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The Only Corel-Authorized Guide to CorelDRAW X4

Create fine art and commercial graphics with one powerful tool! CorelDRAW X4: The Official Guide shows you how to get a visual message across with impact and style; edit photos; build captivating layouts; and compose scenes in a clean, attention-getting style. Learn how to illustrate like the pros, justify and flow text around shapes, and truly understand digital color. You'll also discover how to create 3D objects, apply special effects, and integrate different media to build outstanding graphics. Packed with expert tips and techniques for creating professional-level art, this is your one-stop CorelDRAW X4 resource.

  • Create drawings that mimic traditional oils and acrylics using Artistic Media, Smudge, and Roughen brushes
  • Lay out complete page designs with layers, multi-page options, and preset page and label templates
  • Import and format text, flow text around illustrations, and add drop caps
  • Use CorelDRAW as a desktop publishing program
  • Import and edit digital photos, including camera RAW files, and incorporate them into your designs
  • Add special effects to your illustrations including dynamic lens effects and transparency
  • Create 3D objects with the Extrude tool

Includes an all-new 8-page full-color section

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071545709
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Official Guide Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 892
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary David Bouton has used CorelDRAW professionally for more than 15 years and is the author of five books covering previous versions. He was a 1992 finalist in the CorelDRAW World Design Contest. A former advertising agency art director, Gary has received four international awards in design and desktop publishing and has written several guides on digital graphics covering the fields of photography, special effects, video editing, and 3D modeling.

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Table of Contents

Part I: CorelDRAW X4 Quick Start Guide
Chapter 1. What's New in CorelDRAW X4?
Chapter 2. Exploring Your Workspace
Chapter 3. Examining the Palettes, Cruising the Menus
Chapter 4. The X4 Test Drive
Part II: Getting Started with CorelDRAW X4
Chapter 5. Working with Single- and Multi-Page Documents
Chapter 6. Measuring and Drawing Helpers
Chapter 7. Views, Zooming, Navigating Your Work
Chapter 8. Moving, Scaling, Rotating: Basic Transformations
Part III: Working with Object Tools
Chapter 9. Creating Basic Shapes
Chapter 10. Using the Pen Tools
Chapter 11. Editing Objects
Chapter 12. Arranging and Organizing Objects
Part IV: Working with Text
Chapter 13. Typography Rules and Conventions
Chapter 14. Working with Text
Chapter 15. Creating Your Own Font
Chapter 16. Getting Your Words Perfect
Part V: Attributes for Objects and Lines
Chapter 17. Filling Objects
Chapter 18. Outline Attributes
Chapter 19. Digital Color Theory Put to Practice
Part VI: Creating Special Effects
Chapter 20. Envelope and Distortion Effects
Chapter 21. Blends and Contours
Chapter 22. Lens Effects and Transparency
Chapter 23. Embellishments: Bevels, PowerClips, and Shadows
Part VII: Creating the Illusion of 3D Objects
Chapter 24. Working with Perspective
Chapter 25. Extruding Objects
Part VIII: Thinking Outside the (Tool)Box
Chapter 26. Bitmap Boot Camp: Working with Photographs
Chapter 27. Image-ination: Advanced Photography Techniques
Chapter 28. Printing: Professional Output
Chapter 29. Basic HTML Page Layout and Publishing
Chapter 30. Automating Tasks and Visual Basic for Applications
Appendix: Shortcut Keys

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Be Lost Without It

    I was new to Corel. This guide has enabled me to master the basic functions and some of the advanced features with relative ease. Whenever I am using Corel, the book is always at hand.
    If you are new to Corel or are having difficulty with the almost overwhelming agility of the program, this may be the resource for you. On only one or two occassions have the very lucid instructions failed me. A good buy for the bucks which will really help you get more out of Corel Draw.

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