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In 1987, Corel hired software engineers Michel Bouillon and Pat Beirne to develop a
vector-based illustration program to bundle with their desktop publishing systems.
That program, CorelDRAW, was initially released in 1989. CorelDRAW 1.x and 2.x
runs under Windows 2.x and 3.0. CorelDRAW 3.0 came into its own with Microsoft's
release of Windows 3.1. The inclusion of TrueType in Windows 3.1 transformed
CorelDRAW into a serious illustration program capable of using system-installed
outline fonts without requiring third party software such as Adobe Type Manager;
paired with a photo editing program (PhotoPaint), a font manager and several other
pieces of software, it was also part of the first all-in-one graphics suite.
Features of CorelDRAW by Version
Ver. 2 (1991): Envelope tool (for distorting text or objects using a primary shape),
Blend (for morphing shapes), Extrusion (for simulating perspective and volume
in objects) and Perspective (to distort objects along X and Y axes).
Ver. 3 (1992): Included Corel PHOTO-PAINT (for bitmap editing), CorelSHOW
(for creating on-screen presentations) CorelCHART (for graphic charts), Mosaic
and CorelTRACE (for vectorizing bitmaps). The inclusion of this software was the
precedent for the actual graphic suites.
Ver. 4 (1993): Included Corel PHOTO-PAINT (for bitmap editing), CorelSHOW
(for creating on-screen presentations) CorelCHART (for graphic charts),
CorelMOVE for animation, Mosaic and CorelTRACE (for vectorizing bitmaps).
Multi-page capabilities, Powerlines, support for graphic tablets, Clone tool, elastic
node editing, Envelope tool.
Ver. 5 (1994): This is the last version which was made for, and works on Windows
3.x. Corel Ventura was included in the suite (and then sold as a separate
program). It was a desktop publishing application akin to PageMaker, Quark
Express, or InDesign.
Ver. 6 (1995): This is the first version which was made exclusively for 32-bit
Windows. New features were customizable interface, Polygon, Spiral, Knife and
Eraser tools. Corel Memo, Corel Presents, Corel Motion 3D, Corel Depth, Corel
Multimedia Manager, Corel Font Master and Corel DREAM (for 3D modelling)
were included in the suite.
Ver. 7 (1997): Context-sensitive Property bar, Print Preview with Zoom and Pan
options, Scrapbook (for viewing a drag-and-dropping graphic objects), Publish to
HTML option, Draft and Enhanced display options, Interactive Fill and Blend
tools, Transparency tools, Natural Pen tool, Find & Replace wizard, Convert
Vector to Bitmap option (inside Draw), Spell checker, Thesaurus and Grammar
checker. The suite included Corel Scan and Corel Barista (a Java-based document
Ver. 8 (1998): Digger selection, Docker windows, Interactive Distortion, 3D,
Envelope and tools, Realistic Dropshadow tool, interactive color mixing, color
palette editor, guidelines as objects, custom-sized pages, duotone support. Corel
Versions was included in the suite.
Ver. 9 (1999): Mesh fill tool (for complex color filling), Artistic Media tool, Publish
to PDF features, embedded ICC color profiles, Multiple On-screen Color Palettes
and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6 support. The suite included Canto
Cumulus LE, a piece of software for media management.
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Ver. 10 (2000): CorelR.A.V.E. (for vector animation), Perfect Shapes, Web graphics
tools (for creating interactive elements such as buttons), Page sorter, multilingual
document support, navigator window. Open, save, import and export in SVG
Ver. 11 (2002): Symbols library, image slicing (for web design), pressure-sensitive
vector brushes, 3-point drawing tools.
Ver. 12 (2003): Dynamic guides, Smart Drawing tools, Export to MS Office or
Word option, Virtual Segment Delete tool, Unicode text support.
Ver. X3 (2006): Double click Crop tool (the first vector software able to crop
groups of vectors and bitmap images at the same time), Smart fill tool,
Chamfer/Fillet/Scallop/Emboss tool, Image Adjustment Lab. Trace became
integrated inside Draw under the name PowerTRACE.
Ver. X4 (2008): Whatthefont font identification service linked inside CorelDRAW,
ConceptShare, Table tool, independent page layers, live text formatting, support
for RAW camera files.
Ver. X5 (2010): Built-in content organizer (Corel CONNECT), new color
management, web graphics and animation tools, multi-core performance
improvement, high-value digital content (professional fonts, cliparts, and photos),
enhanced Mesh tool with transparency options, added touch support, and new
supported file formats.
CorelDRAW differentiates itself from its competitors in a number of ways:
1. The first is its positioning as a graphics suite, rather than just a vector graphics
program. A full range of editing tools allow the user to adjust contrast, color
balance, change the format from RGB to CMYK, add special effects such as
vignettes and special borders to bitmaps. Bitmaps can also be edited more
extensively using Corel PhotoPaint, opening the bitmap directly from
CorelDRAW and returning to the program after saving. It also allows a laser to
cut out any drawings.
2. CorelDRAW is capable of handling multiple pages along with multiple master
layers. Multipage documents are easy to create and edit and the Corel print
engine allows for booklet and other imposition so even simple printers can be
used for producing finished documents. One of the useful features for single and
multi-page documents is the ability to create linked text boxes across documents
that can be resized and moved while the text itself resets and flows through the
boxes. Useful for creating and editing multi-article newsletters etc.
3. Smaller items, like business cards, invitations etc., can be designed to their final
page size and imposed to the printer's sheet size for cost-effective printing. An
additional print-merge feature (using a spreadsheet or text merge file) allows full
personalization for many things like numbered raffle tickets, individual
invitations, membership cards and more.
4. CorelDRAWÊs competitors include Adobe Illustrator and Xara Xtreme. Although
all of these are vector-based illustration programs, the user experience differs
greatly between them. While these programs will read their native file types and
vice versa, the translation is rarely perfect. CorelDRAW can open Adobe PDF
files: Adobe PageMaker, Microsoft Publisher and Word, and other programs can
print documents to PDF using the Adobe PDFWriter printer driver, which
CorelDRAW can then open and edit every aspect of the original layout and
design. CorelDRAW can also open PowerPoint Presentations and other Microsoft
Office formats with little or no problem.
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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
Figure 2.1: Corel CAPTURE
Over time, additional components were developed or acquired and bundled with
CorelDRAW. The list of bundled packages usually changes somewhat from one
release to the next. There are several mainstays that have remained in the package for
many releases now, however: PowerTRACE (a bitmap to vector graphic converter),
PHOTO-PAINT (a bitmap graphic editor), and CAPTURE (a screen capture utility).
The current version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 (version 15), contains the
CorelDRAW: Vector graphics editing software
Corel PHOTO-PAINT: Raster image creation and editing software
Corel CONNECT: Content organizer
Corel CAPTURE: Enables several methods of image-capture
Corel PowerTRACE: Converts raster images to vector graphics (available inside
the CorelDRAW program
The CorelDRAW environment can be a bit overwhelming. When you launch
CorelDRAW (using the Windows Start button or a shortcut button on your Windows
desktop), the Welcome to CorelDRAW window appears.
Corel Graphics interface will look like as given screenshot (Figure 2.2). Appearance may
vary in different versions but the punch line or the basic components are more or less
same in all Versions. Interfacing universally implies the skills as well as available
command set window appear to us in Corel, while performing the desired Operations.
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Figure 2.2: CorelDRAW
An Arrow indicates the some very basic components of Corel Graphics, virtually
applicable in all its versions. The short descriptions of the same are as follows:
Title Bar: This indicates the Corel Version and its application suite. Probably
visible in all the Graphical User based Applications across different vendors.
Menu Bar: We can say that itÊs a standard repository of commands, virtually
visible in all GUI with Application specific instructions set. Some of the submenu
items may vary between different versions.
Standard Tool Bar: The toolbar next to Menu bar that contains shortcuts in a form
of icons/images of Corel Windows commands.
Property Bar: The dockable bar that contains commands that relate to the
currently selected tool or object.
Tool Box: A dockable bar with tools for modifying objects.
Drawing Page: The printable area in which you create a drawing.
Desktop: The area outside the drawing page.
Ruler: The border that is used to determine size and position of objects in a
Docker: A dockable window that contains available commands for the current
Color Palette: A dockable bar that contains the current color swatches.
Navigator Button: A button that opens a smaller display to help you locate an
object or area of your drawing.
Document Navigator: The area that contains controls for moving between pages,
and editing pages.
Status Bar: The area that contains tips, as well as information about the currently
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Issue for the Quick Start Screen
The very first screen appears to us, when we open the Corel graphics/designer X4 is
like the below mentioned screenshot:
This Tab is a default one. It will give us two different options; first one is to start a
„new blank document‰ and another one is to perform a ‰New from templates‰
commands. When we click on the New blank document – it will open the blank
screen. And from there, we can proceed to perform any operations of our choice. In
the below mentioned screenshot we have opened the present.cdr (locally available)
image for further corrections.
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And if we select a „New from Templates„ commands then it will opens like the
following screenshot with prompt like, built in templates which we can opt out to
modify or perform any desired actions of our choice.
Now, come to next TAB that is whatÊs NEW ⁄
It will pop up the following screenshot, which is showing the improvements of this
COREL version from its predecessor!!! It shows the technical improvements in
bulleted forms via different page frames. Screenshot is showing three improvements
in this page frame but we can click on the RED circle to enlist all the enhancements.
After this TAB is LEARNING TOOLS, it will look like the following screenshot: It has
Corel TUTOR that will lead us to Corel help files and another one lead us to, TIPS and
Tricks History, which will give us various TIPS and Hints to interface or work on
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Then, in TAB columns (Extreme right side), Galleries and Updates were left. When we
opt for a gallery option then following screenshot will appear. It shows an Image
stored in gallery with a hyperlink to Visit the CorelDRAW.com community.
Last option left is Updates. It will pop up the Updates or Relevant news for and from
the Corel Draw portal.
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Creating Straight Lines
To create a straight line, complete the following steps:
1. Select the Freehand tool from the toolbox.
2. Click anywhere in the Drawing page to begin your line.
3. Click again, somewhere else in the Drawing window to end your line.
When you click a second time, CorelDRAW draws a straight line from the point
where you first clicked to the point where you last clicked. That's it. You've just
drawn your first line.
Time Saver: You can delete a line by clicking on the Pick tool, selecting the line, and
pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
To draw vertical or horizontal lines, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard after
you click. Your cursor will not act like it is magnetized. It will "stick" to a straight line.
Click a second time, and then release the Ctrl key to draw horizontal or vertical lines.
Use the Ctrl key technique to draw crosshairs, intersecting horizontal and vertical
Drawing Line Objects
Here is the routine for creating a drawing from lines:
1. Select the Freehand tool in the toolbox.
2. Click in the Drawing area.
3. Double-click on another spot in the Drawing area to create the first node for the
4. Double-click at the next node in the object.
5. Keep creating new nodes as needed.
6. Click once (instead of double-clicking) to create your last node.
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If the final node in your line is on top of another node (such as the point where you
started to draw your line), your line will become a closed object.
When you draw a line, or when you click with the Pick tool to select a line, the lines
Property bar appears under the Standard toolbar. If your line is not closed, you'll see
an Auto-Close button in the Property bar. Clicking on this button closes any selected
The drawings you made with the freehand tool are objects, or they are made up of
many objects. You can delete any selected object by pressing Delete. When your
Drawing window gets crowded, it can be hard to select an object using the Pick tool.
One easy way to select objects is to select the Pick tool, or any shape tool, and then
press the Tab key on your keyboard. Try this quick exercise to select objects using the
Steps for Selecting Objects with the Tab Key
1. Create at least three objects using the Freehand tool.
2. Press Tab. One of the objects is selected. You can tell because six black square
handles appear around the object.
3. Press Tab again. Another object appears selected.
4. Try holding down Shift while you press Tab (Shift+Tab). This selects the
previously selected object.
5. Press Tab until you have selected each object in the Drawing window.
With the Pick tool, you can select more than one object at a time. You can select
multiple objects with the Pick tool in two easy ways: use the Shift+click technique or
draw a marquee.
To use the Shift+click technique, hold down Shift while you click with the Pick tool to
select more than one object. You can continue to select as many objects as you have in
your Drawing window this way. You can even deselect objects that have been
selected by Shift-clicking on them.
You can also select more than one object at a time by using the Pick tool to draw a
marquee (rectangle) around more than one object (see Figure 2.3). Only those objects
completely encompassed by the marquee that you draw with the Pick tool will be
Sometimes, when you work with a complex drawing involving many objects, it
becomes difficult to tell how many objects are selected. The status bar helps you by
telling you exactly how many objects you selected. You can select many objects at
once by drawing a marquee around them with the Pick tool. The status bar tells you
exactly how many objects you have selected.
Select all the objects on your Drawing window, and delete them by pressing Delete. If
you created a masterpiece, select Edit | Undo Delete from the menu bar. If not, you
have a nice clear screen.
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