Working with Comments and Annotations in CorelDRAW

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Working with Comments and Annotations in CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW’s new Comments docker includes easy-to-use annotation tools for adding notes and comments directly in the design file. This tutorial will show you how to use each of the note and markup tools, plus how to view, respond to, and resolve feedback from other collaborators.

Note: Collaboration features are available only through subscription or with an additional purchase plan for perpetual license customers.

Artwork in this tutorial created by Marcin Wilczynski

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CorelDRAW’s new Comments inspector includes easy-to-use annotation tools for adding notes and comments directly in the design file. This tutorial will show you how to use each of the note and markup tools, plus how to view, respond to, and resolve feedback from other collaborators.

Note: Collaboration features are available only through subscription or with an additional purchase plan for perpetual license customers.

Artwork in this tutorial created by Marcin Wilczynski

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Working with Comments and Annotations

When you’ve completed a draft or phase of a design project, and you’re ready for feedback from colleagues or clients, CorelDRAW 2020’s new Comments docker makes the commenting process easy. This space is where other CorelDRAW users can add notes, suggestions, or questions, eliminating the need for marked-up image files or PDFs.

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We’ll start with this sample real estate brochure, which is based on artwork by CorelDRAW user Marcin Wilczynski. This draft document will be sent to our client for their review and feedback.

You wouldn’t need to provide feedback on your own work, but let’s say you want to insert a question for the colleagues or clients who will be receiving the file for feedback.

Go to Window > Dockers > Comments. The first step is to sign in, so that those you’re sharing the file with will know who the comments are from. You can use a Google or Microsoft Office 365 account or sign in as a guest.

In this example, the designer is signed in as Mary R. The sign-in email is where Mary would be notified when comments are addressed, if she were to share this file in CorelCLOUD and have collaborators provide comments via CorelDRAW.app. Those collaborative features are covered in a separate tutorial – this tutorial focuses on using the Comments docker in the desktop version of CorelDRAW.

Once signed in, you can use the Sign In/Out icon in the bottom left corner of the docker, to sign out or switch accounts.

The various types of annotation tools can be found along the top of the docker. To add a question to the document, we’ll use the Arrow Markup tool. You can set the arrow color, line width and choose Start or End arrow.

When you click and drag to create an arrow, a comment box will automatically appear in the docker for you to enter a comment or question.

Pressing Tab or Enter closes the comment. Mary is listed as the note author, along with a time stamp. Once the file is ready for feedback, save and close.

Now Mary’s file has been received by the client Sue, who is responsible for providing feedback. Sue can see the arrow left by Mary, and hover over it to see the text of the comment.

To answer questions and leave feedback, the reviewer first needs to open the Comments docker and sign in.

How to Use the Markup Tools

Clicking the arrow highlights the note in the docker and highlighting the note in the docker selects the note marker. This is very helpful for identifying a specific comment in a long list of comments.

The reviewer can reply to the comment by filling in the field below the note, or by clicking the Actions icon and choosing Reply.

The reviewer can now go through the document and provide more feedback.

In the top left corner, the reviewer can use the Note tool to place a comment to lighten the image.

With the Highlighter tool, you can set the color and width, sweep over what you want to mark, and enter the note text.

You can use the Freehand Markup tool to mark an area in the document, then enter the note.

Both the Rectangle Markup tool and Ellipse Markup tool enable you to draw a shape on the document, with or without a fill.

The Collaborative Text tool works only on text objects. While you move the mouse, the cursor gets a small arrow when above text. When you click, you’re commenting on the entire text string.

If you want to edit the text of one of your own comments, click the Actions icon, choose Edit, and make the change.

NOTE: You can’t edit comments made by others; the Edit option will be grayed out. Similarly, you can delete your own comments, but you can’t delete comments left by others.

Once the reviewer has finished adding comments, they can save the file to send back to the designer for the actual revisions.

Then when the designer signs into the Comments docker, they can see all of the client’s replies and comments.

After reading a note and making the change, you could reply to the comment. Or, if you have nothing to add, click the Resolve icon. (The Resolve icon can also be used to reopen a previously resolved comment.) Resolve is also an option available in the Actions menu.

By default, resolving a comment hides that comment. But you can open the Options and show resolved comments.

Sometimes a comment can stand in the way of the objects that need to be edited. The Options menu has an option to toggle annotations on and off.

Now that you have learned the basics of annotating directly in a design file you can use these new collaboration tools to work with clients and colleagues in a simplified workflow that eliminates confusion and speeds up the decision-making and approval process.

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