09 - Working with Object Styles

Uploaded by CorelDRAWchannel on 16.03.2012


In this video, I'll continue with the B7 Pisces project.
I recommend you watch the previous 'Working with' videos
to see how it is I've compiled this project.
There is a lot to learn.
When I select an object,
It is selected in the [Object Manager]
and the object is 'Zapfino Extra LTX Pro Text'.
That's the font name.
If I select the background on the layer in the
master page, you can see its a rectangle.
That's what the object is.
Here in the [Object Properties] docker
I can learn more about the object.
I can see the fill is deep purple
and the CMYK value of the deep purple.
Selecting this line, I can see the line width,
color, style and so on.
Every object has many closely related properties.
It’s now possible to specify all these properties
together in what is called an object style.
Creating object styles is easy.
This background rectangle is an object with a fill.
Therefore I can create an object style from it.
Right-click on the object, choose [Object Styles] -
[New Style From] and select [Fill].
The rectangle has no outline, so it has no outline color,
therefore I am only interested in the fill.
I'll click [Fill].
I'll call this 'Paper', it will be a paper style.
Presently the [Object Styles] docker is not open,
so this option to open it is very useful.
I'll leave this checked and click [OK].
Here's the style.
The 'Paper' style appears with a bucket.
The fill bucket lets me know it’s a fill style.
Now watch this.
This fill style has this fill.
If I deselect the object, the fill still remains.
It's important you understand this.
The [Object Properties] docker,
shows the same fill.
However, when I deselect, it's gone.
I want you to see that this fill color
is associated with this style.
Whatever this style is applied to, will have the fill.
Although the background is not selected
it contains this fill style.
If I change the fill style color, the background changes.
If the fill style is applied to many objects and I change
the color, all the objects will change color.
With the [Object Styles docker] open,
another way to create a style is to
right-click - [New Style], I'm choosing 'Outline' style.
Or right-click on the style - [Copy Properties From]
then click on the object to copy the properties from it.
Those outline properties are now part of this style.
Click to rename; 'Line'.
The pen indicates this is an outline style.
I'll continue to create a number of styles
Styles give us the advantage of reproducing look and feel
across all parts of a project.
I could also save these styles for use in other projects.
Another way is to click the 'New style' button.
Choose a type of style, e.g., a character style.
I want you to see that we can also
add properties to the style manually.
I could choose Zapfino, a fill color or right-click
& choose [Copy Properties From], then click on the text.
Notice the point size was updated.
I'll rename this to 'B7 Pisces'.
Now I'm going to create a style set.
So far I've created styles like the B7 Pisces style.
Styles are closely related properties specified together.
This style contains character properties, such as font,
point size, color, outline, etc.
A style set has an arrangement of many property types.
A style Set contains many styles at the same time,
Such as character, fill, outline properties, etc.
I'll show you on Page 4
where I have added
the phone numbers to demonstrate this.
In the [Object Properties docker],
in 'Character' we can see Frutiger, point size, color,
and some OpenType features.
'Paragraph' has right justify, line spacing,
character spacing, word spacing, etc.
I could also have an outline and any type of fill.
All of this can be combined into a Style Set
it's very easy to do.
Click and drag the text frame onto 'Style Set',
automatically a new style set is created.
I will rename it, 'Contact Info'.
In 'Character' I can see the properties,
font, Pt size, fill, OpenType features, etc.
In 'Paragraph', you can see 102 line spacing,
character and word spacing, etc.
This is a powerful way to combine properties together.
I'm going to now export this as a style sheet.
For those of you who create web pages, a CDSS style sheet
is similar to a CSS style sheet.
The CD stands for CorelDRAW style sheet.
I will export this as 'B7 Pisces'.
Enter a name and click Export.
By default, Styles & Style sets are selected.
There are also some additional options,
however, all of the properties I want are in the styles,
So I will leave this as default.
If I had created Color Styles also,
I would check this option as well.
I will just go with default.
The next time I want to use the same look & feel
I can simply click [Import Style Sheet]
and apply the styles for the same look and feel.
Now I'm going to go to [Window], [Dockers]
and open the Connect [Tray].
I've created a new tray, 'packaging & business cards'
and inside is the same logo I've been using to date
plus a new design called 'Packaging'.
I'm going to right-click and choose [Open].
Inside this design, I have two PowerClip frames.
I'm going to place the fish logo first
Drag & drop straight into the PowerClip frame
again into the other PowerClip frame.
I'll close down the tray and
[F4] to zoom to all objects.
This is a packaging design.
It's easy to create a design like this
using the line tools.
To keep the same branding and appearance as before
I'm going to import the style sheet I created.
Select the 'B7 Pisces.cdss' file and Import.
I exported with these two options,
therefore I want to import them.
The most obvious initial application of this is to select
the box, then the 'Paper' fill style, & click Apply.
That was easy?
I'll just zoom in.
I'm going to select the 'Line' style.
Below are the properties of the 'Line' style.
Notice as I select the 'Freehand tool', and draw a line,
the line style properties are not automatically applied.
The [Object Properties] docker shows other properties.
Now, back to Object Styles.
You always have to apply a style.
If I were to create a Default Object Property
then every time I created an object, such as a line,
it would always be created in that style.
I'll just change this to 'B7 Pisces'.
Now I want to select the 'Character' style
and click [Apply to selected].
Instantly the parameters of that style are applied.
The point size is too large.
So I'll change it from the property bar to 24 point.
and reposition.
From the [View] menu I'll turn on [Alignment Guides].
To align the B7 Pisces with the logo above
[Click+Drag] until the center line appears.
I'll now select all the other objects below 'B7 Pisces'.
Finger on [Shift] and select 'B7 Pisces' last.
I'm going to centre all the objects to the 'B7 Pisces'.
Tapping [C] on the keyboard will align all the objects
center to the 'B7 Pisces', because it was selected last.
I'll select the other text frame now
and apply the Contact Info Style to the frame.
It's too large.
So from the Object Properties docker I'm going to
reduce the point size first to 12. Still too large,
so I'll try 11 point, which fits nicely.
From 'Paragraph' I'll select 'Align left'
then scroll down for some more options,
and I'll increase the line spacing
to make it easier to read.
Selecting the other text I'll fill them with white.
[F4] zoom out, and I will make adjustments the logos.
Double-click to edit, rotate, & reduce the size.
Click 'Finish editing this level'
I'll select the next Powerclip, and then choose
[Fit Contents Proportionately],
and to remove the outline of the rectangle,
right-click on the 'No Color' well.
Using styles made it easy to recreate this look and feel,
by importing and using the styles for the design process.
the next video will be about 'Color Styles'.