Awards & Engraving

March '18

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40 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2018 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E by Jim Sadler T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of CorelDRAW for those working within the awards and engraving industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concen- trating 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, gain- ing proficiency and then moving forward adding new skills. These articles try to focus on skills relevant to our readers' needs. Procedure descriptions are somewhat generic due to wide variation in Corel versions. Consult your version documentation as needed. Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a consul- tant 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 jim@jsadlerdesign.com. His web address is www.jsadlerdesign.com. We'll continue with our CorelDRAW 2017 toolbar tour so that anyone recently upgraded or thinking of doing so will feel at home. Some of the tools have been around for a while, but we'll explore what's useful and interesting. SMART FILL TOOL Let's begin with the Smart Fill tool. It used to be a big job to create a new object out of the area created between two over- lapping objects—much cutting apart and gluing back together (just kidding about the glue, but you know what I mean). This now happens instantly with the Smart Fill tool by simply clicking within such an area. CorelDRAW not only fills that area with your choice of color, but turns that area into a new object sitting on top of the original overlapping objects. On the one hand, it can be a neat way to add color to a complex design with over- lapping objects, but because a new object is formed, the tool also provides us with a quick way to create new objects from others. You can either use the tool to add color to here-to-fore difficult areas or use it as a strategic tool for quickly building new objects altogether. We love dual purpose, but because the name Smart Fill tool sug- gests filling with color, we might be slow to recognize its value as a shape builder tool. (fig 1) Along those lines, keep in mind that if the tool is clicked anywhere on the page outside the overlapping objects, a new object made from both the existing shapes is formed on top of them and is filled with the color of choice. The original shapes remain intact ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER fig 0 Be Smart Cast a long shadow and work transparently

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