draw another straight line, and then move the pointer over the
edge of an existing straight line segment.
5 Move the pointer back to where you want to draw the parallel line.
6 When a parallel dynamic guide appears, continue to drag along the guide until the line is the length you want.
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To draw a parallel line, start drawing a straight line (left). Next, move the pointer over the
edge of a straight line segment (middle). Finally, move the pointer back until a parallel dynamic
guide appears, and drag along the guide until the parallel line is the length you want (right).
With the help of parallel dynamic guides, you can use the 3-point rectangle tool
to draw rectangles that are parallel to straight
line segments.
To position an object at the intersection of dynamic guides
1 With dynamic guides enabled, select an object.
If you want to move the object by a specific snap point, move the pointer over the snap point until the point becomes highlighted.
2 Drag the object to an eligible snap point on another object, and continue to drag until a dynamic guide appears.
Don’t release the mouse button.
3 Drag the object to another eligible snap point, and don’t release the mouse button.
4 When the snap point becomes highlighted, continue to drag until another dynamic guide appears where the two dynamic guides would
intersect.
5 When the intersection point appears, release the mouse button.
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To set options for dynamic guides
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides.
2 In the Alignment and dynamic guides docker, click the Dynamic guides button
.
3 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Change the line style of dynamic guides
Open the Line style picker, and choose a line style.
Change the color of dynamic guides
Open the Line color picker, and choose a color.
Display or hide the angle of dynamic guides and the distance from
the snap point that was used to create the dynamic guide
Click the Display screen tips button
Snap to specified invisible divisions along the dynamic guide
Click the Snap to tick spacing button
.
, and type a value in the
Tick spacing box.
Choose the angles at which to display the dynamic guides
Enable or disable the angle check boxes.
When you enable an angle check box, a preview of the dynamic
guide appears in the Guides preview window.
Add a custom dynamic guide angle
Type a value in the Custom angle box, and click the Add custom
angle button
Delete a custom dynamic guide angle
.
Select a dynamic guide in the list, and click the Delete custom
angle button
.
Display dynamic guides at all available angles
Click the Select all button
Disable dynamic guides at all available angles
Click the Deselect all button
.
.
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Using alignment guides
You can align objects interactively on the drawing page by using alignment guides. Alignment guides are temporary guidelines that appear
when you create, resize, or move objects in relation to nearby objects. While dynamic guides provide precise measurements for creating
technical illustrations, alignment guides are useful in page layout to align text or graphic elements quickly and accurately.
Alignment guides appear as an object is moved.
Alignment guides help you align the centers and edges of objects. If you want to align an object at a set distance from the edge of another
object, you can set margins for the alignment guides. You can display the margin alignment guides in addition to other alignment guides, or
disable all other alignment guides and show only the margin alignment guides.
Margin alignment guides let you use offset margins, inset margins, or both. There are separate controls for horizontal and vertical margin
alignment guides, so you can modify settings for one without affecting the other.
You can offset (left) and inset (right) margin alignment guides.
Alignment guides are turned off by default. You can easily enable or disable alignment guides, or modify their default settings, including
the color and line style. You can choose whether alignment guides appear for individual objects in a group, or for the bounding box of the
group as a whole.
The Intelligent Spacing feature lets you precisely arrange and position an object in relation to other onscreen objects, and the Intelligent
Dimensioning feature lets you intuitively scale and rotate an object in relation to other onscreen objects.
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Intelligent Dimensioning displays indicators when an object is rotated to
the same angle (top) or scaled to same size (bottom) as the closest object.
Intelligent Spacing displays indicators when an object is equidistant from two
other objects (left) or has the same spacing as the closest onscreen objects (right).
To enable or disable alignment guides
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides.
2 In the Alignment and dynamic guides docker, click the Alignment guides button
.
3 Enable or disable the check box in the upper-right corner of the Alignment guides section.
You can also enable or disable alignment guides by clicking the Alignment guides button on the Layout toolbar. To open the Layout
toolbar, click Layout  Layout toolbar or View  Toolbars  Layout.
You can also enable alignment guides by pressing Shift + Alt + A.
To modify alignment guide settings
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides.
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2 In the Alignment and dynamic guides docker, click the Alignment guides button
.
3 Perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Change the color of alignment guides
Open the Line color picker, and choose a color.
Change the line style of alignment guides
Open the Line style picker, and choose a line style.
Set guides to align the edge of an object with the edge of another
object
Click the Object edges button
Set guides to align the edge of an object with the center of another
object
Click the Object centers button
Set guides to align to individual objects in a group
Click the Individual objects in a group button
Distribute objects using the same spacing as the closest onscreen
objects
Ensure that the Intelligent spacing button
Position an object equidistantly between two other objects
Ensure that the Intelligent spacing button is enabled, and drag the
object between two other objects until indicator arrows appear.
Scale objects to the same dimensions as other onscreen objects
Ensure that the Intelligent dimensioning button
.
.
.
is enabled, and
drag the object until indicator arrows appear.
is enabled,
and scale the object until indicator arrows appear.
Rotate objects to the same angle as other rotated onscreen objects
Ensure that the Intelligent dimensioning button is enabled, and
rotate the object until rotation indicators appear.
You can access some alignment guide controls on the Layout toolbar by clicking the Layout toolbar button
.
To add margin alignment guides
1 Click Tools  Alignment and dynamic guides.
2 In the Alignment and dynamic guides docker, click the Alignment guides button
.
3 Perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Add margin alignment guides
Enable the Margins check box. If the Margins check box is not
displayed, click the arrow button
Alignment guides section.
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located at the bottom of the
To
Do the following
Change the line color of margins
Open the Margin line color picker, and choose a color.
Change the line style of margins
Open the Margin line style picker, and choose a line style.
Set horizontal margins
Type a value in the Horizontal margin box, click the Horizontal
margin button, and choose one of the following options:
• Offset horizontally
— creates a margin of the specified
distance around an object
• Inset horizontally
— creates a margin of the specified
distance within an object
• Offset and inset horizontally
— creates margins of the
specified distance around and within an object
Set vertical margins
Type a value in the Vertical margin box, click the Vertical margin
button, and choose one of the following options:
• Offset vertically
— creates a margin of the specified
distance around an object
• Inset vertically
— creates a margin of the specified distance
within an object
• Offset and inset vertically
— creates a margin of the
specified distance around and within an object
Lock the ratio between vertical and horizontal margins
Click the Lock ratio button
View only margin alignment guides
Disable the Object edges button
.
, theIntelligent spacing button
dimensioning button
Disable horizontal margins
, and the Intelligent
.
Click the Horizontal margin button, and choose No horizontal
margin
Disable vertical margins
, the Object centers button
.
Click the Vertical margin button, and choose No vertical
margin
.
Using constrain keys
Constrain keys let you restrict how objects are drawn or edited. For example, when drawing a line, you can constrain it to be perfectly
horizontal or vertical. You can also change which key is used as the constrain key. You can change the constrain key from Ctrl to Shift, which
is the Windows standard.
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To constrain an object while drawing or editing
• Start drawing or editing, and hold down the Ctrl key.
If you are drawing or editing a line, the pointer movement is restricted to the specified constrain angle. If you are drawing or editing an
object, the shape of the object is restricted.
A rectangle is constrained to a square, an ellipse to a circle, and a polygon to a shape that has sides of equal length.
To change the direction of a line that you’re drawing, release Ctrl, and move the pointer in the direction you want. Then, hold down
Ctrl again to restrict movement of the pointer to the constrain angle.
To change the constrain angle, click Tools  Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Edit, and type a value in the Constrain
angle box.
To change the constrain key
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace, Toolbox list of categories, click Pick tool.
3 Enable one of the following options:
• Traditional Corel DESIGNER: Ctrl = Constrain, Shift = Transform from center — sets the Ctrl key as the constrain key
• Windows standard: Ctrl = Duplicate/Leave original, Shift = Constrain— sets the Shift key as the constrain key
Using object coordinates
You can use the Object coordinates docker to draw and modify shapes and lines with precision. The live preview in the drawing window
lets you see the effects of your adjustments.
You can type coordinate values to specify the exact position, dimensions, and angle of rotation of an object. You can also set object
attributes interactively by dragging in the drawing window.
Drawing rectangles and squares
To draw a rectangle with precision, you can specify an origin point, which is one of nine points in the rectangle (four corner points, four
midpoints, and one center point). If you rotate the rectangle, the origin point is used as the center of rotation. You can also specify the angle
of rotation, and the width and height of a rectangle.
If the angle of rotation is 0, you can specify the position of the lower-left and upper-right corners of the rectangle.
To draw a square, you can specify the origin point, the length of a side, and an angle of rotation.
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Left: The origin point of a rectangle appears as a blue node in the live preview.
You can select the center point, or any corner or midpoint, as the origin point.
Drawing ellipses and circles
To draw an ellipse with precision, you can specify an origin point, which is one of nine points in the bounding box that can be drawn around
the ellipse. The origin point is used as the center of rotation.
You can also specify the ellipse diameters, which are the width and height of the bounding box around the ellipse, and the angle of rotation.
If the angle of rotation is 0, you can specify the exact position of the lower-left and upper-right corners of the bounding box around the
ellipse.
To draw a circle, you can specify the origin point, diameter, and angle of rotation.
You can specify the width and height of the bounding box that can be drawn around an ellipse.
Drawing polygons
To draw a polygon, you can specify the number of sides, the angle of rotation, or the center and diameters of the bounding ellipse that can
be drawn around the polygon. The center of the bounding ellipse, also known as the “polygon center,” is used as the center of rotation.
You can also draw regular polygons with precision. All sides of a regular polygon are of equal length. You can specify the side length and
angle of rotation, or the center and diameter of the bounding circle that can be drawn around the regular polygon.
You can specify the diameters of the bounding ellipse that can be drawn around the polygon.
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Drawing lines
You can draw a straight line by using one of two methods. With the first method, you specify the start point and endpoint of the line. With
the second method, you specify the start point and length of the line, plus an angle of rotation.
You can create complex lines by specifying the coordinates of multiple points. You can delete points, and you can modify the coordinates of
existing points. After adding all the points you want, you can close the curved line by connecting its start point to its endpoint.
Straight and multipoint lines
Modifying existing objects
You can use the Object coordinates docker to modify existing objects with precision. Note that when you modify an existing object, it is
replaced with a new object. As a result, the following transformations and effects applied to the original objects are lost: envelope effects,
rotations, and skew effects. In addition, any changes that were previously applied to the nodes on a polygon are lost.
To draw or modify a rectangle by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to modify an existing rectangle, select the rectangle.
2 Click the Rectangle button
.
3 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To set the origin point of the rectangle, click a point in the Origin area.
• To specify the exact position of the origin point, type values in the x and y boxes.
• To specify the width and height of the rectangle, type values in the Object size boxes.
• To specify only the height or width of the rectangle and have the other dimensions automatically adjusted in proportion, enable the
Proportional check box.
• To rotate the rectangle at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box. The origin point of the rectangle is used as the
center of rotation.
4 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new rectangle to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected rectangle with a new one
You can also
Draw a rectangle by specifying the exact position of its lower-left
and upper-right corners
In the Boundingbox area, type values in the x and y boxes.
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The first pair of boxes controls the position of the lower-left corner.
The second pair of boxes controls the position of the upper‑right
corner.
You can also
This method for drawing rectangles is available only when no
rotation is applied.
Set the lower-left and upper-right corners of a rectangle directly in
the drawing window
In the Bounding box area, click the Set lower-left corner
interactively button or the Set upper-right corner interactively
button
Set the origin point directly in the drawing window
, and click in the drawing window.
Click the Set origin point interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
Specify the dimensions of the rectangle directly in the drawing
window
Click either of the Set dimensions interactively buttons
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
, and
drag in the drawing window.
, and drag in the
drawing window.
To draw or modify a square by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to replace an existing square, select the square.
2 Click the arrow at the bottom of the Rectangle button, and click the Square button
.
3 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To set the origin point of the square, click a point in the Origin area.
• To specify the exact position of the origin point, type values in the x and y boxes.
• To specify the length of a side, type a value in the Object size box.
• To rotate the square at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box. The origin point of the rectangle is used as the
center of rotation.
4 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new square to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected square with a new one
You can also
Set the origin point directly in the drawing window
Click the Set origin point interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
Specify the length of a square side directly in the drawing window
Click the Set dimensions interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
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To draw or modify an ellipse by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to modify an existing ellipse, select the ellipse.
2 Click the Ellipse button
.
3 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To set the origin point of the ellipse, click a point in the Origin area.
• To specify the exact position of the origin point, type values in the x and y boxes.
• To specify the diameters (width and height) of the ellipse, type values in the Object size boxes.
• To specify only one of the diameters and have the other diameter automatically adjusted in proportion, enable the Proportional check
box.
• To rotate the ellipse at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box. The origin point of the ellipse is used as the center
of rotation.
4 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new ellipse to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected ellipse with a new one
You can also
Draw an ellipse by specifying the lower-left and upper-right corners
of the bounding box around an ellipse
In the Bounding box area, type values in the x and y boxes.
The first pair of boxes controls the position of the lower-left
corner of the bounding box. The second pair of boxes controls the
position of the upper-right corner of the bounding box.
This method for drawing ellipses is available only when no rotation
is applied to the ellipse.
Set the lower-left and upper-right corners of an ellipse’s bounding
box directly in the drawing window
In the Bounding box area, click the Set lower-left corner
interactively or Set upper-right corner interactively button
and click in the drawing window.
Set the origin point directly in the drawing window
Click the Set origin point interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
Specify the dimensions of the ellipse directly in the drawing
window
Click either of the Set diameter interactively buttons
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
drag in the drawing window.
drawing window.
To draw or modify a circle by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to replace an existing circle, select the circle.
2 Click the arrow at the bottom of the Ellipse button, and click the Circle button
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, and
.
, and drag in the
,
3 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To set the origin point of the square, click a point in the Origin area.
• To specify the exact position of the origin point, type values in the x and y boxes.
• To specify the diameter of a circle, type a value in the Object size box.
• To rotate the circle at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box. The origin point of the circle is used as the center of
rotation.
4 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new circle to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected circle with a new one
You can also
Set the origin point directly in the drawing window
Click the Set origin point interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
Specify the diameter of a circle directly in the drawing window
Click the Set diameter interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
To draw or modify a polygon by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to modify an existing polygon, select the polygon.
2 Click the Polygon button
.
3 In the Object size area, type a value in the Points or sides box.
4 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To rotate the polygon at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box.
• To specify the polygon center, type values in the x and y boxes in the Bounding ellipse area. The polygon center is the center of the
bounding ellipse that can be drawn around the polygon. The polygon center is used as the center of rotation.
• To specify the diameters of the bounding ellipse around the polygon, type values in the Object size boxes in the Bounding ellipse
area.
• To specify only one diameter and have the other diameter automatically adjusted in proportion, enable the Proportional check box.
5 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new polygon to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected polygon with a new one
You can also
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
Set the polygon center directly in the drawing window
Click the Set polygon center interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
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You can also
Specify the diameters of the bounding ellipse directly in the
drawing window
Click either of the Set diameter interactively buttons
, and
drag in the drawing window.
To draw or modify a regular polygon by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to modify an existing polygon, select the polygon.
2 Click the arrow at the bottom of the Polygon button, and click the Regular polygon button
.
3 In the Object size area, type a value in the Points or sides box.
4 Type a value in the Side length box.
5 Make any of the following adjustments:
• To rotate the polygon at a specified angle, type a value in the Angle of rotation box.
• To specify the polygon center, type values in the x and y boxes in the Bounding circle area.
• To specify the diameter of the bounding circle around the polygon, type a value in the Object size box.
6 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new polygon to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected polygon with a new one
You can also
Set the side length directly in the drawing window
Click the Set dimensions interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
Click the Set angle interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
Set the polygon center directly in the drawing window
Click the Set polygon center interactively button
, and click in
the drawing window.
Specify the diameter of the bounding circle directly in the drawing
window
Click the Set diameter interactively button
, and drag in the
drawing window.
To draw or modify a straight line by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to modify an existing line, select the line.
2 Click the 2-point line button
.
3 To specify the start point and endpoint along the x and y rulers, type values in the x and y boxes in the Points area.
In the live preview, the start point is highlighted.
4 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new line to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected line with a new one
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You can also
Draw a straight line by specifying its start point, length, and angle
of rotation
In the Points area, type values in the Start pointx and y boxes. In
the Object size area, type a value in the Line length box. Then,
type a value in the Angle of rotation box.
Set the start point or endpoint of a line directly in the drawing
window
In the Points area, click one of the Set point interactively buttons
Set the line length directly in the drawing window
In the Object size area, click the Set line length interactively
, and click in the drawing window.
button
, and drag in the drawing window.
In the Object size area, click the Set angle interactively button
Set the angle of rotation directly in the drawing window
, and drag in the drawing window.
To draw or modify a multi-point line by using object coordinates
1 Click Window  Object coordinates.
If you want to replace an existing line with a new one, select the line.
2 Click the Multi-point curve button
.
3 Click the Add point button at the bottom of the Object coordinates docker.
4 Make either of the following adjustments:
• To specify the exact position of the point along the x and y rulers, type values in the X and Y boxes.
• To add another point, click the Add point button
, and type values in the X and Y boxes.
5 After specifying all the points you need, click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new line to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected line with a new one
You can also
Specify the position of a point directly in the drawing window
Click a point in the Object coordinates docker. Click the Set point
interactively button
, and click in the drawing window.
Click a point in the Object coordinates docker, and click the Delete
Delete a point
point button Connect the start point with the endpoint of a line
.
Click the Auto-close/open curve button
.
Use the following keyboard shortcuts to create a multi-point line quickly:
• To add a point, click in the Points area, and press Insert.
• To delete a selected point, press Delete.
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• To activate the X or Y box of a selected point, press F2.
• To navigate through the X and Y boxes of the available points, select a box and press Tab repeatedly.
• To navigate backward through the X or Y boxes of the available points, select a box and press Shift + Tab repeatedly.
• To activate the Set point interactively button, double-click a point in the docker.
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Collaborating
You can share designs and ideas with clients and co-workers in a web-based environment by using ConceptShare™. You can create multiple
workspaces, upload your designs, and invite others to post comments.
This section includes the topic “Using ConceptShare” on page 119.
Using ConceptShare
You can access ConceptShare from Corel DESIGNER by opening a ConceptShare account. After you log into your account and create one
or more workspaces, you can upload your document to one of the workspaces you have created. Each workspace can contain multiple
documents or designs. You can then invite others to one or more of your workspaces. Each workspace has separate user permissions, and
the people who have access to a workspace have access to all documents within that workspace.
Each person who has permission to enter your workspace can view and mark up elements of the design you have posted. Users can also
write comments, or respond to previous comments posted by others. If multiple users are logged in at the same time, they can interact in
real time, providing instant feedback. For more information, visit the ConceptShare website.
To open a ConceptShare account
1 Click Window  ConceptShare.
The ConceptShare docker opens.
2 Click the Sign up button.
3 Follow the instructions.
The ConceptShare online content may not be available in all languages. Some languages that are currently unavailable may become
available in the future.
To log into ConceptShare
1 Click Window  ConceptShare.
The ConceptShare docker opens.
2 Type your email address and password in the text boxes.
3 Click the Submit button.
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The ConceptShare online content may not be available in all languages. Some languages that are currently unavailable may become
available in the future.
You can also access your ConceptShare account online at the ConceptShare website.
To publish the current page to a ConceptShare workspace
1 Make sure you are logged into your ConceptShare account.
If you have logged in from a browser and you want to publish a document from Corel DESIGNER, you must log in again from Corel
DESIGNER.
2 Click Window  ConceptShare.
The ConceptShare docker opens.
3 Choose a workspace, and click the Publish page link.
You can also publish the current page to a workspace by clicking File  Publish page to ConceptShare, right-clicking the page tab at
the bottom of the screen and choosing Publish page to ConceptShare, or right-clicking the page in the Object manager docker and
choosing Publish page to ConceptShare.
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Lines, shapes, and outlines
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Drawing shapes................................................................................................................................................................................... 157
Shaping objects................................................................................................................................................................................... 169
Projecting objects................................................................................................................................................................................ 203
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Working with lines, outlines, and brushstrokes
Corel DESIGNER lets you add lines and brushstrokes by using a variety of techniques and tools. After you draw lines or apply brushstrokes to
lines, you can format them. You can also format the outlines that surround objects.
The program provides you with preset objects that you can spray along a line.
You can also create connector lines, dimension lines, and callouts in drawings.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Setting the default property values” (page 123)
• “Drawing lines” (page 124)
• “Parallel drawing” (page 129)
• “Closing multiple line segments” (page 131)
• “Drawing callouts” (page 131)
• “Drawing connector lines” (page 135)
• “Drawing dimension lines” (page 138)
• “Formatting lines and outlines” (page 142)
• “Adding arrowheads to lines and curves” (page 147)
• “Drawing calligraphic, pressure-sensitive, and preset lines” (page 149)
• “Applying linear-pattern brushstrokes” (page 151)
• “Spraying linear patterns along a line” (page 152)
• “Using pressure-sensitive pens and devices” (page 154)
• “Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices” (page 154)
Setting the default property values
All objects that you create are based on the default property values, which include outline style and fill color. You can change the properties
for a selected object, but the default property values are applied automatically when you draw a new object.
There are several ways to change the default property values.
To change the default property values
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To
Do the following
Set the default property values to be the same as the selected
object
Click the Keep settings button
Set the default property values when nothing is selected
Change a property on a property bar, color palette, dialog box, or
docker. For example, in the Property manager docker, click the
Fountain fill button to have all future objects have the fountain
fill you created. You can also click a color on the color palette to
change the default fill color, or right-click a color to change the
default outline color.
Set the default fill color by dragging
Drag a color from the color palette, and drop it on a blank area in
the drawing window.
on the property bar.
You can also click Tools  Save settings as default to save the current settings, or you can access the Options dialog box to set
specific settings. See “Saving defaults ” on page 671 for more information.
Drawing lines
You can draw many different kinds of lines, including straight lines, curved lines, lines that contain both straight and curved segments, and
straight lines that are perpendicular or tangent to objects. In addition, you can draw straight or curved segments and then add one node at
a time. You can also draw curved segments by specifying the width and height.
By using control points, you can easily shape a curved line and draw B-splines, which are typically smooth, continuous curved lines. B-splines
touch the first and last control points and are pulled by the points in between. However, unlike the nodes on Bézier curves, control points
don’t let you specify the points through which a curve passes when you want to align a curve with other drawing elements.
The control points that touch the line are referred to as “clamped”. Clamped control points function as anchors. The control points that pull
the line but do not touch it are referred to as “floating”. The first and last control points are always clamped on open‑ended B-splines. The
points in between float by default, but you can clamp points if you want to create cusps or straight lines within the B-spline. You can edit
completed B-splines by using the control points.
The path of a B-spline curve is determined by the control points you set.
Some lines have nodes and control points that you can manipulate to shape the lines as you draw. For information about node types, see
“Working with curve objects” on page 169.
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Corel DESIGNER provides preset lines that let you create thick strokes in a variety of shapes. After you draw a preset line, you can apply a fill
to it. For information about applying fills, see “Filling objects” on page 301.
When drawing lines using the curve tools, you can hide the bounding box that displays around the lines once they are drawn. The curve
tools include: the Linear Pattern tools, the Freehand tool, the 2-point line tool, the Bézier curve tool, the Pen tool, the Multi-point line
tool, the B-spline tool, and the 3-point curve tool.
You can hide the bounding box to enhance the fluidity of drawing lines in quick succession.
To draw a straight line
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the 2-point line tool
.
2 Point to where you want to start the line, and drag to draw the line.
As you drag, the length and angle of the segment appear in the status bar.
You can also
Draw a line by using the Multi-point line tool
Click the Multi-point line tool
. Click where you want to start
the line, and click where you want to end the first line segment.
Click to add additional segments. Double-click to end the line.
Draw a line by using the Pen tool
Click the Pen tool
. Click where you want to start the line
segment, and click where you want to end the first line segment.
Click to add additional segments. Double-click to end the line.
Add a line segment to a selected line
With the 2-point line tool, point to the end node of a selected line,
and drag to draw the line.
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You can constrain a two-point line to a straight vertical or horizontal line by holding down Ctrl while you drag. You can change
the angle of this line by clicking Tools  Options, clicking Edit in the Workspace list of categories, and changing the value in the
Constrain angle box.
To reposition a line while drawing, hold down both the left and right mouse buttons, and drag the line to a new position. This
feature is available for the following curve tools: Freehand, Multi-point line, and 2-point.
You can use snapping to specify the start points and endpoints of lines. For information, see “Working with precision” on page 97.
To draw a perpendicular line
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the 2-point line tool
.
2 On the property bar, click the Perpendicular 2-point line button
.
3 Click the edge of an object, and drag to where you want the line to end.
If you want to draw a line that is perpendicular to two objects, drag to the edge of the second object, and release the mouse button
when the perpendicular snap point appears.
To extend the line beyond the second object, hold down Ctrl when the perpendicular snap point appears, and drag to where you want
the line to end.
Drawing a perpendicular line
This procedure cannot be used for drawing a line that is perpendicular to the baseline of a text object.
You can also drag from an existing curve to draw a perpendicular line.
To draw a tangent line
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the 2-point line tool
.
2 On the property bar, click the Tangential 2-pointline button
.
3 Click the edge of a curved segment in an object, and drag to where you want the tangent line to end.
If you want to draw a line that is tangent to two objects, drag to the edge of the second object, and release the mouse button when the
tangent snap point appears. When the quadrant snap point coincides with tangent snap point, the quadrant snap point appears.
To extend the line beyond the second object, hold down Ctrl when the tangent snap point appears, and drag to where you want the line
to end.
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Drawing tangent lines
The Tangential 2-point line mode can be used for drawing the sides of the cylinder.
To draw a curved line
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the Freehand tool
.
2 Point to where you want to start the curve, and drag to draw the line.
You can also
Draw a curved line by using the Multi-point line tool
Click the Multi-point line tool
. Point to where you want to
start the curve, and drag across the drawing page. Double-click to
finish the curve.
Draw a curved line by using the Bézier curve tool
Click the Bézier curve tool
. Click where you want to place the
first node, and drag the control point in the direction you want the
curve to bend. Release the mouse button. Point to where you want
to place the next node, and drag the control point to create the
curve you want. Double-click to finish the curve. The length of the
line appears in the status bar as you drag.
Draw a curved line by using the Pen tool
Click the Pen tool
. Click where you want to place the first
node, and drag the control handle to where you want to place the
next node. Release the mouse button, and drag the control handle
to create the curve you want. Double-click to finish the curve.
You can erase a portion of a freehand curve by holding down Shift and dragging backward over the line before releasing the mouse
button.
To reposition a line while drawing, hold down both the left and right mouse buttons, and drag the line to a new position. This
feature is available for the following curve tools: Freehand, Multi-point line, and 2-point.
You can close an open curve object by clicking Object  Join curves. The distance between the endpoints of the open curve should
not exceed the Gap tolerance value in the Join curves docker.
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To draw a curved line by specifying width and height
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the 3-point curve tool
.
2 Click where you want to start the curve, and drag to where you want the curve to end.
The start and end positions appear in the status bar.
3 Release the mouse button, and click where you want the apex of the curve to be.
As you position the apex, the length of the segment appears in the status bar.
To reposition a curved line while drawing, hold down both the left and right mouse buttons, and drag the line to a new position.
To draw a B-spline
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the B-spline tool
.
2 Click where you want to start the line.
3 Click to set as many control points as you need to shape your line.
Control points float by default, but you can clamp control points to the line by pressing V while clicking.
4 Double-click to finish the line.
Pressing Esc cancels the line instead of finishing it.
You can also
Reshape the line by using control points
Select the line using the Shape tool
, and reposition the
control points to reshape the line.
Float a control point
Select the line using the Shape tool
, click a clamped control
point, and click the Float control point button
on the
property bar.
Clamp a control point
Select the line using the Shape tool
, click a floating control
point, and click the Clamp control point button
on the
property bar.
Add a control point
Select the line using the Shape tool
, and double-click along a
control line.
Delete a control point
Select the line using the Shape tool
, and double-click the
control point that you want to delete.
Select multiple control points
Select the line using the Shape tool
, and hold down Shift
while you click the control points that you want to select.
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If you add to a B-spline by selecting the first or last control point, the clamped control point automatically changes to a floating
control point as you draw the new portion of the line.
You can change whether a control point is floating or clamped by holding down V and clicking a control point with the Shape tool.
You can also add control points while you draw a B-spline by pressing Spacebar instead of clicking.
By choosing Object  Convert to curves, you can convert a B-spline line to curves and then reshape it by using nodes. After a line has
been converted, you can no longer edit it by using B-spline control points.
To draw a preset line
1 Click the Linear pattern tools button, and click the Linear pattern preset tool
.
2 Choose a preset line shape from the Preset stroke list box.
3 Drag until the line is the shape you want.
If you want to adjust the line width, type a value in the Strokewidth box on the property bar.
To hide the bounding box when using curve or linear pattern tools
1 In the toolbox, click one of the following tools:
• Freehand
• 2-point line
• Bézier curve
• Pen
• B-spline
• Multi-point line
• 3-point curve
• a linear pattern tool
2 Click the Bounding box button
on the property bar.
When you hide the bounding box while working with one curve tool, the bounding box remains hidden for all curve tools. For
example, if you hide the bounding box when using the Freehand tool, it remains hidden when you switch to the Bézier curve tool.
You can also hide the bounding box when drawing with the curve tools by clicking Tools  Options. In the Workspace list of
categories, click Display, and enable the Hide bounding box for curve tools check box.
Parallel drawing
When using a curve tool, you can turn on parallel drawing to create a line parallel to the line that you are drawing. You can specify whether
the parallel line appears to the left or to the right of the original line. In addition, you can set the distance between the original line and the
parallel line by specifying a value or dragging in the document.
Corel DESIGNER lets you create single or multiple parallel lines and preview them as you draw. You can also add parallel lines to an existing
line.
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From left to right: Parallel drawing with the 2-point line tool, 3-point curve tool, and Pen tool
To draw parallel lines
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click a curve tool.
2 On the property bar, click the Parallel Drawing button
.
3 On the Parallel Drawing toolbar, click the Parallel lines button
.
4 Draw a line.
You can also
Add a parallel line to the left of the original line
On the toolbar, click the Parallel lines on left button
Add a parallel line to the right of the original line
Click the Parallel lines on right button
Specify the number of parallel lines to be added
Type a value in the Number of lines box.
Specify the distance between the original line and the parallel line
Type a value in the Distance box.
.
.
You can also set the distance by clicking the Set distance interactively
button
Preview a parallel line while drawing
, and dragging in the drawing window.
Click the Preview lines button
You can also display the Parallel Drawing toolbar by clicking View  Toolbars  Parallel Drawing.
To add a parallel line to an existing line
1 Using the Pick tool, click a line.
2 On the property bar, click the Parallel Drawing button.
3 On the Parallel Drawing toolbar, specify the settings you want.
4 Click the Create from existing button
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.
.
Closing multiple line segments
The Object  Join curves command lets you create a closed object from line segments by selecting which lines you want to connect and the
shape of the connecting line.
You can connect lines by using the closest nodes between lines. The connecting line can be either straight or curved. You can also connect
lines by using their start nodes and end nodes. The end node of the first selected line connects directly with the start node of the closest
selected line. The connected lines will have the properties of the first line selected. For more information about closing multiple line
segments, see “To join curves” on page 170.
Drawing callouts
You can draw callouts, which are lines with text that point to and identify objects in a drawing. You can choose from a variety of line ends,
including arrowheads and other styles. Callouts can have one, two, or three line segments, or “legs,” between the line end and the text.
You can use different shapes for the callout text within a drawing.
Callout shape
Example
None
Box
Line (side bar)
Box and line
Circle
Square
Circle and square
Triangle
You can enhance callouts in several ways. For instance, you can change the line width and color, and you can adjust the gap between the
line and the text.
The default option for callout text lets you type text after drawing the callout. You can also insert text from the Clipboard or from object
properties, or you can add a value and increase it in increments as you add more callouts. For more information about object properties, see
“Working with object data” on page 271.
You can link a callout to its source object by snapping the callout arrowhead to a snap point. Linked callouts, also known as “sticky callouts,”
are attached to the source objects similarly to connector lines. When you move the source object, the linked callout moves with it. You can
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specify how linked callouts move with the object. One option is to adjust the length of the leader line, leaving the callout text in place. The
other option is to move both the leader line and callout text, preserving the appearance of the callout group. You can break the link between
a callout and its source object at any time.
You can also add a halo behind the callout. A halo is a mask behind the leader line and text that makes the callout easier to see when it is on
top of another object. Usually, the halo is the same color as the page, although you can choose any color you like.
White halos are applied to the callouts to make them stand out against the underlying objects.
Callouts are added as linked groups. You can break the callout apart if necessary.
You can also add a hotspot to a callout.
You can change the default properties of callouts, such as callout style, callout gap, and halo justification, from the Object styles docker
(Window  Object styles). For more information, see “To edit default object properties” on page 472.
To draw a callout
1 Click the Callout tools button, and click one of the following tools:
• 1-legcallout
• 2-leg callout
• 3-leg callout
2 Click where you want to place the arrowhead and drag to where you want to end the first line segment.
3 Click to end each line segment.
4 Add the callout text.
You can also
Change the callout end
Select the callout line, and choose a style from the Start
arrowhead list box on the property bar.
Change the line style
Choose a style from the Line style list box on the property bar.
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You can also
Change the distance between the leader line and the callout text
Type a value in the Gap box on the property bar.
To choose an option for callout text
1 Click a callout tool, and click the Text source button
on the property bar.
2 Enable one of the following options:
•
Interactive — lets you type the text at the end of the callout line
•
Clipboard — pastes text from the Clipboard to the callout
•
Object property — adds an object property that you choose, such as the object name, to the callout. For more information, see
“To draw a callout that shows object properties” on page 134.
•
Increment — adds a numeric value to the callout. The value is increased in increments as you continue to add callouts, and you
can specify the start value and the increment amount. The increment values that you set apply only to the active drawing.
If properties are associated with an object, you can show them in callouts.
To draw a linked callout
1 Click the Callout tools button, and click one of the following tools:
• 1-leg callout
• 2-leg callout
• 3-leg callout
2 Click the Link callout button
on the property bar, and choose one of the following options:
• Change leader line — adjusts the length of the leader line, leaving the callout text in place
• Move linked callout — moves both the leader line and callout text with the object
3 Point to where you want to place the arrowhead on the object, click when a gravity source (snap point) appears, and drag to where you
want to end the first line segment.
4 Click to end each line segment.
5 Add the callout text.
Links between callouts and objects are not maintained when a drawing is saved to Corel DESIGNER X5 or earlier version.
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To break the link between the callout and the object, click the Link callout button
on the property bar, and choose Break
callout link. You can also right-click the callout and choose Break callout link from the context menu.
To draw a callout that shows object properties
1 Click a callout tool in the toolbox, and click the Text source button
on the property bar.
2 Enable the Object property option.
3 Using a callout tool, draw a callout.
4 In the Callout data dialog box, enable any of the following check boxes:
• Include field name — includes the field name (such as name or cost) in the callout text
• Keep updated — automatically updates the callout text when the object data is modified. This option is available only for linked
callouts.
• Apply as default — sets the current settings in the dialog box as the defaults for new callouts. The dialog box will not be shown when
you draw other callouts that include object data.
You can change how object data is displayed in a callout by clicking the Callout object data button
on the property bar and
modifying the settings you want.
To add a halo to a callout
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a callout.
2 Click the Halo properties button
on the property bar.
3 Enable the Halo options check box.
4 Adjust any of the following settings:
• Width — lets you specify the width of the halo on each side of the line
• Color — lets you access a color palette to change the color of the halo, or use the color of the page
• Opacity — lets you control the transparency of the halo and the visibility of objects underneath the halo by specifying a percentage
value (with values less than 100 allowing visibility)
• Justification — lets you specify the position of the halo in relation to the callout line
To remove a halo from a callout, select the callout, click the Halo properties button, and disable the Halo options check box.
To break a callout apart
• Right-click the callout, and click Break callout apart.
To add a hotspot to a callout
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a callout.
2 Click Window  Object data manager.
3 Choose WebCGM from the list box.
4 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Add a link to a website
Enable the check box to the left of the Linkuri data field, and add
type a URL in the DefaultValue column. For more information, see
“linkuri” on page 275.
Add a screentip
Enable the check box to the left of the Screentip data field, and
add type the screentip text in the DefaultValue column. For more
information, see “screentip” on page 278.
Display the X and Y coordinates of the callout
Enable the check box to the left of the Region data field. For more
information, see “region” on page 278.
For more information about applying CGM data to objects, see “Applying CGM data to objects ” on page 274.
Drawing connector lines
You can draw connector lines, also known as “flow lines,” in flowcharts and wiring diagrams to link shapes and demonstrate how different
elements in the drawing are connected. After you attach a connector line to an object, it remains attached to the object even when
you move it. You can also leave an end of a connector line unattached to any object, and you can add arrowheads to connector lines to
demonstrate the flow direction. For information about drawing flowchart shapes, see “Drawing predefined shapes” on page 163.
There are several types of connector lines that you can draw. In addition to drawing straight lines, you can draw right-angle connector lines
and automatically create right angles as you draw. You can choose between the Right-angle connector tool, which draws a right angle with
a sharp corner, and the Right-angle round connector tool, which draws a rounded corner. You can also draw curved connector lines by
using either the B-spline connector tool or the Bézier curve connector tool.
Examples of connector lines
Connector lines are attached to objects by anchor points. By default, each object has four anchor points, located on the top, bottom, left,
and right sides of the object. Each anchor point appears as a small red diamond on the object. You can move an anchor point along the
edge of an object, or you can move an anchor point to any area inside or outside the object. You can also add an anchor point to an object.
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Anchor points appear as small red diamonds.
When you move an object in a drawing, the connector line will snap to the nearest available anchor point. When you add an anchor point
to an object, it is not available as a snapping point for connector lines. However, you can set a property on the anchor point to make it
available as a snapping point.
You can set an object to repel right-angle, round right-angle, and B-spline connector lines. If the object is in a connector line route, the
connector line flows around it. If there is no route for the connector line to follow without intersecting the object, it flows through the
object. Straight-line and Bézier-curve connector lines cannot flow around objects.
You can add halos to connector lines. A halo is a mask behind the connector line that makes the line easier to see when it is on top of
another object. Usually, the halo is the same color as the page, although you can choose any color you like.
You can also convert connector lines to curves. When you convert a connector line to a curve, any attached text label changes to an artistic
text object.
To draw a straight connector line
1 Click the Connector tools button, and click the Straight-line connector tool
.
2 Click where you want to start the line and drag to where you want to end the line.
You can also
Draw a right-angle connector line
Click the Connector tools button, and click the Right-angle
connector tool
or the Right-angle roundconnector tool
.
Click where you want to start the line and drag to where you want
to end the line.
Draw a curved connector line
Click the Connector tools button, and click the B-spline connector
tool
or the Béziercurve connector tool
. Click where you
want to start the line and drag to where you want to end the line.
To change the shape of the line, reposition the control points as
needed.
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After you snap a connector line to an anchor point on an object, the connector line always snaps to that anchor point, even if you
move the object around in the drawing. To ensure that the line connects to the closest available anchor point when you move the
object, release the mouse button to end the connector line inside the object when drawing the line.
To change the direction of a connector line
1 Click the Connector tools button, and click the Edit anchor tool
.
2 Click the anchor point from which you want to change the connector line direction.
3 On the property bar, click the Adjust anchor direction button
.
4 In the Anchor direction box, type one of the following values:
• 0 — directs the connector line to the right
• 90 — directs the connector line straight up
• 180 — directs the connector line to the left
• 270 — directs the connector line straight down
You can change the direction only of right-angle and Bézier-curve connector lines.
To add an anchor point to an object
1 Click the Connector tools button, and click the Edit anchor tool
.
2 Double-click anywhere on the object to add an anchor point.
By default, anchor points that you add to an object are not available as snap points for a connector line when the object is moved
around in the drawing. To make an anchor point available as a snap point, select it with the Edit anchor tool, and click the Auto
anchor button
on the property bar.
By default, the position of the anchor point is calculated relative to the page. You can set the anchor point position relative to the
object that it is attached to, which is useful if you want to set anchor points in the same relative position in multiple objects. To set
the anchor point position relative to the object, select the anchor point with the Edit anchor tool
Relative to object button
. On the property bar, click the
, and type the coordinates in the Anchor position box.
To move or delete an anchor point
To
Do the following
Move the anchor point anywhere along the perimeter of an object
Drag the anchor point to another point on the perimeter.
Move the anchor point to the middle of an object
Drag the anchor point to any point inside the object.
Delete an anchor point
On the property bar, click the Delete anchor button
.
To set a connector line to flow around objects
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the object to which the connector line is attached.
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2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Summary tab.
4 Enable the Wrap connector line check box.
To convert a connector line to a curve
1 Select the connector line and the objects it is attached to.
2 Right-click, and click Convert to curves.
You can also convert a curve or a shape, such as a rectangle or an ellipse, to a connector line by clicking Object  Convert to
connector.
To add a text label to a connector line
1 Click the Connector tools button, and click a connector tool.
2 Double-click the connector line.
A text cursor appears.
3 Type the text.
As you move the connector line, the text label remains attached to it.
To add a halo to a connector line
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the connector line.
2 On the property bar, click the Halo properties button
.
3 Enable the Halo options check box.
4 Adjust any of the following settings:
• Width — lets you specify the width of the halo on each side of the line
• Color — lets you access a color palette to change the color of the halo, or use the color of the page
• Opacity — lets you control the transparency of the halo and the visibility of objects underneath the halo by specifying a percentage
value (with values less than 100 allowing visibility)
To remove a halo from a line, select the line, click the Halo properties button
, and disable the Halo options check box.
Drawing dimension lines
You can draw dimension lines to indicate the measurements of objects in a drawing, such as length, width, height, depth, and distance.
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Dimension lines indicate the measurements of objects in a drawing.
You can add several types of dimension lines:
• Vertical or horizontal dimension lines — measure the vertical (y-axis) or horizontal (x-axis) distance between any two nodes.
• Parallel dimension lines — measure the actual distance between two nodes.
• Angular dimension lines — measure angles.
• Segment dimension lines — measure the linear distance between the end nodes of a segment, or the linear distance between the two
most distant nodes in multiple segments. Segment dimension lines can also measure selected successive segments.
• Radial or diametric dimension lines — measure the radius or diameter of a circle or a partial circle.
You can measure the distance between the end nodes of a segment (left)
or between the two most distant nodes in multiple segments (right).
You can set how dimension text and lines are displayed. For example, you can choose the unit of measurement, specify the position and font
of the dimension units, and add a prefix or suffix to dimension text. You can also customize the extension lines on which dimension lines
rest. You can specify the distance between the extension lines and the object that is measured, and the length of the extension overhang.
Extension overhang is the portion of the extension line that falls beyond the dimension arrows.
By default, dimension text is dynamic. If you resize the object to which a dimension line is attached, the dimension text is updated
automatically to display the new size. However, you can make the dimension text static, if necessary.
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When a dimension line is so small that its arrowheads overlap, the application automatically places them outside the leader lines.
Arrowheads are reversed when a dimension line is too small.
For more information about formatting lines, see “Formatting lines and outlines” on page 142.
To draw a vertical, horizontal, or parallel dimension line
1 Click the Dimension tools button, and click the Horizontal or vertical dimension tool
or the Parallel dimension tool
.
2 Click to place the starting point, and drag to where you want to place the endpoint of the dimension line.
3 Move the pointer to position the dimension line, and click to place the dimension text.
By default, the dimension text is centered on the dimension line.
To draw an angular dimension line
1 Click theDimension tools button, and click the Angular dimension tool
.
2 Click where you want the two lines that measure the angle to intersect, and drag to where you want the first line to end.
3 Click where you want the second line to end.
4 Click where you want the angle label to appear.
To draw a segment dimension line
1 Click the Dimension tools button, and click the Segment dimension tool
.
2 Click the segment that you want to measure.
3 Move the pointer to where you want to position the dimension line, and click where you want to place the dimension text.
You can also
Measure the distance between the two most distant nodes in
multiple segments
Using the Segment dimension tool
Measure successive segments automatically
Click the Automatic successive dimensioning button
, marquee select the
segments, move the pointer to position the dimension line, and
click where you want to place the dimension text.
on the
property bar, and marquee select the segments that you want to
measure. Move the pointer to position the dimension line, and click
where you want to place the dimension text.
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Segment dimension lines can be applied automatically to selected successive segments.
To draw a radial or diametric dimension line
1 Click the Dimension tools button, and click the Radial dimension
or Diametric dimension
tool.
2 Click a circle or an arc, and drag to where you want the line to change direction.
You can hold down the constrain key while dragging to constrain the leader line to the current constrain angle.
3 Move the pointer, and then click to place the dimension text.
If you want to add a symbol to the dimension text, choose a symbol from the Dimension symbol list box on the property bar.
If you transform a circle to an ellipse after applying a radial or diametric dimension line, the dimension measurement does not
appear. When you transform the ellipse back to a circle, the correct measurement is displayed.
Examples of radial and diametric dimension lines
To set the display of dimension units
1 Select a dimension line.
2 On the property bar, choose options from the following list boxes:
• Dimension style — lets you choose fractional, decimal, or standard dimension units
• Dimension precision — lets you choose a level of precision for the measurements
• Dimension units — lets you choose the unit of measurement
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You can also
Hide dimension units
Click the Display units button
.
Specify the position of dimension units
Click the Text position button
on the property bar, and choose
a text position.
Change the point size and font of dimension units
Select the dimension text using the Pick tool
. On the property
bar, choose a font style from the Fontlist box, and type a value in
the Font size box.
Specify a prefix or suffix for dimension text
Type a prefix or suffix in the Prefix or Suffix box on the property
bar.
Hide or show a leading zero with a dimension value
Click the Show leading zero button
on the property bar.
The leading zero appears in dimension lines by default.
Make dimension text static
Click the Dynamic dimensioning button on the property bar.
Most dimension line controls on the property bar become
unavailable. If you change the size of the object to which the line is
attached, the dimension line text is not updated.
To customize extension lines
1 Select a dimension line.
2 On the property bar, click the Extension line options button
.
3 To specify the distance between the extension lines and the object, enable the Distance from object check box, and type a value in the
Distance box.
4 To specify the length of the extension overhang, enable the Extension overhang check box, and type a value in the Distance box.
Formatting lines and outlines
Lines are treated the same way as outlines of closed shapes, such as ellipses and polygons. In some programs, outlines are known as strokes
or thick lines.
You can change the appearance of both lines and outlines. For example, you can specify their color, width, style, corner shape, and cap style.
You can also remove a line or outline, and you can create your own line or outline style.
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Different corner styles were applied to the upper and lower row of triangles. Different line caps were
applied to the lines in the upper-right corner. Arrowheads were applied to the lines in the lower-right corner.
The program also lets you copy the color of an outline to other objects and convert outlines to objects so that you can fill them. For more
information about filling objects, see “Filling objects” on page 301.
You can choose a corner style to control the corner shape in lines and choose a line cap style to change the appearance of a line’s endpoints.
You can set the miter limit to determine the corner shape in objects containing lines that meet at sharp angles. Corners with angles above
the miter limit are pointed (mitered); corners with angles below the miter limit are beveled (squared off).
In addition, you can specify the position of the outline by placing it outside or inside the object, or centering it so that it overlaps equally the
outside and the inside of an object. The effect of outline position options are more obvious with thick outlines.
Line styles
You can choose from a variety of line styles. Line styles are organized into two categories: standard and enhanced.
Standard line styles consist exclusively of dashes and spaces. The dashes and spaces vary to create different patterns. You can use a preset
pattern or create a custom pattern. Each line style pattern is defined by units. There are fifty units — each of which can be “on” (filled in) or
“off” (blank) to define a pattern that contains a maximum of ten dashes or spaces. You can also set the pattern length. When you increase
or decrease the pattern length, the dashes and spaces appear longer or shorter because you are changing the size of the units to fit the
specified pattern length. The line width is not affected if you change the pattern length.
In the Edit line style dialog box, each box represents a unit that can be filled in to create a dash, or left blank
to create a space. You can move the white slider to the right to increase the number of units in your pattern.
Enhanced line styles consist of shapes, zigzags, or multiple lines to create diverse patterns. You can edit an enhanced line style by changing
the width of the lines or the width of the overall pattern.
When you apply an enhanced line style to a filled object, the fill is contained within the path of the object, not the outline. For example, if
you have an object with a zigzag line style, the fill does not extend into the points of the zigzag.
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These pocket drawings use a standard line style (left), an enhanced line style with low
pattern-width settings (center), and an enhanced line style with higher pattern-width
settings (right). The fill is always contained within the object’s path, not the object’s outline.
Other settings
The outline created by a standard or enhanced line style can appear in front of or behind a fill. For example, you may want an outline to
appear behind a fill to line up the outline with the outer edge of the fill. You can also link the outline thickness to an object’s size so that the
outline increases when you increase the object’s size and decreases when you decrease the object’s size. In addition, you can set the outline
to print on top of underlying colors, without removing them during printing.
In the drawing on the left, the outline is in front of the fill. Because the outline width is centered on the
object’s path, the outline covers part of the object’s fill. In the drawing on the right, the outline width is the
same, but the outline has been moved behind the fill and therefore lines up with the outer edge of the object.
To specify line and outline settings
1 Select an object.
2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
3 In the Pattern style area of the Outline pen dialog box, enable the Standard or Enhanced option.
4 Choose a line style from the Pattern list box.
5 Specify the settings you want.
To
Do the following
Change the line or outline color
In the Outline area, choose a color from the color picker.
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To
Do the following
Change the line or outline width
In the Outline area, type a value in the Width box.
Set the shape of corners
Click one of the following buttons:
• Mitered corners
— creates pointed corners
• Round corners
— creates rounded corners
• Beveled corners
— creates squared off corners
Set the miter limit
Type a value in the Miter limit box
Set the appearance of endpoints in open paths
Click one of the following buttons:
• Square cap
— creates square end shapes
• Round cap
— creates rounded end shapes
• Extended square cap
— creates square end shapes that
extend the length of the line
Specify the outline position
Click one of the following buttons:
• Outside outline
— places the outline outside the object
• Centered outline
— centers the outline along the object
edge
• Inside outline
— places the outline inside the object
Change the pattern length of a standard pattern
In the Pattern style area, type a value in the Length box.
Change the width of an enhanced pattern
In the Pattern style area, type a value in the Width box. The
pattern width value must be higher than the outline width value.
Position the outline beneath the fill
Enable the Behind fill check box.
Automatically scale the line or outline if an object is resized
Enable the Scale with image check box.
Set the outline to print on top of underlying colors during printing
Enable the Overprint outline check box.
If the pattern Width value is too low, the pattern might not appear as expected. To view the pattern on your object, try increasing the
pattern Width value and decreasing the outline Width value.
You can also specify line settings from the property bar or the Outline area of the Property manager docker.
You can also change the color of a line or outline by right-clicking a color swatch on the color palette.
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To edit a standard line style
1 Select an object.
2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
3 In the Pattern style area, enable the Standard option.
4 Choose a line style from the Pattern list box.
5 Click Edit style.
6 Follow the instructions in the Edit line style dialog box to edit the pattern.
7 Click Replace.
To create a standard line style
1 Select an object.
2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
3 In the Pattern style area, enable the Standard option.
4 Click Edit style.
5 Follow the instructions in the Edit line style dialog box to create a new pattern.
6 Click Add to save your new pattern in the Pattern list box.
To copy an outline to another object
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the object that has the outline to be copied.
2 Right-click the object, and drag to the second object.
A blue outline of the first object follows the pointer to the second object.
3 Release the mouse button over the second object, and choose Copy outline here.
For more information about copying object properties, see “Copying object properties, transformations, and effects” on page 216.
To convert an outline to an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Convert outline to object.
The gear drawing on the left has a gray fill and a blue outline. By converting the outline
to an object, you can separate the new object (center) from the old filled shape (right).
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To remove an outline from an object
1 Select an object.
2 On the property bar, choose None from the Outline width list box.
You can also remove an object’s outline by selecting the object and right-clicking the No color swatch on the color palette.
Adding arrowheads to lines and curves
Arrowheads let you enhance the starting points and endpoints of lines and curves. You can specify the attributes of an arrowhead with
precision. For example, you can define the exact size of an arrowhead as well as offset or rotate the arrowhead by a precise amount. You can
also flip arrowheads vertically and horizontally. You can save your specified attributes as arrowhead presets for later use.
Arrowhead in its original form (1), resized (2), with offset of 60% along
the x-axis (3), flipped horizontally (4), and rotated at 90 degrees (5).
You can edit existing arrowhead presets, and you can create an arrowhead preset based on an existing one. You can also create an
arrowhead preset based on an object such as a curve or a closed shape. When you no longer need an arrowhead preset, you can delete it.
To add an arrowhead
1 Select a line or curve.
2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
3 In the Arrowheads area of the dialog box, open the Start arrowhead or End arrowhead picker, and click a shape.
You can also
Switch arrowheads from one end of a line or curve to another
Click Options, and choose Swap.
Remove an arrowhead from a line or curve
Click Options, and choose None.
You can also add an arrowhead by using the Start arrowhead or End arrowhead picker on the property bar.
To specify the arrowhead attributes of a line or curve
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a line or curve that has an arrowhead.
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2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
If you want the start and end arrowheads to have the same size, offset, rotation angle, and orientation, enable the Share attributes
check box in the Arrowheads area of the Outline pen dialog box.
3 In the Arrowheads area of the Outline pen dialog box, click Options below the Start arrowhead or End arrowhead picker, and click
Attributes.
4 In the Arrowhead attributes dialog box, perform any of the tasks in the following table.
To
Do the following
Specify the size of an arrowhead
In the Size area, type a value in the Length or Width box.
If you want to create a nonproportional arrowhead, disable the
Proportional check box.
Offset an arrowhead
In the Offset area, type values in the X and Y boxes.
Mirror an arrowhead
In the Mirror area, enable the Horizontally or Vertically check box.
Rotate an arrowhead
Specify an angle in the Rotation box.
Save custom arrowhead attributes as an arrowhead preset
Enable the Save as arrowheadpreset check box.
You can access the new arrowhead preset from the Start
arrowhead and End arrowhead pickers on the property bar.
Specifying the attributes of an arrowhead does not change the arrowhead preset that was applied.
To edit an arrowhead preset
1 Using the Pick tool
, select an object that has an arrowhead.
2 On the property bar, click the Outline pen button
.
3 In the Arrowheads area of the Outline pen dialog box, click Options, and choose Edit.
4 In the Arrowhead attributes dialog box, specify the attributes you want.
For information about the attributes you can specify, see “To specify the arrowhead attributes of a line or curve” on page 147.
You can create an arrowhead preset that is based on an existing preset. In the Arrowheads area of the Outline pen dialog box, click
Options, and choose New. Then, specify the attributes you want in the Arrowhead attributes dialog box, and type a preset name in
the Save arrowhead area.
To delete an arrowhead preset, select the preset from the Start or End arrowhead picker in the Outline pen dialog box, click
Options, and choose Delete.
To create an arrowhead preset from an object
1 Select an object to use as an arrowhead.
2 Click Tools  Create  Arrowhead.
3 In the Create arrowhead dialog box, type a value in the Length box or Width box.
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If you want to create a nonproportional arrowhead, disable the Proportional check box, and type values in both the Length and Width
boxes.
Drawing calligraphic, pressure-sensitive, and preset lines
Corel DESIGNER lets you simulate the effect of a calligraphic pen when you draw lines. Calligraphic lines vary in thickness according to the
direction of the line and the angle of the pen nib. By default, calligraphic lines appear as closed shapes drawn with a pencil. You can control
the thickness of a calligraphic line by changing the angle of the line that you draw in relation to a specified calligraphic angle. For example,
when the line that you draw is perpendicular to the calligraphic angle, the line is at the maximum thickness specified by the pen width. Lines
drawn at the calligraphic angle, however, have little or no thickness.
By using either a mouse or a pressure-sensitive pen and graphics tablet, you can create pressure-sensitive lines that vary in thickness. Both
methods result in lines with curved edges and varying widths along a path. For information about using a pressure-sensitive pen on a
graphics tablet, see the manufacturer’s instructions. For information about choosing pen settings, see “Using pressure-sensitive pens and
devices ” on page 154 and “Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices” on page 154.
An image drawn by using two different linear pattern lines: calligraphic lines (left), and flat preset lines (right).
You can use preset lines to create thick strokes of various shapes.After you draw a calligraphic or preset line, you can apply a fill to it. For
information about applying fills, see “Filling objects” on page 301.
To draw a calligraphic line
1 In the toolbox, click the Linear pattern tools button, and then click the Calligraphic tool .
2 Type a value in the Calligraphic angle box on the property bar.
3 Drag until the line is the shape you want.
You can also
Set the width of the line
Type a value in the Stroke width box on the property bar.
Smooth the edges of the line
Type a value in the Freehand smoothing box on the property bar.
Apply transformations to line thickness when scaling
Click the Scale stroke with object button
Hide the bounding box for drawing
Click the Bounding box button
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
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The width you set is the maximum line width. The angle of the line you draw in relation to the calligraphic angle determines the line’s
actual width.
You can also access calligraphic lines by clicking Effects  Linear patterns and specifying the settings that you want in the Linear
patterns docker.
To draw a pressure-sensitive line
1 In the toolbox, click the Linear pattern tools button, and then click the Pressure tool .
If you are using the mouse, press the Up arrow or Down arrow to simulate changes in pen pressure, which change the width of the
line.
2 Drag until the line is the shape you want.
You can also
Set the width of the line
Type a value in the Stroke width box on the property bar.
Smooth the edges of the line
Type a value in the Freehand smoothing box on the property bar.
Apply transformations to line thickness when scaling
Click the Scale stroke with object button
Hide the bounding box for drawing
Click the Bounding box button
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
The width you set represents the line’s maximum width. The amount of pressure that you apply determines the line’s actual width.
To draw a preset line
1 In the toolbox, click the Linear pattern tools button, and click the Linear pattern preset tool .
2 Choose a line shape from the Preset stroke list box on the property bar.
3 Drag until the line is the shape you want.
You can also
Set the width of the line
Type a value in the Stroke width box on the property bar.
Smooth the edges of the line
Type a value in the Freehand smoothing box on the property bar.
Apply transformations to line thickness when scaling
Click the Scale stroke with object button
Hide the bounding box for drawing
Click the Bounding box button
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on the property bar.
on the property bar.
Applying linear-pattern brushstrokes
Corel DESIGNER lets you apply a variety of preset brushstrokes, ranging from brushstrokes with arrowheads to brushstrokes that are filled
with patterns. When you draw a preset brushstroke, you can specify some of its attributes. For example, you can change the width of a
brushstroke and specify its smoothness.
You can also create custom brushstrokes by using an object or a group of vector objects. When you create a custom brushstroke, you can
save it as a preset.
To apply a preset brushstroke
1 Click the Linear pattern tools button, and click the Linear pattern brush tool .
2 Choose a brush category from the Category list box on the property bar.
3 Choose a brushstroke from the Brushstroke list box on the property bar.
4 Drag until the stroke is the shape you want.
You can also
Set the width of the stroke
Type a value in the Stroke width box on the property bar.
Smooth the edges of the stroke
Type a value in the Freehand smoothing box on the property bar.
Apply transformations to stroke thickness when scaling
Click the Scale stroke with object button
Hide the bounding box for drawing
Click the Bounding box button
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
If you have access to a brushstroke that is not listed in the Brushstroke list box, you can apply it by clicking the Browse button on the
property bar, and locating the brushstroke file.
To create a custom brushstroke
1 Select an object or a set of grouped objects.
2 Click the Linear pattern tools button, and click the Linear pattern brush tool .
3 Click the object or grouped objects.
4 Click the Save linear pattern stroke button
on the property bar.
5 Type a filename for the brushstroke.
6 Click Save.
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Example of a custom linear pattern brushstroke
You can also create custom brushstrokes by clicking Window  Linear patterns and specifying the settings that you want in the Linear
patterns docker.
Spraying linear patterns along a line
Corel DESIGNER lets you spray a series of objects along a line. You can spray graphics, text, or imported bitmaps or symbols.
You can control how a sprayed line appears by adjusting the spacing between objects, so that they are closer or farther apart from each
other. You can also vary the order of objects in the line. For example, if you are spraying a series of objects that includes a star, a triangle,
and a square, you can change the spray order so that the square appears first, the triangle second, and the star third. The program also lets
you shift the position of objects in a sprayed line by rotating them along the path, or by offsetting them in one of four different directions:
alternating, left, random, or right. For instance, you can choose a left offset direction to align the sprayed objects to the left of the path.
You can also create a new spraylist with objects of your own.
The Linear pattern sprayer tool lets you repeat objects along a line.
To spray a line
1 Click the Linear pattern tools button, and click the Linear pattern sprayer tool 2 Choose a spray pattern category from the Category list box on the property bar.
3 Choose a spray pattern from the Spray pattern list box on the property bar.
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.
If the spraylist that you want is not listed, click the Browse button
on the property bar and navigate to the folder where the file is
located.
4 Drag to draw the line.
You can also
Adjust the number of objects sprayed at each spacing point
Type a number in the upper portion of the Images per dab and
image spacing box on the property bar.
Adjust the spacing between dabs
Type a number in the lower portion of the Images per dab and
image spacing box on the property bar.
Set the spray order
Choose a spray order from the Spray order list box on the property
bar.
Adjust the size of spray objects
Type a number in the upper portion of the Size of sprayed objects
box on the property bar.
Increase or decrease the size of the objects to be sprayed as they
progress along the line
Type a number in the lower portion of the Size of sprayed objects
box on the property bar.
Reset a spraylist to its saved settings
Click the Reset values button
Apply transformations to stroke thickness when scaling
Click the Scale stroke with object button
Hide the bounding box for drawing
Click the Bounding box button
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
Increasing the value for the size of the objects to be sprayed along the line causes objects to become larger as they are distributed
along the path.
Spraylists that have more complex objects use more system resources. Lines that contain complex objects take longer to produce, and
these objects increase the file size. Using symbols for each group in the list can help reduce file size and the demands on your system.
For more information about creating symbols, see “Working with symbols” on page 239.
To rotate the objects to be sprayed
1 Select a spraylist.
2 Click the Rotation button
on the property bar.
3 Type a value between zero and 360 in the Angle of rotation box.
If you want each object in the spraylist to rotate incrementally, enable theIncrement check box, and type a value in the box.
4 Enable one of the following options:
• Relative to path— rotates objects in relation to the line
• Relative to page — rotates objects in relation to the page
5 Press Enter.
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To offset the objects to be sprayed
1 Select a spraylist.
2 Click the Offset button
on the property bar.
3 Enable the Use offset check box to offset objects from the path of the line sprayed.
If you want to adjust the offset distance, type a new value in the Offset box.
4 Choose an offset direction from the Direction list box.
If you want to alternate between the left and the right of the line, choose Alternating.
To create a new spraylist
1 Click Effects  Linear patterns.
2 Select an object, a set of grouped objects, or a symbol.
3 Click the Save button in the Linear patterns docker.
4 In the Create a new stroke dialog box, enable the Object sprayer option.
5 Click OK.
6 Type a filename in the File name box.
7 Click Save.
Using pressure-sensitive pens and devices
Standard feature
You can configure pen tablet options quickly and easily from the Pen Settings page in the Options dialog box.
When you use a pressure-sensitive stylus or pen tablet with Corel DESIGNER, the amount of pressure that you apply controls the width
of your strokes. Each person uses a different strength or pressure level in a stroke, and you can set the application to match your stroke
strength by specifying pen settings. Proper pen settings are particularly useful if you have a light touch. If a light stroke leaves no trace,
adjusting pen settings can increase sensitivity for specific tools. Abrupt changes in the width your brushstrokes shows that you need to
adjust your pen settings.
The following tools in Corel DESIGNER let you use the pressure of your device: Pressure, Roughen, Smudge, Eraser as well as the liquid
tools.
With Premium membership, you can also take full advantage of the pressure and tilt of your RTS-compatible pen tablet or device to control
your brushstrokes. For more information, see “Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices” on page 154.
To customize pressure sensitivity
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Global list of categories, click Pen Settings.
3 Using your stylus or digital pen, apply at least three strokes, building from the lowest to the highest pressure.
Support for Real-Time Stylus (RTS) pen tablets and devices
Premium feature
Corel DESIGNER includes support for the Real-Time Stylus (RTS) interface, which was introduced with Windows 7. You can take full
advantage of the pressure and tilt of your RTS-compatible pen tablet or device to control your brushstrokes.
If you have a Wacom-compatible graphics tablet or device, you can still use the WinTab interface for optimal results.
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You can now take full advantage of the pressure and tilt of your RTS-compatible pen tablet.
To choose a pen tablet interface
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Global list of categories, click Pen Settings.
3 Choose one of the following tablet options:
• WinTab — recommended for Wacom-compatible pen tablets or devices
• Real-Time Stylus — recommended for pen tablets or devices that use the RTS interface of Windows 7 or 8
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Drawing shapes
Corel DESIGNER lets you draw basic shapes, which you can modify using special effects and reshaping tools.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Drawing rectangles and squares” (page 157)
• “Drawing ellipses, circles, arcs, and wedges” (page 160)
• “Drawing polygons and stars” (page 161)
•
•
•
•
“Drawing grids” (page 162)
“Drawing predefined shapes” (page 163)
“Drawing projected shapes” (page 164)
“Drawing by using shape recognition” (page 166)
Drawing rectangles and squares
Corel DESIGNER lets you draw rectangles and squares. You can draw a rectangle or square by dragging diagonally with the 2-point
rectangle tool or by specifying the width and height with the 3-point rectangle tool. The 3-point rectangle tool lets you quickly draw
rectangles at an angle.
You can create a 3-point rectangle by first drawing its baseline and then drawing its height. The resulting rectangle is angled.
You can also draw a rectangle or square with rounded, scalloped or chamfered corners. You can modify each corner individually or apply the
changes to all corners. In addition, you can specify that all corners scale relative to the object. You can also specify the default corner size for
drawing rectangles and squares.
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Understanding rounded, scalloped, and chamfered corners
Rounding produces a curved corner, scalloping replaces the corner with an edge that has a curved notch, and chamfering replaces the
corner with a straight edge, also known as a bevel.
The cabinet doors have different styles applied to the corners. From left to right you can see
standard corners with no changes, filleted corners, scalloped corners, and chamfered corners.
To draw rectangles or squares with rounded, scalloped, or chamfered corners, you need to specify the corner size. For rounding or scalloping
a corner, the corner size determines the corner radius. The radius is measured from the curve’s center to its perimeter. Higher corner size
values produce more rounded corners or deeper scalloped corners.
From left to right, you can see the radius of a rounded corner and the radius of a scalloped corner.
The size value for chamfering a corner represents the distance from the original corner to the beginning of the chamfered edge. Higher
values produce a longer chamfered edge.
For more information about modifying the corners of curve objects, such as lines, text, or bitmaps, see “Filleting, scalloping, and chamfering
corners of curve objects” on page 182.
To draw a rectangle or square by dragging diagonally
To
Do the following
Draw a rectangle
In the toolbox, click the 2-point rectangle tool
. Drag in the
drawing window until the rectangle is the size you want.
Draw a square
In the toolbox, click the 2-point rectangle tool
. Hold down
Ctrl, and drag in the drawing window until the square is the size
you want.
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You can draw a rectangle from its center outward by holding down Shift as you drag. You can also draw a square from its center
outward by holding down Shift + Ctrl as you drag.
To draw a 3-point rectangle
1 In the toolbox, click the 3-point rectangle tool
.
2 In the drawing window, point to where you want to start the rectangle, drag to draw the width, and release the mouse button.
3 Move the pointer to draw the height, and click.
To adjust the size of the rectangle, type values in the Object size boxes on the Transform toolbar. To open the Transform toolbar, click
View  Toolbars  Transform.
To constrain the angle of the baseline to a preset increment, known as constrain angle, hold down Ctrl as you drag. For information
about changing the constrain angle, see “To constrain an object while drawing or editing” on page 110.
To draw a rectangle or square with rounded, scalloped, or chamfered corners
1 Click a rectangle or square.
2 Click one of the following buttons on the property bar:
• Round corner
— produces a curved corner
• Scalloped corner
• Chamfered corner
— replaces a corner with an edge that has a curved notch
— replaces a corner with a flat edge
3 Type values in the Corner radius boxes on the property bar.
4 Press Enter.
You can also
Apply the same changes to all corners
Click the Edit corners together button
Disable the scaling of corners relative to the object
Click the Relative corner scaling button
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
If you modify the corners of a rectangle or square and save it to a previous version of Corel DESIGNER, the shape may be converted to
curves.
You can also modify the corners of a selected rectangle or square by clicking the Shape tool
, clicking a corner option button on
the property bar, and then dragging a corner node toward the shape’s center. If you want to modify only one corner, hold down Ctrl
as you drag.
To specify the default corner size for drawing rectangles and squares
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 Double-click Toolbox from the Workspace list of categories.
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3 Click Rectangle tool.
4 In the Rectangle corners area, type values in the boxes.
You can also
Apply the same changes to all corners
Click the Edit corners together button
Disable the scaling of corners relative to the object
Click the Relative corner scaling button
.
.
Drawing ellipses, circles, arcs, and wedges
You can draw an ellipse by dragging diagonally or by specifying three points. You can also draw a circle by specifying three points, or you
can specify the center and a point on the radius.
Another way to create an ellipse is to convert a curve object. The object to be converted must have a recognizable elliptical shape to be
eligible. For instructions, see “To convert a curve to an ellipse” on page 171.
Drawing an arc or wedge (pie shape) is similar to drawing a circle or an ellipse, except that you move the line end points around to create
the shape.
To draw an ellipse or a circle
• Click the Circle tools or Ellipse tools button, and click the tool that you want to use.
To draw a
Do the following
3-point circle
Click the 3-point circle tool
. Drag to specify the centerline of
the circle, move the pointer, and click to specify the third point.
Center-point circle
Click the Center-point circle tool
. Click where you want to
place the center, drag until the circle is the size you want, and
release the mouse button.
Center-radius circle
Click the Center-radius circle tool
. In the Circle dialog box,
type a value for the radius, and click where you want to place the
center point.
2-point ellipse
Click the 2-point ellipse tool
. Drag diagonally until the ellipse
is the size you want, and release the mouse button.
3-point ellipse
Click the 3-point ellipse tool
. Drag to specify the centerline of
the ellipse, and release the mouse button. Move the pointer until
the ellipse is the size and shape you want, and click.
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When you draw a circle, holding down the constrain key while dragging constrains the shape to the current constrain angle. See
“Using constrain keys ” on page 109 for more information. Holding down the constrain key while drawing an ellipse constrains the
shape to a circle.
You can draw a two-point or three-point ellipse from its center outward by holding down the Shift key as you drag (if the constrain
key is Ctrl).
To draw an arc or a wedge
• Click the Circle tools or Ellipse tools button, and click the tool that you want to use.
To draw
Do the following
An arc
Click the Arc button
on the property bar. Drag in the drawing
window until the arc is the shape you want.
A wedge
Click the Pie button
on the property bar. Drag in the drawing
window until the wedge is the shape you want.
When you draw an arc, the ellipse or circle must have an outline.
You can change the direction of a selected arc or a wedge by clicking the Geometric properties button
on the property bar and
clicking Direction in the Property manager docker.
Drawing polygons and stars
Corel DESIGNER lets you draw polygons and two types of stars: perfect and complex. You can draw polygons and stars and then reshape
them. For example, you can convert a polygon to a star by dragging its nodes, and you can change the number of sides on a polygon.
Perfect stars are traditional-looking stars and can have a fill applied to the entire star shape. Complex stars have intersecting sides and
produce original results with a fill applied.
You can also draw a predefined star shape. For more information, see “To draw a predefined shape” on page 163.
To draw a polygon
1 Click the Center-point polygon tool
.
2 Point to where you want the center, and drag in the drawing window until the polygon is the size you want.
Example of using a polygon to create a nut
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You can change a polygon to a star by selecting the polygon with the Shape tool, clicking a node on one of the sides, and dragging
toward the center of the polygon.
To draw a star
To
Do the following
Draw a perfect star
In the toolbox, click the Star tool
, and drag in the drawing
window until the star is the size you want.
Draw a complex star
In the toolbox, click the Complex star tool
, and drag in the
drawing window until the star is the size you want.
To reshape a polygon
To
Do the following
Reshape a polygon
Click the Shape tool
, and click a node on the polygon. Drag
the node to change the polygon’s shape.
Change the number of sides of a polygon
Select a polygon. Type a value in the Points or sides box on the
property bar, and press Enter.
To modify a star
To
Do the following
Change the number of points on a star
Select a star, type a value in the Points or sides box on the property
bar, and press Enter.
Reshape a star
Select a star, click the Shape tool
, and drag a node on the star.
When you use the Shape tool to reshape a perfect star, the node movement is constrained. Also, you cannot add or delete nodes, or
convert line segments to curves.
Drawing grids
You can draw a grid and set the number of rows and columns. A grid is a grouped set of rectangles that you can break apart.
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To draw a grid
1 In the toolbox, click the Rectangletools button, and click the Graph paper tool
2
Type values in the Columns and rows box
.
on the property bar.
3 Drag diagonally to draw the grid.
If you want to draw the grid from its center point outward, hold down Shift as you drag. If you want to draw a square grid, hold
down Ctrl as you drag; if the grid has an equal number of rows and columns, the cells will be square as well.
To ungroup a grid
1 Select a grid by using the Pick tool
.
2 Click Object  Ungroup.
Drawing predefined shapes
You can draw predefined shapes, such as basic shapes, arrows, and stars using the Perfect Shapes collection. Basic shapes, arrow shapes,
and star shapes have glyphs which let you modify their appearance.
You can add text to the inside or outside of the shape. For example, you might want to put a label inside a flowchart symbol.
To draw a predefined shape
1 Click the Perfect Shapes tools button, and click one of the following tools:
• Basic shapes
• Arrow shapes
• Flowchart shapes
• Miscellaneous shapes
• Callout shapes
2 Open the Perfect shapes picker on the property bar, and click a shape.
3 Drag in the drawing window until the shape is the size you want.
Perfect Shapes can be modified like any other shapes.
To modify a predefined shape
1 Select a shape with a glyph.
2 Drag the glyph until the shape is modified the way you want.
The right-angle triangle, explosion, and flowchart shapes do not have glyphs.
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To add text to a predefined shape
1 Click the Text tool
2
.
Position the cursor inside the shape’s outline until it changes to a text cursor box
, and then click.
3 Type and format text inside the shape.
Drawing projected shapes
You can draw thread shapes, well shapes, cylinders, and prisms in projected view. These shapes are useful for creating illustrations of bolts,
nuts, and well nuts.
You can adjust the length and radius of the projected shapes by specifying values or by moving their control handles in the drawing window.
With thread and well shapes, you can set the distance from the first thread to the start of the object and the distance from the last thread
to the end of the object. You can also adjust the pitch, which is the distance in projected space from one thread to the next, or adjust the
number of threads per inch.
With prisms, you can specify the number of sides of the base faces.
Examples of projected shapes
To draw a projected shape
1 Click the Projected shape tools button, and click one of the following tools:
• Thread
• Well
• Cylinder
• Prism
2 Drag in the drawing window to set the radius of the shape, then move the pointer to set the length, and click.
To modify a projected shape
1 Click the Projected shape tools button, and click one of the following tools:
• Thread
• Well
• Cylinder
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• Prism
2 Click the projected shape, and perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Set the radius
Type a value in the top portion of the Radius and length box on
the property bar.
Set the length
Type a value in the bottom portion of the Radius and length box
on the property bar.
Set the pitch of a thread or well shape
Click the Pitch button on the property bar, and type a value in the
Pitch box.
Set the number of threads per inch for a thread or well shape
Click the Threads per inch button on the property bar, and type a
value in the Threads per inch box.
Set the distance between the start of a well or thread shape and
the first thread
Type a value in the top portion of the Distance from start or end
box.
Set the distance between the end of a well or thread shape and the
last thread
Type a value in the bottom portion of the Distance from start or
end box.
Specify the number of sides of the base faces of a prism
Type a value in the Sides box.
The radius, length, and distance values are applied in projected space.
To adjust a projected shape by using control handles
1 Using a projected shape tool, click the shape.
2 Perform any of the following tasks:
To
Do the following
Adjust the shape radius
Drag the radius control handle.
Adjust the shape length
Drag the length control handle.
Rotate a prism
Drag the radius control handle.
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Using control handles to adjust the radius (left) and length (right) of a thread shape
Drawing by using shape recognition
You can use the Smart drawing tool to draw freehand strokes that can be recognized and converted to basic shapes. Rectangles and ellipses
are translated to native Corel DESIGNER objects; trapezoids and parallelograms are translated to Perfect Shapes objects; lines, triangles,
squares, diamonds, circles, and arrows are translated to curve objects. If an object is not converted to a shape, it is smoothed. Objects and
curves drawn with shape recognition are editable. You can set the level at which Corel DESIGNER recognizes shapes and converts them to
objects. You can also specify the amount of smoothing applied to curves.
You can set the length of time to elapse between drawing the shape and the implementation of shape recognition. For example, if the
timer is set to one second and you draw a circle, shape recognition takes effect one second after you draw the circle and release the mouse
button.
You can make corrections as you draw. You can also change the thickness and line style of a shape that was drawn using shape recognition.
Shapes created with the Smart drawing tool are recognized and smoothed.
To draw a shape or line by using shape recognition
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the Smart drawing tool
.
2 Choose a recognition level from the Shape recognition level list box on the property bar.
3 Choose a smoothing level from the Smart smoothing level list box on the property bar.
4 Draw a shape or line in the drawing window.
To set shape recognition delay
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Toolbox.
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3 Click Smart drawing tool.
4 Move the Drawing assistance delay slider.
The slider moves in increments of 0.25 seconds; the maximum delay is 2 seconds.
To make a correction while using shape recognition
• Before the recognition delay has elapsed, hold down Shift, and drag over the area that you want to erase. Release Shift to continue
drawing.
You must start erasing the shape or line from the last point drawn.
If you are drawing a freehand shape consisting of several curves, you can delete the last curve drawn by pressing Esc.
To change the outline thickness of an object drawn with shape recognition
1 Click the Curve tools button, and click the Smart drawing tool
.
2 Click the shape.
3 From the Outline width list box on the property bar, choose an outline thickness.
When lines drawn with the Smart drawing tool overlap, the outline thickness is determined by the average.
You can change the line style of a shape drawn with shape recognition. For more information, see “To specify line and outline
settings” on page 144.
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Shaping objects
You can shape objects in various ways.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Working with curve objects” (page 169)
• “Shaping curve objects by using Reflect Nodes mode” (page 174)
• “Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects” (page 175)
• “Splitting objects” (page 179)
• “Trimming objects” (page 181)
• “Filleting, scalloping, and chamfering corners of curve objects” (page 182)
• “Welding and intersecting objects” (page 184)
• “Creating new objects from boundaries” (page 184)
• “Creating PowerClip objects” (page 185)
• “Smudging and smearing objects” (page 189)
• “Adding twirl effects” (page 192)
• “Roughening objects” (page 193)
• “Shaping objects by attracting or pushing away nodes” (page 195)
• “Applying distortion effects” (page 196)
• “Shaping objects by using envelopes” (page 198)
For more information about working with paths and subpaths, see “Reference: Shaping objects” on page 200.
Working with curve objects
Objects can be shaped by manipulating their nodes and segments. An object’s nodes are the tiny squares that appear along the object’s
outline. The line between two nodes is called a segment. Moving an object’s segments lets you make coarse adjustments to the object’s
shape, while changing the position of its nodes lets you fine-tune the shape of the object.
Most objects that are added to a drawing are not curve objects, with the exception of freehand and Bézier curves. Therefore, if you want to
customize the shape of an object, it is recommended that you convert that object to a curve object. By converting objects to curves, you can
shape them by adding, removing, positioning, aligning, or transforming their nodes. You can join two or more open curves or arcs to make
a single curve object, and you can convert curve objects to ellipses, if they have a basic ellipse shape to begin with. You can also copy and
cut curve segments, and then paste them as objects, making it easy to extract subpaths or create adjacent shapes with similar contours.
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Joining multiple line segments can be the starting point for a more complex drawing.
Before you can manipulate an object’s nodes, you must select them. When working with curve objects, you can select individual, multiple, or
all of the object’s nodes. Selecting multiple nodes lets you shape different parts of an object simultaneously.
When you add nodes, you increase the number of segments, and therefore the amount of control you have over the shape of the object.
You can also remove nodes to simplify an object’s shape.
When you create an object, it is made up of one or multiple paths. If you are working on an open object, such as a freehand curve, you can
join its start and end nodes. When you join the start and end nodes, the two nodes are pulled together to create a closed object. You can
add color to the inside of closed paths that you create. For information on applying fills, see “Filling objects” on page 301. If the paths
consist of multiple subpaths, you can break the paths apart to extract a subpath. For information on breaking paths apart, see “Cropping,
splitting, and erasing objects” on page 175.
After you create a curve object, you can align its nodes horizontally or vertically.
You can change the nodes on a curve object to one of four types: cusp, smooth, symmetrical, or line. Cusp nodes make the node’s
intersecting line take on the shape of a corner or point when you adjust the position of the node’s control points. Smooth nodes make the
node’s intersecting line take on the shape of a curve. Each control point can be shortened or lengthened independently, giving you smaller
or larger angles to work with. Symmetrical nodes make the node’s intersecting line take on the shape of a curve as well as intersect the node
at exactly the same angle. Line nodes let you shape objects by changing the shape of their segments. You can make a curve segment straight
or a straight segment curved.
You can also change the direction of a segment by reversing the position of its start and end nodes. The effect is visible only when the ends
of a segment are different from each other.
You can also shape objects by stretching, scaling, rotating, and skewing their nodes. For example, you can scale the corner nodes of a curve
object to enlarge the curve object proportionally. Stretching, on the other hand, elongates a curve object so that its shape is distorted. All or
parts of a curve object can be rotated in a counterclockwise or clockwise direction. You can reposition a node by specifying its coordinates.
You can also skew nodes to shape a curve object.
To convert objects to curve objects
1 Select the object.
2 Click Object  Convert to curves.
You can convert artistic text to curves so that you can shape individual characters.
To join curves
1 Using the Pick tool
, hold down Shift, and select each object.
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2 Click Object  Join curves.
3 In the Join curves docker, choose one of the following options:
• Extend
• Chamfer
• Fillet
• Bézier curve
4 Click Apply.
You can also
Specify the maximum distance between endpoints
Type a value in the Gap tolerance box.
Specify the radius
Type a value in the Radius box.
You cannot join interior points, only endpoints.
Endpoints must be within the specified tolerance to be joined.
If endpoints to be joined do not share coordinates, the endpoints are extended to their intersection.
You can also connect the subpaths in a group of objects.
You can also select curves by marquee selecting. If the curves are marquee selected, the properties from the top object on a layer
are used. You can verify which object is the top one in the Object manager docker. If the Object manager docker is not open, click
Window  Object manager.
To convert a curve to an ellipse
1 Select the curve object to convert.
2 Click Object  Convert to ellipse.
To copy or cut a curve segment
1 Select the curve.
2 Using the Shape tool
, select the nodes on a curve segment, and then press one of the following:
• Ctrl + C to copy the curve segment
• Ctrl + X to cut the curve segment
• Ctrl + D to duplicate the curve segment at a specified offset distance
To paste the curve segment, press Ctrl + V.
To select a node
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select a curve object.
3 Click a node.
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You can also
Marquee select multiple nodes
On the property bar, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode
list box, and drag around the nodes that you want to select.
Freehand marquee select multiple nodes
On the property bar, choose Freehand from the Selection mode
list box, and drag around the nodes that you want to select.
Select multiple nodes
Press Shift, and click each node.
Select adjacent nodes
Press Shift, click the first node, and then the last node that you
want to select.
To change the direction in which the nodes are selected, click while
holding down Shift.
Select all nodes on a selected curve
Click Edit  Select all  Nodes.
Deselect a node
Press Shift, and click a selected node.
Deselect multiple nodes
Press Shift, and click each selected node.
Deselect all nodes
Click a blank space in the drawing window.
When a curve is selected with the Shape tool, you can select the first node in a curve object by pressing Home, or the last node by
pressing End.
To add or remove a node
To
Do the following
Add a node
Click the Shape tool
, select a curve object, and double-click
where you want to add a node.
Click the Shape tool, select a curve object, and double-click a node.
Delete a node
To reduce the number of nodes in a curve object
1 In the toolbox, click the Shape tool
.
2 Click a curve object, and do one of the following:
• To reduce the number of nodes in the entire object, click the Select all nodes button
on the property bar.
• To reduce the number of nodes in a part of a curve object, marquee select the part that you want to change.
3 Do one of the following:
• Click Reduce nodes on the property bar to have overlapping and redundant nodes automatically removed.
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• Move the Curve smoothness slider to control the number of nodes that are removed. Removing many nodes can reshape the curve
object.
To join the end nodes of a single subpath
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Click a subpath.
3 Click the Close curve button
on the property bar.
You can close multiple subpaths by clicking Object  Join curves.
To join the nodes of multiple subpaths
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Hold down Shift, and click a node from each subpath.
3 Click the Extend curve to close button
on the property bar.
If you want to join nodes from separate curve objects, you must first combine them into a single curve object, and then join the end
nodes of the new subpaths. For information about combining objects, see “Combining objects” on page 229.
To align nodes
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select a curve object.
3 Hold down Shift, and select the nodes that you want to align.
4 Click the Align nodes button
on the property bar.
5 In the Node align dialog box, enable the alignment options you want.
To make a node cusp, smooth, or symmetrical
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Click a node.
3 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• Cusp node
• Smooth node
• Symmetrical node
You can also change an existing node from one type to another by using shortcut keys. To change a smooth node to a cusp node or a
cusp node to a smooth node, click the node using the Shape tool, and press C. To change a symmetrical node to a smooth node or a
smooth node to a symmetrical node, click the node using the Shapetool, and press S.
To manipulate a curve object’s segments
1 Click the Shape tool
.
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2 Select a curve object.
3 Drag a segment until it’s the shape you want.
You can also
Straighten a curve segment
Click a curve segment, and click the Convert to line button
on
the property bar.
Click a straight segment, and click the Convert to curve button
Curve a straight segment
on the property bar.
Change the direction of the curve
Click a segment, and click the Reverse direction button
on
the property bar.
To specify a node’s coordinate values
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select a node on a curve object.
3 Click Window  Object coordinates.
4 Click the Multi-point curve button
.
5 Type values in the X and Y boxes to specify the exact position of the point along the x and y rulers.
6 Click one of the following:
• Create object — adds a new curve object to the drawing window
• Replace object — replaces the selected curve object with a new one
To stretch, scale, rotate, or skew nodes
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select a curve object.
3 Select the nodes along the curve that you want to transform.
4 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• Stretch or scale nodes
• Rotate or skew nodes
5 Drag a set of handles to transform the nodes.
Shaping curve objects by using Reflect Nodes mode
Reflect Nodes mode lets you edit nodes and have the same edits take place in reverse on corresponding nodes. For example, you can move a
node to the right and have its corresponding node move the same distance to the left.
This is useful when you want to shape curve objects and have the changes mirrored across their left and right or top and bottom.
Usually, you will start with one curve object that is more or less symmetrical, or two curve objects, where the second was created by
mirroring the first.
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To shape a curve object by using Reflect Nodes mode
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select corresponding nodes on the left and right or top and bottom.
To select multiple nodes, drag to select the nodes, or click a node, hold down Shift, and click each additional node.
3 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• Reflect nodes vertically
• Reflect nodes horizontally
4 Edit the nodes on one side.
The changes occur in reverse on corresponding nodes on the other side.
To shape multiple objects by using Reflect Nodes mode, click the first object, and drag to select nodes; or hold down Shift, and click
each node on the first object. Then hold down Shift, click the second object, and drag to select nodes, or hold down Shift and click
each node on the second object.
Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects
You can crop, split, and erase portions of objects.
Cropping objects
Cropping lets you quickly remove unwanted areas in objects and imported graphics, eliminating the need to ungroup objects, break linked
groups apart, or convert objects to curves. You can crop vector objects and bitmaps.
Cropping objects
When cropping objects, you define a rectangular area (cropping area) that you want to keep. Object portions outside the cropping area
are removed. You can specify the exact position and size of the cropping area, and you can rotate and resize it. You can also remove the
cropping area.
You can crop only selected objects without affecting other objects in a drawing, or you can crop all objects on the drawing page. In either
case, the affected text and shape objects are automatically converted to curves.
Splitting objects
Using the Knife tool, you can split a bitmap or vector object in two and reshape it by redrawing its path. You can split a closed object along
a straight or jagged line. Corel DESIGNER lets you choose between splitting an object into two objects, or leaving it as one object composed
of two or more subpaths. You can specify whether you want to close the paths automatically or keep them open.
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The Knife tool creates two separate objects by cutting the ellipse in half.
The two objects are separated and used to form the top of the screw.
Premium membership lets you access an improved Knife tool known as Knife (Premium) tool. For more information, see “Splitting objects”
on page 179.
Erasing portions of objects
You can erase unwanted portions of bitmaps and vector objects. Erasing automatically closes any affected paths and converts the object to
curves. If you erase connecting lines, you create subpaths rather than individual objects. You can also delete portions of objects, called virtual
line segments, that are between intersections. For example, you can delete loops from a curved line, or you can delete interior lines from
overlapping shapes.
To crop objects
1 Select the objects that you want to crop.
If no objects on the drawing page are selected, all objects will be cropped.
2 In the toolbox, click the Deletion tools button, and click the Crop tool
.
3 Drag to define a cropping area.
4 Double-click inside the cropping area.
You can also
Specify the exact position of the cropping area
Type values in the Crop position boxes on the property bar, and
press Enter.
Specify the exact size of the cropping area
Type values in the Crop size boxes on the property bar, and press
Enter.
Rotate the cropping area
Type values in the Angle of rotation box on the property bar.
Remove the cropping area
Click Clear crop marquee on the property bar.
Objects on locked, hidden, Grid, or Guides layers cannot be cropped. Also, you cannot crop OLE and Internet objects, rollovers, or the
content of PowerClip™ objects.
During cropping, affected linked groups, such as contours, blends, and extrusions, are automatically broken apart.
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You can move, rotate, and size the cropping area interactively as you would any object. To move the cropping area, drag it to a new
position. To size the cropping area, drag any of its handles
. To rotate the cropping area, click inside, and drag a rotation handle
.
You can remove the cropping area by pressing Esc.
To split an object
1 Click the Deletion tools button, and click the Knife tool
.
2 Position the Knife tool over the object’s outline where you want to start cutting.
The Knife tool snaps upright when positioned properly.
3 Click the outline to start cutting.
4 Position the Knife tool where you want to stop cutting, and click again.
You can also
Split an object along a freehand curve
Point to where you want to start the cut, and drag to where you
want it to end.
Split an object along a Bézier curve
Hold down Shift, click where you want to start cutting an object,
drag the control handle to where you want to position the next
node, and click. Continue clicking to add more straight segments to
the line.
If you want to add a curved segment, point to where you want to
place the node and drag to shape the curve.
If you want to constrain the line to 15-degree increments, hold
down Shift + Ctrl.
Split an object into two subpaths
Click the Keep as one object button
Split an object while keeping only one of its parts
Click the object’s outline where you want to start the cut, and point
to where you want the cut to end. Press Tab once or twice until
only the part of the object that you want to keep is selected, and
then click.
on the property bar.
By default, objects are split into two objects and paths are automatically closed.
When you use the Knife tool on a selected object, the object becomes a curve object.
To divide an object into equal segments
1 Select the object that you want to divide.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Equal divide.
3 In the Shaping docker, specify the following:
• Divisions — number of segments to divide the object into
• Gap — amount of space between segments
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If you want to group the segments after the divide, enable the Group divisions check box.
If you want the segments to be combined as one object, enable the Combine divisionscheck box. Disable the check box if you want the
segments to be individual objects.
If you do not want to delete the original object, disable the Delete selected objectcheck box.
4 Click Apply.
This feature creates a copy of the object and applies the divisions to the new object. If you do not delete the original object, you will
have two objects one on top of the other, and the object will appear unchanged.
The resulting object inherits the original object’s edge and fill properties.
You can divide curves, arcs, rectangles, and polygons. To divide other objects, you must first convert them to curves. You cannot
divide images.
You can select multiple objects to divide at one time. If you also enable the Group divisionscheck box, all the objects that you divide
are grouped into a single group.
To break a path
To
Do the following
Break a path
Click the Shape tool
button
Extract a broken path from an object
. Select a node, and click the Break curve
on the property bar.
Click the Shape tool
. Right-click a path, and click Break apart.
Select a segment, node, or group of nodes that represents the
portion of the path that you want to extract, and click the Extract
subpath button
on the property bar.
To erase portions of an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click the Deletion tools button, and click the Eraser tool
.
3 Drag over the object.
You can also
Change the size of the eraser nib
Type a value in the Eraser thickness box on the property bar, and
press Enter.
Change the shape of the eraser nib
Click the Eraser shape button
Maintain all the nodes of the area that is being erased
Disable the Reduce nodes button
Adjust the size of the eraser nib
Type a value in the Eraser thickness box on the property bar.
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on the property bar.
on the property bar.
You can also
Use the pressure of a digital pen to vary the size of the eraser nib
Click the Pen pressurebutton
on the property bar.
When you erase portions of objects, any affected paths are automatically closed.
You can erase in straight lines by clicking where you want to start erasing, and then clicking where you want to finish erasing. Hold
down Ctrl if you want to constrain the line’s angle.
You can also erase an area of a selected object by double-clicking the area with the Eraser tool.
To delete a virtual line segment
1 Click the Deletion tools button, and click the Virtual segment delete tool
.
2 Move the pointer to the line segment that you want to delete.
The Virtual segment delete tool snaps upright when positioned properly.
3 Click the line segment.
You can also
Delete multiple line segments at the same time
Drag the pointer to enclose or intersect all target segments.
Delete a virtual line segment that intersects with a curve
Hold down Alt and drag to draw a curve.
Weld line segments
Hold down Shift, and click the two overlapping end points. You
can also hold down Alt + Shift and drag to marquee select the
overlapping nodes.
The Virtual segment delete tool does not work on linked groups (like drop shadows), text, or images.
Splitting objects
Premium feature
With the revamped Knife (Premium) tool in Corel DESIGNER, you can split vector objects, text, and bitmaps. You can split single objects or
groups of objects along straight, freehand, or Bézier lines.
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(From top to bottom) Three modes for splitting objects are available: Bézier, 2-Point Line, and Freehand.
In addition, you can create a gap between the new objects resulting from the splitting action, or you can make the new objects overlap.
To split an object
1 In the toolbox, click the Knife (Premium) tool
.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• 2-point linemode
— to split the object along a straight line. To constrain the line by 15-degree increments, hold down Shift +
Ctrl.
• Freehand mode
— to split the object along a freehand line
3 Drag across the object or group of objects that you want to split.
You can also
Split an object along a Bézier line
Click the Bézier mode button
on the property bar. Click where
you want to start cutting an object, drag the control handle to
where you want to position the next node, and click. Continue
clicking to add more straight segments to the line. To add a curved
segment, point to where you want to place the node and drag to
shape the curve. To constrain the line by 15-degree increments,
hold down Shift + Ctrl.
Create a gap or an overlap between the new objects
On the property bar, choose Gap or Overlap from the Cut span list
box. Type a value in the Width box.
When you split an object by using the Knife(Premium) tool, the new objects become curve objects.
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Trimming objects
Trimming creates irregularly shaped objects by removing object areas that overlap. You can trim almost any object, including clones, objects
on different layers, and single objects with intersecting lines. However, you cannot trim paragraph text, dimension lines, or masters of clones.
Before you trim objects, you must decide which object you want to trim (the target object) and which object you want to use to perform
the trimming (the source object). For example, if you want to create a star-shaped cutout of a square object, the star is the source object
because you are using it to trim the square. The square is the target object because it’s the object that you want to trim. The source object
trims the part of the target object it overlaps. For example, if you trim a rectangle by using a circle, the area of the rectangle that was
covered by the circle is removed, creating an irregular shape. The target object retains its fill and outline attributes.
Corel DESIGNER lets you trim objects in different ways. You can use a front object as the source object to trim an object behind it, or use
the back object to trim a front object. You can also remove hidden areas of overlapping objects, so that only the visible areas remain in the
drawing. Removing the hidden areas can reduce file size when you convert vector graphics to bitmaps.
To trim an object
1 Select the source and target objects.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Trim.
3 In the Shaping docker, click Indicate target.
4 Click the object to trim.
If you want to delete objects during the trim, enable the Delete selected object or Delete target object check box in the Shaping
docker.
To trim front and back objects
1 Marquee select the source and target objects.
2 Click Object  Shaping, and click one of the following:
• Back minus front — removes the front object from the back one
• Front minus back — removes the back object from the front one
3 Click Apply in the Shaping docker.
You can trim the control object of a PowerClip object so that the object inside the PowerClip object assumes the new shape of the
PowerClip container. For information about PowerClip objects, see “Creating PowerClip objects” on page 185.
Text on a path is converted to a curve object before it is trimmed.
To trim overlapping areas among objects
1 Marquee select the objects that you want to trim.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Simplify.
3 Click Apply in the Shaping docker.
You can trim the control object of a PowerClip object, so that the object inside the PowerClip object assumes the new shape of the
PowerClip container. For information about PowerClip objects, see “Creating PowerClip objects” on page 185.
Text on a path is converted to a curve object before it is trimmed.
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Filleting, scalloping, and chamfering corners of curve objects
You can fillet, scallop, or chamfer the corners of any curve object, whether it originates from a shape, lines, text, or a bitmap. Filleting
produces a rounded corner, scalloping rounds and inverts the corner to create a notch, and chamfering bevels a corner so that it appears
flat. Corel DESIGNER also lets you preview the corners before you apply the changes to them. For information about modifying the corners
of squares and rectangles, see “Drawing rectangles and squares” on page 157.
The cabinet doors have different styles applied to the corners. From left to right you
can see standard corners, filleted corners, scalloped corners, and chamfered corners.
When you fillet, scallop, or chamfer non-curve shapes, they are automatically converted to curves. Text objects must be converted to curves
manually by using the Convert to curves command. Changes apply to all corners unless you select individual nodes. You cannot fillet,
scallop, or chamfer a smooth or symmetrical curve; the corner must be created by two lines that intersect at an angle of less than 180
degrees.
If a fillet, scallop, or chamfer value is too high, the operation is not applied to some or all of the corners. This occurs when line segments
aren’t long enough to apply the radius or chamfer distance. Even if the line segments appear long enough at the beginning of the
operation, you must consider that the line segments shorten as the radius or chamfer values are applied across the object.
In the example above, the circles represent fillet radius settings. The upper lines show the proposed fillets on
the left and the successful results on the right. The lower lines also show the proposed fillets on the left, but
the results on the right show that not all corners are filleted. After the first fillet is applied, the next corner can’t
be filleted because the line segment isn’t long enough. This corner is skipped, and the final corner is filleted.
To round object corners by filleting
1 Do one of the following:
• Select a curve object using the Pick tool
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• Select individual nodes on a curve object using the Shape tool
2 Click Window
.
 Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer.
3 In the Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer docker, enable the Fillet option.
4 Type a value in the Radius box.
The radius is used to create a circular arc whose center is equidistant from either side of a corner. Higher values produce more rounded
corners.
5 Click Apply.
The Apply button is disabled if no valid objects or nodes are selected.
If you have a square or rectangle, you can also round all corners at once by dragging a corner node toward the center of the object
while the Shape tool is active. The shape is not converted to curves if you use this method.
To scallop object corners
1 Do one of the following:
• Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
• Select individual nodes on a curve object using the Shape tool
.
2 Click Window  Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer.
3 In the Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer docker, enable the Scallop option.
4 Type a value in the Radius box.
The radius value is measured from the original corner point to create a scalloping arc.
5 Click Apply.
The Apply button is disabled if no valid objects or nodes are selected.
To bevel object corners by chamfering
1 Do one of the following:
• Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
• Select individual nodes on a curve object using the Shape tool
.
2 Click Window  Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer.
3 In the Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer docker, enable the Chamfer option.
4 In the Chamfer distance area, type a value in the A box to set where the chamfer will begin in relation to the original corner.
If you do not want the ends of the chamfer to be equidistant from the original corner, click the Lock button
, and type a different
value in the B box. A and B values are applied according to the direction in which the line is drawn.
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5 Click Apply.
Welding and intersecting objects
You can create irregular shapes by welding and intersecting objects. You can weld or intersect almost any object, including clones, objects on
different layers, and single objects with intersecting lines. However, you cannot weld or intersect paragraph text, dimension lines, or masters
of clones.
You can weld objects to create one object with a single outline. The new object uses the welded objects’ perimeter as its outline and adopts
the fill and outline properties of the target object. All intersecting lines disappear.
You can weld objects regardless of whether they overlap each other. If you weld objects that do not overlap, they form a weld group that
acts as a single object. In both cases, the welded object takes on the fill and outline attributes of the target object.
You can weld single objects with intersecting lines so that the object breaks into several subpaths, but its appearance remains the same.
Intersecting creates an object from the area where two or more objects overlap. The shape of this new object can be simple or complex,
depending on the shapes you intersect. The new object’s fill and outline attributes depend on the object you define as the target object.
To weld an object
1 Select the source object or objects.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Weld.
3 In the Shaping docker, click Indicate target.
4 Click the object to weld.
If you want to delete objects during welding, enable the Delete selected object or Delete target object check box.
To intersect an object
1 Select the source object or objects.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Intersect.
3 In the Shaping docker, click Indicate target.
4 Click the object to intersect with.
If you want to delete objects, enable the Delete selected object or Delete target object check box.
To intersect multiple objects, marquee select the source objects.
Creating new objects from boundaries
You can draw a boundary around the outer or inner edges of complex shapes to create a new closed curve object with the current properties
(line weight, fill color, and so on).
During this process, if you specify a point outside the selected objects, an outline is wrapped around the outside edge. If you specify a point
on the inside of selected objects, an outline is drawn around the inner edges. If the objects do not overlap, each object is outlined separately.
Error messages appear if you click directly on a line or if there is not sufficient space to create the boundary.
Boundaries cannot be drawn around text, bitmaps, or open line endings.
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To create a new object from a boundary
1 Select the objects for the boundary.
2 Click Object  Shaping  Boundary.
If you want the boundary object to be placed behind the current objects, enable the Place behind selected option in the Shaping
docker.
3 Click Indicate target.
4 Click a point outside or inside the selected objects.
If you want to delete the original objects, enable Delete selected object.
Creating PowerClip objects
Corel DESIGNER lets you place vector objects and bitmaps, such as photos, inside other objects, or containers. A frame can be any object, for
example artistic text or a rectangle.When the object is larger than the frame, the object, called the contents, is cropped to fit the form of the
frame. This creates a PowerClip object.
You can create more complex PowerClip objects by placing one PowerClip object inside another to produce a nested PowerClip object. You
can also copy the contents of one PowerClip object to another.
You can create an empty PowerClip frame from an object, or convert a PowerClip frame back to an object. Creating empty PowerClip frames
or text frames is useful when you want to define the layout of your document before adding the content. For more information about text
frames, see “Adding paragraph text” on page 377. After you create an empty PowerClip frame, you can add contents to it. You can also
add contents to a PowerClip frame that already contains another object.
After you create a PowerClip object, you can select or edit its contents, or reposition the contents inside the frame. Whenever a PowerClip
object is selected, a floating toolbar appears.
The PowerClip toolbar lets you edit, select, extract, lock, or reposition the contents
inside the frame. The toolbar appears whenever a PowerClip object is selected.
You can lock the PowerClip contents, so that when you move the frame, the content moves with it. If you want to delete the contents of a
PowerClip object or modify it without affecting the frame, you can extract the contents.
You can set the default behavior for dragging content to PowerClip frames, centering new content, and marking empty PowerClip frames.
To create a PowerClip object
1 Select the object that you want to use as PowerClip contents.
2 Click Object  PowerClip  Place inside frame.
3 Click the object that you want to use as a frame.
If you want to create a nested PowerClip object, drag the PowerClip object inside another PowerClip object, and hold down the W key as
you release the mouse button to place the object inside the frame.
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You can also right-click an object or a group of objects, click PowerClip inside, and then click the object that you want to use as a
frame.
If the content is placed so that it falls outside the frame in its current position, it is automatically centered inside the frame to make it
visible. To change this setting, click Tools  Options, choose PowerClip frame in the Workspace list of categories, and set the options
you want in the Auto-center new content area.
To create an empty PowerClip frame
1 Select an object that you want to use as a frame.
2 Click Object  PowerClip  Create empty PowerClip frame.
You can also right-click the object, choose Frame type, and click Create empty PowerClip frame.
You can also click the PowerClip frame button on the Layout toolbar. To open the Layout toolbar, click View  Toolbars  Layout.
To add content to a PowerClip frame
1 Drag an object to the PowerClip frame.
When the object approaches the frame, the frame is highlighted.
2 Do one of the following:
• To add the object to an empty PowerClip frame, release the mouse button.
• To add the object to a full PowerClip frame, hold down the W key as you release the mouse button.
You can also drag content to the PowerClip frame directly from Corel CONNECT, or from the Connect docker.
If the content is placed so that it falls outside the frame, it is automatically centered inside the frame to make it visible. To change this
setting, click Tools  Options, choose PowerClip frame in the Workspace list of categories, and set the options you want in the Autocenter new content area.
To convert a PowerClip frame back to an object
• Right-click the PowerClip frame, choose Frame type, and click None.
If the frame contains content, the content is deleted when the frame reverts to a regular object. To avoid losing the content, you can
first extract it from the PowerClip object.
You can also convert a frame back to an object by clicking the No frame button on the Layout toolbar. To open the Layout toolbar,
click View  Toolbars  Layout.
To select the contents of a PowerClip object
1 Select the PowerClip object.
The PowerClip toolbar appears.
2 Click the Select PowerClip contents button on the PowerClip toolbar.
To position the contents inside a PowerClip frame
1 Select a PowerClip object.
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2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Center the contents inside the PowerClip frame
Click Object  PowerClip  Center contents.
Fit the contents proportionally inside the PowerClip frame
Click Object  PowerClip  Fit contents proportionally.
The content is resized so that its longest dimension fits inside
the frame. The content is not distorted, and its aspect ratio is
preserved. The whole content is visible, but there may be empty
areas in the frame.
Fill the PowerClip frame proportionally
Click Object  PowerClip  Fill frame proportionally.
The content is resized so that it fills the frame without being
distorted. The content’s aspect ratio is preserved. The frame is full,
but there may be parts of the content that fall outside the frame
and are not visible.
Fill the PowerClip frame by stretching the contents
Click Object  PowerClip  Stretch contents to fill frame.
The content is resized and distorted so that it fills the frame. The
content’s aspect ratio is not preserved. The frame is full, and all of
the content is visible.
The Fit contents proportionally, Fill frame proportionally, and theStretch contents to fill framecommandsmodify the PowerClip
contents. The content remains modified even if you extract it from the frame.
You can also position the contents by clicking the Fit contents button on the PowerClip toolbar and clicking a command.
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Examples of PowerClip contents positioned by using the following commands: Center contents (top left), Fit contents
proportionally (top right), Fill frame proportionally (bottom left), and Stretch contents to fill frame (bottom right).
To copy the content of a PowerClip object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Copy effect  PowerClip from.
3 Click a PowerClip object.
To edit the content of a PowerClip object
1 Select a PowerClip object.
2 Click Object  PowerClip  Edit PowerClip.
3 Edit the contents of the PowerClip object.
4 Click Object  PowerClip  Finish editing this level.
While you edit, the container is displayed in Wireframe mode and cannot be selected.
To lock or unlock the contents of a PowerClip object
1 Select a PowerClip object.
2 Click Object  PowerClip  Lock contents to PowerClip.
When the content is unlocked, it is separated from the frame, so that the frame can be moved independently. If you move the frame
while the content is unlocked, the content remains stationary and is not visible until you move the frame over it.
You can also right-click a PowerClip object and click Lock contents to PowerClip, or you can select the PowerClip object and click the
Lock contents to PowerClip button on the PowerClip toolbar.
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To extract the content of a PowerClip object
1 Select a PowerClip object.
2 Click Object  PowerClip  Extract contents.
You must extract the contents of each level in a nested PowerClip separately.
After the content is extracted, the frame remains as an empty PowerClip frame.
You can also right-click a PowerClip object and click Extract contents, or you can select the PowerClip object and click the Extract
contents button on the PowerClip toolbar.
To set default options for PowerClip frames
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace category, click PowerClip frame.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Set the default behavior for dragging content to a PowerClip frame
In the Drag content inside PowerClip area, choose PowerClip
with content or Empty PowerClip from the list box, and then
choose one of the following options:
•Ignore PowerClip frame — places the content on top of the
PowerClip frame instead of inside
•Add content to PowerClip frame
•Replace existing content (available only for PowerClip frames
with content)
Set the default behavior for centering new content in a PowerClip
frame
In the Auto-center new content area, choose one of the following
options:
•When content is completely outside the frame — centers
content only if it is beyond the boundaries of the PowerClip
frame and will not be visible otherwise
•Always — always centers new content
•Never — turns off auto-centering
Mark empty PowerClip frames
Enable the Show lines in empty PowerClip frames check box, and
choose one of the following options:
•Always — displays lines in empty PowerClip frames on screen
and in printed or exported documents
•On screen only — displays lines in empty PowerClip frames only
on screen
Smudging and smearing objects
Smudging and smearing let you shape an object by pulling extensions or making indents along its outline. With smudging, the extensions
and indents resemble streaks that vary little in width as you drag with the Smudge brush tool. With smearing, the extensions and indents
have a more fluid shape that decreases in width as you drag with the Smear tool.
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Smudging objects
Smudging lets you distort an object by dragging its outline. When applying smudging to an object, you can control the extent and shape of
the distortion, whether you use a pen tablet or a mouse.
The smudging effect responds to both the angle of rotation — or bearing — and the tilt angle of the stylus (also known as a pressuresensitive pen). Rotating the stylus changes the angle of the smudging effect and tilting the stylus flattens the brush tip and changes the
shape of the smudging. If you are using a mouse, you can simulate the bearing and tilt of the stylus by specifying values. Increasing
the bearing angle from 0 to 359° changes the angle of the brushstroke. As you decrease the tilt angle from 90° to 15°, you change the
smudging shape by flattening the brush tip.
Smudging can respond to the pressure of a stylus on a pen tablet where the smudging widens with more pressure and narrows with less.
If you are using a mouse or want to override stylus pressure, you can enter real values to simulate the pressure of a stylus on a pen tablet.
Negative values to -10 create a narrowing distortion, 0 maintains an even stroke width, and positive values to 10 create an expanding
distortion.
Whether you are using a pen tablet or a mouse, you must specify the nib size. The nib size determines the width of the smudging applied to
an object.
You can apply the smudging effect to the inside and outside of an object.
Smudging objects
Smearing objects
To control the smearing effect, you can set the size of the brush nib and the amount of effect to apply, and you can use the pressure of your
digital pen. You can use smooth curves or curves with sharp corners when smearing objects.
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Smearing an object
To smudge an object
1 Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Smudge brush tool
.
3 Drag around the outline to distort it.
You can also
Change the size of the brush nib
Type a value in the Nib size box
Change the size of the brush nib when using a pen tablet
Click the Pen pressure button
on the property bar.
on the property bar, and apply
pressure to the pen.
Widen or narrow the smudging
Type a value between -10 and 10 in the Dryout box
on
the property bar.
Specify the shape of the smudging
Type a value between 15 and 90 in the Tilt box
on
the property bar.
Change the shape of the smudging when using a pen tablet
Click the Pentilt button
Specify the angle of the nib shape for smudging
Type a value between 0 and 359 in the Bearing box
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
Change the angle of the nib shape for smudging when using a pen
tablet
Click the Pen bearing button
Smudge the inside of an object
Click the outside of an object and drag inwards.
Smudge the outside of an object
Click the inside of an object an drag outwards.
on the property bar.
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You cannot apply smudging to Internet or embedded objects, linked images, grids, masks, mesh-filled objects, or objects with blend
and contour effects.
To see the minimum and maximum values for the smudging controls, right-click the control on the property bar and click Settings.
To smear an object
1 Select a curve object using Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Smear tool
.
3 Do one of the following:
• To smear the outside of an object, click outside an object, close to its edge, and drag outwards.
• To smear the inside of an object, click inside an object, close to its edge, and drag inwards.
You can also
Change the radius of the brush nib
Type a value in the Nib radius box on the property bar.
Set the amount of smearing
Type a value in the Pressure box.
Use the pressure of a digital pen to control the amount of smearing
Click the Pen pressurebutton
Use smooth curves when smearing
Click the Smooth smear button
Use curves with sharp corners when smearing
Click the Pointy smear button
on the property bar.
.
.
The difference between a smooth smear and pointy smear is noticeable only with higher Pressure values.
Adding twirl effects
You can add twirl effects to objects. You can set the radius, speed, and direction of the twirl effects, and you can use the pressure of your
digital pen to change the intensity of the twirl effect.
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Adding a twirl effect
To add a twirl effect to an object
1 Select a curve object using Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Twirl tool
.
3 Click the edge of the object, and hold down the mouse button until the twirl is the size you want.
To position and reshape the twirl, you can drag while holding down the mouse button.
You can also
Set the radius of the twirl effect
Type a value in the Nib radius box on the property bar.
Set the rate at which the twirl effect is applied
Type a value between 1 and 100 in the Rate box on the property
bar.
Set the direction of the twirl effect
Click the Counterclockwise twirl button twirl button Use the pressure of a digital pen to control the intensity of the twirl
effect
or the Clockwise
.
Click the Pen pressurebutton
on the property bar.
Roughening objects
The roughening effect lets you apply a jagged or spiked edge to objects, including lines, curves, and text. You can control the size, angle,
direction, and number of the indentations, whether you use a pen tablet or a mouse.
The roughening effect is determined by the movements of the stylus (or pressure-sensitive pen), by fixed settings, or by automatically
applying perpendicular spikes to the line. Tilting the stylus toward and away from the tablet’s surface increases and decreases the size of the
spikes. If you are using a mouse, you can specify a tilt angle between 0 and 90°. You can determine the direction of the spikes by changing
the angle of rotation (or bearing) of the stylus as you apply the roughening effect to an object. When you are using a mouse, you can set
the bearing angle from 0 to 359°. You can also increase or decrease the number of spikes that are applied as you drag.
The roughening effect also responds to the pressure of the stylus on the tablet. The more pressure you apply, the more spikes are created in
the roughened area. If you are using a mouse, you can specify values to simulate the stylus pressure.
You can also change the brush nib size.
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Roughening allows you to apply jags or spikes to part of an outline or path.
To roughen an object
1 Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shapetools button in the toolbox, and click the Roughen brush tool
.
3 Point to the area on the outline that you want to roughen, and drag the outline to distort it.
You can also
Specify the size of the roughening spikes
Type a value between 0.01 and 2.0 in the Nib size box
on the property bar.
Change the number of spikes in a roughened area
Type a value between 1 and 10 in the Frequency of spikes box
on the property bar.
Change the number of spikes in a roughened area when using a
pen tablet
Click the Pen pressurebutton
Specify the height of the roughening spikes
Type a value between 0 and 90 in the Tilt box
on the property bar.
on
the property bar.
Increase the number of roughening spikes as you drag
Type a value between -10 and 10 in the Dryout box
the property bar.
Change the height of the roughening spikes when using a pen
tablet
Click the Pen tilt button
Specify the direction of the roughening spikes
Choose Fixed direction from the Spike direction list box.
Type a value between 0 and 359 in the Pen bearing box
on the property bar.
on the property bar.
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on
You can also
Change the direction of the roughening spikes when using a pen
tablet
Choose Stylus setting from the Spike direction list box on the
property bar.
Create roughening spikes perpendicular to the path or outline
Choose Auto from the Spike direction list box on the property bar.
Objects with distortions, envelopes, and perspective applied to them are converted to curve objects before the roughening effect is
applied.
To make the tilt angle and bearing responsive to the stylus, right-click the roughened object with the Roughen brush tool, and select
a command from the context menu.
To see the minimum and maximum values for the roughening controls, right-click the control on the property bar, and click Settings.
Shaping objects by attracting or pushing away nodes
The Attract and Repel tools let you shape objects by attracting nodes or pushing nodes away. To control the shaping effect, you can vary the
size of the brush nib and the speed at which the nodes are attracted or pushed away, and you can use the pressure of your digital pen.
Using the Attract tool to shape an object
Using the Repel tool to shape an object
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To shape an object by attracting nodes
1 Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Attract tool
.
3 Click inside or outside the object, close to its edge, and hold down the mouse button to reshape the edge. For a more pronounced
effect, drag while holding down the mouse button.
You can also
Set the radius of the brush nib
Type a value in the Nib radius box on the property bar.
To change the radius of the brush nib, you can also drag in the
document window while holding down Shift. Drag towards the
nib’s center to decrease the radius, and away from the nib’s center
to increase it.
Set the speed of the attraction
Type a value in the Rate box.
Use the pressure of a digital pen to control the effect
Click the Pen pressurebutton
on the property bar.
To shape an object by pushing nodes away
1 Select a curve object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Repel tool
.
3 Click inside or outside the object, close to its edge, and hold down the mouse button to reshape the edge. For a more pronounced
effect, drag while holding down mouse button.
You can also
Set the radius of the brush nib
Type a value in the Nib radius box on the property bar.
To change the radius of the brush nib, you can also drag in the
document window while holding down Shift. Drag towards the
nib’s center to decrease the radius, and away from the nib’s center
to increase it.
Set the speed of the repel effect
Type a value in the Rate box.
Use the pressure of a digital pen to control the effect
Click the Pen pressurebutton
Applying distortion effects
You can apply three types of distortion effects to shape objects.
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on the property bar.
Distortion effect
Description
Push and pull
Lets you push the edges of an object in or pull the edges of an
object out.
Zipper
Lets you apply a sawtooth effect to the edges of the object. You
can adjust the amplitude and frequency of the effect.
Twister
Lets you rotate an object to create a swirl effect. You can choose
the direction of the swirl, as well as the origin, degree, and amount
of rotation.
After you distort an object, you can change the effect by altering the center of distortion. This point is identified by a diamond-shaped
handle, around which a distortion appears. It is similar to a mathematical compass, where the pencil moves around a stationary point. You
can place the center of distortion anywhere in the drawing window, or choose to center it in the middle of an object so that the distortion is
distributed evenly and the shape of the object changes in relation to its center.
You can create an even more dramatic effect by applying a new distortion to an already distorted object. You don’t lose the effect of the
original distortion if, for example, you apply a zipper distortion on top of a twister distortion. Corel DESIGNER also lets you remove and copy
distortion effects.
To distort an object
1 Click the Interactive tools button in the toolbox, and click the Distort tool
.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons, and specify the settings you want:
• Push and pull distortion
• Zipper distortion
• Twister distortion
3 Point to where you want to place the center of distortion, and drag until the object is the shape you want.
You can also
Change the center of distortion
Drag the diamond-shaped position handle to a new location.
Adjust the number of points on a zipper distortion
Move the slider on the center of the distortion handle.
Apply a preset distortion
Choose a distortion preset from the Preset list box on the property
bar.
Apply more than one distortion to an object
Choose another distortion type on the property bar, click an object,
and drag.
You can reapply the effects to distorted objects.
You can center a distortion by clicking the Center distortion button
on the property bar.
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To remove a distortion
1 Select a distorted object.
2 Click Effects  Clear distortion.
Removing a distortion this way clears the most recent distortion you’ve applied.
You can also remove a distortion from a selected object by clicking the Clear distortion button
on the property bar.
To copy a distortion
1 Select the object to which you want to copy a distortion.
2 Click Effects  Copy effect  Distortion from.
3 Click a distorted object.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy the effect. For more information, see “To copy object properties from
one object to another” on page 216.
Shaping objects by using envelopes
Corel DESIGNER lets you shape objects, including lines, artistic text, and paragraph text frames by applying envelopes to them. Envelopes are
made of multiple nodes that you can move to shape the envelope and, as a result, change the shape of the object. You can apply a basic
envelope that conforms to the shape of an object, or you can apply a preset envelope. After you apply an envelope, you can edit it, or add a
new envelope to continue changing the object’s shape. Corel DESIGNER also lets you copy and remove envelopes.
You can edit an envelope by adding and positioning its nodes. Adding nodes gives you more control over the shape of the object contained
in the envelope. Corel DESIGNER also lets you delete nodes, move multiple nodes simultaneously, change nodes from one type to another,
and change a segment of an envelope to a line or curve. For more information about the different types of nodes, see “Working with curve
objects” on page 169.
You can also change the mapping mode of an envelope to specify how the object fits to the envelope. For example, you can stretch an
object to fit the basic dimensions of the envelope, and then apply the horizontal mapping mode to compress it horizontally so that it fits the
shape of the envelope.
To apply an envelope
1 Select an object.
2 Click the Interactive tools button in the toolbox, and click the Envelope tool
.
3 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• Straight line mode
— creates envelopes based on straight lines, adding perspective to objects
• Single-arc mode
— creates envelopes with an arc shape on one side, giving objects a concave or convex appearance
• Double-arc mode
— creates envelopes with an S shape on one or more sides
• Unconstrained mode
— creates freeform envelopes that let you change the properties of the nodes, and add or delete nodes
4 Click the object.
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5 Drag the nodes to shape the envelope.
If you want to reset the envelope, press Esc before releasing the mouse button.
You can also
Apply a preset envelope
Choose an envelope from the Preset list box on the property bar.
Apply an envelope to an object with an envelope
Click the Add new envelope button
on the property bar, and
drag the nodes to change the shape of the envelope.
Remove an envelope
Click Effects  Clear envelope.
You can prevent the object’s straight lines from being converted to curves by enabling the Keep lines button
on the property
bar.
To copy an envelope
1 Select an object to which you want to copy an envelope.
2 Click Effects  Copy effect  Envelope from.
3 Select the object from which you want to copy the envelope.
You can also copy an envelope by selecting an object with the envelope you want to copy, clicking the Copy envelope properties
button on the property bar when the Envelope tool is active, and selecting the object to which you want to apply the effect.
To edit an envelope’s nodes and segments
1 Click the Interactive tools button in the toolbox, and click the Envelope tool
.
2 Select an object with an envelope.
3 Double-click the envelope to add a node, or double-click a node to delete it.
You can also
Move several envelope nodes at once
Click the Unconstrained mode button
on the property bar,
marquee select the nodes that you want to move, and drag any
node to a new position.
Marquee select multiple nodes
On the property bar, choose Rectangular from the Selectionmode
list box, and drag around the nodes that you want to select.
Freehand marquee select multiple nodes
On the property bar, choose Freehand from the Selection mode
list box, and drag around the nodes that you want to select.
Move opposing nodes an equal distance in the same direction
Press Shift, select two opposing nodes, and drag them to a new
position.
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You can also
Move opposing nodes an equal distance in opposite directions
Click the Single-arc mode
or Double-arc mode
button
on the property bar, hold down Shift, and drag one of the nodes
to a new position.
Change an envelope node type
Click the Unconstrained mode button on the property bar, and
click the Cusp node
node
Change an envelope segment to a straight line or curve
, Smooth node
, or Symmetrical
button.
Click the Unconstrained mode button on the property bar, click
a line segment, and click the Convert to line button
Convert to curve button
or the
.
To change the mapping mode
1 Click the Interactive tools button in the toolbox, and click the Envelope tool
.
2 Click an object with an envelope.
3 On the property bar, choose one of the following from the Mapping mode list box:
• Horizontal — stretches the object to fit the basic dimensions of the envelope and then compresses the object horizontally to fit the
shape of the envelope
• Original — maps the corner handles of the object’s selection box to the envelope’s corner nodes. The other nodes are mapped linearly
along the edge of the object’s selection box.
• Putty — maps the corner handles of the object’s selection box to the envelope’s corner nodes
• Vertical — stretches the object to fit the basic dimensions of the envelope and then compresses the object vertically to fit the shape of
the envelope
4 Drag the nodes or the nodes’ control points.
You can’t change the mapping mode of paragraph text frames to which you’ve applied an envelope.
Reference: Shaping objects
Objects created in Corel DESIGNER follow a path that gives them their defining shape. When this path is broken or cut, subpaths remain.
Paths and subpaths
• Paths outline an object’s shape and are often visible as one or more line or curve segments. You can disconnect line segments from
one another to create subpaths. Even though they are not connected, subpaths are still part of the defining path of the original object;
however, you can extract a subpath to create two separate objects: the extracted subpath and the object it was extracted from.
• Subpaths are the basic curves and shapes from which a single curve object is constructed. For example, a single curve object with
subpaths is often created when text is converted to curves. The letter “O,” for instance, is composed of two ellipses: the outside ellipse
that defines the letter’s shape and the inside ellipse that defines the “hole.” The ellipses are subpaths that compose the single curve
object, “O”. One of the basic reasons for creating an object with subpaths is that you can produce objects with holes in them.
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1) The letter “O” is converted to curves. 2) The resulting subpaths are the outside ellipse
that defines the shape of the letter and the inside ellipse (tinted gray) that defines the hole.
3) In comparison, the black ellipse consists of a single path and cannot contain a “hole.”
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Projecting objects
The Corel DESIGNER application lets you work in projected drawing modes. You can use drawing profiles to project objects onto drawing
planes and create the illusion of a three-dimensional image.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Understanding projected drawing modes” (page 203)
• “Using projected drawing modes” (page 204)
• “Customizing drawing profiles” (page 206)
Understanding projected drawing modes
Corel DESIGNER provides preset drawing profiles for working in projected drawing modes. After choosing a drawing profile, you then draw
or project objects onto its three drawing planes (top, front, and right) to create the illusion of a three-dimensional image. When you close
your drawing, the last drawing profile you used is saved along with it; this drawing profile is automatically activated the next time you open
the file.
Corel DESIGNER provides 11 preset drawing profiles:
• one isometric (default)
• four dimetric
• four trimetric
• one cavalier oblique
• one cabinet oblique
You can choose a different drawing profile at any time; however, if you change drawing profiles after you have begun a project, the
geometry of your existing objects will not change.
If the preset drawing profiles do not meet your needs, you can create new ones or edit existing ones. For more information, see
“Customizing drawing profiles” on page 206.
Each default drawing profile is associated with a set of three numbers, which correspond to the x, y, and z axes, respectively. The x-axis
is measured in degrees, clockwise from a line perpendicular to the y-axis. The y-axis is measured in degrees, counterclockwise from the
true horizontal, which is 0° east. The z-axis is measured in degrees, counterclockwise from a line perpendicular to the y-axis. The isometric
drawing profile, for example, has measurements of (30,90,30) while the cavalier oblique drawing profile has measurements of (0,90,45).
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This image depicts a cube displayed by using eight different drawing profiles.
Top row, left to right: Dimetric (37,90,37); Dimetric (16,90,37); Dimetric (7,90,42); Dimetric (15,90,15).
Bottom row, left to right: Trimetric (12,90,23); Trimetric (5,90,30); Trimetric (45,90,7); Trimetric (54,90,17)
You can choose to work from one of four drawing planes:
• orthographic — draws on a flat plane, such as the top, front, or right drawing plane
• top — draws onto a projected plane bounded by the x and z axes defined in the drawing profile
• front — draws onto a projected plane bounded by the x and y axes defined in the drawing profile
• right — draws onto a projected plane bounded by the y and z axes defined in the drawing profile
The default drawing plane is orthographic. Although you can change drawing planes at any time, only one drawing plane can be active at a
time.
In this example, a drawing profile is depicted. The x-axis is 37° clockwise from a line perpendicular to the
y-axis. The y-axis is 105° counterclockwise from the true horizontal. The z-axis is 37° counterclockwise
from a line perpendicular to the y-axis. Therefore, the drawing profile has a value of (37,105, 37).
Using projected drawing modes
You can specify a projected drawing mode by choosing drawing profiles and drawing planes from the Drawing plane toolbar. However, you
can have only one drawing profile and one drawing plane active at a time.
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You can draw an object in a projected drawing mode, or you can project an object onto a drawing plane. You can also unproject an object
from a drawing plane; this reconstructs the object as it would appear in an orthographic view.
To display or hide the Drawing Plane toolbar
• Click View  Toolbars  Drawing plane.
A check mark beside the Drawing plane command indicates that the Drawing plane toolbar is displayed.
To choose a preset drawing profile
• From the Drawing profiles list box on the Drawing plane toolbar, choose one of the following preset drawing profiles:
• Cabinet oblique (0, 90, 60)
• Cavalier oblique (0,90,45)
• Dimetric (37,90,37)
• Dimetric (16,90,37)
• Dimetric (7,90,42)
• Dimetric (15,90,15)
• Isometric (30,90,30)
• Trimetric (12,90,23)
• Trimetric (5,90,30)
• Trimetric (45,90,7)
• Trimetric (54,90,17)
To choose a drawing plane
• On the Drawing plane toolbar, choose one of the following drawing planes:
• Orthographic
• Top
• Front
• Right
To draw an object in a projected drawing mode
1 From the Drawing profiles list box on the Drawing plane toolbar, choose a drawing profile.
2 On the Drawing plane toolbar, choose the Top, Front, or Rightdrawing plane.
3 Draw an object.
To project an object onto a drawing plane
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Transformations  Project.
3 In the Transformations docker, choose Project from the list box.
4 In the Plane area, click one of the following buttons:
• Top — projects the object onto the top plane
• Front — projects the object onto the front plane
• Right — projects the object onto the right plane
5 To specify an origin point on the drawing around which to project the selected object, do one of the following:
• Type values in the X and Yboxes to specify coordinates along the horizontal and vertical axes.
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• Click the Specify point button
next to the X and Y boxes, and click a point on the drawing.
• Enable the Relative origin check box, and click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds to the point on the object from
which you want to project the object.
If you want to leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation to a copy, type 1 in the Copiesbox. The number of
copies cannot exceed one.
6 Click Apply.
Applying a contour to a projected object may not produce the desired results. It is recommended that you apply a contour to the
object in its unprojected state and then project the object. Contour groups can be unlinked by clicking Arrange  Break contour
group apart.
To unproject an object from a drawing plane
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Transformations  Project.
3 In the Transformations docker, choose Unproject from the list box.
4 In the Plane area, click one of the following buttons:
• Top — unprojects the object from the top plane
• Front — unprojects the object from the front plane
• Right — unprojects the object from the right plane
5 To specify an origin point in the drawing around which to unproject the selected object, do one of the following:
• Type values in the X and Y boxes to specify coordinates along the horizontal and vertical axes.
• Click the Specify point button
next to the X and Y boxes, and click a point on the drawing.
• Enable the Relative origin check box, and click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds to the point on the object from
which you want to unproject the object.
If you want to leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation to a copy, type 1 in the Copiesbox. The number of
copies cannot exceed one.
6 Click Apply.
Customizing drawing profiles
You can use the Projected axes docker to create and edit drawing profiles. The Projected axes docker features a real-time preview of a cube,
which represents the projected axes and scales for the chosen drawing profile. When you change drawing profiles, or when you modify the
projected axes or scales, the preview is automatically updated.
The Projected axes docker allows you to set the degree offsets for the x, y, and z axes. For information on how these offsets are calculated,
see “Understanding projected drawing modes” on page 203. The Projected axes docker also allows you to set a scale factor for each axis.
For example, if you use a drawing profile with a scale of 50% on the x-axis, projected objects will display at half their original size along their
x-axis.
You can create a customized drawing profile from an existing one. You can also edit preset and custom drawing profiles, or you can delete
them altogether.
To display or hide the Projected Axes docker
• Click Window  Projected axes.
A check mark beside the Projected axes command indicates that the Projected axes docker is displayed.
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To create or edit a drawing profile
1 If the Projected axes docker is hidden, click Window  Projected axes to display it.
If you want to edit a drawing profile, choose a profile from the list.
2 In the Projected axes docker, do one of the following:
• Enter a value between -360 and 360 in the X axis angle box. Repeat for the y and z axes.
• Click the User specified angle button
next to the Angle box, and drag the pointer in the drawing window.
3 Enter a value between 10 and 500 in the X axis scale box. Repeat for the y and z axes.
4 Click the Save button
.
5 Choose where you want to save the file, and type a filename in the Filename box.
6 Click Save.
You can create a custom axonometric drawing profile by having the application calculate the scale values automatically. To do this,
type values in the X axis angle, Y axis angle, and Z axis angle boxes, and enable the Auto axonometric check box. Note that the
Auto axonometric check box may be disabled for some angle values. In such cases, you first need to adjust the angle values so that
the option becomes available.
To delete a drawing profile
1 In the Projected axes docker, choose a drawing profile from the list box.
2 Click the Delete button
.
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Objects, symbols, and layers
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Inserting and editing QR codes........................................................................................................................................................... 235
Working with symbols......................................................................................................................................................................... 239
Creating objects for the web............................................................................................................................................................... 249
Working with layers.............................................................................................................................................................................261
Object linking and embedding............................................................................................................................................................ 269
Working with object data....................................................................................................................................................................271
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Working with objects
Working with objects is an essential part of creating drawings.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Selecting objects” (page 211)
• “Changing object properties” (page 214)
• “Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects” (page 214)
• “Copying object properties, transformations, and effects” (page 216)
• “Cloning objects” (page 218)
• “Moving objects” (page 218)
• “Sizing and scaling objects” (page 220)
• “Rotating objects” (page 222)
• “Mirroring objects” (page 223)
• “Skewing objects” (page 224)
• “Aligning and distributing objects” (page 224)
• “Applying object hinting” (page 227)
• “Changing the order of objects” (page 227)
• “Grouping objects” (page 228)
• “Combining objects” (page 229)
• “Locking objects” (page 231)
• “Finding and replacing objects” (page 231)
• “Hiding and displaying objects” (page 232)
• “Accessing and displaying geometric information about objects” (page 232)
• “Inserting bar codes” (page 233)
Selecting objects
Before you can change an object, you must select it. You can select visible objects, hidden objects, a single object in a group or a nested
group, and each object in the order in which it was created. You can also select all objects simultaneously and deselect objects.
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A selection box appears around a selected object, and an “X” appears at its center.
You can select a single object in a group.
You can select all objects using the Pick tool. However, some tools allow you to select only objects that are appropriate to the active tool. For
example, if a curve tool is active, you can select any curve object, but you cannot select other object types.
When you select an object, either a selection box, rotation and skew handles, or the object’s nodes appear. Clicking a selected object
changes its selection mode. The selection modes are
• Drag and scale— a selection box appears around the object.
• Rotate and skew — rotation and skew handles appear around the object.
• Shape/Edit — the object’s nodes appear.
You can drag, rotate, or shape the object by its snap points, depending on which selection mode is active. See “Using gravity snapping ” on
page 97 for a list of snap points.
To select objects
To select
Do the following
An object
Click the object using the Pick tool
Multiple objects
Hold down Shift, and click each object that you want to select.
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To select
Do the following
Multiple objects by using a marquee selection area of irregular
shape
Click the Freehand pick tool
, and drag around the objects
that you want to select.
Objects that are only partially enclosed by the selection area are not
selected.
To select objects that are only partially enclosed by the selection
area, hold down Alt while dragging.
To constrain the selection area to a rectangular shape, hold down
Ctrl while dragging.
An object, starting with the first object created and moving toward
the last object created
Press Shift + Tab until a selection box appears around the object
that you want to select.
An object, starting with the last object created and moving toward
the first object created
Press Tab until a selection box appears around the object that you
want to select.
All objects
Press Ctrl + A.
Or click Edit  Select all  Objects.
An object in a group
Hold down Ctrl, and click an object in a group.
An object in a nested group
Hold down Ctrl, and click the object that you want to select until a
selection box appears around it.
A hidden object
Hold down Alt, and click the topmost object until a selection box
appears around the hidden object that you want to select.
Multiple hidden objects
Hold down Shift + Alt, and click the topmost object until a
selection box appears around the hidden objects that you want to
select.
A hidden object in a group
Hold down Ctrl + Alt, and click the topmost object until a
selection box appears around the hidden object that you want to
select.
The status bar displays a description of each object as you select it.
You can also select one or more objects by dragging around the object or objects using the Pick tool. This method is called “marquee
select.”
If you hold down Alt while dragging, any objects you intersect are also selected.
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To deselect objects
To deselect
Do the following
All objects
Press Esc.
Or click the Pick tool
, and click a blank space in the drawing
window.
A single object in multiple selected objects
Hold down Shift, and click the object using the Pick tool.
Changing object properties
After you’ve created an object, you can change its properties. There are several ways to do this, including using the property bar, color
palette, and dialog boxes. For more information about changing the default properties for new objects, see “Setting the default property
values” on page 123.
In addition, you can copy object properties such as outline, fill, and text properties from one object to another. For more information, see
“Copying object properties, transformations, and effects” on page 216.
Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects
Corel DESIGNER provides you with several ways to copy objects. When you no longer need an object, you can delete it.
Cutting, copying, and pasting
You can cut or copy an object to place it on the Clipboard and paste it into a drawing or another application. Cutting an object places it on
the Clipboard and removes it from the drawing. Copying an object places it on the Clipboard but keeps the original in the drawing.
Duplicating
Duplicating an object places a copy directly in the drawing window and does not use the Clipboard. Duplicating is faster than copying and
pasting. Also, when duplicating an object, you can specify the distance between the duplicate and the original object along the x and y axes.
This distance is known as the offset.
Duplicate offset
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Copying objects at a specified position
You can create multiple copies of objects simultaneously, while specifying their position, without using the Clipboard. For example, you
can distribute object copies horizontally, to the left or right of the original object; or you can distribute copies of objects vertically, below or
above the original object. You can specify the spacing between copies of objects, or you can specify the offset at which copies of objects are
created in relation to each other.
To cut or copy an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit, and click one of the following:
• Cut
• Copy
You can also cut or copy an object by right-clicking the object and clicking Cut or Copy.
To paste an object into a drawing
• Click Edit  Paste.
To duplicate an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Duplicate.
The duplicate is placed at an offset from the original object.
When you duplicate objects for the first time, the Duplicate offset dialog box appears. To specify the distance between the duplicate
and the original object along the x and y axes, type values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset boxes.
• Offset values of 0 place the duplicate on top of the original.
• Positive offset values place the duplicate up and to the right of the original.
• Negative offset values place the duplicate down and to the left of the original.
If you’ve set the Ctrl and Shift keys to the Windows standard (Ctrl=Duplicate/Leave original, Shift=Constrain), you can duplicate
an object as you place the duplicate where you want in the drawing window. To do this, first select the object using the Pick tool
. Holding down Ctrl, drag the object to where you want to create a duplicate, and release the mouse button. For information
about setting the Ctrl and Shift keys to the Windows standard, see “To change the constrain key” on page 110.
You can also duplicate a selected object by pressing Ctrl + D.
You can change the offset at which duplicates are created. Click Tools  Options. In the Document list of categories, click General,
and type values in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes in the Duplicate offset area.
To delete an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Delete.
You can also delete an object by clicking the object and pressing Delete.
To create copies of an object at a specified position
1 Select an object.
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2 Click Edit  Step and repeat.
3 In the Step and repeat docker, type a value in the Number of copies box.
To
Do the following
Distribute copies of objects horizontally
In the Vertical settings area, choose No offset from the Mode
list box. In the Horizontal offset area, choose Spacing between
objects from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between
object copies, type a value in the Distance box. To place the object
copies to the right or left of the original, choose Right or Left from
the Direction list box.
Distribute copies of objects vertically
In the Horizontal settings area, choose No offset from the Mode
list box. In the Vertical offset area, choose Spacing between
objects from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between
copies of objects, type a value in the Distance box. To place the
copies above or below the original, choose Up or Down from the
Direction list box.
Offset all copies of objects by a specified distance
In the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset areas, choose Offset
from the Mode list box, and type values in the Distance boxes.
Multiple copies of an object are offset by a specified distance.
Copying object properties, transformations, and effects
You can copy object properties such as outline, fill, and text properties from one object to another. You can copy object transformations such
as sizing, rotating, and positioning as well as effects applied to an object.
To copy object properties from one object to another
1 Click the Eyedropper tools button, and click the Attributes eyedropper tool
2 Click Properties on the property bar, and enable any of the following check boxes:
• Outline
• Fill
• Text
3 Click the edge of the object whose properties you want to copy.
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The Attributes eyedropper tool automatically switches to the Apply object attributes mode.
4 Click the edge of the object to which you want to apply the copied properties.
Any Transformations and Effects options on the property bar that are enabled are also applied when you copy properties.
You can also copy fill or outline properties, or both, by right-clicking an object with the Pick tool
, dragging over another object,
and choosing Copy fill here, Copy outline here, or Copy all properties.
You can also copy object properties to a selected object by clicking Edit  Copy properties from and clicking the object whose
properties you want to copy.
To copy size, position, or rotation from one object to another
1 Click the Eyedropper tools button, and click the Attributes eyedropper tool
.
2 Click Transformations on the property bar, and enable any of the following check boxes:
• Size
• Rotation
• Position
3 Click the edge of the object whose transformations you want to copy.
The Attributes eyedropper tool automatically switches to the Apply object attributes mode.
4 Click the edge of the object to which you want to apply the copied transformations.
Any Properties and Effects options on the property bar that are enabled are also applied when you copy properties.
To copy effects from one object to another
1 Click the Eyedropper tools button, and click the Attributes eyedropper tool
.
2 Click Effects on the property bar, and enable any of the following check boxes:
• Perspective
• Envelope
• Blend
• Extrude
• Contour
• Lens
• PowerClip
• Drop shadow
• Distortion
3 Click the edge of the object whose effects you want to copy.
The Attributes eyedropper tool automatically switches to the Apply object attributes mode.
4 Click the edge of the object to which you want to apply the copied effects.
Any Properties and Transformations options on the property bar that are enabled are also applied when you copy properties.
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Cloning objects
When you clone an object, you create a copy of an object that is linked to the original. Any changes you make to the original object are
reflected automatically in the clone. Changes you make to the clone are not automatically reflected in the original, however. You can remove
changes made to the clone by reverting to the original.
Cloning lets you modify multiple copies of an object simultaneously by changing the master object. This type of modification is especially
useful if you want the clone and master objects to differ by certain properties, such as fill and outline color, but the master object to control
other properties, such as shape.
If you simply want to use the same object in a drawing multiple times, consider using symbols, instead of clones, to keep the file size
manageable. For more information about symbols, see “Working with symbols” on page 239.
To clone an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Clone.
You can also
Select the master object of a clone
Right-click the clone, and click Select master.
Select the clone objects of a master
Right-click the master, and click Select clones.
You can clone a master object multiple times, but you cannot clone a clone.
To revert to the master object of a clone
1 Right-click a modified clone, and click Revert to master.
2 Enable any of the following check boxes:
• Clone fill — restores the master fill attributes
• Clone outline — restores the master outline attributes
• Clone path shape — restores the master shape attributes
• Clone transformations — restores the master shape and size attributes
• Clone bitmap color mask — restores the master color settings
Only the clone properties that are different from the master object are available in the Revert to master dialog box.
Moving objects
You can move objects by dragging, by specifying distance and direction, or by nudging. You can also move an object while you are drawing
it.
Super nudging and micro nudging let you move objects into place by increments. By default, you can nudge objects in 0.01-inch
increments, but you can change the nudge values to suit your needs.
To move an object
1 Select an object.
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2 Click Object  Transformations  Position.
The Transformations docker appears.
3 Use one of the following methods:
• Horizontal and vertical — type the horizontal and vertical values to move the object
• Length and angle — type the distance and angle to move the object
• Set distance interactively — click the Set position interactively button
, and drag the pointer in the drawing window to specify
the distance and angle to move the object
• Gap and direction — enable the second option in the docker, type a value for the gap, and choose the direction to move the object.
This option moves the object in the selected direction at a distance equal to the height or width of its bounding box plus the specified
gap.
If you want to leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation to copies that are created, type a number in the Copies
box.
4 Click Apply.
By default, the point of origin (0,0) is at the lower-left corner of the drawing page. When you enable the Relative position check
box in the Transformations docker, the position of the center anchor point of the object, and not the point of origin of the drawing
page, is identified as 0,0 in the H and V boxes. When you specify a different position in the H and V boxes, the values represent a
change from the current position as measured from the center anchor point of the object.
You can also move a selected object by dragging it to another position in the drawing.
You can set a precise location for the object by clicking the Geometric properties button
on the property bar and typing values
in the Property manager docker.
You can use snapping to move an object with precision. For more information, see “Working with precision ” on page 97.
To move an object while drawing
1 Start drawing an object.
2 Hold down the right mouse button without releasing the left mouse button, and drag the unfinished object to its new position.
3 Release the right mouse button, and continue drawing.
Moving an object while drawing
To nudge an object
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To
Do the following
Nudge a selected object by the nudge distance
Press an Arrow key.
Nudge a selected object by a fraction of the nudge distance (Micro
nudge)
Hold down Ctrl, and press an Arrow key.
Nudge a selected object by a multiple of the nudge distance (Super
nudge)
Hold down Shift, and press an Arrow key.
To set nudge distances
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Rulers.
3 Type a value in the Nudge box.
4 Type a value in one of the following boxes:
• Super nudge
• Micro nudge
You can also set the nudge distance by deselecting all objects and typing a value in the Nudge distance box on the property bar.
To save the new nudge distances to use in new drawings, click Tools  Save settings as default.
Sizing and scaling objects
Corel DESIGNER lets you size and scale objects. In both cases, you can change the dimensions of an object proportionally by preserving
its aspect ratio. You can size an object by specifying values or changing the object interactively. Scaling changes an object’s dimensions
by a specified percentage.
Objects are sized or scaled from the object’s origin. You can change an object’s origin from its center to any one of its eight selection
handles.
You can also specify a rectangular area for selected objects to scale into.
To specify the size of an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click ViewToolbarsTransform.
3 Type values in the Object size boxes on the Transform toolbar.
You can also
Apply the sizing according to the object’s position rather than the x
and y coordinates
Click the Relative to object button
Size an object by using the Transformations docker
Clicking Object  Transformations  Size, and type values in the X
and Y boxes to set the width and height of the object.
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on the Transform toolbar.
You can also
Preserve the original ratio of width to height when transforming
the object
In the Transformations docker, enable the Proportional check box.
Size from a point on the selected object
In the Transformations docker, click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds to the point on the object from which you
want to size the object.
Leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation
to copies that are created
In the Transformations docker, type a number in the Copies box.
To size an object interactively
To
Do the following
Size a selected object
Drag any of the corner selection handles.
Size a selected object from its center
Hold down Shift, and drag one of the selection handles.
Size a selected object to a multiple of its original size
Hold down Ctrl, and drag one of the selection handles.
Stretch a selected object as you size it
Hold down Alt, and drag one of the selection handles.
You can set a precise size for the object by clicking the Geometric properties button
on the property bar and typing values in
the Property manager docker.
To scale an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Free transform tool
3 Click the Free scale button
.
on the property bar.
If you want to change the reference point to use when scaling the object, locate the Object origin icon
on the property bar and
click the box that corresponds to the reference point you want to set.
4 On the property bar, type values in the Scale factor boxes to specify a percentage by which to scale the object horizontally or vertically.
If you want to maintain the aspect ratio, click the Lock ratio button
on the property bar.
You can also
Apply the scaling according to the object’s position rather than the
x and y coordinates
Click the Relative to object button
on the Transform toolbar.
To open the Transform toolbar, click View  Toolbars  Transform.
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You can also
Scale an object by using the Transformations docker
Click Object  Transformations  Scale and mirror, and type values
in the X and Y boxes to scale the object horizontally or vertically.
Specify a rectangular area into which to scale the object
In the Transformations docker, enable the Fit to box option.
Preserve the original ratio of width to height when transforming
the object
In the Transformations docker, enable the Proportional check box.
Scale from a point on the selected object
In the Transformations docker, click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds to the point on the object from which you
want to scale the object.
Leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation
to copies that are created
In the Transformations docker, type a number in the Copies box.
You can also scale an object by dragging a selection handle.
You can also scale an object by typing values in the Scale factor boxes on the Transform toolbar. To display the Transform toolbar,
click View  Toolbars  Transform.
Rotating objects
You can rotate an object in a drawing by specifying an angle of rotation. You can also specify a point on the drawing around which to
rotate, or rotate around a point on the selected object.
To rotate an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Free transform tool
3 Click the Free rotation button
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on the property bar.
If you want to change the reference point to use when rotating the object, locate the Object origin icon
on the property bar and
click the box that corresponds to the reference point you want to set.
4 Type a value in the Angle of rotation box on the property bar.
To specify a point on the drawing to rotate around, type coordinates in the Center of rotation boxes on the property bar.
You can also
Apply the rotation according to the object’s position rather than
the x and y coordinates
Click the Relative to object button
on the Transform toolbar.
To open the Transform toolbar, click View  Toolbars  Transform.
Rotate an object using the Transformations docker
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Click Object  Transformations  Rotate.
You can also
Specify two points for the angle by dragging
In the Transformations docker, click the Rotation angle button
next to the Angle of rotation box, and drag in the drawing
window.
Specify a point on the drawing to rotate around by clicking
In the Transformations docker, click the Specify point button
next to the X and Y boxes, and click a point on the drawing.
Rotate around a point on the selected object
In the Center area of the Transformations docker, enable the
Relative center check box, and click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds to the center of rotation that you want to
set.
Adjust the object orientation when rotating
In the Transformations docker, enable the Rotate orientation
option
Keep the object orientation when rotating
In the Transformations docker, enable the Retain orientation
option
Leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation
to a copy
.
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In the Transformations docker, type a number in the Copies box.
You can also rotate a selected object by dragging a rotation handle
clockwise or counterclockwise.
You can also rotate an object by typing a value in the Angle of rotation box on the Transform toolbar. To display the Transform
toolbar, click View  Toolbars  Transform.
Mirroring objects
With Corel DESIGNER, you can create mirror images of objects. Mirroring an object flips it from left to right or top to bottom. By default, the
anchor point is in the center of the object.
To mirror an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Transformations  Scale and mirror.
3 In the Transformations docker, enable the Mirror horizontallyoption
4 In the Transformations docker, click the point on the origin locator
or the Mirror vertically option
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that corresponds to the point on the object about which you
want to mirror the object.
To leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation to a copy, type 1 in the Copiesbox in the Transformations docker.
5 Click Apply.
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You can also mirror a selected object by holding down Ctrl and dragging a selection handle to the opposite side of the object.
Skewing objects
When you skew an object, you slant it horizontally, vertically, or both. You can specify the degree by which you want to slant the object. You
can also change the skew and sizing anchor point of an object from its default center position.
To skew an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click the Shape tools button in the toolbox, and click the Free transform tool
3 Click the Free skew button
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on the property bar.
If you want to change the object’s reference point to use when skewing the object, locate the Object origin icon
on the property
bar and click the box that corresponds to the reference point you want to set.
4 Type values in the Skew angle boxes on the property bar.
You can also
Apply the skewing according to the object’s position rather than
the x and y coordinates
Click the Relative to object button
Skew an object using the Transformations docker
Click Object  Transformations  Skew, and type values in the X and
Y boxes to skew the object horizontally or vertically.
Skew from a point on the selected object
In the Transformations docker, enable the Use anchor point check
on the property bar.
box, and click the point on the origin locator
that corresponds
to the point on the object from which you want to skew the object.
Leave the original object unchanged and apply the transformation
to a copy
In the Transformations docker, type a number in the Copies box.
If you move the skew anchor point, you can reset it to the center again by clicking Object  Clear transformations.
You can also skew an object interactively by dragging one of its skew handles.
You can also skew an object by typing values in the Skew angle boxes on the Transform toolbar. To display the Transform toolbar,
click View  Toolbars  Transform.
Aligning and distributing objects
Corel DESIGNER lets you precisely align and distribute objects in a drawing. You can instantly view the effect of changes as you modify the
options in the Align and distribute docker. By default, objects are aligned and distributed based on their paths. You can also align and
distribute objects from the edge of their outlines.
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You can align objects to each other or to parts of the drawing page such as the center, edges, and grid. When you align objects to objects,
you can line them up by their centers or by their edges. You can also align objects with a reference point by specifying its exact x and y
coordinates.
Corel DESIGNER lets you align multiple objects to the center of the drawing page horizontally or vertically.
You can distribute objects at equal intervals in a specified area.
Example of aligning objects to each one’s center
To align objects
1 Select the objects.
2 Click Object  Align and distribute  Align and distribute.
3 In the Align area of the docker, click one of the following buttons to use an object edge or center for aligning.
• Align left
— to align the left edges of objects
• Align center horizontally
• Align right
• Align top
— to align the right edges of objects
— to align the top edges of objects
• Align center vertically
• Align bottom
— to align object centers along a vertical axis
— to align object centers along a horizontal axis
— to align the bottom edges of objects
To align objects from their outlines, click the Outline button
.
4 In the Align objects to area, perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Align an object with a specific object
Click the Active objects button
.
If you select the objects one at a time, the last object selected is the
reference point for aligning the other objects. If you marquee select
the objects, the object that is positioned in the upper-left corner of
the selection is used as a reference point.
Align an object with the page edge
Click the Page edge button
.
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To
Do the following
Align an object with the page center
Click the Page center button
.
To align the center of the object with the page center, make sure
that the Align center horizontally button
vertically button
and Align center
in the Align area are enabled.
Align an object with the closest grid line
Click the Grid button
Align an object with a specified point
Click the Specified point button
.
, and type values in the
Specify coordinates boxes.
You can also specify a point interactively by clicking the Specify
point button and clicking in the document window.
In the Text area, choose one of the following options:
•First line baseline — aligns text by the baseline of the first line
•Last line baseline — aligns text by the baseline of the last line
•Bounding box — aligns text by its bounding box
Set an alignment option for text objects
You can also align objects with another object quickly, without using the Align and distribute docker, by clicking Object  Align
and distribute and clicking any of the first six alignment commands. The letter next to a command name indicates the keyboard
shortcut that you can use to align objects. For example, the letter L next to the Align left command shows that you can press L to
align objects with the leftmost point of the object that is used as a reference point.
You can use snapping to precisely specify the alignment point. For more information, see “Working with precision ” on page 97.
To distribute objects
1 Select the objects.
2 Click Object  Align and distribute  Align and distribute.
3 To distribute objects horizontally, click one of the following buttons:
• Distribute left
— evenly spaces the left edges of the objects
• Distribute centerhorizontally
• Distribute right
— evenly spaces the center points of the objects along a horizontal axis
— evenly spaces the right edges of the objects
• Distribute space horizontally
— places equal intervals between the objects along a horizontal axis
4 To distribute objects vertically, click one of the following buttons:
• Distribute top
— evenly spaces the top edges of the objects
• Distribute centervertically
• Distribute bottom
— evenly spaces the center points of the objects along a vertical axis
— evenly spaces the bottom edges of the objects
• Distribute space vertically
— places equal intervals between the objects along a vertical axis
5 To choose the area over which the objects are distributed, click one of the following buttons in the Distribute objects to area:
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• Extent of selection
• Extent of page
— distributes the objects over the area of the bounding box surrounding them
— distributes the objects over the drawing page
Applying object hinting
Object hinting allows you to improve object rendering by adjusting the display of an object so that it lines up with the pixel grid. For
example, if you’re creating a button for the web, you can enable object hinting to ensure the object appears clean and sharp when
exporting it as a bitmap.
The Pixel view of a square (left) with a 1-pixel line width that was created without
object hinting. A copy of the square (right) displayed with object hinting applied.
To apply object hinting
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Object hinting.
Changing the order of objects
You can change the stacking order of objects on a layer by sending objects to the front or back, or behind or in front of other objects. You
can also position objects precisely in the stacking order, as well as reverse the stacking order of multiple objects.
Changing the stacking order corrects the appearance of this graphic by bringing the object
to the front. (Tip: Hold down Alt and drag the pointer to select any object you intersect.)
To change the order of objects
1 Select an object.
2 Click Object  Order, and click one of the following:
• To frontof page — moves the selected object in front of all other objects on the page
• To back of page — moves the selected object behind all other objects on the page
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• To front of layer — moves the selected object in front of all other objects on the active layer
• To back of layer — moves the selected object behind all other objects on the active layer
• Forward one — moves the selected object forward one position. If the selected object is in front of all other objects on the active
layer, it is moved to the layer above.
• Back one — moves the selected object behind one position. If the selected object is behind all other objects on the selected layer, it is
moved to the layer below.
• In front of — moves the selected object in front of the object that you click in the drawing window
• Behind — moves the selected object behind the object that you click in the drawing window
An object cannot be moved to a locked (non-editable) layer; instead, it is moved to the closest editable layer. For example, if you
apply the To front of page command, and the topmost layer is locked, the object is moved to the topmost editable layer. Any objects
on the locked layer remain in front of the object.
By default, all objects on the master page appear on top of the objects on other pages. For information about reordering content on
master page layers, see “To move a layer” on page 267.
An Order command is unavailable if the selected object is already positioned in the specified stacking order. For example, the To front
of page command is unavailable if the object is already in front of all the other objects on the page.
To reverse the order of multiple objects
1 Select the objects.
2 Click Object  Order  Reverse order.
Grouping objects
When you group two or more objects, they are treated as a single unit. This feature lets you apply the same formatting and other properties
to all objects within the group at the same time. In addition, grouping helps prevent accidental changes to the position of an object in
relation to other objects. You can also create nested groups by grouping together existing groups.
Single objects retain their attributes when they are grouped.
You can add objects to or remove objects from a group, and you can delete objects that are members of a group. You can also edit a single
object in a group without ungrouping the objects. If you want to edit multiple objects in a group at the same time, you must first ungroup
the objects. If a group contains nested groups, you can ungroup all objects in the nested groups simultaneously.
To group objects
1 Select the objects.
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2 Click Object  Group  Group objects.
You can create a nested group by selecting two or more groups of objects and clicking Object  Group  Group objects.
The status bar indicates that a group of objects is selected.
You can select objects from different layers and group them; however, once grouped, the objects will reside on the same layer, based
on the last selected object.
You can also group objects by dragging an object’s name in the Object manager docker over the name of another object.
To add an object to a group
• In the Object manager docker, drag the name of the object to the name of the group that you want to add it to.
If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
To remove an object from a group
• Double-click the name of the group in the Object manager docker, and do one of the following:
• To remove an object from a group, drag it out of the group in the object list.
• To delete an object that’s in a group, select the object in the object list and click Edit  Delete.
If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
You can select an object within a group by holding Ctrl and clicking the object. You can then press Delete to delete the object from
the drawing.
To edit a single object in a group
1 Click the Pick tool
.
2 Hold down Ctrl, and click an object in a group.
3 Edit the object.
You can also select a single object in a group by clicking the name of the object in the Object manager docker. To access the Object
manager docker, click Window  Object manager.
To ungroup objects
1 Select one or more groups.
2 Click Object  Group, and click one of the following commands:
• Ungroup — ungroups single objects but leaves nested groups intact
• Ungroup all — ungroups all objects, including objects in nested groups
Combining objects
Combining two or more objects creates a single object with common fill and outline attributes. This feature is often used to create objects
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Combining objects
You can combine rectangles, ellipses, polygons, stars, spirals, graphs, or text so that they are converted to a single curve object. If you need
to modify the attributes of an object that has been combined from separate objects, you can break apart the combined object. You can
extract a subpath from a combined object to create two separate objects. You can also weld two or more objects to create a single object.
For information about welding objects, see “Welding and intersecting objects” on page 184.
To combine objects
1 Select the objects.
2 Click Object  Combine.
Combined text objects become larger blocks of text.
To break apart a combined object
1 Select a combined object.
2 Click Object  Break curve apart.
If you break apart a combined object that contains artistic text, the text breaks apart into lines first, then into words. Paragraph text
breaks into separate paragraphs.
To extract a subpath from a combined object
1 Select a segment, node, or group of nodes on a combined object using the Shape tool
2 Click the Extract subpath button
.
on the property bar.
The Extract subpath button is available only if you select nodes from a single subpath. If you select nodes from more than one subpath,
this option is disabled.
After you have extracted the subpath, the path’s fill and outline properties are removed from the combined object.
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Locking objects
Locking an object prevents you from accidentally moving, sizing, transforming, filling, or otherwise changing it. You can lock single, multiple,
or grouped objects. To change a locked object, you need to unlock it first. You can unlock one object at a time, or all locked objects at the
same time.
To lock an object
• Select an object, and click Object
 Lock  Lock object.
Text in locked text objects is excluded when the drawing is exported for translation.
You can also lock an object by right-clicking it and then clicking Lock object.
To unlock an object
1 Select one or more locked objects.
2 Click Object
 Lock, and then click one of the following:
• Unlock object
• Unlock all objects
You can also unlock an object by right-clicking it and then clicking Unlock object.
Finding and replacing objects
You can use the Find and Replace wizards to locate and edit objects in a large drawing.
Using search criteria that you specify, the Find wizard guides you step by step when you need to find and select objects in a drawing. The
search criteria can include object type and its related properties, fill and outline properties, vector effects applied to objects, or the name
of an object or style. For example, you can search for and select all rectangles with rounded corners and without fill, or all text on a path.
You can also search for objects that contain the same properties as a selected object. You can change the search criteria in the middle of a
search. You can also save search criteria for later use.
The Replace wizard guides you through the process of finding objects that contain the properties you specify and then replacing those
properties with others. For example, you can replace all object fills of a certain color with fills of a different color. You can also replace color
models and palettes, outline properties, and text attributes, such as font and font size.
You can also search for specific words and replace them with other words. For more information, see “Finding, editing, and converting text”
on page 386.
To find and select objects
1 Click Edit  Find and replace  Find objects.
2 Follow the instructions in the Find wizard.
If you save an object search, you can reactivate the last search you performed by clicking Edit  Find and replace  Recent search.
You can also reactivate an older search, if it was saved, by clicking Edit  Find and replace  Find objects, enabling the Load a search
from disk option in the Find wizard, and following the instructions in the wizard.
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To replace object properties
1 Click Edit  Find and replace  Replace objects.
2 Follow the instructions in the Replace wizard.
Hiding and displaying objects
Premium feature
Corel DESIGNER allows you to hide objects and groups of objects, helping you edit objects in complex projects and experiment with your
designs more easily.
To hide an object
1 Select the object that you want to hide.
2 Click Object  Hide  Hide Object.
When an object is hidden, the object name appears grayed out in the Object Manager docker, and an icon is displayed beside the
name.
Text in locked text objects is excluded when the drawing is exported for translation.
You can also access the Hide Object command by right-clicking an object.
To display hidden objects
• Click Object  Hide, and click one of the following commands:
• Show Object
• Show All Objects
Accessing and displaying geometric information about objects
You can access geometric information, such as the length, perimeter, and area of objects. You can also calculate the volume of an object by
specifying a desired depth. Object geometric information can be copied to the Clipboard and displayed in the drawing window.
To access geometric information
1 Select an object.
2 Click Tools  Geometric information.
3 To calculate the volume of the selected object, enter a value in the Depth box.
To access geometric information about another object, select the object, and click Refresh in the Geometric information dialog box.
To display geometric information in the drawing window
1 Select an object.
2 Click Tools  Geometric information.
3 In the Geometric information dialog box, enable any of the following check boxes:
• Perimeter
• Area
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4 Click Create text to display the copied value below the selected object in the drawing window.
You can also
Display volume information
In the Volume area, enter a value in the Depth box, enable the
Volume check box, and click the Create text check box.
Reset the depth values to zero
In the Volume area, click Reset.
Change the unit of measurement of the values
Choose a unit of measurement from the Units list box.
Change the number of decimal places in a value
Enter the number of decimal places in the Precision box (minimum
0, maximum 5).
Inserting bar codes
The Barcode wizard in Corel DESIGNER lets you add bar codes to drawings. A bar code is a group of bars, spaces, and sometimes numbers
that is designed to be scanned and read into computer memory. Bar codes are most commonly used to identify merchandise, inventory, and
documents.
The Barcode wizard guides you through the process of inserting a bar code. If you need additional information at any step, you can consult
the Help in the Barcode wizard.
To insert a bar code
1 Click Object  Insert barcode.
2 Follow the instructions in the Barcode wizard.
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Inserting and editing QR codes
A Quick Response (QR) code is a type of barcode that represents information in two dimensions. Typically, QR codes consist of dots (also
called “pixels”) arranged in a square pattern and displayed against a contrasting background. QR codes are known for their fast readability
and can store information such as website addresses, phone numbers, and messages.
With the widespread use of smartphones, QR codes have become popular in consumer advertising and packaging. By scanning a QR code
on your smartphone, you can quickly access the brand’s website for more information about a product.
To insert, edit, and validate QR codes, you must sign in to your account. For more information, see “To sign in” on page 10.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Inserting QR codes” (page 235)
• “Editing QR codes” (page 236)
• “Validating QR codes” (page 238)
Inserting QR codes
Corel DESIGNER lets you insert QR codes with embedded information such as a web address, email address, phone number, text message,
geo location, or plain text.
An example of a QR code
To insert a QR code
1 Click Object  Insert QR code.
2 In the Object properties docker, choose one of the following options from the QR code type list box:
• URL — lets you specify a URL for a website
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• Email address — lets you specify an email address if you want to use the QR code to generate a blank email
• Phone number — lets you specify a phone number for the QR code. Depending on the QR reader that you use, scanning the code can
initiate, with your permission, dialing the phone number on smartphones.
• SMS — lets you include a Short Message Service (SMS) message by typing a phone number and message text. With your permission,
the QR reader can initiate sending the SMS message to the specified phone number.
• Contact — lets you specify contact information in vCard or meCard format. From the Contact card type list box, choose vCard
or meCard, and type the contact information in the appropriate boxes. With your permission, this contact information can be
automatically added to the address book on your phone.
• Calendar event — lets you schedule an event by specifying a name, location, start date/time, and end date/time for the event. With
your permission, the event can be added to your calendar.
• Geo location — lets you show a geographic location by specifying latitude and longitude values
• Plain text — lets you include plain (unformatted) text
Editing QR codes
After you insert a QR code, you can use the Object properties docker to customize the pixel fill, the background fill, the pixel outline, as well
as the pixel shape and corner roundness. When you customize the shape of the pixels, the markers (the three larger squares in the corners,
as well as one or more smaller squares in the interior of the code pattern) remain unchanged to maintain the readability of the code. You
can also specify the margin around the QR code or weld the pixels together.
A QR code with customized pixel shapes and added text. The markers remain unchanged.
Error correction
Visual effects, logos, or text added to a QR code can give it an artistic look but may be considered errors by scanners. You can use the error
correction settings to minimize the possibility of error when scanning the QR code. For example, if part of the pixel pattern is covered by a
graphic or text, the error correction duplicates some of the hidden data so that this data can be recovered. Four levels of error correction are
available. Higher correction levels duplicate a higher percentage of the information, which may limit the amount of new information a QR
code can store. This may be a problem for QR codes that are approaching, or already contain, the maximum amount of information before
high error correction is applied. In that case, you are prompted to reduce either the correction level or the amount of data in the QR code.
You can move, resize, scale, and align the QR code like any other object. For more information, see “Working with objects” on page 211.
With QR codes, you can use styles to control the appearance of the fill, outline, and other properties. For more information, see “Working
with styles and style sets” on page 467. You can also change the default look of QR codes by modifying the default object properties. For
more information, see “Managing default object properties” on page 471.
To edit a QR code
1 Double-click the QR code.
2 In the Object properties docker, perform any of the following tasks.
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Do the following
Apply a fill to the pixels of the QR code
Choose a fill type from the Pixel fill type list box, and then choose
a fill from the Pixel fill color picker.
If you want to customize the fill, click the Pixel fill settings button
next to the pixel color picker, and specify the fill settings.
Apply a fill to the background
Choose a fill type from the Background fill type list box, and then
choose a fill from the Background fill color picker.
If you want to customize the fill, click the Background fill settings
button
next to the background color picker, and specify the fill
settings.
Specify the pixel outline width and color
Type a value in the Pixel outline width box, and then choose a
color from the Pixel outline color picker.
If you want to customize the outline, click the Pixel outline
settings button
next to the outline color picker, and specify
the outline settings.
Specify the margin around the QR code
Type a value in the Margin box.
Choose a pixel shape
Choose a shape from the Pixel shape picker.
To set the percentage of fill on the pixels, type a value in the Pixel
fill factor box.
Weld pixels
Click the arrow button
at the bottom of the QR code section
to expand it, and enable the Weld pixels check box.
Set the corner roundness of the pixels
Click the arrow button
at the bottom of the QR code section
to expand it, and type a value in the Pixel roundness box.
When editing the fill, make sure that there is high contrast between the pixels and the background to avoid errors in scanning the
code.
To set the error correction level
1 Double-click a QR code.
2 In the Object properties docker, click the arrow button
at the bottom of the QR code section to expand it, and choose an option
from the Error correction level list box.
The error correction levels specify what percentage of the information used in a QR code can be restored if lost.
• Low — restores 7% of the information
• Medium — restores 15% of the information
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• Quartile — restores 25% of the information
• High — restores 30% of the information
Validating QR codes
After inserting and formatting a QR code, you can validate it to make sure that it can be read by QR code readers and scanners.
To validate a QR code
1 Double-click the QR code.
2 In the Object properties docker, click Validate.
To validate a QR code that was not created in Corel DESIGNER, click Object  Validate barcode, and marquee-select the QR code.
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Working with symbols
Symbols are graphics that are defined once and can be referenced many times in a drawing. Using symbols for objects that appear many
times in a drawing helps to reduce file size.
With this application, you can link to symbols that have already been created, or you can create objects and save them as local symbols
within a document. Symbols that you can link to are stored in library files, which have a .csl filename extension.
Each time you insert a symbol into a drawing, you create an instance of the symbol. You can have multiple instances of a symbol in a
drawing with little impact on file size. Editing a drawing is quicker and easier, as changes made to a symbol are automatically inherited by all
instances. Symbol definitions, as well as information about instances, are stored in the Corel DESIGNER (DES) file.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Using symbols in drawings” (page 239)
• “Managing collections and libraries” (page 242)
• “Creating, editing, and deleting symbols” (page 243)
• “Sharing symbols between drawings” (page 245)
For information about modifying symbol instances and about unsupported object types, see “Reference: Working with symbols” on page
246.
Using symbols in drawings
You can insert a symbol into a drawing, which creates a symbol instance. A symbol instance can be modified in ways which do not affect
the symbol definition in the library. For example, you can modify the size and position of a symbol instance, without affecting the symbol
definition. You can also have the symbol instance scaled automatically to match the current drawing scale.
For a list of object properties that can be modified in a symbol instance, see “Modifying symbol instances” on page 246.
If a symbol stored in a library is changed, you can update the link to refresh the symbol instances.
You can revert a symbol instance to an object or objects while preserving its properties. You can also delete a symbol instance, and purge
unused symbol definitions. Purging removes all symbol definitions that are not instanced in a drawing.
You use the Symbol manager docker to work with symbols.
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Symbol manager docker
The preview area shows a symbol and information about it, including
• name
• number of instances in the active document
• type of link:
linked — the symbol definition is added from a library file
local — (also known as “internal”) the symbol was created in the active document or was made local by breaking a link
• type of symbol: nested or un-nested
Just below the preview area, a tree view lets you see all linked and local symbol definitions in the active document, including symbols that
are not instanced. You can also navigate to symbol libraries.
Examples of symbols
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To locate a symbol
1 Click Object  Symbol  Symbol manager.
2 Click the active document at the top of the tree view to see symbols in the current document.
Click a folder to choose a collection, and click a symbol library
to see symbols in a file.
To insert a symbol instance
1 Click Object  Symbol  Symbol manager.
2 Choose a symbollibrary
in the tree view.
3 Choose a symbol from the Symbols list.
If you want the symbol scaled automatically to match the current drawing scale, ensure that the Scale to world units button
is
enabled.
4 Click the Insert symbol button
.
You can also insert a symbol instance by dragging a symbol from the Symbol manager docker to the drawing window.
To modify a symbol instance
1 Select a symbol instance in the drawing window.
2 Make any changes.
If a symbol contains multiple objects, all objects in the symbol instance are treated as if they were a group. You cannot modify
individual objects in a symbol instance.
Not all properties of a symbol instance can be modified. For a list of properties that can be modified, see “Modifying symbol
instances” on page 246.
To update a link
1 Select a symbol in the active document.
2 Click Object  Symbol  Update from link.
You can also click Window  Link and bookmarks and use the Links and bookmarks docker to update links to symbols. An
exclamation mark appears next to objects that need to be updated.
To revert a symbol instance to an object or objects
1 Select a symbol instance.
2 Click Object  Symbol  Revert to objects.
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The symbol definition remains in the active document.
If the external definition of the symbol instance contains styles, those styles are added to the document. If the styles in the symbol
instance differ from those in its external definition, you are prompted to rename the style or merge the two styles. You can check for
conflicting styles in the Links and bookmarks docker. An exclamation mark appears next to objects that need to be updated.
You can also revert a symbol instance to an object by right-clicking the symbol instance and clicking Revert to objects.
To delete a symbol instance
1 Select a symbol instance.
2 Press Delete.
The symbol definition remains in the active document.
To purge unused symbol definitions
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document.
2 Click the Purge unused definitions button
.
Managing collections and libraries
Most of the symbols you will use have already been created and are stored in library files that are grouped into collections.
The Symbol manager docker always displays libraries and collections that are in your local Symbols folder. You can add collections and
libraries to your Symbols folder from elsewhere on the network. When you insert a local or external symbol into a drawing, a copy of the
symbol definition is added to the document but it remains linked to the source symbol.
To add a collection or library
1 Click Window  Symbol manager.
2 In the tree, click Local symbols or Network symbols.
3 Click the Add library button
.
4 Locate and choose a collection or library.
5 Click OK.
By default, library files are referenced from their original location. If you want to copy a library to your User symbols folder (under
Application data for your user name), enable the Copy libraries locallycheck box.
If you are adding a collection, you can enable the Recursive check box to include subfolders.
To delete a collection or library
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click a collection or library.
2 Press Delete.
The collection or library is removed from the tree in the Symbol manager docker but files are not deleted.
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Creating, editing, and deleting symbols
Local symbols can be created in three ways: by creating one on a blank drawing page, by converting an existing object or objects to a
symbol, or by making a linked symbol a local one by breaking its link.
You can edit a local symbol; any changes you make affect all instances in a drawing. Linked symbols cannot be edited within the drawing,
but can be edited directly in the library file where they are stored. You can tell whether a symbol is local or linked by looking in the preview
area of theSymbol manager docker.
If a nested symbol contains a local definition, you can edit the local symbol within the drawing. External symbols in nested symbols can also
be edited, but you must first convert the external symbols to local. For information about converting symbols from external to local, see “To
make a linked symbol local” on page 243.
You can also delete a symbol from the drawing and remove all instances.
To convert an object to a symbol
1 Select an object or multiple objects.
2 Click Object  Symbol  New symbol.
3 Type a name for the symbol.
Symbols cannot span layers. If you convert objects on different layers to a symbol, the objects are combined on the topmost object’s
layer. For more information about layers, see “Working with layers” on page 261.
You can also convert an existing object or objects to a symbol by dragging the object or objects to the Symbol manager docker. The
symbol name is automatically added.
To make a linked symbol local
1 Select a symbol.
2 Click Object  Symbol  Break link.
If other instances of the symbol are in the drawing, the links to all instances are broken.
If the external definition of the symbol instance contains styles, those styles are added to the document. If the styles in the symbol
instance differ from those in its external definition, you are prompted to rename the style or merge the two styles. You can check for
conflicting styles in the Links and bookmarks docker. An exclamation mark appears next to objects that need to be updated.
You can also make a linked symbol local by right-clicking the symbol and choosing Break link.
To edit a local symbol
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document, and choose a symbol from the Symbols list.
If you want to name or rename the symbol, double-click the symbol’s name box, and type a name.
2 Click the Edit symbol button
.
3 Modify the objects on the drawing page.
4 Click the Finish editing object tab in the lower-left corner of the drawing window.
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Changes made to a symbol are automatically made to all instances in the active drawing.
You cannot add layers while in symbol edit mode.
While editing a symbol, you can insert an instance of another symbol, which creates a nested symbol. You cannot, however, insert an
instance of the same symbol.
To edit a linked symbol
1 Click File  Open.
2 Choose the drive and folder where the library is stored.
3 Click a library filename.
Library files have a .csl filename extension.
4 Click Open.
5 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document, and choose a symbol from the Symbols list.
If you want to rename the symbol, click the name again, and type a new name.
6 Click the Edit symbol button
.
7 Modify the objects on the drawing page.
8 Click the Finish editing object tab in the lower-left corner of the drawing window.
9 Click File  Save.
You may need permission to change files on the network.
To edit a nested symbol
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document, and choose the nested symbol from the Symbols list.
2 Click the Edit symbol button
.
3 Modify the editable objects on the drawing page.
4 Click the Finish editing object tab in the lower-left corner of the drawing window.
While you are editing a nested symbol, linked symbols cannot be edited.
To delete a symbol from a document
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document, and choose a symbol from the Symbols list.
2 Click the Delete symbol button
.
When you delete a symbol, it is removed from the active drawing, and all instances of the symbol are removed from the drawing.
If the symbol is linked, its symbol definition is removed from the active document but remains in the library file.
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Sharing symbols between drawings
Symbols can be stored within a drawing or in library files. You can share symbols between drawings by copying and pasting. Copying
symbols to the Clipboard leaves the originals in the drawing or library file.
You can also copy and paste instances of a symbol to and from the Clipboard. Pasting a symbol instance places the symbol in the active
document and also places an instance of the symbol in the drawing. Subsequent pasting will place another instance of the symbol in the
drawing without adding to the document. Symbol instances are copied, cut, and pasted in the same way other objects are. For more
information, see “Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects” on page 214.
You can export symbols from a document and create a new library file, or you can create a symbol library from any drawing file. You can
create a new library by exporting the symbol library from a document or by saving the symbols in a drawing as a new library. If you put the
new file in a shared folder, other users will be able to use the symbols.
To copy, paste, or duplicate symbols
To
Do the following
Copy symbols to the Clipboard
In the Symbol manager docker, select the symbol or symbols from
the Symbols list, right-click, and click Copy.
Paste symbols from the Clipboard
In the Symbol manager docker, right-click, and click Paste.
Duplicate symbols
In the Symbol manager docker, right-click the symbol, and click
Duplicate.
To export a symbol library
1 In the Symbol manager docker, click the active document.
2 Click the Export library button
.
3 Choose the drive and folder where you want to save the library file.
4 Type a filename in the File name box.
5 Click Save.
To create a new library
1 Click File  Save.
2 Choose the drive and folder where you want to store the library.
3 Type a filename in the File name box.
4 Choose CSL - Corel Symbol Library from the Save as type list box.
5 Click Save.
To add a symbol to an existing library
1 Click File  Open.
2 Choose the drive and folder where the library is stored.
3 Choose CSL - Corel Symbol Library from the Files of type list box.
4 Click Open.
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5 In the Symbol manager docker, choose the library file where you want to add a symbol.
6 Paste a symbol to the document.
7 Save the library file.
Reference: Working with symbols
This reference section contains additional information about working with symbols.
Modifying symbol instances
The following object properties can be modified for symbol instances. If a symbol contains multiple objects, all objects in the symbol instance
are treated collectively as a single object, just as if they were grouped.
Property
Notes
Position
Type values in the Object position boxes on the Transform toolbar.
For more information, see “Moving objects” on page 218.
Size
Type width and height values in the Object size boxes on the
Transform toolbar. For more information, see “Sizing and scaling
objects” on page 220.
Skew
See “Skewing objects” on page 224.
Rotation angle
Type a value in the Angle of rotation box on the Transform
toolbar. For more information, see “Rotating objects” on page 222.
Transparency
Uniform transparency only. In the Symbol area of the Property
manager docker, move the Transparency slider. For more
information, see “Changing the transparency of objects” on page
359.
The transparency slider is disabled if the symbol contains an object
with transparency already applied to it.
Mirroring
See “Mirroring objects” on page 223.
Wrap paragraph text
In the Summary area in the Property manager docker, choose an
option from the Wrap paragraph text list box. See “Wrapping
text” on page 390.
Order
See “Changing the order of objects” on page 227.
Name
The name of an instance is displayed in the Object manager
docker. Click twice to change it.
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Unsupported object types
Most objects in Corel DESIGNER can be converted to symbols, with the following exceptions.
Unsupported object type
Notes
Linked or embedded objects
Callouts
Control objects in link groups
All related objects in the link group must be included in the symbol.
For example, if an object has a drop shadow, you cannot convert
the object without the drop shadow.
Linked bitmaps
Placed PDF or EPS files
Locked object
Object must be unlocked.
Paragraph text
Connector and dimension lines
Must be broken apart or included with the linked object or objects
Guidelines
Rollovers
You cannot convert a rollover to a symbol; however, you can
include a symbol instance in a rollover state.
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Creating objects for the web
Corel DESIGNER lets you export objects that are optimized for viewing in a web browser. You can also create interactive rollovers from Corel
DESIGNER objects. In addition, you can add hyperlinks and bookmarks to a drawing.
After creating the web-compatible object in Corel DESIGNER, you can add the object to a design using a web-authoring tool. You can also
export the object to HTML. For more information, see “Exporting to HTML” on page 621.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Exporting bitmaps for the web” (page 249)
• “Saving and applying web presets” (page 255)
• “Exporting objects with transparent colors and backgrounds” (page 256)
• “Creating rollovers” (page 256)
• “Adding bookmarks and hyperlinks to documents” (page 258)
• “Adding hotspots and alternate text to objects” (page 259)
Exporting bitmaps for the web
Corel DESIGNER lets you export the following web-compatible file formats: GIF, PNG, and JPEG.
While specifying exporting options, you can preview an image with up to four different configurations of settings. You can compare file
formats, preset settings, download speeds, compression, file size, image quality, and color range. You can also examine previews by zooming
and panning within the preview windows.
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Component
Description
1. Preview window
Displays a preview of the document.
2. Preview modes
Lets you preview the adjustments in a single or split frame.
3. Zooming and panning tools
Lets you zoom in and out of a document displayed in the preview
window, pan an image displayed at zoom level higher than 100%,
and fit an image in the preview window.
4. Eyedropper tool and sampled color swatch
Lets you sample a color and display the sampled color.
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Component
Description
5. Preset list box
Lets you choose preset settings for a file format.
6. Export settings
Lets you customize export setting, such as color, display options,
and size.
7. Format information
Lets you view file-format information, which is available for each
preview frame.
8. Color information
Displays the color values for a selected color.
9. Speed list box
Lets you choose an Internet speed for saving the file.
You can export web-compatible files using preset settings. This allows you to optimize the file, without the need to modify individual
settings. You can also customize the settings to produce a specific result. For example, you can adjust its color, display quality, and file size.
Choosing a web-compatible file format
This table is a quick reference for choosing a web-compatible file format.
File format
Ideal for
GIF
Line drawings, text, images with few colors, or images with sharp
edges, such as scanned black-and-white images or logos.
GIF offers several advanced graphic options, including transparent
backgrounds, interlaced images, and animation. It also lets you
create custom palettes for the image.
PNG
Various image types, including photos and line drawings.
The PNG file format (unlike the GIF and JPEG formats) supports the
alpha channel. This allows you to save transparent images with
superior results.
JPEG
Photos and scanned images.
JPEG files use file compression to store an approximation of an
image, which results in some loss of image data, but does not
compromise the quality of most photographs. You can choose the
image quality when you save an image — the higher the image
quality, the larger the file size.
Exporting palette-based documents
Palette-based documents, such as paletted GIF and 8-bit PNG, allow individual pixels to retain their exact color value. This lets you control
the display of colors in the file when exporting. Palette-based documents also allow you to introduce transparency to a file by choosing a
color in the image and making it transparent. For information, see “Exporting objects with transparent colors and backgrounds” on page
256.
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To adjust the object-export preview
1 Click File  Export for
 Web.
2 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
View the bitmap in a single preview frame
Click the Full preview button
View two versions of the bitmap in side-by-side frames
Click the Two vertical previews button
View the two versions of the bitmap with one frame placed above
the other
Click the Two horizontal previews button View four versions of the bitmap in separate frames
Click the Four previews button
Fit a bitmap in the preview window
Click the Zoom to fit button
Display each pixel in the image data to a single pixel on-screen
Click the Zoom 1:1 pixel button
Display a bitmap at its actual size
Click the Zoom to actual size button
Pan to another area of the bitmap
Using the Pan tool
on the View toolbar.
.
.
.
.
.
.
, drag the image until the area you want to
see is visible.
Zoom in and out
Using the Zoom in tool
or Zoom out tool
, click in the
preview window.
Change the display options for the object in a preview frame
Click a frame, then choose different export settings from the export
settings area.
To export a web-compatible bitmap
1 Click File  Export for
 Web.
2 In the Export for web dialog box, choose preset settings from the Preset list box in the upper-right corner of the dialog box.
If you want modify the preset settings, you can change the exporting options in the dialog box.
3 Click Save as.
4 Choose the drive and folder where you want to save the file.
5 Type a name in the File name box.
6 Click Save.
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You can also
Choose a color mode
In the Settings area, choose a color mode from the Color mode
list box.
This option is unavailable for the GIF file format.
Embed the color profile
In the Advanced area, enable the Embed color profile check box.
You can also export to a web-compatible format by clicking File  Export, and choosing a file format from the Save as type list box.
You can choose an Internet connection speed from the Speed list box at the bottom of the dialog box.
To resize an object when exporting a web-compatible bitmap
• In the Export for web dialog box, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Choose a unit of measurement for the bitmap
In the Transformation area, choose a unit of measurement from
the Units list box.
Specify the bitmap dimensions
In the Transformation area, type values in the Width and Height
boxes.
Resize the bitmap to a percentage of its original size
In the Transformation area, type values in the Width % and
Height % boxes.
Avoid distortion by maintaining the width-to-height ratio of the
bitmap
In the Transformation area, enable the Maintain aspect ratio
check box.
Specify the bitmap resolution
In the Transformation area, type a value in the Resolution box.
Maintain the size of the file on your hard disk when you change the
resolution of the bitmap
In the Transformation area, enable the Maintain size check box.
To customize options for exporting a JPEG bitmap
1 In the Export for web dialog box, choose JPEG from the Format list box.
2 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Control document quality
In the Settings area, choose a quality option from the Quality list
box, or type a percentage value.
Choose an encoding setting
In the Settings area, choose an option from the Sub-format list
box.
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To
Do the following
Blur the transition between adjacent pixels of different colors
In the Settings area, type a value in the Blur box.
Load the JPEG file gradually in certain web browsers to display only
portions of the image before it finishes loading
In the Advanced area, enable the Progressive check box.
Use the optimal encoding method to produce the smallest JPEG file
size
In the Advanced area, enable the Optimize check box.
You can also
Apply the document-color settings
In the Advanced area, enable the Use document color settings
option.
Apply the color-proof settings to the document
In the Advanced area, enable the Use color proof settings option.
Enable the overprinting of black when exporting to CMYK
In the Settings area, enable the Overprint black check box.
Apply a matte color to the object’s background to help blend the
edges of anti-aliased objects
In the Settings area, open the Matte color picker, and click a color.
To specify display-quality options for exporting web-compatible bitmaps
• In the Export for web dialog box, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Apply a matte color to the object’s background to help blend the
edges of anti-aliased objects
In the Settings area, open the Matte color picker, and click a color.
Smooth the edges of the object
In the Advanced area, enable the Anti-aliased check box.
Load the file gradually in certain web browsers to display only
portions of the image before it finishes loading
In the Advanced area, enable the Interlaced check box.
To specify color settings for exporting palette-based web-compatible bitmap
• In the Export for web dialog box, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Choose a color mode
In the Settings area, choose a color mode from the Color mode
list box.
This option is unavailable for the GIF file format.
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To
Do the following
Choose a color palette
In the Settings area, choose a palette from the Color palette list
box.
Specify a dithering setting and amount
In the Settings area, choose a dithering option from the Dithering
list box, and type a value in the box.
Embed the color profile
In the Advanced area, enable the Embed color profile check box.
You can also
Load a color palette
In the Settings area, click the arrow next to Color palette list box,
and click Load palette.
Sample a color and add it to a color palette
Click the Eyedropper on the toolbar, and then click in the drawing
window to choose a color. In the Settings area, click the Add the
sampled color to palette button
.
Add or modify colors
Double-click a color swatch on the color palette.
Choose the number of colors that you want to display
In the Settings area, choose a value from the Number of colors list
box.
Delete a color from the color palette
In the Settings area, click a color on the color palette, and then
click the Delete the selected color button.
You can also add transparency to a palette-based document by choosing a color in the image and making it transparent. For
information, see “Exporting objects with transparent colors and backgrounds” on page 256.
Saving and applying web presets
Web presets allow you to save custom settings for exporting web-compatible file formats.
To save a preset for exporting web-compatible images
1 In the Export for web dialog box, choose a file format from the Format list box.
2 Choose the settings that you want to store as a preset.
3 Click the arrow next to the Preset list box, and click Save preset.
4 Type the name of the preset in the File name box.
5 Click Save.
You can delete a saved preset by choosing a preset from the Preset list box, clicking the arrow next to the Preset list box, and clicking
Delete preset.
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To apply a preset for exporting web-compatible images
1 In the Export for web dialog box, click the arrow next to the Preset list box, and click Load preset.
2 Click the name of the file.
3 Click Open.
Exporting objects with transparent colors and backgrounds
Corel DESIGNER lets you export palette-based bitmaps, such as paletted GIF or 8-bit PNG, with transparent colors and backgrounds. These
bitmaps can contain objects, such as buttons and logos, which are commonly used on webpages with colored or patterned backgrounds.
If you place an object with an opaque background onto a webpage, the object background color appears as a rectangle on the page. By
making an object background transparent, the object background blends in with the page. Transparent object backgrounds also let you
change the color or pattern of a webpage background without having to change the backgrounds of the objects to match.
You can create a GIF with a transparent background to use on a webpage.
To save a bitmap with a transparent background
1 In the Export for web dialog box, choose a paletted file format, such as GIF or 8-bit PNG, from the Format list box.
2 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Make the background of the object transparent
In the Settings area, enable the Transparency check box.
Make a selected color transparent
Click the Eyedropper on the toolbar, and then click the image to
choose a color. In the Settings area, click the Make the selected
color transparent button
Apply a matte color to the object’s background to help blend the
edges of anti-aliased objects
.
In the Settings area, open the Matte color picker, and click a color.
For best results, choose None from the Dithering list box in the Settings area.
Creating rollovers
Rollovers are interactive objects that change in appearance when you click or point to them. You can create rollovers using objects.
To create a rollover, you add the following rollover states:
• Normal — the default state of a button when no mouse activity is associated with the button
• Over — the state of a button when the pointer passes over it
• Down — the state of a clicked button
You can apply different object properties to each of the rollover states. You can also preview the rollover states.
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Rollovers showing Normal (left), Over (center), and Down (right) states
To add the rollover object to a web design, you must first save it to Macromedia® Flash® (SWF) format. For more information about
creating and editing objects such as rollovers, see “Working with objects” on page 211.
To create a rollover object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Effects  Rollover  Create rollover.
To modify an object’s rollover state
1 Click View  Toolbars  Internet.
The Internet toolbar appears.
2 Click the rollover object to select it.
3 On the Internet toolbar, click the Edit rollover button
.
4 From the Active rollover state list box, choose a state:
• Normal
• Over
• Down
5 Modify the object properties, such as the color.
6 Click the Finish editing rollover button
.
You can also
Delete a rollover state
On the Internet toolbar, click the Delete rollover state button
.
Duplicate a rollover state
On the Internet toolbar, click the Duplicate rollover state button
.
Undo a rollover
On the Internet toolbar, click the Extract rollover objects button
.
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You can also
Specify what frame appears when the rollover is clicked
On the Internet toolbar, choose a target frame from the Target
frame list box.
You cannot close a drawing in which you are editing a rollover. You must finish editing first.
To view rollover properties
1 Click Window  Object manager.
2 Click the page and layer where the rollover resides.
3 Click the rollover name, and expand the Normal, Over, and Down states.
You can preview a rollover object’s states in the drawing page by clicking the Rollover live preview button
toolbar. To quit previewing the rollover so that you can edit it, click the Rollover live preview button
on the Internet
. You cannot undo while
previewing a rollover.
Adding bookmarks and hyperlinks to documents
Corel DESIGNER lets you add bookmarks and hyperlinks to your document. You can apply these to objects, including text objects, rollovers,
and bitmaps. For information, see “Including hyperlinks, bookmarks, and thumbnails in PDF files” on page 610.
Bookmarks
To create an internal link within a file, you can assign a bookmark to text or to an object. You can then assign a link to an object so that,
when it’s clicked, it opens the bookmark.
Hyperlinks
You can also assign a hyperlink to an object. You can link to a web address, FTP server, email address, bookmark, or file. When the object is
clicked, it opens to the assigned location in a appropriate application. After you create hyperlinks, you can display and verify them. You can
also delete links and bookmarks. When working with text, you can assign a hyperlink to both artistic and paragraph text.
Hyperlinks are maintained when you export files to CGM Version 4 profiles. For information about exporting CGM files, see “Computer
Graphics Metafile (CGM)” on page 630.
To assign a bookmark
1 Click Window  Links and bookmarks.
2 In the workspace, click the object that you want to bookmark.
3 Click the New bookmark button
.
4 Type the name of the bookmark in the name box.
To assign a hyperlink to an object
1 Click Window  Links and bookmarks.
2 In the workspace, click the object to which you want to apply a hyperlink.
3 Click the New link button
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.
4 From the Link type list box, choose one of the following link types:
Link types
http://
Type a web address, or URL, for a webpage that opens when you
click the link.
ftp://
Type a web address, or URL, to the FTP server that opens when you
click the link.
mailto:
Type an email address.
file://
Click the browse button and navigate to the file that you want to
open when you click the link.
bookmark
Choose a previously created bookmark from the list.
To assign a hyperlink to text
1 Click Window  Links and bookmarks.
2 Using the Text tool
, select the text characters to which you want to assign a hyperlink.
3 Click the New link button
.
4 From the Link type list box, choose one of the following link types:
You can also assign a hyperlink from the Internet toolbar by clicking View  Toolbars  Internet to display the toolbar.
To verify a link
1 Click Window  Links and bookmarks.
2 Choose the link that you want to open.
3 Click the Open link button
.
To delete a bookmark or link
1 Click Window  Links and bookmarks.
2 Choose the link or bookmark that you want to delete.
3 Click the Delete button
.
Adding hotspots and alternate text to objects
You can also set a hotspot that follows the outline of the object, or fills the object’s bounding box. Corel DESIGNER applies a crosshatch
pattern to an object containing a link. In addition, you can add alternate text to objects for text-only browsers or screen readers.
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To set a hotspot
1 Click View  Toolbars
 Internet.
2 On the property bar, choose Link from the Behavior list box, and type a web address in the URL box.
You can also add a hotspot to a callout or part of a callout. For more information, see “To add a hotspot to a callout” on page 134.
To add alternate text to an object
1 Click View  Toolbars
 Internet.
2 On the property bar, type the alternate text in the Alt comments text box.
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Working with layers
You can work with layers to help you organize and arrange objects in complex illustrations.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Creating layers” (page 261)
• “Changing layer properties” (page 264)
• “Moving and copying layers and objects” (page 267)
Creating layers
All Corel DESIGNER drawings consist of stacked objects. The vertical order of these objects — the stacking order — contributes to the
appearance of the drawing. An effective way to organize these objects is by using invisible planes called layers.
Drawings can be assembled by placing objects on various levels or layers.
Layering gives you added flexibility when you organize and edit the objects in complex drawings. You can divide a drawing into multiple
layers, each containing a portion of the drawing’s contents. For example, you can use layers to organize an architectural plan for a building.
You can organize the building’s various components (for example, plumbing, electrical, structural) by placing them on separate layers.
Local layers and master layers
All content is placed on a layer. Content that applies to a specific page is placed on a local layer. Content that applies to all pages in a
document can be placed on a global layer called a master layer. Master layers are stored on a virtual page called the Master Page.
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The Object manager docker displays the default layer structure. The names of the active page and layer appear at the top.
You can create master layers for all pages, for even pages, or for odd pages. For example, placing content on an even master layer means
that the content will appear on all even pages but not on the odd pages.
Each new file is created with a default page (Page 1) and a Master Page. The default page contains the following layers:
• Guides — stores page-specific (local) guidelines. All objects placed on the Guides layer appear as outlines only, and the outlines act as
guidelines.
• Layer 1 — represents the default local layer. When you draw objects on the page, the objects are added to this layer unless you choose a
different layer.
The Master Page is a virtual page that contains the information that applies to all pages in a document. You can add one or more layers to a
master page to hold content such as headers, footers, or a static background. By default, a master page contains the following layers:
• Guides (all pages) — contains the guidelines that are used for all pages of the document. All objects placed on the Guides layer appear
as outlines only, and the outlines act as guidelines.
• Desktop — contains objects that are outside the borders of the drawing page. This layer lets you store objects that you may want to
include in the drawing at a later time.
• Document grid — contains the document grid that is used for all pages of the document. The document grid is always the bottom
layer.
The default layers on the master page cannot be deleted or copied.
To add content to a layer, you must first select the layer so that it becomes the active layer.
Viewing layers, pages, and objects
You can choose different views that let you display pages, layers, or all the objects in your document. The view you choose depends on the
complexity of your document and the task you are performing. For example, in a long multipage document, you can choose a pages-only
view so that you can navigate the document more easily and view only one page at a time. The Current page, layers only view lets you view
and reorder all the layers that affect the current page, including the master layers.
To create a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Create a local layer
In the upper-right corner of the Object manager docker, click the
flyout button
, and click New layer.
In the upper-right corner of the Object manager docker, click the
Create a master layer for all pages
flyout button
, and click New master layer (all pages).
In the upper-right corner of the Object manager docker, click the
Create a master layer for odd pages
flyout button
, and click New master layer (odd pages).
This command is available only when the active page is an odd
page.
In the upper-right corner of the Object manager docker, click the
Create a master layer for even pages
flyout button
, and click New master layer (even pages).
This command is available only when the active page is an even
page.
To use a layer in the drawing, you must first make the layer active by clicking the layer name in the Object manager docker. The
layer name appears in a red bold font to indicate that it is the active layer. When you start a drawing, the default layer (Layer 1) is the
active layer.
Master layers are always added to the master page. Content added to these layers is visible on all pages of the document, all odd
pages, or all even pages, depending on the type of master layer that you have chosen.
Master layers for odd and even pages cannot be created in Facing Pages view. If you have created odd and even master pages before
switching to Facing Pages view, the odd and even master layers will be converted to all-page master layers. For more information
about facing pages, see “To view facing pages” on page 73.
You can also add a layer by clicking the New layer button
in the Object manager docker.
You can also create new master layers by clicking the respective button in the Object manager docker: New master layer (all
pages)
, New master layer (odd pages)
, or New master layer (even pages)
.
You can make any layer a master layer by right-clicking the layer name, and clicking Master (all pages), Master (odd pages), or
Master (even pages).
To make a layer active
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 In the Object manager docker, click the layer name.
The layer name appears in a red bold font to indicate that it is the active layer.
By default, the active layer is Layer 1.
The name of the active layer and the type of the currently selected object appear on the status bar at the bottom of the application
window. The names of the active page and layer also appear at the top of the Object manager docker.
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To display pages, layers, and objects in the Object Manager docker
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Display pages
Click the flyout button
Display all layers for the current page
Click the name of a page, click the Layer manager view button
, and then click Show pages.
, and then click Current page, layers only.
Display all layers and objects across all pages
Click the Layer manager view button
, and then click All
pages, layers and objects.
Display selected objects in the Object manager docker
Click the flyout button
, and then click Expand to show
selection.
The name of the active layer and the type of the currently selected object appear on the status bar at the bottom of the application
window. The names of the active page and layer also appear at the top of the Object manager docker.
To delete a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Click the name of a layer.
3 Click the flyout button
, and click Delete layer.
When you delete a layer, you also delete all the objects on it. To preserve an object, move it to a different layer before you delete the
current layer.
You can delete any unlocked layer except the following default layers: Document grid, Desktop, Guides, and Guides (all pages). For
more information about locking and unlocking layers, see “To set the editing properties of a layer” on page 266.
You can also delete a layer by right-clicking the layer name in the Object manager docker and choosing Delete.
Changing layer properties
For each new layer that you create, the display, editing, and printing and exporting properties are enabled by default. You can change these
properties at any time. You can also turn a local layer into a master layer, or a master layer into a local layer. For information about master
layers, see “Creating layers” on page 261.
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The icons to the left of a layer’s name let you change the layer’s properties.
Showing and hiding layers
You can choose to show or hide layers in a drawing. Hiding a layer lets you identify and edit the objects on other layers. It also reduces the
time required for your drawing to refresh when you edit it.
Printing and exporting layers
You can set printing and exporting properties for a layer to control whether a layer is displayed in the printed or exported drawing. Note
that hidden layers are displayed in the final output if the printing and exporting properties are enabled. The Document grid layer cannot be
printed or exported.
Setting a layer’s editing properties
You can allow editing of the objects on all layers or restrict editing so that you can only edit objects on the active layer. You can also lock a
layer to prevent accidental changes to the objects it contains. When you lock a layer, you cannot select or edit the objects on that layer.
Renaming layers
You can rename layers to indicate their contents, their position in the stacking order, or their relationship with other layers.
Using layer color to view objects
You can change the layer color so that objects on the layer are displayed with the layer color when you use Wireframe view. For example, if
you place various components of an architectural plan (plumbing, electrical, structural) on separate layers, you can use layer color to quickly
identify to which component the objects belong.
To change layer properties
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Right-click the layer, and click Properties.
3 Specify the settings you want.
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To show or hide a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Click the Show or hide icon
beside the layer name.
The layer is hidden when the Show or hide icon is grayed out.
Objects on a hidden layer are displayed in the printed or exported drawing unless the layer’s printing and exporting properties are
disabled.
You can also show or hide a layer by right-clicking the layer in the Object manager docker and then clicking Visible.
To enable or disable printing and exporting of a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Click the Enable or disable printing and exporting icon
beside the layer name.
Disabling the printing and exporting of a layer prevents its contents from appearing in the printed or exported drawing, or in fullscreen previews. For information about full-screen previews, see “Previewing drawings” on page 70.
You can also enable or disable the printing and exporting of a layer by right-clicking the layer in the Object manager docker and
clicking Printable.
To set the editing properties of a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 In the Object manager docker, click the name of the layer that you want to edit.
The layer name appears in a red bold font to indicate that the layer is active.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Lock or unlock a layer
Click the Lock or unlock icon
Allow editing on all layers
Click the flyout button
, and click Edit across layers.
Allow editing on the active layer only
Click the flyout button
, and disable Edit across layers.
beside the layer name.
If you disable editing across layers, you can work only on the active layer and the Desktop layer. You cannot select or edit objects on
inactive layers. For example, if you use the Pick tool to marquee-select multiple objects on the drawing page, only the objects on the
active layer are selected.
You cannot lock or unlock the Document grid layer.
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You can also allow editing on all layers by clicking the Edit across layers button
in the Object manager docker. Editing across
layers is enabled when the button appears pressed. Clicking the button again restricts editing to the active layer.
You can also lock or unlock a layer by right-clicking the layer in the Object manager docker and then clicking Editable.
To rename a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Right-click the layer name, and click Rename.
You can also rename a layer by clicking the layer name twice and typing a new name.
To change the layer color
• In the Object manager docker, double-click the color swatch that appears to the left of the layer name, and choose a color.
Objects on the layer are displayed with the layer color when you use Wireframe view (View  Wireframe).
You can also choose to display only the objects on a specific layer in Wireframe view by right-clicking the layer name, choosing
Properties, and enabling the Override full color view check box in the layer properties dialog box.
Moving and copying layers and objects
You can move or copy layers on a single page or between pages. You can also move or copy selected objects to new layers, including layers
on the master page.
Moving and copying layers affects the stacking order. Moving or copying an object to a layer below its current layer causes the object to
become the top object on its new layer. Similarly, moving or copying an object to a layer above its current layer causes the object to become
the bottom object on its new layer.
To move a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 In the layers list, drag a layer name to a new position.
You can change the order of the master layers relative to local layers by displaying the list of all layers for the current page and
dragging a layer name to a new position in the layers list. To display all layers for a page, click a page name, click the Layer manager
view button
at the top of the Object manager docker, and choose Current page, layers only.
To copy a layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 In the layers list, right-click the layer that you want to copy, and click Copy.
3 Right-click the layer above which you want to place the copied layer, and click Paste.
The layer and the objects it contains are pasted above the selected layer.
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To move or copy an object to another layer
1 If the Object manager docker is not open, click Window  Object manager.
2 Click an object in the Object manager docker.
3 Click the flyout button
, and click one of the following:
• Move to layer
• Copy to layer
4 Click the destination layer.
When you move objects to or from a layer, the layer must be unlocked.
You can move and copy an object to another layer by dragging the object to a new layer in the Object manager docker.
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Object linking and embedding
Object linking and embedding (OLE) is a method of exchanging information between applications. Using OLE, you can take selected
objects or entire files from one application, called the source application, and place them into another application, called the destination
application. Objects that are placed into an application using OLE are called OLE objects. You can freely move objects and files between
applications as long as all the applications involved support OLE.
Corel DESIGNER lets you create and edit OLE objects, as well as insert objects and files created in other applications.
Linking results in a larger file size but is useful when you want to use an object or file in multiple files. To change every instance of the object
or the file, you only need to change the object in the source application. Linking is also useful when the destination application does not
directly support files created in the source application. Embedding is useful when you want to include all objects in one file.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Inserting linked or embedded objects” (page 269)
• “Editing linked or embedded objects” (page 270)
Inserting linked or embedded objects
You can insert a linked or embedded object. A linked object remains connected to its source file; whereas an embedded object is not linked
to its source file but is integrated into the new file. You can insert an embedded object or create an embedded object. You can also insert a
linked or embedded object by copying it from the source application and pasting it to the destination application.
To insert a linked object
1 In the source application, select an object.
2 Click Edit  Copy.
3 In Corel DESIGNER, click Edit  Paste special.
4 Enable the Paste link option.
The file from which you copy the object in the source application must be saved before you insert the object in Corel DESIGNER.
To insert an embedded object
1 Click Object  Insert new object.
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2 Enable the Create from file option.
3 Click the Browse button.
4 Click a filename.
You can also create an embedded object by enabling the Create new option in the Insert new object dialog box, and choosing the
application in which you want to create the object from the Object type list box.
You can also insert an embedded object by selecting an object in the source application, and dragging it to the application window
of Corel DESIGNER.
Editing linked or embedded objects
You can edit a linked or embedded object. You can edit a linked object by editing its source file. Any changes you make to the source file are
automatically applied to the linked object. You can also modify a linked object; for example, you can update a linked object, substitute the
source file of a linked object for another, or break a link between a linked object and its source file.
To edit a linked or embedded object
1 Double-click the linked or embedded object to start the source application.
2 Edit the object in the source application.
3 Save the changes in the source application.
4 Close the source application.
5 Return to the active application window to review the edits.
In most cases, you can edit OLE objects only in the source application. If you try to change an OLE object using Corel DESIGNER,
note the following limitations. Depending on the source of the OLE object, you might not be able to rotate, skew, clone, trim, weld,
intersect, use as symbols, or combine OLE objects. Also, you might not be able to apply any of the effects in the Effects menu to OLE
objects, except for PowerClip objects. You can only size, move, and copy OLE objects and place them into PowerClip containers.
You can also edit linked or embedded objects by starting the source application and opening the file directly.
To modify a linked object
1 Select a linked object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click Object  Links.
3 Click one of the following buttons:
• Update now — updates the linked object to reflect changes made in the source file
• Open source — opens the object in the source application
• Change source — redirects the link to another file
• Break link — disconnects the link so that the object is embedded in the file
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Working with object data
The Object Data Manager is an advanced hotspotting feature that is particularly useful as a project management tool when you create or
supervise a large project. You can enter many types of project data about individual objects or groups of objects.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Setting up the project database” (page 271)
• “Managing object data” (page 273)
• “Applying CGM data to objects” (page 274)
Setting up the project database
Before you assign project data to objects in a drawing, you need to know what information you want to display. By default, Corel DESIGNER
creates multiple data fields including: Name, Cost, and Comments. These fields can be edited or deleted as required.
Corel DESIGNER also provides common ActiveCGM®, WebCGM, and WebCGM S1000D fields. When you import or export CGM files, the
object data is maintained. For more information on importing and exporting CGM files, see “Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)” on page
630.
Object data is also maintained when you import or export SVG files. For more information on importing and exporting SVG files, see
“Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)” on page 654.
You can create and assign as many data fields as you want, as long as they use permitted format variables. For more information about
assigning data fields, see “Managing object data” on page 273. In addition, you can add a child field to an existing field to create a
hierarchical structure. However, the field you choose must support the creation of a child field.
At any time, you can change the setting, such as the name or format, of a data field.
If you require custom fields, you can define their formats using four basic field formats: General, Date/time, Linear/angular, and Numeric.
Each of these formats provides a series of common settings. If the preset formats in Corel DESIGNER don’t provide the information you want
in your data summary, you can create your own custom formats using the variables available for the format type you’re using. The field
format you select is used for all objects in the active drawing.
When you delete a field, you also delete all data entered for that field in the active document and any children that are associated with the
field.
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To add a data field
1 Click Window  Object data manager.
2 In the Object data docker, click the Open field editor button
.
3 In the Object data field editor dialog box, click New field.
4 Double-click the Element name cell in the new field. Choose an element type from the list box, and press Enter.
5 Double-click the Name cell in the new field. Type a name for the field, and press Enter.
If you want to change the field’s value, double-click the Default value cell, type a new value, and press Enter.
If you want to change the field’s constraint, double-click the Constraint cell, type a constraint, and press Enter.
6 Double-click the Type cell in the new field, and choose one of the following format types from the list box:
• String
• Number
• Event
• Action
7 Double-click the Target cell in the new field, and choose one of the following targets from the list box:
• General
• ActiveCGM
• WebCGM
8 In the Add field to area, enable one or both of the following check boxes:
• Application defaults — stores the new field in the application
• Document defaults — stores the new field in the current document
You can also use this procedure to change the settings of an existing data field.
You can also
Add a child data field to an existing field
Select the data field to which you want to add a child, and click
New child field.
The field you choose as a parent field must support the creation of
a child field.
Change the format of a data field
Select the data field, and click Change in the Format area.
In the Format definition dialog box, enable the option beside
the format type you want to use, and choose a format from the
Format type list.
Create a custom format for a data field
Select the data field, and click Change in the Format area.
In the Format definition dialog box, enable the option beside the
format type you want to create.
Type the format in the Create box, and press Enter.
Delete a data field
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Choose the name of the data field from the list. To choose multiple
fields, hold down Ctrl, and click the names in the list.
Click Delete field(s).
Managing object data
After creating all the data fields you want for a drawing, you can create a database from a template. The database stores all the data you
apply to the objects in your drawing. You can choose from three different templates; because each template saves to an external, tagged
XML file, you can store the data for different workflows simultaneously.
The Object Data Manager provides all the commands and features you need to add, edit, and delete object data — even behaviors that were
applied using the Internet toolbar.
You can use one object’s data entries to update another object’s data entries. This function does not replace an object’s data entries; rather,
it appends fields and data where appropriate.
Corel DESIGNER also provides common ActiveCGM, WebCGM, and WebCGM S1000D fields. When you import or export CGM files, the
object data is maintained. For more information on importing and exporting CGM files, see “Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)” on page
630.
Object data is also maintained when you import or export SVG files. For more information about importing and exporting SVG files, see
“Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)” on page 654.
To choose a database template
1 Click Window  Object data manager.
2 From the list box, choose one of the following templates:
• General
• ActiveCGM
• S1000D issue 4.0
• WebCGM
You can also view all existing database entries by choosing All from the list box.
To add or edit data for an object
1 Select the object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click Window  Object data manager.
3 Select a data field.
A check mark indicates whether that field is applied to the selected object.
An icon indicates the field type:
• Text
• Number
• Action
• Event
4 Type text in the Value column for the field, and press Enter.
5 Double-click in the Constraint column for the field, and specify a constraint value in the Object data field editor dialog box.
6 Repeat steps 3 to 5 to add data to other fields.
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You can also
Display or hide behaviors
Click the Show/hide behaviors button
Display or hide data
Click the Show/hide data button
Display active fields only
Click the Show active fields only button
Copy data from another object to the selected object
Click the Copy data from button
.
Click the Clear all fields button
.
Applying CGM data to objects
This section provides a sample of the CGM data that you can apply to objects. It is divided into three parts:
• “Sample of WebCGM commands” (page 274)
• “Sample of ActiveCGM commands” (page 276)
• “Sample of WebCGM S1000D commands” (page 278)
When you choose an action as the type, any of the following can function as the value:
• one or more ActiveCGM commands
• BasicScript® subroutine name
• operating system command
• external application
When you choose an event as the type, only one or more Active CGM commands can function as the value.
Sample of WebCGM commands
button1press
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when you click any of the members of the group.
Value: WebCGM_button1press, or any of the WebCGM actions
Constraint: none
content
•
•
•
•
Type: text
Description: Allows you to declare the first priority when searching the text content of a ‘para’ APS.
Value: none
Constraint: none
cursorenter
• Type: event
• Description: Triggers when the pointer moves within two pixels of any of the members of the group.
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.
, and click the object from
which you want to copy data.
Clear all fields
.
• Value: WebCGM_cursorenter, or any of the WebCGM actions
• Constraint: none
cursorexit
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when the pointer moves off all members of the group.
Value: WebCGM_cursorexit, or any of the WebCGM actions.
Constraint: none
hover
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when the pointer moves over any member of the group.
Value: any of the WebCGM actions
Constraint: none
linkuri
• Type: action
• Description: Loads a file in the target window as specified by the URI.
• Value: either one or three strings entered by user input
• If it is one string, it will represent the URI.
Example: “http://www.corel.com”
• If it is three strings, the first string is the URI, the second is the empty string, and the third is the target frame.
Example:“http://www.corel.com” “” “_blank”
The target frames are as follows:
• _blank — viewer loads the content in a new window
• _self — viewer loads the content in the same window
• _parent — viewer loads the content in the immediate frameset parent of the active window
• _top — viewer loads the content in the full original window
• Constraint: none
name
• Type: text
• Description: Names the group.
• Value: entered by user input
Example: “Corel Designer Group”
• Constraint: none
region
• Type: text
• Description: Provides an optional spatial region, associated with a graphic object, allowing the user to pick operations for the object.
Simple regions of type rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and continuous polybezier can be defined.
• For a rectangle, two corner points of the viewport are provided, as in (x1,y1) (x2,y2).
Example: -820084 215104 342822 867138
• For an ellipse, three points are provided. The first point specifies the center of the ellipse, while the remaining two points specify the
CDP points, as in (x1,y1) (x2,y2) (x3,y3).
Example: -275602 514233 -786474 514233 -275602 282324
• For a polygon, points are provided where n is the number of vertices in the polygon using the formula n*(x.y).
• For a polybezier, points are provided where n is the number of contiguous cubic segments using the formula 3n+1(x,y).
Example (polybezier with three vertices):235270 712532 -235270 712532 342822 87386 342822 87386 342822
87386 -235270 87386 -235270 87386 -235270 87386 -235270 712532 -235270 712532
• Value: none
• Constraint: none
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screentip
• Type: text
• Description: Causes the value to be displayed as a screen-tip when the pointer is positioned over the group.
• Value: entered by user input as a single string that is associated with a graphic object or a group
Example: “This is a screentip”
• Constraint: none
viewcontext
• Type: number
• Description: Lets you specify the initial view of an object when you position the pointer over the graphic object that contains this
attribute.
The value of the viewcontext specifies the two corner points of the viewport rectangle as (x1,y1) (x2,y2), where x1, y1 is the top-right
point of the viewport rectangle and x2, y2 is the bottom-left point of the viewport rectangle.
Example: -925688030 586990613 -799207691 509452731
• Value: entered by user input
• Constraint: none
WebCGM_button1press
• Type: action
• Description: Erases all usertip message boxes in the target window.
Example: ‘eraseusertip;execute -extension “linkuri”’
• Value: eraseusertip;execute -ext
• Constraint: none
WebCGM_cursorenter
• Type: action
• Description: Displays the specified usertip.
Example: ‘displayusertip -tip “<This is a screentip>”’
• Value: displayusertip -tip
• Constraint: none
WebCGM_cursorexit
•
•
•
•
Type: action
Description: Erases all usertip message boxes in the target window.
Value: eraseusertip
Constraint: none
Sample of ActiveCGM commands
@ML_button1press
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Makes the group visible.
Value: @ML_ToVisible
Constraint: none
@ML_button1release
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Makes the group invisible.
Value: @ML_ToInvisible
Constraint: none
@ML_cursorenter
• Type: event
• Description: Changes the group color to red.
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• Value: @ML_ToRed
• Constraint: none
@ML_cursorexit
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Changes the group color to its original color.
Value: @ML_ToNative
Constraint: none
@ML_ToInvisible
•
•
•
•
Type: action
Description: Makes the group invisible.
Value: changegroup -vis off
Constraint: fixed
@ML_ToNative
•
•
•
•
Type: action
Description: Changes the group color to its original color.
Value: changegroup -co native
Constraint: fixed
@ML_ToRed
•
•
•
•
Type: action
Description: Changes the group color to red.
Value: changegroup -co red
Constraint: fixed
@ML_ToVisible
•
•
•
•
Type: action
Description: Makes the group visible.
Value: changegroup -vis on
Constraint: fixed
button1press
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•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when you click any of the members of the group.
Value: PressButton1, or any of the WebCGM or ActiveCGM actions
Constraint: none
button1release
•
•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when you release the left mouse button while the pointer is positioned over any of the members of the group.
Value: ReleaseButton1, or any of the WebCGM or ActiveCGM actions
Constraint: none
cursorenter
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•
•
•
Type: event
Description: Triggers when the pointer moves within two pixels of any of the members of the group.
Value: ToRed, or any of the WebCGM or ActiveCGM actions
Constraint: none
cursorexit
• Type: event
• Description: Triggers when the pointer moves off all members of the group.
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• Value: ToNative, or any of the WebCGM or ActiveCGM actions
• Constraint: none
description
• Type: text
• Description: This behavior is undefined.
• Value: entered by user input
Example: “product description”
• Constraint: fixed
Sample of WebCGM S1000D commands
desc
• Type: text
• Description: This behavior is undefined.
• Value: entered by user input
Example: “product description”
• Constraint: fixed
linkuri
• Type: action
• Description: Loads a file in the target window as specified by the URI.
• Value: either one or three strings entered by user input
• If it is one string, it will represent the URI.
Example: “http://www.corel.com”
• If it is three strings, the first string is the URI, the second is the empty string, and the third is the target frame.
Example:“http://www.corel.com” “” “_blank”
The target frames are as follows:
• _blank — viewer loads the content in a new window
• _self — viewer loads the content in the same window
• _parent — viewer loads the content in the immediate frameset parent of the active window
• _top — viewer loads the content in the full original window
• Constraint: none
region
• Type: text
• Description: Provides an optional spatial region, associated with a graphic object, allowing the user to pick operations for the object.
Simple regions of type rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and continuous polybezier can be defined.
• For a rectangle, two corner points of the viewport are provided, as in (x1,y1) (x2,y2).
Example: -820084 215104 342822 867138
• For an ellipse, three points are provided. The first point specifies the center of the ellipse, while the remaining two points specify the
CDP points, as in (x1,y1) (x2,y2) (x3,y3).
Example: -275602 514233 -786474 514233 -275602 282324
• For a polygon, points are provided where n is the number of vertices in the polygon using the formula n*(x.y).
• For a polybezier, points are provided where n is the number of contiguous cubic segments using the formula 3n+1(x,y).
Example (polybezier with three vertices):235270 712532 -235270 712532 342822 87386 342822 87386 342822
87386 -235270 87386 -235270 87386 -235270 87386 -235270 712532 -235270 712532
screentip
• Type: text
• Description: Causes the value to be displayed as a screen-tip when the pointer is positioned over the group.
• Value: entered by user input as a single string that is associated with a graphic object or a group
Example: “This is a screentip”
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• Constraint: none
viewcontext
• Type: number
• Description: Lets you specify the initial view of an object when you position the pointer over the graphic object that contains this
attribute.
The value of the viewcontext specifies the two corner points of the viewport rectangle as (x1,y1) (x2,y2), where x1, y1 is the top-right
point of the viewport rectangle and x2, y2 is the bottom-left point of the viewport rectangle.
Example: -925688030 586990613 -799207691 509452731
• Value: entered by user input
• Constraint: none
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Working with color
Corel DESIGNER lets you choose and create colors by using a wide variety of industry-standard color palettes, color mixers, and color models.
You can store frequently used colors for future use by using the Document palette or creating and editing custom color palettes.
You can customize how a color palette appears on your screen by changing the size of swatches, the number of rows, and other properties.
You can also create color styles. For more information, see “Working with color styles” on page 475.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Understanding color models” (page 283)
• “Understanding color depth” (page 285)
• “Choosing colors” (page 286)
• “Using the Document palette” (page 292)
• “Creating and editing custom color palettes” (page 294)
• “Organizing and displaying color palettes” (page 297)
• “Displaying or hiding color palettes in the Palette libraries” (page 298)
Understanding color models
Color models provide a precise method for defining colors, each model defining colors through the use of specific color components. There
is a range of color models to choose from when creating graphics.
CMYK color model
The CMYK color model, which is used in printing, uses the components cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y), and black (K) to define color.
Values for these components range from 0 to 100 and represent percentages.
In subtractive color models, such as CMYK, color (that is, ink) is added to a surface, such as white paper. The color then “subtracts”
brightness from the surface. When the value of each color component (C,M,Y) is 100, the resulting color is black. When the value of each
component is 0, no color is added to the surface, so the surface itself is revealed — in this case, the white paper. Black (K) is included in the
color model for printing purposes because black ink is more neutral and darker than blending equal amounts of cyan, magenta, and yellow.
Black ink produces sharper results, especially for printed text. In addition, black ink is usually less expensive than using colored ink.
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Black is the result of combining the three CMY colors at their highest intensities.
RGB color model
The RGB color model uses the components red (R), green (G), and blue (B) to define the amounts of red, green, and blue light in a given
color. In a 24-bit image, each component is expressed as a number from 0 to 255. In an image with a higher bit rate, such as a 48-bit
image, the value range is greater. The combination of these components defines a single color.
In additive color models, such as RGB, color is produced from transmitted light. RGB is therefore used on monitors, where red, blue, and
green lights are blended in various ways to reproduce a wide range of colors. When red, blue, and green lights are combined at their
maximum intensities, the eye perceives the resulting color as white. In theory, the colors are still red, green, and blue, but the pixels on
a monitor are too close together for the eye to differentiate the three colors. When the value of each component is 0, which signifies an
absence of light, the eye perceives the color as black.
White is the result of combining the three RGB colors at their maximum intensities.
RGB is the most commonly used color model, because it allows a broad range of colors to be stored and displayed.
HSB color model
The HSB color model uses hue (H), saturation (S), and brightness (B) as components for defining color. HSB is also known as HSV (with the
components hue, saturation, and value). Hue describes the pigment of a color and is expressed in degrees to represent the location on the
standard color wheel. For example, red is 0 degrees, yellow is 60 degrees, green is 120 degrees, cyan is 180 degrees, blue is 240 degrees,
and magenta is 300 degrees.
Saturation describes the vividness or dullness of a color. Values of saturation range from 0 to 100 and represent percentages (the higher the
value, the more vivid the color). Brightness describes the amount of white in the color. Like saturation values, brightness values range from 0
to 100 and represent percentages (the higher the value, the brighter the color).
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HSB color model
Grayscale color model
The grayscale color model defines color by using only one component, lightness, which is measured in values ranging from 0 to 255. Each
grayscale color has equal values of the red, green, and blue components of the RGB color model. Changing a color photo to grayscale
creates a black-and-white photo.
Grayscale color model
Understanding color depth
Color depth refers to the maximum number of colors an image can contain. Color depth is determined by the bit depth of an image (the
number of binary bits that define the shade or color of each pixel in a bitmap). For example, a pixel with a bit depth of 1 can have two
values: black and white. The greater the bit depth, the more colors an image can contain, and the more accurate the color representation is.
For example, an 8-bit GIF image can contain up to 256 colors, but a 24-bit JPEG image can contain approximately 16 million colors.
Usually, RGB, grayscale, and CMYK images contain 8 bits of data per color channel. That is why an RGB image is often referred to as 24bit RGB (8 bits x 3 channels), a grayscale image is referred to as 8-bit grayscale(8 bits x channel), and a CMYK image is referred to as 32-bit
CMYK (8 bits x 4 channels).
Regardless of how many colors an image contains, the image displayed onscreen is limited to the highest number of colors supported by the
monitor on which it is viewed. For example, an 8-bit monitor can display only up to 256 colors in a 24-bit image.
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Choosing colors
You can choose fill and outline colors by selecting a color from the Document palette, custom color palettes, palettes from the Palette
libraries, color viewers, or color blends. When you want to use a color that already exists in an object or document, you can sample the color
by using the Color eyedropper tool to achieve an exact match.
For information about applying the colors you choose, see “Applying uniform fills ” on page 301 and “Formatting lines and outlines” on
page 142. For information about saving colors for future use, see “Working with color styles” on page 475.
Default color palette
A color palette is a collection of color swatches. In some programs, color palettes are known as “swatch palettes.”
In Corel DESIGNER, the default color palette is based on the primary color mode of the document. For example, if the document’s primary
color model is RGB, the default color palette is also RGB. For more information, see “Understanding color models” on page 283. You
choose the default color model when you create a new drawing. You can open and use additional color palettes at any time.
You can choose both fill and outline colors by using the default color palette. The selected fill and outline colors appear in the color swatches
on the status bar.
Document palette
When you create a new drawing, the application automatically generates an empty palette, called the Document palette. It helps you
keep track of the colors that you use by storing them with your document for future use. For more information, see “Using the Document
palette” on page 292.
Palette libraries and custom color palettes
The color palettes that are found in the Palette libraries cannot be edited directly. Some of them are provided by third-party manufacturers,
for example PANTONE, HKS Colors, and TRUMATCH. It may be useful to have on hand a manufacturer’s swatch book, which is a collection
of color samples that shows exactly what each color looks like when printed.
The PANTONE solid coated palette is an example of a color palette from the Palette libraries.
Some palettes found in the Palette libraries — PANTONE, HKS Colors, TOYO, DIC, Focoltone, and SpectraMaster — are collections of spot
colors. If you create color separations when you print, each spot color requires a separate printing plate, which can significantly affect the
cost of the printing job. If you want to use color separations but would like to avoid using spot colors, you can convert the spot colors to
process colors when printing. For more information, see “Printing color separations” on page 587.
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Custom color palettes can include colors from any color model, including palettes from the Palette libraries, such as a spot color palette. You
can save a custom color palette for future use. For more information about working with custom color palettes, see “Creating and editing
custom color palettes ” on page 294 and “Organizing and displaying color palettes” on page 297.
Sampling colors
When you want to use a color that already exists in a drawing, palette, or on your desktop, you can sample the color to achieve an exact
match. By default, you sample a single pixel from the drawing window.
Color viewers
Color viewers provide a representation of a range of colors by using either one-dimensional or three-dimensional shapes. The default color
viewer is based on the HSB color model, but you can use this viewer to choose CMYK, CMY, or RGB colors. For information about color
models, see “Understanding color models” on page 283.
An example of a color viewer
Color blends
When you choose a color by using color blends, you combine base colors to produce the color you want. The color blender displays a grid of
colors that it creates from the four base colors you choose.
An example of color blends
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Choosing web colors
You can use web colors when you design documents that will be published to the web. With Corel DESIGNER, you can define web colors by
using RGB hexadecimal values (for example, ‑aa003f).
To choose a color by using the default color palette
To
Do the following
Choose a fill color for a selected object
Click a color swatch.
Choose an outline color for a selected object
Right-click a color swatch.
Choose from different shades of a color
Click and hold a color swatch to display a pop-up color picker, and
then click a color.
View more colors on the default color palette
Click the scroll arrows at the top and bottom of the color palette.
You can display color values by pointing to a swatch.
To display color names instead of color values, click the Options flyout button at the top of the default palette, and click Show
color names. This action undocks the default color palette and displays the color names.
An example of a pop-up color palette
To choose a color by using a color palette
1 Select an object.
2 Double-click the Fill button
on the status bar.
3 In the Edit fill dialog box, click the Uniform fill button.
4 Click the Palettes tab
.
5 Choose a color palette from the Palette list box.
6 Move the color slider to set the range of colors displayed in the color selection area.
7 Click a color in the color selection area.
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Each spot color swatch on a color palette is marked with a small white square.
You should use the same color model for all colors in a drawing; the colors will be consistent and you will be able to predict the
colors of the final output more accurately. For more information about reproducing colors accurately, see “Using color management”
on page 323.
You can also access color palettes in the Color docker by clicking the Show color palettes button
and choosing a palette from
the list box. If the Color docker is not open, click Window  Color.
To choose a color by using a color viewer
1 Select an object.
2 Double-click the Fill button
on the status bar.
3 In the Edit fill dialog box, click the Uniform fill button.
4 Click the Models tab
.
5 Choose a color model from the Model list box.
6 Choose a color viewer from the Color viewers list box.
7 Move the color slider.
8 Click a color in the color selection area.
You can also
Sample a color from the drawing or desktop
Click the Eyedropper button
, and click the drawing or
desktop.
Swap the reference color (original color of the selected object) with
the new color
Click the Swap colors button.
If you choose a color that is out of the printer’s gamut, Corel DESIGNER allows you to replace it with a similar color that is in the
printer’s gamut. To replace the color, click the Bring color into gamut button, which appears to the left of the New color swatch.
For information about color correction, see “Using color management” on page 323.
You should use the same color model for all colors in a drawing; the colors will be consistent and you will be able to predict the
colors of the final output more accurately. It is preferable to use the same color model in your drawing that you will be using for the
final output.
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When you choose a color that is out of the printer’s gamut, the Bring
color into gamut button appears below the Eyedropper button.
You can also access color models in the Color docker by clicking the Show color viewers button
and choosing a color model
from the list box. If the Color docker is not open, click Window  Color.
To choose a color by using color blends
1 Select an object.
2 Double-click the Fill button
on the status bar.
3 In the Edit fill dialog box, click the Uniform fill button.
4 Click the Mixers tab.
5 Choose Color blend from the Mixers list box.
6 Open each color picker, and click a color.
7 Click a color in the color selection area.
You can also
Sample a color from the drawing or desktop
Click the Eyedropper button
, and click the drawing or
desktop.
Only colors that are on the default color palette can be blended. To blend other colors, you must change the default color palette. For
more information, see “To display or hide a custom color palette” on page 297.
You can change the cell size of the color grid by moving the Size slider.
To sample a color
1 In the toolbox, click the Color eyedropper tool
.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
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• 1×1
— lets you choose the color of the pixel you click
• 2×2
— lets you choose the average color in a sample area of 2 × 2 pixels. The pixel you click is in the middle of the sample area.
• 5×5
— lets you choose the average color in a sample area of 5 × 5 pixels
If you want to sample a color outside the drawing window, click Select from desktop on the property bar, and click a color on the
desktop.
3 Click the color that you want to sample.
The Color eyedropper tool automatically switches to the Apply color mode.
4 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Fill an object with a sampled color
Hover over an object. When the Apply color pointer changes to a
solid color swatch
Fill an object’s outline color with the sampled color
, click to apply the sampled color.
Hover over an object’s outline. When the Apply color pointer
changes to an outline shape
, click to apply the sampled color.
Add the sampled color to the Document palette
On the property bar, click the arrow next to Add to palette, and
choose Document palette.
Sample an additional color
On the property bar, click the Select color button
, and then
click the color that you want to sample.
You can also
Drag a sampled color from one object to another
Drag the color to another object.
Apply a sampled color from the Selected color swatch on the
property bar
Drag the sampled color from the Selected color swatch to the
object.
Apply a sampled color from the Uniform fill swatch in the lowerright corner of the drawing window
Drag a color from the Uniform fill swatch to the object.
Add the sampled color to the Document palette
Drag the sampled color from the Selected color swatch or the
Uniform fill swatch to the Document palette.
In some cases, the sampled color may be an RGB or CMYK color that is the closest equivalent to the original color, rather than being a
complete match.
To choose a web color
1 Select an object.
2 Click Window  Color.
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3 In the Color docker, choose RGB from the list box.
4 Type or paste a value in the Hex value box.
Whether you use a three-digit (‑fff) or six-digit format (‑ffffff), the final value is presented in the six-digit format.
5 Click one of the following buttons:
• Fill — fills the selected object with the new color
• Outline — applies the color to the outline of the object
You can specify hexadecimal color values only when working with RGB colors.
If you type an invalid hexadecimal value, the color does not change.
You can view hexadecimal color values on the status bar.
You can also choose web colors from the Select color dialog box (on the status bar, double-click the Outline pen button, open
the Color picker in the Outline pen dialog box, and click More) and the Edit fill dialog box (on the status bar, double-click the Fill
button, and click the Uniform fill button), which let you view and copy the hexadecimal equivalents of non-hexadecimal color values.
Using the Document palette
When you start a new drawing, an empty color palette, called the Document palette, appears docked in the lower-left corner of the drawing
window. Every time you use a color in your drawing, it’s automatically added to the Document palette. However, if you prefer to control
which colors are added to the Document palette, you can disable the automatic updates and add colors manually.
You can add colors from a color palette, an external image, a color picker, or a color-related dialog box, such as the Uniform fill dialog box.
In addition, you can add colors from an imported image or object.
Drag a bitmap to the Document palette to add colors.
When you open documents that were created in a previous version of Corel DESIGNER, only color styles and spot colors are added to the
Document palette. However, you can add all colors from an existing drawing to the Document palette.
You can clear the Document palette of any unwanted or unused colors by removing colors individually or resetting the palette to remove all
unused colors at once.
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To disable the automatic adding of color to the Document palette
• On the Document palette, click the flyout button
, and click Automatically update.
By default, the Document palette is docked above the status bar at the bottom of the application window.
You can also disable the automatic adding of color by clicking Tools  Customization, clicking Color palette in the Customization list
of categories, and disabling the Automatically update the document palette check box.
To manually add colors to the Document palette
To
Do the following
Add a color from another color palette
Drag a color from an open color palette to the Document palette.
Add a color from a bitmap image
On the Document palette, click the Eyedropper button, and click a
color in the image.
Add multiple colors from an image
On the Document palette, click the Eyedropper button
, hold
down Ctrl, and then click the image until you add the colors that
you want.
Add multiple colors from an image or object by dragging
Drag an image or object from the drawing window to the
Document palette.
Add colors from a selection
Select an object or multiple objects. On the Document palette, click
the flyout button , and click Add from selection.
Add a color from a color-related dialog box
In the dialog box, click a color swatch, click the arrow next to Add
to palette, choose Document palette, and then click Add to
palette.
Move a color swatch
Drag a color swatch to a new position on the Document palette.
When dragging most vector objects to the palette, you add all object colors to the palette. When dragging a bitmap, you can specify
the number of colors that you want to be added to the palette. If an object includes a fountain fill, texture fill, or pattern fill, only
colors that are defined during the fill creation are supported. Colors from PostScript fills are not supported.
By default, the Document palette is docked above the status bar at the bottom of the application window.
To add colors from an existing drawing to the Document palette
1 Open a drawing.
2 On the Document palette, click the flyout button
, and click Add from document.
By default, the Document palette is docked above the status bar at the bottom of the application window.
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If the drawing was created in a previous version of Corel DESIGNER and it includes custom spot colors, they appear in the Document
palette.
If you have a document with both vector and bitmap images, and you want to add only the colors from the vector images to the
Document palette, specify 0 in the Add colors from bitmap dialog box.
To remove a color from the Document palette
1 Click a color swatch on the Document palette.
2 On the Document palette, click the flyout button
, and click Delete color.
By default, the Document palette is docked above the status bar at the bottom of the application window.
You can also remove all colors that are no longer used from the Document palette by clicking the flyout button
, choosing
Palette, and clicking Reset palette.
To reset the Document palette
• On the Document palette, click the flyout button
, choose Palette, and click Reset palette.
By default, the Document palette is docked above the status bar at the bottom of the application window.
To hide the Document palette
• Click Window  Color palettes  Document palette.
Hiding the Document palette does not disable the automatic adding of color.
Creating and editing custom color palettes
Custom color palettes are collections of colors or color styles that you save. They can include colors or color styles from any color model,
including spot colors, or any color palette found in the Palette libraries. You can create a custom palette to store all colors or color styles that
you need in a current, or future, project.
It’s easy to share color palettes with others. The custom palettes are accessible from the My palettes folder in the Color Palette Manager.
You can create a custom color palette by choosing individual colors or color styles, or by using the colors in a selected object or an entire
document. You can also edit, rename, and delete custom color palettes.
Custom color palettes are saved as XML files and are stored in the My Documents\My Palettes folder.
To create a custom color palette from scratch
1 Click Window  Color palette manager.
2 Click the Creates a new empty color palette button
.
3 Type a filename in the File name box.
4 Click Save.
5 In the Color palette manager, choose the custom palette that you created.
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6 Click the Opens the palette editor button
.
7 In the Palette editor dialog box, click Add color.
8 In the Select color dialog box, choose a color, and click Add to palette.
You can also
Treat the color as a spot color
In the Selected color area of the Palette editor dialog box, choose
Spot from the Treat as list.
Treat the color as a process color
In the Selected color area of the Palette editor dialog box, choose
Process from the Treat as list.
Rename a color
In the Palette editor dialog box, click a color in the color selection
area, and type a name in the Name box.
To add a color to a custom color palette
1 Open a custom color palette.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Add a color from another color palette
Drag a color from an open color palette to the custom palette.
Add a color from an image
On the custom palette, click the Eyedropper button
, and click
the color that you want to add.
Add multiple colors from an image
On the custom palette, click the Eyedropper button
, hold
down Ctrl, and click the image until you add the colors that you
want.
Add multiple colors from an image or object
Drag an image or object from the drawing window to the custom
palette.
Add a color from a color-related dialog box
In the dialog box, click a color swatch, click the arrow next to Add
to palette, choose the name of your custom palette from the list,
and then click Add to palette.
Add colors from a selection
Select an object or multiple objects. On the custom palette, click
the flyout button
Move a color swatch
, and click Add from selection.
Drag a color swatch to a new position on the palette.
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When dragging most vector objects to the palette, you add all object colors to the palette. When dragging a bitmap, you can specify
the number of colors that you want to be added to the palette. If an object includes a fountain fill, texture fill, or pattern fill, only
colors that are defined during the fill creation are supported. Colors from PostScript fills are not supported.
To create a color palette from an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Window  Color palettes  Create palette from selection.
3 Type a filename in the File name box.
4 Click Save.
To create a color palette from a document
1 Click Window  Color palettes  Create palette from document.
2 Type a filename in the File name box.
3 Click Save.
To edit a custom color palette
1 Click Window  Color palettes  Palette editor.
2 Choose a palette from the list box.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Add a color
Click Add color. In the Select color dialog box, click the Models
tab, click a color in the color selection area, and click Add to
palette.
Treat a color as a spot color
In the Selected color area of the Palette editor dialog box, choose
Spot from the Treat as list.
Treat a color as a process color
In the Selected color area of the Palette editor dialog box, choose
Process from the Treat as list.
Change a color
In the color selection area, click a color, and click Edit color. In the
Select color dialog box, click the Models tab, and click a new color
in the color selection area.
Delete a color
In the color selection area, click a color, and click Delete color.
Sort colors
Click Sort colors, and choose a color sorting method.
Move a color
Drag a color swatch to a new position.
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To
Do the following
Rename a color
Click a color in the color selection area, and type a name in the
Name box.
You can delete multiple colors by holding down Shift or Ctrl, clicking the colors that you want to delete, and clicking Delete color.
If you add a process color to the palette, but treat it as a spot color, the color is changed to spot and the color name is preserved.
However, if you choose a spot color with a trademarked name, for example a PANTONE color, and convert it to a process color, the
trademarked name is substituted with the color components for that color.
To rename a custom color palette
1 Click Window  Color palette manager.
2 From the My Palettes folder, right-click a custom palette, and click Rename.
3 Type a new name, and press Enter.
To delete a custom color palette
1 Click Window  Color palette manager.
2 From the My Palettes folder, right-click a custom palette, and click Delete.
Organizing and displaying color palettes
The Color Palette Manager is a docker that lets you quickly access the available color palettes, including the Document palette and the
Color Styles palette, and create custom color palettes. The color palettes in the Color Palette Manager are divided into two main folders: My
palettes and Palette libraries.
You can use the My palettes folder to store all the custom color palettes that you create. You can add folders to store and organize your
color palettes for different projects. You can also copy a color palette or move it to a different folder. You can open and control the display of
all color palettes.
The Palette libraries folder of the Color Palette Manager contains collections of preset color palettes from which you can choose colors.
You cannot edit any of the color palettes that are found in the Palette libraries. However, you can create a custom color palette by copying a
color palette from the Palette libraries folder. For more information, see “Displaying or hiding color palettes in the Palette libraries” on page
298.
To open the Color Palette Manager
• Click Window  Color palette manager.
To display or hide a custom color palette
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 In the My palettes folder, click the Show or hide icon
beside the custom palette name.
If you want to set a custom color palette as the default palette, click the custom palette flyout button
, and click Set as default.
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To open a custom color palette
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 Click the Opens a palette button
.
3 Choose the drive and folder where the custom color palette is stored.
If you want to open a color palette (.cpl file) that was created in a previous version of Corel DESIGNER, select Legacy custom palette
(*.cpl) from the Files of type list box.
4 Click the custom palette.
5 Click Open.
When you open a legacy custom palette (.cpl) file, it is automatically converted to the XML format (.xml). The XML version is stored
in the x:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents folder, and also appears in the My palettes folder in the Color Palette
Manager.
If the custom color palette (.xml) was saved to the My palettes folder, you can open it by clicking Window  Color palettes and
choosing the custom palette from the list.
To create a folder for storing custom color palettes
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 Click the Create a new folder button
.
3 Type a new name, and press Enter.
If you want to move a custom color palette, drag it to the new folder.
To cut or copy a custom color palette
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 In the My palettes folder, right-click a custom palette, and click one of the following:
• Cut
• Copy
If you want to paste the custom palette to a different folder, right-click the folder, and click Paste.
To copy a palette from the Palette libraries for editing
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 Drag a palette from the Palette libraries folder to the My palettes folder.
An editable copy of the color palette appears in the My palettes folder.
Displaying or hiding color palettes in the Palette libraries
The Palette libraries contain a collection of color palettes. You can control the display of the default color palettes, such as the default RGB
and default CMYK color palettes. The main Palette libraries that are included are Process color and Spot color.
The Process color library contains the default RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale color palettes. In addition, you can find preset color palettes that
have a specific theme, such as nature. The Spot color library contains color palettes that are provided by third-party manufacturers, such as
HKS Colors, PANTONE, Focoltone, and TOYO. These color palettes can be very useful when you need specific company-approved colors for
your printed projects. The color palette libraries are locked, which means that you cannot edit them.
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Palette libraries
To display a color palette in the Palette libraries
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 In the Palette libraries folder, click the Show or hide icon
beside the color palette name.
To display spot or process color palettes
1 Open the Color Palette Manager.
2 In the Palette libraries folder, double-click one of the following folders:
• Spot
• Process
3 Click the Show or hide icon
beside the color palette name.
Setting the properties of color palettes
You can customize color palettes.
Color palettes can be either docked or floating. Docking a color palette attaches it to the edge of the application window. Undocking a color
palette pulls it away from the edge of the application window, so it floats and can be easily moved around.
With color swatches, you can set the right mouse button either to display a context menu or to set the outline color. You can also adjust the
color swatch border and size, and you can hide or display the No color well.
To dock or undock a color palette
To
Do the following
Dock a color palette
Click the top of the color palette border, and drag the color palette
to any edge of the application window until a thin black toolbar
outline appears.
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To
Do the following
Undock a color palette
Click the dotted border of the color palette, and drag the color
palette away from the edge of the application window.
Change the number of rows on a docked color palette
On the palette, click the flyout button
, click Rows, and choose
an option from the list.
You can also change the number of rows on a docked color palette by clicking Tools  Customization, clicking Color palette in the
Customization list of categories, and typing a value in the Maximum palette rows when docked box. You can set a maximum of
seven rows on a color palette.
To set the action of the right mouse button for color swatches
1 Click Tools  Customization.
2 In the Customization list of categories, click Color palette.
3 Enable one of the following check boxes:
• Context menu
• Set outline color
If you enable Set outline color, you can still display the context menu by right-clicking anywhere on the border of a color palette.
To customize color swatches
1 Click Tools  Customization.
2 In the Customization list of categories, click Color palette.
3 Enable or disable any of the following check boxes:
• Wide borders
• Large swatches
• Show “no color” well
You can also display color names in the color swatches by clicking the flyout button
names.
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on a color palette and clicking Show color
Filling objects
You can add colored, patterned, textured, and other fills to the inside of objects. You can customize a fill and set it as a default, so that each
object you draw has the same fill.
Fill samples
This section contains the following topics:
• “Applying uniform fills” (page 301)
• “Applying fountain fills” (page 302)
• “Applying hatch fills” (page 305)
• “Applying pattern fills” (page 308)
• “Applying texture fills” (page 312)
• “Applying PostScript fills” (page 313)
• “Applying mesh fills” (page 314)
• “Applying fills to areas” (page 316)
• “Working with fills” (page 317)
Applying uniform fills
You can apply a uniform fill to objects. Uniform fills are solid colors you can choose or create using color models and color palettes. For
information about creating colors, see “Working with color” on page 283.
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To apply a uniform fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click a color on the color palette.
If you want to mix colors in a uniform fill, press Ctrl, and click another color on the color palette.
You can also choose a uniform fill by clicking
• the Uniform fill button
in the Fill section of the Property manager docker
• the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox, and then clicking the Uniform fill button on the property bar
Applying fountain fills
A fountain fill is a smooth progression of two or more colors that adds depth to an object. Fountain fills are also known as gradient fills.
There are four types of fountain fills: linear, elliptical, conical, and rectangular. A linear fountain fill flows in a straight line across the object,
a conical fountain fill creates the illusion of light hitting a cone, an elliptical fountain fill is dispersed in concentric ellipses from the center of
the object, and a rectangular fountain fill is dispersed in concentric rectangles from the center of the object.
There are four types of fountain fills (left to right): linear, elliptical, conical, and rectangular.
You can choose fountain fills from a personal library or from the Content Exchange. You can browse the available fountain fills, search
by keyword, mark fills as favorites, vote for fills that you like, or copy fills from the Content Exchange to your personal library. For more
information, see “Managing fills and transparencies” on page 319.
Any fountain fill can be modified to suit your needs, and you can create your own fills. Fountain fills can contain two or more colors, which
you can position anywhere in the fill’s progression. You can specify fill attributes such as the direction of a fill’s color blend, the fill’s angle,
center point, and midpoint. You can also smooth, skew, or repeat a fill.
After you create a fountain fill, you can save it for future use or share it with other users on the Content Exchange. For more information, see
“Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” on page 321.
You can adjust the print and display quality of the fountain fill by specifying the number of fountain steps. By default, the fountain steps
setting is locked so that the print quality of the fountain fill is determined by the value specified in the print settings and the display quality
is determined by the default value you set. However, you can unlock the fountain steps setting and specify a value that applies to both the
print and view quality of the fill. For information about setting fountain fill steps for printing, see “Fine-tuning print jobs” on page 571.
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To apply a fountain fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Fountain fill button
to display fountain fill options.
4 Open the Fill picker, and click a fill thumbnail.
5 Click the Apply button
in the pop-up window that appears.
You can add a color to a fountain fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox, clicking the Fountain fill button on the
property bar, and dragging a color from the color palette to an object’s interactive vector handle.
To create a fountain fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill section of the Property manager docker, click the Fountain fill button
to display fountain fill options.
4 Click one of the following buttons to choose a fountain fill type:
• Linear fountain fill
• Elliptical fountain fill
• Conical fountain fill
• Rectangular fountain fill
5 Click the start node above the color band, open the Node color picker, and choose a color.
6 Click the end node above the color band, open the Node color picker, and choose a color.
7 Move the midpoint slider below the color band to set the midpoint between the two colors.
You can also
Change a color
Select the corresponding node, open the Node color picker, and
choose a color.
Change the transparency of a color
Select the corresponding node, and type a value in the Node
transparency box.
Add an intermediate color
Double-click the color band where you want to add a node. With
the new node selected, open the Node color picker, and choose a
color.
Change the position of an intermediate color
Drag the corresponding node to a new location above the color
band, or type a value in the Node position box.
Delete an intermediate color
Double-click the corresponding node.
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You can also
Specify the way the colors blend between two nodes
Select either the two nodes or the midpoint between them, click
the Blend direction button, and choose an option from the list:
•Linear color blend —blends the colors along a straight line,
beginning at the start color and continuing across the color
wheel to the end color
•Clockwise color blend — blends the colors along a clockwise
path around the color wheel
•Counterclockwise color blend — blends the colors along a
counterclockwise path around the color wheel
Mirror, repeat, or reverse the fill
In the Property manager docker, click the arrow button at the
bottom of the Fill section to display more fill options, and click one
of the following buttons:
• Default fountain fill
• Repeat and mirror
• Repeat
• Reverse fill
Specify how quickly the fountain fill blends from one color to
another
Move the Acceleration slider.
Create smoother color transitions between fountain fill nodes
Click the Smooth button
Set the width and height of the fill as a percentage of the object’s
width and height
Type values in the Fill width and Fill height boxes.
Move the center of the fill up, down, left, or right
Type values in the X and Y boxes.
Slant the fill at a specified angle
Type a value in the Skew box.
Rotate the color progression clockwise or counterclockwise
Type a value in the Rotate box.
Allow the fill to be skewed or stretched disproportionately
Enable the Free scale and skew check box.
Apply the selected fill to the intersecting area of combined objects
Enable the Fill winding check box.
.
For more information, see “Combining objects” on page 229.
Let the fill print on top of the underlying colors.
Enable the Overprint fill check box.
You can also apply a custom fountain fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool in the toolbox and dragging colors from the color
palette in the document window onto the object’s interactive vector handles. You can mix colors by selecting one of the interactive
vector handles, pressing Ctrl, and clicking a color on the color palette.
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To change the fountain fill print and display quality
1 Select an object that has a fountain fill applied to it.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
3 Click the Set to default button
at the bottom of the Fill section to display more fill options.
to unlock the fountain steps, and type a value in the Fountain stepsbox.
Higher numbers create a smoother transition between colors.
When the Fountain steps box is locked, the number of steps in the printed fountain fill is determined by the value specified in the
Print dialog box. For information about setting fountain fill steps for printing, see “Fine-tuning print jobs” on page 571.
To set the display quality for fountain fills
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the list of categories, double-click Workspace, and click Display.
3 Type a value in the Preview fountain steps box.
Applying hatch fills
You can fill objects with hatch patterns to clearly distinguish materials or object relationships in a drawing. For example, a drawing of a floor
plan may use hatching to indicate different flooring materials, or to indicate where two floors overlap.
Hatch fills can be used to indicate different materials.
Hatch fills are composed of vector-based lines. You can use preset hatch fills or edit fills by setting different line patterns and colors for the
foreground, or by changing the color of the background. When you edit hatch fills in the Hatch fill dialog box, the changes apply only to
the currently selected object. You can also create new hatch fills and add them to a library.
When you create new hatch fills, the currently selected fill is used as a starting point. If no fill is selected, the default fill is used. You can add
new lines, specify line style attributes, set the position and angle for the lines, and control the spacing and offset for each instance of a line.
You can use hatch fills on projected objects to create the illusion of a three-dimensional image. Hatch fills use the active drawing plane.
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Transforming and scaling hatch fills
Hatch fills can retain their properties independently of changes made to the object, or they can be transformed and scaled with the object.
If you choose to transform the hatch fill with the object, only the transformations you apply from that point forward are applied — previous
object transformations are not applied to the hatch fill.
The original hatch fill (left) isn’t scaled with the object in the first example
(center) and is scaled with the object in the second example (right).
Aligning hatch fills
When you apply the same hatch fill to more than one object, you can retain the fill alignment for the individual objects, or you can align the
fills.
The hatch fills are aligned in the drawing on the right.
To apply a hatch fill
1 Select an object for which you want to apply or edit a hatch fill.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Hatch fill button
4 Click the Hatch fill properties button
to display hatch fill options.
.
5 In the Edit fill dialog box, choose a hatch fill library from the Library list box.
6 Choose a hatch fill from the Fill picker located below the Library list box.
If a hatch fill is already applied to the selected object, it appears in the Fill picker.
7 Specify the attributes you want.
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To
Do the following
Change the line color
Choose a color from the Front color picker.
Change the background color
Choose a color from the Back color picker.
Change line spacing
In the Fill area, type a value in the Spacing box. Larger numbers
increase the distance between lines; smaller numbers decrease the
distance.
Change line width
In the Fill area, type a value in the Thickness box. Larger numbers
increase the line width; smaller numbers decrease the line width.
Skew lines
Type a value in the Skew box to set the degrees by which the lines
are skewed.
Rotate lines
Type a value in the Rotate box to set the degrees by which the lines
are rotated.
When you edit a hatch fill in the Edit fill dialog box, the changes are applied only to the object selected in the drawing window. Only
custom hatch fills created in the New hatch from selected dialog box can be added to a library.
You can also apply a hatch fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox, choosing Hatch fill from the Fill type list box on
the property bar, and specifying the properties you want.
To create a custom hatch fill
1 Click Window
 Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Hatch fill button
3 Click the Hatch fill properties button
to display hatch fill options.
.
4 In the Edit fill dialog box, click New hatch.
The new hatch fill is based on the current fill.
5 In the New hatch from selected dialog box, click a line to edit from the Hatch lines list.
The selected line is displayed in red in the Hatch preview window. Unselected lines are displayed in their applied color.
6 In the Line style area, specify the attributes you want.
7 In the Line origin area, specify the following:
• y-Origin — lets you set the y-origin for the line. This setting is important if you have more than one line in the hatch fill. The y-Origin
value can be used to set the spacing between different lines. For example, to ensure that a new line isn’t positioned directly over an
existing line, type a new value in the y-Origin box.
• x-Origin — lets you set the x-origin for the line. This setting is effective when you have more than one dashed line and you want to
offset the patterns of the different lines. It has no visible effect on standard solid lines.
8 In the Line angle box, type a value to set the angle of the line.
9 In the Shift box, type a value to offset each instance of a line.
This setting is effective when you have one dashed line and you want to stagger the pattern. It has no visible effect on standard solid
lines.
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10 Type a value in the Spacing box to set the distance between two instances of the line.
The distance between lines is set from the path for the line, not the edge of the outline. If the Outline width value is high and the
Spacing value is low, the lines might overlap.
11 Repeat steps 5 through 10 for each line you want to edit.
12 Click OK to return to the Hatch fill dialog box, choose a library from the Library list box, and click Add to library.
You can also
Add lines
Click the Add button
. When you add a new line, it is created
directly over the previous line. Change the y-Origin value to view
the new line.
In the Hatch lines list, choose a line, and click the Delete button
Delete lines
.
Hide or show lines in the Hatch preview window
In the Hatch lines list, click the Eye icon
to the left of the line
name. When the eye appears closed, the line is hidden. When the
eye appears open, the line is displayed.
To scale or transform a hatch fill with an object
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Hatch fill button
4 Click the Hatch fill properties button
to display hatch fill options.
.
5 In the Edit fill dialog box, enable the following options:
• Transform fill with object — automatically transforms the hatch fill to reflect all future transformations applied to the object
• Scale line width with object — automatically scales hatch lines when the object is resized
To align hatch fills across multiple objects
1 Select two or more objects that have the same hatch fill.
2 On the property bar, click the Fill button
, and choose Hatch fill dialog.
3 Enable the Use world coordinates option.
Applying pattern fills
You can fill objects with vector or bitmap pattern fills, as well as two-color fills.
A two-color pattern fill is composed only of the two colors that you choose. A vector pattern fill is a more complex vector graphic composed
of lines and fills. A vector fill can have color or transparent background. A bitmap pattern fill is a bitmap image whose complexity is
determined by its size, image resolution, and bit depth.
Corel DESIGNER provides a collection of vector and bitmap patterns that you can access. You can browse the available patterns, search
patterns by keyword, mark patterns as favorites, vote for patterns that you like, or copy patterns from the Content Exchange to your
personal library. For more information, see “Managing fills and transparencies” on page 319.
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You can also create your own patterns. For example, you can create patterns from areas of the workspace or images that you import. Vector
and bitmap patterns are made up of smaller units called tiles. Depending on the size of the object, the fill may consist of one or more tiles.
The pattern is created by repeating the tile to fill up the object. You can create a new pattern by selecting an area of the workspace to use as
a tile, or by using an imported image as a tile source.
After you create a new pattern, you can save it for future use or share it with other users on the Content Exchange. For more information,
see “Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” on page 321.
You can modify pattern fills to suit your needs. For example, you can change the size of the pattern fill, or specify exactly where the fill
begins by setting the tile origin. Corel DESIGNER also lets you offset tiles in a fill. Adjusting the horizontal or vertical position of the first tile,
relative to the top of the object, affects the rest of the fill.
You can mirror the fill so that alternating tiles are reflections of each other. If you want a pattern fill to change according to actions you
perform on the filled object, you can set the fill to transform with the object. For example, if you enlarge the object, the pattern becomes
larger while the number of tiles remains the same.
Fills from left to right: Vector pattern, bitmap pattern, two-color.
To apply a two-color pattern fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Two-color pattern fill button
.
4 Choose a fill from the Fill picker.
5 Open the Front color picker, and click a color.
6 Open the Back color picker, and click a color.
You can also mix colors in a two-color pattern fill by pressing Ctrl and clicking a color on the color palette.
You can also apply a fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox and clicking the Two-color pattern fill button on the
property bar. You can drag colors from the color palette to the interactive handles to change the colors of the fill. You can mix colors
by holding down Ctrl while dragging a color to the interactive handles.
To edit the attributes of the two-color fill, in the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
at the bottom of the Fill
section to display more fill options, and specify the attributes you want.
To apply a vector or bitmap pattern fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern fill
• Bitmap pattern fill
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4 Open the Fill picker, and click a pattern thumbnail.
5 Click the Apply button
in the pop-up window that appears.
You can also apply a vector or a bitmap pattern fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox, clicking the Vector pattern
fill or Bitmap pattern fill button on the property bar, and choosing a fill from the Fill picker.
To create a vector or bitmap pattern from the workspace
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern fill
• Bitmap pattern fill
4 Click the New from document button
.
5 Select an area of the workspace that you want to use as a pattern.
The area can include any objects or parts of objects that you have drawn.
6 Click the Accept pattern button
displayed below the selection, and click OK in the dialog box that appears.
Vector patterns can have transparent or color background.
You can also click the New source from workspace button
and select an area of the document to use as a tile source. In this
case, the current settings in the Transformations area of the Property manager docker will apply to the new pattern.
To create a vector or bitmap pattern from an imported image
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern fill
• Bitmap pattern fill
4 Click the New source from file button
.
5 In the Import dialog box, locate the image that you want to use, and double-click the filename.
To modify a vector or bitmap pattern fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern fill
• Bitmap pattern fill
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4 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the Fill area to display more pattern fill options.
5 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Arrange the tiles so that alternating tiles are reflections of each
other
Click the Mirror tiles horizontally
Create a radial or linear seamless blend
In the Seamless area, click the Radial button
vertically
Linear button
or the Mirror tiles
button.
, or click the
and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern fills.
Smooth the color transition of the pattern tile edges with their
opposite edge
Enable the Edge match check box, and move the slider.
Increase or decrease the brightness of the pattern
Enable the Brightness check box, and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern fills.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern fills.
Increase or decrease the grayscale contrast of the pattern
Enable the Luminance check box, and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern fills.
Increase or decrease the color contrast of the pattern
Enable the Color check box, and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern fills.
Set the width and height of the pattern as a percentage of the
object’s width and height
Type values in the Fill width and Fill height boxes.
Move the center of the pattern fill up, down, left, or right
Type values in the X and Y boxes.
Rotate the pattern at a specified angle
Type a value in the Rotate box.
Slant the pattern at a specified angle
Type a value in the Skew box.
Specify row or column offset as a percentage of the tile’s height or
width
Click the Row offset
Apply object changes to the pattern fill
Enable the Transform with object check box.
Apply the selected fill to the intersecting area of combined objects
Enable the Fill winding check box.
or the Column offset button
, and
type a value in the % of tile box.
For more information, see “Combining objects” on page 229.
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You can also click the Interactive fill tool in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
You can also skew or rotate tiles by clicking the Interactive fill tool
in the toolbox, selecting an object, and dragging the skewing
or rotation handles to change the appearance of the pattern.
Applying texture fills
A texture fill is a randomly generated fill that you can use to give your objects a natural appearance. You can use existing texture fills, such
as water, minerals, and clouds, or you can edit a texture to create your own texture fill. You can use colors from any color model or palette.
Texture fills can hold only RGB colors; however, other color models and palettes can be used as a reference to select colors. For information
about color models, see “Understanding color models” on page 283.
You can change the tile size of texture fills. Increasing the resolution of a texture tile increases the accuracy of the fill. You can also specify
exactly where these fills begin by setting the tile origin. Corel DESIGNER also lets you offset tiles in a fill. Adjusting the horizontal or vertical
position of the first tile, relative to the top of the object, affects the rest of the fill.
You can also rotate or skew the fill, adjust the tile size, and change the center of the texture.
If you want a texture fill to change according to the actions you perform on the filled object, you can set the fill to transform with the object.
For example, if you enlarge the filled object, the texture becomes larger while the number of tiles remains the same.
Texture fills can enhance a drawing. However, they also increase the size of a file and the time it takes to print, so you may want to use them
in moderation.
To apply a texture fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill area of the Property manager docker, click the flyout arrow on the Two-color pattern fill button
fill button
, and click the Texture
to display texture fill options.
4 Choose a texture library from the Texture library list box.
5 Choose a texture from the Fill picker.
To create a texture fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Fill area of the Property manager docker, click the flyout arrow on the Two-color pattern fill button, and click the Texture fill
button
to display texture fill options.
4 Choose a texture library from the Texture fill list box.
5 Choose a texture from the Texture fill picker.
6 Click the Edit fill button
.
7 In the Edit fill dialog box, perform an action from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Arrange the tiles so that alternating tiles are reflections of each
other
Click Transformations, and click the Mirror tiles horizontally
Change the size of the fill
Click Transformations, and type values in the Fill width and Fill
height boxes.
Move the center of the fill up, down, left, or right
Click Transformations, and type values in the X and Y boxes.
Rotate the fill at a specified angle
Click Transformations, and type a value in the Rotate box.
Slant the fill at a specified angle
Click Transformations, and type a value in the Skew box.
Specify a row or column offset as a percentage of the tile’s width
or height
Click Transformations, and click the Row offset
Apply object changes to the texture fill
Click Transformations, and enable the Transform with object
check box.
Specify the bitmap resolution of the texture fill
Click Options, and type a value in the Bitmap resolution box.
Apply the selected fill to the intersecting area of combined objects
Enable the Fill winding check box.
or the Mirror tiles vertically button
Column offset button
.
or the
. Type a value in the % of tile box.
For more information, see “Combining objects” on page 229.
Save the texture fill
Click the Save texture button
, and type a name in the Texture
name box in the Save texture as dialog box. Choose a library from
the Library name list box.
You can modify the texture you choose from the texture library and save it to another library, but you cannot save textures to or
overwrite textures in the texture library.
Applying PostScript fills
You can apply PostScript texture fills to objects. A PostScript texture fill is created in the PostScript language. Some textures are very complex,
and large objects that contain PostScript texture fills may take time to print or to be updated on the screen. Depending on the view mode
you are using, the letters “PS” — rather than the fill — may appear. For more information about displaying PostScript fills, see “Working with
views” on page 73.
When you apply a PostScript texture fill, you can change several properties, such as the size, line width, and the amount of gray that appears
in the texture’s foreground and background.
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To apply a PostScript fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the flyout arrow on the Two-color pattern fill button
, and click the PostScript fill button
to display postscript fill options.
4 Choose a fill from the PostScript fill textures list box.
If you want to change the fill properties, click the Edit fill button
, and specify the settings you want.
You can also apply a PostScript fill by clicking the Interactive fill tool
, clicking the PostScript fill button on the property bar, and
choosing a fill from the PostScript fill textures list box.
Applying mesh fills
When you fill an object with a mesh fill, you can create unique effects. For example, you can create smooth color transitions in any direction
without having to create blends or contours. When you apply a mesh fill, you specify the number of columns and rows in the grid, and you
specify the grid’s intersecting points. After you have created a mesh object, you can edit the mesh fill grid by adding and removing nodes or
intersections. You can also remove the mesh.
A mesh fill can be applied only to closed objects or a single path. If you want to apply a mesh fill to a complex object, you must first create a
mesh-filled object and combine it with the complex object to form a PowerClip object. For more information about working with PowerClip
objects, see “Creating PowerClip objects” on page 185.
You can add color to a patch of a mesh fill and to the individual intersection nodes. You can also choose to mix colors for a more blended
appearance.
In addition, you can smooth the color in a mesh fill to reduce the appearance of hard edges. You can also reveal objects underneath a
selected area by applying transparency to the mesh fill.
To apply a mesh to an object
1 Select an object.
2 In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool
.
3 Type the number of columns in the top portion of the Grid size box on the property bar.
4 Type the number of rows in the bottom portion of the Grid size box on the property bar, and press Enter.
5 Adjust the grid nodes on the object.
You can also
Add a node or an intersection
Click once within a grid, and click the Add intersection button
on the property bar.
You can also add a node or an intersection by double-clicking
within a grid.
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You can also
Remove a node or an intersection
Click a node, and click the Delete nodes button
on the
property bar.
Shape the mesh fill
Drag a node to a new location.
Remove the mesh fill
Click the Clear mesh button
on the property bar.
If the mesh object contains color, adjusting the intersection nodes of the mesh affects how the colors blend together.
You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to shape an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select nodes, choose
Rectangular from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes that you want to select. To freehand
select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selectionmode list box, and drag around the nodes that you want to select. Holding down
Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection modes.
You can add an intersection or a node by double-clicking in a space, or you can add a single line by double-clicking a line.
To fill a mesh with color
1 Select a mesh-filled object.
2 In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool
.
3 Drag a color from the color palette to a patch in the object.
You can also
Color a node in a mesh fill
Click a node, and click a color on the color palette.
You can also drag a color from the color palette to a node.
Select part of the mesh, press Ctrl, and click a color on the color
palette.
Mix a color in a mesh fill
You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to apply a color to an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select
nodes, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes that you want to
select. To freehand select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selectionmode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes
that you want to select. Holding down Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection modes.
To smooth color transitions in a mesh fill
1 Select a mesh-filled object.
2 In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool
.
3 Make sure that the Smooth mesh color button
on the property bar is enabled.
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To apply transparency to a mesh fill
1 Select a mesh-filled object.
2 In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool
.
3 Click a node to select part of the mesh.
4 On the property bar, move the Transparency slider to the right to increase the transparency of the selected area.
Applying fills to areas
You can apply fills to any enclosed area by using the Smart fill tool. Unlike other fill tools, which fill only objects, the Smart fill tool detects
the edges of an area and creates a closed path so that the area can be filled. For example, if you draw a freehand line that crosses over itself
to create loops, the Smart fill tool can detect the edges of the loops and fill them. As long as the paths of one or more objects completely
enclose an area, it can be filled.
In the example above, the original spiral object is duplicated and offset,
resulting in enclosed areas that can be filled by using the Smart fill tool.
Because the Smart fill tool creates a path around the area, it essentially creates a new object that can be filled, moved, copied, or edited.
This means that the tool can be used in one of two ways: to fill an area or to create a new object from an area.
Although primarily used to fill areas, the Smart fill tool can also be used to create new objects. In the example above, the
original objects — the two spirals (left) — are deleted (right), but the fill remains because each filled area is actually an object.
You can apply the default fill and outline to the area, use the property bar to specify a specific fill color and outline, or create an outline with
no fill.
When you use the Smart fill tool on areas that already have fills applied to them, remember the following:
• An object with transparency applied to it is considered completely transparent —paths under any area of the object are detected,
regardless of whether the specific area appears opaque.
• PostScript fills are considered transparent — paths under any area of a PostScript fill are detected.
• All fills other than PostScript fills are considered opaque — paths under these fills are not detected.
To apply a fill to an enclosed area
1 In the toolbox, click theSmart fill tool
.
2 On the property bar, choose one of the following options from the Fill list box:
• Use default — lets you apply the default fill settings
• Specify — lets you fill the area with a solid color by choosing a color from the Fill color picker on the property bar
• No fill — applies no fill to the area
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3 From the Outline list box, choose one of the following options:
• Use default — lets you apply the default outline settings
• Specify — lets you choose a line width from the Outline width box and a line color from the Outline color color picker
• No outline — applies no outline to the area
4 Click inside the enclosed area that you want to fill.
A new object is created from the enclosed area, and the selected fill and outline options on the property bar are applied to it. The new
object appears on top of the existing objects in the layer.
If you click outside an enclosed area, a new object is created from all objects on the page, and the selected fill and outline options on
the property bar are applied to the new object.
The outline width is centered on an object’s path. Because the Smart fill tool detects paths, not outlines, thick outlines appear
partially covered by the new object. You can uncover the original outlines by changing the stacking order of the objects. For
information about changing the stacking order of objects, see “To change the order of objects” on page 227.
Working with fills
There are a number of tasks that are common to all types of fills. You can choose a default fill color so that every object that you add to a
drawing has the same fill. You can also remove a fill, copy it to another object, or use it to fill an area surrounded by an open curve.
If you want to apply the same fill to other objects or simultaneously modify the fill attributes of multiple objects in a drawing, you can save
the fill settings as a style. For more information about styles, see “Working with styles and style sets” on page 467.
To choose a default fill color
1 Click a blank area on the drawing page to deselect all objects.
2 Click any rectangle or circle tool.
3 On the property bar, click the Fill button
, and choose Fill color dialog
.
4 In the Uniform fill dialog box, specify any fill settings.
You can also change the default fill color by editing the default style sets in the Object styles docker. For more information, see
“Managing default object properties” on page 471.
To remove a fill
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the No fill button
.
You cannot remove mesh fills by following this procedure. To remove a mesh fill from an object, select the object by using the Mesh
fill tool
, and click the Clear mesh button
on the property bar.
To copy a fill to another object
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the object from which you want to copy the fill.
2 With the right mouse button, drag the object over the destination object to which you want to apply the fill.
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A blue outline of the first object follows the pointer to the destination object.
3 When the pointer changes to a crosshair pointer
You can also click the Interactive fill tool
, release the mouse button, and choose Copy fill here from the context menu.
, select the object to which you want to copy a fill, click the Copy fill button on the
property bar, and click the object from which you want to copy the fill.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy a fill. For more information, see “To copy object properties from one
object to another” on page 216.
You can also sample the color of an existing object and apply the sampled color to another object as a uniform fill. For more
information, see “To sample a color” on page 290.
To show fills in open curves
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the list of categories, double-click Document, and click General.
3 Enable the Fill open curves check box.
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Managing and sharing fills and transparencies
When working with vector patterns, bitmap patterns, or fountain fills and transparencies, you can use the Content Exchange to browse,
search, copy, and share fills and transparency patterns.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Managing fills and transparencies” (page 319)
• “Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” (page 321)
Managing fills and transparencies
Corel DESIGNER lets you browse vector patterns, bitmap patterns, and fountain fills that are available on the Content Exchange or in your
personal library. Any of these fills can also be used as transparency patterns. For more information, see “Changing the transparency of
objects” on page 359.
The Content Exchange contains content provided by Corel or shared by users. To use the Content Exchange, you must sign in to your
corel.com account. For more information, see “Technical Suite memberships ” on page 9 and “Using the Content Exchange” on page 84.
You can browse the available fills and patterns, or search by keyword, mark fills and patterns as favorites, vote for fills and patterns that you
like, or copy content from the Content Exchange to your personal library.
For more information about fills, see “Filling objects” on page 301.
You can preview the fill or pattern (1), vote for it, copy it, or access other options (2), and search by keyword (3).
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To manage fills and transparencies
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit
 Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons in the Fill or Transparency section:
• Fountain fill
• Fountain transparency
• Vector pattern fill
• Vector pattern transparency
• Bitmap pattern fill
• Bitmap pattern transparency
4 Open the Fill picker or the Transparency picker.
5 Perform an action from the following table.
To
Do the following
Search the fills and patterns on the Content Exchange and in your
personal library
In the Fill or Transparency picker, choose a category from the list,
type a keyword in the Search box, and press Enter.
You can also click a thumbnail and then click one of the keywords
associated with it to perform a search based on that keyword.
Sort search results
Open the list next to the Search box, and choose one of the
following options:
•Hot — Sorts search results based on the number of downloads,
the number of votes, and the date on which the fill or pattern
was added to the Content Exchange.
•Top — Sorts search results based on the number of positive and
negative votes.
•Recent — Sorts search results based on the date on which the fill
or pattern was added to the Content Exchange.
•Popular — Sorts search results based on the number of
downloads of the fill or pattern.
Copy a fill or pattern from the Content Exchange to your personal
library
Click a thumbnail, click the More options button
the Copy to personal button
, and click
.
Fills and patterns that are copied to your personal library can be
accessed from the Fill picker.
Share a fill or pattern from your personal library to the Content
Exchange
Click a thumbnail, and click the Share button
Change the name of a fill or pattern in your personal library, or the
tags associated with it
Click a thumbnail, click the More options button
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the Edit properties button
.
.
, and click
To
Do the following
Delete a fill or pattern from your personal library
Click a thumbnail, click the More options button
the Delete button
Mark a fill or pattern as a favorite
, and click
.
Click a thumbnail, and click the Favorite button
.
To remove a fill or pattern from your favorites, click the Unfavorite
button
Vote for a fill or pattern
Click a thumbnail, and click the Vote up
button
Report inappropriate content
.
.
Click a thumbnail, click the More options button
the Flag button
Prevent a fill or pattern from appearing in future searches
or the Vote down
.
Click a thumbnail, click the More options button
the Hide button
, and click
, and click
.
This procedure applies only to vector patterns, bitmap patterns, and fountain fills and transparencies.
You must sign in to your corel.com account to access content on the Content Exchange.
Fills and patterns in your personal library are saved in the My Documents\Corel\Corel Content\Fills folder.
Saving and sharing fills and transparencies
After you create or modify a fill or transparency pattern, you can save it and add tags (keywords) in the language of your choice. Fills and
patterns are saved in a special file format with a .fill extension, which preserves information about the transformations applied to the fill or
pattern.
To save and share a fill or transparency
1 In the Fill or Transparency section of the Property manager docker, click the Save as new button
.
2 In the Save pattern dialog box, choose a language from the list box, type a name for the fill or pattern, and type any tags (keywords)
that you want to associate with it.
If you want to share the fill or pattern, enable the Share this content check box, and choose a category from the list.
You must sign in to your corel.com account to share content on the Content Exchange.
Fills and patterns in your personal library are saved in the My Documents\Corel\Corel Content\Fills folder.
You can also share a fill or pattern from your personal library to the Content Exchange. For more information, see “To manage fills
and transparencies” on page 320.
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Using color management
Color management helps ensure colors appear consistent when you work with files from various sources and output these files on different
devices.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Understanding color management” (page 323)
• “Getting started with color management in Corel DESIGNER” (page 327)
• “Installing, loading, and embedding color profiles” (page 330)
• “Assigning color profiles” (page 331)
• “Converting colors to other color profiles” (page 332)
• “Choosing color-conversion settings” (page 332)
• “Soft proofing” (page 333)
• “Working with color management presets” (page 334)
• “Working with color management policies” (page 335)
• “Managing colors when opening documents” (page 336)
• “Managing colors when importing and pasting files” (page 337)
• “Managing colors for print” (page 338)
• “Using a safe CMYK workflow” (page 338)
• “Managing colors for online viewing” (page 338)
Understanding color management
This section provides answers to the following commonly asked questions about color management:
• “Why don’t colors match?” (page 324)
• “What is color management?” (page 324)
• “Why do I need color management?” (page 324)
• “How do I get started with color management?” (page 325)
• “Is my monitor displaying the correct colors?” (page 325)
• “Should I assign a color profile or convert colors to a color profile?” (page 325)
• “What is a rendering intent?” (page 325)
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Why don’t colors match?
Different tools are used during the process of creating and sharing a document. For example, you may start with a file that was created in
another application or import an image that was captured by a digital camera or scanner. After completing the document, you may print it
or email it to a colleague for review. Each of the tools that you use in your workflow has a different way of interpreting color. In addition,
each tool has its own range of available colors, called a color space, which is a set of numbers that define how each color is represented.
Example of a document workflow
In other words, when defining and interpreting color, each tool speaks a unique language. Consider a color in the color space of your digital
camera: a vivid blue RGB color with the values Red = 0, Green = 0, and Blue =255. This color may appear as a different color in the color
space of your monitor. In addition, the color space of your printer may not contain a match for this color. As a result, when your document
moves through the workflow, this vivid blue color gets lost in the translation and is not accurately reproduced. A color management system
is designed to improve the communication of color in the workflow so that the color of the output matches your intended color.
Colors are defined by their color space. 1. Lab color space. 2. sRGB color space, displayed against
the Lab color space. 3. U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 color space. 4. ProPhoto RGB color space.
What is color management?
Color management is a process that lets you predict and control color reproduction, regardless of the source or destination of the
document. It ensures a more accurate color representation when a document is viewed, modified, shared, exported to another format, or
printed.
A color management system, also known as a color engine, uses color profiles to translate the color values from one source to another. For
example, it translates the colors that are displayed on the monitor into the colors that a printer can reproduce. Color profiles define the color
space of monitors, scanners, digital cameras, printers, and the applications that you use to create or edit documents.
Why do I need color management?
If your document requires accurate color representation, you may want to learn more about color management. The complexity of your
workflow and the ultimate destination of your documents are also important considerations. If your documents are destined only for online
viewing, color management may not be as important. However, if you plan to open documents in another application or if you are creating
documents for print or multiple types of output, then proper color management is essential.
Color management lets you do the following:
• reproduce colors consistently across your workflow, especially when opening documents that were created in other applications
• reproduce colors consistently when sharing files with others
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• preview (or “soft-proof”) colors before they are sent to their final destination, such as a printing press, a desktop printer, or the web
• reduce the need to adjust and correct documents when sending them to different destinations
A color management system does not offer identical color matching, but it greatly improves color accuracy.
How do I get started with color management?
Here are some suggestions for adding color management to your workflow:
• Make sure that your monitor is displaying the correct colors. For more information, see “Is my monitor displaying the correct colors?” on
page 325.
• Install color profiles for any input or output devices that you are planning to use. For more information, see “Installing, loading, and
embedding color profiles” on page 330.
• Become familiar with the color management features of Corel DESIGNER. The default settings for color management produce good color
results, but you can change these default settings so that they suit your specific workflow. For more information, see “Getting started
with color management in Corel DESIGNER” on page 327.
• Soft-proof documents to preview final results on-screen. For more information, see “Soft proofing” on page 333.
• Embed color profiles when saving and exporting files. In this way, you help ensure color consistency when the files are viewed, modified,
or reproduced. For more information, see “Installing, loading, and embedding color profiles” on page 330.
Is my monitor displaying the correct colors?
Calibrating and profiling the monitor are essential steps for ensuring color accuracy. When you calibrate a monitor, you set it to display
colors according to an established standard of accuracy. After calibration, you can create a color profile of the monitor, which describes
how the monitor interprets colors. This custom color profile is usually installed in your operating system by the profiling software, so it can
be shared with other devices and applications. Calibration and profiling work together to achieve color accuracy: If a monitor is incorrectly
calibrated, its color profile is not useful.
Calibration and profiling are complex and usually require third-party calibration devices, such as colorimeters and specialized software.
Furthermore, improper calibration may do more harm than good. You can learn more about monitor calibration and custom color profiles
by researching color management techniques and products. You can also refer to the documentation that was provided with your operating
system or monitor.
How you perceive the color that your monitor displays is also important for managing color consistency. Your perception is influenced by the
environment in which you are viewing the documents. Here are some ways to create a suitable viewing environment:
• Ensure that your room has a consistent flow of light. For example, if the room is filled with sunlight, use a shade, or if possible, work in a
room without windows.
• Set the monitor background to a neutral color, such as gray, or apply a grayscale image. Avoid using colorful wallpapers and
screensavers.
• Don’t wear bright clothing that can clash with the display of colors on the monitor. For example, wearing a white shirt reflects onto the
monitor and alters your perception of color.
Should I assign a color profile or convert colors to a color profile?
When you assign a color profile, the color values, or numbers, in the document do not change. Instead, the application uses the color profile
to interpret the document colors. However, when you convert colors to another color profile, the color values in the document change.
The best practice is to choose a suitable color space when you create a document and to use the same color profile throughout your
workflow. You should avoid assigning color profiles and converting colors to other color profiles while working on a document. For more
information, see “Assigning color profiles ” on page 331 and “Converting colors to other color profiles” on page 332.
What is a rendering intent?
A color management system can perform effective translation of document colors to multiple devices. However, when converting colors
from one color space to another, a color management system may be unable to match certain colors. This translation failure occurs
because some colors in the source may not fit within the range (or gamut) of the destination color space. For example, the bright red
and blue colors that you see on your monitor are often outside the gamut of colors that your printer can produce. These “out-of-gamut”
colors can dramatically change the look of the document, depending on how they are interpreted by the color management system. Each
color management system has four methods of interpreting out-of-gamut colors and mapping them into the gamut of the destination
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color space. These methods are known as “rendering intents.” The choice of a rendering intent depends on the graphical content of the
document.
Many colors in an sRGB document may be out of gamut for the U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2
color space. The out-of-gamut colors are mapped into gamut according to the rendering intent.
The following rendering intents are available:
• The Relative colorimetric rendering intent is suitable for logos or other graphics that contain only a few out-of-gamut colors. It matches
the out-of-gamut source colors with the closest in-gamut colors at the destination. This rendering intent causes the white point to shift.
If you print on white paper, the whiteness of the paper is used to reproduce the white areas of the document. Therefore, this rendering
intent is a good option if your document will be printed.
• The Absolute colorimetric rendering intent is suitable for logos, or other graphics, that require very precise colors. If no match is found
for the source colors, then the closest possible match is used. The Absolute colorimetric and Relative colorimetric rendering intents
are similar, but the Absolute colorimetric rendering intent preserves the white point through the conversion and does not adjust for the
whiteness of the paper. This rendering intent is used mainly for proofing.
• The Perceptual rendering intent is suitable for photographs and bitmaps that contain many out-of-gamut colors. The overall color
appearance is preserved by changing all the colors, including the in-gamut colors, to fit within the range of colors at the destination. This
rendering intent maintains the relationships between colors to produce the best results.
• The Saturation rendering intent produces more concentrated solid colors in business graphics, such as charts and graphs. Colors may be
less accurate than those produced by other rendering intents.
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The number of out-of-gamut colors (indicated by the green overlay) may influence your choice of a rendering intent.
Left: The Relative colorimetric rendering intent is suitable for this photo, which contains only a few out-of-gamut colors.
Right: The Perceptual rendering intent is a good choice for this photo, which contains many out-of-gamut colors.
Getting started with color management in Corel DESIGNER
Corel DESIGNER has two types of color management settings: default settings for color management and document color settings. The
default settings for color management control the colors of new documents and any documents that do not contain color profiles (also
known as “untagged documents”). Documents that were created in earlier versions of Corel DESIGNER are treated as untagged. Document
color settings affect only the colors of the active document.
Default settings for color management
The default settings for color management are essential for producing consistent colors.
• Presets — If you are new to color management and create designs for a specific output, you can choose a preset to help you get started
with the right color management settings such as default color profiles and color-conversion settings. Examples are the North America
Prepress preset, which is suitable for projects to be printed by North American print service providers, and the Europe Web preset,
which is suitable for web projects that are created in Europe. For more information about color management presets, see “Working with
color management presets” on page 334.
• Default color profiles — define the RGB, CMYK, and grayscale colors in new and untagged documents. You can change these settings
so that all new documents use the color profiles that you specify. In some applications, default color profiles are called “working space
profiles.”
• Primary color mode — determines the document color palette that is displayed when you open or start a document as well as the
default color mode of a document that is exported as a bitmap. The primary color mode is set for all new and untagged documents, but
you can change this setting for the active document in the Document color settings dialog box. Note that the primary color mode does
not limit colors in a Corel DESIGNER document to a single color mode.
• Rendering intent — lets you choose a method for mapping out-of-gamut colors in new and untagged documents. If the default
rendering intent is not suitable for the active document, you can change it in the Document color settings dialog box. For information
about choosing the right rendering intent for your projects, see “What is a rendering intent?” on page 325.
• Color conversion settings — control how colors are matched when you are converting colors from one color profile to another.
For example, you can change the color engine or specify options for converting pure black colors in RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale
documents. For more information, see “Choosing color-conversion settings” on page 332.
• Spot color definition — lets you display spot colors by using their Lab, CMYK, or RGB color values. These alternative color values are also
used when spot colors are converted to process colors.
• Color management policies — manage colors in files that you open, or import or paste in an active document. For more information
about color management policies, see “Working with color management policies” on page 335.
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Default color management settings dialog box
Document color settings
You can view and edit the color settings of the active document, without affecting new and untagged documents. You can see what color
profiles are assigned to the document as well as what are the default color profiles of the application. The color profiles that are assigned to
an active document determine the document color space for RGB, CMYK, and grayscale colors.
You can also assign different color profiles to the active document or convert its colors to specific color profiles. For information about
assigning color profiles, see “Assigning color profiles” on page 331. For information about converting document colors to other color
profiles, see “Converting colors to other color profiles” on page 332.
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Document color settings dialog box
In addition, you can change the primary color mode and rendering intent for the active document.
Getting help
You can find information about each control available in the Default color settings and Document color settings dialog boxes by pointing
to the control and viewing the description in the Description area.
To access default settings for color management
• Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
To change the default color profiles
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 In the Default color settings area, choose a color profile from the following list boxes:
• RGB — describes RGB colors in new and untagged documents
• CMYK — describes CMYK colors in new and untagged documents
• Grayscale — describes grayscale colors in new and untagged documents
You can also
Change the primary color mode
Choose a color mode from the Primary color mode list box.
Changing the primary color mode in the Default color
management settings dialog box does not affect the active
document.
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You can also
Change the rendering intent
Choose a rendering intent from the Rendering intent list box.
To access document color settings
• Click Tools  Color management  Document settings.
To display the color profiles that are used in the active document on the status bar, click the flyout
button on the status bar, and
choose Color information.
You can also view the document color settings in the Document properties dialog box by clicking File  Document properties.
Installing, loading, and embedding color profiles
To ensure color accuracy, a color management system needs ICC-compliant profiles for monitors, input devices, external monitors, output
devices, and documents.
• Monitor color profiles — define the color space that is used by your monitor to display document colors. Corel DESIGNER uses the
primary monitor profile that is assigned by the operating system. The monitor profile is very important for color accuracy. For more
information, see “Is my monitor displaying the correct colors?” on page 325.
• Input device color profiles — used by input devices such as scanners and digital cameras. These color profiles define which colors can be
captured by specific input devices.
• Display color profiles — include monitor profiles that are not associated with your monitor in the operating system. These color profiles
are especially useful for soft-proofing documents for monitors that are not connected to your computer.
• Output device color profiles — define the color space of output devices such as desktop printers and printing presses. The color
management system uses these profiles to map accurately document colors to the colors of the output device.
• Document color profiles — define the RGB, CMYK, and grayscale colors of a document. Documents that contain color profiles are known
as “tagged.”
Finding color profiles
Many color profiles are installed with your application or can be generated with profiling software. Manufacturers of monitors, scanners,
digital cameras, and printers also provide color profiles. In addition, you can access color profiles from websites such as:
• http://www.color.org/findprofile.xalter — This website of the International Color Consortium (ICC) can help you find commonly used
standard color profiles.
• http://www.eci.org/doku.php?id=en:downloads — This website of the European Color Initiative (ECI) provides standard ISO profiles as
well as profiles that are specific to Europe
• http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm — This website provides ICC profiles for many different types of LCD (Liquid Crystal
Display) monitors to help you display consistent colors. However, if color accuracy is essential for your workflow, you should calibrate
and profile your monitor instead of relying on readily available monitor profiles. For more information, see “Is my monitor displaying the
correct colors?” on page 325.
Installing and loading color profiles
If you don’t have the necessary color profile, you can install it, or you can load it within the application. Installing a color profile adds it to
the Color folder of the operating system; loading a color profile adds it to the Color folder of the application. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite can
access color profiles from both Color folders.
Embedding color profiles
When you save or export a document to a file format that supports color profiles, the color profiles are embedded in the file by default.
Embedding a color profile attaches the color profile to the document to ensure that the same colors you used are shared with anyone who
views or prints the document.
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To install a color profile
• In Windows Explorer, right-click a color profile, and click Install profile.
To load a color profile
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 In the Default color setting area,choose Load color profiles from the RGB, CMYK, or Grayscale list boxes.
3 In the Open dialog box, navigate to the color profile.
After you load a color profile, you can also access it from the Color proof settings docker, Print dialog box, and Document color
setting dialog box.
Note that you can load a color profile of any color mode from any list box: RGB, CMYK, or Grayscale. However, after you load the
profile, you can access it only from the list box of the respective color mode. For example, you can load an RGB color profile from the
CMYK list box, but you can access the profile only from the RGB list box.
You can also load a color profile from the Document color settings dialog box.
To embed a color profile
1 Click File, and then click one of the following commands:
• Save as
• Export for
 Web
2 In the dialog box that appears, enable the Embed color profiles check box.
When you save or export a file to the Corel DESIGNER (DES) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file format, you can embed
up to three color profiles.
Embedding a color profile increases the file size of a document. To avoid increasing the file size unnecessarily, Corel DESIGNER
embeds only color profiles for colors that are used in the document. For example, if your document contains only RGB objects, only
the RGB color profile will be embedded.
Assigning color profiles
When you open or import a document that is missing a color profile, by default the application automatically assigns a color profile to the
document. If the document has a color profile that is not suitable for the required destination, you can assign a different color profile to the
document. For example, if the document is intended to be displayed on the web or to be printed on a desktop printer, you should make sure
that sRGB is the document RGB profile. If the document is destined for print production, the Adobe RGB (1998) profile is a better choice,
because it has a larger gamut and produces good results when RGB colors are converted to a CMYK color space.
When you assign a different color profile to a document, the colors may appear different, although the color values do not change.
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Left: The SWOP 2006_Coated3v2.icc color profile is assigned to the active document. Right: When the Japan
Color 2002 Newspaper color profile is assigned to the document, the colors appear much less saturated.
To assign color profiles to a document
1 Click Tools  Color management  Document settings.
2 In the Edit document color settings area, enable the Assign different color profiles option.
3 Choose color profiles from the RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale list boxes.
Converting colors to other color profiles
When you convert document colors from one color profile to another, the color values in the document are changed according to the
rendering intent, but the appearance of colors is preserved. The main purpose of converting colors is to match the appearance of colors in
the source color space as closely as possible to colors in the destination color space.
Because multiple color conversions deteriorate accuracy, it is recommended that you convert colors only once. Wait until the document is
ready and you are sure of the color profile that will be used for the final output. For example, if you designed a document in the Adobe RGB
(1998) color space, and the document will be posted on the web, you can convert document colors to the sRGB color space.
You can choose the color management engine that is used for converting colors. For more information, see “Choosing color-conversion
settings” on page 332.
To convert colors to other color profiles
1 Click Tools  Color management  Document settings.
2 In the Edit document color settings area, enable the Convert document colors to new color profiles option.
3 Choose a color profile from the RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale list box.
4 Choose a suitable rendering intent from the Rendering intent list box. For information about the available rendering intents, see “What
is a rendering intent?” on page 325.
Choosing color-conversion settings
When you choose color profiles, colors are matched between devices as closely as possible by the color management module (CMM) of the
Microsoft Image Color Management (ICM), which is the default CMM. Color management modules are also known as “color engines.”
You can also use the Adobe CMM if it is installed on your computer.
Handling pure black and grayscale colors
You can preserve pure black color in the destination color space during color conversion. For example, if you are converting an RGB
document to a CMYK color space, pure RGB black (R=0, G=0, B=0) can be mapped to pure black CMYK colors (K=100). This option is
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recommended for grayscale documents or documents that contain mostly text. Note that preserving pure black during color conversion may
create solid edges of black in effects and gradient fills that contain black.
By default, grayscale colors are converted to the CMYK black (K) channel. This process ensures that all grayscale colors print as shades of
black, and no cyan, magenta, and yellow inks are wasted during printing.
To choose color-conversion settings
1 Click Tools  Color management
 Default settings.
2 In the Color conversion settings area, choose a color engine from the Color engine list box.
You can also
Do the following
Keep pure black in the source color space as pure black in the
destination color space
Enable the Preserve pure black check box.
Map grayscale colors to CMYK black during conversion
Enable the Map gray to CMYK black check box.
Soft proofing
Soft proofing provides an on-screen preview of a document as it will appear when it is reproduced by a specific printer or displayed on a
specific monitor. Unlike the “hard-proofing” technique that is used in a traditional printing workflow, soft proofing lets you look at the final
result without committing ink to paper. You can verify whether the color profile of the document is suitable for a specific printer or monitor
and avoid unwanted results.
Top left: An RGB color profile is assigned to the document. Middle and right: Assigning
a specific CMYK profile allows an on-screen simulation of the printed output.
To simulate the output colors that are produced by a device, you need to choose the color profile of the device. Because the color spaces of
the document and device are different, some document colors may not have matches in the gamut of the device color space. You can enable
the gamut warning, which lets you preview the on-screen colors that cannot be reproduced accurately by the device. When the gamut
warning is enabled, an overlay highlights all the out-of-gamut colors for the device that you are simulating. You can change the color of the
out-of-gamut overlay, and you can also make it more transparent to see the underlying colors.
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The gamut warning highlights colors that a printer or monitor cannot reproduce accurately.
You can change how out-of-gamut colors are brought into the gamut of the proof profile by changing the rendering intent. For more
information, see “What is a rendering intent?” on page 325.
By default, soft proofing is disabled when you start a new document or when you open a document. However, you can make sure that soft
proofing is turned on by default at all times.
To turn soft proofing on or off
• Click View  Proof colors.
When you turn soft proofing on, colors in the document window, color palettes, and preview windows of dialog boxes appear
different.
Simulating printer output may cause on-screen colors to appear dull because all colors are brought into a CMYK color space, which
has a smaller gamut than an RGB color space.
You can also enable or disable soft proofing by clicking the Proof colors button on the status bar.
To turn soft proofing on by default
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click Display.
3 Enable the Proof colors by default check box.
Working with color management presets
The application provides color management presets, which are default color settings that are applied to new and untagged documents. You
can choose a color management preset that is suitable for the geographic region where a document is created or for the location of its final
output.
You can also create your own presets, which allows you to retain your selections in the Default color management settings dialog box and
reuse them in other documents. If you no longer need a preset, you can delete it.
To choose a color management preset for new documents
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 Choose one of the following color management presets from the Presets list box:
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• North America General Purpose — suitable for designs that will be used in multiple types of output in North America
• Europe General Purpose — suitable for designs that will be used in multiple types of output in Europe
• Europe Prepress — suitable for designs that will be printed by print service providers in Europe
• Europe Web — suitable for web designs that are created in Europe
• Japan General Purpose — suitable for designs that will be used in multiple types of output in Japan
• Japan Prepress — suitable for designs that will be printed by print service providers in Japan
• Japan Web — suitable for web designs that are created in Japan
• MinimalColor Management — preserves the original RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale color values when opening, importing, or pasting
documents
• North America Prepress — suitable for designs that will be printed by print service providers in North America
• North America Web — suitable for web designs that are created in North America
• Simulate Color Management Off — produces the color-conversion results of the Color Management Off preset that is available in
earlier versions of Corel DESIGNER
• Simulate Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 — displays colors as they appear in Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4
To add a color management preset
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 Change any default color settings.
3 Click the Save button
next to the Presets list box.
4 In the Save color management style dialog box, type a name in the Save style as box.
To delete a color management preset
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 Choose a preset from the Presets list box.
3 Click the Delete button
.
Working with color management policies
Color management policies determine how colors are managed in documents that you open and work with in an application. In Corel
DESIGNER, you can set one color-management policy for opening documents and another for importing and pasting files and objects in the
active document.
The color management policy for opening files determines what RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale color profiles are used in each file you want to
open. By default, the application uses the color profiles embedded in the file. You can also choose to assign the default color profiles to the
file or convert colors in the file to the default color profiles.
By default, the color management policy for importing and pasting files converts the RGB and Grayscale colors of the files to the document
color profiles, and assigns the document CMYK color profile to files in the CMYK mode. You can also choose to assign the document color
profiles to the file, or convert the colors of the active document to the color profiles that are embedded in the file.
The files that you are opening or importing may be missing color profiles, or may contain color profiles that do not match the default color
profiles. By default, the application does not warn you about missing or mismatched color profiles but makes color management choices
that produce good results. However, you can activate warning messages if you want to have full control over the colors in your documents.
To set a color management policy for opening documents
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 In the Open section of the Color management policies area, choose one of the following options from the RGB list box:
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• Use embedded color profile — preserves the RGB color profile that is embedded in the file. This option is recommended, because it
preserves the original RGB color appearance and RGB color values of the document.
• Assign default color profile — uses the default RGB color profile to define document colors. RGB color values are preserved, but the
appearance of RGB colors may change.
• Convert to default color profile — converts colors to the default RGB color profile. The appearance of RGB colors in documents is
preserved, but the color values may change.
3 From the CMYK list box in the Open area, choose an option for managing CMYK colors in documents. The options are the same as the
options that are available for RGB colors.
4 From the Grayscale list box in the Open area, choose an option for managing the grayscale colors in documents. The options are the
same as the options that are available for RGB colors.
To set a color management policy for importing and pasting files
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 In the Import and paste section of the Color management policies area, choose one of the following options from the RGB list box:
• Convert to document color profile — converts the RGB colors of the imported or pasted file to the RGB color profile of the active
document. This option is used when the imported file contains a color profile that does not match the color profile of the document.
• Assign document color profile — assigns the RGB color profile of the document to the imported or pasted file. The RGB color values
of the file are preserved but the color appearance may change.
• Use embedded color profile — uses the RGB color profile that is embedded in the file, preserving the RGB color values and
appearance of the imported or pasted file. This option converts document colors to the color profile that is embedded in the imported
or pasted file.
3 From the CMYK list box in the Import and paste area, choose an option for managing CMYK colors in imported and pasted files. The
options are the same as the options that are available for RGB colors.
4 From the Grayscale list box in the Import and paste area, choose an option for managing the grayscale colors in imported and pasted
files. The options are the same as the options that are available for RGB colors.
To activate warning messages for missing and mismatched color profiles
1 Click Tools  Color management  Default settings.
2 In the Color management policies area, enable any of the following check boxes in the Open and Import and paste areas:
• Warn on color profile mismatch
• Warn on missing color profile
Managing colors when opening documents
The default color management policy for opening documents preserves colors in all tagged documents that you open and assigns the
default color profiles to untagged documents.
If a document that you open is missing a color profile or contains color profiles that do not match the default color profiles of the
application, Corel DESIGNER makes color-management choices based on the color management policy. If you are comfortable with color
management, you can view warnings about missing and mismatched color profiles and choose different color management options. For
more information about how to activate warnings, see “To activate warning messages for missing and mismatched color profiles” on page
336.
Opening documents with missing color profiles
The document you are opening may support one or multiple color modes and therefore be missing one or more color profiles. For example,
a Corel DESIGNER (DES) or PDF document may contain three types of objects: RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale, so up to three color profiles may
be missing from such a document.
The following options are available when you are opening a document with a missing color profile and have activated warnings for missing
color profiles.
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• Assign color profile — lets you assign a color profile to the document. This option preserves color values, but may change the
appearance of colors. For example, if the RGB color profile is missing from the document, the default RGB color profile of the application
is assigned by default. The RGB color values are preserved but the RGB colors may not appear as originally designed. You can also choose
to assign a color profile that is different from the default color profile of the application. This option is recommended only if you know
the original color space of the document and have the associated color profile installed.
• Convert to default color profile — Used in conjunction with the Assign color profile control, this option converts colors from the
assigned color profile to the default color profile. Colors will appear as they would in the assigned color space, but the color values may
change.
Opening documents with mismatched color profiles
When a document contains a color profile that does not match the default color profile, you can choose one of the following options:
• Use embedded color profile — This option ensures that the color values are preserved and colors are displayed as originally intended.
• Ignore embedded color profile, and use default color profile — Assigning the default color profile will preserve the color values but
may change the appearance of colors.
• Convert from embedded color profile to default color profile — This option converts colors from the embedded color profile to the
default color profile. The appearance of colors will be preserved, but the color values may change. This option is recommended if you
have already set color management options suitable for your workflow. For example, you may be creating graphics for the web, and you
may have chosen sRGB as the application default color space. Enabling this option ensures that the document uses the sRGB color space,
and document colors are consistent and suitable for the web.
Opening documents with missing and mismatched color profiles
Documents that support multiple color modes can be missing color profiles and contain mismatched color profiles at the same time. For
example, a document that contains RGB, Grayscale, and CMYK objects may be missing an RGB profile and may have a mismatched CMYK
color profile. In such cases, you are presented with warning dialog boxes that include options for missing and mismatched color profiles.
Managing colors when importing and pasting files
The default color policy for importing and pasting files converts the colors of imported and pasted files to the color profile of the active
document. If the color profile of the imported or pasted file matches the color profile of the active document, no color conversion is
performed. For more information about color management policies, see “Working with color management policies” on page 335.
However, you can choose to view warnings about missing and mismatched profiles and set other color management options. For more
information about how to view warnings, see “To activate warning messages for missing and mismatched color profiles” on page 336.
Importing and pasting files with missing color profiles
If color profiles are missing from a file, you can choose to assign specific color profiles to the file, and then convert its colors to the
document color profiles. The color values of the file will change.
Importing and pasting files with mismatched color profiles
If a file contains color profiles that do not match the document color profile, the following options are available:
• Ignore embedded color profile, and assign the document color profile — Color values are preserved, but the appearance of colors
may change.
• Convert from embedded color profile to the document color profile (default option) — The color of the imported file are converted
from the embedded color space to the document color space. The appearance of colors is preserved, but the color values may change.
• Convert document colors to embedded color profile — Document colors are converted to the color profile embedded in the imported
file. The appearance and color values of the imported or pasted file are preserved.
Importing and pasting files with missing and mismatched color profiles
Some files can be missing color profiles and contain mismatched color profiles at the same time. In such cases, you are presented with
dialog boxes that include options for missing and mismatched color profiles.
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Managing colors for print
By default, Corel DESIGNER does not perform color conversions when a document is sent to the printer. The printer receives the color values
and interprets the colors. However, if there is a color profile associated with the printer in the operating system, Corel DESIGNER detects the
color profile and uses it to convert document colors to the color space of the printer.
If you have a PostScript printer, you can let Corel DESIGNER or the PostScript printer perform any necessary color conversion. When Corel
DESIGNER manages the color conversion, document colors are converted from the assigned color space to the color space of the PostScript
printer. Note that you must disable color management in the printer driver. Otherwise, both application and printer manage colors during
printing, and document colors are corrected twice, which causes unwanted color shifts.
When the PostScript printer converts document colors, the color management feature must be enabled in the printer driver. Only PostScript
printers and RIP engines that support printer color conversions can be used in this advanced method. Although it increases the file size, this
method has the advantage of ensuring consistent colors when you send the same print job to different print service providers.
For more information about reproducing colors for print, see “Printing colors accurately” on page 572.
You can also manage colors in PDF files that you create for commercial printing. For more information, see “Specifying color management
options for exporting PDF files” on page 614.
Using a safe CMYK workflow
Often, you may use specific CMYK color values in your projects. To ensure reliable color reproduction, you may obtain these CMYK color
values from a color swatch book. By preserving these CMYK color values throughout the printing process, you can help prevent unwanted
color conversions and ensure that colors are reproduced as they appeared in the original design. A workflow that preserves the CMYK color
values is known as a “safe” CMYK workflow.
Corel DESIGNER supports a safe CMYK workflow. By default, CMYK color values are preserved in any document that you open, import, or
paste. Also, CMYK color values are preserved by default when you print documents.
In some cases, you may want to bypass the safe CMYK workflow and preserve the appearance of CMYK colors when you open, import, or
paste documents. This option is useful when you want to see the original colors of a design on-screen, or view a copy that is printed to a
desktop printer. To preserve the appearance of CMYK colors, you can set color management policies that convert CMYK colors in documents
that you open, import, or paste. In addition, when printing to a PostScript printer, you can convert CMYK colors to the printer color profile
by disabling the Preserve CMYK numbers check box on the Color page of the Print dialog box.
Managing colors for online viewing
Managing colors for online viewing can be even more complex than managing colors for print. Documents and images on the web are
displayed on a great variety of monitors, which are often uncalibrated. In addition, most web browsers do not support color management
and ignore the color profiles that are embedded in files.
When you design documents for exclusive web use, it is recommended that you use the sRGB color profile as your document RGB color
profile and choose RGB colors. If a document contains a different color profile, you should convert document colors to sRGB before saving
the document for use on the web.
When you create a PDF file for online viewing, you can embed color profiles in the file to reproduce colors consistently in Adobe Reader and
Adobe Acrobat. For more information, see “To specify color management options for exporting PDF files” on page 614.
When you start a new document that is destined for online viewing, you can choose a preset that can help you achieve good color results. In
addition, Corel DESIGNER offers color management presets for web documents. For information about how to choose a color management
preset, see “To choose a color management preset for new documents” on page 334.
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Adding 3D effects to objects
You can create the illusion of three-dimensional (3D) depth in objects by adding contour, perspective, extrusion, bevel, or drop shadow
effects.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Contouring objects” (page 341)
• “Applying perspective to objects” (page 344)
• “Creating extrusions” (page 345)
• “Creating bevel effects” (page 349)
• “Creating drop shadows” (page 351)
• “Blending objects” (page 354)
Contouring objects
You can contour an object to create a series of concentric lines that progress to the inside or outside of the object. Corel DESIGNER also lets
you set the number and distance of the contour lines.
In addition to creating interesting 3D effects, you can use contours to create cuttable outlines for output to devices such as plotters,
engraving machines, and vinyl cutters.
After contouring an object, you can copy or clone its contour settings to another object. With cloning, any changes you make to the master
object are automatically applied to its clones. You can also change the colors of the fill between the contour lines and the contour outlines
themselves. You can set a color progression in the contour effect, where one color blends into another. The color progression can follow a
straight, clockwise, or counterclockwise path through the color range of your choice.
You can also choose how contour corners appear. For example, you can use pointed or rounded corners, or you can bevel (square off) sharp
contour corners.
You can separate an object from its contour lines.
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A center contour has been applied to the cabinet on the right. The number
of contour lines, as well as the distance between lines, can be changed.
An outside contour has been applied to the above object. Note that
an outside contour projects from the outside edge of the object.
To contour an object
1 In the toolbox, click the Contour tool
.
2 Click an object or a set of grouped objects, and drag the start handle toward the center to create an inside contour or away from the
center to create an outside contour.
3 Move the object slider to change the number of contour steps.
You can also
Add contour lines to the center of the selected object
Click the To center button
Specify the number of contour lines
Click the Inside contour
.
or Outside contour
button on
the property bar, and type a value in the Contour steps box on the
property bar.
Specify the distance between contour lines
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Type a value in the Contour offset box on the property bar.
You can also
Accelerate contour line progression
Click the Object and color acceleration button
on the
property bar, and move the object slider.
Use pointed contour corners
Click the Mitered corners button
Use rounded contour corners
Click the Round corners button
.
.
The effect of this control is more obvious with outside contours.
Use beveled contour corners
Click the Bevel corners button
.
You can create contours by clicking Effects  Contour and specifying the settings you want in the Contour docker.
To copy or clone a contour
1 Select the object to which you want to apply the contour effect.
2 Click Effects, and click one of the following:
• Copy effect  Contour from
• Clone effect  Contour from
3 Click the object whose contour effect you want to copy or clone.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy a contour. For more information, see “To copy effects from one object
to another” on page 217.
To set the fill color for a contour object
1 In the toolbox, click the Contour tool
.
2 Select a contour object.
3 Open the Fill color picker on the property bar, and click a color.
If you cannot apply the fill color, make sure that the Fill color option is enabled on the status bar.
If the original object has a fountain fill, a second color picker appears.
You can accelerate the fill color progression by clicking the Object and color acceleration button
on the property bar.
You can change the contour center’s color by dragging a color from the color palette to the end fill handle.
To specify an outline color for the contour object
1 In the toolbox, click the Contour tool
.
2 Select a contour object.
3 Open the Outline color picker on the property bar, and click a color.
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To set the fill progression
1 In the toolbox, click the Contour tool
.
2 Select a contour object.
3 Click the Contour colors button on the property bar, and then click any of the following buttons:
• Linear contour colors
• Clockwise contour colors
• Counterclockwise contour colors
To separate an object from its contour lines
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a contoured object.
2 Click Object  Break contour group apart.
Applying perspective to objects
You can create a perspective effect by shortening one or two sides of an object. This effect gives an object the appearance of receding in one
or two directions, thereby creating a one-point perspective or a two-point perspective.
Perspective effects can be added to objects or grouped objects. You can also add a perspective effect to linked groups, such as contours,
blends, and extrusions. You can’t add perspective effects to paragraph text, bitmaps, or symbols.
The original graphic (left) with one-point (middle) and two-point (right) perspectives applied to it.
After you apply a perspective effect, you can copy it to other objects in a drawing, adjust it, or remove it from the object.
To apply a perspective
To
Apply a one-point perspective
Click Effects
Apply a two-point perspective
Click Effects  Add perspective. Drag the nodes on the outside of
the grid to apply the effect you want.
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 Add perspective. Press Ctrl, and drag a node.
Pressing Ctrl constrains the node’s movement to the horizontal or vertical axis to create a one-point perspective effect.
You can move opposing nodes the same distance in opposite directions by pressing Ctrl + Shift as you drag.
To copy an object’s perspective effect
1 Select an object to which you want to apply a perspective effect.
2 Click Effects  Copy effect  Perspective from.
3 Select an object whose perspective effect you want to copy.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy a perspective effect. For more information, see “To copy effects from
one object to another” on page 217.
To adjust the perspective
1 In the toolbox, click the Shape tool
2 Select an object that has a perspective effect.
3 Drag a node to a new position.
You can also adjust the perspective by dragging one or both of the vanishing points.
You can move opposing nodes the same distance in opposite directions by pressing Ctrl + Shift while dragging the node.
To remove a perspective effect from an object
1 Select an object that has a perspective effect.
2 Click Effects  Clear perspective.
Creating extrusions
You can make objects appear three-dimensional by creating extrusions. You can create extrusions by projecting points from an object and
joining them to create an illusion of three dimensions. Corel DESIGNER also lets you apply a vector extrusion to an object in a group.
After you create an extrusion, you can copy or clone its attributes to a selected object. Cloning and copying transfer the extrusion attributes
of an extruded object to another. However, the cloned extrusion settings cannot be edited independently from the master.
You can change an extruded form by rotating it, changing its direction, changing its depth, and rounding its corners.
Corel DESIGNER also lets you remove a vector extrusion.
Bevels
Another way in which you can give an object a three-dimensional appearance is by applying a beveled edge to an extrusion. A bevel creates
the illusion that an object’s extruded edges are cut on an angle. You can specify the angle and depth values of the bevel to control the
effect.
You can create a bevel effect without extruding an object. For more information, see “Creating bevel effects” on page 349.
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Extruded fills
You can apply fills to an entire extrusion or only to the extruded surfaces. You can cover each surface individually with the fill, or you can
drape the fill so that it blankets the entire object with no breaks to the pattern or texture.
Left to right: a simple shape, the shape with an extruded fill of solid
color, the shape with an extruded gradient fill and a rotation applied.
Lighting
You can enhance extrusions by applying light sources. You can add up to three light sources to project toward the extruded object with
varying intensity. When you no longer need light sources, you can remove them.
Vanishing points
You can create a vector extrusion in which the lines of the extrusion converge at a vanishing point. The vanishing point of a vector extrusion
can be copied to another object so that both objects appear to recede toward the same point.
You can also give extrusions different vanishing points.
Extrusions with different vanishing points
To create an extrusion
1 Select an object using the Pick tool
.
2 Click the Interactive tools button, and click the Extrude tool
.
3 Choose a preset from the Presets list box on the property bar.
4 Choose an extrusion type from the Extrusion type list box on the property bar.
If you want to reset the extrusion, press Esc before releasing the mouse button.
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You can also create an extrusion by using the Extrude docker (Effects  Extrude).
To copy or clone an extrusion
1 Select the object you want to extrude.
2 Click Effects and click one of the following:
• Copy effect  Extrude from
• Clone effect  Extrude from
3 Click an object whose extrusion properties you want to copy.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy an extrusion. For more information, see “To copy effects from one
object to another” on page 217.
To change the form of a vector extrusion
To
Do the following
Rotate an extrusion
Select an extruded object. Click the Extrude rotation button
on the property bar. Drag the extrusion in the direction you want.
Change the direction of an extrusion
Using the Extrude tool
, click an extrusion. Click the vanishing
point, and drag in the direction you want.
Change the depth of an extrusion
Using the Extrude tool
, click an extrusion. Drag the slider
between the interactive vector handles.
Round the corners of an extruded rectangle or square
In the toolbox, click the Shape tool
. Drag a corner node along
the outline of the rectangle or square.
To remove a vector extrusion
1 Select an extruded object.
2 Click Effects  Clear extrusion.
You can also remove a vector extrusion by clicking the Clear extrusion button on the property bar.
To apply a fill to an extrusion
1 Select an extruded object with the Extrude tool
.
2 Click the Extrusion color button on the property bar.
3 Click one of the following buttons:
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• Use object fill
— applies the object’s fill to the extrusion
• Use solid color
— applies a solid color to the extrusion
• Use color shading
— applies a gradient fill to the extrusion
You can apply an unbroken pattern or texture fill to an object by enabling the Drape fills check box before you click the Use object
fill button.
To apply beveled edges to an extrusion
1 In the toolbox, click the Extrude tool
.
2 Select an extruded object.
3 Click the Extrusion bevels button
on the property bar.
4 Enable the Use bevel check box.
5 Type a value in the Bevel depth box.
6 Type a value in the Bevel angle box.
You can also set the bevel depth and angle by using the Bevel interactive display box
below the Use bevel check box.
You can show only the bevel and hide the extrusion by enabling the Show bevel only check box.
To add light to an extrusion
1 Select an extruded object.
2 Click the Extrusion lighting button
on the property bar.
3 Click any of the three Light buttons
.
The lights appear as numbered circles in the preview window.
4 Drag the numbered circles in the Light intensity preview window to position the lights.
If you want to create more realistic shading, enable the Use full color range check box.
You can also
Adjust the intensity of a light source
Select a light in the Light intensity preview window, and move the
Intensity slider.
Remove a light source
Click an active Light button.
To change the vanishing point of an extrusion
To
Do the following
Lock a vanishing point
Double-click an extruded object. Choose VP locked to object or VP
locked to page from the Vanishing point properties list box on
the property bar.
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To
Do the following
Copy a vanishing point
Double-click an extruded object whose vanishing point you want
to change. From the Vanishing point properties list box on the
property bar, choose Copy VP from. Select the extruded object that
has the vanishing point you want to copy.
Set one vanishing point for two extrusions
Double-click an extruded object. Choose Shared vanishing point
from the Vanishing point properties list box on the property bar.
Select the extruded object that has the vanishing point you want to
share.
Creating bevel effects
A bevel effect adds 3D depth to a graphic or text object by making its edges appear sloped (cut at an angle). Bevel effects can contain both
spot and process (CMYK) colors, so they are ideal for printing.
You can remove a bevel effect at any time.
Bevel effects can be applied only to vector objects and artistic text, not to bitmaps.
Bevel styles
You can choose from the following bevel styles:
• Soft edge — creates beveled surfaces that appear shaded in some areas
• Emboss — makes an object appear as a relief
Left to right: Object without a bevel effect, with a Soft Edge bevel effect, and with an Emboss bevel effect
Beveled surfaces
You can control the intensity of the bevel effect by specifying the width of the beveled surface.
Light and color
An object with a bevel effect appears lit by white ambient (surrounding) light and a spotlight. The ambient light is of low intensity and
cannot be changed. The spotlight is also white by default, but you can change its color, intensity, and location. Changing the spotlight color
affects the color of the beveled surfaces. Changing the spotlight’s intensity lightens or darkens the beveled surfaces. Changing the location
of the spotlight determines which beveled surfaces appear lit.
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You can change the location of the spotlight by specifying its direction and altitude. Direction determines where the light source is located in
the plane of the object (for example, to the left or right of an object). Altitude determines how high the spotlight is located in relation to the
object’s plane. For example, you can place the spotlight flush with the horizon (altitude of 0°) or directly above the object (altitude of 90°).
In addition, you can change the color of the beveled surfaces that are in shadow by specifying a shadow color.
To create a Soft Edge bevel effect
1 Select an object that is closed and has a fill applied to it.
2 Click Effects  Bevel.
3 In the Bevel docker, choose Soft edge from the Style list box.
4 Enable one of the following Bevel offset options:
• To center — lets you create beveled surfaces that meet in the middle of the object
• Distance — lets you specify the width of the beveled surfaces. Type a value in the Distance box.
You can also
Change the color of beveled surfaces in shadow
Choose a color from the Shadow color picker.
Beveled surfaces change to a shade of the specified shadow color.
Choose a spotlight color
Choose a color from the Light color picker.
Change the intensity of the spotlight
Move the Intensity slider.
Specify the position of the spotlight
Move either of the following sliders:
•Direction
•Altitude
Direction values range from 0° to 360°; altitude values range from
0° to 90°.
Bevel effects can be applied only to artistic text. You can convert paragraph text to artistic text by selecting the text using the Pick tool
and then clicking Text  Convert to artistic text.
The lowest altitude value (0°) places the spotlight on the plane of the object; the highest altitude value (90°) places the spotlight
directly above the object.
The effect of the shadow color is most apparent when the spotlight is located close to the object’s plane (low altitude value).
Using a given altitude value, you can change the spotlight’s location by changing the direction value. For example, at an altitude of
45°, the following direction values change the spotlight location as noted:
• 45° places the spotlight on the upper right.
• 135° places the spotlight on the upper left.
• 225° places the spotlight on the lower left.
• 315° places the spotlight on the lower right.
To create an Emboss effect
1 Select an object that is closed and has a fill applied to it.
2 Click Effects  Bevel.
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3 In the Bevel docker, choose Emboss from the Style list box.
4 In the Distance box, type a low value.
5 To change the intensity of the spotlight, move the Intensity slider.
6 To specify the direction of the spotlight, move the Direction slider.
7 Click Apply.
If you want to create a more pronounced bevel effect, type a higher value in the Distance box, and reapply the effect.
You can also
Choose a shadow color
Choose a color from the Shadow color picker.
Choose a spotlight color
Choose a color from the Light color picker.
The Emboss bevel effect is achieved by creating two duplicates of the object. The duplicates are offset in opposite directions: one
toward the light source and the other away from the light source. The color of the duplicate placed toward the spotlight is a blend of
the spotlight and object colors and depends on the light intensity. The color of the duplicate placed away from the spotlight is a 50
percent blend of the shadow and object colors.
The Altitude slider is disabled for the Emboss bevel style.
To remove a bevel effect
1 Select an object with a bevel effect applied.
2 Click Effects  Clear effect.
Creating drop shadows
Drop shadows simulate light falling on an object from one of five particular perspectives: flat, right, left, bottom, and top. You can add drop
shadows to most objects or groups of objects, including artistic text, paragraph text, and bitmaps.
Drop shadows created in Corel DESIGNER are ideal for printed outputs, but are not appropriate for output to devices such as vinyl cutters
and plotters. Cuttable shadows are needed for such projects. To add a cuttable shadow to an object, you need to duplicate the object, fill
the duplicate with a dark color, and then place it behind the original object. When you add a drop shadow, you can change its perspective,
and you can adjust attributes such as color, opacity, fade level, angle, and feathering.
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A drop shadow applied to an object
The feathered effect softens the edges of a drop shadow.
Premium feature: Drop shadows look more realistic when they use Gaussian Blur feathering, which is the default option with Premium
membership. You can change the feathering of drop shadows from the Feathering direction button on the property bar.
Feathering options for drop shadows
After you create a drop shadow, you can copy it or clone it to a selected object. When you copy a drop shadow, the original and copy have
no connection and can be edited independently. With cloning, the master object’s drop shadow attributes are automatically applied to its
clone.
By separating a drop shadow from its object, you gain more control over the drop shadow itself. For example, you can edit the drop shadow
as you would edit a transparency. For information about editing a transparency, see “Changing the transparency of objects” on page 359.
As with transparencies, you can apply a merge mode to a drop shadow to control how the color of the drop shadow blends with the color
of the object underneath.
You can remove a drop shadow.
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To add a drop shadow
1 In the toolbox, click the Drop shadow tool
.
2 Click an object.
3 Drag from the center or side of the object until the drop shadow is the size you want.
4 Specify any attributes on the property bar.
Drop shadows cannot be added to linked groups, such as blended objects, contoured objects, beveled objects, extruded objects,
objects created with the Linear pattern brush tool
, or other drop shadows.
To add a cuttable shadow
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Duplicate.
3 Click a dark color on the onscreen color palette.
4 Click Object  Order  Behind, and click the original to position the duplicate behind it.
5 Adjust the position of the duplicate.
To copy or clone a drop shadow
1 Select the object to which you want to copy or clone a drop shadow.
2 Click Effects and click one of the following:
• Copy effect  Drop shadow from
• Clone effect  Drop shadow from
3 Click the drop shadow of an object.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy a drop shadow. For more information, see “To copy effects from one
object to another” on page 217.
To separate a drop shadow from an object
1 Select an object’s drop shadow.
2 Click Object  Break drop shadow group apart.
3 Drag the shadow.
To apply a merge mode to a drop shadow
1 In the toolbox, click the Drop shadow tool
.
2 Select an object with a drop shadow, and choose a merge mode from the Transparency operation list box on the property bar.
The default merge mode Multiply produces natural-looking drop shadows.
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To remove a drop shadow
1 Select an object’s drop shadow.
2 Click Effects  Clear drop shadow.
You can also remove a drop shadow from an object by clicking the Clear drop shadow button
on the property bar.
Blending objects
Corel DESIGNER lets you create blends, such as straight-line blends, blends along a path, and compound blends. Blends are often used for
creating realistic shadows and highlights in objects.
The highlights and shadows in the object on the right were created by using blends.
A straight-line blend shows a progression in shape and size from one object to another. The outline and fill colors of the intermediate objects
progress along a straight-line path across the color spectrum. The outlines of intermediate objects show a gradual progression in thickness
and shape.
After you create a blend, you can copy or clone its settings to other objects. When you copy a blend, the object takes on all the blendrelated settings, except for the outline and fill attributes. When you clone a blend, changes you make to the original blend (also called the
master) are applied to the clone.
Straight-line blends can be used to create graphics with a glass-like appearance.
The rollover button (left) contains a blend of tightly overlapped blended objects.
You can fit objects along part or all of a path’s shape, and you can add one or more objects to a blend to create a compound blend.
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The straight-line blend (top) is fitted to a curved path (bottom).
You can change the appearance of a blend by adjusting the number and spacing of its intermediate objects, the blend’s color progression,
the nodes the blends map to, the blend’s path, and the start and end objects. You can fuse the components of a split or compound blend to
create a single object.
You can also split and remove a blend.
By mapping nodes, you can control the appearance of a blend.
To blend objects
To
Do the following
Blend along a straight line
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool
. Select the first object, and
drag over the second object. If you want to reset the blend, press
Esc as you drag.
Blend an object along a freehand path
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool. Select the first object. Hold
down Alt, and drag to draw a line to the second object.
Fit a blend to a path
In the toolbox, click the Blend tool
button
. Click the Path properties
on the property bar. Click New path. Using the curved
arrow, click the path to which you want to fit the blend.
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To
Do the following
Stretch the blend over an entire path
Select a blend that is already fitted on a path. Click the More blend
options button
on the property bar, and enable the Blend
along full path check box.
Using the Blend tool, drag from an object to the start or end object
of another blend.
Create a compound blend
You can also blend objects by using the Blend docker (Effects  Blend).
To copy or clone a blend
1 Select the two objects that you want to blend.
2 Click Effects, and click one of the following:
• Copy effect  Blend from
• Clone effect  Blend from
3 Select the blend whose attributes you want to copy or clone.
You can’t copy or clone a compound blend.
You can also use the Attributes eyedropper tool
to copy a blend. For more information, see “To copy object properties from
one object to another” on page 216.
To set the number of intermediate objects in a blend
1 Select a blend.
2 Type a value in the Blend objects box on the property bar.
3 Press Enter.
You can set object and color acceleration rates by clicking the Object and color acceleration button
moving the corresponding slider.
To set the distance between objects in a blend that is fit to a path
1 Select a blend that is fit to a path.
2 Click the Blend spacing button
on the property bar.
3 Type a value in the Blend objects box on the property bar.
4 Press Enter.
If you have used the Blend along full path command, the Blend spacing button is unavailable.
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on the property bar and
You can set object and color acceleration rates by clicking the Object and color acceleration button
on the property bar and
moving the corresponding slider.
To set the color progression in a blend
1 Select a blend.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following:
• Direct blend
• Clockwise blend
• Counterclockwise blend
You can’t create color progressions by using blended objects filled with bitmaps, texture, pattern, or PostScript fills.
You can set how fast the object’s colors transform from the first to the last object by clicking the Object and color acceleration
button
on the property bar and moving the corresponding sliders.
To map the nodes of a blend
1 Select a blend.
2 Click the More blend options button
on the property bar, and click Map nodes.
3 Click a node on the start object and on the end object.
To work with the start or end objects in a blend
To
Do the following
Select the start or end object
Select a blend, click the Starting and ending objects button
on the property bar, and click Show start or Show end.
Change the start or end object of a blend
Select a blend, click the Starting and ending objects button on
the property bar, and click New start or New end. Click an object
outside the blend that you want to use as the start or end of the
blend.
Fuse the start or end object in a split or compound blend
Hold down Ctrl, click a middle object in a blend, and then click a
start or end object. Click the More blend options button
on
the property bar. If you have selected the start object, click the Fuse
start button
Fuse end button
. If you have selected the end object, click the
.
You can reverse the direction of the blend by clicking Object  Order  Reverse order.
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To change the blend path
1 Select a blend.
2 Click the Path properties button
on the property bar, and click New path.
3 Click the path you want to use for the blend.
You can also
Detach a blend from a path
Click the Path properties button
on the property bar, and click
Detach from path.
Change the path of a selected freehand blend
Click the blend path with the Shape tool node.
To select the blend path, click the Path properties button
, and click Show path.
To split a blend
1 Select a blend.
2 Click the More blend options button
3 Click the Split button
on the property bar.
.
4 Click the intermediate object at the point at where you want to split the blend.
You can’t split a blend at the intermediate object that is immediately adjacent to the start or end object.
To remove a blend
1 Select a blend.
2 Click Effects  Clear blend.
You can also remove a selected blend by clicking the Clear blend button
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on the property bar.
, and drag a path’s
Changing the transparency of objects
When you apply a transparency to an object, you make the objects beneath it partially visible. You can apply transparencies by using the
same kind of fills you apply to objects; that is, uniform, fountain, hatch, texture, and pattern. For more information about these fills, see
“Filling objects” on page 301.
Examples of different types of transparencies, including uniform, fountain, and pattern.
Corel DESIGNER also lets you specify how the color of the transparent object combines with the color of the object beneath it by using
merge modes.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Applying uniform transparency” (page 359)
• “Applying fountain transparency” (page 360)
• “Applying pattern transparency” (page 362)
• “Applying texture transparency” (page 364)
• “Copying, freezing, and removing transparencies” (page 365)
• “Applying merge modes” (page 366)
Applying uniform transparency
Uniform transparency alters the transparency values of all pixels in the object or editable area by an equal amount.
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To apply a uniform transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the Uniform transparency button
.
4 Move the Transparency slider to increase or decrease the transparency.
You can click a color on the color palette to apply a color to the transparency.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
You can also click the Transparency tool
or the Outline button
.
in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
Applying fountain transparency
Fountain transparency makes the object fade from one transparency value to another. The fountain transparency can be linear, elliptical,
conical, or rectangular.
You can choose fountain transparencies from a personal library or from the Content Exchange. You can browse the available transparency
patterns, search by keyword, mark patterns as favorites, vote for patterns that you like, or copy patterns from the Content Exchange to your
personal library. For more information, see “Managing fills and transparencies” on page 319.
You can create a fountain transparency by adding and removing nodes, and specifying a transparency value for each node. You can also
reverse, mirror, resize, or skew a fountain transparency, or apply other transformations.
After you create a fountain transparency, you can save it for future use or share it with other users on the Content Exchange. For more
information, see “Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” on page 321.
To apply a fountain transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the Fountain transparency button
to display fountain
transparency options.
4 Open the Transparency picker, and click a thumbnail.
5 Click the Apply button
in the pop-up window that appears.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
or the Outline button
in the
Transparency area of the Property manager docker.
To modify the transparency, click the Edit transparency button
in the Property manager docker, and specify the settings you
want.
You can also click the Transparency tool
To create a fountain transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
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in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the Fountain transparency button
to display fountain
transparency options.
4 Click one of the following buttons to choose a fountain transparency type:
• Linear fountain transparency
• Elliptical fountain transparency
• Conical fountain transparency
• Rectangular fountain transparency
5 Click the first node above the grayscale band, and type a value in the Node transparency box.
6 Click the last node above the grayscale band, and type a value in the Node transparency box.
7 Move the midpoint slider below the grayscale band to set the midpoint of the transparency.
You can also
Change the transparency of the midpoint
Select the midpoint node, and type a value in the Node
transparency box.
Add an intermediate transparency
Double-click the grayscale band where you want to add a
node. With the new node selected, type a value in the Node
transparency box.
Change the position of an intermediate transparency
Drag the corresponding node to a new location above the
grayscale band, or type a value in the Node position box.
Delete an intermediate transparency
Double-click the corresponding node.
Allow the transparency to be skewed or stretched
disproportionately
Click the Free scale and skew button
Mirror, repeat, or reverse the transparency
Click the Edit transparency button
.
, and click one of the
following buttons:
• Repeat and mirror
• Repeat
• Reverse transparency
Specify the number of steps used to display or print the fountain
transparency
Click the Edit transparency button, and click the Set to default
button
to unlock the fountain steps, and type a value in the
Fountain steps box.
Specify how quickly the fountain transparency blends from one
level of opacity to another
Click the Edit transparency button, and move the Acceleration
slider.
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You can also
Create smoother color transitions between fountain fill nodes
Click the Edit transparency button, and click the Smooth button
.
Set the width and height of the transparency as a percentage of
the object’s width and height
Click the Edit transparency button, and type values in the
Transparency width and Transparency height boxes.
Move the transparency center up, down, left, or right
Click the Edit transparency button, and type values in the X and Y
boxes.
Slant the transparency at a specified angle
Click the Edit transparency button, and type a value in the Skew
box.
Rotate the transparency at a specified angle
Click the Edit transparency button, and type a value in the Rotate
box.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
You can also click the Transparency tool
or the Outline button
.
in the toolbox. To adjust the transparency, use the controls on the property bar or the
interactive vector handles that appear on the object.
You can also drag colors, which are converted to grayscale, from the color palette onto the transparency nodes. Alternatively, if the
Transparency tool is selected, you can drag the colors onto the object’s interactive vector handles
.
Applying pattern transparency
There are three types of pattern transparency:
• Vector pattern transparency — a picture composed of lines and fills, instead of dots of color like bitmaps. These vector graphics are
smoother and more complex than bitmap images and are easier to manipulate.
• Bitmap pattern transparency — a color picture composed of patterns of light and dark or differently colored pixels in a rectangular
array.
• Two-color pattern transparency — a simple picture composed of “on” and “off” pixels. The only shades included in the picture are the
two that you assign.
Corel DESIGNER provides a collection of vector and bitmap patterns that you can access. You can browse the available patterns, search by
keyword, mark patterns as favorites, vote for patterns that you like, or copy patterns from the Content Exchange to your personal library. For
more information, see “Managing fills and transparencies” on page 319.
You can also create your own patterns. For example, you can create patterns from areas of the workspace or images that you import. Vector
and bitmap patterns are made up of smaller units called tiles. Depending on the size of the object, the fill may consist of one or more tiles.
The pattern is created by repeating the tile to fill up the object. You can create a new pattern by selecting an area of the workspace to use as
a tile, or by using an imported image as a tile source.
After you create a pattern transparency, you can save it for future use or share it with other users on the Content Exchange. For more
information, see “Saving and sharing fills and transparencies” on page 321.
You can modify pattern transparencies to suit your needs.
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To apply a vector or bitmap pattern transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern transparency
• Bitmap pattern transparency
4 Open the Transparency picker, and click a thumbnail.
5 Click the Apply button
in the pop-up window that appears.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
You can also click the Transparency tool
or the Outline button
.
in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
To modify a vector or bitmap transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• Vector pattern transparency
• Bitmap pattern transparency
4 Click the Edit transparency button
.
5 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Arrange the tiles so that alternating tiles are reflections of each
other
Click the Mirror tiles horizontally
Create a radial or linear seamless blend
In the Seamless area, click the Radial button
vertically
Linear button
or the Mirror tiles
button.
, or click the
and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern transparency.
Smooth the color transition of the pattern tile edges with their
opposite edge
Enable the Edge match check box, and move the slider.
Increase or decrease the brightness of the pattern
Enable the Brightness check box, and move the slider.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern transparency.
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern transparency.
Increase or decrease the grayscale contrast of the pattern.
Enable the Luminance check box, and move the slider.
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To
Do the following
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern transparency.
Enable the Color check box, and move the slider.
Increase or decrease the color contrast of the pattern
This setting applies only to bitmap pattern transparency.
Set the width and height of the transparency as a percentage of
the object’s width and height
Type values in the Transparency width and Transparency height
boxes.
Move the center of the transparency up, down, left, or right
Type values in the X and Y boxes.
Rotate the transparency at a specified angle
Type a value in the Rotate box.
Slant the transparency at a specified angle
Type a value in the Skew box.
Specify row or column offset as a percentage of the tile’s height or
width
Click the Row offset
Apply object changes to the transparency
Enable the Transform with object check box.
or the Column offset button
, and
type a value in the % of tile box.
You can also change the size of pattern tiles by clicking the Interactive fill tools button in the toolbox, clicking the Transparency tool
, selecting an object, and using the controls on the property bar.
You can also skew or rotate tiles by clicking the Interactive fill tools button in the toolbox, clicking the Transparency tool
,
selecting an object, and dragging the skewing or rotation handles to change the appearance of the pattern.
To apply a two-color pattern transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the Two-color pattern transparency button
.
4 Choose a pattern from the Transparency picker.
5 Type values in the Foreground transparency and Background transparency boxes.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
To modify the pattern, click the Edit transparency button
You can also click the Transparency tool
or the Outline button
.
, and specify the settings you want.
in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
Applying texture transparency
You can use textures to create transparency effects. You can use existing textures, such as water, minerals, and clouds, or you can edit a
texture to create your own texture transparency.
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When you edit a texture, you can modify its parameters, such as softness, density, brightness, and colors. Parameters vary for each texture.
You can also apply other transformations, such as mirror, resize, or offset the texture tiles. After you have edited a texture, you can save it for
future use.
To apply a texture transparency
1 Select an object.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the flyout arrow on the Two-color pattern transparency button
and click the Texture transparency button
,
to display texture transparency options.
4 Choose a collection of textures from the Texture library list.
5 Choose a texture from the Transparency picker.
To apply the transparency only to the fill or the outline of the object, click the Fill button
To modify the texture, click the Edit transparency button
You can also click the Transparency tool
or the Outline button
.
, and specify the settings you want.
in the toolbox and use the controls on the property bar.
Copying, freezing, and removing transparencies
You can copy a transparency from one object to another. If you want to apply the same transparency to other objects or simultaneously
modify the transparency attributes of multiple objects in a drawing, you can save the transparency settings as a style. For more information
about styles, see “Working with styles and style sets” on page 467.
When you position a transparency over an object, you can freeze it, making the view of the object move with the transparency.
You can also remove the transparency from an object.
To copy a transparency from another object
1 In the toolbox, click the Interactive tools button, and click the Transparency tool .
2 Select the object to which you want to copy the transparency.
3 Click the Copy transparency button
on the property bar.
4 Click the object from which you want to copy the transparency.
To freeze the contents of a transparency
1 In the toolbox, click the Interactive tools button, and click the Transparency tool .
2 Select an object to which a transparency has been applied.
3 Click the Freeze transparency button
on the property bar.
The view of the object beneath the transparency moves with it; however, the actual object remains unchanged.
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To remove a transparency
1 Select an object to which a transparency has been applied.
2 In the Transparency area of the Property manager docker, click the No transparency button
.
Applying merge modes
You can apply a merge mode to a transparency to specify how the color of a transparency is combined with the color of the object behind it.
The following merge modes available for transparencies can also be applied to drop shadows.
Merge mode
Description
Normal
Applies the transparency color on top of the base color
Add
Adds the values of the transparency color and the base color
Subtract
Adds the values of the transparency color and the base color
together, and then subtracts 255
Difference
Subtracts the transparency color from the base color and multiplies
by 255. If the transparency color value is 0, the result will always be
255.
Multiply
Multiplies the base color by the transparency color, and then
divides by 255. This has a darkening effect, unless you are applying
color to white. Multiplying black with any color results in black.
Multiplying white with any color leaves the color unchanged.
Divide
Divides the base color by the transparency color, or conversely,
divides the transparency color by the base color, depending on
which color has the higher value
If lighter
Replaces any base color pixels that are a darker color with the
transparency color. Base color pixels that are lighter than the
transparency color are not affected.
If darker
Replaces any base color pixels that are a lighter color with the
transparency color. Base color pixels that are darker than the
transparency color are not affected.
Texturize
Converts the transparency color to grayscale, and then multiplies
the grayscale value by the base color
Color
Uses the hue and saturation values of the source color and the
lightness value of the base color to create a result. This merge
mode is the opposite of the Lightness merge mode.
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Merge mode
Description
Hue
Uses the hue of the transparency color, as well as the saturation
and lightness of the base color. If you are adding color to a
grayscale image, there will be no change because the colors are
desaturated.
Saturation
Uses the lightness and hue of the base color and the saturation of
the transparency color
Lightness
Uses the hue and saturation of the base color and the lightness of
the transparency color
Invert
Uses the transparency color’s complementary color. If a
transparency color value is 127, there will be no change because
the color value falls in the center of the color wheel.
Logical AND
Converts the transparency and base colors to binary values, and
then applies the Boolean algebraic formula AND to these values
Logical OR
Converts the transparency and base colors to binary values, and
then applies the Boolean algebraic formula OR to these values
Logical XOR
Converts the transparency and base colors to binary values, and
then applies the Boolean algebraic formula XOR to these values
Behind
Applies the source color to those areas of the image that are
transparent. The effect is similar to looking through the clear, silverfree areas on a 35-mm negative.
Screen
Inverts the source and base color values, multiplies them, and then
inverts the result. The result color is always lighter than the base
color.
Overlay
Multiplies or screens the source color according to the value of the
base color
Soft light
Applies a soft, diffused light to the base color
Hard light
Applies a hard, direct spotlight to the base color
Color dodge
Simulates the photographic technique called dodging, which
lightens image areas by decreasing the exposure
Color burn
Simulates the photographic technique called burning, which
darkens image areas by increasing the exposure
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Merge mode
Description
Exclusion
Excludes the transparency color from the base color. This mode is
similar to the Difference mode.
Red
Applies the transparency color to the red channel of RGB objects
Green
Applies the transparency color to the green channel of RGB objects
Blue
Applies the transparency color to the blue channel of RGB objects
To apply a merge mode to a transparency
1 Select an object.
2 In the Property manager docker, choose a merge mode from the Merge mode list box in the Transparency area.
You can also click the Transparency tool
property bar.
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Using lenses with objects
Lenses contain creative effects that let you change the appearance of an object without actually changing the object.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Applying lenses” (page 369)
• “Editing lenses” (page 371)
Applying lenses
Lenses change how the object area beneath the lens appears, not the actual properties and attributes of the objects. You can apply lenses
to any vector object, such as a rectangle, ellipse, closed path, or polygon. You can also change the appearance of artistic text and bitmaps.
When you apply a lens over a vector object, the lens itself becomes a vector image. Likewise, if the lens is placed over a bitmap, the lens also
becomes a bitmap.
After you apply a lens, you can copy it and use it with another object.
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The lens types applied to the illustration: (top to bottom) Magnify, Custom color map, and Heat map
The following are the types of lenses that you can apply to objects.
Lens
Description
Brighten
Lets you brighten and darken object areas and set the rate of the
brightness and darkness
Color add
Lets you simulate an additive light model. The colors of the objects
beneath the lens are added to the color of the lens as if you were
mixing colors of light. You can choose the color and the amount of
color you want to add.
Color limit
Lets you view an object area with only black and the lens color
showing through. For example, if you place a green color limit lens
over a bitmap, all colors except green and black are filtered out in
the lens area.
Custom color map
Lets you change all the colors of the object area beneath the lens
to a color ranging between two colors you specify. You can choose
the range’s start and end colors and the progression between the
two colors. The progression can follow a direct, forward, or reverse
route through the color spectrum.
Fish eye
Lets you distort, magnify, or shrink the objects beneath the lens,
according to the percentage value you specify
Heat map
Lets you create the effect of an infrared image by mimicking the
heat levels of colors in object areas beneath the lens
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Lens
Description
Invert
Lets you change the colors beneath the lens to their
complementary CMYK colors. Complementary colors are colors that
are opposite each other on the color wheel.
Magnify
Lets you magnify an area on an object by an amount that you
specify. The magnify lens overrides the original object’s fill, making
the object look transparent.
Tinted grayscale
Lets you change the colors of object areas beneath the lens to
their grayscale equivalents. Tinted grayscale lenses are particularly
effective for creating sepia-tone effects.
Transparency
Lets you make an object look like a piece of tinted film or colored
glass
Wireframe
Lets you display the object area beneath the lens with the outline or
fill color of your choice. For example, if you set red for the outline
and blue for the fill, all areas beneath the lens appear to have red
outlines and blue fills.
To apply a lens
1 Select an object.
2 Click Effects  Lens.
3 Choose a lens type from the list box in the Lens docker.
4 Specify the settings you want.
You cannot apply the lens effect directly to linked groups such as contoured objects, beveled objects, extruded objects, paragraph
text or objects created with Linear pattern tools.
You can preview the different types of lenses in real time without auto-applying them to a drawing by clicking the Lock button and
then choosing a lens and settings to preview. When you find the lens you want to use, click Apply, or click the Lock button again to
resume auto-applying the lenses while previewing them.
To copy a lens
1 Select the object to which you want to copy the lens.
2 Click Effects  Copy effect  Lens from.
3 Click the object from which you want to copy the lens.
Editing lenses
You can edit a lens to change how it affects the area beneath it. For example, you can change the viewpoint of a lens, indicated by an X in
the drawing window, to display any part of a drawing. The viewpoint represents the center point of what is being viewed through the lens.
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You can position the lens anywhere in the drawing window, but it always shows the area around its viewpoint marker. For example, you can
use the viewpoint marker on the Magnify lens to enlarge part of a map.
You can also display a lens only where it overlaps other objects or the background. As a result, the lens effect is not seen where the lens
covers blank space (white space) in the drawing window.
Freezing the current view of a lens lets you move the lens without changing what’s displayed through it. In addition, changes you make to
the areas beneath the lens have no effect on the view.
Moving an unfrozen Magnify lens (left); moving a frozen Magnify lens (right)
To edit a lens
1 Select an object.
2 Click Effects  Lens.
3 Enable the Viewpoint check box on the Lens docker.
If you want to display a lens only where it covers other objects, enable the Remove face check box.
4 Click Edit to display the viewpoint marker.
5 Drag the viewpoint marker in the drawing window to a new location.
6 Click End.
If you want to freeze the current view of a lens, enable the Frozen check box.
7 Click Apply.
The Remove face check box is not available for the Fish Eye and Magnify lenses.
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Adding and manipulating text.............................................................................................................................................................375
Formatting text.................................................................................................................................................................................... 397
Adding equations................................................................................................................................................................................ 423
Working with text in different languages............................................................................................................................................ 425
Managing fonts................................................................................................................................................................................... 431
Using writing tools.............................................................................................................................................................................. 441
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Adding and manipulating text
Corel DESIGNER provides multiple ways to add and manipulate text (also known as ‘type’). You can create two types of text objects: artistic
text and paragraph text. Artistic text is useful for adding a single word or a short line of text. Paragraph text is suitable for creating textintensive documents, such as newsletters or brochures.
You can change the position and appearance of text. For example, you can fit text to a path, wrap text around objects, or rotate text. You
can also format the appearance of characters and paragraphs. For more information, see “Formatting text” on page 397.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Importing and pasting text” (page 375)
• “Adding artistic text” (page 377)
• “Adding paragraph text” (page 377)
• “Adding columns to text frames” (page 381)
• “Combining and linking paragraph text frames” (page 382)
• “Aligning text by using the baseline grid” (page 385)
• “Selecting text” (page 386)
• “Finding, editing, and converting text” (page 386)
• “Shifting, rotating, mirroring, and flipping text” (page 388)
• “Moving text” (page 389)
• “Wrapping text” (page 390)
• “Fitting text to a path” (page 391)
• “Inserting special characters, symbols, and glyphs” (page 393)
• “Embedding graphics” (page 396)
• “Working with legacy text” (page 396)
Importing and pasting text
You can import text in a new or existing document. This allows you to author text in a word processor and then add it to a Corel DESIGNER
document. Corel DESIGNER supports the following text file formats:
• ANSI Text (TXT)
• Microsoft Word Document (DOC) files
• Microsoft Word Open XML Document (DOCX) files
• WordPerfect file (WPD)
• Rich Text Format (RTF) files
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When importing or pasting text, you can choose to keep or discard fonts and formatting. Maintaining fonts ensures that imported or pasted
text retains its original font. Maintaining formatting preserves information such as bullets and columns. If you choose to discard fonts
and formatting, the properties of the selected text are applied to the imported or pasted text. If no text is selected, the default font and
formatting properties are applied to the imported or pasted text. For more information about importing files, see “Importing files” on page
597. For more information about pasting, see “To paste an object into a drawing” on page 215.
The text import cursor lets you place text on the drawing page.
You can import text in a selected text frame, or, if you did not select a text frame, the imported text is automatically inserted in a new text
frame in the document window. By default, the size of text frames remains static, regardless of how much text you add to them. Any text
that does not fit the frame is hidden and the frame appears red until you enlarge it or link it to another text frame. You can adjust the text
size so that the text fits perfectly in the frame. For more information, see “Combining and linking paragraph text frames” on page 382.
To import text in a document
1 Using the Text tool
, position the cursor in the text frame where you want to import the text.
If you do not have a text frame in the document, skip step 1 and proceed to step 2.
2 Click File  Import.
3 Choose the drive and folder where the file is stored.
4 Click the filename.
5 Click Import.
6 In the Importing/Pasting text dialog box, choose one of the following options:
• Maintain fonts and formatting
• Maintain formatting only
• Discard fonts and formatting
If you want to apply CMYK black to the imported black text, enable the Force CMYK black check box. This check box is available when
you choose an option that maintains text formatting.
7 Do one of the following:
• Position the import cursor in the drawing page, and click.
• Click and drag on the drawing page to define the size of the text frame.
• Press the Spacebar to place the imported text in the default location.
For more information about importing a specific file format, see “Supported file formats” on page 625.
You can replace existing text with imported translated text. For more information, see “Working with translated text” on page 429.
To paste text in a document
1 Copy or cut text.
2 Click Edit
 Paste.
3 In the Importing/Pasting text dialog box, enable one of the following options:
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• Maintain fonts and formatting
• Maintain formatting only
• Discard fonts and formatting
If you want to apply CMYK black to the imported black text, enable the Force CMYK black check box. This check box is available when
you choose an option that maintains text formatting.
If you choose to maintain fonts, but the text that you import requires a font that is not installed on your computer, the PANOSE font
matching system substitutes the font for you. For more information, see “Substituting fonts” on page 431.
You can also set hyphenation options for imported text. For more information about hyphenation options, see “To create a custom
definition for optional hyphenation” on page 421.
If you want to use the same formatting options whenever you import or paste text, enable the Don’t show this warning again
check box. To reactivate the warning, click Tools  Options, click Warnings in the Workspace list of categories, and enable the
Pasting and importing text check box.
Adding artistic text
Artistic text is useful for adding single words or short lines of text, such as headlines, to a document. You can then apply a wide range of
effects to the artistic text, such as drop shadows or a contour.
Artistic text appears in a bounding box in the document window
You can add artistic text along an open or closed path or fit existing artistic to a path. For more information, see “Fitting text to a path” on
page 391.
In addition, you can assign hyperlinks to text. For more information, see “To assign a hyperlink to text” on page 259.
To add artistic text
• Using the Text tool
, click anywhere on the drawing page, and type.
You can convert artistic text to paragraph text by selecting the artistic text using the Pick tool
and then clicking Text  Convert to
paragraph text.
Adding paragraph text
You add paragraph text in a document by using text frames. Paragraph text, also known as “block text,” is generally reserved for larger
bodies of text that have greater formatting requirements. For example, you can use paragraph text when creating brochures, newsletters,
catalogues, or other text-intensive documents.
You can insert a text frame directly in the drawing window. You can also place text inside a graphic object, which increases the number of
different shapes that you can use as text frames. You can create a text frame from a closed object and then type text inside the frame. You
can separate the frame from the object at any time, so that you can modify them independently. You can convert a text frame back to an
object.
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If you want to see the layout of your document before you add the final content, you can fill the text frames with temporary placeholder
text. You can also use custom placeholder text.
By default, text frames have a fixed size, regardless of how much text you add to them. You can increase or decrease the frame size, so that
the text fits in the frame. If you add more text than a frame allows, the text continues past the lower-right border of the text frame, but
remains hidden. The color of the frame turns red to alert you that there's additional text. You can fix the overflow manually by increasing
the frame size, adjusting the text size, adjusting the column width, or linking the frame to another text frame. For more information, see
“Combining and linking paragraph text frames” on page 382.
The text frame turns red to indicate that there is additional text.
You can also choose to automatically adjust the point size of text so that it fits neatly inside a frame. If the text overflows, Corel DESIGNER
automatically decreases the point size; if you have little text, the application expands it to fill the frame.
The point size of the text in the frame (left) was automatically adjusted so that it fits neatly inside the frame (right).
You can also change the formatting of selected paragraph text frames and any frames to which they are linked. For information, see “To
specify formatting preferences for text frames” on page 384. You can also align text inside a text frame by using the baseline grid. For
more information, see “Aligning text by using the baseline grid” on page 385.
In addition, you can assign hyperlinks to paragraph text. For more information, see “To assign a hyperlink to text” on page 259. You can also
change the text orientation for Asian text. For more information, see “To choose a text orientation for Asian text” on page 425.
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Paragraph text placed inside an object.
To add paragraph text
1 Click the Text tool
.
2 Drag in the drawing window to size the paragraph text frame.
3 Type in the text frame.
You can also
Set text frame column width to adjust automatically to fit the text
Click Window  Property manager. In the Property manager
docker, click the Frame button
to display the frame-related
options. In the Frame area, click the Columns buttons. In the
Column settings dialog box, enable the Automatically adjust
frame width option.
Apply a background color to a text frame
Open the Background color picker, and click a color.
A red text frame indicates text overflow. You can fix the overflow manually by increasing the frame size, adjusting the text size, or
linking the frame to another text frame. For more information, see “Combining and linking paragraph text frames” on page 382.
You can also fix the overflow automatically by clicking Text  Paragraph text frame  Fit text to frame.
You can use the Pick tool
to adjust the size of a paragraph text frame. Click the text frame, and drag any selection handle.
To create a frame from an object
1 Do one of the following:
• Using the Pick tool
, click the object in which you want to insert a text frame.
• Using a drawing tool, draw a closed shape.
2 Select the object, and click Text  Paragraph text frame  Create empty text frame.
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You can also
Create a text frame from an object by using the Text tool
Click the Text tool
. Move the pointer over the outline of the
object, and click the object when the pointer changes to an Insert
in object pointer
. Type inside the text frame.
Create a text frame from an object from the right-click menu
Right-click the object, and click Frame type  Create empty text
frame.
Create a text frame from an object by using the Layout toolbar
Click View  Toolbars  Layout. Using the Pick tool
, click the
object in which you want to insert a text frame. Click the Text
frame button.
To convert a text frame back to an object
• Right-click the text frame, choose Frame type, and click None.
If the frame contains content, the content is deleted when the frame reverts to a regular object.
You can also click the No frame button on the Layout toolbar. To open the Layout toolbar, click View  Toolbars  Layout.
To separate a text frame from an object
1 Click the Pick tool
.
2 Select the object that includes the text frame.
3 Click Object  Break paragraph text inside a path apart.
The text frame and the object can now be moved or edited separately.
When you separate a text frame from some objects, such as ellipses or stars, the text does not retain the shape of the object.
Alternatively, the text is contained in a standard rectangular text frame.
To insert placeholder text
1 Select an empty text frame.
2 Click Text  Paragraph text frame  Insert placeholder text.
You can customize the placeholder text by creating text in a word processor or text application and saving the document as
placeholder.rtf. You then need to store the file in the following Users folder: My Documents\Corel\Corel Content. The next time
that you launch the application, the customized placeholder text is inserted in the text frame. However, if you save the file using an
incorrect file name or in the wrong folder, the default Lorem ipsum placeholder text is inserted in the text frame.
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You can insert placeholder text in multiple frames by clicking Pick tool
, selecting the text frames while holding down Shift, and
then clicking Text  Paragraph text frame  Insert placeholder text.
You can also select the empty text frame, right-click, and choose Insert placeholder text.
When you insert placeholder text in the first frame in linked frames, the placeholder text fills all frames.
You can undo inserting placeholder text by clicking Edit  Undo insert placeholder text.
To adjust text to fill the text frame
1 Select a text frame.
2 Click Text  Paragraph text frame  Fit text to frame.
If you choose to fit text to a frame that is linked to other frames, the application adjusts the size of text in all linked text frames. For
more information about linking text frames, see “Combining and linking paragraph text frames” on page 382.
Adding columns to text frames
You can lay out text in columns. You can create columns of equal or varying widths and gutters. You can also apply right-to-left text flow to
the columns for bidirectional (bidi) text, such as Arabic and Hebrew (Note that this option is available only for certain languages).
The text in the frame (left) was laid out in two columns (right).
To add columns to a text frame
1 Select a paragraph text frame.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to display the frame-related options.
4 Type a value in the Number of columns box.
To resize text frame columns
1 Click the Text tool
and select a text frame with columns.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Manually adjust column and gutter width
Click the Text tool
. Drag a column side selection handle.
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To
Do the following
Set a specific column and gutter width
In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to
display the frame-related options. Click the Columns button ,
and type values in the Width or Gutter boxes.
Automatically create columns of equal width
In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to
display the frame-related options. Click the Columns button ,
and enable the Equal column width check box.
To change the flow of bidirectional text in columns
1 Select a paragraph text frame.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to display the frame-related options.
4 Enable the Right-to-left columns check box.
The Right-to-left columns option is available only for bidirectional languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic. The proper keyboard must
also be installed.
Combining and linking paragraph text frames
You can combine text frames. You can also break text frames apart into subcomponents — columns, paragraphs, bullets, lines, words, and
characters. Every time you break apart a text frame, the subcomponents are placed into separate text frames.
Linking text frames directs the overflow text of one text frame to another. If you resize a linked frame, or change the size of the text, the
amount of text in the next frame is automatically adjusted. You can link text frames before or after you type text.
You cannot link artistic text. However, you can link a paragraph frame to an open or closed object. When you link a frame to an open object,
such as a line, the text flows along the path of the line. Linking a text frame to a closed object, such as a rectangle, inserts a text frame and
directs the flow of text inside the object. If text exceeds the open or closed path, you can link the text to another frame or object. You can
also link to existing frames and objects across pages or create a linked frame in the same location on another page.
After linking text frames, you can redirect the flow from one object or text frame to another. When you select the text frame or object, a
blue arrow indicates the direction of the text flow. You can hide or display these arrows.
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You can make text flow between text frames and objects by linking the text.
You can remove links between multiple frames, and between frames and objects. When you have only two linked frames and you remove
the link, the overflow text remains in the second frame. Deleting a frame that is part of a series of linked frames redirects the text flow into
the next frame or object.
By default, paragraph formatting, such as columns, drop caps, and bullets, is applied to the selected text frames only. However, you can
change your settings so that formatting is applied to all linked text frames, or to all selected and subsequently linked text frames. For
example, if you apply columns to the text in one frame, you can choose whether to apply columns to the text in all the linked frames.
To combine or break apart paragraph text frames
1 Select a text frame.
If you are combining text frames, hold down Shift, and use the Pick tool
to select subsequent text frames.
2 Click Object, and click one of the following:
• Combine
• Break apart
Text frames with envelopes, text fitted to a path, and linked text frames cannot be combined.
If you first select a text frame with columns, the combined text frame will have columns.
To link paragraph text frames and objects
1 Using the Text tool
2 Click the Text flow tab
, select the starting text frame.
at the bottom of the text frame or object.
If the text frame cannot hold all the text, the tab contains an arrow
3
When the pointer changes to a Link to pointer
and the text frame becomes red.
, do one of the following:
• To link to a frame or object on the same page, click the text frame or object into which you want to continue the text flow.
• To link to an existing frame or object on a different page, click the corresponding Page tab on the document navigator, and then click
the text frame or object.
• To create a new linked frame on another page, click the corresponding Page tab on the document navigator, and hover over the area
of the drawing page that corresponds to the position of the first frame. When a preview of the frame appears, click to create the
linked frame. The new frame has the same size and position as the original frame. If you click elsewhere on the page, the text frame
that is created is the size of the entire page.
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If a text frame is linked, the Text flow tab changes
, and a blue arrow indicates the direction of text flow. If the linked text is on
another page, the page number and a dashed blue line are displayed. To hide or display these indicators, see “To specify formatting
preferences for text frames” on page 384.
To link text frames successfully, you have to make sure that the automatic sizing of frames is disabled. For more information, see “To
add paragraph text” on page 379.
To redirect text flow to a different text frame or object
1 Using the Pick tool
, click the Text flow tab
at the bottom of the frame or object that contains the text flow that you want to
modify.
2 Select the new frame or object into which you want the text flow to continue.
To remove links between text frames or objects
1 Using the Pick tool, select the linked frames or objects.
2 Click Text  Paragraph text frame  Unlink.
You can disconnect linked frames on different pages only if they are on facing pages.
You can also remove links by clicking a text frame, and then clicking Object  Break text apart.
To specify formatting preferences for text frames
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Text, and click Paragraph text frame.
If you want to hide or display the text flow indicators, disable or enable the Show linking of text frames check box.
3 In the When editing, apply paragraph frames formatting to area, enable one of the following options:
• All linked frames — applies paragraph formatting to selected text frames and all text frames that are linked to them
• Selected frames only — applies paragraph formatting to the selected text frames only
• Selected and subsequent frames — applies paragraph formatting to selected text frames and any text frames that are later linked to
them.
You can also
Display and hide text frames
Click Tools  Options, double-click Text, and click Paragraph text
frame from the Workspace list of categories. Enable the Show text
frames check box.
Enable automatic expanding and shrinking of frames to fit text
Click Tools  Options, double-click Text, and click Paragraph text
frame from the Workspace list of categories. Enable the Expand
and shrink paragraph text frames to fit text check box.
Ensure all text frames are web-compatible
Click Tools  Options, double-click Text, and click Paragraph text
frame from the Workspace list of categories. Enable the Make all
new paragraph text frames web compatible check box.
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Aligning text by using the baseline grid
You can align text within a frame or in different frames by using the baseline grid. This is useful, for example, when you want to align two or
more text frames that contain different fonts, font sizes, and spacing.
All objects can snap to the baseline grid; only text frames can align to the baseline grid. Snapping is turned on or off for all objects (it’s a
grid setting). Alignment is turned on or off for individual frames (it’s a text frame setting). For information about displaying or hiding the
baseline grid, turning snapping on or off, changing the grid color, and setting the line spacing, see “Setting up the baseline grid” on page
497.
Text columns with different fonts and font sizes (left) are aligned by using the baseline grid (right).
When you align paragraph text to the baseline grid, the line spacing is adjusted automatically so that the lines of text sit on the baseline
grid. When text is aligned to the baseline grid, the line spacing is controlled by the grid rather than by the text properties that have been
previously set. For more information about line spacing, see “Adjusting line and paragraph spacing” on page 410.
You can set one or more text frames to align to the baseline grid. When this option is enabled, the text in the text frame is aligned to the
baseline grid when part or all of the text frame overlaps with the drawing page. If the text frame is moved completely outside the drawing
page, the text is no longer aligned to the baseline grid.
If you align a text frame to the baseline grid and then link it to another frame, both frames are aligned to the baseline grid. If you align one
of several already linked frames to the baseline grid, only the selected frame is aligned. For more information about linking text frames, see
“Combining and linking paragraph text frames” on page 382.
To align paragraph text to the baseline grid
1 Click View  Grid  Baseline grid.
2 Select a text frame.
3 Click Text  Align to baseline grid.
You can also right-click the text frame and choose Align to baseline grid.
You can align multiple selected frames at the same time.
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Selecting text
Corel DESIGNER lets you select text to edit specific characters or modify it as an object. For example, you can select specific characters to
change the font or select a text object, such as a text frame, so you can move, resize, or rotate it.
To select a text object
To
Do the following
Select artistic text
Using the Pick tool
, click the artistic text.
Select a text frame
Using the Pick tool
, click the text frame.
You can use the Pick tool
to select multiple text objects. Hold down Shift, and click each text object.
To select text for editing
To
Do the following
Select specific characters of artistic or paragraph text for editing
Using the Text tool
, drag across the text.
Select a text frame for editing
Using the Text tool
, click the text frame.
Finding, editing, and converting text
You can find text in a document and replace it automatically. You can also find special characters, such as an em dash or optional hyphen.
You can edit text directly in the drawing window or in a dialog box.
Corel DESIGNER lets you convert artistic text to paragraph text if you require more formatting options, and paragraph text to artistic text if
you’d like to apply special effects.
You can also convert both paragraph and artistic text to curves. By transforming characters into lines or curve objects, you can add, delete,
or move the nodes of individual characters to alter their shape. For more information, see “Working with curve objects” on page 169.
When you convert text to curves, the appearance of the text is preserved, including font, style, character position and rotation, spacing, and
any other text settings and effects. Any linked text objects are also converted to curves. If you convert paragraph text in a fixed-sized text
frame to curves, any text that overflows the text frame is deleted. For information about fitting text to a text frame, see “Formatting text” on
page 397.
To find text
1 Click Edit  Find and replace  Find text.
2 Type the text that you want to find in the Find box.
If you want to find the exact case of the text that you specified, enable the Matchcase check box.
3 Click Findnext.
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You can also find special characters by clicking the right arrowhead next to the Find box, choosing a special character, and clicking
Find next.
To find and replace text
1 Click Edit  Find and replace  Replace text.
2 Type the text that you want to find in the Find box.
If you want to find the exact case of the text that you specified, enable the Match case check box.
If you want to find only whole words, enable the Find whole words only check box.
3 Type the replacement text in the Replace with box.
4 Click one of the following buttons:
• Find next — finds the next occurrence of the text that is specified in the Find box
• Replace — replaces the selected occurrence of the text that is specified in the Find box. If no occurrence is selected, Replace finds the
next occurrence.
• Replace all — replaces every occurrence of the text that is specified in the Find box
To edit text
1 Click the Text tool
.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Edit artistic text
Click in the artistic text.
Edit paragraph text
Click in the text frame.
Text that has been converted to curves cannot be edited.
You can also edit text by clicking Text  Edit text, and making changes to the text in the Edit text dialog box.
To convert text
To
Do the following
Convert paragraph text to artistic text
Using the Pick tool
, select the text, and click Text  Convert to
artistic text.
Convert artistic text to paragraph text
Using the Pick tool
, select the text, and click Text  Convert to
paragraph text.
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To
Do the following
Convert artistic or paragraph text to curves
Using the Pick tool
, select the text, and click Object  Convert
to curves.
Paragraph text cannot be converted to artistic text when it’s in a linked frame, has text overflow, or has special effects applied to it.
You can also convert text to curves by clicking the Pick tool
, right-clicking the text, and clicking Convert to curves.
Shifting, rotating, mirroring, and flipping text
You can shift the characters of artistic and paragraph text vertically or horizontally or rotate them to create interesting effects.You can
straighten characters into their original position, and you can return vertically shifted characters to the baseline. You can also mirror or flip
artistic and paragraph text characters.
If you want to adjust the position of an entire text object that is fitted to a path, such as a circle or a freehand line, see “To adjust the
position of text that is fitted to a path” on page 392.
Rotated characters
To shift or rotate a character
1 Using the Text tool
, select the character or characters.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
To display the Property manager docker, click Window  Property manager.
3 Click the arrow button
at the bottom of the Character area to display additional options.
4 Type a value in one of the following boxes:
• Horizontal character offset — A positive number moves characters to the right, and a negative number moves characters to the left.
• Vertical character offset — A positive number moves characters up, and a negative number moves characters down.
• Character angle — A positive number rotates characters counterclockwise, and a negative number rotates characters clockwise.
You can also use the Shape tool
to shift or rotate characters. Select the character node or nodes, and then type values in the
Horizontal character offset box, Vertical character offset box, or Character angle box on the property bar.
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To straighten a shifted or rotated character
1 Using the Text tool
, select one or more characters.
2 Click Text  Straighten text.
To return a vertically shifted character to the baseline
1 In the toolbox, open the Shape tool
2 Click the Shape tool
flyout.
.
3 Select the text object, and select the node to the left of the shifted character.
4 Click Text  Align to baseline.
To mirror text
1 Using the Pick tool, select a text object.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons.
• Mirror horizontally
• Mirror vertically
— flips the text characters from left to right
— flips the text characters from top to bottom
You can also mirror text by holding down Ctrl and dragging a selection handle to the opposite side of the object.
You can also mirror text fitted to a path. For more information, see “To mirror text that is fitted to a path” on page 393.
Left to right: Text in original form, mirrored vertically, and mirrored horizontally
To flip text by dragging diagonally
1 Using the Text tool
,select the artistic text or the paragraph text frame.
2 Drag a middle selection handle across the text and past the corner handle on the opposite side.
Moving text
Corel DESIGNER lets you move paragraph text between frames, and artistic text between artistic text objects.onversely, you can move
paragraph text to an artistic text object, or artistic text to a paragraph text frame.
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To move a text object
1 Click the Pick tool
.
2 Drag the text object to a new position in the drawing window.
To move a text selection
1 Click the Text tool
.
2 Select the text that you want to move.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Move text within the same text object
Drag the text to a new position within the text object. The text
cursor appears to indicate the insertion point.
Move the text to another text object.
Drag the text to another text object. The text cursor appears to
indicate the insertion point.
Move or copy selected text to a new text object
With the right mouse button, drag the text to a new position,
release the mouse button, and click Copy here or Move here.
Move an individual character freely in the drawing window
Click the Shape tool
, select the text object, and drag a
character’s selection handle in the lower-left corner of the
character.
Wrapping text
You can change the shape of text by wrapping paragraph text around an object, artistic text, or a text frame. You can wrap text by using
contour or square wrapping styles. The contour wrapping styles follow the curve of the object. The square wrapping styles follow the
bounding box of the object. You can also adjust the amount of space between paragraph text and the object or text, and you can remove
any previously applied wrapping style.
Text wrapped around an object by using the contour wrapping style
To wrap paragraph text around an object, artistic text, or a text frame
1 Select the object or text around which you want to wrap text.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Summary button 4 Choose a wrapping style from the Wrap paragraph text list box.
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If you want to change the amount of space between wrapped text and the object or text, change the value in the Text wrap offset box.
5 Click the Text tool
, and drag over the object or text to create a paragraph text frame.
6 Type text in the text frame.
You can wrap existing paragraph text around a selected object by applying a wrapping style to the object and dragging the text
frame over the object.
To remove a wrapping style
1 Select the wrapped text or the object it wraps.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Summary button .
4 Choose None from the Wrap text list box.
Fitting text to a path
You can add artistic text along the path of an open object (for example, a line) or a closed object (for example, a square). You can also fit
existing text to a path. Paragraph text in a text frame can be fitted to open paths only.
After you fit text to a path, you can adjust the text position relative to that path. For example, you can mirror the text horizontally, vertically,
or both. Using tick spacing, you can specify an exact distance between the text and the path.
Corel DESIGNER treats text fitted to a path as one object; however, you can separate the text from the object if you no longer want it to be
part of the path. When you separate text from a curved or closed path, the text retains the shape of the object to which it was fitted. You
can also modify the text and path properties independently.
The text reverts to its original appearance when you straighten it.
Text and curve as separate objects (upper left), choosing a path with the Fit Text to Path pointer (upper
middle), aligning text while fitting it to path (upper right), text fitted to path (lower left), interactive feedback
about offset distance (lower middle), and text and curve stretched horizontally by 200% (lower right)
To add text along a path
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a path.
2 Click Text  Fit text to path.
The text cursor is inserted on the path. If the path is open, the text cursor is inserted at the beginning of the path. If the path is closed,
the text cursor is inserted at the center of the path.
3 Type along the path.
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Text cannot be added to the path of another text object.
You can also fit text to a path by clicking the Text tool
pointer
and pointing to a path. When the pointer changes to the Fit text to path
, click where you want the text to begin, and type.
To fit text to a path
1 Using the Pick tool
, select a text object.
2 Click Text  Fit text to path.
The pointer changes to the Fit text to path pointer
. By moving the pointer over the path, you can preview where the text will be
fitted.
3 Click a path.
If the text is fitted to a closed path, the text is centered along the path. If the text is fitted to an open path, the text flows from the point
of insertion.
Artistic text can be fitted to open or closed paths. Paragraph text can be fitted to open paths only.
Text cannot be fitted to the path of another text object.
To adjust the position of text that is fitted to a path
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the text that is fitted to a path.
2 Choose a setting from any of the following list boxes on the property bar:
• Text orientation — specifies how the text bends to follow the path
• Distance from path — distance between the text and the path
• Offset — horizontal position of the text along the path
You can also
Use tick spacing to increase the distance between the path and the
text in specified increments
Select the text. On the property bar, click Tick snapping, enable the
Tick snapping on option, and type a value in the Tick spacing box.
When you move the text from the path, it moves in the increment
you specified in the Tick spacing box. When you move the text, the
distance from the path is displayed below the original text.
Change the horizontal position of fitted text
Using the Shape tool
, select the text, and drag the character
nodes that you want to reposition.
Move fitted text along or off the path
Using the Pick tool
, drag the red glyph that appears next to
the text.
When you drag the glyph along the path, a preview of the text
is displayed. When you drag the glyph off the path, the distance
between the text preview and the path is displayed.
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To mirror text that is fitted to a path
1 Using the Pick tool
, click the text that is fitted to a path.
2 On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:
• Mirror text horizontally
• Mirror text vertically
— flips the text characters from left to right
— flips the text characters upside down
You can apply a 180-degree rotation to text that is fitted to a path by clicking both the Mirror text horizontally and the Mirror text
vertically buttons.
To separate text from a path
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the path and the fitted text.
2 Click Object  Break text apart.
To straighten text
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the path and the fitted text.
2 Click Object  Break text apart.
3 Using the Pick tool, select the text.
4 Click Text  Straighten text.
Inserting special characters, symbols, and glyphs
Using the Insert character docker, you can find and insert special characters, symbols, and glyphs (variations of individual characters or
character combinations) of OpenType fonts.
Filtering
All characters, symbols, and glyphs included in a font are displayed by default, but you can filter character subsets to display only the
characters you want. For example, you can display only currency symbols or numbers, or you can display only Cyrillic characters and symbols.
Characters included in a font are organized in the following categories:
• Common — includes arrows, currency, mathematical symbols, numbers, punctuation marks, and separators as well as CJK symbols and
punctuation marks (used in Asian scripts)
• Scripts — includes the scripts that the selected font supports, such as Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hiragana and Katakana, Han, Arabic, or
Hebrew scripts
• OpenType — includes the OpenType features provided by the selected font such as standard ligatures, discretionary ligatures, fraction,
alternate annotation forms, and more. For more information about OpenType features, see “Working with OpenType features” on page
405.
OpenType fonts
The Insert character docker is ideal for viewing and applying the OpenType features provided by OpenType fonts. The default view shows a
list of characters in which the glyphs for individual characters appear grouped. Alternatively, you can display a longer list that shows available
glyphs at a glance.
Viewing character position
Each selected character appears against a set of blue lines that let you preview its position in relation to the text baseline.
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1) Text baseline
3) Font x-height
2) Ascender line
4) Descender line
Most recently used special characters
You can use the list of most recently used special characters to copy characters that you use often. The list retains the font attributes of most
recently used characters and any OpenType features that were applied. You can manage the list by removing characters that you no longer
need.
To add a special character, symbol, or glyph
1 Using the Text tool
, click where you want to add the special character.
2 Click Text  Insert character.
3 In the Insert character docker, choose a font from the Fontlist box.
4 Double-click a character in the Character and glyph list.
If you cannot find the character you want, open the Character filter list box, and enable the Entire font check box.
To filter special characters, symbols, and glyphs
1 Click Text  Insert character.
2 In the Insert character docker, choose a font from the Fontlist box.
3 Open the Character filter list box, and enable the check boxes for the character subsets that you want to display.
4 Click Close.
To view glyphs of OpenType features
1 Click Text  Insert character.
2 In the Insert character docker, choose an OpenType font from the Fontlist box.
3 Open the Character filter list box, and in the OpenType area, enable any of the check boxes for the available OpenType features.
4 Do one of the following:
• To display a list that includes grouped glyphs, make sure that the Show all glyphs button
does not appear pressed. To view all
glyphs in a group, click a character, and then click the OpenType feature indicator. Click a glyph to display it in the Character and
glyph list.
• To display a list that includes all available glyphs, click the Show all glyphs button
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Left: The OpenType feature indicators below individual characters show that more glyphs are available.
Right: When the Show all glyphs button (1) is pressed, you can see available glyphs at a glance.
Viewing grouped glyphs
The Show all glyphs button is not available for fonts that do not support OpenType features.
Some glyphs provided by OpenType features vary depending on the context in which they appear and cannot be shown in the Insert
character docker. You can view and insert such glyphs in the document window by using the onscreen OpenType feature indicator.
For more information, see “To enable the onscreen OpenType feature indicator” on page 409.
To use the list of most recently used special characters
1 Click Text  Insert character.
2 In the list of most recently used special characters, perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
View the font and OpenType attributes of a character
Point to the character.
Copy a character from the list
Right-click the character, and click Copy.
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To
Do the following
Remove characters from the list
Right-click a character, and click Remove or Remove all.
Embedding graphics
You can embed a graphic object or bitmap in text. The graphic object or bitmap is treated as a text character. As a result, you can apply
formatting options according to the type of text in which you embed the graphic object. You can also remove an embedded object from
text, after which the object returns to its original state.
To embed a graphic object in text
1 Select a graphic object.
2 Click Edit, and click one of the following:
• Cut
• Copy
3 Using the Text tool
, click where you want to embed the graphic object.
4 Click Edit  Paste.
To remove an embedded object from text
1 Using the Text tool
, select an embedded object.
2 Click Edit  Cut.
3 Click the Pick tool
, and click outside the text object.
4 Click Edit  Paste.
Working with legacy text
If a document contains text and was created in a previous version of Corel DESIGNER, such as Corel DESIGNER X5, you must update the
legacy text before you can use new text features such as OpenType options and aligning text with the baseline grid. For more information,
see “Working with OpenType features ” on page 405 and “Aligning text by using the baseline grid” on page 385.
To update legacy text
1 Open the document with legacy text.
An Update toolbar appears at the top of the drawing window.
2 Click Update.
To undo the update, click Undo on the Update toolbar. However, once you make changes to the updated text, this option is no longer
available.
When legacy text is updated, its flow and layout may change.
You can also update legacy text by clicking the Update button in the Character area of the Property manager docker.
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Formatting text
The Corel DESIGNER application lets you use text to create documents or annotate drawings.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Choosing typefaces and fonts” (page 397)
• “Formatting characters” (page 400)
• “Changing text color” (page 401)
• “Kerning a range of characters” (page 403)
• “Changing text case” (page 404)
• “Working with OpenType features” (page 405)
• “Adjusting character and word spacing” (page 409)
• “Adjusting line and paragraph spacing” (page 410)
• “Adding bullets to text” (page 412)
• “Inserting drop caps” (page 413)
• “Changing character position and angle” (page 414)
• “Aligning text” (page 415)
• “Adding tabs and indents” (page 418)
• “Working with text styles” (page 419)
• “Hyphenating text” (page 419)
• “Inserting formatting codes” (page 421)
• “Displaying nonprinting characters” (page 422)
Choosing typefaces and fonts
Text is an important element in the design and layout of documents. In Corel DESIGNER, you can choose the typeface that is best suited to
your project. You can specify the font size and style. In addition, you can use an OpenType font to achieve a unique and distinctive style.
For more information, see “Working with OpenType features” on page 405. The default unit of measure for text is points; however, you
can change the unit of measure for the active drawing and all subsequent drawings. For information about previewing fonts, see “Viewing
fonts” on page 433.
Fonts vs. typefaces
“Font” and “typeface” are two typography terms that are often used interchangeably, but they do not have the same meaning. A font is a
collection of characters that includes letters, numbers, and symbols of one variation of a typeface, such as bold or italic. A typeface, which
is also known as a font family, is made up of several fonts that share similar design characteristics. In other words, a font is the mechanism
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that allows you to render the characters onscreen or in print, whereas the typeface, which embodies the style and visual distinctiveness of
the characters, refers to the design and style of the type.
The following table lists a few examples of typefaces and fonts.
Typeface (Font family)
Font
Helvetica
Helvetica Bold-Italic
Times New Roman
Normal
Verdana
Verdana Bold-Italic
Choosing a typeface
Typefaces come in different shapes and sizes and have unique characteristics and expressive qualities. Choosing the right typeface is an
important design consideration because it can set the tone of the project. Moreover, it can help, or hinder, effective communication. For
example, if you design a poster with a typeface that is difficult to read, or sets the wrong tone, your message may not effectively reach your
intended audience.
Here are a few basic tips for choosing the right typeface:
• Choose a typeface that best suits the tone of your design.
• Choose a typeface that is appropriate for the final output of your design (e.g. web or print).
• Use less typefaces in your document. The general rule is not to exceed three or four typefaces in a document.
• Make sure the typeface characters are easy to read and recognize.
• Choose a typeface that is appropriate for the age of your target audience.
• Make sure the typeface of headings stands out and looks good when displayed at larger sizes.
• Make sure the typeface of body text enhances readability.
• Choose a typeface that supports multiple languages if you’re working on multilingual documents.
To change the font
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property managerdocker, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Choose a typeface
Choose a typeface from the Font list box.
For information about finding fonts more easily, see “Filtering fonts
” on page 434 and “Searching for fonts” on page 435.
Set font size
Type a value in the Font size box.
Change the font style
Choose a style from the Font style list box.
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To
Do the following
Use lines to represent text that is smaller than a specific font size
Click Tools  Options, click Text in the Workspace list of categories,
and then type a value in the Greek text below box.
The method of “greeking” text helps increase the redraw speed, which is useful for creating prototypes of documents or drawings.
You can make text readable again by reducing the greeking value or by zooming in on the text.
You can also change the font and font size from the property bar.
You can also change the font style of selected text by clicking the Bold button , Italic button
, or Underline button
on
the property bar.
To resize text
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
2 On the property bar, choose a size from the Font size list box.
You can also
Resize artistic text using the Pick tool
Click the Pick tool
, and drag one of the corner handles.
Resize paragraph text using the Pick tool
Click the Pick tool
, press Alt, and then drag one of the corner
handles.
Increase the size of text
Press Num Lock to activate the number pad on your keyboard, and
use the Text tool
to select the text. Then, hold down Ctrl, and
press 8 on the number pad.
Decrease the size of text
Using the Text tool
, select the text. Then, hold down Ctrl, and
press 2 on the number pad.
Set an increment for resizing text
Click Tools  Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Text,
and type a value in the Keyboard text increment box.
Change the default unit of measure
Click Tools  Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Text,
and choose a unit from the Default text units list box.
You can also resize the text from the Character area of the Property manager docker, by choosing a size from the Font size list box.
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Formatting characters
You can change the position and appearance of characters by displaying them as subscript or superscript, which is useful in drawings with
scientific notations. If you select an OpenType font that supports subscript and superscript, you can apply the OpenType feature. However,
if you select a font, including an OpenType font, that does not support subscript and superscript, you can apply a synthesized version of the
character, which Corel DESIGNER produces by altering the characteristics of the default font character. For more information, see “Working
with OpenType features” on page 405.
Artistic text with superscript (1) and subscript (2) applied
You can also add underlines, strikethrough lines, and overlines to selected characters.
Artist text with underline (1), strikethrough (2), and overline (3) applied to the text using both single and double line styles.
If you want to reuse the formatting of selected text, you can use styles or copy the text attributes and apply them to another text selection.
For more information, see “Working with styles and style sets ” on page 467 and “Copying object properties, transformations, and
effects” on page 216.
You can modify the behavior of the text cursor that displays onscreen and enable text highlighting, which is useful when formatting text.
In addition, you can change the text color and add a background color to paragraph text frames, the bounding box of artistic text, or
selected text characters.
To insert superscript or subscript text
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, click the Position button, and choose one of the following options.
• None — turns off all the features in the list
• Superscript (auto) — applies the OpenType feature if the font supports it, or applies a synthesized version if the font does not support
superscript
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• Subscript (auto) — applies the OpenType feature if the font supports it, or applies a synthesized version if the font does not support
subscript
• Superscript (synthesized) — applies a synthesized version of the superscript feature, which looks the same as in previous versions of
Corel DESIGNER
• Subscript (synthesized) — applies a synthesized version of the subscript feature, which looks the same as in previous versions of Corel
DESIGNER
Some OpenType fonts may appear to support features that are unsupported. For example, Superscript and Subscript options may
appear available, but are not. If you apply one of these OpenType fonts, Corel DESIGNER cannot provide a synthesized version of
Superscript and Subscript.
To underline, overline, or strikethrough text
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window
 Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property managerdocker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Character area to display
the additional character options.
4 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Underline text
Click the Underline button
and choose a style from the list
box.
Apply a line through the selected text
Choose a style from the Character strikethrough list box.
Apply a line above the selected text.
Choose a style from the Character overline list box.
To modify the text cursor behavior
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the list of categories, click Text.
3 In the Text cursor area, enable any of the following check boxes:
• Highlight formatting changes
• Enhanced text cursor
Changing text color
You can quickly change both the fill and outline color of text. You can change the fill, outline, and background color of text. You can change
the color of individual characters, a block of text, or all characters in a text object.
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Left to right: Background color is applied to artistic text, paragraph text, and selected characters
To quickly change the color of a text object
1 Using the Pick tool
, click a text object to select it.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
To fill characters in a text object with one color
Click any color swatch on the default color palette or drag a color
swatch to the text object.
To apply an outline color to all characters in a text object
Right-click any color swatch on the default color palette or drag a
color swatch to the edge of a character in the text object.
To change the color of a text selection
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property managerdocker, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Choose a fill
In the text color area, choose a fill type from the Fill type list box,
open the Fillpicker, and then click a color or a fill.
Modify fill settings
In the text color area, click the Fill settings button
, and
modify the settings in the dialog box.
Choose a background fill
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In the text background color area, choose a fill type from the
Background fill type list box, open the Fillpicker, and then click a
color or a fill.
To
Do the following
Modify background fill settings
In the text background color area, click the Fill settings button, and
modify the settings in the dialog box.
Choose an outline width
In the text outline color area, click the Outline width button, and
choose an option from the list.
Choose an outline color
In the text outline color area, click the Outline color picker, and
click a color.
In the text outline color area, click the Outline settings button
Modify line outline settings
, and modify the settings in the Outline pen dialog box.
To add a background color to text
To
Do the following
Add a background color to paragraph or artistic text
Using the Pick tool
, select the text. Open the Background
color picker on the property bar, and pick a color.
Add a background color to specific characters
Using the Text tool
, select the characters. Open the Character
background color picker on the property bar, and pick a color.
You can also add a background color to text by using the Background color controls in the Character area of the Property manager
docker. To access the Property manager docker, click Window  Property manager.
Kerning a range of characters
You can kern pairs of selected characters. Kerning refers to the repositioning of two characters to balance the optical space between them.
For example, kerning is often used to decrease the space in character pairs such as AW, WA, VA, or TA. Such character pairs are known as
“kerning pairs.” Kerning increases readability and makes letters appear balanced and proportional, especially at larger font sizes.
Decreasing the kerning between two characters
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To kern text
1 Using the Text tool
, select the characters that you want to kern.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, type a value in the Range kerning box.
Negative values decrease the spacing between characters; positive values increase the spacing between characters.
Changing text case
Corel DESIGNER lets you change the text case of artistic and paragraph text. For example, you can apply small caps to acronyms so they
visually blend with the text. If you apply default capitalization, the text stands out too much and impacts the readability. In the following
example, the acronym “A.M.” is shown with both the default uppercase and small caps applied.
Default uppercase
Small caps
The class begins at 9:00 A.M. in room 132.
The class begins at 9:00 a.m. in room 132.
You control the case of words, sentences, or paragraphs of selected text. For example, you can apply title case to selected text to capitalize
the initial letter of every word. This is a useful formatting technique for headings, such as book or chapter titles.
You can automatically convert text to lowercase or uppercase without deleting or retyping letters. For example, if you accidentally pressed
the Caps Lock key and added uppercase text, you can convert the text to lowercase without retyping it.
With uppercase text, you can adjust the spacing between capital characters to improve readability provided the font supports capital
spacing.
To change the text case
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property managerdocker, click the Caps button, and click one of the following options:
• None — turns off all of the features in the list
• All caps — substitutes lowercase characters with upper case equivalents
• Titling caps — applies the OpenType version of the feature if the font supports it
• Small caps (auto) — applies the OpenType version of the feature if the font supports it
• All small caps — substitutes characters with a scaled-down version of the upper case characters
• Small caps from caps — applies the OpenType version of the feature if the font supports it
• Small caps (synthesized) — applies a synthesized version of Small caps, which appears the same as in previous versions of Corel
DESIGNER
If the font supports capital spacing, you can click the Capital spacing button
and improve readability.
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to increase the spacing between capital characters
If you choose a non-OpenType font that supports Caps styles, Corel DESIGNER provides a synthesized version of the Small caps and
All small caps styles.
Some OpenType fonts may appear to support features that are unsupported.
You can also change text case by selecting a character or a block of text, clicking Text  Change case, and enabling an option in the
Change case dialog box.
Working with OpenType features
Corel DESIGNER supports OpenType fonts so you can take advantage of their advanced typographic features. OpenType features allow you
to choose an alternate appearance for an individual character (also referred to as a glyph) or a sequence of characters. For example, you can
choose alternate glyphs for numbers, fractions, or ligature sets.
You can access OpenType commands and options in the Character area of the Property manager docker. You can also let Corel DESIGNER
prompt you which OpenType features you can apply by enabling the Interactive OpenType option. When you select text, an indicator arrow
appears below the text if an OpenType feature is available. You can click the indicator to access a list of the most popular OpenType features
that are available for the selected text.
Clicking the Interactive OpenType indicator arrow (1) expands a list of the
most popular OpenType features that are available for the selected text.
The OpenType font specification was created jointly by Adobe and Microsoft. Based on Unicode, OpenType fonts extend the capabilities of
older font technologies. The most notable advantages of OpenType are:
• cross-platform support (Windows and Mac OS)
• extended character sets that offer better language support and advanced typographic features
• coexistence with Type 1 (PostScript) and TrueType fonts
• support for a larger glyph limit (64k)
OpenType features
The following table describes the OpenType features that you can apply in Corel DESIGNER provided that the feature is included in the font.
In addition, Corel DESIGNER also provides synthesized versions of some Caps and Position OpenType features. For example, if a font does not
support a feature, such as Small Caps, Corel DESIGNER produces its own version of the glyph by scaling the font.
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OpenType feature
Description
Caps
Changes the case of text, which is useful for
inserting titles and acronyms
Example
Small caps
Position
Displays characters as superscript or
subscript, which is useful for inserting
footnotes or mathematical symbols. If you
select an OpenType font that does not
support subscript and superscript, or a nonOpenType font, you can apply a synthesized
glyph.
Number styles
Includes features for controlling the
appearance of numbers
Number styles — Proportional lining
Displays numbers of varying width, which
is best suited for inserting numbers in body
text. However, the numbers have a fixed
height, which generally matches the height
of capital letters.
Number styles — Tabular lining
Displays numbers of equal width, spacing,
and height, which is useful for aligning text
and displaying text in a table
Number styles — Proportional Oldstyle
Displays numbers of varying width and
height. The style is best suited for blending
numbers with mixed text case.
Number styles — Tabular Oldstyle
Displays numbers of equal width, but
varying height
Fraction
Displays numbers separated by a slash as
fractions. The number of available fractions
vary from font to font. Apply this feature
only to the numbers that you want to
display as a fraction.
Fraction — Numerator
Displays a numerator, such as 456/, as a
fraction glyph. This is useful for displaying
a non-standard fraction, such as 456/789,
as a fraction. Use the Numerator feature
in conjunction with the Denominator
feature to display non-standard fractions as
fractions.
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Superscript
See examples below
See examples below
OpenType feature
Description
Fraction — Denominator
Displays a denominator, such as /789, as a
fraction glyph. This is useful for displaying a
non-standard fraction, such as 456/789, as
a fraction. Use the Denominator feature in
conjunction with the Numerator feature to
display non-standard fractions as fractions.
Fraction — Fraction
Displays standard fractions as fraction
glyphs
Fraction — Alternative fraction
Displays a fraction by using a horizontal
dividing line instead of a slant or slash
Ordinals
Displays ordinals by using a number and a
suffix in superscript. For example, you can
display “first” as 1st or “second” as 2nd.
Example
Not available
Apply this feature only to the text that you
want to display as an ordinal.
Slashed zero
Displays zeros with a diagonal slash, which
makes them easy to distinguish from the
letter O. This feature is useful for displaying
numbers in financial reports.
Ornaments
Substitutes a character with an ornament
that was created by the font designer to
match the font’s motif
Stylistic alternates
Applies an alternate design to characters
Stylistic sets
Applies an alternate design to a text
selection
Swash Variants
Inserts calligraphic-type decorative
characters
Contextual alternates
Lets you fine-tune text by applying an
alternate design to a single character, or
a sequence of characters, based on its
surrounding characters. For example, you
Not available
Not available
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OpenType feature
Description
Example
can apply this feature to script-based text so
that it flows more naturally.
Case-sensitive forms
Shifts the position of punctuation marks
so they align with capitalized text or lining
numbers
Not available
Standard Ligatures
Replaces a letter pair (or a sequence of
letters) with one glyph, which is called a
ligature. Many OpenType fonts include
standard ligatures for fi, fl, ff, ffi, and ffl.
Their purpose is to improve text readability.
Discretionary Ligatures
Replaces a non-standard letter combination
with a ligature. Discretionary ligatures
designed to be decorative and are not
supported by the majority of OpenType
fonts.
Contextual ligatures
Inserts a glyph that best suits the
surrounding characters. Contextual ligatures
are designed to increase readability by
improving the joining behavior between the
characters of a ligature.
Not available
Historical ligatures
Substitutes a letter pair, or a letter
sequence, with a ligature that is based on
historical usages. Historical ligatures are
designed to be ornamental and are not
supported by the majority of OpenType
fonts. The most commonly-used historical
ligatures are the letter s combined with
another character, such as sh si sl ss, and st.
Not available
Historical forms
Substitutes modern characters with
characters that were commonly used in
historical documents. Historical forms are
useful for recreating historical text.
Not available
To apply an OpenType feature to text
1 Using the Text tool
, a single character or a sequence of characters.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property managerdocker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, click an OpenType feature button, and, if applicable, choose a feature from the
list.
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Some OpenType fonts may appear to support features that are not supported.
To enable the onscreen OpenType feature indicator
• Click the Text tool
, and then click the Interactive OpenType button
If an OpenType feature is available for the selected text, an arrow
on the property bar.
appears below the text.
You can also
View a list of the most popular OpenType features onscreen
Click the down arrow
below the text in the document
window.
Apply an OpenType feature to a text selection
In the OpenType feature list, click a feature.
Adjusting character and word spacing
You can improve text readability by adjusting the character and word spacing. When letters or words are too close together, or too far apart,
they become difficult to read. Corel DESIGNER offers you different tools for controlling text spacing.
Character spacing
You can change the spacing between characters (also known as “letter spacing”) in a block of text. For example, fully justifying a block of
text may insert too much space between characters, which creates a visual imbalance. To improve readability, you can decrease the character
spacing.
Increased character spacing (left) makes it difficult to read the text. Decreased character spacing (right) improves readability.
If you want to change the spacing between several characters, you need to adjust the kerning. For more information, see “Kerning a range
of characters” on page 403.
Word spacing
You can also adjust the spacing between words.
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Decreased word spacing makes it difficult to discern the individual words in a
paragraph (left). Increased word spacing (right) makes easier to read the paragraph.
To adjust character spacing
1 Do one of the following:
• Using the Text tool
, position the cursor in a block of text.
• Using the Pick tool
, click an artistic text object or a text frame.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, type a value in the Character spacing box.
Values for adjusting spacing represent a percentage of the space character. The Character values range from -100 to 2000 percent.
All other values range from 0 to 2000 percent.
You can also change the character spacing proportionally by clicking the Shape tool
Interactive horizontal spacing arrow
, selecting the text object, and dragging the
in the lower-right corner of the text object.
You can increase the character spacing in uppercase text by using capital spacing. For more information, see “To change the text
case” on page 404.
To adjust word spacing
1 Do one of the following:
• Using the Text tool
, position the cursor in a block of text.
• Using the Pick tool
, click an artistic text object or a text frame.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, type a value in the Word spacing box.
You can also change the word spacing proportionally by clicking the Shape tool and dragging the Interactive horizontal spacing arrow
, holding down Shift, selecting the text object,
in the lower-right corner of the text object.
Adjusting line and paragraph spacing
You can change the spacing between lines of text, which is also known as “leading” or “interline spacing.”
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Well-balanced line spacing (1) can improve the readability of text. Insufficient
line spacing can reduce readability by causing letters to overlap (2).
In Corel DESIGNER, you can also adjust line spacing of a text object by using the Shape tool.
Adjusting line spacing proportionally by using the Shape tool
You can change the spacing between paragraphs, which is useful for copyfitting text. If a paragraph is positioned at the top or bottom of a
frame, the spacing does not apply to the space between the paragraph text and the frame.
The spacing in between the lines in the bulleted list (left) was
increased by adjusting the before and after paragraph spacing (right).
To adjust interline spacing
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, choose one of the following units of measurement from the Vertical spacing
units list box:
• % of Char height — lets you use a percentage value that is relative to the character height
• Points — lets you use points
• % of Pt.size — lets you use a percentage value that is relative to the character point size
4 Type a value in the Line spacing box.
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You can also change the spacing between lines proportionally by clicking the Shape tool
the Interactive vertical spacing arrow
, selecting the text object, and dragging
in the lower-left corner of the text object.
To adjust the spacing between paragraphs
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, choose a unit of measurement for line spacing from the Vertical spacing units
list box.
4 Type a value in one of the following boxes:
• Before paragraph spacing — lets you specify the amount of space to insert above the paragraph text
• After paragraph spacing — lets you specify the amount of space to insert below the paragraph text
You can also use this procedure to adjust the spacing between items in a bulleted list.
Adding bullets to text
You can use bulleted lists to format information. You can wrap text around bullets, or you can offset a bullet from text to create a hanging
indent. Corel DESIGNER lets you customize bullets by changing their size, position, and distance from text. You can also change the spacing
between items in a bulleted list. For more information, see “To adjust interline spacing” on page 411.
Three paragraphs (left) were converted into a bulleted list (right)
You can remove a bullet without deleting the text.
To add bullets
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
4 Enable the Bullets check box.
5 Click the Bullet settings button
, which is located to the right of the Bullets check box.
6 In the Bullets dialog box, perform a task from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Preview text with bullets
Enable the Preview check box.
Choose a font
In the Appearance area, choose a font from the Font list box.
Choose a symbol
Open the Symbol picker, and click a symbol.
Set a bullet size
Type a value in the Size box.
Adjust the bullet position
Type a value in the Baseline shift box.
Set the distance from the text frame
In the Spacing area, type a value in the Text frame to bullet box.
Set the distance between the bullet and the text
Type a value in the Bullet to text box.
You can also
Add a bullet with a hanging indent
Enable the Use hanging indent style for bulleted lists check box.
Change the color of a bullet
Select the bullet with the Text tool
, and click a color on the
color palette.
Remove bullets
In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, disable the
Bullets check box.
Bullets are inserted at the beginning of each new line that is preceded by a return.
You can adjust the spacing in between bullets by increasing or decreasing the space before and after a paragraph. For more
information, see “To adjust the spacing between paragraphs” on page 412.
Inserting drop caps
Applying drop caps, also known as initial caps, to paragraphs enlarges the initial letter and insets it into the body of text. You can customize
a drop cap by changing different settings. For example, you can change the distance between the drop cap and the body of text, or specify
the number of lines of text that you want to appear next to the drop cap. You can remove the drop cap at any point without deleting the
letter.
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You can add a drop cap (left) or a hanging indent drop cap (right).
You can preview a drop cap before you add it to a drawing. The changes you make are temporarily applied to the text in the drawing
window, so you can see how the drop cap will look when you add it.
To add a drop cap
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
4 Enable the Drop caps check box.
5 Click the Drop caps settings button
.
6 In the Drop cap dialog box, perform a task from the following table.
To
Do
Specify the number of lines next to a drop cap
In the Appearance area, type a value in the Number of lines
dropped box.
Set the distance between the drop cap and the body of text
In the Appearance area, type a value in the Space after drop cap
box.
This sets the space to the right of the drop cap.
Preview a drop cap
Enable the Preview check box.
Offset the drop cap from the body of text
Enable the Use hanging indent style for drop cap check box.
Remove drop caps
In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, disable the
Drop caps check box.
Changing character position and angle
You can modify the appearance of text by shifting the characters vertically or horizontally, which changes the position of the selected
characters relative to the surrounding characters.
You can also rotate characters by specifying an angle of rotation.
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Different examples of rotating text
To shift a character
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Character area to display
additional options.
4 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Shift characters horizontally
Type a value in the Horizontal character offset box.
Shift characters vertically
Type a value in the Vertical character offset box.
To rotate a character
1 Using the Text tool
, select a character or a block of text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Character area to display
additional options.
4 Type a value in the Character angle box.
Aligning text
Corel DESIGNER lets you align text in various ways. You can align paragraph text horizontally and vertically in relation to its text frame. You
can align paragraph text with the baseline grid. For more information, see “Aligning text by using the baseline grid” on page 385. You can
also align text to a selected object.
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You can align a text object with other objects by using the baseline of
the first line, the baseline of the last line, or the edge of the text frame.
Artistic text can be aligned horizontally, but not vertically. When you align artistic text, the entire text object is aligned in relation to the
bounding box. If characters have not been shifted horizontally, applying no alignment produces the same result as applying left alignment.
Artistic text is aligned within the bounding box, which is indicated by eight selection handles
(black squares). The text at the top is left-aligned; the text at the bottom is right-aligned.
To align text horizontally
1 Do one of the following:
• Using the Text tool
, select the text that you want to align.
• Using the Pick tool
, click an artistic text object or a text frame whose content you want to align.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click one of the following buttons:
• No horizontal alignment — applies the default alignment setting
• Align left — aligns text with the left side of the text frame or the bounding box of artistic text
• Center — centers text within the text frame
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• Align right — aligns text with the right side of the text frame and the bounding box of artistic text
• Full justify — aligns text, with the exception of the last line, with the left and right sides of the text frame
• Force justify — aligns text, including the last line, with the left and right sides of the text frame
You can also align text horizontally by clicking the Horizontal alignment button on the property bar and choosing an alignment style
from the list box. The property bar displays an icon that corresponds to the current alignment style.
You can align multiple paragraphs in a text frame by selecting them with the Text tool
and choosing an alignment style.
To align paragraph text vertically
1 Using the Pick tool
, click a text frame.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to display the frame-related options.
3 In the Frame area of the Property manager docker, choose an alignment option from the Vertical alignment list box.
You can also align text vertically by clicking the Vertical alignment button on the property bar and choosing an alignment style from
the list box. The property bar displays the alignment icon that corresponds to the current alignment style.
To align text with an object
1 Using the Pick tool
, hold down Shift, click the text object, and then click the object.
2 Click Object  Align and distribute  Align and distribute.
3 In the Text area, click one of the following buttons:
• First line baseline
— uses the baseline of the first line of text to align the objects
• Last line baseline
— uses the baseline of the last line of text to align the objects
• Bounding box
— aligns text with its bounding box
4 In the Align objects to area, click the Active objects button
.
5 In the Align area, click one of the following buttons to use an object edge or center for aligning.
• Align left
— to align the left edges of objects
• Align center horizontally
• Align right
• Align top
— to align the right edges of objects
— to align the top edges of objects
• Align center vertically
• Align bottom
— to align object centers along a vertical axis
— to align object centers along a horizontal axis
— to align the bottom edges of objects
To align objects from their outlines, click the Outline button
.
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If you select the text objects one at a time, the last object selected is the reference point for aligning the other objects. If you marquee
select the objects before you align them, the object that is positioned in the upper-left corner of the selection is used.
Adding tabs and indents
You can modify existing tab stops by changing their alignment. You can also add trailing leader characters, so that dots, or other characters,
automatically precede the tab stops. In addition, you can add new tab stops and remove existing tab stops.
Indenting changes the space between a text frame and the text that it contains. You can add and remove indents without deleting or
retyping text. You can indent an entire paragraph, the first line of a paragraph, or all lines of a paragraph except the first line (a hanging
indent). You can also indent from the right side of the text frame.
To modify a tab stop
1 Click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
4 Click the Tab settings button.
5 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Change the alignment of tab stops
Click the cell in the Alignment column, and choose an alignment
option from the list box.
Set tab stops with trailing leader characters
Click the cell in the Leaders column, and choose On from the list
box.
Delete a tab stop
Click the cell, and click Remove.
Change the default leader character
Click Leader options, open the Character picker, and click a
character.
Change the default leader spacing
Click Leader options, and type a value in the Spacing box.
You can also add, move, or delete tab stops on the horizontal ruler at the top of the drawing window. Click to add a tab stop, drag
a tab marker to move it, and drag a tab marker off the ruler to delete it. For information about rulers, see “Using the rulers” on page
495.
To add a tab stop
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
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to display the paragraph-related options.
4 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
5 Click the Tab settings button
.
6 Click Add.
7 Click the new cell in the Tabs column, and type a value.
To indent paragraph text
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph text.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
4 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, type values in the following boxes:
• First line indent — indents the first line of text relative to the left side of the frame
• Left line indent — creates a hanging indent relative to the left side of the text frame; all lines, except the first line, are indented
• Right line indent — indents the text relative to the right side of the frame
You can remove indents by typing 0 in the First line indent, Left line indent, and Right line indent boxes.
You can indent an entire paragraph by typing the same value in both the First line indent and the Left line indent boxes.
Working with text styles
Corel DESIGNER provides advanced style capabilities that allow you to format document text with speed, ease, and consistency. A style
is a collection of formatting attributes defining object properties, such as artistic and paragraph text properties. For example, to define a
character style, you can specify font type, font style and size, text color and background color, character position, caps, and more. You can
create styles and style sets for text. You can also change the default text style, so that the same properties are applied to all new artistic or
paragraph text. For example, you can change the font type and size, or change the text to bold or italic. For more information, see “Working
with styles and style sets” on page 467.
Hyphenating text
Hyphenation can be used to break a word if the entire word does not fit at the end of a line. You can hyphenate automatically by using
a preset hyphenation definition in combination with your own hyphenation settings. You can set the minimum number of characters
before and after a hyphen. You can also specify the number of characters in the “hot zone,” which is the area at the end of a line where
hyphenation can occur.
You can insert an optional hyphen in a word to produce a specific word break at the end of a line. You can also create custom definitions
that specify the location of optional hyphens in specific words whenever you type, paste, or import the words in the application.
To hyphenate paragraph text automatically
1 Using the Text tool
, select the text frame or paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
4 Enable the Hyphenation check box.
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5 Click the Hyphenation settings button.
6 In the Hyphenation settings dialog box, enable the Automatically hyphenate paragraph text check box.
Hyphenation can be used for any languages that have corresponding writing tools installed with the application. For more
information about language modules, see “Working with languages” on page 446.
If you do not see any hyphenated words in the paragraph after applying hyphenation, you may need to modify the hyphenation
settings.
To modify the hyphenation settings
1 Using the Text tool
, select the text frame or paragraph text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, click the arrow button
located at the bottom of Paragraph area to display
additional options.
4 With the Hyphenation check box enabled, click the Hyphenation settings button
.
5 In the Hyphenation settings dialog box, perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Hyphenate capitalized words
Enable the Break capitalized words check box.
Hyphenate words that contain all uppercase letters
Enable the Break words using ALL CAPS check box.
Set a minimum word length for automatic hyphenation
In the Hyphenation criteria area, type a value in the Minimum
word length box.
This value represents the minimum number of characters that
hyphenated words must contain.
Set the minimum number of characters to precede a hyphen
In the Hyphenation criteria area, type a value in the Minimum
characters before box.
Set the minimum number of characters to follow a hyphen
In the Hyphenation criteria area, type a value in the Minimum
characters after box.
Set the “hot zone”
In the Hyphenation criteria area, type a value in the Distance
from right margin box. This value represents the number of
characters in the hot zone. A word that does not fit within this
zone is hyphenated or moved to the next line.
To insert an optional hyphen
1 Using the Text tool
, click in a word where you want to place an optional hyphen.
2 Click Text  Insert formatting code
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 Optional hyphen.
You can insert an optional hyphen by pressing Ctrl + -.
To create a custom definition for optional hyphenation
1 Click Text  Insert formatting code  Custom optional hyphens.
2 In the Word box, type the word for which you want to create the hyphenation definition.
When you type in the Word box, the same text is entered in the Hyphenated word box.
3 In the Hyphenated word box, click where you want the optional hyphen inserted, and press the Hyphen key (-).
4 Click Add definition.
You can also
Create a custom hyphen definition for a specific language keyboard
Enable the Show all languages check box, and choose a language
option from the Language list box.
Automatically insert custom optional hyphens when typing
Enable the When typing check box.
Automatically insert custom optional hyphens when typing,
pasting, or importing text
Enable the When pasting and importing text check box.
Delete a custom optional hyphen definition
Click Remove definition.
The custom hyphenation definition is defined only for the language specified in the Language list box. You can choose another
language without affecting your keyboard.
You can create a custom optional hyphen definition by selecting a word in the document. The word appears in the Word box of
the Custom optional hyphens dialog box. After you insert the optional hyphen in the Hyphenated word box, you can apply it by
clicking Apply to selection.
You can find and replace optional hyphens. For more information, see “To find text ” on page 386 and “To find and replace text” on
page 387.
Inserting formatting codes
You can insert formatting codes, such as em dashes and nonbreaking spaces. In some programs, formatting codes are also known as
“symbols.” The following table lists the available formatting codes and their corresponding keyboard shortcuts.
Formatting code
Keyboard shortcut
Em space
Ctrl + Shift + M
En space
Ctrl + Shift + N
1/4 em space
Ctrl + Alt + Space
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Formatting code
Keyboard shortcut
Nonbreaking space
Ctrl + Shift + Space
Tab
Tab
Column break or text-frame break
Ctrl + Enter
Em dash
Alt + _
En dash
Alt + -
Nonbreaking hyphen
Ctrl + Shift + -
Optional hyphen
Ctrl + -
All shortcut keys for formatting codes are customizable. For information about customizing these shortcut keys, see the Text commands
category in “To assign a keyboard shortcut to a command” on page 673.
You can find and replace formatting codes. For more information, see “To find text ” on page 386 and “To find and replace text” on page
387.
To insert a formatting code
1 Using the Text tool
, click to place the cursor where you want to insert a character or space.
2 Click Text  Insert formatting code, and choose a formatting code from the menu.
The Insert formatting code menu is unavailable when the Text tool is not active.
You can insert a character not listed in the Insert formatting code menu by clicking Text  Insert character and clicking the character
in the Insert character docker.
Displaying nonprinting characters
You can display nonprinting characters, such as spaces, tabs, and formatting codes. For example, when you display nonprinting characters,
a space appears as a tiny black dot, a nonbreaking space appears as a circle, and an em space appears as a line. When enabled, nonprinting
characters are displayed only when you add or edit text.
To display nonprinting characters
• Click Text  Show non-printing characters.
You can also display nonprinting characters by clicking Tools  Options, choosing Text from the Workspace list of categories, and
then enabling the Show non-printing characters check box.
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Adding equations
Equation Editor is a utility that lets you insert preset equations and build your own equations by inserting preset symbols and templates.
Each equation you insert into a document is treated as an OLE object. For information about OLE objects, see “Object linking and
embedding” on page 269. You can select, move, and size equations in your document. For information about moving and sizing equations,
see “Moving objects ” on page 218 and “Sizing and scaling objects” on page 220. You can edit equations in Equation Editor. For example,
you can insert symbols, templates, and nonmathematical phrases, or you can change the color, style, and default formatting of equation
elements. For more information, please refer to the Equation Editor help.
To insert an equation
1 Click Object  Insert new object.
2 Enable the Create new option.
3 Choose Corel Equation X7 from the Object type list.
To select an equation
• Click the equation using the Pick tool
.
To edit an equation
• Do one of the following:
• Double-click an equation to open Equation Editor.
• Right-click an equation, and click Open equation object.
To access the Equation Editor help
1 Double-click an equation to open Equation Editor.
2 Click Help.
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Working with text in different languages
If you are running Corel DESIGNER on an Asian operating system, or if you have Asian language support installed on another operating
system, you can take advantage of the Asian text formatting capabilities available with Corel DESIGNER.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Formatting Asian text” (page 425)
• “Using line-breaking rules for Asian text” (page 426)
• “OpenType support for Asian text” (page 427)
• “Formatting multilingual text” (page 427)
• “Displaying text correctly in any language” (page 428)
• “Working with translated text” (page 429)
Formatting Asian text
Asian character input is only supported in Corel DESIGNER when using an Asian operating system or when language support is installed on
a non-Asian operating system. You can choose a default font and text orientation (either horizontal or vertical) when typing text. When you
type artistic or paragraph text, the program uses a default artistic or paragraph text style.
To choose a default font for Asian text
1 Click the Text tool
.
2 Press Esc to ensure that no objects are selected.
3 Choose an input method from the Input Method Editor (IME) on the Windows status bar.
If the Windows Language bar is displayed, you can choose an input method from the Language bar.
4 Choose a font from the Font list box on the property bar.
5 Choose a font style from the Font style list box.
To choose a text orientation for Asian text
1 Using the Pick tool
, select the frame that contains the text whose orientation you want to change.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Frame button
to display the frame-related controls.
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4 Choose one of the following orientation options from the Text orientation list box:
• Horizontal
• Vertical
The default orientation for Asian text is horizontal.
When you change the text orientation from horizontal to vertical, underlines become left lines and overlines become right lines.
The text orientation setting applies to the entire text object. You cannot have text with different orientations in one text object.
If you have Asian text support installed with your operating system, you can also change text orientation by clicking the Vertical text
orientation
or Horizontal text orientation
buttons on the Text toolbar.
Using line-breaking rules for Asian text
Corel DESIGNER includes line-breaking rules for use with Asian text when you have an Asian operating system. For most Asian languages, a
line of text can break between any two characters, with a few exceptions. Some characters cannot appear at the beginning of a line. These
characters are referred to as “leading characters.” Other characters — referred to as “following characters” — cannot appear at the end of a
line. The line breaks either after the following character or before the character that precedes the following character. Still others — referred
to as “overflow characters” — are not wrapped but are, instead, allowed to extend beyond the right or bottom margin.
To enforce one or more of the line-breaking rules, you can enable any of the rules. To customize the rules, you can add or remove characters.
You can also reset the rules to the default.
To disable or enable line-breaking rules
1 Click Text  Line-breaking rules.
2 In the Asian line-breaking rules dialog box, enable any of the following check boxes:
• Leading characters — ensures that a line does not break before any of the characters in the list
• Following characters — ensures that a line does not break after any of the characters in the list
• Overflow characters — ensures that the characters in the list are allowed to extend beyond the margin of the line
You must have Asian text support installed on your operating system to view the Line-breaking rules menu item.
To add or remove characters to a line-breaking rule
1 Click Text  Line-breaking rules.
2 Type or remove the characters in the appropriate box.
You must have Asian text support installed on your operating system to view the Line-breaking rules menu item.
To reset a line-breaking rule to the default
1 Click Text  Line-breaking rules.
2 Click the Reset button beside a rule.
You must have Asian text support installed on your operating system to view the Line-breaking rules menu item.
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OpenType support for Asian text
You can apply advanced OpenType typography features to Asian text. OpenType features can be accessed from the Character area in the
Text properties (Text  Text properties). The following table lists the OpenType features that you can use with Asian text provided the
features are included in the font.
OpenType feature
Description
Asian widths
Changes the width by spacing or replacing the glyphs
The Centered CJK punctuation feature centers punctuation marks
horizontally and vertically.
Asian forms
Replaces the selected characters with a different glyph form. Forms
cannot be combined.
Asian vertical metrics
The Alternate vertical metrics feature centers shorter characters
vertically relative to full-height characters. This feature also applies
to full-width Latin glyphs.
The Alternate vertical half metrics feature centers characters
vertically relative to half-height characters.
Horizontal Kana alternates
Substitutes the standard kana glyph with a horizontal kana glyph
Vertical Kana alternates
Substitutes the standard kana glyph with a vertical kana glyph
Vertical alternates and rotation
Substitutes characters with forms suitable for vertical text, often
rotating them at 90 degrees
Alternate annotation forms
Applies an annotation form to the selected characters. This
OpenType feature applies to both Latin and Asian text.
Formatting multilingual text
Corel DESIGNER includes controls that let you format text in different languages. You can limit any font, style, and size changes to only Latin,
Asian, or Middle Eastern text by choosing the script type. For example, if you want to change the font size of Japanese text in a document
that includes both English and Japanese text, you can choose the Asian script type, and then change the font size. This applies the new
font size only to the Japanese text, the English text font size is unaffected. You can also enable right-to-left text flow when working with
bidirectional languages, such as Middle Eastern languages. In addition, you can mix latin text with Asian or Middle Eastern in one text object
and set the spacing between the two words.
To limit font property changes to multilingual text
1 Using the Text tool
, select the text.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Character button
to display the character-related options.
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3 In the Character area of the Property manager docker, choose one of the following language options from the Language group and
script list box:
• All languages
• Latin
• Asian
• Middle Eastern
4 Change any font properties.
The Language group and script list box is available only when using an Asian or Middle Eastern operating system or when language
support is installed on the operating system.
To set right-to-left text flow in text
1 Do one of this following:
• Using the Text tool
, position the cursor in a block of text.
• Using the Pick tool
, click an artistic text object or a text frame.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window  Property manager.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related options.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, choose an option from the Text direction list box.
The Text direction option is available, and visible, only when you use a Middle Eastern operating system or when language support is
installed on a non-Middle Eastern operating system.
You can also change the direction of text flow in columns. For more information, see “To change the flow of bidirectional text in
columns” on page 382.
To specify spacing between Latin and Asian words
1 Using the Text tool
, select the paragraph that combines both the Latin and Asian text.
2 In the Property manager docker, click the Paragraph button
to display the paragraph-related properties.
3 In the Paragraph area of the Property manager docker, type values in the Language spacing box.
The language spacing value is based on the percentage of a standard space. For example, two spaces are represented by typing a
value of 200.
Displaying text correctly in any language
In Corel DESIGNER, all text that is added to a document is encoded using the Unicode character set. When you open or import a drawing
that contains text, Corel DESIGNER converts the encoding system that was used in the file to Unicode. For example, if you import an older
document that includes 8-bit ANSI text that uses a specific code page (e.g. (949 ANSI/OEM - Korean), Corel DESIGNER converts code page
949 to Unicode. If the code page is not specified when you open a document, Corel DESIGNER uses a default code page to convert the text.
Therefore, this may cause some text to display incorrectly in Corel DESIGNER. However, you can display the text correctly by selecting it and
converting it back to Unicode by using the appropriate code page.
Encoding settings do not affect the display of text outside the drawing window, such as keywords, filenames, and text entries in the Object
manager and Object data manager dockers. For these types of text, you must use code page settings in the Open or Import dialog boxes
to set the proper characters. For information about using code page settings, see “Starting and opening drawings” on page 62.
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To display text correctly in any language
1 Using the Text tool
2 Click Text
, select the text object that is displaying incorrectly.
 Encode.
3 In the Text encoding dialog box, choose the Other encoding option.
4 From the Other encoding list, choose an encoding setting that makes the text readable.
The preview window displays the text with the selected encoding setting.
Changing the encoding allows you to use Unicode fonts, even if your original text was using non-Unicode fonts.
Working with translated text
You can export text to a drawing to the XML Localization Interchange file format (XLIFF), an XML-based format used to share translatable
text between localization tools and software.
By default, all paragraph text, artistic text, table text, text on a curve, and callouts in a drawing are exported for translation. You can exclude
a text object from translation. When exporting text for translation, the font, font size, type face, bolding, italics, and underlining are
maintained.
You can also import translated text from an XLIFF file into drawing.
To export text for translation
1 Click File  Export for translation.
2 Type a filename in the File name box.
3 Locate the folder where you want to save the file.
4 Choose one of the following options from the Save as type list box:
• XLIFF version 1.2
• XLIFF version 2.0
5 Click Save.
Text in hidden or locked text objects, or in text objects on hidden or locked layers, is excluded when the drawing is exported for
translation.
Text in symbols cannot be exported for translation.
To exclude a text object from translation
1 Using the Pick tool
, click the text object you want to exclude.
2 Click Window  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, click the Summary button .
4 Disable the Include text in translation check box.
You can get the word count of a selected text object by clicking the arrow button
located at the bottom of the Summary area
of the Property manager.
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To import translated text
1 With the drawing open, click File  Import translations.
2 Choose the folder where the XLIFF file is stored.
3 Click Import.
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Managing fonts
Corel DESIGNER allows you to manage fonts.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Substituting fonts” (page 431)
• “Embedding fonts” (page 432)
• “Viewing fonts” (page 433)
• “Identifying fonts” (page 437)
• “Filtering fonts” (page 434)
• “Searching for fonts” (page 435)
• “Choosing fonts with Font Playground” (page 437)
• “Using the Bitstream Font Navigator” (page 440)
Substituting fonts
You can use PANOSE font matching to access a list of fonts that can be used as substitutes for fonts used in a drawing but not installed on
your computer.
You can set options for font matching. You can use font matching in text only or in both text and text styles. You can also turn off font
matching. When you use font matching, you can accept the default substitute font, or you can choose another font to substitute for the
missing font. You can apply the substitution temporarily or permanently to the drawing.
You can build a list of exceptions to font substitutions. Exceptions override the font substitutions recommended by the PANOSE fontmatching feature. A list of exceptions can be useful when you share drawings across platforms, because sometimes the same font is spelled
differently on each platform.
To set options for font matching
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Text, and click Fonts.
3 Click PANOSE font matching.
4 In the PANOSE font matching preferences dialog box, enable one of the following options:
• Text — lets you choose font substitutions for text in the document and applies default font substitutions for text styles
• Text and styles — lets you choose font substitutions for text in the document and for text styles
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• Never show — applies default font substitutions for text in the document and for text styles
To use PANOSE font matching
1 Open a drawing.
If the drawing contains missing fonts, the Font substitution for missing fonts dialog box opens. The name of the missing font appears
in the Missing font list, and the recommended substitute appears in the Substituted font list.
2 Enable one of the following options:
• Temporary — replaces the missing font with the substitution in the current session of the drawing
• Permanent — permanently replaces the missing font with the substitution. When you save and reopen the file, the new font is used.
To substitute a missing font
1 Open a drawing.
If the drawing contains missing fonts, the Font matching results dialog box opens.
2 Enable the Substitute font with option.
3 Enable one of the following options:
• Show fonts in the same code page as missing font — displays only missing fonts that support the code page of the active drawing
• Show all fonts— displays all missing fonts
4 Choose a missing font from the Missing font list.
5 Choose a font from the Substitute font with list box.
6 Enable one of the following options:
• Temporary — replaces the missing font with the substitution in the current session of the drawing
• Permanent — permanently makes the font substitution in the document. When you save and reopen the file, the new font is used.
You can save font substitutions by enabling the Save this exception for future font matching check box.
You can substitute a font for more than one missing font by holding down Shift and selecting the fonts in the Missing font list in the
Font substitution for missing fonts dialog box.
To build a list of exceptions to font substitutions
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Text, and click Fonts.
3 Click PANOSE font matching.
4 In the PANOSE font matching preferences dialog box, click Exceptions.
5 In the PANOSE font matching exceptions dialog box, type the name of the missing font in the Missing font box.
6 Choose a font that is installed on your computer from the Substituted font list box.
Embedding fonts
Font embedding can help you share drawings so that others can view, print, and even edit them without having to install or substitute
fonts. By default, Corel DESIGNER embeds the fonts that are used in a drawing when the file is saved, but you can choose to disable font
embedding for that particular drawing. For more information, see “To save a drawing” on page 74. You can also change the default option
for embedding fonts in drawings.
Note that Corel DESIGNER respects the permissions of each font. Some fonts allow embedding for print and preview purposes, but not for
text editing; other fonts may not allow embedding.
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You can import files that contain embedded fonts. If an embedded font does not allow editing, a visual indicator appears next to the font
name in the Object manager docker. When you try to edit text that uses this font, you are prompted to choose a font substitution. For more
information, see “Substituting fonts” on page 431.
To change the default option for embedding fonts
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, click Save.
3 In the Fonts area, enable or disable the Embed fonts when saving files check box.
Viewing fonts
You can customize the font list, from within the Font list box, to make it easier to find fonts. For example, you can change the size of the
font names displayed in the Font list box. You can display fonts grouped by family or as a flat list. If you have non-Latin fonts installed, you
can show their names in Latin or in their native language. In addition, you can show recently used fonts at the top of the font list, or hide
them, and you can specify the number of recently used fonts to display.
By default, font names use the corresponding fonts, but you can display all font names by using the same font.
Corel DESIGNER lets you preview fonts in the Preview area at the bottom of the Font list box or in the drawing window. You can also
preview a font in all available styles, such as bold and italic.
You can resize the Font list area by adjusting its height and width or by hiding the preview area.
To customize the font list
1 Click the Text tool in the toolbox, and open the Fontlist box on the property bar.
2 To change the size of the font names, move the Zoom slider.
3 Click the Font Options button
, and perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Display the font list grouped by family or as a flat list
Click Group by family to enable or disable the command.
Show the names of non-Latin fonts in Latin or in the native
language
Click Show Latin names to enable or disable the command.
Display font names by using the same font
Click Use font to display the font name to disable the command.
Display or hide recently used fonts
Click Show recently used fonts to enable or disable the command.
Specify the number of recently used fonts to display
Click Font List Options, and on the Fonts page of the Options
dialog box, type a value in the Number of recently used fonts
displayed box.
This option is useful when you work with Cyrillic, Arabic, and Asian
fonts.
The maximum number of recently used fonts that you can display is
20.
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To preview a font
1 Click the Text tool
in the toolbox.
If you want to preview a font in the drawing window, select the text you want.
2 On the property bar, click the Font list box.
The font name appears in the given font.
To preview the selected text with a specific font applied, point to the font name in the Font list box.
The names of symbol fonts are displayed in the default user interface font, with examples of the symbol font appearing to the right
of the symbol font name and in the Preview area.
If a font has other styles, such as bold or italic, you can preview them by pointing to the flyout arrow
 next to the font name.
To resize the Font list area
1 Click the Text tool in the toolbox, and open the Font list box on the property bar.
2 Do any of the following:
• To hide the preview area, click the Hide preview button
.
• To adjust the width of the Font list area, point to the vertical grab area (right edge) and drag when the double-sided arrow appears.
• To adjust the height, point to the horizontal grab area (above the Zoom slider), and drag when the double-sided arrow appears.
Filtering fonts
You can display only the fonts used in the document or only symbol fonts, and you can filter fonts based on the font technology.
If you have a Premium membership, you can filter fonts based on weight, width, style, supported language(s), OpenType feature, and more.
Font filtering is available from the property bar, Text toolbar, Property manager docker, Text Properties docker, Font Playground, and Insert
Character docker.
To filter fonts
1 Click the Text tool
in the toolbox.
2 Open the Font list box on the property bar, and click the Show filters button
.
3 Enable any of the filter check boxes.
You can also
Clear all filters
Click Clear filters.
Close the filter list
Click the Hide filters button
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.
You can filter only fonts that are installed on your computer.
The following table lists all font filters and font filter groups available with Premium membership. If you have a Standard
membership, only the Document fonts, Font Technology, and Symbol filters are displayed.
Font filter or font filter group
Description
Document Fonts
Lets you display only the fonts used in the document
Font Technology
Lets you filter fonts based on the font technology such as OpenType
- TrueType, OpenType - PostScript, TrueType, and Type1
Weight
Lets you display fonts based on their weight such as Light, Normal,
or Bold
Width
Lets you display fonts based on their width such as Condensed,
Normal, and Expanded
Style
Lets you display fonts based on their style such as Decorative,
Display, Monospaced, Sans Serif, Script, Serif, and Symbol
Character Range
Lets you filter fonts based on their language or script. Filters in
this group include Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional,
Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and
Turkish
OpenType
Lets you display fonts that have specific OpenType features such as
Capital Spacing, Case-Sensitive forms, and more
Searching for fonts
Premium feature
Corel Font Service is a utility that checks what fonts are installed on your computer and generates a font database with keywords. These
keywords include font names, font technology, and other metadata included in the fonts, and can be used to search for local fonts from
within the Font list box.
When you start typing a font name or another keyword, a relevant list of fonts is displayed. This list is automatically updated as you type.
To refine your search, you can type two or more keywords. For example, to find all available Arial fonts that have bold weight, you can type
Arial bold in the Font list box.
To search for fonts by using keywords
1 Click the Text tool
in the toolbox.
2 Open the Font list box on the property bar.
3 Double-click in the Font list box, and type a keyword such as a font name or font technology.
4 To refine your search, press the space bar after typing the first keyword, and type another keyword.
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The following table lists the search keywords that you can use organized by categories.
Category
Keywords
Document Fonts
Document Fonts
Font Technology
OpenType - TrueType, OpenType - PostScript, TrueType, Type1
Weight
Thin, Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Semi Bold, Bold, Extra
Bold, Black
Width
Ultra Condensed, Extra Condensed, Condensed, Semi Condensed,
Normal, Semi Expanded, Expanded, Extra Expanded, Ultra
Expanded
Style
Decorative, Display, Monospaced, Sans Serif, Script, Serif, Symbol
Character Range
Arabic, Armenian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Coptic,
Cyrillic, Devanagari, Dhivehi, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew,
Hiragana, Japanese, Kannada, Katakana, Korean, Latin, Russian,
Syria, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Manufacturer
Ale/Paul, Bitstream, Cultivated/Mind, DynaComware, Font Fabric,
Fontlab, Fontographer, ITC, Linotype, Mark Simonson, Monotype,
Typodermic, RW++
Embedding rights
Editable, Installable, No Embedding, Preview& Print, Restricted
OpenType
All Small Capitals, Alternate Annotation Forms, Alternate
Half Widths, Alternate Vertical Half Metrics, Alternate Vertical
Metrics, Alternative Fractions, Capital Spacing, Case Sensitive
Forms Centered CJK Punctuation, Character Variants Contextual
Alternates, Contextual Ligatures, Denominators Discretionary
Ligatures, Expert Forms, Fractions, Half Widths, Historical Forms,
Historical Ligatures, Hojo Kanji Forms, Horizontal Kana Alternates,
JIS2004 Forms,JIS78 Forms, JIS83 Forms, JIS90 Forms, Kerning,
Lining Figures, Localized Forms, NLC Kanji, Numerators, Ordinals,
Ornaments, Proportional Kana, Proportional Lining, Proportional
Oldstyle, Proportional Widths, Quarter Widths, Scientific Inferiors,
Simplified Forms, Slashed ZeroSmall Capitals, Small Capitals from
Capitals, Standard Ligatures, Stylistic Alternates, Stylistic Sets,
Subscript, Superscript, Swash Variants, Tabular, Tabular Oldstyle,
Third Widths, Titling, Traditional Forms, Traditional Name Forms,
Vertical Alternates and Rotation
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Identifying fonts
You can easily identify a font in the text portion of a graphic design. Corel DESIGNER lets you capture a sample of the graphic and
automatically upload it to www.whatthefont.com for identification.
To identify a font
1 Click Text  WhatTheFont?!
2 Drag the cursor to create a marquee around the font that you want to identify. Click inside the capture area, or press Enter to complete
the capture. To cancel, press Esc.
On the WhatTheFont?! website, the font you captured is displayed.
3 Follow the directions on the WhatTheFont?! website to complete the font identification.
The ideal letter height for the best search result is about 100 pixels. Capture only uppercase or lowercase letters, not numbers or
special characters. Make sure that the captured text is horizontal and that the letters do not touch.
Choosing fonts with Font Playground
Font Playground lets you view the same sample text in different fonts and sizes to help you choose fonts for your project.
You can preview preset text samples, or you can type or paste text. In addition, you can view samples as single lines of text or multiline text,
and you can view a text sample as single lines of text in increasing font sizes.
When a text sample uses an OpenType font, you can view available OpenType features and apply them to the text sample.
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Views from left to right: Single line, Multiline, and Waterfall
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With text samples using OpenType fonts, you can select text to display the OpenType feature indicator
and apply an Open Type feature. In this example, a stylistic set was applied to the selected text.
To view a text sample in context, you can paste it where you want in the drawing window.
To preview fonts with Font Playground
1 Click Text  Font Playground.
2 To change the font of a sample, click the sample, and choose a font from the Fontlist box.
If you want to change the text in all samples, double-click a sample, press Ctrl+A to select the text, and then type the new text.
3 To choose a view option, click any of the following buttons:
• Single line
— shows the samples as single lines of text
• Multiline
— shows the samples as multiline text
• Waterfall
— shows the selected sample as single lines of text in increasing sizes
4 To change the size of sample text, move the Zoom slider.
If you want to change the text size in preset increments, click the Zoom buttons next to the Zoom slider.
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Using the Bitstream Font Navigator
The Bitstream Font Navigator is the font management system included with your application. The Bitstream Font Navigator lets you store
up to 2,000 fonts in a database (“catalog”). You can access fonts quickly, organize them, and preview them before using them. For more
information, see the Help in the Bitstream Font Navigator.
To start Bitstream Font Navigator
Do one of the following:
• (Windows 7) From the Windows taskbar, click Start  All Programs  CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7  Bitstream Font Navigator.
• (Windows 8) Click the Bitstream Font Navigator tile on your desktop.
To access the Bitstream Font Navigator Help
• In Bitstream Font Navigator, click Help  Help topics.
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Using writing tools
You can use writing tools to correct errors in spelling and grammar, correct mistakes automatically, and refine your writing style.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Using QuickCorrect” (page 441)
• “Using the spelling checker and Grammatik” (page 443)
• “Using the thesaurus” (page 445)
• “Working with languages” (page 446)
• “Customizing the writing tools” (page 446)
• “Using checking styles” (page 447)
• “Using rule classes” (page 450)
• “Analyzing a drawing” (page 450)
• “Using word lists” (page 452)
• “Checking statistics” (page 454)
For more information about using the writing tools, see “Reference: Using writing tools” on page 455.
Using QuickCorrect
QuickCorrect™ automatically corrects misspelled words and capitalization errors. You can customize QuickCorrect by specifying which types
of errors you want to correct automatically.
In Corel DESIGNER, the quotation marks that are applied to text vary according to the language that you have selected. You can further
customize the quotation marks for different languages by using QuickCorrect. For example, you can change the style of double, single, and
straight quotation marks for a language.
Adding words to QuickCorrect lets you replace words and abbreviations that you often mistype. The next time you type the misspelled
word, QuickCorrect corrects the word automatically. You can use this feature to create shortcuts to frequently used words and phrases. For
example, you can store the phrase “for your information” under the abbreviation “FYI” so that each time you type “FYI” followed by a space,
it is replaced with the phrase.
You can have QuickCorrect add corrections made with the spelling checker to its word list so that the next time you misspell the word the
same way, it is automatically corrected.
You can also undo a QuickCorrect correction.
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To customize QuickCorrect
1 Click Text  Writing tools  QuickCorrect.
2 Enable any of the following check boxes:
• Capitalize first letter of sentences
• Correct two initial, consecutive capitals
• Capitalize names of days
• Automatic hyperlink
• Replace text while typing
The Correct two initial, consecutive capitalsoption doesn’t make a change when a capital letter is followed by a space or period, or
if a word contains other capital letters.
Instead of enabling the Capitalize first letter of sentences check box, you can change the text case to sentence case. For more
information, see “To change the text case” on page 404.
To customize quotation marks for different languages
1 Click Text  Writing tools  QuickCorrect.
2 Choose a language from the Language list box.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Change straight quotation marks to typographic (“curly”) quotation
marks
Enable the Change straight quotes to typographic quotes check
box.
Insert straight quotation marks when the quotation mark follows a
number
Enable the Use straight quotation marks after numbers check
box.
Change the appearance of single quotation marks
Choose a quotation mark style from the Open and Close list boxes,
or type a character in each of the boxes.
Change the appearance of double quotation marks
Choose a quotation mark style from the Open and Close list boxes,
or type a character in each of the boxes.
Straight quotation marks are sometimes used to represent feet ( ' ) and inches ( " ).
To add words to QuickCorrect
1 Click Text
 Writing tools  QuickCorrect.
2 Enable the Replace text while typing check box.
3 In the Replace box, type the text to be replaced.
4 Type the replacement text in the With box.
5 Click Add.
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You can use this feature to create shortcuts to frequently used words and phrases. Type the abbreviation in the Replace box, and the
word or phrase in the With box.
To add spelling corrections to QuickCorrect
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-clickText, and click Spelling.
3 Enable the Add corrections to QuickCorrect check box.
To undo a QuickCorrect correction
• Click Edit  Undo QuickCorrect.
Using the spelling checker and Grammatik
The writing tools let you check your text in many ways. By using the spelling checker and Grammatik, you can check the spelling and
grammar in an entire drawing, part of a drawing, or only selected text.
You can manually edit text and then resume checking the drawing.
The spelling checker and Grammatik replace words or phrases in two ways: you can choose a word, or define an automatic replacement for
a word. Defining automatic replacement words is useful for words that are regularly misspelled. Automatic replacement words are stored in
a user word-list file. For more information about user word-list files, see “Using word lists” on page 452.
You can skip a writing error once but flag subsequent occurrences of the problem, or you can skip the error throughout the entire
proofreading session.
To check the spelling or grammar in an entire drawing
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Choose Document from the Check list box.
3 Click Start.
To check the spelling or grammar in part of a drawing
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 From the Check list box, choose one of the following:
• Paragraph
• Selected text
• Sentence
• Word
3 Click one of the following:
• Start— begins a new check
• Resume — continues an interrupted check
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The options available from the Check list box vary according to the type of drawing that you are checking.
To check the spelling or grammar of selected text
1 Select the text you want to check.
2 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
By default, the Auto start command is enabled for the spelling checker and Grammatik. If you want to disable the Auto start command,
click Options  Auto start; to check a drawing, you must click the Start button in the Writing tools dialog box.
To edit text manually
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 When the spelling or grammar checker stops on a word or phrase, click where you want to make changes.
3 Edit the text.
To replace a word or phrase
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 When the spelling or grammar checker stops, choose a word or phrase from the Replacements list.
3 Click Replace.
If the spelling checker does not offer replacement words, you can edit text manually in the Replace with box.
To define automatic text replacements
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 When the spelling or grammar checker stops on a word, click Auto replace.
To skip a spelling or grammar error once
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 When the spelling or grammar checker stops, click Skip once.
To skip all occurrences of an error
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
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• Grammatik
2 When the spelling or grammar checker stops, click Skip all.
You can also skip all occurrences of a word for all proofreading sessions by adding it to a user word list. For more information about
user word-list files, see “Using word lists” on page 452.
Using the thesaurus
You can use the thesaurus to refine your writing style. The thesaurus lets you look up options such as synonyms, antonyms, and related
words.
You can replace a word by using the thesaurus. When you look up a word, the thesaurus provides a short definition and a list of the lookup
options selected. The thesaurus also maintains a history list of the words that you have looked up. Each time you start the thesaurus, it
begins a new history list.
The thesaurus automatically replaces a word with a suggested word, but you can also use the thesaurus to insert words.
To replace a word
1 Select a word.
2 Click Text  Writing tools  Thesaurus.
3 Click Look up.
4 In the list of categories, double-click a definition and click a word.
5 Click Replace.
You can also
Look up words suggested by the thesaurus
View definitions in the pane to the right of the suggested words.
Look up any word
Type a word in the list box at the top of the Thesaurus page. Click
Look up.
Look up recently checked words
Choose a word from the list box at the top of the Thesaurus page.
In some instances, you are prompted to select the correct form of the word that you want to insert. This prompt appears when the
word that you want to replace is spelled the same in both the present and past tenses (for example, “read”), or when the word can
be used as more than one part of speech (for example, “wonder,” which can be used as either a noun or a verb).
Click the left and right arrows to scroll through word lists.
To insert a word
1 In the drawing, click where you want to insert the word.
2 Click Text  Writing tools  Thesaurus.
3 Type a word in the box at the top of the Thesaurus page.
4 Click Look up.
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5 Choose a word from the list box.
6 Click Insert.
In some instances, you are prompted to select the correct form of the word that you want to insert. This prompt appears when the
word that you want to replace is spelled the same in both the present and past tenses (for example, “read”), or when the word can
be used as more than one part of speech (for example, “wonder,” which can be used as either a noun or a verb).
Working with languages
A drawing can contain text that alternates between different languages. For example, if English is the default language of your computer’s
operating system, and you also have a French language module installed, you can use the writing tools to check the spelling or grammar
of both French and English text. When you run the spelling checker or Grammatik, Corel DESIGNER checks words, phrases, and sentences
according to their assigned language. This prevents foreign words from being marked as misspellings. You can use the writing tools the
same way you would if the text were all in one language.
You can select from a list of writing tool languages when you install the application. If you did not perform a custom installation to include
additional languages, only the default writing tool language is installed.
For more information about installing a Writing Tools language module, see “Changing the language” on page 59.
You can also check for the formatting conventions of another language. For example, the spelling checker can format all dates in a drawing
according to French conventions (such as “12 avril 2005”).
Many of the languages support hyphenation. Hyphenation lets you reduce the raggedness of text along the right margin by dividing a word
that falls at the end of a line, instead of forcing the entire word to the next line.
You can also specify which quotation marks to use for different languages. For more information, see “To customize quotation marks for
different languages” on page 442.
To assign a language to text
1 Select the text.
2 Click Text  Writing tools  Language.
3 In the Text language dialog box, choose a language from the list.
You can assign a language to selected words, sentences, or paragraphs.
To use the writing tools for the language you select in the Text language dialog box, the module for that language must be installed.
You can check which language has been assigned to text by selecting the text and viewing the three-letter language code that
appears in the status bar.
Customizing the writing tools
You can customize how the spelling is checked in a drawing. For example, you can choose how the spelling checker starts and whether it
searches for misspelled words, irregular capitalization, duplicate words, or words with numbers.
You can customize how Grammatik checks grammar in a drawing. For example, you can customize Grammatik to start automatically, to
prompt you before it automatically replaces words, and to show spelling suggestions for misspelled words.
You can customize the thesaurus to look up words or close automatically. The thesaurus can also be customized to suggest spelling
suggestions for misspelled words and to display multiple alternative word lists.
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To set spelling checker options
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Spell check.
2 Click Options, and then click one of the following:
• Auto start
• Beep on misspelled
• Recheck all text
• Check words with numbers
• Check duplicate words
• Check irregular capitalization
• Prompt before auto replacement
• Show phonetic suggestions
The options you click are applied the next time you open the spelling checker.
To set Grammatik options
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options, and click one of the following:
• Auto start
• Prompt before auto replacement
• Suggest spelling replacements
The options you click are applied the next time you open Grammatik.
To set thesaurus options
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Thesaurus.
2 Click Options, and click one of the following:
• Auto look up
• Auto close
• Spelling assist
The options you click are applied the next time you open the thesaurus.
Using checking styles
A checking style is a preset writing style rule applied to a drawing. Using a checking style lets you check a drawing that has a specific type of
writing. For example, you can choose an advertising checking style to check advertising copy or marketing materials.
You can create, delete, edit, and restore a checking style.
You can specify a maximum number of items when Grammatik checks the grammar of a drawing. For example, you can specify the
maximum number of consecutive nouns that Grammatik allows.
Choosing a formality level lets Grammatik check a drawing for strict or relaxed use of language and diction. Each checking style has a default
level of formality assigned to it. Each formality level focuses on a different style of writing. You can choose from three formality levels:
informal, standard, and formal.
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To select a checking style
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose one of the following:
• Spelling plus
• Quick check
• Very strict
• Formal memo or letter
• Informal memo or letter
• Technical or scientific
• Documentation or speech
• Student composition
• Advertising
• Fiction
• Grammar As-You-Go™
4 Click Select.
A checking style remains in effect until you disable the checking style or choose another one.
To create a checking style
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose Very strict from the list.
4 Click Edit.
5 In the Edit checking styles dialog box, disable any rule classes in the Rule classes list that you do not want to include.
6 Modify any of the settings.
7 Click Save as.
8 In the Save as checking style dialog box, type a name in the Custom style namebox.
To delete a checking style
1 Click Text  Writing tools
 Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose a checking style from the list.
4 Click Delete.
You can delete custom checking styles, but you cannot delete preset checking styles.
To edit a checking style
1 Click Text  Writing tools
 Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose a checking style.
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4 Click Edit.
5 Modify any of the settings.
6 Click Save.
When you save an edited checking style, an asterisk (*) is added to the style name.
To restore an edited checking style
1 Click Text
 Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose an edited checking style from the list.
4 Click Edit.
5 Click Restore.
If you want to save an edited or restored checking style with a new name, click Save as, and type the new name in the Save as checking
style dialog box.
Custom checking styles saved with new names cannot be returned to default settings.
To specify the maximum number of specific items
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose a checking style from the list.
4 Click Edit.
5 In the Maximum allowed area, type values in any of the following boxes:
• Consecutive nouns
• Consecutive prepositional phrases
• Long sentence length
• Spell numbers below or equal to
• Words allowed in split infinitive
Set the Spell numbers below or equal to value to zero if you do not want numerals to be flagged as errors.
To change a formality level
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options
 Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose a checking style from the list.
4 Click Edit.
5 In the Formality levels area, enable one of the following:
• Informal
• Standard
• Formal
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Using rule classes
Rule classes contain groups of grammar and style rules. Grammatik uses rule classes to detect common writing errors.
You can enable or disable rules at any time during a Grammatik session. When you disable a rule, Grammatik ignores all the errors
associated with that rule during the current proofreading session. You can also choose which rule classes to apply during a Grammatik
session or save a new set of rules as a checking style.
To enable a rule
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Turn on rules.
3 In the Turn on rules dialog box, choose the rules you want to enable from the Rules list.
The Turn on rules command is available only when you have disabled a rule during proofreading. Otherwise, it is grayed.
To disable a rule
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Start a new grammar-checking session.
3 When Grammatik alerts you to an error that you do not want to flag, click Turn off.
To add rule classes
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Checking styles.
3 In the Checking styles dialog box, choose a checking style from the list.
4 Click Edit.
5 In the Edit checking styles dialog box, enable any check boxes beside the rule classes in the Rule classes list that you want to add.
To save a set of rules as a new checking style
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Save rules.
3 In the Save rules dialog box, click Save as.
4 In the Save as checking style dialog box, type a name in the Custom style name box.
The Save rules command is available only when a rule has been turned off.
Analyzing a drawing
Grammatik lets you analyze the grammatical structure of text in a drawing. You can analyze parts of a sentence and parts of speech. When
Grammatik analyzes a sentence, it assigns a sentence part to each word or group of words. Grammatik uses Parse Tree to let you view the
parts of a sentence. When Grammatik analyzes text, it assigns a part of speech to each word in a sentence. You can view the parts of speech
that Grammatik assigns to a sentence.
You can view a basic counts report to analyze a writing style. The basic counts report determines if there are too many long words or if
paragraphs are too long and complicated for the reader to easily understand.
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You can also view a flagged errors report to analyze a writing style. The flagged errors report lists the types of errors flagged in a drawing
and reports the number of times each error was flagged. You can also use this report to identify the types of grammar problems that often
appear in a drawing.
Viewing a readability report lets you analyze the amount of skill required for a reader to understand the text in a drawing. Grammatik
analyzes the readability of a drawing by comparing the text with a comparison document. You can choose from one of three Grammatik
comparison documents, or you can add a custom comparison document.
To view a parse tree
1 Click Text
 Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Analysis  Parse tree.
The location of the cursor determines the sentence that appears in the parse tree.
To view parts of speech
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Analysis  Parts of speech.
The location of the cursor determines the sentence that appears in the Parts of speech dialog box.
To view a basic counts report
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Analysis  Basic counts.
To view a flagged errors report
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Analysis  Flagged.
To view the readability of a drawing
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
2 Click Options  Analysis  Readability.
3 In the Readability dialog box, choose a comparison document from the Comparison document list box.
To add a comparison document
1 Open the drawing you want to use as a comparison document.
2 Click Text  Writing tools  Grammatik.
3 Click Options  Analysis  Readability.
4 In the Readability dialog box, click Add document.
Grammatik lets you add only one custom comparison document. If you add a second document, it overwrites the first custom
comparison document.
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Using word lists
A word list is a list of words or phrases scanned when you proof text by using the writing tools. Writing tools scan two types of word
lists: user word lists and main word lists. Each language comes with a default user word list. You can customize user word lists by adding,
deleting, or replacing words. Main word lists are lists of specialized words used by the spelling checker for a particular language, field or
company.
You can choose a user word list to help proof a text. You can have up to 10 user word lists active simultaneously. For example, if you want
the spelling checker to scan both the US English and the Canadian English main word lists, choose both lists. If you work in the medical
profession, you can select a third-party medical word list that runs with the writing tools. Each language supported by the spelling checker
has a default main word list. The active user word lists are scanned first; if the word or phrase is not found there, the active main word lists
are scanned. You can add, disable, or remove word lists.
You can add a word to a user word list so that the word is not flagged as an error. You can also add replacement words to a user word list,
which lets you choose a replacement when the spelling checker or Grammatik stops on a word.
You can edit or delete words in a user word list at any time.
To choose a user word list
1 Click Text
 Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options
 User word lists.
3 Enable the User word list check box.
If there is only one user word list, no check box appears.
The default user word list for the language is always enabled.
To add a user word list
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options
 User word lists.
3 Click in the User word lists list where you want to position the new user word list.
4 Click Add list.
5 In the Add user word list dialog box, choose the new user word list.
6 Click Open.
The filename extension for a user word list is .uwl.
When you check a drawing, the user word lists are scanned in the order of their appearance in the User word lists dialog box.
To disable a user word list
1 ClickText
 Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
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2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 Disable the check box that corresponds to a user word list.
The default user word list for the language is always enabled.
To remove a user word list
1 Click Text  Writing tools  Spell check.
2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 Choose a user word list.
4 Click Remove list.
You cannot remove the default language word list.
To add a word to a user word list
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 In the User word lists dialog box, choose a user word list.
4 Type a word in the Word/phrase box.
5 If you want to add a replacement word, type it in the Replace with box.
6 Click Add entry.
7 Click Close.
In the spelling checker, replacement words appear in the Replacements box.
Click Add from the Spell checker or Grammatik pages to add the word to the current user word list.
You can also add short phrases to a user word list.
To add alternative words to a user word list
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 In the User word lists dialog box, choose a user word list.
4 Type a word in the Word/phrase box.
5 Type a replacement word in the Replace with box.
6 Click Add entry.
7 Click Close.
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You can also add short phrases to a user word list.
To edit a word or phrase in a user word list
1 Click Text
 Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 Choose the user word list that contains the word or phrase you want to edit.
4 Choose the word or phrase you want to edit.
5 Edit the word or phrase in the Replace with box.
6 Click Replace entry.
If the word list you want to edit does not appear in the User word lists dialog box, click Add list to open the list.
To delete a word or phrase from a user word list
1 Click Text  Writing tools, and click one of the following:
• Spell check
• Grammatik
2 Click Options  User word lists.
3 Choose the word list you want to edit.
4 Choose the word or phrase you want to delete.
5 Click Delete entry.
Checking statistics
You can check text statistics to count text elements, including the number of lines, words, characters, and the names of the fonts and styles
used. You can display statistics either for selected text objects or for the entire drawing. If no text is selected, all text elements in the drawing,
including tab and space characters, are counted.
To count text elements for an entire drawing
1 Click a blank space in the drawing window.
2 Click Text  Text statistics.
You can also
Count text elements for selected text
Select a block of text. Click Text  Text statistics.
If you want to display information about the styles used, enable the Show style statistics check box.
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Reference: Using writing tools
Grammatik uses the following notations to identify parts of speech or parts of a sentence.
Notation in Grammatik
Grammatical term
Explanation
3v
third-person present verb
The following sentences use the thirdperson present-tense verb form:
“He waits.”
“She brushes her hair.”
“Does it sing?”
<>
punctuation
Punctuation clarifies the meaning of a
phrase or statement. Examples:
•period (.)
•comma (,)
•question mark (?)
abrv
abbreviation
An abbreviation is a shortened version of a
word. For example, “etc.” is an abbreviation
of “etcetera.”
adj
adjective
An adjective modifies a noun. Example: a
“good” book.
adv
adverb
An adverb modifies a verb or an adjective.
Examples:
•go “quickly”
•a “very” good book
aux
auxiliary verb
An auxiliary verb is a form of “be,” “have,”
or “do.” Examples:
•“is” coming
•“had” not run
•“did” he say
bv
base verb
A base verb is the form of a verb that comes
after “to” in an infinitive, or after a modal
(such as “would”).
c/s
comparative/superlative
The comparative and superlative forms of
adjectives or adverbs indicate a degree of
comparison. Examples:
•happier
•slowest
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Notation in Grammatik
Grammatical term
Explanation
cj
conjunction
A conjunction joins words, phrases, or
clauses. Examples:
•the book “and” the pen
•I want to leave “because” it is late.
det
determiner
A determiner is a type of adjective.
Examples:
•a
•an
•the
•some
•these
•any
direct object
direct object
A direct object receives the action. Example:
Bob opened “the box.”
ij
interjection
An interjection is an exclamation. Examples:
•Hi!
•Oh!
•Hey!
indirect object
indirect object
An indirect object tells “to whom” or “for
whom” the action of the sentence occurs.
Examples:
•Bob gave “her” an apple.
•I sent “him” a postcard.
inf
split infinitive
A split infinitive is a verb in its infinitive form
(to be, to run) that is split by intervening
modifiers. For example, in the split infinitive
“to boldly go,” the adverb “boldly” splits
the infinitive “to go.”
main clause
main clause
A main clause is complete in meaning
without any other sentence component.
Examples:
•Let’s have the picnic today unless it
rains. (Main clause: “Let’s have the picnic
today”)
•When not in school, children play. (Main
clause: “children play”)
mod
modal
A modal is a type of auxiliary verb.
Examples:
•will
•must
•can
•should
•might
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Notation in Grammatik
Grammatical term
Explanation
num
number
A number expresses a quantity. Examples:
•“three” boys
•“497” days
•“62” percent
phrasal
phrasal preposition
A phrasal preposition is a preposition that
belongs to, but is separated from, a verb
phrase. Example: put the book “down.”
pn
plural noun
A plural noun is the plural form of a noun.
Examples:
•books
•children
poss
possessive noun
A possessive noun shows ownership. It
is used as an adjective to modify another
noun. Examples:
•“dog’s” leg
•,“students’” cars
•,“Joe’s” son
ppt
past participle
A past participle is a past-tense verb form.
Example: The note was “written” in ink.
prep phr
prepositional phrase
A prepositional phrase consists of a
preposition and its object, plus any
modifiers. Prepositional phrases function as
adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Example: We
came back “for the second show.”
pres-p
present participle
A present participle is a verb form that can
function as part of a verb phrase or as an
adjective. It is usually created by adding
“ing” to the base verb. Examples:
•He is “writing” a book.
•She is “going” to bed.
•The lawyers presented “closing”
arguments.
prn
pronoun
A pronoun takes the place of a noun.
Examples:
•I
•me
•you
•mine
•yourself
•these
•who
•which
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Notation in Grammatik
Grammatical term
Explanation
pv
past tense
The past tense expresses actions that have
already occurred. Examples:
•He “wrote” the book.
•We “went” to the store.
relative clause
relative clause
A relative clause is a type of subordinate
clause that acts like an adjective, describing
the noun or pronoun that precedes it. A
relative clause usually begins with a relative
pronoun, such as “who,” “whom,” or
“what.” Example: The employees “who
worked diligently” were rewarded.
rel prn
relative pronoun
A relative pronoun introduces a subordinate
clause and links it with an independent
clause. Examples: The noise “that” scared
you was made by the boy “who” lives next
door.
sn
singular noun
A singular noun is the name of one person,
place, thing, or idea. Examples:
•Tom
•Canada
•pen
•health
subject
subject
The subject of a clause performs an action.
A subject can be one word or several.
Examples:
•“John” ran.
•“The cats” meowed.
•“All the children and their mothers” took
naps.
subordinate clause
subordinate clause
A subordinate clause, which is also called
a dependent clause cannot stand alone.
It depends on another clause to complete
its meaning. Example: We will have the
meeting today, “because everyone is here.”
that clause
that-clause
A that-clause is a specialized subordinate
clause starting with “that.” Example: We
were sure “that you would pay us.”
verb or verb phrase
verb or verb phrase
A verb or verb phrase shows action. Verbs
can contain one word or several words,
but Grammatik uses “verb phrase” when
the verb consists of more than one word.
Examples:
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Notation in Grammatik
Grammatical term
Explanation
•John “ran.”
•He “has gone.
wh-clause
wh-clause
A wh-clause is a specialized subordinate
clause starting with “when,” “how,” “why,”
or “where.” A wh-clause can serve as a
noun, an adverb, or an adjective. Examples:
•We knew “where she would go.”
•I will tell you “when I go.”
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Working with templates
A template is a collection of styles and page layout settings that govern the layout and appearance of a drawing. Templates are sometimes
referred to as “templets.”
You can use the preset templates provided with Corel DESIGNER, and you can create and use custom templates.
This section includes the following topics:
• “Searching for templates” (page 463)
• “Using templates” (page 465)
• “Creating templates” (page 465)
• “Editing templates” (page 466)
Searching for templates
Corel DESIGNER provides an easy way of finding templates.
Searching
You can search by the name, category, or reference information associated with a template. For example, if you type “contemporary” in the
text field, the application automatically filters out all files that do not match, and you see only the files that have the word “contemporary”
in the template name, category, or designer notes attached to the file.
By default, the application searches all locations that Instant Search (on Windows 7 and Windows 8) is configured to index. You can also
browse for templates in other locations, which Instant Search is not configured to index. For more information about configuring Instant
Search on Windows 7 and Windows 8, see the Windows Help.
You can cancel a search at any time.
Filtering search results
You can narrow the search results by using different criteria, such as document type (for example, brochure, flyer, newsletter, or postcard)
and industry (for example, hospitality or retail). You can choose to view only templates that you have created or all templates (the templates
included with Corel DESIGNER and provided by third-party designers, as well as templates that you have created).
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Viewing templates and template information
You can increase the size of thumbnails to recognize a particular template easier and faster, and you can decrease thumbnail size to view
more search results at a glance.When you select a template in the viewing area, additional information is displayed about the template’s
category, style, pagination, and fold options, as well as any designer notes related to its intended use.
To search for templates
1 Click File  New from template.
2 In the New from template dialog box, type a word in the Search box, and press Enter.
Thumbnails that match the search term appear in the Templates pane.
3 From the View by list box in the Filter pane, choose one of the following categories:
• Type — sorts templates by document type, such as brochure, flyer, or newsletter
• Industry — sorts templates by the industry that the template was designed for (for example, hospitality, retail, or services)
4 In the category list, click a category.
To view all templates (that is, templates included with Corel DESIGNER, created by third-party designers, or created by you or others),
click All. To view only templates that you have created, click My templates.
Custom templates that do not contain any category information are displayed under My templates.
If the Corel DESIGNER shell integration components are not installed (that is, if you have disabled the Windows Shell Extension
option under Utilities in the Setup wizard during a custom installation), you can search for templates only by filename, not by name,
keywords, or other reference information.
You can also start a search by entering a search term in the Search box and clicking the Start search button
.
To view templates and template information
1 Click File  New from template.
2 In the New from template dialog box, search for templates.
3 Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
To
Do the following
Increase or decrease the size of thumbnails
Drag the Zoom slider to the right or left.
View template details
Click a thumbnail in the Templates pane. The template details are
displayed in the Template details pane.
If the Template details pane is hidden, click the Show/Hide
template details button
to display it.
View designer notes
Click a thumbnail in the Templates pane. The designer notes are
displayed in the Designer notes pane.
Print designer notes
Click the Print designer notes button
of the Designer notes pane.
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in the lower-left corner
To
Do the following
If there are no designer notes associated with a template, the Print
designer notes button is disabled.
Using templates
When you start a document from a template by using the File  New from template command, Corel DESIGNER formats the page according
to the page layout settings in the template and then loads all objects and template’s styles into the new document. With this method, you
can search and browse for templates.
If you want to use only the styles from a template, you can create a blank document by using the File  Open command.
You can also import styles from a template into a document at any time.
To start a document from a template
1 Click File  New from template.
2 Search or browse for templates.
3 Choose a template from the Templates list.
4 Click Open.
For information about searching for templates, see “To search for templates” on page 464.
You can also start a document from a template by clicking File  Open, locating the template, double-clicking it, and enabling the
New from template check box in the Open dialog box. If you want to use only the template’s styles, disable the With contents
check box.
To import styles from a template into a document
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, open the Import, export, or save defaults flyout, and then click the Import style sheet button
.
3 Locate the folder where the template is stored.
4 Click the template that contains the styles that you want to load.
5 Click Open.
Only the template styles are imported. Page layout settings and objects saved with the template are ignored. The attributes of existing
objects are maintained.
Creating templates
If the preset templates do not meet your needs, you can create your own templates, based on documents that you often use. For example, if
you regularly put together a newsletter, you can save the page layout settings and styles to a template.
When you save a template, Corel DESIGNER allows you to add reference information, such as pagination, folds, category, industry, and other
important notes. Although adding template information is optional, doing so makes it easier to organize and locate templates later on. For
example, adding descriptive notes to a template lets you subsequently search for that template by entering text from the notes.
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To create a template
1 Click File  Save as template.
2 Type a name in the File name list box.
3 Locate the folder where you want to save the template.
4 Click Save.
5 In the Template properties dialog box, specify the options you want:
• Name — Assign a name to your template. This name will appear with the thumbnail in the Templates pane.
• Sided — Choose a pagination option.
• Folds — Choose a fold from the list, or choose Other and type the fold type in the text box next to the Folds list box.
• Type — Choose an option from the list, or choose Other and type the template type in the text box next to the Type list box.
• Industry — Choose an option from the list, or choose Other and type the industry for which the template is designed.
• Designer notes — Type important information about the intended use of the template.
If you click Cancel, you close the Template properties dialog box without saving the template.
If you save a template to a previous version of Corel DESIGNER (12.5 or earlier), you cannot add reference information.
The Designer notes text box supports HTML markup, so you can paste such content as graphics and hyperlinks. Graphics pasted
from an HTML file are referenced from their original location and are not embedded in the Corel DESIGNER document. Therefore, if
you plan to share a template with others, make sure that they have access to the location of the graphics. If you paste formatted text
(also known as “rich text”) from a Rich Text Format (RTF) or HTML file, the formatting properties of the text are preserved.
If you don’t want to add reference information, click OK without specifying any of the options.
You can also enter designer notes by copying content from another document and pasting it into the Designer notes text box.
To format text in the Designer notes text box, use the following shortcut keys:
• Ctrl + B — applies bold formatting to selected text
• Ctrl + I — italicizes selected text
• Ctrl + U — underlines selected text
• Ctrl + K — lets you assign a hyperlink to selected text
Editing templates
You can edit a template by making changes to the styles, page layout settings, or objects. For example, if you like a template but want to
make it more versatile, you can add styles that you’ve created or that you’ve taken from another template. For information about editing
styles, see “Editing styles and style sets” on page 470. For information about setting page layout options, see “Specifying the page layout”
on page 487.
To edit a template
1 Click File  Open.
2 Locate the folder where the template is stored.
3 Double-click a template filename.
4 In the Open dialog box, enable the Open for editing check box.
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Working with styles and style sets
Corel DESIGNER provides advanced style capabilities that allow you to format your documents with speed, ease, and consistency. You can
create and apply styles and style sets to different types of objects: graphic objects, artistic and paragraph text, callout and dimension objects,
and any objects created with the Artistic Media tools.
Styles and style sets are groups of attributes that determine the appearance of objects. When you apply a style or style set to an object, all
the attributes defined in that style are applied to the object in one step. That is how you can format simultaneously many different objects
and significantly reduce your set-up and production time. What is more, when you edit a style or style set, all the objects defined by that
style are automatically updated.
You can also export styles and style sets as style sheets for use in other documents, or import them from previously saved style sheets.
This section includes the following topics:
• “Creating styles and style sets” (page 467)
• “Applying styles and style sets” (page 470)
• “Editing styles and style sets” (page 470)
• “Managing default object properties” (page 471)
• “Exporting and importing style sheets” (page 473)
• “Assigning keyboard shortcuts to styles or style sets” (page 473)
• “Finding objects that use a specific style or style set” (page 474)
• “Breaking the link between objects and styles or style sets” (page 474)
Creating styles and style sets
A style is a group of formatting attributes that defines an object property, such as outline or fill. For example, to define an outline style, you
can specify attributes such as outline width, color, and type of line. To define a character style, you can specify the font type, font style and
size, text color and background color, character position, caps, and more. Corel DESIGNER lets you create and apply outline, fill, paragraph,
character, and text frame styles.
Corel DESIGNER lets you group styles into style sets. A style set is a collection of styles that helps you define the appearance of an object.
For example, you can create a style set containing a fill style and an outline style that you can apply to graphic objects such as rectangles,
ellipses, and curves.
There are two options for creating styles. You can create a style or style set based on the formatting of an object that you like, or you can
create a style or style set from scratch by setting the object attributes in the Object styles docker.
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In Corel DESIGNER, styles can contain other styles. A style that contains another style is called a parent; a style that is contained within
another style is called a child. Properties are automatically inherited from the parent; however, you can override inherited properties for a
child and set its own specific properties. When you modify the parent style, the child style is updated automatically. If you set child-specific
attributes, the attributes are no longer related to the parent, so if you modify the parent, the child-specific attributes will not be modified.
The parent-child relationship applies to style sets as well.
You can use child and parent styles in documents where you want objects to share some, but not all, attributes, and you need to make
global changes on a regular basis. For example, if you are working on a long document and you want to have headings and subheadings
with similar formatting, you can create a parent character style for the headings and a child character style for the subheadings. The parent
and the child styles can share the same color and font type but differ in size. If you choose a different color or font type for the parent, both
the headings and the subheadings will be updated automatically. The subheadings, however, will still appear smaller than the headings.
To create a style from an object
1 Using the Pick tool
, right-click an object.
2 Choose Object styles, choose New style from, and point to a style type.
A preview shows you what object attributes will be included in the new style.
3 Click a style type.
4 In the New style from dialog box, type a name in the New style name box.
If the Object styles docker is not open, enable the Open object styles docker check box in the New style from dialog box.
You can also create a style from an object by right-clicking the Styles folder in the Object styles docker, choosing New from
selected, and then choosing a style type.
To create a style set from an object
1 Using the Pick tool
, right-click an object.
2 Choose Object styles, and point to New style set from.
A preview shows you what object attributes will be included in the new style set.
3 Click New style set from.
4 In the New style set from dialog box, type a name in the New style set name box.
If the Object styles docker is not open, enable the Open object styles docker check box in the New style set from dialog box.
You can also create a style set from an object by dragging the object to the Style sets folder in the Object styles docker. If you drag
the object over an existing style set in the Style sets folder, the attributes of the object replace the attributes of the style set, and all
objects to which the style set has been applied are automatically updated.
To define a style
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, click the New style button
, and choose a style type.
The style appears in the Styles folder with a name assigned by the application, for example “Fill 1.”
3 Specify the style attributes that you want.
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You can also
Rename a style
Right-click a style, click Rename, type a new name, and press
Enter.
Delete a style
Do one of the following:
•Select a style in the Styles folder, and click the Delete style
button
.
•Right-click a style, and click Delete.
Duplicate a style
Right-click a style, and click Duplicate.
Create a child style
Do one of the following:
•Select a style in the Styles folder, and click the New child style
button
.
•Right-click a style, and click New child style.
To define a style set
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, click the New style set button
to create an empty style set to which you can add styles.
The style set appears in the Style sets folder with a name assigned by the application, for example “Style Set 1.”
3 Do one of the following:
• Click the Add or remove style button
next to the style set, and select the style types that you want to add to the style set. Then,
set the properties of each style.
• From the Styles folder, drag existing styles to the new style set.
You can also
Rename a style set
Right-click a style set in the Style sets folder, click Rename, type a
new name, and press Enter.
Delete a style set
Do one of the following:
•Select a style set in the Style sets folder, and click the Delete
style set button
.
•Right-click a style set, and click Delete.
Duplicate a style set
Right-click a style set, and click Duplicate.
Create a child style set
Do one of the following:
•Select a style set in the Style sets folder, and click the New child
style set button .
•Right-click a style set, and click New child style set.
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Applying styles and style sets
When you apply a style or a style set to an object, the object takes on only the attributes that are defined by the style or style set. For
example, if you apply an outline style, the object outline changes while its other attributes stay the same.
You can apply styles and styles sets by using the Object styles docker and the Property manager docker.
In the Property manager docker, attributes which are defined by a style appear with a source indicator that is green and has a vertical line in
the middle
. (The source indicator is the little square next to the attribute name.) If there is no style applied, the source indicator appears
blank
. If there is an override of the applied style, the source indicator color is orange with a horizontal line in the middle
.
To apply a style or style set to an object
1 Using the Pick tool
, select an object.
2 Click Window  Object styles.
3 In the Object styles docker, select a style or style set, and click Apply to selected.
To see a preview of the style or style set before applying it, point to it in the Object styles docker.
You can also apply a style by clicking a source indicator next to an object property (outline, fill, character, paragraph, or frame) in the
Property manager docker and choosing a style from the list of styles.
You can also apply a style or style set to a selected object by using any of the following methods:
• In the Object styles docker, double-click a style or style set.
• Right-click the object, choose Object styles, choose Apply style, and then choose a style or style set from the list.
• In the Object styles docker, right-click a style or style set, and choose Apply style or Apply style set.
• In the Object styles docker, select a style or style set, and drag it to the object.
Editing styles and style sets
You can edit a style or style set either by changing its attributes in the Object styles docker, or by changing the attributes of an object linked
to the style or style set, and then applying these changes to the style or style set.
You can also edit a style or style set by copying attributes from an object to the style or style set.
You can override style attributes. When you override an attribute, it is no longer related to the style definition, and changes to the style do
not affect the object until you remove the override.
To edit a style
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, open the Styles folder, and select a style.
3 In the style properties area of the Object styles docker, modify the attributes you want.
To edit a style set
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, open the Style sets folder, and select a style set.
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3 Click the Add or remove style button
next to the style set, and click the style type that you want to add or remove from the style
set.
Check marks appear next to the style types that are included in the style set.
In the style properties area of the Object styles docker, you can edit the styles that are included in the style set.
To edit a style or style set by editing an object
1 Using the Pick tool
, select an object that has a style or style set applied to it.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, edit the object properties.
4 In the document window, right-click the object, choose Object styles from the context menu, and choose Apply to style.
The new attributes of the object replace the attributes of the styles or style sets associated with this object.
To edit a style or style set by copying properties from an object
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 Drag an object from the document window over a style or style set name in the Object styles docker.
You can also copy the properties of an object to a style or style set by right-clicking the style or style set in the Object styles docker,
choosing Copy properties from, and then clicking an object in the document window.
To override a style attribute
1 Using the Pick tool
, select an object that has a style applied to it.
2 Click Edit  Property manager.
3 In the Property manager docker, edit an object attribute defined by a style.
The source indicator next to the attribute changes from green with a vertical line
the object attribute is no longer defined by the style.
to orange with a horizontal line
, showing that
To remove a style override, do one of the following:
• Click the orange source indicator
, and choose Revert.
• In the document window, right-click the object by using the Pick tool
, choose Object styles from the context menu,
and choose Revert to style.
Managing default object properties
The default object properties in Corel DESIGNER control the appearance of text and graphic objects in the active document. For example,
when you install Corel DESIGNER for the first time, the default properties for graphic objects determine that each new graphic object has a
black outline and no fill.
You can modify the default properties of the following types of objects: artistic media, artistic text, callout, dimension, graphic, and
paragraph text. When you modify the defaults, Corel DESIGNER automatically saves these changes to the current document. If you want to
use the custom settings in subsequent documents that you create, you can set them as the new document defaults.
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You can specify which object styles, style sets, color styles, or default object properties in the active drawing are set as the new document
defaults.
To edit default object properties
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, open the Default object properties folder, and choose one of the following object types:
• Artistic Media
• Artistic text
• Callout
• Dimension
• Graphic
• Paragraph text
3 Modify the attributes you want.
Any changes you make are applied to all new objects in the active document and are automatically saved with the document.
You can also
Undo changes by reverting selected default properties to the new
document defaults
Do one of the following:
• Click the Revert to new document default button
next to
the object type.
•Right-click the object type, and choose Revert to new document
default.
Undo changes to the default object properties for all object types
by reverting to the new document defaults
Do one of the following:
• Click the Revert all to new document default button
next
to the Default object properties folder.
•Right-click the Default object properties folder, and click Revert
all to new document default.
Set selected object properties as the default settings for new
documents
Do one of the following:
• Click the Set as new document default button
next to the
object type.
•Right-click the object type, and click Set as new document
default.
You can also edit the default object properties while editing any object in the document window. Right-click the Default object
properties folder in the Objects styles docker, and choose Update default properties when editing objects. Any change you make
to an object becomes the default setting for new objects.
To set the current style settings as the new document defaults
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, click the Import, export, or save defaults button
, and click Set as new document defaults.
3 Enable the check boxes for the settings that you’d like to save as the default settings for new documents.
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You can also save settings as the default settings for new documents by using the Options dialog box. For more information, see
“Saving defaults” on page 671.
Exporting and importing style sheets
You can make styles and style sets available for use in other documents by exporting them to a Corel DESIGNER style sheet (.cdss) file. A style
sheet contains all the object styles, style sets, color styles, and default object properties in the active document. You can also use styles and
style sets from other documents by importing the style sheet to which they were saved.
To export a style sheet
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, click the Import, export, or save defaults button
, and click Export style sheet.
3 In the Export style sheet dialog box, choose the folder where you want to save the style sheet.
4 Type a file name in the File name box.
5 Click Export.
6 Enable the check boxes for the settings you’d like to export from the document.
To import a style sheet
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, click the Import, export, or save defaults button
, and click Import style sheet.
3 In the Import style sheet dialog box, choose the folder where the style sheet is stored.
4 Select the file name, and click Import.
5 Enable the check boxes for the settings you’d like to import into the document.
You can also import styles and style sets from an existing Corel DESIGNER file by selecting the file in the Import style sheet dialog box
and clicking Import.
Assigning keyboard shortcuts to styles or style sets
You can assign a keyboard shortcut to a style or style set. When you press the keyboard shortcut, Corel DESIGNER applies the style or style
set to the selected object. A keyboard shortcut can use up to four different keystrokes.
If a keyboard shortcut is already assigned to another command, you can override the existing setting.
For more information about working with keyboard shortcuts, see “Customizing keyboard shortcuts” on page 673.
To assign a keyboard shortcut to a style or style set
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, right-click a style or style set, and click Assign keyboard shortcut.
The Options dialog box opens with the Shortcut keys tab of the Commands page displayed and Apply styles in the top list box
selected.
3 Select the style or style set to which you want to assign a shortcut.
If you have already assigned a keyboard shortcut to the selected style, the shortcut is displayed in the Current shortcut keys box.
4 Click in the New shortcut key box, and press a key combination.
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If the key combination is already assigned to another command, that command is listed in the Currently assigned to box.
5 Click Assign.
If the same keyboard shortcut is already assigned to another command, the second assignment overwrites the first. By enabling the
Navigate to conflict on assign check box, you can automatically navigate to the command whose shortcut you reassigned and
assign a new shortcut.
Finding objects that use a specific style or style set
Corel DESIGNER allows you to find objects with a specific style or style set in the active drawing. For example, you can find all text objects
that use a specific heading style.
To find objects that use a specific style or style set
1 Click Window  Object styles.
2 In the Object styles docker, open the styles or styles sets folder that contains a specific style or style set.
3 Right-click the style or style set, and choose Select objects using style.
Breaking the link between objects and styles or style sets
You can break the link between an object and the style or style set applied to it. When you break the link, the object retains its current
appearance. Subsequent changes to the style or style set will not affect the object attributes.
To break the link between an object and a style or style set
• In the document window, right-click an object by using the Pick tool
, choose Object styles from the context menu, and click Break
link to style.
If the Break link to style command is not available, there are no styles or style sets applied to this object.
You can also break the link between an object and a style by clicking the source indicator next to the styled property (outline, fill,
paragraph, character, or frame) in the Property manager docker and choosing Not styled.
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Working with color styles
A color style is a color you save and apply to objects in a document. Any time you update a color style, you also update all objects using that
color style. Color styles allow you to apply custom colors with ease and consistency.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Creating and applying color styles” (page 475)
• “Editing color styles” (page 478)
• “Viewing color styles” (page 482)
• “Exporting and importing color styles” (page 484)
• “Breaking the link between a color style and an object” (page 484)
Creating and applying color styles
You can create color styles from the colors of an existing object or from scratch. When you create a color style, the new color style is saved to
the active document and to the Color styles palette.
After you create a color style, you can apply it to objects in the document. Corel DESIGNER lets you access available color styles through
various controls: the Color styles docker, the Object styles docker, the Property manager docker, the Color styles palette, and the
Document palette. (A color style is automatically added to the Document palette when you apply it to an object.)
Color styles can be combined into groups called harmonies. A harmony allows you to link color styles into hue-based relationships and
modify them together as a set. By editing color styles in a harmony, you can quickly create a variety of alternate color schemes by shifting the
colors together, or you can alter the color composition of your artwork in one step.
Corel DESIGNER allows you to create a special type of color harmony called a gradient. A gradient consists of a master color style and a
number of shades of that color style. For most of the available color models and palettes, the derivative color styles share the same hue as
the master color style but have different saturation and brightness levels. With the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® and Custom spot color
palettes, the master color style and the derivative color styles are linked to one another but have different tint levels.
You can create a harmony from the colors of an existing object or from scratch.
Corel DESIGNER also lets you select all color styles that are not used in the document or merge unwanted color styles into others. It also lets
you convert color styles to different color modes or to spot colors to prepare your document for production printing.
To create a color style or harmony from a selected object
1 Select an object by using the Pick tool
.
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2 Click Window  Color styles.
3 In the Color styles docker, click the New color style button
, and choose New from selected.
4 In the Create color styles dialog box, enable one of the following options in the Create color styles from area:
• Object fill — creates a color style from the color of the object fill
• Object outline — creates a color style from the color of the object outline
• Both fill and outline — creates color styles from the object fill and outline colors
5 To group the new color styles based on hues of similar saturation and value, enable the Group color styles into harmonies check box,
and specify the number of harmonies in the box.
To convert the color styles to a different color mode, enable the Convert all color styles to check box, and choose a color mode from
the list box.
You can also create color styles or color harmonies from a selected object by using any of the following methods:
• Drag the selected object to the top part of the gray area in the Color styles docker to create independent color styles, or
drag the selected object to the bottom part of the gray area to create color styles grouped into harmonies. Then, specify the
settings you want in the Create color styles dialog box.
• Right-click the object in the document window, and choose Color styles  New from Selected. Then, specify the settings you
want in the Create color styles dialog box.
• Click the arrow button on the Color styles palette, and choose Add from selection.
To create a color style
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 Drag a swatch from any open palette to the top part of the gray area in the Color styles docker.
You can also create a color style by clicking the New color style button
, choosing New color style, and choosing a color in the
Color editor. The Color editor provides a variety of options to choose the right color: Eyedropper tool, color viewers, sliders, and
palettes. For more information about choosing colors, see “Working with color” on page 283.
If you want to create color styles from all the colors in your document, do one of the following:
• In the Color styles docker, click the New color style button
, and choose New from document.
• In the document window, right-click an object using the Pick tool
• On the Color styles palette, click the arrow button
, and choose Color styles
and choose Add from Document.
To create a color harmony
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click the New color harmony button
, and choose New color harmony.
A folder icon for the color harmony appears in the bottom part of the gray area.
3 Drag any color swatches or color style swatches to the harmony folder.
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 New from document.
You can also duplicate a harmony by selecting its folder in the Color styles docker, clicking the New color harmony button
,
and choosing Duplicate harmony.
You can resize the Color harmonies area so that you can view available color harmonies without scrolling by pointing to the grab
area, and when the cursor changes to a two-directional arrow, dragging the edge of the pane.
To create a gradient
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, select a color style as the master color for the gradient.
3 Click the New color harmony button
, and choose New gradient.
4 In the New gradient dialog box, specify the number of shades in the Number of colors box.
5 Adjust the Shade similarity slider.
Move the slider to the left to create very different shades; move the slider to the right to create very similar shades.
6 Enable one of the following options:
• Lighter shades — creates shades that are lighter than the master color
• Darker shades — creates shades that are darker than the master color
• Both — creates an equal number of light and dark shades
To apply a color style
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 Select an object by using the Pick tool
.
3 In the Color styles docker, do one of the following:
• Double-click a color style to apply a fill.
• Right-click a color style to apply an outline.
You can also
Delete a color style
Select the color style, and click the Delete button
Merge selected color styles with the last selected color style
Click the Merge button
Swap color styles
Select two color styles in the Color styles docker, and click the
Swap color styles button
.
.
. The fill color style becomes the
object outline, and the outline color style becomes the object fill.
Select all color styles which are not used in the document
Click the Select unused button
.
You can also apply a color style to a selected object by using any of the following methods:
• On the Color styles palette or the Document palette, click a color style to apply a fill or right-click a color style to apply an
outline. To open the Color styles palette, click Window  Color palettes  Color styles palette.
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• Drag a color style from a palette or the Color styles docker to the object.
• In the Outline or Fill section of the Property manager docker, click the source indicator next to the color picker, and choose
from the list of previously created color styles.
• You can also use the Object styles docker to apply a color style, if the object style that is assigned to an object contains a
color attribute, such as a fill or outline. In the style properties area of the Object styles docker, click the source indicator next
to a color picker, and choose from the list of previously saved color styles.
Editing color styles
You can edit an individual color style or a color style in a harmony.
When you edit a harmony, you can edit color styles simultaneously by preserving the relationship between them, or you can modify
individual color styles within the harmony.
When you change the hue of the master color style in a gradient, all its derivative shades are updated based on the new hue and the original
saturation and brightness value.
Harmony rules
You can apply a rule to a color harmony to shift all colors according to predetermined logic and create various color schemes (combinations).
The selected color in the color harmony is considered to be the base color and is used as reference to position the remaining colors on the
color wheel.
You can also use a harmony rule to create a color harmony from scratch. The resulting color harmony contains five colors that are created
randomly based on the chosen rule, and its base color is the selected color in the harmony swatch list.
The following harmony rules are available.
• Analogous — includes colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, creating clear and smooth color schemes
• Analogous - Accented — similar to the Analogous rule, but includes a complementary (contrasting) color in addition to the adjacent
colors
• Complementary (also known as “contrast”) — balances the base color with the opposite color on the color wheel. Warm and cold
colors are created for vibrant and energetic color schemes.
• Monochromatic — includes variations of a single color, creating soothing color schemes
• Tetrad — based on a pair of colors and their complements on the color wheel. This rule usually creates bold color harmonies and
requires careful planning when used.
• Triad — balances the base color with colors that are situated close to the opposite end of the color wheel, forming a triangle. This
harmony rule usually creates color schemes of soft contrast.
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Examples of color harmonies created from scratch by using harmony rules
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The icons on the harmony folders show that the color harmonies are based on different harmony rules.
From top to bottom: Analogous - Accented, Analogous, Complementary, Monochromatic, Tetrad, and Triad.
Editing color harmonies
You can edit color harmonies in various ways: by removing a previously applied harmony rule, by substituting the base color with the
opposite color on the color wheel, by moving colors to different arms on the color wheel, and by dragging the color harmony on the color
wheel.
You can select colors from multiple color harmonies and edit them simultaneously. This feature lets you edit multiple rule-based color
harmonies at the same time without removing the rules.
In addition, you can convert a color style to the Grayscale color mode from within the Color styles docker.
To edit a color style
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, select an individual color style or a color style in a harmony.
3 In the Color editor or Harmony editor, edit the color style by using any of the available controls: Eyedropper tool, color viewers, sliders,
and palettes.
For more information about choosing colors, see “Working with color” on page 283.
You can also
Rename a color style
Select the color style in the Color styles docker, and type a new
name in the name box at the top of the docker.
Convert a color style to a different color mode
Click the Convert button
, and choose a color mode from the
flyout.
Convert a color style to a spot color
To edit a color harmony
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click a harmony folder.
3 Do any of the following:
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Click the Convert button
, and choose Convert to Spot.
• In the Harmony editor, click a selector ring and drag to edit the color styles in the harmony. To constrain the movement of the selector
ring, hold down Ctrl while dragging the selector ring to preserve the original saturation, or hold down Shift to preserve the original
hue.
• In the Color editor, choose a color by using any of the available controls: Eyedropper tool, color viewers, sliders, and palettes. For
more information about choosing colors, see “Working with color” on page 283.
4 In the Harmony editor, move the Brightness slider to change the tint of the color.
If you want to specify the exact tint, type a value in the Brightness box.
To edit an individual color style in the harmony, select the style by clicking its swatch in the harmony folder, or by clicking its
respective selector ring or swatch in the Harmony editor.
You can resize the Color harmonies area so that you can view available color harmonies without scrolling by pointing to the grab
area, and when the cursor changes to a two-directional arrow, dragging the edge of the pane.
You can reorder color harmonies by dragging a color swatch.
To apply a rule to a color harmony
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click a harmony folder.
3 Choose a rule from the Harmony rule list box.
You can also
Create a rule-based color harmony from scratch
Make sure that no color styles are selected, and choose a rule from
the Harmony rule list box.
Distribute colors evenly when changing a harmony rule
Make sure the Distribute colors button
is enabled, and choose
a harmony rule from the Harmony rule list box.
Colors will be distributed evenly along the arms on the color wheel,
which can result in radical color changes.
When the Distributecolors button is disabled, color relationships in
the color harmony are maintained.
You can choose Custom from the Harmony rule list box to remove a previously applied rule or start a new harmony folder.
To edit a color harmony
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click a color style in a color harmony.
3 In the Harmony editor, perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Remove a rule from a color harmony
Click the Remove harmony rule button .
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To
Do the following
Change to the opposite color on the color wheel
Click the Switch to opposite color button Move a color to another arm
Holding down Alt, drag a selector ring to another arm.
.
This feature is available for color harmonies that are based on the
Complementary, Tetrad, or Triad harmony rule as well as custom
color harmonies.
Edit multiple color harmonies simultaneously
Click the color styles you want while holding down Ctrl, and drag a
selector ring in the Harmony editor.
Convert a color style to the Grayscale color mode
Click the Convert button
, and click Convert to grayscale.
You can also convert a color style or a color harmony to the Grayscale color mode in the Create color styles docker when you are
creating a color style or a color harmony from a selected object. For information about how to access the Create color styles docker,
see “To create a color style or harmony from a selected object” on page 475.
Viewing color styles
Several view options are available in the Color styles docker to help your work with color styles more easily.
Page Sorter view displays thumbnails of all pages in a document. When you edit a color style in Page Sorter view, you can see how all objects
that use the color style are changed. You can change the size of the page thumbnails to suit your needs.
Hint view shows what objects are associated with color styles. When you point to a color style in the Color styles docker, an indicator marks
the object that uses the color style in the document window.
Hint view helps you identify objects that use specific color styles.
In addition, you can show larger color swatches, and you can view empty arms in color harmonies in the Harmony editor.
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Two of the arms in this color harmony, based on the Tetrad harmony rule,
do not contain any colors, but are displayed to help with editing tasks.
To enable Page Sorter view
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click the View options button
, and click Page sorter view.
3 To change the size of the page thumbnails, click one of the following buttons on the property bar:
• Small thumbnails
• Medium thumbnails
• Large thumbnails
To return to the default page view, click the Page sorter view button
on the property bar.
To use Hint view
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click the View options button
, and click Hint view.
3 Point to a color style that was applied to an object.
A small indicator
appears in the center of the object that uses the color style.
To show larger color swatches
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click the View options button
, and click Use large swatches.
To show empty arms in a color harmony
1 Click Window  Color styles.
2 In the Color styles docker, click the View options button
, and click Show empty arms.
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Exporting and importing color styles
You can reuse color styles by adding them to custom palettes, saving them as the new document defaults, or exporting them to a style
sheet. You can also import color styles from other documents. For more information, see “Creating and editing custom color palettes ” on
page 294, “Managing default object properties ” on page 471, and “Exporting and importing style sheets ” on page 473.
Breaking the link between a color style and an object
When you break the link between a color style and an object, the object no longer derives its color properties from the color style; you can
update the color style without modifying the object.
To break the link between a color style and an object
• Right-click an object by using the Pick tool
, and choose Color styles
 Break link to color styles.
You can also break the link to a color style in the Property manager docker. Click the source indicator next to the color picker in the
Outline or Fill sections of the Property manager docker, and choose Break link to color style.
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Working with pages and layout tools
Corel DESIGNER lets you specify the size, orientation, unit of scale, and background of the drawing page. You can customize and display
page grids and guidelines to help you organize objects and place them exactly where you want. Rulers can help you position grids,
guidelines, and objects along a scale that uses units of your choice. Also, you can add and delete pages.
Page layout settings and tools are fully customizable and can be used as defaults for other drawings.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Specifying the page layout” (page 487)
• “Choosing a page background” (page 490)
• “Adding, duplicating, renaming, and deleting pages” (page 491)
• “Inserting page numbers” (page 493)
• “Using the rulers” (page 495)
• “Calibrating the rulers” (page 496)
• “Setting up the document grid” (page 496)
• “Setting up the baseline grid” (page 497)
• “Setting up guidelines” (page 498)
• “Modifying guidelines” (page 500)
• “Setting the drawing scale” (page 501)
Specifying the page layout
You can begin working on a drawing by specifying settings for the size, orientation, and layout style of the page. The options you choose
when specifying the page layout can be used as a default for all new drawings you create. You can also adjust the page size and orientation
settings to match the standard paper settings for printing.
Page size
There are two options for specifying a page size: choosing a preset page size and creating your own. You can choose from many preset page
sizes, ranging from legal-size paper and envelopes to posters and webpages. If a preset page size does not meet your needs, you can create
a custom page size by specifying a drawing’s dimensions.
You can save custom page sizes as presets for later use, and you can delete any custom preset page sizes that you no longer need.
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Page orientation
The orientation of the page can be landscape or portrait. In landscape orientation, the drawing’s width is greater than its height, and in
portrait orientation, the drawing’s height is greater than its width. Any pages you add to a drawing have the current orientation; however,
you can change the orientation of individual pages at any time.
Layout styles
When you use the default layout style (Full Page), each page in a document is considered a single page and prints on one sheet. You can
choose layout styles for multipage publications, such as booklets and brochures. The multipage layout styles — Book, Booklet, Tent Card,
Side-fold Card, Top-fold Card, and Tri-fold Brochure — split the page size into two or more equal parts. Each part is considered a separate
page. The advantage of working with separate parts is that you can edit each page in upright orientation, and in sequential order in the
drawing window, regardless of the layout required to print your document. When you are ready to print, the application automatically
arranges the pages in the order required for printing and binding.
Label styles
You can choose from more than 800 preset label formats from different label manufacturers. You can preview the dimensions of labels
and see how they fit on a printed page. If Corel DESIGNER does not provide a label style that meets your requirements, you can modify an
existing style or create and save your own original style.
To set the page size and orientation
1 Click Layout  Page setup.
The Options dialog box appears with the Page size page displayed.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Choose a preset page size
Choose a page size from the Size list box.
Match the page size and orientation to the printer settings
Click the Get page size from printer button.
Specify a custom page size
Type values in the Width and Height boxes.
Set the page orientation
Click the Landscape or the Portrait button.
Set the page size and orientation for an individual page in a
multipage document
Make sure that the page you want to change is displayed in the
drawing window, choose a page size and orientation, and enable
the Apply size to current page only check box.
Display the page border
Enable the Show page border check box.
Add a frame around the page
Click Add page frame.
Choose a rendering resolution for the document
Choose a resolution from the Rendering resolution list box.
Set a bleed limit
Enable the Show bleed area check box, and type a value in the
Bleed box.
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You can also specify the page size and orientation by clicking View  Page sorter view and adjusting the controls on the property bar.
You can also open the Options dialog box with the Page size page displayed by double-clicking the shadow of the drawing page.
To add or delete custom preset page sizes
1 Click Layout  Page setup.
The Options dialog box appears with the Page size page displayed.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Add a custom preset page size
Specify a custom page size in the Width and Height boxes, click
the Save button, and type a name for the custom page in the Save
custom page type as box.
The custom preset page size appears in the Size list box.
Delete a preset page size
Choose a page size from the Size list box, and click the Delete
button.
With the Pick tool active and no objects selected, you can also add or delete custom preset page sizes by clicking Edit this list at the
bottom of the Page size list box on the property bar.
To choose a layout style
1 Click Layout  Page layout.
2 In the Options dialog box, choose a layout style from the Layout list box.
Each layout style is accompanied by a short description and illustration.
To use a label style
1 Click Layout  Page setup.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Label, and enable the Labels option.
3 Choose a manufacturer name from the list.
4 Choose the label style you want from the list.
If you want to customize the label style, click Customize label, and adjust the label size, margins, gutters, and the number of labels
appearing on each sheet.
If you want to save the custom label style you created, click the Add button
, and type a name for the new label style in the Save as
box.
You cannot use label styles if a drawing contains multiple pages.
For best results, choose Letter paper size and Portrait orientation before applying a label style.
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To save the current page layout as the default
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the list of categories, click Document.
3 Enable the Save options as defaults for new documents check box.
4 Enable the Page options check box.
Choosing a page background
You can choose the color and type of background for a drawing. For example, you can use a solid color if you want a uniform background.
If you want a more intricate or dynamic background, you can use a bitmap.
When you choose a bitmap as the background, it is embedded in the drawing by default. This option is recommended. However, you can
also link the bitmap to the drawing so that if you later edit the source image, the change is automatically reflected in the drawing. If you
send a drawing with a linked image to someone else, you must also send the linked image.
You can make a background bitmap printable and exportable, or you can save computer resources by exporting and printing a drawing
without the background bitmap.
If you no longer need a background, you can remove it.
To use a solid color as the background
1 Click Layout  Page background.
2 Enable the Solid option.
3 Open the color picker, and click a color.
When you export files to a bitmap format, the background color is used for anti-aliasing edges. If the bitmaps are of irregular shape
and will be placed against a background different from white, it is recommended that you select a matching page background color.
For example, if you are planning to place the exported bitmap against a blue background, you may want to choose a similar blue
color for the page background.
To use a bitmap as the background
1 Click Layout  Page background.
2 Enable the Bitmap option.
3 Click Browse.
4 Locate the folder in which the file is stored.
5 Double-click the filename.
6 In the Options dialog box, enable one of the following options:
• Linked — links the bitmap to the drawing so that changes made to the source file are reflected in the bitmap background
• Embedded — embeds the bitmap in the drawing so that changes made to the source file are not reflected in the bitmap background
If you want the background to be printed and exported with the drawing, enable the Print and export background check box.
7 Enable one of the following options:
• Default size— lets you use the bitmap’s current size
• Custom size — lets you specify the dimensions of the bitmap by typing values in the H and V boxes.
If you want to specify nonproportional height and width values, disable the Maintain aspect ratio check box.
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If the bitmap is smaller than the drawing page, it is tiled across the drawing page. If it is larger than the drawing page, it is cropped
to fit the drawing page.
A background bitmap is not an object and cannot be edited.
To remove a background
1 Click Layout  Page background.
2 Enable the No background option.
Adding, duplicating, renaming, and deleting pages
Corel DESIGNER lets you add pages to a drawing or duplicate existing pages. You can also rename pages and delete a single page or an
entire range of pages. You can move objects from one page to another.
When you duplicate a page, you can choose to copy only the layer structure of the page or to copy the layers and all the objects they
contain. For more information about layers, see “Working with layers” on page 261.
You can use the Page Sorter view to manage pages while viewing the page contents. The Page Sorter view lets you change the order of
pages as well as copy, add, rename, and delete pages.
To add a page
1 Click Layout  Insert page.
2 In the Pages area, type the number of pages you want to add in the Number of pages box.
3 To place the new page before or after the current page, enable one of the following options:
• Before
• After
If you want to insert a page before or after a page other than the current page, type the page number in the Existing page box.
You can also
Specify the page size
Choose a page size from the Size list box.
Specify a custom page size
Type values in the Width and Height boxes.
Set the page orientation
Click the Landscape or the Portrait button.
You can also insert a page before or after the current page by clicking one of the Add page buttons in the document navigator.
You can also add a page by right-clicking a page tab in the document navigator and clicking Insert page after or Insert page before.
To duplicate a page
1 Click Layout  Duplicate page.
2 In the Insert new page area of the Duplicate page dialog box, choose one of the following options:
• Before selected page
• After selected page
3 At the bottom of the dialog box, choose one of the following options:
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• Copy layer(s) only — lets you duplicate the layer structure without copying the contents of the layers
• Copy layer(s) and their contents — lets you duplicate the layers and all their contents
You can also duplicate a page by right-clicking a page name and choosing Duplicate page.
To rename a page
1 Click Layout  Rename page.
2 Type the name of the page in the Page name box.
You can also rename a page in the Object manager docker by clicking the page name twice and typing a new name. To access the
Object manager docker, click Window  Object manager.
To delete a page
1 Click Layout  Delete page.
2 In the Delete page dialog box, type the number of the page that you want to delete.
You can delete a range of pages by enabling the Through to page check box and typing the number of the last page to delete in the
Through to page box.
To change the order of pages
• Drag the page tabs in the document navigator.
To move an object to another page
1 Drag the object over the appropriate page tab in the document navigator.
The destination page appears in the drawing window.
2 Without releasing the mouse button, drag to position the object on the page.
You can also move an object to another page by dragging the object name in the Object manager docker over a layer name on the
destination page.
To manage pages while viewing their contents
1 Click View  Page sorter view.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Change the order of pages
Drag a page to a new location.
Copy a page
With the right mouse button, drag the page to a new location,
release the mouse button, and click Copy here.
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To
Do the following
Add a page
Right-click a page, and click Insert page before or Insert page
after.
Rename a page
Click the page name below a selected page, and type a new name.
Delete a page
Right-click a page, and click Delete page.
Change the size of the page thumbnails
Click one of the following buttons on the property bar:
• Small thumbnails
• Medium thumbnails
• Large thumbnails
Return to normal view
Double-click a page.
You can also copy a page by right-clicking the page and choosing Duplicate page.
Inserting page numbers
You can insert page numbers on the current page, all pages, all odd pages, or all even pages. When you insert page numbers on multiple
pages, a new master layer is automatically created, and the page number is placed on it. The master layer can be an all-page master layer, an
odd-page master layer, or an even-page master layer. For more information about master layers, see “Creating layers” on page 261.
Page numbers are automatically updated when you add or delete pages in your document.
You can also insert a page number inside existing artistic or paragraph text. If the text is located on a local layer, the page number is inserted
on the current page only. If the text is located on a master layer, the page number becomes part of the master layer and appears on all pages
where the master layer is visible. For more information about artistic and paragraph text, see “Adding and manipulating text” on page 375.
If the page numbers are on a master layer, you can hide the page number on a specific page by hiding the master layer on that page.
You can change the default page number settings before or after you insert page numbers in your document. For example, you can start the
page count at a specific number other than 1. This is particularly useful if you want to create multiple Corel DESIGNER files that will be put
together as one publication.
You can also specify whether to start page numbering on the first page or on another page. For example, if you choose to start page
numbering on page 3, page 3 displays the number 1. If you insert a new page between 1 and 2, it becomes the new page 2, whereas the
old page 2 becomes page 3 — the page where the first page number is displayed.
You can also choose from a variety of commonly used page number styles.
When you save to Corel DESIGNER X5 or earlier version, page numbers are preserved as editable artistic text. However, if you add or delete a
page, the page count will not be updated.
Manipulating page numbers as objects
Page numbers are artistic text objects (unless you insert them in paragraph text) that can be modified and manipulated like any other artistic
text object. For example, you can resize, scale, or rotate a page number, change its color, or apply effects such as texture fill or a drop
shadow.
When the page number is on a master layer, applying transformations to it affects all page numbers.
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The following table lists various ways to manipulate page numbers as objects.
You can
For more information see
Resize and scale a page number
“Sizing and scaling objects ” on page 220
Rotate a page number
“Rotating objects ” on page 222
Mirror a page number
“Mirroring objects ” on page 223
Change the color of a page number
“Choosing colors ” on page 286
Apply texture to a page number
“Applying texture fills ” on page 312
Apply a drop shadow to a page number
“Creating drop shadows ” on page 351
To insert a page number
• Click Layout  Insert page number, and choose one of the following options:
• On active layer — lets you insert a page number on the layer that is currently selected in the Object manager docker. If the active
layer is a master layer, page numbers are inserted on all pages of the document where the master layer is visible. If the active layer is a
local layer, the page number is inserted on the current page only.
• On all pages — lets you insert page numbers on all pages. The page number is inserted on a new all-page master layer.
• On all odd pages — lets you insert page numbers on all odd pages. The page number is inserted on a new odd-page master layer.
• On all even pages — lets you insert page numbers on all even pages. The page number is inserted on a new even-page master layer.
By default, the page number is centered at the bottom of the page.
In the Object manager docker, the page number appears as an artistic text object with the name “Page number.”
You can insert page numbers on odd pages only if the current page is an odd page, and you can insert page numbers on even pages
only if the current page is an even page.
You can move the page number anywhere on the page by selecting it with the Pick tool and dragging it to a new location. If you
move a page number outside the drawing page, the page number turns into the generic number sign (‑). If you then place it on
another page, it displays the correct number of the page.
You can also insert a page number inside an existing text object. Using the Text tool, type artistic or paragraph text. With the cursor
inside the text object, click Layout  Insert page number  On active layer. The page number is added as part of the existing text, and
it will not appear as a separate object in the Object manager docker.
To hide the page number on a single page
1 Select the page in the Object manager docker.
If the Object manager docker is not open, click Object
2 Click the Layer manager view button
 Object manager.
, and then click Current page, layers only.
Only layers on the current page are displayed. Changes you make to the layer visibility in this view affect only the current page.
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3 Click the Show or hide icon
beside the master layer where the page number object is located.
The application hides the page number of the current page, but the page is still included in the page count. All other pages continue to
display their page numbers.
To modify page number settings
1 Click Layout  Page number settings.
2 In the Page number settings dialog box, choose any of the following options.
• Start at number — lets you start the page count at a specific number
• Start on page — lets you specify the page on which to start page numbering
• Style — lets you choose from commonly used page number styles
Using the rulers
You can display rulers in the drawing window to help you draw, size, and align objects precisely. You can hide the rulers or move them to
another position in the drawing window. You can also customize the ruler settings to suit your needs. For example, you can set the ruler
origin, choose a unit of measure, and specify how many marks or ticks appear within each full unit mark.
By default, Corel DESIGNER applies the units used for the rulers to the duplicate and nudge distances. You can change the default and
specify different units for these and other settings. For information about nudging, see “Moving objects” on page 218.
To hide or display the rulers
• Click View  Rulers.
A check mark beside the Rulers command indicates that the rulers are displayed.
To move a ruler
• Hold down Shift, and drag a ruler to a new position in the drawing window.
To customize ruler settings
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Rulers.
3 In the Units area, choose a unit of measure from the Horizontal list box.
If you want to use a different unit of measure for the vertical ruler, disable the Same units for horizontal and vertical rulers check box,
and choose a unit of measure from the Vertical list box.
4 In the Origin area, type values in the following boxes:
• Horizontal
• Vertical
5 Type a value in the Tick divisions box.
If you change the unit of measure for rulers, the unit of measure for nudge distances automatically changes as well, unless you first
disable the Same units for duplicate distance, nudge and rulers check box in the Nudge area.
You can access ruler settings directly by double-clicking a ruler.
You can specify nudge settings by typing values in the Nudge, Super nudge, and Micro nudge boxes in the Nudge area.
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Calibrating the rulers
You can have one inch on your screen equal one inch of “real” distance. This lets you work with real-world distances as opposed to relative
distances that depend on screen resolution. This tool is particularly useful when you work with signs or draw in 1:1 zoom mode.
Before you can perform this procedure, you must have a clear plastic ruler for comparing real-world and on-screen distances. This ruler
should use the same unit of measure that you set for the Corel DESIGNER rulers. For information about ruler settings, see “Using the rulers”
on page 495.
To calibrate the rulers to real-world distance
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Toolbox, and click Zoom, Pan tool.
3 Click Calibrate rulers.
4 Place a clear plastic ruler under the on-screen horizontal ruler.
5 Click the up or down arrows on the Horizontal box to match one unit of measure on the on-screen ruler with one unit of measure on
the actual ruler.
6 Place the ruler beside the on-screen vertical ruler.
7 Click the up or down arrows on the Vertical box to match one unit of measure on the on-screen ruler with one unit of measure on the
actual ruler.
Setting up the document grid
The document grid is a series of non-printing intersecting lines that you can display in the drawing window. You can use the document grid
to precisely align and position objects.
You can customize the look of the document grid by changing the grid display and grid spacing. The grid display lets you view the
document grid as lines or as dots. The spacing lets you set the distance between the grid lines. The spacing options are based on the unit of
measure for the ruler. For example, if the ruler unit of measure is set to inches, the spacing options are based on inches.
If the ruler unit of measure is set to pixels, or if you enabled the Pixel preview, you can specify the color and opacity of the pixel grid. For
more information about the Pixel preview, see “Choosing viewing modes” on page 71.
You can also have objects snap to the document grid or the pixel grid, so that when you move the objects, they align with the grid lines.
To display or hide the document grid
• Click View  Grid  Document grid.
A check mark beside the Document grid command indicates that the document grid is displayed.
To set the grid display
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Grid.
3 Enable the Show grid check box, and enable one of the following options:
• As lines
• As dots
To set the grid spacing
1 Click Tools  Options.
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2 In the Document list of categories, click Grid.
3 In the Document grid area, type a value in the Horizontal box.
If you want to change the grid spacing intervals or the number of lines displayed per unit of measure, choose an option from the list
box. The options are based on the unit of measure used for the ruler.
4 Type a value in the Vertical box.
The unit of measure used for grid spacing is the same as that used for rulers. For information about ruler settings, see “To customize
ruler settings” on page 495.
To change the color and opacity of the pixel grid
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Grid.
3 In the Pixel grid area, open the Color picker, and click a color.
4 Move the Opacity slider to the right to increase the opacity of the grid.
You can disable the Show grid (at 800% or higher zoom) check box if you do not want the pixel view to automatically display
zoomed in at 800% or higher.
To set objects to snap to the document grid
1 On the standard toolbar, click Snap to, and enable the Document grid check box.
2 Move the objects with the Pick tool
.
To set objects to snap to the pixel grid
1 On the standard toolbar, click Snap to, and enable the Pixels check box.
2 Move the objects with the Pick tool
.
This option is available only when pixel view is enabled. For more information, see “Choosing viewing modes” on page 71.
Setting up the baseline grid
The guides of the baseline grid run across the drawing page and follow the pattern of a ruled notebook. You can display or hide the baseline
grid, turn snapping on or off, change the grid color, and set the line spacing. By default, the line spacing is 14 pt. All objects can snap to the
baseline grid; only text frames can align to baseline grid. For more information, see “Aligning text by using the baseline grid” on page 385.
To display or hide the baseline grid
• Click View  Grid  Baseline grid.
A check mark beside the Baseline grid command indicates that the baseline grid is displayed.
To set baseline grid spacing and color
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Grid.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Set spacing
In the Baseline grid area, type a value in the Spacing box.
Set distance from top
Type a value in the Start from top box.
Setting this value to 0 makes the first line of the baseline grid
overlap with the top edge of the drawing page.
Set color
Open the Color picker, and choose a color.
To turn baseline grid snapping on or off
• On the standard toolbar, click Snap to, and enable the Baseline grid check box.
Setting up guidelines
Guidelines are lines that can be placed anywhere in the drawing window to aid in object placement. In some applications, guidelines are
known as guides.
There are three types of guidelines: horizontal, vertical, and angled. By default, the application displays guidelines that you add to the
drawing window, but you can hide them at any time. You can also use objects as guides.
You can set guidelines for individual pages or you can set guidelines for the entire document. For more information about local and master
guidelines, see “Local layers and master layers” on page 261.
You can add a guideline wherever you need one; however, you can also choose to add preset guidelines. There are two types of preset
guidelines: Corel presets and user-defined presets. An example of a Corel preset is one with guidelines that appear at one-inch margins.
User-defined presets are guidelines whose location you specify. For example, you can add preset guidelines that display margins at a distance
you specify or that define a column layout or grid. You can remove guidelines at any time.
Guidelines use the unit of measure specified for rulers. For information about ruler settings, see “To customize ruler settings” on page 495.
To display or hide the guidelines
• Click View  Guidelines.
A check mark beside the Guidelines command indicates that the guidelines are displayed.
You can also display or hide the guidelines by clicking Tools  Guidelines and clicking the Show or hide guidelines button
.
You can also access additional guideline options by clicking Tools  Options, and then clicking Guidelines in the Document list of
categories.
To add a horizontal or vertical guideline
1 Click Tools  Guidelines.
2 Choose one of the following options from the Guideline type list box:
• Horizontal
• Vertical
3 Specify the location of the guideline in the x or y box.
4 Click Add.
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You can also add a guideline by dragging from the horizontal or vertical ruler to the drawing window.
To add an angled guideline
1 Click Tools  Guidelines.
2 Choose Angled from the Guideline type list box
3 Specify the location of the guideline in the x and y boxes.
4 Type a value in Angle of rotation box.
5 Click Add.
You can also add an angled guideline by dragging from the horizontal or vertical ruler in the drawing window, and typing a value in
the Angle of rotation box on the property bar.
To use an object as a guide
1 In the Object manager docker, click the Guides layer on the page you want.
If the Object manager docker is not open, click Object
 Object manager.
2 Draw and position the object you want to use as a guide.
To set guidelines for the entire document
1 In the Object manager docker, click Guides (all pages) on the Master page.
If the Object manager docker is not open, click Object
 Object manager.
2 In the drawing window, add the guidelines you want.
The guidelines that you set on the Guides (all pages) layer of the Master page appear on all pages of the document. These
guidelines appear in addition to any guidelines that you set for individual pages.
To add preset guidelines
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document, Guidelines list of categories, click Presets.
3 Enable one of the following options:
• Corel presets
• User-defined presets
4 Specify guideline settings by enabling the corresponding check boxes.
If you enable the User-defined presetsoption, specify values in the Margins, Columns, or Grid area.
5 Click Apply presets.
To remove a guideline
1 Click Tools  Guidelines.
2 Choose a guideline from the list.
You can choose multiple guidelines by holding down Ctrl as you click.
3 Click the Delete guideline button
.
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You can also remove individual guidelines by dragging them off the document window, or clicking a guideline with the Pick tool and
pressing Delete.
To delete a preset guideline, click Tools  Options. In the Document, Guidelines list of categories, click Presets. Disable the check box
beside the preset guideline that you want to delete.
Modifying guidelines
After you add a guideline, you can select it, move it, rotate it, or lock it in place. You can also change the line style and color of guidelines.
To select a guideline
To
Do the following
Select a single guideline
Click the guideline with the Pick tool
Select all guidelines on a page
Click Edit  Select all  Guidelines. The local guidelines and master
guidelines are selected.
.
To move or rotate a guideline
1 Click Tools  Guidelines.
2 Select the guideline.
3 Perform any of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Move a guideline
Specify the new location of the guideline in the x and y boxes, and
click Modify.
You can also drag a guideline to a new position in the drawing
window.
Rotate a guideline
Choose Angled from the Guideline type list box, type a value in
the Angle of rotation box, and click Modify.
You can also use the Pick tool
to click the guideline twice and
then rotate the guideline when skewing handles appear.
To lock or unlock a guideline
• Right-click the guideline, and click Lock object or Unlock object.
You can also click Tools  Guidelines and click the Lock guideline button
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.
To set the line style and color of a guideline
1 Click Tools  Guidelines.
2 Open the Guideline color picker, and choose a guideline color.
3 Open the Guideline style picker, and choose a line style.
Setting the drawing scale
You can choose a preset or custom drawing scale so that distances in a drawing are proportionate to real-world distances. For example, you
can specify that 1 inch in the drawing corresponds to 1 meter in the physical world. A preset drawing scale lets you set a typical scale, such
as 1:2 or 1:10. A custom drawing scale lets you set any distance on the page to correspond to a real-world distance. For example, you can
set a more precise scale that includes decimal numbers, such as 4.5 to 10.6.
Drawing scales are particularly useful if you are creating a technical or architectural drawing with dimension lines. For information about
dimension lines, see “Drawing dimension lines” on page 138.
To choose a preset drawing scale
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Rulers.
3 Click Edit scale.
4 Choose a drawing scale from the Typical scales list box.
To create a custom drawing scale
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Document list of categories, click Rulers.
3 Click Edit scale.
4 Choose Custom from the Typical scales list box.
5 Specify the settings you want.
The Edit scale button does not appear if the ruler’s unit of measure is pixels.
If the drawing scale is set to anything other than 1:1, the units on the vertical ruler are the same as the units on the horizontal ruler.
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Working with tables
A table provides a structured layout that lets you present text or images within a drawing. You can draw a table, or you can create a table
from paragraph text. You can easily change the look of a table by modifying the table properties and formatting. In addition, because tables
are objects, you can manipulate them in various ways. You can also import existing tables from a text file or a spreadsheet.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Adding tables to drawings” (page 503)
• “Selecting, moving, and navigating table components” (page 504)
• “Inserting and deleting table rows and columns” (page 507)
• “Resizing table cells, rows, and columns” (page 508)
• “Formatting tables and cells” (page 509)
• “Working with text in tables” (page 510)
• “Converting tables to text” (page 511)
• “Merging and splitting tables and cells” (page 512)
• “Manipulating tables as objects” (page 513)
• “Adding images, graphics, and backgrounds to tables” (page 513)
• “Importing tables in a drawing” (page 514)
Adding tables to drawings
With Corel DESIGNER, you can add a table to a drawing to create a structured layout for text and images. You can draw a table, or you can
create a table from existing text.
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In this example, a table was used to create the title block of a drawing.
To add a table to a drawing
1 Click the Table tool
.
2 Type values in the Rows and columns boxes on the property bar.
The value that you type in the top portion specifies the number of rows; the value that you type in the bottom portion specifies the
number of columns.
3 Drag diagonally to draw the table.
You can also create a table by clicking Table  Create new table, and then typing values in the Number of rows, Number of
columns, Height, and Width boxes.
To create a table from text
1 Click the Pick tool
.
2 Select the text that you want to convert to a table.
3 Click Table  Convert text to table.
4 In the Create columns based on the following separator area, choose one of the following options:
• Commas — creates a column where a comma appears and a row where a paragraph marker appears
• Tabs — creates a column where a tab appears and a row where a paragraph marker appears
• Paragraphs — creates a column where a paragraph marker appears
• User defined — creates a column where a specified marker appears and a row where a paragraph marker appears
If you enable the User defined option, you must type a character in the User defined box.
If you do not type a character in the User defined box, only one column is created, and each paragraph of text creates a table row.
You can also convert a table to text. For more information, see “To convert a table to text” on page 511.
Selecting, moving, and navigating table components
You must select a table, table rows, table columns, or table cells before you insert rows or columns, change the table border properties, add
a background fill color, or edit other table properties. You can move selected rows and columns to a new location in a table. You can also
copy or cut a row or column from one table and paste it in another table. In addition, you can move from one table cell to another when
editing the table cell text, and you can set the direction in which the Tab key lets you move around a table.
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To select a table, row, or column
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click a table.
2 Perform one of the following tasks.
To
Do the following
Select a table
Click Table  Select  Table.
Select a row
Click in a row, and click Table  Select  Row.
Select a column
Click in a column, and click Table  Select  Column.
Select all table contents
Position the Table tool pointer over the upper-left corner of the
table until a diagonal arrow appears
, and click.
Use a keyboard shortcut to select a table
With the Table tool pointer inserted in an empty cell, press Ctrl + A
+A.
Select a row interactively
Position the Table tool pointer over the table border to the left of
the row that you want to select. When a horizontal arrow appears
, click the border to select the row.
Select a column interactively
Position the Table tool pointer over the top border of the column
that you want to select. When a vertical arrow appears
, click
the border to select the column.
To select table cells
To
Do the following
Select a table cell
Click the Table tool
, click a table, and click a cell. Then, click
Table  Select  Cell.
Select adjacent table cells
Using the Table tool, click inside the first cell that you want to
select, and drag over the adjacent cells that you want to select.
Select nonadjacent table cells
Using the Table tool, click a table. Then, hold down Ctrl, and click
each table cell that you want to select.
You can also select a cell by inserting the Table tool pointer in an empty cell and pressing Ctrl + A.
You can also use the Shape tool
to select a single cell by clicking it, or to select adjacent cells by dragging over them.
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To move a table row or column
1 Select the row or column that you want to move.
2 Drag the row or column to another location in the table.
To move a table row to another table
1 Select the table row that you want to move.
2 Click Edit  Cut.
3 Select a row in the other table.
4 Click Edit  Paste.
5 Choose one of the following options:
• Replace selected row
• Insert above selected row
• Insert below selected row
To move a table column to another table
1 Select the table column that you want to move.
2 Click Edit  Cut.
3 Select a column in the other table.
4 Click Edit  Paste.
5 Choose one of the following options:
• Replace selected column
• Insert left of the selected column
• Insert right of the selected column
To move to the next table cell
• With the Table tool inserted in a cell, press Tab.
If you are pressing Tab in a table for the first time, you must choose a tab order option from the Tab order list box.
You can use the Tab key to move to the next cell only if the Move to the next cell option is enabled in the Tab key options dialog
box.
To change the navigational direction of the Tab key
1 Click Tools  Options.
2 In the Workspace, Toolbox list of categories, click Table tool.
3 Enable the Move to the next cell option.
4 From the Tab order list box, choose one of the following options:
• Left to right, top to bottom
• Right to left, top to bottom
You can program the Tab key to insert a tab character in the table text by enabling the Insert a tab character into the text option.
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Inserting and deleting table rows and columns
You can insert and delete the rows and columns in a table.
To insert a table row
1 Select a row in the table.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Insert a row above the selected row
Click Table  Insert  Row above.
Insert a row below the selected row
Click Table  Insert  Row below.
Insert multiple rows above the selected row
Click Table  Insert  Insert rows, type a value in the Number of
rows box, and enable the Above the selection option.
Insert multiple rows below the selected row
Click Table  Insert  Insert rows, type a value in the Number of
rows box, and enable the Below the selection option.
When you use either the Row above command or the Row below command from the Table  Insert menu, the number of rows that
are inserted depends on how many rows you have selected. For example, if you have selected two rows, then two rows are inserted
in the table.
To insert a table column
1 Select a column.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Insert a column to the left of the selected column
Click Table  Insert  Column left.
Insert a column to the right of the selected column
Click Table  Insert  Column right.
Insert multiple columns to the left of the selected column
Click Table  Insert  Insert columns, type a value in the Number of
columns box, and enable the Left of the selection option.
Insert multiple columns to the right of the selected column
Click Table  Insert  Insert columns, type a value in the Number of
columns box, and enable the Right of the selection option.
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When you use the Column left command or the Column right command from the Table  Insert menu, the number of columns that
are inserted depends on how many columns you have selected. For example, if you have selected two columns, then two columns are
inserted in the table.
To delete a row or column from a table
1 Select the row or column that you want to delete.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Delete a row
Click Table  Delete  Row.
Delete a column
Click Table  Delete  Column.
If you select a row but choose the option to delete a column, or if you select a column but choose the option to delete a row, the
whole table is deleted.
Resizing table cells, rows, and columns
You can resize table cells, rows, and columns. In addition, if you previously changed the sizes of some rows or columns, you can redistribute
all rows or all columns so that they are the same size.
If table rows are different sizes (left), you can distribute them so that they are the same size (right).
To resize a table cell, row, or column
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click the table.
2 Select the cell, row, or column that you want to resize.
3 On the property bar, type values in the Table width and height boxes.
To distribute table rows and columns
1 Select the table cells that you want to distribute.
2 Perform a task from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Make the height of all selected rows the same
Click Table  Distribute  Rows evenly.
Make the width of all selected columns the same
Click Table  Distribute  Columns evenly.
Formatting tables and cells
You can change the look of a table by modifying both table and cell borders. For example, you can change the table border width or color.
You can modify both table and table cell borders.
In addition, you can change the table cell margins and cell border spacing. The cell margins let you increase the space between the cell
borders and the text in the cell. By default, table cell borders overlap to form a grid. However, you can increase the cell border spacing to
move the borders away from each other. As a result, the cells do not form a grid, but appear as individual boxes (also known as “separated
borders”).
You can modify an existing table (left) by applying separated borders (right).
To modify table borders and cell borders
1 Select the table or table area that you want to modify.
A table area can include a cell, a group of cells, rows, columns, or the entire table.
2 Click the Border selection button
on the property bar, and choose the borders that you want to modify.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
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To
Do the following
Modify the border thickness
Choose a border width from the Outline width list box on the
property bar.
Modify the border color
Click the Outline color picker on the property bar, and then click a
color on the color palette.
Modify the border line style and outline width
In the Outline area of the Property manager docker, choose a line
style from the Line style picker, and type a value in the Outline
width box.
If the Property manager docker is not open, click Window
Property manager.

To modify cell margins in tables
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click the table.
2 Select the cells that you want to modify.
3 Click Margins on the property bar.
4 Type a value in the Top margin box.
By default, the value in the top margin box is applied to all margins, so that equal margins are created.
If you want to apply different values for the margins, click the Lock margins button to unlock the margin boxes, and type values in the
Top margin, Bottom margin, Left margin, and Right margin boxes.
5 Press Enter.
To modify cell border spacing in tables
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click the table.
2 Click Options on the property bar.
3 Enable the Separated cell borders check box.
4 Type a value in the Horizontal cell spacing box.
By default, the vertical cell spacing is equal to the horizontal cell spacing.
If you do not want equal cell spacing, click the Lock cell spacing button to unlock the Vertical cellspacing box, and then type values in
both the Horizontal cell spacing and Vertical cell spacing boxes.
5 Press Enter.
Working with text in tables
You can easily add text to table cells, and you can modify this text as you would any other paragraph text. For example, you can change
the font, add bullets, or add indents to table text. You can change the text properties of a single table cell, or of multiple table cells
simultaneously. In addition, you can add tab stops to table cells so that text is shifted away from the cell margins.
When you type text in a new table, you can choose to automatically adjust the size of table cells.
To type text in a table cell
1 Click the Table tool
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2 Click a cell.
3 Type text in the cell.
You can select text in a cell by pressing Ctrl + A.
To change the properties of text in table cells
1 Using the Table tool
, click a table.
2 Hold down Ctrl, and click the table cells that contain text to be formatted.
3 Click Text  Text properties, and specify the settings you want in the Text properties docker.
For more information about formatting text, see “Formatting text” on page 397.
To change the text properties for an entire row, column, or table simultaneously, you must first select the table component or table.
For more information, see “To select a table, row, or column” on page 505.
To insert a tab stop in a table cell
• With the Table tool pointer inserted in a cell, click Text  Insert formatting code  Tab.
Another way to insert a tab stop is by pressing the Tab key. To use this method, you must set the Tab key to insert tab stops. For
information about changing the Tab key options, see “To change the navigational direction of the Tab key” on page 506.
To automatically resize table cells when you type
1 Click the Pick tool
, and then click the table.
2 Click Options on the property bar, and enable the Automatically resize cells while typing check box.
This option can be applied to new tables that do not yet have text or other content.
If a table already contains text, only cells to which new text is added will be resized.
Converting tables to text
If you no longer want table text to appear in a table, you can convert the table text to paragraph text. For more information about
converting text to a table, see “To create a table from text” on page 504.
To convert a table to text
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click the table.
2 Click Table  Convert table to text.
3 In the Separate cell text with area, choose one of the following options:
• Commas — replaces each column with a comma and replaces each row with a paragraph marker
• Tabs — replaces each column with a tab and replaces each row with a paragraph marker
• Paragraphs — replaces each column with a paragraph marker
• User defined — replaces each column with a specified character and replaces each row with a paragraph marker
If you enable the User defined option, you must type a character in the User defined box.
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If you do not type a character in the User defined box, each of the table rows is converted into a paragraph, and the table columns
are ignored.
Merging and splitting tables and cells
You can change how a table is configured by merging adjacent cells, rows, and columns. If you merge table cells, the formatting of the
upper-left cell is applied to all merged cells. Alternatively, you can unmerge cells that were previously merged.
You can change the look of a table (left) by merging adjacent table cells (right).
You can also split table cells, rows, or columns. Splitting lets you create new cells, rows, or columns without changing the size of the table.
You can insert additional rows in a table (left) by splitting table cells (right).
To merge table cells
1 Select the cells to be merged.
The selected cells must be contiguous.
2 Click Table  Merge cells.
To unmerge table cells
1 Select the cell that you want to unmerge.
2 Click Table  Unmerge cells.
To split table cells, rows, or columns
1 Click the Table tool
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2 Select the cell, row, or column that you want to divide.
3 Perform a task from the following table.
To
Do the following
Split a selection horizontally
Click Table  Split into rows, and type a value in the Number of
rows box.
Split a selection vertically
Click Table  Split into columns, and type a value in the Number of
columns box.
Manipulating tables as objects
You can manipulate tables as you would other objects.
The following table lists the various ways to manipulate a table as an object.
You can
For more information see
Resize and scale a table
“Sizing and scaling objects ” on page 220
Rotate a table
“Rotating objects ” on page 222
Mirror a table
“Mirroring objects ” on page 223
Lock a table
“Locking objects ” on page 231
Convert a table to a bitmap
“Converting vector graphics to bitmaps ” on page 517
Break a table apart
“To convert objects to curve objects ” on page 170
Adding images, graphics, and backgrounds to tables
If you want to arrange bitmap images or vector graphics in a structured layout, you can add them to tables. You can also change the look of
a table by adding a background color.
To insert an image or a graphic in a table cell
1 Copy an image or a graphic.
2 Click the Table tool, and select the cell where you want to insert the image or graphic.
3 Click Edit  Paste.
You can also insert a graphic or an image by holding down the right mouse button over the image, dragging the image to a cell,
releasing the right mouse button, and then clicking Place inside cell.
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To add a background color to a table
1 Click the Table tool
, and then click the table.
2 Click the Background color picker, and then click a color on the color palette.
You can also modify the background color of specific cells, rows, or columns by selecting the cells, clicking the Background color
picker on the property bar, and then clicking a color on the color palette.
Importing tables in a drawing
With Corel DESIGNER, you can create tables by importing content from Quattro Pro® (.qpw) and Microsoft Excel (.xls) spreadsheets. You can
also import tables created in a word-processing application, such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
To import a table from Quattro Pro or Excel
1 Click File  Import.
2 Choose the drive and folder where the spreadsheet is stored.
3 Click the file to select it.
4 Click Import.
The Import/Paste dialog box appears.
5 From the Import tables as list box, choose Tables.
6 Choose one of the following options:
• Maintain fonts and formatting — imports all fonts and formatting that are applied to the text
• Maintain formatting only — imports all formatting that is applied to the text
• Discard fonts and formatting — ignores all fonts and formatting that are applied to the text
To import a table from a word-processing document
1 Click File  Import.
2 Choose the drive and folder where the text file is stored.
3 Click the file.
4 Click Import.
5 From the Import tables as list box, choose Tables.
6 Choose one of the following options:
• Maintain fonts and formatting — imports all fonts and formatting that are applied to the text
• Maintain formatting only — imports all formatting that is applied to the text
• Discard fonts and formatting — ignores all fonts and formatting that are applied to the text
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Bitmaps
Working with bitmaps......................................................................................................................................................................... 517
Working with bitmap color modes...................................................................................................................................................... 537
Tracing bitmaps and editing traced results.......................................................................................................................................... 543
Working with RAW camera files.......................................................................................................................................................... 555
Using AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition to work with RAW files.............................................................................................................. 563
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Working with bitmaps
You can convert a vector graphic to a bitmap. You can also import and crop bitmaps in Corel DESIGNER.
You can also add color masks and special effects, and you can change the color and tone of the images.
This section contains the following topics:
• “Converting vector graphics to bitmaps” (page 517)
• “Importing bitmaps” (page 519)
• “Cropping bitmaps” (page 519)
• “Changing the dimensions and resolution of bitmaps” (page 519)
• “Straightening bitmaps” (page 520)
• “Correcting perspective distortions” (page 521)
• “Using Digimarc watermarks to identify bitmaps” (page 522)
• “Removing dust and scratch marks from bitmaps” (page 523)
• “Applying special effects in bitmaps” (page 524)
• “Working with colors in bitmaps” (page 526)
• “Using the Image Adjustment Lab” (page 527)
• “Adjusting color and tone” (page 532)
• “Using the Tone Curve filter” (page 533)
• “Transforming color and tone” (page 534)
• “Editing bitmaps with Corel PHOTO-PAINT” (page 535)
Converting vector graphics to bitmaps
When you convert a vector graphic to a bitmap, you can apply special effects that are unavailable for vector graphics or objects. The process
of converting a vector graphic to a bitmap is also known as “rasterizing.”
When you convert the vector graphic, you can select the color mode of the bitmap. A color mode determines the number and kind of
colors that make up the bitmap, so the file size is also affected. For more information about color modes, see “Changing the color mode of
bitmaps” on page 537.
You can also specify settings for such controls as dithering, anti-aliasing, overprinting black, and background transparency.
When you export a file to a bitmap file format, such as TIFF, JPEG, CPT, or PSD, the same bitmap conversion options are available. For more
information about exporting, see “Exporting files” on page 600.
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To convert a vector graphic to a bitmap
1 Select an object.
2 Click Bitmaps  Convert to bitmap.
3 Choose a resolution from the Resolution list box.
4 Choose a color mode from the Color mode list box.
5 Enable any of the following check boxes:
• Dithered — simulates a greater number of colors than those available. This option is available for images that use 256 or fewer colors.
• Always overprint black — overprints black when black is the top color. Enabling this option prevents gaps from appearing between
black objects and underlying objects when you print bitmaps.
• Anti-aliasing — smooths the edges of the bitmap
• Transparent background — makes the background of the bitmap transparent
You can change the black threshold for the Always overprint black option. For information about setting the black threshold, see
“To set the overprint black threshold” on page 590.
If you export a vector file to a bitmap format, such as GIF, you are prompted to set the bitmap conversion options described in the
procedure above before you export the file.
Making the background of a bitmap transparent lets you see images or a background otherwise obscured by the bitmap background.
To convert a vector graphic to a bitmap when exporting
1 Click File  Export.
2 Choose the folder where you want to save the file.
3 Choose a bitmap file format from the Save as type list box, and type a filename in the File name list box.
4 Set the options you want, and click Export.
5 In the Convert to bitmap dialog box, type values in one of the following pairs of boxes:
• Width and Height — let you specify the image dimensions
• Width % and Height % — let you resize the image to a percentage of its original size
6 To specify the resolution, type a value in the Resolution box.
7 Choose a color mode from the Color mode list box.
8 Enable any of the following check boxes:
• Dithered — simulates a greater number of colors than those available. This option is available for images that use 256 or fewer colors.
• Always overprint black — overprints black when black is the top color. Enabling this option when you print bitmaps prevents gaps
from appearing between black objects and underlying objects.
9 In the Options area, enable any of the following:
• Anti-aliasing — smooths the edges of the bitmap
• Maintain layers — preserves layers
• Transparent background — makes the background of the bitmap transparent
You can change the black threshold for the Always overprint black option. For information about setting the black threshold, see
“To set the overprint black threshold” on page 590.
Not all options in the Convert to bitmap dialog box are available for all bitmap file formats.
Making the background of a bitmap transparent lets you see images or a background otherwise obscured by the bitmap background.
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Importing bitmaps
You can import a bitmap into a drawing either directly or by linking it to an external file. When you link to an external file, edits to the
original file are automatically updated in the imported file. After you import a bitmap, the status bar provides information about its color
mode, size, and resolution. For more information about importing bitmaps, see “Importing files” on page 597. For more information
about managing externally linked bitmaps, see “Adding bookmarks and hyperlinks to documents” on page 258.
You can also resample or crop a bitmap while importing. For more information, see “To resample a bitmap while importing ” on page 599
and “To crop a bitmap while importing” on page 600.
Cropping bitmaps
Cropping removes unwanted areas of a bitmap. To crop a bitmap into a rectangular shape, you can use the Crop tool. For more
information, see “To crop objects” on page 176. To crop a bitmap into an irregular shape, you can use the Shape tool and the Crop bitmap
command.
To crop a bitmap
1 Click the Shape tool
.
2 Select a bitmap.
3 Drag the corner nodes to reshape the bitmap.
If you want to add a node, double-click the node boundary (dotted line) by using the Shape tool where you want the node to appear.
4 Click Bitmaps  Crop bitmap.
You cannot crop a bitmap comprised of more than one object.
You can also crop a selected bitmap after you drag the corner nodes by clicking the Pick tool
button
, then clicking the Crop bitmap
on the property bar.
Changing the dimensions and resolution of bitmaps
After you add a bitmap to a drawing, you can change its dimensions and resolution.
Changing dimensions
You can change the physical dimensions of bitmaps by increasing or decreasing their height and width. When you increase the dimensions,
the application inserts new pixels between existing pixels, and their colors are based on the colors of adjacent pixels. If you increase the
dimensions of bitmaps significantly, bitmaps may appear stretched and pixelated.
The size of the bitmap on your screen depends on the pixel height and width of the bitmap, on the zoom level, and on your monitor
settings. As a result, the size of the bitmap may appear different on your screen and in print.
Changing bitmap resolution
You can change the resolution of a bitmap to increase or decrease its file size. Resolution is meas