Awards & Engraving

December '16

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A&E DECEMBER 2016 • 71 Graphic Design objects, those letterforms can be controlled using the Bezier tools like any other Corel object. It's really helpful to try this out in order to understand how precise their construction really is and how closely related all the letters of the font actually are. Try zooming in on a single letter that has been converted from a functioning font to curves. Then try using the Bezier editing tools to make adjustments to the letter. Even slight adjustments can quickly destroy the integrity and balance of the letterform. It is a testament to how intricate and difficult the process of designing a font is. (fig 1) There are times when we want to take an existing font and make subtle changes to it, such as adding a lead-in swash at the beginning of a letter or a lead-out swash at the end of a letter. Or we might want to change the height/width ratio, but make small adjustments to correct any distortions that might appear as a result. The Bezier nodes make any of that and more possible, but it has to be done carefully to ensure that the surgery is a success. (fig 2) LETTERFORMS Formatting text options have remained pretty consistent throughout all versions of CorelDraw, though there might be some variation in what they are called and where they are located. For the most part, when text is selected, the Proper- ties bar displays some basic options while the Text and Para- graph dialogue boxes or dockers (depending on the version) contain a more complete set of font adjustment options. Some of these options are font selection, style (variations on a selected font such as bold, italic, condensed, etc.), size, color, alignment—things that give character and personality to the words. The Text options focus more on the letterforms themselves while the Paragraph options focus more on arrangement. Figure 1 Figure 2

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