How to Use Pen Tool in CorelDraw: Advanced Techniques

How to use Pen Tool in CorelDraw to draw advanced graphics. You are only limited by your imagination. Master the CorelDraw Pen Tool and design like a pro.

How to use pen tool in CorelDraw

Whether crafting logos, illustrations, or layouts, mastering the CorelDraw Pen Tool profoundly elevates both productivity and creative expression. This guide aims to unveil diverse techniques facilitating the efficient use of the Pen Tool in CorelDraw to create and edit shapes in CorelDRAW.

This tutorial is lesson 2 of my CorelDRAW Pen Tool series. For a solid grasp of the CorelDRAW Pen Tool, I recommend delving into my beginner-oriented introductory article: Pen Tool in CorelDraw.

Getting Started

How to Use Pen Tool in CorelDraw

This tutorial uncovers various techniques for efficiently using the Pen Tool in CorelDraw to create and edit shapes in CorelDRAW. Mastering the Pen Tool greatly enhances productivity and creative expression when designing logos, illustrations, and layouts.

How to Draw Heart in CorelDraw with Pen Tool

How to draw heart in CorelDraw

The heart, universally recognized as a symbol of love and emotion, embodies profound sentiment and is a timeless motif in art and design.

Unlock the art of drawing a heart shape with precision and finesse using the CorelDRAW Pen Tool this year to tell your love story.

Also Read: How to Draw a Shiny Heart in CorelDraw.

Let’s start.

1. Open CorelDRAW and create a “New Document.”

2. Drag the horizontal and vertical guidelines to the “Drawing Page” and press “P” on the keyboard to center them.

Set guidelines

3. Select the “Pen Tool” from the toolbox or press “Alt+P” on the keyboard.

Select pen tool

CorelDraw has not assigned a shortcut key to the Pen tool so we have to create our key. If you want to learn how to create a shortcut key, I have dedicated an article to how to create shortcut keys in CorelDraw.

4. Click on the “Drawing Page” to create the starting point (start node) of the heart.

Click to draw the first point

5. Click and drag to create the first curve representing the left part of the heart. Release your finger from the mouse button and click again.

Create the left part of the heart

6. Move the mouse downward as shown in the picture below.

Move the mouse downward

7. Click and drag while holding down the mouse button to create the right curve of the heart.

Draw the second curve and close shape

8. Finally, connect the curves by clicking on the starting point to close the shape.

Using the Fill Tool in CorelDraw

Now our heart is complete. Let’s add color to make it look nice.

8. Select the “Interactive Fill” tool in the “Toolbox” or press (G).

Select interactive fill tool

9. Drag the “Interactive Fill” tool over the heart.

You will notice the shape is filled with dark gray color. But that’s not the color we want will change it in a minute.

Interactive fill tool selected

10. Click the right “Node color” box to drop down the color menu and input the following numbers in their respective fields: C: 22 Y: 100 M: 100 K: 25.

See the picture below.

Color menu

11. Click the left “Node color” to drop down the color menu and input the following numbers in their respective fields: C: 0 Y: 100 M: 100 K: 0.

See the picture below.

Color menu

We are using the CYMK color model.

This is our shape after applying the colors using the Interactive Fill tool.

You can remove the “Guidelines” by clicking them and pressing the “Delete” key on the keyboard.

After applying interactive fill tool

Using the Block Shadow Tool in CorelDraw

12. Click “Block Shadow” from the “Shadow” drop-down menu and drag it over the shape.

Block shadow

13. Grab the handle as shown in the picture above and move it to the right to form a 3D shape.

14. Click on the handle of the “Block Shadow” tool and change the color. Input the following numbers: C: 16, M: 100, Y: 100, K: 12

Block shadow color

17. Select the “Pick” tool and click the shape. After clicking the shape remove the outline color by right-clicking the outline color “None” in the color “Palette.”

Remove outline color

This is the final result of our heart after applying the “Block Shadow Color.”

Final work

How to Create Shortcut Keys in CorelDraw

Shortcuts help us work faster as designers. In CorelDraw, if I decide to align an object to the center of the drawing page, instead of doing that manually I could select the object and press the “P” key to center align the image.

This not only speeds up productivity but also helps in achieving accuracy in our projects.

The shortcut key for center alignment in CorelDraw is “P.” If you press Ctrl+E it will open the “Export” file explorer.

Many tools were assigned a shortcut key in CorelDraw but the Pen Tool including some other tools were not assigned a shortcut key in CorelDraw.

To call these tools by shortcut key, CorelDraw provides a means to assign a shortcut key manually. Always make sure your key makes sense so that you can remember it.

How to Create Shortcut Key for Pen Tool in CorelDraw

The shortcut key for the pen tool in CorelDraw is Alt+P. This is a key you should manually assign in the “Shortcut Keys” tab.

Let’s assign a key to the “Pen Tool” so we can always call it to action using our shortcut key. Since the “P” key is assigned to center alignment, we cannot use it.

That said, we can work around it by appending it to another key.

Let’s create a shortcut key for the pen tool.

1. Launch your CorelDraw and click the “Tools” menu on the menu bar.

2. Move the mouse to “Options” then click “Customization.”

click tools, options, and customization

3. Click the “Commands” tab in the new window.

Click the commands tab

4. Click the drop-down menu and select “Toolbox.”

Select Toolbox in the drop-down menu

5. Select “Pen” in the “Toolbox” menu.

6. Click the “Shortcut Keys” tab.

Shortcut keys tab

Before we assign our keys, you can try typing different keys in the “New shortcut key” field to check if the key is already assigned or available.

Try inputting “P,” CorelDraw will let you know that this key is assigned and it will give you its assignment.

Key currently assigned

If this is not the case, CorelDraw will not return any value.

Let’s continue.

7. Input “Alt+P” in the “New shortcut key” field, and click the “Assign” button.

Leave the “Shortcut key table” to the default “Main” table.

Assign new shortcut key and click Ok.

Now you have assigned your “Pen” tool a shortcut key.

The “Current shortcut keys” field will be populated with our new value.

8. Click “OK” to apply the new shortcut key.

If you remember, I told you earlier that the “P” key is assigned but I have an alternative. The alternative is the “Alt+P” key. This type of value is allowed in CorelDraw except the key is already taken.

So, whenever you want to use a key and it is assigned, append the key to any of these commands Shift/Ctrl/Alt if you are on Windows.

Note that, CorelDraw has assigned some of the tools using the above commands.

Tips for Efficient Editing

  1. Grouping Objects: Group related shapes together to simplify editing. Use Ctrl + G to group selected objects, making it easier to move, resize, or apply transformations collectively.
  2. Using Guides and Grids: Enable snap-to-grid and snap-to-object options to align shapes precisely. Utilize guidelines to maintain consistency and alignment across your designs.
  3. Undo and Redo: Don’t hesitate to experiment with different editing techniques. CorelDRAW’s Undo (Ctrl + Z) and Redo (Ctrl + Y) commands allow you to revert changes or revisit previous states.

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