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CorelDraw - layers / pages - easiest way to deal with them

Discussion in 'Corel' started by Andy D, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    This is going to sound newbish: I have used Coreldraw for a long time and always had quick workarounds, but CorelDraw 2020 has changed so much from 16, I'm getting sick of dealing with crap disappearing.

    I hope I can explain this; I use photoshop a lot and I understand layers, ect,
    but I have no use for layers (not sure if that's the correct name) in Corel draw. When I switched to
    CorelDraw about ten years ago, I switched from Inspire Sign graphics, where what you saw is what
    you got & that's what I would really like to have again... I have always had issues with things showing correctly on my screen in normal or enhanced, but not printing correctly because stuff is out of page or layer order.
    I do create multiple pages for my proofs, but drag stuff out of the bounding box and work on it there,
    now in CD 2020 stuff outside of the bounding box appears and disappears when I switch from one page to the other... Is there a way to get rid of that?
    Again, I hope this makes sense
  2. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

    Dec 3, 2015
    Niceville, FL
    Yes, corel has layers as most other programs. I rarely have a use for any more than one layer. Couple of things to note, and you may know already. As you select a shape you will see which layer it is on by the info at the bottom left of the workspace
    also note that you have a "Desktop" layer. That refers to the space outside your page boundaries and is only relevant when multiple pages are used otherwise it's irrelevant.

    So, if you have 1 page and you place a shape in that desktop area it still stays on layer 1 but as soon as you add another page that shape will automatically be assigned or get moved to the Desktop layer.
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  3. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    In the Objects Docker, click the gear icon at the top for options and uncheck "Keep Desktop Objects On Layer"
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  4. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Lawton, OK
    Corel seems to be changing and re-arranging existing features in the program just to make it look like they're doing more with each upgrade cycle. The changes they made to the Object Manager palette are no exception.

    The new default behavior of keeping desktop objects on layer and page is annoying. I quickly disabled it.

    The only new feature in CorelDRAW 2020 that I consider a significant improvement at all is support for Variable Fonts. But the implementation is very sluggish. I pretty much have to type in the axis numbers rather than use the interactive slider to change font weight, width, slant, etc. I don't understand the problem. Interactive preview of OTF Variable Fonts works far more smoothly in Adobe Illustrator and even in Inkscape 1.0. Heck, you can even play around with font OTF Var font previews at Google Fonts' web page (there's several free variable fonts there).
  5. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

    Sep 28, 2017
    This was my main complaint when trying to use other computers at the office. Why move stuff that was on a drop down in the same spot its been for 15 years? I find it unusable without importing my workspace with shortcut keys assigned.

    I use the layers feature all the time, due to using corel to set up for g code files for the router. You can also use them to prioritize cuts on a graphtec plotter, or make a bunch of objects like confetti, place it on a layer, then hide the whole layer to mess with the lettering or other elements. Or hide the 12,000 pieces of the pdf I import from the architect, so they don't redraw every frame of the zoom. Or hide mounting holes so when you place letters on a sheet to be cut you realize all the tetris skills in the world aren't going to help cut letter backs without mounting holes...
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