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34 a-e-mag.com • A&E FEBRUARY 2019 CORELDRAW: THE BASICS By Doug Zender Graphic Design You will see in Figure 1 the changes I have made to my workspace in ver- sion X7, which I will use throughout this article, but the processes are essentially the same for all versions of CorelDRAW. Having these toolbars and commands immediately available can easily enhance production time. NEW DEFAULTS Beginning with X5, and all later ver- sions, the toolbars are locked by default. Our first step is to unlock them. Go to Window>Toolbars>Lock Toolbars and uncheck the little square to the left. The next step is to expand the desired flyout on the left toolbar — in this case, the Outline Flyout — by holding down the left mouse button (see Figure 2). Hover over the top of the flyout until the little four-way arrow appears, then, holding down the left mouse button, drag the flyout to your desired location. It will automatically resize and reshape to fit the available space. The outline width is, by default, mea- sured in points. Since the bulk of my work is created using inches, I change the width to inches (see Figure 3). Click on the Pen icon — a dialog appears asking which elements you want to include in the new default. Select all that are appli- cable to your workflow, then click OK. The dialog box in Figure 3 will then appear. Select all the changes you want to be default. Note that I have changed line width to Hairline and Points to Inches as my preferred measurement. When you have completed the desired changes, click OK. Your new defaults are now applied. Changing defaults for most things in CorelDRAW are done in a similar fashion. An example would be fonts. The default is 24-point, but I may want 12-point as my default. So, by clicking my font icon, with nothing selected, I can type "12" into the Font Size box. It will ask if I want Paragraph, Artistic, or Dimension text to be changed. I chose both Paragraph and Artistic, leaving Dimensions unchanged, and then pressed the Enter key on my keyboard to apply the changes. At this point, I will usually go to Tools>Save Settings as Default to ensure that all changes I have made are saved to my liking. M ost users of CorelDRAW have discovered that it is a powerful design program that has a massive number of tools and capabilities. No matter which version is used, numerous customization options exist. In this introductory column, I will focus on an often-overlooked feature: that of placing toolbars and flyouts, and adding frequently used commands to those bars. Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Doug began as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at dezender1@gmail.com. A Few Overlooked Features Placing toolbars and flyouts, and adding frequently used commands to those bars Fig 1 Fig 2

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