Awards & Engraving

December '16

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72 a-e-mag.com • A&E DECEMBER 2016 Corel's Artistic Text tool when chosen brings up a flashing cursor on the page, enabling you to type a word, line, phrase or simple paragraph for manual posi- tioning on the page. It is great for creating independent text objects that can easily be moved, resized, rotated and positioned with other image or text elements on the page. It is not the best choice for multiple paragraph creation or adjustments. With hundreds, even thousands, of fonts to choose from, making decisions can be overwhelming. A simple way to go about making font choices is first to recognize the difference between fonts whose main purpose is readability versus those whose visual aspect is more expres- sive of a specific style or sentiment even to the point of sending readability to the back seat. (fig 3) For the most part, the expressive fonts fail miserably in paragraph format. In the expressive camp, most of the uses are quite limited to very few occasions, such as the font called Party, which works great on an invitation to a party or any- thing requiring a party atmosphere, but not much else. The good news is that the majority of fonts fall into that expressive font category, so most of them most of the time sit on the back shelf out of our way. When you are trying to find a font to use as a headline for a specific function, you can easily browse the menu for the fonts that best express the sentiments of the occasion. Expressive fonts are used mostly for headlines to draw readers in and set the tone. (fig 4) CORELDRAW FROM A TO E Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6

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