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Using Print Merge in Corel Draw


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Welcome to this tutorial on Using Print Merge in CorelDRAW.



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The Print Merge tool is a fantastic way to mass produce a set of items and save time and money in the process.

In this example, I will create a set of number plates for a local high school.  These are plates that will be put on each classroom door.

1.  First, load the Print Merge toolbar by clicking on Window > Toolbars and checking Print Merge.  

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2.  Click on Create / Load.

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3. Click  on Create New Text and then Next.

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4.  In the Print Merge dialog box, you can enter data as either a number or text. In the Text Field I’ll type “Subject” and then click on the Add button.  Next, I’ll type in “Room” in the Numeric Field and click Add.

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5.  Under the column I’ll type the first room number, for example 101.  Room 101 is Math.  So, I’ll also type Math in under the Class heading.  Once I have this entered, I'll click the New button and be prompted for the next record.  I’ll just enter 6 number plates for this example.

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6.  After clicking Next, it will give you the opportunity to save the data that you have entered.  Choose a directory, give the file a name and click Save.  Next, click Finish.

Now you will see that the Create/Load button has been greyed out on the Print Merge Toolbar and that the other options have been made available.  

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7.  To build the document we will add the first merge field, the room number.  To do this, make sure that the drop-down to the left of the Insert button on the Print Merge tool bar is set to Room and then click the Insert button.  This will place the variable on the document.  Next, select Subject from the drop-down and click Insert once more.

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8.  Resize the text and position it.  For the Room number in this example,  I’ll make it 100 point Arial and the Subject will be 48 point Arial as well.  Both will be center justified.

9.  Now to output the file; click on the Print button. 

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10.  Next,  change the layout to Fit to Page so as to make sure all the plates will print in the same size.

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11.  Click on the Print Preview button in the bottom left corner.

12.  By clicking on the Imposition Layout tool, it will enable me to dictate how many images horizontally and vertically I want to layout.
        
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13..  In this layout example there will be 2 columns and 3 rows.

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The Preview screen should look something like this next image.

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Now when you click on the Arrow tool, it will display a preview.

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Now it is simply a matter of sending it out.


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