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56 a-e-mag.com • A&E NOVEMBER 2017 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E the angle of the point. When the Shape tool is selected, control points appear on both the star points and crevices. Clicking on one of the star points and adjusting it adjusts all the star points in or out. The same thing happens when a star crevice point is selected—all the crevice points are adjusted in unison. Both star point and crevice adjustments in or out will change a bloated star to a spindly star and visa versa. (fig 5) The heart of the Polygon tool lies in the Property bar options that appear when the Polygon tool is selected. There, the number of points can be selected, the choice between polygon and star can be made, and the sharpness of the star points can be determined, among other options. If you want to drive yourself crazy, try to create a spiral using the Bezier tools. If you have a good eye and mouse control, you might be able to approximate a fairly simple spiralic form, but it takes nerves of steel. I've created ornate letterforms with spiralic swashes using just the Bezier tools and it was no picnic. In addition to the Polygon Shape tool, there is also a Spiral Shape tool. The heart of this tool is also found in the Properties bar where things like number of revolutions, tightness or looseness of the spiral, and choice between symmetrical and logarithmic can all be determined. (fig 6) It's also possible to create your own linear grid by hand, and the process can even be sped up using the Transformation Move tool. However, with the Graph Paper Shape tool, there is no need to go through all the trouble—just select it, plug in the desired number of rows and columns in the Prop- erties bar, and instantly the grid appears. It can then be resized as needed. It also can be ungrouped, but keep in mind that the structure is based on the stacking of squares rather than by the crisscrossing of lines. (fig 7) Finally, there are shapes and then there are Perfect Shapes. The latter refers to the fact that these shapes are unusual and may contain one or more Glyph nodes that control the adjustment of the shape in very specific ways. For instance, among the basic Perfect tools is the Donut option, which when selected and dragged out to the desired size reveals a perfect donut shape, like the letter 'o', a compound shape made of two concentric circles with an open interior. The Glyph node allows us to adjust the diameter of the inner circle, thus making the body of the 'o' shape thicker or thinner. (fig 8) There are a number of basic Perfect Shapes, such as triangles, crosses, hearts, and so on. In addition, there are four more spe- cific Perfect Shape types: arrows, flow chart fig 6 fig 7

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