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Basic training for CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5

Where can i get good very basic tutorials on Working with nodes?  I have a CNC plasma cutter and use X5 for simple sign design, mostly wire frame and fonts.  I'm having trouble working with the nodes.  For example what are the red nodes or what ever they are called. I kind of understand the blue nodes, but would like to find a toutorial on making adjustments. Maybe i'm just to new or too old.

Thanks,

Rog

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  • Jeff's Learn to Draw tutorial sounds like it covers exactly what you are asking about.
     
     
    If you want information on drawing/node editing and a lot more, you might want to look at my CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed.
     
     
     
  • In reply to FosterCoburn:

    Thanks for the advice, I think i will order both, i need all the help i can get.

    Thanks,

    Rog

  • Rog,

    I would suggest your first line of attack should be:

    http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/ca/en/Content/1152796556718

    and check out the tutorials.

     

     

  • Hello Rog; I don't think you will be going wrong ordering the CD's from Jeff. It will cut off a lot of time on the learning
                      curve I'm sure. I wish someone like him was to be found when I started making signs ( there was no net to go
                      to ) Using a CD to learn from is so much easer than trying to read your way thru a job. It's a lot deferent when
                      you buy a program to play with rather than it is to make a living with it. ( You Cant Learn Fast Enough ).

    These Are My Thoughts George

  • In reply to TheSign Guy:

    TheSignGuy
    I wish someone like him was to be found when I started making signs ( there was no net to go
                      to )

    Yea. I don't remember training of any kind. Just a lot of doing and figuring it out for yourself.

    -John

  • In reply to Rog:

    Rog

    Thanks for the advice, I think i will order both, i need all the help i can get.

    Thanks,

    Rog

    Hi.

    It a great write-off.

    I bought Foster's DVD for my boys. It got them off of the video games and it surprised me how fast they learned. I love seeing their creativity expressed in artwork made with CorelDraw. Highly recommeded!

    I have also used Lynda.com There are good CorelDraw videos on that site too. It's $25 per month and you get access to tons of videos for many other subjects too.

    -John

     

  • In reply to Sub GDG_John( ):

    I looked at Lynda.com when i started with X3, just the demo was very helpful.  I up graqded to X5 but i don't see any tutorials for X5 on Lynda.com.

  • In reply to TheSign Guy:

    I down loaded Jeff's Learn to Draw and love it, it does assume you already have a fair grasp of operating in Corel Draw which i don't, but by watching it several times i have made a great advance in what i can do with Corel Draw

    Thanks

    Rog

  • In reply to FosterCoburn:

    If unleashed is as much help asJeff's Learn to draw is i should be set.

    Thanksfor the help,

    Rog

  • In reply to Terremoto:

    I had been on the Corel tutorials, however i feel like they skip to much of the basics. I 'm very new to this so still figuring out the simple stuff they assume you should know.

    Thanks,

    Rog

  • In reply to Rog:

    Rog

    I had been on the Corel tutorials, however i feel like they skip to much of the basics. I 'm very new to this so still figuring out the simple stuff they assume you should know.

    Way back at version 10 I picked up a copy of CorelDraw - The Official Guide. Still use it, too.

    Personally I don't like a lot of video tutorials - you have to follow along, stop them and start them, and sometimes zoom in. Videos are useful I guess for the task at hand, but they don't give you the basics or tie into the big picture. I had the same experience with PhotoShop - I had to make an effort to go back to the basics and strip away a lot of  "everybody knows" stuff to relearn the program efficiently. I was working myself to death, and for no good reason.

    Not trying to talk you out of it, just sayin' there's more than one way to skin a cat. Wink It's what works for you and the way you learn that's important.

     

     

  • In reply to silvershoes:

    Silvershoes,
     
    That's why CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed has both the written word and video tutorials. The written part gives you the details you need to know and the videos show a feature in action. So in your words, we skin the cat in more than one way.
     
     
  • In reply to Rog:

    Hello Rog; It's me again. It is a lot to learn in todays graphic software, and it helps if you have some kind of back ground, but you can get started by trying to do something like draw a box and then reshape it to make something ( a rabbit or anything )  and if you have problems look for a anser for it. And to get going faster see if you can find someone using Corel and ask if you can look over there sholder. ( sign shop, print shop, ect. ) but keep in mind that not all the people that use Corel are up to a 100% in the program. Most people like me learn what they need to do with it and kind of stay at that level ( like me ) but after seeing what can be done I'm starting to pick-up things from the guys and gals here. If you were close to Richmond, Va. you could bring a case of beer over and I could show you everything I know about Corel ( it would take about 10 min. 5 min for the computer to start ) GOOD LUCK and have FUN learning.

    My Thoughts Again George

  • In reply to TheSign Guy:

    TheSignGuy
    My Thoughts Again George

    Hi George.

    Completely agreed. I think that's how I learned everything I know.

    I have quite a few PHP applications that I wrote a while ago. I look at them even now and wonder how in the hell I did it.

    Easy when you actually think about it. Start with a goal in mind, large or small, and just begin. Along the way you tackle each hurdle as it comes and learn tremendously upon crossing each. Before you know it you'll have accomplished your goal. Then you can sit back and admire your work.

    Of course I'm a big fan of making smart business choices and Foster's videos are nothing but. Devote a whole week or two and they'll boost you into a win-win situation no matter how you look at it.

     

    TheSignGuy
    If you were close to Richmond, Va. you could bring a case of beer over and I could show you everything I know about Corel ( it would take about 10 min. 5 min for the computer to start ) GOOD LUCK and have FUN learning.

    We oughta get together sometime George. If you want a fun summer vacation head down my way. We'll have some beers.

    -John

  • In reply to Sub GDG_John( ):

    Hello John; It would be nice to have a get together, as long as it ant to far my wife gets tired of pushing the truck these days ( I get about a 1,000 complaints to the mile, why not buy gass, why cant I push some ) I keep telling her I cant take a chamce on hearting my hand that I use on the mose.

    George