Using Corel Draw X7 search feature allows the user to quickly select objects that meet a specific criteria.
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the search feature and learn how to improve productivity with this tool.
The Search Feature of Corel Draw X7 is very versatile and can allow you to quickly and efficiently select objects in your artwork without manually selecting them one at a time. All this and more is explained below.
As you can see above I have created a file with multiple coloured boxes, outline widths and coloured text. These defining settings will allow me to select specific objects in the file when using the Search Function. If you want to use this file please download it here.
To get started, press “CTRL + F” or by pressing “Edit” then navigating down to “Find and Replace”, then clicking “Find Objects”. Once you have done that, you will be greeted with this dialog box. Making sure “Begin new search” is selected, press “Next” to continue.
This is the new window you will be greeted with. This is the “Object Types” tab. In this tab you can use the search feature to search for specific object types in your artwork. This is usually not very specific enough, so using one of the other tabs will be necessary. This tab is still useful to find a big group of objects.
The next available tab is the “Fill” tab. This tab will find any objects in the artwork with a specific fill setting. Some of the settings can be seen above.
This next tab is arguably the most used tab within the Search Feature. This tab is the “Outline” tab. It allows the user to find specific objects by their outline settings.
This is the last tab, its called the “Special Effects” tab. This allows the user to select specific objects that possess’ special effect setting.
From the tabs above you will need to specify which setting you will distinguish your objects by. If you want to find all objects in the artwork with red outlines, you would use the “Outline” tab and select “Outline Properties”. The search function will use the outline properties of each object to determine whether or not it meets the search criteria that is determined in the next set.
If you select the “Outline Properties” you will be greeted with this next dialog box. This dialog box allows you to input multiple criteria that the search must meet, to find a match. Here you can see I have selected the “Color” option and selected the color Red from the drop down box.
By selecting options in this menu, a text box at the bottom of the dialog box, updates with the information it will be looking for. Double check this setting before pressing “Next” to proceed.
Again, check the criteria is correct and then press “Finish”.
If the search is successful you will be greeted with a new tool bar. By default, when you clicked “Finish” in the previous step, it will find only one object that meets the criteria that was specified in the previous steps.
To select all the objects that meet the criteria, click the “Find All” button on the new tool bar. This will now find all the objects in the file that meets your criteria. With all the objects selected you can now mass delete, batch change settings or edit in anyway you like.
As you can see this is a great way to change settings to multiple specific objects in your artwork effectively and without the pain of manually selecting each item, one by one.
That’s it for now!
Catch ya next time!