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CorelDRAW 12: The Official Guide [Paperback]

Steve Bain
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Jan. 28 2004 0072231912 978-0072231915 1
Bring life to your drawing with this one-of-a-kind guide illustrating in detail each how to get the most from CorelDRAW. Follow examples and expert instruction from the author to learn writing tools, pens, vector and bitmap extrusions, drop shadows, 3D models, filters, blending, and much more.

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The Only Authorized Reference on CorelDRAW 12

Create compelling graphics and vector animations for print and the Web using CorelDRAW 12. Inside this Corel-approved guide, expert author Steve Bain teaches you how to take full advantage of all the unique features this powerful application has to offer. You’ll learn to draw shapes, work with text, add color and effects, create animations, and much more. Featuring hundreds of tips, techniques, and shortcuts, plus a full-color section showcasing the extraordinary results of various effects, this is a must-have resource for anyone wanting to create stunning artwork with CorelDRAW 12.

  • Learn to use all the new and re-engineered features in CorelDRAW 12
  • Master the latest drawing tools like the Smart Drawing Tool and the Virtual Segment Delete Tool
  • Use object tools to create shapes, draw lines and paths, and arrange objects
  • Take advantage of the new Dynamic Guides and Object Snap Modes
  • Produce dazzling vector effects--distortions, contours, blends, transparency, drop shadows, and more
  • Create 3D effects by adding perspective and extruding vector objects
  • Discover all the bitmap filter commands and master print engine functions
  • Create flawless Web and print graphics, HTML pages, rollovers, and Corel R.A.V.E. animations
  • Boost your efficiency with styles, workspace customization, and VBA scripting
  • Learn all the program shortcuts using an 8-page special guide

Includes 8-page color insert and tutorial images online

Steve Bain is an award-winning illustrator and well-known author and teacher. He has produced hundreds of expert design and illustration workshops, is a regular contributor to educational publications and Web sites, and has evaluated application features for Corel.

Nick Wilkinson is an award-winning technical illustrator and is well known for the many powerful scripts that he has contributed to the CorelDRAW community.

About the Author

Steve Bain (Canada) is an award-winning CorelDRAW illustrator and author of hundreds of expert design and drawing workshops. He’s a regular contributor to design.com, has served on Corel’s CorelDRAW feature review board, and was a finalist in the Corel World Design contest.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential book of CorelDRAW May 13 2004
Format:Paperback
Let's cut to the bottom line - if you own CorelDRAW 12 you must buy this book. Why? Steve Bain has taken a very large application and distilled its tools and features into a well oganized book. Unlike so many books which describe an application's tools (sounding very much like a rehash of the help files) without ever telling you what you can do with the tools, Steve has created a wealth of practical real world examples of what can be done with using CorelDRAW.
Most large books end up on my bookshelf only being pulled down when everything else fails. Because this is such a useful book, I have to refer to it on a daily basis. Point in fact, it isn't on my bookshelf, I use it so often that is it is next to my computer. Like I said at the beginning, if you own CorelDRAW 12 buying this book will be the best investment you will ever make.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic May 14 2004
Format:Paperback
When I upgraded from CorelDRAW 10 to 12, I was determined to only use the documentation that came with the product. While all of the information is in the user guide I eventually got tired of jumping from one end of the book to the other trying to figure out how to do things. I finally broke down and bought the Official Guide. After using the book for one day I can say my only mistake was not buying the book to begin with. It is an excellent book and I was really impressed with how well it is organized into tasks and projects. The only recommendation I have for the improvement of the book is to add a CD to the next edition.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential book of CorelDRAW May 13 2004
By David A. Huss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let's cut to the bottom line - if you own CorelDRAW 12 you must buy this book. Why? Steve Bain has taken a very large application and distilled its tools and features into a well oganized book. Unlike so many books which describe an application's tools (sounding very much like a rehash of the help files) without ever telling you what you can do with the tools, Steve has created a wealth of practical real world examples of what can be done with using CorelDRAW.
Most large books end up on my bookshelf only being pulled down when everything else fails. Because this is such a useful book, I have to refer to it on a daily basis. Point in fact, it isn't on my bookshelf, I use it so often that is it is next to my computer. Like I said at the beginning, if you own CorelDRAW 12 buying this book will be the best investment you will ever make.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic May 14 2004
By George Dickens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I upgraded from CorelDRAW 10 to 12, I was determined to only use the documentation that came with the product. While all of the information is in the user guide I eventually got tired of jumping from one end of the book to the other trying to figure out how to do things. I finally broke down and bought the Official Guide. After using the book for one day I can say my only mistake was not buying the book to begin with. It is an excellent book and I was really impressed with how well it is organized into tasks and projects. The only recommendation I have for the improvement of the book is to add a CD to the next edition.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for newbies Nov. 15 2004
By P. Olmstead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am brand new to Coreldraw 12 and purchased this book with the idea that it would help me quickly learn the basics. Each time I needed help and went to this book, I was disappointed by the fact that it either didn't explain how to perform the functions I was trying to execute, or I couldn't find it altogether. I ended up finding answers to all my questions on the good old web or the tutorial that came with the program
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar! Jan. 6 2005
By Doc Maker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book cuts to the chase with the exact steps to use all the tools and effects in CorelDRAW, plus explanation of illustration concepts which have eluded my all my life. Haven't found a single error yet either. It doesn't include PhotoPaint coverage (I believe that's another official guide) and the support files are only available via download (meaning no CD). But, the example tutorial workshops are error free and extremely informative. It's the only book I could find that explains CorelDraw's complexities clearly without driving me crazy. It is nearly 700 pages packed, well-pictured, written in laymen's terms, and includes hundreds of program tips. I learned more from this book than I ever did in college!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Companion site works fine! Nov. 27 2005
By Paul Turpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I use this book to supplement our graphic illustration course at a local college. It's amazingly precise for a third party manual and extremely thorough in covering every aspect of the program. We follow the tutorials to create our practical design projects.

One reviewer mentioned he had troubles with the companion Web site, but we've never had a problem downloading the files. We follow the Downloads link and locate the book from the alphabetized list. It's a couple of clicks at most.
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