Thursday Tip: Include Non-Printing Notes in Your Files

April 16, 2009

I don’t use layers often in CorelDRAW. For my workflow, I just don’t find a great need for them. Today I’m going to describe a way that I think they can come in handy for you.

Create a layer named “Notes” or something to that effect. If you are using CorelDRAW X4, you’ll have to create that layer on each page of your document. Like many of you, I’m not crazy about the new layer behavior. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that. Once you have created the Notes layer, go into the Object Manager Docker and make that layer visible and not printable.

Now that you have the layer, you can put any notes about the project on that layer. You’ll be able to see them on screen, but they won’t print or export. If you find they are getting in your way, make the layer invisible as well. You can always make it visible again later. And if you find you need to print the notes, make the layer printable and print it.

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  1. Paul

    Thanks for the tip, it will help to track stock or colours used. A suggestion is to make your notes a non-printing layer on a master page and it will show up for all pages

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  2. jworker

    I come from an AutoCAD background and we use layers all the time, it can be very handy for turning stuff on and off to better see items on certain layers or try out different versions of your drawing, and if you have a border around your drawing, having that on a layer that in non-editable makes it so much easier since you don’t keep picking the rectangle when you actually wanted to select something inside of it. You do not have to make a layer for each page in X4 if you want the same notes to show up on all the pages, just put them on the side of the “paper” area on the Desktop layer down in the Master Layers section of the Object Mgr. Docker and make that layer non-printing. The same goes for something that you DO want to show on all layers (such as a logo or watermark): make a Master layer with the item (s) and it will show up on all of the pages.

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  3. jworker

    I come from an AutoCAD background and we use layers all the time, it can be very handy for turning stuff on and off to better see items on certain layers or try out different versions of your drawing, and if you have a border around your drawing, having that on a layer that in non-editable makes it so much easier since you don’t keep picking the rectangle when you actually wanted to select something inside of it. You do not have to make a layer for each page in X4 if you want the same notes to show up on all the pages, just put them on the side of the “paper” area on the Desktop layer down in the Master Layers section of the Object Mgr. Docker and make that layer non-printing. The same goes for something that you DO want to show on all layers (such as a logo or watermark): make a Master layer with the item (s) and it will show up on all of the pages.

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