Hands-On Type Tools of CorelDraw: Letterforms

Learn more about the typography tools available in this staple software.

Formatting text options have remained pretty consistent throughout all versions of CorelDraw, though there might be some variation in what they are called and where they are located. For the most part, when text is selected, the Properties bar displays some basic options while the Texas and Paragraph dialogue boxes or dockers (depending on the version) contain a more complete set of font adjustment options. Some of these options are font selection, style (variations on a selected font such as bold, italic, condensed, etc.), size, color, alignment-things that give character and personality to the words.

The Text options focus more on the letterforms themselves while the Paragraph options focus more on arrangement. Corel’s Artistic tools when chosen brings up a flashing cursor on the page, enabling you to type a word, line, phrase, or simple paragraph for manual positioning on the page. It is great for creating independent text objects that can easily be moved, resized, rotated, and positioned with other image or text elements on the page. It is not the best choice for multiple paragraph creation or adjustments.

-Jim Sadler

Jim Sadler

Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a consultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to communicate through teaching and technical assistance. Jim can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] His web address is

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