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03/02/2017 HowtoCreateInfographicsWithConnectorToolsinCorelDRAW

How to Create Infographics With Connector


Tools in CorelDRAW
byMary Winkler 29 Jan 2015
Difculty: Intermediate Length: Short Languages: English

Infographics CorelDRAW Vector Graphic Design

What You'll Be Creating

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In this tutorial we'll use some of CorelDRAW's excellent tools for creating infographics
and owcharts. Using the Connector Tools, found in the Toolbox, we'll quickly and easily
draw lines from various nodes to create a fantastically designed owchart. You'll also
learn techniques in using the Pen Outline Tool, Attributes Eyedropper, and the Smart Fill
Tool.

1.Setting Up the Document's Layout


Step 1
Create aNew Documentand use theRectangle Tool (F6)to draw a large rectangle
over over your document page. Set the rectangle's color in theObject
Propertiesdocker.

Draw a small rectangle and adjust the corner's radius in theProperty Barto0.22"or so.
HitNo Outlineunder theOutline Pen (F12)and set the ll color in theObject
Propertiesdocker.

Step 2
Figure out your infographic's layout by drawing various rectangles and circles with
theRectangle Tooland theEllipse Tool (F7). Use theSmart Fill Toolto ll your current
rectangle (or any shape) with any color and you'll instantly have a copy of that rectangle
in a new color, eliminating the need toCopy (Control-C),Paste (Control-V), and recolor
singular objects. Set up your ll and outline options in theProperty Bar.

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Step 3
A graphic like this works well with a limited color palette. I chose brown, teal, pink, and
white.Group (Control-G)together your objects once satised with their placement.

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Copy,Paste, and recolor all of the objects in the group to dark teal in theObject
Propertiespanel.

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Place the pasted group behind the original group in theObject Managerdocker. Use
your arrow keys to move the pasted group down and to the right so it's offset slightly
(see below).

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2.Using the Connector Tools


Step 1
Using theRight-Angle Connector, connect the top brown box to the brown circle.

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In theProperty Bar, choose from a variety of arrow styles for the path's end cap.

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Adjust the connector stroke's style, radius, and size in theProperty Bar.

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Step 2
Selectthe connector and choose a color with theOutline Color Tool (Shift-F12).
Choose a color that easily stands out from your background color.

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I chose a white dotted line with an arrow on the right side of the connector line. Draw
another connector line from the top rectangle to one of the rectangles on the side (try
the top shape in the left column).

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Step 3
Let's say you've been playing with different connector lines and styles and want to easily
change one or more to an existing color and style. Choose theAttributes
Eyedropperfrom theToolbox, sample the connector you want to keep, and apply it to
the other two connector lines.

Every attribute of the sampled object will transfer over to the object to which the
eyedropper is applied.

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Step 4
Connect the smaller rectangles to each other with theStraight-Line ConnectorTool.
Connect the circles to the rectangles with theRounded Right-Angle Connector Tool.

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3.Finalize Your Design


Step 1
If you nd you don't like your layout, use thePick Toolto drag objects around your
layout, and you'll notice that the connector lines, unless deleted, will change with the
moved object. Additionally, not all of the objects need to be connected or have the drop
shadow applied earlier.

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Step 2
Use theText Tool (F8)to write out information or ller text on each of your owchart's
objects. Choose header and body text and adjust text attributes in theText

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Propertiesdocker. For more on using theText Tool inCorelDRAW, check outHow to


Use the Text Tool in CorelDRAW.

Great Job, You're Done!


CorelDRAWhas fantastic tools for the creation of infographics. From itsText Tool
toPerfect Shapes to theseConnector Tools, the process of creating various styles of
graphics is streamlined and incredibly easy. Check out these relevantCorelDRAW
tutorials for more tools in creating informative illustrations:

How to Use the Text Tool in CorelDRAW


How to Create and Use Perfect Shapes in CorelDRAW
CorelDRAW: Shape Building Basics

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