PROS / CorelDraw Graphics Suite features seven separate but integrated applications for photo editing and graphic design.
CONS / This illustrator software may be overwhelming for beginners.
VERDICT / Once you learn how to use it, CorelDraw Graphics Suite offers a wide variety of tools to help you create memorable graphics and illustrations.
When it comes to illustrator software, you want a software package that is easy to use and gives you all of the tools that you need. CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6 gives you seven different applications to upload, create, edit and publish a variety of projects. It offers so many tools and applications, in fact, that initially it can be a bit overwhelming, especially to those who are new to illustrator software. CorelDraw X6 is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner because of its large feature set and extensive support system.
When you purchase CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6, you get seven different applications: CorelDraw, Corel Photo-Paint, Corel PowerTrace, Corel Website Creator, Corel Capture, Corel Connect and PhotoZoom Pro 2. Each one of these applications serves a different purpose in the illustration process. Corel Photo-Paint, for example, allows you to edit pictures, whereas CorelDraw lets you create and edit graphic objects.
Corel Connect allows you to find photographs and images to use in your projects. You can search Corel’s graphic files as well as use pictures from the internet. This application allows you to import images from photo websites, such as Flickr and iStockPhoto. Keep in mind that you should always consult the copyright of any specific images that you find on these sites. Corel Connect also has a panel that allows you to drop in the photos you find to save for future use. Because of these advanced graphics-finding resources, this illustrator will save you time and effort.
Whether you're creating business cards, posters, menus or flyers, CorelDraw X6 can help get you started. This graphics software comes with hundreds of templates and a wide variety of images, textures and fonts. CorelDraw also features interactive frames to help you determine where your images should go, placeholder text so you can see what your text will look like without having to type anything and alignment guides to help you position your text and graphics.
An intense variety of color is another important feature of this graphics suite. On the right hand side of the illustrator workspace, there is a color palate with just about every shade of color. You can add any color you use frequently as a color style, which makes it easy to refer back to those color styles to use them often. Another helpful feature is color harmonies. This feature will let you group and reuse the same color styles, so you can maintain a color theme throughout a project.
While we’re on the subject of colors, we should mention the proof color option in CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6. By simply clicking a button, the colors on your illustrator will appear as they will when they are printed. In addition to helping you save time and money, this feature will benefit the environment because you won’t have to constantly reprint documents with incorrect colors.
This illustrator software also has some notable features that will contribute to the accuracy and professional appearance of your work. The CorelDraw graphics suite includes a parallel dimension tool, a horizontal and vertical dimension tool and an arc tool. These tools make straight lines, parallel lines or arcs with precisely the measurements you want. Each line or shape is labeled with its length or dimensions.
Graphics Suite is compatible with an impressive range of file formats, allowing you to share projects with users of different types of illustrator software. Corel can export, import and save projects to over 100 different file types. During our research, we specifically looked for compatibility with 11 commonly used file formats, including AI, AutoCAD, PDF, PSD and SVG. This graphics software suite is compatible with all 11 file types we used in our review.
Ease of Use
Corel places an emphasis on getting your project up and running quickly. When you open the illustrator for the first time, a welcome menu greets you. On the menu there are several tabs, which provide the resources to learn to use the illustrator quickly. The first tab is titled Quick Start, and you can easily start a new document there. Other tabs include What’s New and Learning Tools. These sections connect you to information about your version of CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6, as well as to video tutorials and insights from other professional designers.
Another way this illustrator strives to ease the learning curve is through CorelTutor, which will give you detailed instructions on completing everyday tasks. With this knowledge under your belt, you will quickly become comfortable using your illustration software. Both the welcome menu and CorelTutor are important features to help you learn what each application can do.
Corel does its best to create an illustrator that is easy to use, and once you get the hang of it, the interface does become intuitive. However, beginners may feel lost and overwhelmed by all the tools and options. If you have any questions regarding this software package, we recommend viewing the video tutorials or contacting customer support.
Help & Support
Compared to other illustrator software applications, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6 has an impressive range of help options. You can contact Corel in practically any way to receive help for this illustrator software; Corel offers telephone, email and live chat support, as well as written content such as a knowledgebase and FAQs. You also have the option to register for free web seminars, or webinars, to learn more about the product. Past webinars are recorded and posted on the Corel website, so you can also check those out for more information.
Along with the illustrator software, your purchase includes approximately two hours of video tutorials and a hardbound, colored guidebook. This large variety of helpful learning resources is not included in many other illustrator packages. Corel also offers a PDF version of the manual, so you can access all of that information online.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6 provides excellent features and resources to help you learn how to use the illustrator. Corel has excellent help and support options for its products, so you will never be left without answers to your questions. This application is also compatible with a wide range of file types, making transferring data between different kinds of illustrator software easy. This graphics suite creates the professional vector drawings you expect from your illustrator.