CorelDraw 10 : Alternate Printers and Paper Options, Creating a PDF File

9/20/2012 1:22:07 AM

Alternate Printers and Paper Options

You may have access to more than one printer. Using the Print dialog box, you can select the specific printer you want to use and set its properties. Some of the properties include the size and orientation of the paper, the print resolution, and whether the printout will be color or black-and-white.

To select a different printer:

Choose File > Print, press , or click the Print icon on the Standard toolbar.

Click the Name drop-down list, and select the printer you want to use.

Set additional options or click Print.

To set a different paper size and orientation for a printer:

Choose File > Print, press , or click the Print icon on the Standard toolbar.

Click the Name drop-down list, and select the printer you want to use.

Click the Properties button.

The Properties dialog box for the selected printer appears (Figure 1). The dialog box contains different options for different printers, depending on their capabilities.

Figure 1. This is the Properties dialog box for an Apple LaserWriter IINTX.

Click the Paper tab (if it isn't selected).

Select a paper size from the scrolling list.

Select an orientation, indicating whether the page will be printed in portrait (normal) or landscape (sideways) mode.

Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

Set additional options or click Print.


  • You can also set properties for the current printer by choosing File > Print Setup.

Creating a PDF File

Another useful print-to-disk or save option is CorelDraw's ability to create PDF (Portable Document Format) files from any document. PDF files are platform-independent and can be viewed or printed with Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader (Figure 2), a free utility available from PDF files preserve the fonts, images, and formatting of the original document, making them ideal for general document distribution.

Figure 2. Use Acrobat Reader to view PDF files.

To create a PDF file:

Open the CorelDraw document from which you want to create a PDF file.

Choose File > Publish To PDF.

The Save As PDF dialog box appears (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Specify an optimization option, disk location, and file name for the PDF file.

From the PDF Style list, choose one of the following formatting options:

  • PDF for document distribution. For distribution among members of a workgroup.

  • PDF for prepress. Suitable for being printed by a service bureau.

  • PDF for the Web. For inclusion on a Web page (Internet or intranet).

  • PDF for editing. A document that can be edited with Adobe Acrobat.

  • PDF/X-1. Another prepress format, using ZIP file compression rather than LZW (a popular format for compressing TIFF images).

In the File name text box, enter a name for the PDF file (or accept the proposed name).

Click the Save button.


  • To customize the settings of one of the formatting choices listed in Step 3 or to create your own, click the Settings button in the Save As PDF dialog box (see Figure 3). The Publish To PDF dialog box appears (Figure 4). Make any necessary changes and click OK.

    Figure 4. Make any desired changes and click OK.

  • If a client or colleague needs to be able to see or print one of your CorelDraw documents (but not edit it), you might want to send her a PDF file instead. While few programs other than CorelDraw can open a native CorelDraw file, almost everyone has Acrobat Reader. (And if they don't, it's a free download from Adobe's Web site.)

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