Corel Draw X5 is a complete professional graphic suite that uses vector illustration tools to create images. Vector graphics construct images and shapes from primitive forms, such as lines, triangles and circles. By using primitives shapes, vector graphics avoid losing sharpness and definition when the image is enlarged. Corel Draw has many different tools to modify and design vector graphics. Learning how to draw a straight line is a good exercise for the novice Corel user, as it will provide good background on how the graphic suite works.
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Launch Corel Draw X5. Go to the toolbar located on the left portion of the screen. Place your cursor on top of the "Freehand Toolbar." Left-Click on the tool and keep your left mouse button pressed. A small pop-up menu will appear. Choose the "2-point Line" tool.
Place your cursor on your project. Left-click on the place where your line will start. Drag the mouse to draw your line. Release the mouse button when you finish drawing the line.
Modify the line by clicking on the "pick" tool, located in the top of the toolbar. Use the parameter controls, located on top of the screen, underneath the menus, to modify the line. You can change the position, size, scale, rotation and style from the parameter controls.
You can also use the "pick tool," the first tool on the right tool bar, to modify the line with mouse gestures.
Using the Two-Point Line Tool
Go to the "File" menu and choose the "New" option. Enter the size of your project and click the "OK" button.
Choose the "Straight Line Connector Tool" located on the toolbar on the left side of the screen. The straight line connector is the fourth one, starting from the bottom.
Place your cursor in the position where you want to start your line and click the left mouse button. Hold the button down and drag the mouse to create the line. Release the mouse button to end the line.
Modify the line by using the parameter controls located on the top of the screen, underneath the menus. Navigate and use the menus by following the methods from section 1, step 3.
Using the Line Connector Tool
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