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3.1 Property Bar and Object Manager

This lesson focuses on the Property Bar, which we've been using throughout Chapter 2, and the Object Manager, a docker focused on keeping our document organized and easily accessible.

3.1 Property Bar and Object Manager

Welcome to Getting Started with CorelDRAW. I'm Mary Winkler for Tuts+. In this lesson we'll have an overview of the much used property bar and the object manager. Either in your working document or a new document, go to Windows > Dockers > Object Manager. We're working on page one, layer one. Use one of the shape tools, like the ellipse tool, to draw an ellipse. Fill it with whatever color you like. Draw another shape overlapping the first. Fill it with a distinctly different color. Draw a third smaller shape for the sake of variety. In this case, I'll draw a small rectangle using the rectangle tool and color it bright pink. Let's take a look at the property bar first, now that we've got some objects to play with during this lesson. For starters, the property bar controls the page when you have the pick tool selected. The Property Bar changes depending on what tool you're using, as we've learned throughout Chapter Two of this course. With the pick tool, adjust the size of the page. While this is a simple feature, knowing you can always adjust the dimensions of your working document is a great help. You have different printer display needs for design after it's already been created. You can also change the format landscape or portrait, as I just did. Using the pick tool, select each object and note the change in the property bar. Consider this just a formal introduction to the feature. Aside from the property bar to one of the best dockers CorellDraw has to offer, and entirely necessary when creating within the program. Zoom in and let's move on to the object manager. As noted previously, we're working on page one and layer one. If you hit the little i in the docker, your layer will be hidden. You can also hit the plus and minus signs within the docker to minimize or expand pages or layers in order to keep things organized and focus on whatever you're currently working on. Select your middle object in the object manager's working layer and move it up one. Doing so moves the object over the others. You can rearrange your object order easily within the docker, group objects together with Ctrl+G. Object groups allow you to move, hide or lock objects together within one go without doing so individually. I find groups to be a critical component of an organized document. Ungroup objects with Ctrl+U. Within the object manager, if you right click, you'll find options such as grouping, converting to curves, combining and more. It's a quick shortcut aside from knowing shortcuts themselves to essential functions. Select all three of your objects and hide them by right clicking and hitting Hide Object. Use the shape tool, like the rectangle tool, to quickly draw some shapes. As you can see, we're still working on layer one. But with the first three objects hidden we now only see our newly drawn visible shapes, unhide them, and bam, they're back beneath the new shapes. Select one of the background objects. Right click and go to order to front of layer to bring them forward in the object order above the rectangles. Or push the rectangles to the back of the layer to change the order. Move around your objects as you see fit. In the object manager docker, toggle the print export option off on layer one. This makes it so anything in that layer cannot and will not appear within a printed or exported file from this document. Before we can preview an exported file, however, create a new layer within page one, and move a couple objects to that layer by selecting them and dragging them to layer two. Now, go to file export, and prepare to save your file as a JPEG. In a moment or two, the export to JPEG dialog will pop up, showing you a preview of your exported file. Note how only the objects on the layer that is print export enabled show up in the preview. This means that even if objects or layers are hidden or invisible, they'll still show up when you export your file. Let's take a moment to play with the master page. Create a new page and a new layer on the master page. Draw some sort of shaped object onto layer one of the master page. I'll draw a purple hexagon for visibility's sake. If you select layer one of page one, the contents of page two disappear, but the purple hexagon remains beneath page one's contents. Toggle back and forth if you wish. Anything created within a layer on the master page will appear on all other pages created, whereas layers within individual pages are specific only to that page. This should give you the basics of the Object Manager, which I consider not only a useful docker, but quite important in keeping documents well organized. Thank you so much for watching this lesson on the property bar in Object Manager docker. In the next lesson, we'll go over the Object Properties docker, which controls an assortment of object attributes, and will speed up your productivity within the program for sure.

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