Awards & Engraving

December '16

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70 • A&E DECEMBER 2016 by Jim Sadler CORELDRAW FROM A TO E In my last article, I wrote about fonts and some of the aspects of using fonts that allow us to design. By that, I mean com- municate something visually beyond the literal meaning of the words. If it weren't for that other "something," life would be easy. We would just have one font and use it for everything. Boring? You betcha'! But it would save a lot of time and money. Instead, we're stuck with an endless array of font choices along with a set of tools that allow us to arrange those fonts in meaningful ways. Through that, we are able to achieve a visual richness that far exceeds the literal meaning of those words. Simple? Not really. But it beats boring. In this article, I explore the tools used to accomplish those aspects of typography I wrote about last time. Let's get started. FONT INSTALLATION Every active font you have installed on your hard drive will open in CorelDraw as well as most other programs, which can be confusing. You can have 23,000 fonts sitting in your hard drive, but if only one of those fonts has been installed on your system, then only that font will be avail- able in your programs. Corel X8 has made the process of installing, uninstalling and selecting fonts easier with its new Font Management program; even before that, Bitstream Font Manager was packaged with the Corel Suite and did the same thing in a much more limited way. Windows and Mac, depending on the version, also have their own protocol for installing fonts. BEZIERS When you type something using either the Artisic Text tool or the Paragraph Text tool in Corel, you can change the font from the dropdown list in the properties bar at the top of the page. Once the words you've typed are assigned a particular font, you can Convert to Curves those words to change them from a functioning font format to an image object. As image Hands-On Fonting in Corel T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of CorelDraw for those working within the awards and engraving industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concentrating on the basics from books, media, seminars, or tutoring, with the aim of becom- ing productive as soon as possible. Earn while you learn! And the most effective way to learn is by repeated use, gaining proficiency, and then moving forward adding new skills. These articles try to focus on skills relevant to our readers' needs. Procedure descriptions are somewhat generic due to wide variation in Corel versions. Consult your version documentation as needed. ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER

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