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January '18

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A&E JANUARY 2018 • 53 Graphic Design click/move, etc., then double click to stop. The dotted lines running through the nodes, the intersect, form a peak marked by a Control Point. To edit the curves, we use the Shape tool and move those Control Points. The action is quick and intuitive. Additional nodes can be added by double clicking, not on the path, but on one of the dotted lines, causing an extra set of curves to be added to the path. Double clicking on the dotted line Marker removes that Marker and the curves on the path associated with it. (fig 5) POLYLINE If you want to combine freehand curves with straight lines in a quick and intuitive manner, then this is the tool of choice. For curves, the action is click/draw freely and double click when you want to stop. For straight lines, click/move/click/move, etc., then double click when you want to stop. To switch from freehand to curves and back, instead of ending the line with a double click, use a single click and switch to the opposite action. This is easy and fast and allows for a lot of complexity in an outline. (fig 6) 3-POINT CURVE This is another quick and easy way to draw curves. The action is to click/drag/ release, but then move the cursor back to the center of the line, click and push up or down to form the curve. Additional curves can be added by clicking on an endpoint of the first curve and drawing out a new curve as before. These curves can then be further edited using the Shape tool as you would with any Bezier curve. (fig 7) I will cover Live Sketch and Smart Drawing in the next article. I will focus in on the tools that Corel has developed with the intention of making the drawing process in CorelDRAW more intuitive. Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a con- sultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to communicate through teaching, technical assistance and, of course, through writing for A&E Magazine. Jim can be reached by e-mail at His web address is fig 6 fig 7 A&E

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