Getting Started In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 – Part 2

Finding, inserting, and storing drawing content

The Scrapbookdocker lets you use clipart, photo images, and sounds stored on the Corel content CDs or that are available online. The digital content manual contains pictures of the graphics available on the CD and lists their folder locations.

You can browse for clipart, photo images, and sound files on your system, or browse online on Corel on the Web; or you can search for content by using keywords. You can also create your own scrapbook to store content from the drawing window that you want to reuse.

To browse for clipart, photos, and sound files

1   Click Window ` Dockers ` Scrapbook.

2   Insert a Corel content CD into the CD drive.

3   Double-click an icon in the CD list and navigate to a folder.

Getting Started In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3-2To browse for images online, you must be connected to the Internet.

Getting Started In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3-3To change your browsing view in the Scrapbook docker, click the flyout arrow, click View, and choose a view type. Continue reading…

Getting Started In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 – Part 1

About 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 tiny 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. While they look good at their actual size, 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 CorelDRAW. You can also import bitmaps (such as JPEG and TIFF files) in CorelDRAW and integrate them into your drawings. For information about working with bitmaps, see “Working with bitmaps” on page 207.

Getting Started In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3

The top illustration  is a vector graphic consisting of lines and fills. The bottom version is a bitmap made up of pixels. Continue reading…

CorelDRAW Essentials application window

When you launch CorelDRAW Essentials, 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 CorelDRAW Essentials application window appears below. A description of its parts follows

CorelDRAW Essentials application window

CorelDRAW Essentials application window

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