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    Corel Draw

    I just got into a "type-setting" job...and the main program they useing for editing and importing images for their laser engraver is corel draw. i really dont know how to use it, but i borrowed the program and have tinkered with it a little...it doesnt seem to diffcult but i figure i'll ask questions anyways.

    does anyone use this program?

    do you like it?

    pros and cons?

    any tips i should know?

    it does seem good for makeing logo's and stuff. thanks for answering.


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    I used it for years at a sign shop. It's very easy. Work with it for only about a month and you'll know practically everything you need to.

    I love it, as I never could get the hang of illustrator.

    Pros: it's easy and fast and extremely customizable. Comes with a great set of smaller programs like corel trace which changes scans into vectors. Very useful and easy interface. It's a very powerful and underated program. Just think - they're the same company who makes Painter! It can be used for text editing, and has way cooler tools than Word. I did all of my brochure layouts, menus, biz cards, logos, t-shirt separations, sign layouts/design, all in Draw.

    Cons: It takes forever to install and it's huge space-wise.

    Tips: Customize your keys.

    email me if any questions pop up: magic_goo at yahoo.com. good luck with the job!!

    some artwork i used to do in coreldraw:

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    From my personal point of view - I´m controlling the production processes in our firm - I´d say keep away from CorelDraw. Here in Germany it´s mostly used with Plot-Shops but otherwise isn´t used in professional DTP-processes.

    The problem is that CorelDraw writes terrible Postscript. This means you get unreliable EPS-Data and get problems with finally using it in exposition and computer-to-plate processes. Furthermore there isn´t a program that´s giving me the pain (Sometimes we get cdr-data from our customers) with producing print-optimized PDF.

    I would recommend getting used to Illustrator or Freehand if you´re into Vector-graphics. First because you make your producer (e.g. me) happy and secondly these programs are mostly asked in requests for jobs - at least here in Germany. Why learning a program that you can´t use for your applications?

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    thanks for the advice guys!

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    I currently use both at my job. Corel is easier to learn and can do stuff more intuitively than Illustrator in my opinion. However, both have their pros and cons. I would say just mess around with it like crazy. Get some tuts from websites and try to recreate a logo that you see in front of you and see how long it takes you to do it. I was a PS person before and this is like a whole other way of thinking atm .
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