This tutorial reviews the template workflow in CorelDRAW, including where to download free templates, and how to organize and manage your template library. In this tutorial, we are using the CorelDRAW March 2022 Subscriber Update version.

FOR SUBSCRIBERS:
The New from Template workflow includes the following features exclusive to subscribers and licensees with an active CorelSure Maintenance Plan.

September 2022 update
You can now access the New from Template window on the Create a New Document dialog box. The dialog box now has two tabs, Document Settings and Templates, so you can switch between views with ease.

March 2022 update
Dozens of premium templates have been added, available free to subscribers.

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This tutorial reviews the template workflow in CorelDRAW, including where to download free templates, and how to organize and manage your template library.

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How to Use CorelDRAW Templates

When you could use a little help getting started with a CorelDRAW project, it’s sometimes nice to start with a template. In CorelDRAW 2019, the templates interface has been redesigned to make it easier for you to find templates, save your own templates, and install a large collection of ready-made templates directly from Corel. In this tutorial, we are using the CorelDRAW March 2022 Subscriber Update version. This update includes dozens of premium templates that are available free for subscribers only.

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How to Access Templates

When you first open CorelDRAW, and the Get Started space is showing in the Welcome Screen, click the New from Template button at the bottom. If the Get Started screen is not displayed, go to File > New from Template.

The New from Template window includes a small selection of templates as a starter pack, but there are many more templates available for download. To find more templates, click the Get More icon.

You can also access more templates from the Welcome Screen, by opening the Store tab and filtering the list for templates.

The Business Pack is a great place to start. Select it, click Download, then Install.

CorelDRAW subscribers will also see numerous premium templates available for free, and these templates are available for purchase for non-subscribers.

After installing the Business Pack, the New from Template window will have hundreds of templates, organized into several different categories, including book covers, business cards, calendars, and much more. You can adjust the size of the template thumbnails with the slider at the bottom of the window and adjust the preview area size as well. Clicking a thumbnail displays the enlarged version, with title, size, and other page details. For some templates, multiple standard sizes are provided.

Returning to All categories brings back the entire list. 

A template’s category is defined in its Properties, which you can access by selecting a template and clicking the Properties icon. The Properties window display the template title, tags which are used for searching, template layout details, and category.

Clicking the Open folder location icon opens the folder where these Corel templates are placed. Templates can be placed in other folders as well, which we’ll see farther on.

For our first example, start a document from a template, open the Brochures category, and find this monthly newsletter template.

To open the template, you can double-click its thumbnail, or click Open.

How to Modify and Save Templates

If you want to use this template as a basis for your own company newsletter, you can make edits such as adding your company logo and changing the fill colors of objects. You can make similar changes to the other pages of this document.

Ascent logo created by CorelDRAW Master Joseph Diaz

To save this document as a new template, choose File > Save as Template, and place it in the Corel Templates folder.

In the Template Properties window, assign a template title, and enter tags that will make it easy to find this template, separated by semi-colons. The template in this example is already in the Brochures category, but you could assign a different category, or create a new category.

When you start a new document from a template, the template you saved will be in its category. You can also find a by searching for tags, or any part of the template’s file name.

If you have a template you want to access often, right-click on it and choose Favorite. Now the template appears when you choose Favorites from the templates drop down.

Saving Templates in a Different Folder

Now say you have a CorelDRAW file that you want to use as a template, but you don’t want to save the template with the other Corel templates. When you use File > Save as Template, save it to the folder or location you want.

Now when you start a new document from a template, you’ll need to find the correct folder in the New from Template window.

You could do this by clicking the Open folder location icon and finding the folder, but you would have to do this each time you need the template. Or you could click the Options icon and choose Browse, but this would make the new folder the default for opening templates, which you may not want.

The way to make this folder easily findable is to click the All templates drop down and choose Add new.

Click Create Alias, browse to the folder, and select it.

Now for future documents, you can find this folder in the templates drop down.

Finally, whereas CorelDRAW files are saved with the CDR extension, template files have the extension CDRT. If you use File > Open instead of New from Template, and open a template file, you’ll be asked whether you want to create a new document based on this template, or open the template itself to edit it.

Now that you know how to use and manage templates, you can begin using them to speed up your design workflow and create new documents with ease.

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