Awards & Engraving

February '18

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A&E FEBRUARY 2018 • 67 tiple lines. Or you might find it easier to leave your sketch lines showing until later in the drawing process. As with some of the Artistic Media tools, you can control the amount of smoothing from 0-100%, depending on how much of your mind you want read. Finally, you can choose to Preview the results as you work or wait until your work is further along by selecting or ignoring this button. (fig 5) SMART DRAWING This little bit of mind reading is about the software guessing your intentions. This tool assumes that you want to make per- fect lines and shapes quickly, so by quickly drawing a rough rectangle, CorelDRAW interprets that drawing and then builds you a perfect rectangle instantly according to the size you suggested in your quick sketch. The same is true for other geo- metric shapes along with horizontal, ver- tical, and diagonal lines. In the Properties bar, you can control the degree of both shape recognition and smoothness. (fig 6) I expect that Corel will continue on its quest to make the software easier to work with as time goes on, but fear not, the old stuff is still as it always was, if not improved. Next time, we'll continue exploring the Tool bar. 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 Graphic Design A&E

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