The latest version of CorelDraw Graphics Suit 2018 brings some interesting new features. Is the package worth a considerable price? We decided to check it out.
Not everyone browsing the Internet or playing games is aware of the difference that exists between a raster and a vector. For experts, the topic is not only obvious, but also the best tools for creating them. CorelDraw 2018 is a graphic program for creating vector graphics. This means that scaling the file will not result in pixelation, and the image will always be sharp and smooth. It is used in the digital games industry as well as in the advertising industry and the media. We will also find him in the hobby workshop. Today I will describe to you briefly what possibilities and whether it is worth investing in it.
First impressions and interface
Starting from the beginning – the program greets us with a start screen allowing you to choose whether we want to start work on a new project, load an old project or create a project from a template. On the left side we have options to choose the description of the novelty (which has been added to this version of the program), training, gallery of sample works and other offers in the field of the Corel brand. It is a nice introduction for someone completely new . Nevertheless, a moment later, the program scares us with a multitude of icons and options after selecting a new document. For this, unfortunately, you have to get used to – any program offering more options will have a complicated UI. It is always useful to watch one of the suggested tutorials or search for yourself on YouTube. Experienced users will in turn see the layout of the strips known from other graphics processing programs.On the left (in the default layout) you will find an editable toolbar . A single click activates the given option. After a longer click, a menu with additional sub-tools will be displayed. Such grouping is a system well known from earlier versions of Corel, as well as from competition products. On the upper beam, as a standard, we have twelve drop-down lists with general or object settings, as well as links to supporting materials. A bit below is a horizontal ribbon with detailed options specific to the selected tool. It is worth mentioning the work area. The creators have introduced a work system on the cards – so we can have several projects or sub-projects open and jump between them, just like between the tabs in the web browser. Each of the cards can also be opened in a separate window. The element that deserves attention is the hint bar . By default, it opens on the right side of the application screen. After selecting the tool, we can view its general description there as well as quick links to the instructions on the individual parameters. It's a bit like a microsoft with a paperclip (if you remember), but it's a lot more useful. This will be seen both by new users during the first contact with the application, as well as by those more experienced, looking for information about a rarely used tool. Of course, the alternative is to search for information online, but why reach so far, if the ready solution is at hand?
Although CorelDraw allows freehand drawing, its main function is to lean on curves . This means that we do not have to be highly graphically capable to create sensible graphics. Of course, the program will not do it for us (although it will try, which I will write later), so we should know at least what we want to achieve. With a relatively large amount of work we are able to create a real wonder. The new version of 2018 is symmetric drawing . A crazy useful tool for all kinds of repetitive graphics and designs. Especially those based on the wheel. It is a pleasure to set the axes of symmetry and manage them easily. The effect can be satisfactory even with simple scribbles. In my opinion, this tool should be in every graphic program.The revolutionary livesheet from the previous version returns to the program. This tool allows you to adjust the created line to how it is drawn. Professional graphic designers use a graphic pen as their working tool. For them it means that they can even make a shaded line, which will be automatically connected by the tool. For those who use the mouse, this means smoothing lines and making it easier to create. I mentioned it earlier and it is here that Corel almost creates graphics for us . It is an extremely useful tool to speed up the creative process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT1-HBDUhGI An option that I would like to mention is "trace". It allows you to change the bitmap drawing into a vector drawing . This is not a new feature, but for those who do not know the program, I found it worth the memory. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for all types of graphics. While our work has flat colors, there are no major problems. Of course, to get a perfect copy you need to know the available settings, and it probably will not do without many trials and errors. However, when it comes to photos, the trace option makes them a mosaic. This is similar to the Cutout effect of Photoshop , which may be an undesirable phenomenon. Although it is possible to reproduce photos, this requires handwritten work and many hours of free time. I do not recommend this Sunday graphics.
Evaluation: is it worth buying CorelDraw Graphics Suit 2018?
The program has many useful options, but I will not list them all here. After a dozen or so days of using the latest version and a few sample graphics, I can say with a clear conscience that CorelDraw deserves its place in the lead. As is usually the case with this type of tools, you would have to spend many times more time to fully explore and use the potential hidden in the program. We will find there functions that we will use daily and specific, which we will rediscover with a specific type of work. For my part, I can pay attention to the amazing lifeketch function , which additionally raises the high rating of functionality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8bLlsDz98 When it comes to the interface, the software developers bet on a proven, common toolbar layout . A very similar arrangement of icons gives the impression of a friend, but keyboard shortcuts may be different and all our habits should be changed. As a result, migration from another program is both easy and confusing. As with professional tools, the main argument against buying them may be the price. Here is no different. For the CorelDraw Graphics Suit 2018 package for one user, will pay us PLN 1699 . Students and teachers can count on version of Edu for PLN 369 .
What instead of CorelDraw Graphics Suit 2018?
CorelDraw is a professional graphics program. However, it is not the only market position you can use. Adobe has a software called Illustrator – it is also a paid program with the option of buying a cheaper subscription. For free programs, Inkscape is worth checking. Of course, remember that all programs overlap in the options they have but are not exactly the same. The author of the entry is Magdalena Budzyńska [show_rating]