Coreldraw 8: The Official Guide

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9780078824470: Coreldraw 8: The Official Guide

This guide to CorelDRAW 8 is officially endorsed by the Corel Corporation, guaranteeing the quality of the information. The technical review is provided by Corel's own product development team. There are step-by-step detailed tutorials that teach how to use and implement CorelDRAW 8 and its features, including: Corel TEXTURE, Object Data Manager, Interactive Distortion, and 3D Tools, automated Drop Shadows on Vector Objects and a new way of fitting text to path. Project chapters detail how to start and complete a variety of projects, including: advertisement and newsletter page layout; business cards; designing custom fonts; special text effects; landscapes; and chrome effects. The product suite contains three separate applications: DRAW, PHOTO-PAINT and DREAM-3D. Foster Coburn and Peter McCormick are the authors of the "CorelDRAW! Unleashed" books and "CorelDRAW 7: The Official Guide".

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This comprehensive tome teaches you all about CorelDRAW 8 for Windows and Macintosh--from the most rudimentary to the most sophisticated features. The guide features step-by-step instruction, a thorough discussion of each feature and technique, large screen shots, and a full-color insert, which displays artwork by many contributors and a brief mention of how the artists undertook their projects. Where applicable, you get tips on using Corel Photo-Paint, the bitmap editor that comes with CorelDRAW, and on using the companion utilities.

In the first section, the authors help you install the software; learn the new features in this version; study the interface elements, such as menus and toolbars; draw basic shapes and lines; create text; transform objects and shape them using the Shape, Knife, and Eraser tools; and apply colors and use color models and palettes. (The full-color insert shows you colors and CMYK percentages in the default Custom Color Palette). You also apply special fills, outline objects, and view your work in various ways.

The second section lets you dig a little deeper by working with layers and the Object Manager; by using grids, guidelines, and rulers; and by managing objects via, for example, the Combine, Break Apart, Weld, and Trim commands and the alignment and distribution features. The third section shows you special effects, such as the Enveloping tool, Interactive Distortion Tool, and the perspective feature. Other effects include extrusion, lighting, beveling, blending, contouring, lens, transparency, and color adjustments. You also learn how to fit text to a path.

In the fourth section, you learn about inputting and outputting your artwork. Here the authors explain the Color Profile Wizard, the CorelSCAN utility, importing and exporting features, page setup features, and printing your work and preparing it for a service bureau. In the fifth section, you use the spelling and grammar checkers and other writing tools, text-extracting and merging features, styles and templates, and the find-and-replace tool. You also create bar codes, object databases, and custom patterns and symbols; use the font-management tools; produce Web images and pages; and customize and automate the CorelDRAW interface.

The level of detail and the clarity of this book are invaluable. If you need an all-in-one guide to learning and mastering CorelDRAW, CorelDRAW 8 is highly recommended. --Kathleen Caster

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The Only DRAW Book Complete and Accurate Enough to Warrant Corel's Official Endorsement! Take a tour of the world's most popular vector drawing program with two of the industry's best CorelDRAW authors. No other book gives you as much in-depth coverage on DRAW 8's new and improved features or provides you with more detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on how to use DRAW 8's powerful tools than CorelDRAW 8: The Official Guide. Inside athis official guide, you'll find all the information you need to: Install and customize CorelDRAW 8 using new owrkspaces and Docker Windows features; Learn skills fo basic drawing techniques as well as complex procedures, including creating and shaping images, manipulating objects, and using layers; Master DRAW 8's new interactive distortion and extrude tools and incredible color theme pallets; Create spectacular, professional-level special effects; Utilize DRAW 8's advanced Web features, including JPEG and GIF previews, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML support, and Web forms; Plus, you'll find artistic inspiration inside the book's 16-page color insert-See the world's finest CorelDRAW masterpieces! No matter how simple or complex your design needs may be, don't settle for less than the best! Get CorelDRAW 8: The Official Guide and learn how to turn your wildest ideas into reality.

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