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CorelDRAW 9 for Dummies [Paperback]

Deke McClelland
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1999 For Dummies (Computers)

Start creating professional-quality art today. Whether you're a trained world-class artist or a small-town doodler, CorelDRAW 9 For Dummies is the book that helps you discover the fun and easy way to start creating high-end computer graphics. Renowned digital graphics expert Deke McClelland takes you on a wild ride to discover the powerful yet simple CorelDRAW 9 techniques that can have you drawing up a storm.

Discover the hot new features for Photo-Paint 9, Trace, and Dream 3D. Quickly repair already existing illustrations, logos, and special graphic, and discover the tricks for editing scanned photos and creating illustrations from scratch. Present your message with panache by using a variety of text-transforming tools. Create awe-inspiring effects by using the shape tool, the artistic media tool, the interactive tools, and dockers. You even find out how easy it is to put your images on paper or on the Web.

Be the artist you've always wanted to be (without having to quit your day job) with CorelDRAW 9 For Dummies.


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In CorelDraw 9 for Dummies, Deke McClelland shows you how the latest version of CorelDraw works while at the same time discussing drawing and graphic design as they apply to a computer-aided environment.

This book begins with a quick orientation to the CorelDraw user interface and--with the help of the clip art library--a tutorial on CorelDraw's tools for manipulating existing images. This tutorial covers zooming, layers, groups, and elementary file operations.

McClelland turns his attention to creating original artwork with CorelDraw, documenting the software's remaining tools in the process. He covers simple shapes and free-form lines, as well as colors, color gradients, clones, and all sorts of transformations. To demonstrate the tools, he employs an easily drawn, goofy-looking frog.

CorelDraw gets plenty of use as a text styler, so CorelDraw 9 for Dummies includes ample information on cool text tricks, including advanced typography, path fitting, and distortions.

Before wrapping up with coverage of raster editing using Corel PhotoPaint, the author elaborates on CorelDraw as a desktop publishing program. During the discussion, he creates master pages and enlists tiling as a means of printing large drawings on multiple pages. McClelland also reveals CorelDraw's ability to export drawings in Web-compatible formats. --David Wall

About the Author

In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first Macintosh-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.

These days, Deke is the author of the best-selling computer titles Macworld® Photoshop® 5 Bible and Photoshop® 3 For Windows® 95 Bible (both published by IDG Books Worldwide), which have combined sales worldwide of more than 500,000 copies, making them the best-selling guides of any kind on computer graphics. Other best-selling titles include CorelDraw™ 8 For Dummies®, PageMill™ 2 For Dummies® (both IDG Books), and Real World Illustrator 7 (Peachpit Press). His newest title, Photoshop® 4 Studio Secrets™ (IDG Books), chronicles the work of 16 of the world's most prominent computer artists.

When not writing books, Deke serves as contributing editor for Macworld and Publish magazines and hosts the cable TV computer series "Digital Gurus" (now in its fourth season). Deke has written more than 40 books and hundreds of magazine articles about graphics, electronic publishing, and multimedia. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, including Portuguese, Slovenian, and Thai.

In 1989, Deke won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book. Since then, he has received honors from the Society for Technical Communication (1994), the American Society of Business Press Editors (1995), and the Computer Press Association (1990, 1992, 1994, and 1995). Other recent titles include FreeHand™ 8 Bible, Photoshop® 5 For Macs® For Dummies®, and Web Design Studio Secrets™ (all published by IDG Books).


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple book Dec 1 2000
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Format:Paperback
This is a really good intro to CorelDRAW 9, as long as you're not after detail or advanced functionality. Want to know how to draw a circle, manipulate text and colours with no previous experience? This is the book for you. Want to know more about Pantone colours? Forget it.
I bought it to get a quick start in CorelDRAW before moving onto advanced stuff, and it's a great book for that. A couple of minor points - I hate the stupid jokes. And there are no colour pages (which would be great in a graphics book - even if it is "for Dummies"). On the whole, though, highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book July 16 2000
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it's a good book specially for duumies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple book Dec 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really good intro to CorelDRAW 9, as long as you're not after detail or advanced functionality. Want to know how to draw a circle, manipulate text and colours with no previous experience? This is the book for you. Want to know more about Pantone colours? Forget it.
I bought it to get a quick start in CorelDRAW before moving onto advanced stuff, and it's a great book for that. A couple of minor points - I hate the stupid jokes. And there are no colour pages (which would be great in a graphics book - even if it is "for Dummies"). On the whole, though, highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lots of humor Oct. 2 2013
By Ruth Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband does not like to read and I bought this book for him, but he was thrilled with the content and humor of the writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 11 2013
By Edie - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of good information about the Corel program which I already own. Would definetly recommend to anyone interested in Corel.
3.0 out of 5 stars CorelDraw 9 for Dummies Nov. 29 2012
By Charles Wade - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this because I couldn't find the book for Corel Draw 10. This is an adequate substitute tho I was a bit disappointed that it said little about how to do simple CAD drawings in CorelDraw. Looks fine for other information.
3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good book July 16 2000
By aqil baig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
it's a good book specially for duumies
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