CorelDRAW® X4: The Official Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-18
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
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The only Corel-authorized reference to the powerful graphics tool used by millions Written by an award-winning CorelDRAW illustrator, this guide explains how to create compelling graphics and vector animations for print and the Web using the latest version of CorelDRAW. You will find hundreds of expert tips and techniques that show how to take full advantage of all the unique features this powerful application has to offer. CorelDRAW: The Official Guide uses screenshots, drawings, and step-by-step explanations to show you how to draw shapes, work with text, add color and effects, create animations, and much more. All of the new and improved capabilities of the software are covered in full detail. The book includes a full-color section showcasing the extraordinary results of various effects, an eight-page tear-out of useful shortcuts, and trial software on CD-ROM. This is a must-have resource for anyone wanting to create stunning artwork with CorelDRAW.

Author Biography

Steve Bain has produced hundreds of expert design and illustration workshops, is a regular contributor to www.design.com, and has served on the CorelDRAW feature review board for Corel Corporation.

Table of Contents

CorelDRAW X4 Quick Start Guide
What's New in CorelDRAW X4?p. 3
Exploring Your Workspacep. 17
Examining the Palettes, Cruising the Menusp. 37
The X4 Test Drivep. 71
Getting Started with CorelDRAW X4
Working with Single- and Multi-Page Documentsp. 97
Measuring and Drawing Helpersp. 117
Views, Zooming, Navigating Your Workp. 149
Moving, Scaling, Rotating: Basic Transformationsp. 167
Working with Object Tools
Creating Basic Shapesp. 191
Using the Pen Toolsp. 217
Editing Objectsp. 251
Arranging and Organizing Objectsp. 275
Working with Text
Typography Rules and Conventionsp. 321
Working with Textp. 345
Creating Your Own Fontp. 381
Getting Your Words Perfectp. 407
Attributes for Objects and Lines
Filling Objectsp. 437
Outline Attributesp. 471
Digital Color Theory Put to Practicep. 491
Creating Special Effects
Envelope and Distortion Effectsp. 525
Blends and Contoursp. 551
Lens Effects and Transparencyp. 589
Embellishments: Bevels, PowerClips, and Shadowsp. 623
Creating the Illusion of 3D Objects
Working with Perspectivep. 653
Extruding Objectsp. 667
Thinking Outside the (Tool)Box
Bitmap Boot Camp: Working with Photographsp. 697
Image-ination: Advanced Photography Techniquesp. 723
Printing: Professional Outputp. 753
Basic HTML Page Layout and Publishingp. 795
Automating Tasks and Visual Basic for Applicationsp. 827
Appendix: Shortcut Keysp. 855
Indexp. 865
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