I Only Need to Learn How to Do This One Thing

April 9, 2013

It seems like every day I get a call from someone saying “I only need to know how to do this one thing in CorelDRAW, do you have something covering it.” First and foremost, it is clear the person needs to know a lot more than “one thing” as a single task can include knowledge of many techniques.

While the general question is common, the one thing mentioned the most is vectorizing artwork and I’ll use it as an example to show there is more to know than one thing. If the one thing you need to learn is vectorizing artwork, I’ve got two detailed lessons on the subject in CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed and CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed. Yet there is so much more information on the training DVDs that you really need to learn.

At the basis of any vectorizing project are nodes, the data points upon which every vector object is built. Do you know the different types of nodes? Do you know how to add and remove them so your shapes are optimized? From sample artwork I see on a regular basis, the users creating the artwork don’t have these important skills. There is a whole lesson dedicated to this topic.

Somehow or other you need to know how to draw the lines and there are a number of tools that can be used for drawing lines. You probably already guessed there is a whole lesson dedicated to those tools. Sometimes the best way to create a shape is by putting other shapes together via functions like Weld, Intersect and Trim. Of course there is another lesson dedicated to those topics.

Once a line is drawn, you have many options for how that outline is shown. What thickness should it be? What type of line endings should it have? Should it scale with the size of the object? I think you know the answer is that there is an entire lesson dedicated to everything you need to know about outlines.

Sure, you might only need the artwork in black. Sounds simple enough. Which black? Should it be RGB, CMYK or a PMS color? Color management still applies even for black and white artwork. Of course there is an entire lesson dedicated to this important topic. Knowing how to select solid fills can be just as important, even with basic colors like black. Yes, there is another lesson dedicated to solid fills. Want a more elaborate fill? CorelDRAW has a lot of them and there is yet another lesson dedicated to using them.

I could certainly continue with my example and rattle off even more things a user needs to know for this one example task. I’ve already listed twelve lessons! What I want you to understand is that every task involves knowing and understanding a wide variety of skills in CorelDRAW. If you simply try to find something covering that “one thing,” you will still be extremely frustrated. Instead, get training that will teach you all of CorelDRAW so you can breeze through all those “one things.”

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