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There's nothing I can think of that CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 can't do!

  • Jan 8, 2013
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I'm a professional freelance artist and designer. I create work that ranges from full color illustrations, maps, sketches, and cover artwork to labels, layouts, greeting cards, T-shirt designs, and a myriad of marketing/promotional materials. I recently moved from Adobe Ai and Ps (10+ years of experience) to CD GSX6 (absolute newbie), and I haven't looked back once, even though when making the switch I was honestly doubtful CD GSX6 would measure up to the standards of quality and efficiency I had set in my Adobe workflow, and was worried that the learning curve would be so steep it would greatly hinder my productivity. My concerns, it turns out, were all unfounded.

The software part of the Graphics Suite includes:
  • CorelDRAW X6 -- professional vector illustration and page-layout design software
  • Corel PowerTRACE x6 -- bitmap-to-vector tracing tool
  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6 -- professional bitmap image editing and manipulation software
  • PhotoZoom Pro 2 -- a Photo-Paint plug-in to enlarge digital images
  • Corel Website Creator X6 -- do-it-yourself website creation software
  • Corel CONNECT X6 -- full screen tool to search, find and organize digital media on your hard drive, a network, removable media, and even access stock images from iStockPhoto and Fotolia. It also finds and accesses all additional content from Corel (as in the thousands of fonts, clipart and such that come bundled with the software)
  • Corel CAPTURE X6 -- screen capture software
  • Bitstream Font Navigator -- font manager
  • Duplexing Wizard -- double-sided printing wizard
  • Barcode Wizard -- barcode generator that supports a variety of industry-standard formats
  • Concept Share -- online collaboration tool
  • Over 2 hours of training videos
On Windows 7, the software (with ALL its modules and the 4 GB of extra material it includes: the clipart, fonts, and so on) installs from the DVD in about 30 minutes, and then takes about 5 more minutes to install the 6.1 patch that you download from the web once you register the software. The downloadable Website Creator software (it is the only one that does not come with the DVD, but a download link is provided) takes about 10 minutes from download to complete installation. None of the software has crashed once in the time I've been using it, and I use them all (except for the Website Creator) almost daily--my issues with Ai crashing, among other things, is what drove me to Corel for an alternative. I have even created artwork in CorelDRAW with 100+ complex layers that renders and updates instantly without a hitch--the live-editing feature is only one of the many things I enjoy the most about this software.

An original copy of CDGSX6 (beware of fakes being sold online as the real thing) comes in a box that includes the DVD, a Quick Reference Card (for the DRAW and PHOTO-PAINT toolboxes and menus) and a really useful full-color hardcover Guidebook to get you started with the basics--I would also recommend purchasing the book CorelDRAW X6 The Official Guide by Gary David Bouton, which greatly helped make my understanding of the tools, features, and capabilities of the software an effortless experience.

I still have my Adobe Creative Suite installed, but find myself using it less and less. Overall, Corel offers with its Graphics Suite X6 a really complete set of graphic design and photo-editing tools for anyone looking to purchase a competent, reliable, and user-friendly all-in-one design package. I'm extremely satisfied to have found design software that is not only capable of handling everything I ask of it, but that, even at a third of the cost of the comparable version of the Adobe CS, delivers amazing results in half the time it used to take me with that software, yet while still allowing me to achieve the same level of quality of work. And the software is fully compatible with the main Adobe file formats (I've imported and read .psd, .ai, .eps, .pdf files and so on without problems).

I also think the designers and tech team behind CDGSX6 must think the same way I do, because my workflow is not only faster now, but simpler and way more intuitive. I truly find myself enjoying my job even more than I used to because of this software, and I already loved my job!

--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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I've been a freelance artist, graphic designer, editor, and translator for over 15 years, and I love and greatly enjoy my job. Although my biggest passion is art and languages, I am interested in … more
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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Overview

Whether you're an aspiring artist or an experienced designer, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is your trusted graphic design software solution. With its content-rich environment and professional graphic design, photo editing and website design software, you have everything you need to express your style and creativity with endless possibilities. Quickly feel at home with built-in help, training videos, and professionally designed templates. Then create with confidence—everything from distinctive logos and signs to custom websites, web graphics, billboards, car wraps and flyers. This latest version offers a powerful new typography engine, intuitive website design software, advanced OpenType support, new document styles, and more.

Key Features and Benefits

Set up and start smoothly- Easily find all the learning tools, valuable video tutorials, Corel CONNECT now features multiple trays to help you sort and organize your design assets.

Work faster and more efficiently- Quickly identify available formatting options or remove unwanted areas in photos. The new 64-bit and multi-core support quickly processes larger files and images. Use Styles to give a consistent appearance to your drawings, documents, and text. The new Smart Carver tool in Corel PHOTO-PAINT cuts out unwanted objects in your photographs.

Create layouts with ease- Array of intuitive design tools new and improved Master Layer functionality, new temporary ...

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