Where to Begin

Written by Jeff Harrison
May 31, 2016

A CorelDRAW Semi-Noob asks: I’ve been using CorelDraw for a little while now, but only for simple edits. I want to learn more about how to use the program. Can anyone recommend a good tutorial to watch that goes over different things in order? I’d like to be able to draw my own graphics, but I have NO idea where to even start!!

Jeff writes: I’ve created more than 1,000 print pieces over the last 20 years, and have used every version of CorelDRAW from 8 to X8. First, for proof… I took this picture just now of some resources I have:

coreltrainingmat

Yes, some of the materials are older. However, many of the basics in CorelDRAW haven’t changed for 10+ years. Those same features are the ones you’ll depend on most of the time.

Out of everything above, I like the X3 book the most at bottom left. The audio is super clear on the 6 hours of videos that come with it, and they are easy for anyone to understand.

https://coreldrawunleashed.com/store/?model_number=CDU-BOOK-X3

Videos are my favorite way to learn. There are free youtube videos from various people, but they range from poor to OK. Very few are “great”. Some are dangerously false because they are technically wrong. My projects print in the 10-50 thousand range, per print run, under strict deadlines. Failure is not an option. 🙂

*July 2016 update* I’m looking at Foster’s X6 training, found here. So far, so good! I’ll likely have a separate post about it in the future. Based on my initial impressions, I’d already recommend potential customers buy this as their first choice.

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Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular MacroMonster.com site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at coreldraw.com.

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