The Digital Academy CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 for Printers & Signmakers - Level 2

Who's the course for?

CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite 2017 is Corel’s latest and most innovative graphic design program yet and comes with cutting-edge features to help you create beautiful designs, graphics, photos with both ease and confidence. This course is aimed at providing experienced users with an in-depth look at CorelDRAW’s more powerful features. There is a Level 1 course also available and a discount of £75 is applicable when booking both together. All attendees are required to bring laptops with them.

Digital Academy Lounge Digital Academy Classroom

Course Syllabus

CorelDRAW’s User Interface     

Topics Covered

            An Overview of essential learning tools

            Customizing and exporting unique workspaces to support specific workflows

            Creating custom toolbars

            Creating and customizing keyboard-shortcuts

Before you begin: collecting your assets    

Working with Corel CONNECT 2017

              Importing content from previous versions of CorelDRAW

            Installing fonts from within Corel Connect

            Searching for content by file type/keyword/category

Setting up the job          

Page layout

            Customizing Grids, Rulers, and Guidelines

            Page Numbering

            The Object Manager & Layers

            Working with Master Layers

            Working to Scale & Screen Calibration

              Working with templates

Object Properties           

Formatting outlines & creating cut lines

            Fills, Mesh fills, Gradients, and Patterns

            The Object Properties docker

            Creating, editing and resetting the Default settings

            Working with the new transparency and outline options

Organising objects         

Aligning & Distributing objects

Shaping objects:

The Shape flyout

The shaping tools

              Transforming shapes (Transformation docker)

              Combining objects

Working with text           

The Font Playground

            Inserting special characters

            Creating, formatting and linking paragraph text

            Text wrapping

            Working with the Font Manager

            Aligning text to a baseline grid

            Adjusting Panose font replacement

            Working with text styles

Working with Colour       

Color Management & Soft Proofing

            Creating and editing object fills

            The Interactive Fill tools

            The Content Exchange

            Creating custom color palettes

            Working with Color Harmonies

            Working with Color Styles 

Object Effects    


            Blends, Contours, and Bevels

            Adding Perspective & Extrusions

            Drop Shadows



Converting raster images to vector graphics

Editing and merging colours

CorelDRAW Extensions   

Powerful add-ons to enhance creativity:

Pointillizer – Fit Objects to Path – Impact tool - Convert All to Curves Border & Grommets - File Converter – Color Chart Creator


The Curve Flyout:

Working with the drawing tools    

   Curves, nodes and segments

            The Shape Tool

            The drawing tools

            LiveSketch & Smart Drawing tool

            Artistic Media

            Node reduction and path smoothing

The Crop Tool flyout:

The cutting tools

The Crop tool

            The enhanced Knife tool

            The Virtual Segment Delete tool

              Erasing parts of vector objects and raster images


Photo editing in CorelDRAW & PHOTO-PAINT         


  Working with bitmaps in CorelDRAW

            Working with Adjustment (Object) layers

            Masking in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

            Knocking-out image backgrounds

            Adjusting and correcting images

            Creating lenses and applying special effects

            Creating custom brushes

            Resampling images


Publish to PDF

            Collect for Output

            Pre-flight Settings

            Print Merge

            Variable Data Printing (VDP)

            Custom layouts

            Imposition layouts



            Halftones & Halftone patterns

            Bleeds & Bleed limits

            Registration marks

Location & Booking

The Digital Academy Coalville, Leicestershire.

31st August 2017 | 10am to 4pm

To book yourself onto the course, fill out the form below.

Tutor Profile

Suzanne Smith has been working for Corel for over 15 years, first in the Technical Support European team, and then as product trainer and specialist as part of Corel's Creative Team. Suzanne provides corporate training and End-user training in the form of webinars, tutorials, workshops and in-product videos. Suzanne has especially built up extensive experience in the Print and Sign Industry and speaks several languages including German and Dutch.

£175/per person Includes lunch & all course materials

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