Outline Tool Overview
Choose the Ellipse Tool from the Toolbox. Click and drag to create
an oval shape, longer than it is wide. Choose the Pick Tool. Click
on any color in the color palette to fill the oval. This tutorial
is a quick tour through outline features as an overview of what
the Outline Tool will do. See individual steps for step-by-step
instructions on techniques.
Choose Pick Tool from the Toolbox. Select the oval. Choose the
Outline Tool from the Toolbox and a fly-out will appear. You can
click and drag on the fly-out to detach the the fly-out for easy
access to outline settings. The second section of the fly-out contains
6 preset outline widths, including a no outline setting. Click on
several to see the result on your oval.
Choose the Pick Tool. Right click on any color in the color palette
to set a new outline color. You can also set the color through the
Choose Pick Tool and Select Oval. Choose Outline Tool to open
the fly-out. Choose the Outline Pen Dialog icon to open the Outline
Pen window. Set Stretch and Angle in the Calligraphy section. This
sample uses a 50% stretch and a 60-degree angle. Calligraphy outlines
add a drawn look to objects. See Calligraphy for step-by-step instructions
CorelDraw offers many outline styles, from dots to dashes and combinations.
Combined with width and calligraphy effects, the range of effects
is unlimited. With your object selected, click on the Outline Tool
to open the fly-out. Click on the first icon to open the Outline
Pen window. Choose style. Try several variations to become familiar
with the styles available.
The default for outlines is in front of the fill. Occasionally,
you may want the outline to fall behind the fill. With your object
selected, click on the Outline Tool to open the fly-out. Click on
the first icon to open the Outline Pen window. Choose Behind Fill
near the bottom of the Outline Pen window. The sample above contains
two identical rectangles. The outline width is set to the same value,
but the lower rectangle has the outline behind the fill.
Outline with Object
Outlines are set numerically, and will remain the same width once
set. But often, the proportion between the outline and the fill
should remain the same, even if the image is reduced or enlarged.
You can set your outline to remain proportional. Choose Scale with
Image near the bottom of the Outline Pen window. The sample above
contains two identical rectangles, drawn at a small size with a
thick outline and enlarged. The lower sample has been set to Scale
with Image in the Outline Pen window.