CorelDraw is the ultimate digital 2D graphic designing solution. Corel Draw is a graphic designing software develop by Corel Corporation to develop vector graphics to put it in a more formal definition. Online print adverts, product designing, architectural layout designing, online sketch artists in various fields and almost all those pretty visuals that we see around us whether on phones or magazines, have been, at some point or another, designed in Corel Draw.
Tools in CorelDraw
There is a tool drop down menu in menu bar, almost all are cover important tools are cover in the toolbox.
As you select each tool, it will further have its drop-down options. Also, they will also display their properties singularly in the Tool Bar below the Menu Bar like this. Let’s scout through each tool first.
Pick Tool: It is actually a select tool and behaves like the Move Tool in Photoshop, to the tool’s bottom right corner. You will find various options like freehand pick and free transform. These options let you resize the image that broadens it or narrow it or even create a mirror image with a mouse.
Shape Tool: This gives nodes and handles to the selected text or drawing to tilt or rotate or to move from one place to other. It also changes into smear, twirl and twist the selected work.
Crop Tool: As the name suggests, it will help trim the selected image, shape or text. It will also let you cut the image like a knife (divide the shape into different slices that can be separately edit) and even erase by eraser.
Zoom Tool: Let’s you zoom to any minute part of the shape or text that is being create or edit. So that the designer can correct the discrepancies accordingly.
Freehand Tool: This tool is where most of the magic happens. This tool has a number of drawing options that let you create and draw any design. So this tool plays a very important role in the first stage of graphic designing.
Rectangle Tool: This tool will help create the shape of a rectangle. It also has an option of 3 point rectangle. This only means a quick rectangle can be create by simply dragging the mouse once two nodes of a rectangle are drawn.
Polygon Tool: Basically, the polygon tool is used to create shapes with more than 4 sides. But Corel Draw lets you create a number of readymade shapes like a banner shape, star, spiral shape, arrows, graph paper grid under the same heading.
Text Tool: The text tool here will help create text characters and text boxes. You can edit them using the properties and formatting options displayed in the toolbar. You can also directly add a table with this tool. In case you need to create text in a tabular form.
Parallel Dimension Tool: A lot of civil engineers and architects use Corel Draw. So here’s a ready tool to display dimensions in various shapes like this.
Straight-line connector Tool: This tool will help connect different sides in any shape between sides or right angles while keeping the sides separate.
Drop shadow Tool: This is the effect giving tool. It will bevel, emboss, drop shadow, extrude, etc., any part of the selected shape.
Smart Fill Tool: This tool will help fill color in a shape that is a closed path. Very quick to use. Very similar to the paint bucket tool in MS Paint.
Features of CorelDraw
One of the major features of CorelDraw, in my opinion, is that it provides a friendly UI that can be learned to use quickly. So for beginners can expand their creativity, and professionals can make some awestruck designs and layouts. It has live versatile tools like node shaping and mesh fill etc., which come in handy almost everywhere in designing. Being a vector graphics software does not pixelate its designs which guarantees high-quality printing. Hence many high definition printers are programmed to accept Corel format files for printing.
While learning graphic designing, Corel Draw is easier than other complex software and still more useful than most. One of the good things is that they constantly update the features, so there is always something more exciting in-store.