As loyal users have come to expect, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite comes with a substantial stockpile of digital content that you can use and abuse as you see fit. What you may not realize is that when version X3 was released Corel revamped the entire collection. It isn’t just a few new fonts and images added for good marketing, it’s a complete overhaul. Browse through these highlights and you’ll see what I mean.
The digital content that comes with the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a valuable resource for a wide range of illustration and design tasks. Included in the boxed version is an easy-to-browse printed guide that showcases thumbnail images and character sets. CorelDRAW’s new optimized and expanded digital content collection now tops more than 10,000 graphic illustration and photos, over 1,000 character and symbol fonts, and an array of design templates.
Exploring the New Clip Art Collection
Clip art images can be a great source of inspiration, ideas, or ready-made solutions for all kinds of creative and/or technical projects you may tackle. The new selection has been dramatically streamlined to include images that can easily be edited and reproduced. Historically complex or problematic drawings have been removed and the newly added images have been hand-picked for their smooth reproduction qualities. Entirely new categories have been added to provide useful resources for users working in embroidery, screen printing, routing, laser engraving, large format printing, print, or Web design.
A quick scan of the clip art category folders (shown next) will give you a brief glimpse of what’s available. You’ll find more than 6,400 new clip art images have been added to the collection, including images that Corel has licensed from specialty providers such as Mr. Clip Art, Digital Art Solutions, and Clip Art-Design.
The series of practical examples shown next demonstrate how clip art images can be easily adapted or edited for special-purpose design projects. In the first example (shown next), a flame outline graphic from the Flames collection was edited into to a vehicle graphic from the Transportation > Cars collection to create an example of a vinyl application.
The award graphic taken from the Sports templates collection (shown next) demonstrates an example that an engravers might use in the creation of engraved award design.
These shirt and sweater designs from the Templates > Clothing collection can be easily adapted as silk-screening prototypes for the creation of team jerseys. Each graphic can be quickly edited to showcase any color scheme or stencil pattern.
If you use clipart from multiple past versions of the Corel Graphics Suite, you’ll also be pleased to know that Corel has adopted a new naming convention that makes it easier to recognize the images specific to versions. Slip disc 2 into your drive and click the Explore the CD button to browse the available images, and see thumbnails and file names that include a version-specific prefix. The example below shows clipart specific to version X3.
A close examination of the clip art images will give you a much better insight into the attention to detail Corel has invested in the revised collection. You won’t find images comprised of impossibly complex shapes that include node clusters in the thousands or graphic design elements prepared in unusable color schemes or non-reproducible color values. Virtually all objects are comprised of a minimal number of nodes.
Clip art images have been prepared in print-ready colors using either printable CMYK color values or fixed-palette spot ink schemes. The typical spot color example shown below from the Sports category is prepared using a four color Pantone ink scheme in various tints, making it virtually ready to use as is or easily edited.
If you favor the high-quality photorealism images found in previous collections, you won’t be disappointed. Along with the specifically prepared images you’ll find detailed illustrations in a variety of categories. The example below is typical of the inherent illustration quality available.
Photos and Photo Objects
Photos are available either as floating objects or in the usual rectangular format. Floating objects are saved in Corel PHOTO-PAINT’s CPT format and come in a variety of pixel sizes organized into 27 categories. Floating objects (such as those shown below) can be imported directly into CorelDRAW or used to build composites in PHOTO-PAINT.
The digital photos in the collection typically sized at 728 by 512 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi using a 24-bit color depth and stored using an up-to-date JPEG 2000 file format. Photo categories are cover a wide range of topics and subject matter and the images themselves are well composed for easy editing.
Newly Added Fonts
Corel is well-known for shipping a huge collection of digital typefaces with each version of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, and this latest release is no exception. Now included with the more than 1,000 OpenType/TrueType fonts are 35 Windows Glyph List 4 (WGL4) fonts. Glyph list fonts are specifically designed for maximum compatibility between recent software applications and operating system platforms across multiple languages.
Glyph list fonts fully support the Pan-European character set, enabling you to guarantee that the characters in your CorelDRAW document will display correctly when opened by international users working in Western, Central European, Greek, Cyrillic, and Turkish versions. You can view the entire character set of the WGL4 (or any other) font using the Windows Font Viewer window (shown below) opened by double-clicking a font file.
You can install any font using the Fonts utility (choose Start > Control Panel > Fonts) by choosing File > Install New Font and browsing to disc 3. For fonts, browse to [drive letter]:\fonts, choose a font folder, and select the alphabetically listed folder containing the font by name. For symbols, browse to [drive letter]:\symbols and choose either a font type.
Finding Images Fast
With all this new content available, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how to access it. If you’ve never used the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite digital content resources before, it may help to know how to find something specific. You could always thumb the printed digital content guide, but best approach is often using a Scrapbook™ search. All of the clipart and photo images included with CorelDRAW have been indexed by subject into a keyword database. This means you can instantly locate any image by its subject matter. If you’re using version X3 or later, follow these steps to perform a quick search:
- With either CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, open the Scrapbook docker (shown below) by choosing Window > Dockers > Scrapbook > Search.
- Type a keyword search term in the Search for box. If you have multiple versions of CorelDRAW installed, choose a version for your search in the Using Indices for list.
- To search specifically for a piece of clipart, photo, or floating object image, choose an option from the Search in list. Click the Search button in the bottom-right of the docker window.
- By default, search results are displayed in the docker window as thumbnail images (shown below). Navigate multi-page results using the forward and backward buttons, or perform a new search by using the New Search button.
- If you don’t currently have a digital content disc in your CD drive, the thumbnails that appear will only indicate the image file name and the disc number on which the image is located.
- To import a selected clipart image, drag the thumbnail directly into your CorelDRAW document or Corel PHOTO-PAINT document window.
Clipart images are saved in native CorelDRAW (CDR) format for easy importing into CorelDRAW as is, or for editing to suit a specific purpose. Once a clipart image has been imported into CorelDRAW, you can ungroup it (Ctrl+U) and work with it as you would any other arrangement of objects. Photos and floating objects are saved in native Corel PHOTO-PAINT (CPT) format.
Accessing Clip Art Freebies
If you’re connected to the Internet while using the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 or later, the Scrapbook will provide access to an ever-expanding collection of free clipart and photos online. These images are provided periodically by Corel as “freebies.” To view and browse the available images, follow these steps:
- With your Scrapbook open, click the Content on the Web button located at the top of the docker window (shown below). Images are organized into Clipart and Photo folders.
- Open a folder by double-clicking to view the sub folder categories, and double-click again to open a sub folder to view its contents. The Scrapbook docker will display the contents of the folder.
- To import an image, just drag it into an open document window. You can also download images and save the original files by right-clicking the image you wish to download and choosing Download from the popup menu (shown below).
- Use the browse options in the Download As window to specify a file name and location in which to save the file.
One of the reasons CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has become such an industry favorite is due to Corel’s commitment to provide such a well-rounded collection of creative resources. With this revived collection, you’re certain to find a wealth of digital resources you can put to good use.
Steve Bain is an award-winning illustrator and designer, and an author of nearly a dozen books, including CorelDRAW®: The Official Guide.