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CorelDraw Tips

Corel Draw is supported for both the Apple Macintosh and the Windows PC. Here are some basic tips that apply to all software versions and for both platforms.

For even more tips please visit our Quick Tips section. This is our catch-all category for all manner of miscellaneous tips, tricks, program fixes, and workarounds to help you with building your artwork . We'll add new items from time to time so check in to see what's been added recently.

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Document Setup Basics

Special Note: You may also submit both copies if you think that you may have text edits but then you must be certain to include all fonts used in your original document.

Special Note: To prevent any loss of resource fork data that would render your fonts useless, Macintosh users should always compress their files on a Macintosh.

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Creating Bleed

The way to create bleed is to simply make certain that the image or graphic extends off the edge of the page to a distance of 1/8" (.125) wherever you want something to bleed.

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Exporting to PDF

To export your CorelDraw file as a PDF:

1. Go to the Menu and select File > Publish to PDF

CorelDraw Export to PDF: Step 1

2. Name your file and set the PDF style to PDF/X-1a. Navigate to where you want to save the file and then click Settings.

CorelDraw Export to PDF: Step 2

3. On the General tab select PDF style PDF/X-1a.

CorelDraw Export to PDF: Step 3

4. Select the Prepress tab and set the bleed to .125" and select the crop marks option.

 

CorelDraw Export to PDF: Step 4

5. Select the Advanced tab set the options to match the example below and click OK.

CorelDraw Export to PDF: Step 5

6. Click Save to save your PDF file in the location that you chose in step 2.

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Converting Type to Curves

1. Menu > Edit > Select All > Text

2. Arrange > Convert to Curves

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Converting to CMYK Color Space

For each object with a fill:

  1. Select each object you want to convert.
  2. Select the Fill tool and click Fill Color Dialog. Make sure the Color model is CMYK.

For each object with an outline:

  1. Select each object you want to convert.
  2. Select the Outline tool and click the Outline Color Dialog. Make sure the Color model is CMYK.
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