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Diagnosing a Locked CorelDRAW File

I had a loyal reader contact me about a problem he was having when trying to e-mail a file to a vendor for output. He had a logo in CorelDRAW that he converted to PDF. When he tried to attach the PDF file to an e-mail, he was always told …

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Separate Parts of a Bitmap in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

Do you have trouble getting good artwork from clients? Go ahead and nod your head. Even when you get good artwork, do they sometimes ask you to do things that aren’t easy based on what was provided? Yup, nod your head again. I was given a logo as a Photoshop …

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CorelDRAW Web and Social Media Success Kit

If I were to ask the majority of CorelDRAW users if they created graphics for the Web, they would probably say no. The reality is that most users are probably creating graphics to be used on the Web and may not even realize it. Where are all these graphics being …

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Changing Sizes of Fonts in Windows Can Have Bad Side Effects

I always find it interesting that I tend to get the same question a number of times from different users. Sometimes when someone invests in Geek Time, the question can be very detailed. This is one that isn’t a detailed question, but there is an unintended side effect of making …

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Using Shortcut Keys Saves Time!

I got a question recently where a user asked about changing the icons for some common commands in CorelDRAW. My answer was quite simple and that would be to use keyboard shortcuts instead. I never use the icons on the Standard toolbar and instead use my fingers to press the …

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How We Got Around Facebook’s Silly Rule About Text in Dialog Boxes

Last week in my Monster Monsoons, Amazing Sunsets, Beautiful Flowers and Facebook’s Dumb Rule post, I explained how Facebook’s complete lack of common sense deemed that a post of a dialog box was in violation of their rules. I also complained loudly about this policy in Facebook Advertising Rules and …

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Are Illustration Details Too Complex For Specified Output?

I have often said that users who are creating massive files in CorelDRAW are probably doing something wrong. Not always, but I can almost always find a way to shrink the size of the files without changing the quality of the output. I had that experience lately with sample files …

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Single Sized Graphics For Multiple Methods of Output

During a CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Session last week, I was working with clients who hoped to create to export a single file from CorelDRAW for all methods of output. Each of the files originates in CorelDRAW and it is exported as a PNG file for use in a printed book, …

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Choosing Correct Color Mode Makes Huge Difference in CorelDRAW Files

A big change happened with color starting with CorelDRAW X5. In all prior versions, colors defaulted to CMYK and users rarely changed this. CorelDRAW X5 and higher allow you to choose if a file defaults to CMYK or RGB as shown in the drop-down of the dialog box at right. …

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CorelDRAW Unleashed Magazine Issues Loaded With Valuable Content

We only published CorelDRAW Unleashed Magazine for a single year, from 2007-2008. Sadly it wasn’t profitable enough to continue for a longer period. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of great information contained in the back issues. The articles were based on versions X3 and X4 of CorelDRAW and …

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