I’m completely new to CorelDraw. What are some basic functions I should explore first?

Start with a simple one-color design, then dig around in the program and figure out how to set type and add an outline stroke. Try importing a piece of clip art and putting type around it. As you get more comfortable with the software, import a more complex piece of artwork that requires color separation.

Template programs, which offer pre-designed layouts, are also helpful. Simply put, you type in your text and choose the clip art to get a finished design. Need a mascot for the City High Tigers? Just choose a template form, choose a tiger image, and type in the school name. The artwork quality will depend on the program you choose. These range from simple line art to full-color raster images. With a template program, you will quickly create usable images, which can be a big confidence booster while you’re still learning the software’s intricacies.

   —Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement

Dane Clement

Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement, president of Great Dane Graphics and vice president of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL, is well-known for his art expertise in computer graphics for various garment decoration techniques. He has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1995, and has authored artwork training books for various decoration methods such as Artwork for Vinyl Cutting, Artwork for DTG Printing, Artwork for White Toner Transfers, and T-shirt Artwork Simplified for Adobe and Corel users. For more information visit

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