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Use coloured guidelines in Corel draw
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Of Interest
Printing BIG images

How to use CorelDraw
Combine Objects
Break Apart
Duplicate Objects
Artistic Text
Right Click &
Double Click Tools

Tools your should Learn
Things to avoid

Select all objects
Tips for Moving objects exactly
Duplicating objects
Shifting your origin the smart way

Drawing in
WireFrame or Enhanced View

PRE-Flight Printing
Printing Settings
Perfect Circles
Rich Black Printing
General Tips Corel
Glossary of Terms

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How to use Photoshop

Photoshop Tricks
EyeDropper Tool
Accidental Save
Paste images where you want
Ruler Settings

Jpegs as PSD
Sharpen edges
Measure Tool

Why color's don't match
Color numbers
Viewing Color

Size and Resolution
Print Resolution
File Sizes

Images or
Vector Graphics

The Magic Wand
Using Two Windows
The Grabber Tool
Get more Undo's
The Move Tool

Enlarging Images
Adding Noise

Dust & Scratches
Use Median Filter
TIP for Big images

Rename Layers
Cropping to size
Specific Sizing

Using a Scanner
Scanning Tips
How to resample
Scanning Images


Did you know that QuickSmart Signs can laser cut specialty materials for your outdoor and indoor signage. Our building sign makers can fabricate special sign designs for your building.
Everyday we make signs for Australia and and business signs for all over.

We make ordering signage easy.

Also, see our newer, faster, easier online price calculator.
Using Guidelines, moving and adjusting guidelines to achieve better drawing control in Corel Draw lessons.
Achieving rich blacks when digital printing large signs.
  For more tips and tutorials go to

To Position Guidelines by Dragging 

Ensure that the rulers are visible (View Menu Rulers)
Place the cursor in the vertical ruler (for a vertical guide) or the horizontal ruler (for a horizontal guide). The cursor shape will change to a white arrow when it is in the correct position
Hold down the main mouse button and drag on to the page. You will see a dotted line moving with your cursor. Release the mouse button when the guide is in the correct position. The guide will now appear as a dotted red line
Click the main mouse button away from the guide to de-select it. Its colour will change to blue
For an angled guide, place a horizontal or vertical guide as above, then, while the guideline is still red, click on the guideline again. If the guideline is blue, click on it to select it and turn it red, then click it again
Rotate handles will appear on either end of the guideline, with a centre of rotation in the middle of the guideline. The centre of rotation can be dragged to a new position if required in the same way that you would for any other object
Place the cursor over either of the Rotation handles, hold down the main mouse button and drag to angle the guideline

To Reposition a guideline
Click the guideline to be moved – it will turn red
Drag it to a new position
If you need to position a guideline more accurately, drag it from the ruler as above, and then double click it to produce the Guidelines Setup dialogue window. Key in the precise horizontal and vertical positions relative to the current ruler's zero point, and specify an angle for an angled guide.

To Delete a guideline:
Drag it back to the ruler, or
Click once on it to turn it red, and then press the Delete key on the keyboard, or
Double click it to produce the Guidelines Setup dialogue window, and then click the Delete button to delete the selected guide, or the Clear button to delete all of the guides currently showing in the Guides list box.

Using Guidelines the Coloured Way

Using you pick tool, select the guideline.
Go to your colour palette, choose a colour and click.
The original guideline will now turn the colour chosen.

This is particularly effective when using a lot of guidelines in your page view. Change guidelines for registration reasons, object groups and images that you want to set specific distance or controls for. At QuickSmart Signs we colour our guidelines often to represent the placement of internal and external lettering objects once broken apart.
Very Handy and when used wisely, can save many drawing errors in your production.


TIP: DO NOT USE CORELDRAW'S TEXTURE FILLS! Textured fills are suitable only for display on your monitor. They will not color separate and can not be printed to an imagesetter. If you want to use a texture, create a texture image in a program such as Photoshop and import it into your Corel file.

4 Colour ‘Rich' Blacks
Larger areas of black will print beautifully if a "rich black" is used. We suggest making a new colour using 80Cyan, 00Magenta, 00Yellow, 100K(black). This will produce a deep, lustrous black. Make sure text is not set to print in this four colour black! Text or fine line work should be left 100K only when printing for offset style printing.

Pictures off the internet.
We are sign printers and must assume you own copyright on your images printed.
Some customers provide us with images that have been downloaded from the internet, and which are generally low resolution images intended for screen viewing, not printing. These will always print out blurry, jagged and poor.

 See our Ezine's on improving small images for large image printing.

Photoshop duotones, tritones and quadtones to be printed as part of a CMYK document must be saved as CMYK first, otherwise they will reproduce as greyscale pictures. This conversion will strip all duo-, tri- and quadtone information for the file, so make sure you have a backup copy.

How To Supply Material On Disk
• When you supply material on disk for output, please supply only files relevant to the job or jobs. Remove all others.
• Please put all files required to output a particular job in one folder. Don't use separate folders for graphics. The reason for this is that when you copy the job from your computer to your removable disk, you break the link established between your layout file and associated graphics files. If these elements are in different folders, we have to re-establish those links. If those links are in a number of separate folders, and if there are files on the disk that are not relevant to the job, this can be a time-consuming process with potential for error.

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