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January '18

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48 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2018 by Jim Sadler CORELDRAW FROM A TO E In my last article, I began an orienta- tion of CorelDRAW 2017, pointing out some of the main features apparent when opening a new document and beginning to explore the primary tool bar. As I noted in that article, it's basically the same old warm and fuzzy CorelDRAW regardless of version. The really big leaps were with CorelDRAW X5 and again with X8. Corel- DRAW 2017 builds further on X8 with some new innovations. However, it doesn't take much to send someone screaming from the room when adjusting to a new software version. An often-used tool or heading is no longer where it used to be and what had been working fine becomes a nightmare—the mouse moves automatically to accomplish a task, only to discover it no longer works that way. Imagine hopping on a bike to find that the pedals are missing. You have a deadline and sweat beads on your forehead as you search in vain for something that was right where it ought to be only yesterday. You want to get your work done, but you can't and that means stopping what you were doing to figure out how the new version works. There will always be those moments with new software, but the good news is that, for the most part, CorelDRAW 2017 still looks, acts, and feels like CorelDRAW. As I went over in my last article, there are even ways to minimize the changes by reverting back to a more familiar workspace without losing any of the new features. Few of us mind seeing additional new tools—in fact, we generally welcome them. We can revisit those when we have the time, but when we go to the Menu bar to click on Arrange and it's no longer in the Menu bar, that's the kind of thing that is the stuff of DRAWING 2017: Intentional versus Gestural T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of CorelDRAW for those working within the awards and engrav- ing industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concentrating on the basics from books, media, seminars or tutoring, with the aim of becoming productive as soon as possible. Earn while you learn. And the most effective way to learn is by repeated use, gaining profi- ciency and then moving forward adding new skills. These articles try to focus on skills relevant to our readers' needs. Procedure descrip- tions are somewhat generic due to wide variation in Corel versions. Consult your version documentation as needed. ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER fig 0

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