Thursday Tip: Pop-Up Palettes Redux

June 4, 2009

Last August I showed you the pop-up palettes you can get in CorelDRAW. For those who don’t want to read the old post, left-click and hold a color in the color palette for a couple of seconds and you’ll get a pop-up palette with 49 variations if using RGB or CMYK and 10 variations if using a spot color. An example is shown at right. The color in the middle is the color in the main palette surrounded by 48 variations.

I’m repeating this tip because of a message someone posted this week in a discussion area. The person posting had just learned this tip and thought it was amazing. It is and hopefully it is new for some of you. The reason I bring it up is because this user was someone that I would say has advanced knowledge in CorelDRAW. Nobody knows everything about CorelDRAW. I know a lot and I’m not even close to knowing everything. If anyone ever tells you that they do know it all, they’re lying!

After a few more messages were posted, it came out from another advanced user that they would prefer to poke around on the Internet to find little tips like this. Really? You’d waste hours of time to dig up a few nuggets of information when resources like my CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed book, this blog and Jeff Harrison’s Powertips have compiled a bunch of tips in one place? Yes, two of the things I mentioned have a cost. How much is your time worth? If you spend an hour on the Internet to find one tip, how much did that tip cost you? I bet it was more than one of Jeff’s Powertips tutorials and those each have many tips in them. Sometimes users get so caught up in the “gotta have it for free” mentality that they will instead waste hours of time instead of spending a small amount of money. Sure, I want to sell my book so I make money. But I also feel the book will make you a lot more money with the time-saving techniques you learn. Let me waste my time searching all over for the great tips so that I can compile them all in one place for you!

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