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Corel CorelDraw 101 Training Course

CorelDraw 101 Training Schedule

CorelDRAW Training Course Synopsis

Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is designed to help you get up to speed quickly with CorelDRAW and its new features. This class begins with an overview of the application, including a tour of the interface and a guide to the basic drawing tools, then moves on to more advanced topics, such as adding text, controlling page layout, publishing PDFs, and printing final documents. Tips and specific examples that teach users how to improve workflows and maximize productivity are also included.

Prerequisites for this CorelDRAW Training Course

Knowledge of your operating system and basic computer navigation is required for all classes.

What You Will Learn in This CorelDRAW Training Course

  • Drawing, Filling, and Adding Effects
  • Working with templates
  • Transforming Objects
  • Using the Step and Repeat docker
  • Working with Paragraph Text
  • Layers and the Object Manager
  • Importing, Publishing, Exporting
  • Using the Image Adjustment Lab

CorelDRAW Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Enrollment - CorelDRAW

Please see our Enrollment Page ( for our enrollment form.

Locations for this CorelDRAW Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for this CorelDRAW Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Lesson 1 - What’s New in CorelDRAW

  • The Create a New Document Dialog Box
  • Drawing Tool Enhancements
  • Scaling an Arrowhead
  • New Corner Edits for Rectangles
  • Revamped Mesh Fill Tool
  • More Power to PowerTRACE
  • New Pixel View
  • New Document Palette
  • Eyedroppers All Over the Place
  • Adobe Application Compatibility
  • Introducing Corel CONNECT
  • Connecting with Your Content
  • Clip Art and Photographs
  • Fonts
  • Templates

Lesson 2 - Exploring Your Workspace

  • The CorelDRAW X5 Workspace
  • Specific Toolbar and Dialog Values
  • Working with Dockers
  • Using the Toolbox
  • Working with Toolbars
  • Using the Color Palette

Lesson 3 - CorelDRAW’s Ins and Outs: Importing, Exporting, and Saving Design Work

  • CoreDRAW X5’s Welcome Screen
  • Opening Your First New Document File
  • Opening Document Files
  • Saving and Closing Documents
  • Working with Templates
  • Clipboard Commands
  • Undoing and Redoing Changes
  • Scrapbooks, An Old Favorite
  • Importing and Exporting Files
  • Choosing Export File Formats

Lesson 4 - Navigating and Page Setup

  • Setting View Mode
  • Zooming and Panning Pages
  • Special View Modes
  • Using the View Navigator
  • Using the View Manager Docker
  • Working with Views of a Document’s Depth: Layers

Lesson 5 - The CorelDRAW Test Drive

  • Begin a Design with a Concept
  • Setting Up the Page for the Logo
  • Using the Polygon Tool to Design a Gear Shape
  • Welding an Edge to a Typed Character
  • A Brief Excursion into Gradient Fills
  • Going 3D
  • Adding Text to the Logo
  • Align, Group, Scale, Flip and Print
  • The Test Drive Cross-Reference

Lesson 6 - Working with Single-and Multi-Page Documents

  • Setting Up Your Document Page
  • Naming Pages
  • Page Commands

Lesson 7 - Measuring and Drawing Helpers

  • Using The Ruler
  • Introducing the Indispensable CorelDRAW Grids
  • Working with Guidelines, Dynamic Guides, and Guide Layers
  • Working with Dynamic Guides
  • Controlling the Guides Layer
  • Using the Dimension Tools

Lesson 8 - Creating Basic Shapes, Applying Transformations

  • CorelDRAW X5’s Smart Drawing Tool
  • Using the Rectangle Tool and Property Bar
  • Using the Ellipse Tool and Property Bar
  • Using Polygons and the Property Bar
  • Using the Spiral Tool
  • Using the Graph Paper Tool
  • Using Perfect Shape Tools
  • Using the Convert Outline to Object Command

Lesson 9 - Moving, Scaling, Rotating: Basic Transformations

  • Basic Object Selection
  • Moving Objects
  • Transforming Objectives
  • Applying Precise Transformations
  • Controlling the Order of Things

Lesson 10 - Drawing and Editing Objects

  • Introducing CorelDRAW X5’s Curve Tools
  • Using the Artistic Media Tool
  • How to Draw in CorelDRAW
  • Drawing Arcs with the 3-Point Curve Tool
  • Using the Bézier and Pen Tool
  • Editing Bézier Paths
  • Controlling Freehand and Bézier Tool Behavior
  • Working with Compound Paths

Lesson 11 - Editing Objects

  • Reshaping Things
  • Shaping and Reshaping Object Shapes
  • Working Examples of Object Shaping
  • Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer
  • PowerClips
  • The Knife Tool
  • Using the Eraser Tool
  • Using the Virtual Segment Delete Tool
  • Cropping an Illustration
  • Using the Smudge Brush
  • Using the Free Transform Tool
  • The Roughen Brush

Lesson 12 - Getting Artistic with Text

  • CorelDRAW’s Text Tool
  • The Text Bar and Special Paragraph Formatting
  • Formatting Paragraph Text
  • Wrapping Text Around Other Shapes
  • Embedding Objects into Text
  • Changing and Proofing Formatted Text
  • Text and Styles

Lesson 13 - Typography Rules and Conventions

  • Font Families and Font Styles
  • Finding the Font you Need
  • Finding and Saving Important Characters
  • Font Etiquette: Using Fonts with Style and Appropriateness

Lesson 14 - Getting Your Words Perfect

  • Using CorelDRAW’s Writing Tools
  • Using the Proofing Tools
  • Setting Spell Checker Options
  • Using Grammatik
  • Using the Thesaurus
  • Using Quick Correct
  • Finding and Replacing Text and Special Characters
  • Finding and Replacing Text Properties
  • Tables

Lesson 15 - Filling Objectives

  • Examining the Fill Types
  • Using the Color Palette
  • From Uniform to Non-Uniform Object Filling
  • Uniform Color Fill Options on the Property Bar
  • Applying a Fountain Fill
  • Applying Pattern Fills
  • Applying Texture Fills
  • Applying PostScript Fills
  • Applying Mesh Fills
  • Sampling and Applying Fill Colors

Lesson 16 - Outline Attributes

  • Applying Outline Pen Properties
  • Outline Pen Options and the Property Bar
  • Using the Outline Tool
  • Exploring the Outline Pen Dialog
  • Turning an Outline into and Object

Lesson 17 - Digital Color Theory Put to Practice

  • Digital Color Terms and Definitions
  • Using Color-Related Dockers
  • Moving from Color Models to Other Ways to Define Color
  • Using Fixed and Custom Palettes
  • Color and Color Correction

Lesson 18 - Working with Perspective

  • The Optical Principle of Perspective
  • Experiments in Perspective

Lesson 19 - Extruding Objects

  • Navigating the Interactive Markers
  • Using the Extrude Tool and Property Bar
  • Using Vector Extrude Presets
  • Using the Extrude Docker
  • Controlling Extrude Complexity Using Facet Size

Lesson 20 - Envelope and Distortion Effects

  • Creating Envelope Effects
  • Constraining Single Are Envelopes
  • Using Envelope Shapes Between Objects
  • Mastering Distortion Effects
  • Using the Distort Tool and the Property Bar
  • Using Distortion Presets

Lesson 21 - Blends and Contours

  • Blend and Contour Effects: Similarities with Distinctions
  • Blending as Illustration Shading
  • The Blend Tool and Property Bar
  • Creating a Simple Blend Effect
  • Looking at the Components of a Blend
  • Editing Blend Effects
  • Using the Blend Docker
  • Tapping into Contour Effects
  • Exploring CorelDRAW’s Contour Effects
  • Using the Contour Tool and Property Bar
  • Controlling Contour Acceleration
  • Using Contour Presets
  • Using the Contour Docker

Lesson 22 - Lens Effects, Transparency, Shadows, Glows, and Bevels

  • What’s Behind a Lens Effect
  • Using the Lens Docker
  • Exploring the Lens Effects
  • Using Lens Options
  • Clearing Things Up with the Transparency Tool
  • Using the Transparency Tool and Property Bar
  • Using Transparency Operations (Merge Modes)
  • Creating Multi-Stage Transparencies
  • Pattern and Texture Transparencies
  • Using Transparency Freeze
  • Using the Bevel Effect
  • Using the Drop Shadow Effect

Lesson 23 - Bitmap Boot Camp: Working with Photographs

  • The Properties of a Pixel-Based Image
  • Importing Bitmaps into a Document
  • Placing and Modifying and Image
  • An Everyday Bitmap-Oriented Workflow

Lesson 24 - Advanced Photography Techniques with CorelDRAW

  • Cropping a Placed Photograph
  • Nondestructive Cropping
  • Masking Through Nondestructive Cropping
  • Boolean Operations as a Trimming Technique
  • Working with Alpha Channels and Image Transparency
  • Bitmaps to Vector Art: Using PowerTRACE

Lesson 25 - An Introduction to PHOTO-PAINT

  • The Building Block of Digital Photos: The Pixel

Lesson 26 - PHOTO-PAINT Effects and Advanced Editing

  • Turning a Snapshot into a Photograph
  • Creating a Fantasy Compostion
  • Performing Subtle Image Edits
  • Creating an Animated GIF

Lesson 27 - Printing: Professional Output

  • Printing a Document to a Personal Printer
  • Setting Print Options
  • Previewing Your Printed Document
  • Setting Printing Preferences
  • Corel’s Duplexing Wizard
  • Using the Collect for Output Wizard
  • Print Merge

Lesson 28 - Basic HTML Page Layout and Publishing

  • Web Page Navigation Buttons and Hotspots
  • CorelDRAW’s Internet Toolbar
  • Publishing Web Documents
  • Flash and Web Pages


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

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