Awards & Engraving

November '17

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54 • A&E NOVEMBER 2017 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E In the case of the ellipse, the Properties bar provides a way to change the ellipse into either an arc or a pie instantly and to control various aspects of either shape. Both pie shapes and arcs are derived from an infinite number of ellipse shapes including the perfect circle. Arcs have widespread uses; pie shapes less so. Both can be made manually from any ellipse, but it entails cutting the ellipse apart and deleting the unwanted part. In the case of a pie shape, it also means building off of the cut ellipse. In both cases, the process is time consuming, so Corel has provided a couple of ways to do that instantly. The first method I already mentioned above using the Properties bar. We can also create pies and arcs just using the Ellipse tool by itself. After the ellipse is created, select the Shape tool and a node will appear, which, when clicked on, can be moved, revealing a second point. As we drag away from that new point, the opening in the ellipse widens. If we drag to the outside of the ellipse the new shape will be an arc. If we drag to the inside, the new shape will be a pie with the angled lines meeting in the center of the ellipse. As both points are moved around the ellipse, they will determine what part of the ellipse forms the arc or the mouth of the pie. (fig 3) We can always rotate our rectangles and ellipses after they have been created by entering an angle amount in the Properties bar or by clicking twice on a corner marker to reveal the rotation arrows, using them to change the angle of the shape. However, there are times when it would be more convenient to be able to create an angled rectangle from scratch. The way we do that is through the use of the 3 Point Rectangle and Ellipse tools. Normally, we click, drag, and release to form a rectangle or ellipse on a vertical and horizontal axis. To create either shape on an angle, we select the appropriate 3 Point tool and this time click and drag to form the angle; release when the appropriate length of the shape has been reached, then move the cursor in the opposite direction as you watch the angled shape preview fig 3 fig 4

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