Two Time Saving Tips for CorelDRAW Users

July 9, 2015

Earlier this week I had a CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Session for a user who had two major CorelDRAW tasks at her job. First, she had to create a 20-page newsletter every other month. Along with that were e-mails that needed to be sent out to promote the newsletter or other company news. There were two major tips we covered during the day and hundreds of smaller tips. If you want to boost your productivity, consider scheduling your own training session.

Loyal readers will know that I rarely feel CorelDRAW is the proper tool for longer documents. Sure, create graphics in CorelDRAW, but use a different program to lay out the document. Doing a 20-page newsletter in CorelDRAW is something that goes against my better judgement, but our goal was to find ways to create the newsletter faster as well as making it more attractive. One task that was time consuming for this user was moving pages around as she wasn’t aware of a powerful CorelDRAW feature. The quickest way to re-arrange pages is by selecting View | Page Sorter View where you can drag pages (see view below) to wherever you want in the document. Select the menu command again to get back to working on individual pages.

page-sorter

The other major task involved creating e-mails and she was attempting to export HTML for those e-mails directly from CorelDRAW. Once again loyal readers will know that I feel this is a recipe for disaster. CorelDRAW is not a tool for creating Web pages (e-mail is a Web page). CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT are great tools for creating graphics for use on the Web or in e-mails.

So the user will still create the entire “e-mail” in CorelDRAW. Once created, she’ll export each of the graphic elements to PNG or JPG format based on which is the best format for that graphic. Then she’ll go into Microsoft Outlook (her e-mail client of choice) and paste in the text of the text. Hyperlinks will be added to that text and each of the graphic elements will be placed in the e-mail. The end result was a very attractive e-mail and it takes less time to create that trying to force CorelDRAW to export HTML content directly.

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