CorelDRAW and its purpose
A vector-based graphics editor, CorelDRAW is similar to other softwares like Illustrator and photoshop. You can draw pictures in it, edit or color them. CorelDRAW, used for designing a lot of things, is great for vector drawings/designs. From creating beautiful brochures to books, logos, invitation cards, booklets, and flexes, you can draw anything you want in it. It is also for creating illustrations for children’s books.
Who invented it?
CorelDRAW or Corel graphics suite 1st version was invented around 30 years ago and released in January 1989. Pat Bernie and Michel Bouillon developed this software. Its latest version, released in March 2021, includes features like multi-page views, replace colors, perspective drawing, multiple views, multiple asset export, etc. It is available on iPad, web, Windows, and Mac.
10 Main uses of CorelDRAW
People or businesses who are in the advertising and marketing field use CorelDRAW a lot. They use it to create newsletters, brochures, business cards, etc. Printing media also uses this software a lot for newspapers, magazines, comics, and art books. Also, working on it is easy as it has a user-friendly interface which lets beginners work on it easily compared to other softwares.
For those of you who have used Adobe Illustrator would know that CorelDraw does the same work as illustrator. It is vector based software.
1. You can use it to convert raster images into vector images.
Raster or bitmap images are pixel-based, which means if you zoom them too much, you can see the pixels, or it starts pixelating. Whereas; vector images are mathematical formulas and, you can zoom them as much as you want. They will not pixelate. If you want to convert your raster image into a vector one, you can use CorelDRAW.
Those giant banners you see in public places are made that big for a reason. So that we can see them from far away. These banners are made in softwares like CorelDraw or Illustrator first. Everything from the size to its design and printing. In CorelDRAW, you can select the size, colors, designs, pictures. You can do everything in it.
3. Business card templates
Business cards are a must if you are starting or have a small business. It makes people. And on top of that, CorelDraw has business card templates. You can choose any template you like and put in all your details like your company name, contact number, logo, address, any images you want to add, and you are done.
4. Page layouts
Page layout is a design of a page. There are different types of page layouts like magazine page layout, comics page layout, landing page layout, the home page layout of a website, yearbook page layouts. You can design these layouts in CorelDraw.
Infographics are a visual representation of data. They are easier to understand and pleasing to the eyes. If you have a website or your business requires explaining a lot of information, then infographics are the way to go. You can select the colors, typography and make it catchy and easy to understand or learn. You and do not forget to leave negative space.
6. Cards and Menus
You can even make different cards in CorelDraw. Either be it; Birthday cards, Wedding cards, Thank you cards, any kind of invitation card. You can even make menus if you have a restaurant, cake, or coffee shop.
7. Social Media Graphics
Creating graphics for your website can be an easy experience with this software. You can make twitter headers or your Facebook cover, website icons, memes, quotes. There are different file format options like gif, png, jpg. Once you get the hang of the basic tools like shape, pen, color, freehand, polygon, shadow, eyedropper, smart fill, you can design many things like posters, brochures, logos, cartoon stickers, emojis, etc.
8. Logos and Letterheads
Logos are a must if you want to create a different identity for your brand and stand apart from your competitors. And the best thing about CorelDraw is that it is easier than Illustrator. Letterheads are also really easy. You just have to select the size letter, add your logo on the top and other text, and tada you are done!
9. Improve perspective/quality of any image
We all know that we can improve perspective in photoshop. If you are someone who uses only CorelDRAW, then you can also use it for the same. You do not have to have photoshop software. Also, it is easier to use than other adobe softwares. You just have to click on the picture – Go to Bitmap – Click on remove jpeg artifacts.
10. Program page design and QR code
Corel DRAW has many uses other than designing magazine covers, logos, and illustrations. You can design page layouts, business cards, invitation cards, bulletins, and handouts. On top of these, you can also generate QR codes for your products.
CorelDRAW with other Softwares
You can save your CorelDRAW work in different formats like jpeg, png, CDR. Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW PaintShop, ACD systems canvas, CorelDRAW Wordperfect are softwares that can be opened in CorelDRAW.
CorelDRAW Price and System requirements
It has a free 15 days trial period. There are two options, a one-time purchase, and an Annual Plan.
Windows software Requirements.
And Support Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 (32 bit and 64 bits), at least intel core 13 or AMD Athlon 64 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 1GB of hard disk space is required. The minimum screen resolution has to be 1280 by 720 (96 dpi).
Requires macOS 10.15.0 or later.
Monthly and annual subscription plans costs around $34.99 and $249.99 respectively.
Softwares Similar to CorelDRAW
Other softwares similar to CorelDRAW are Adobe Illustrator, Apache open office Draw, Skencil, DrawPlus Autodesk sketchbook, and Inkscape which, is free software.