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October '18

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34 a-e-mag.com • A&E OCTOBER 2018 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E by Jim Sadler I wanted to focus on the "Lay 'Em Straight" aspects of CorelDRAW — in other words, CorelDRAW as a layout tool. Corel is many things to many people. For some it is a chance to create graphic images, letterforms, and logos; for others it is illustrating, using either DRAW or PhotoPaint, or maybe it's photography focusing mainly on PhotoPaint and the Corel Suite's new addition, AfterShot Pro3. These are all aspects of the software used to create unique images. There are people who build their careers around a single discipline such as one of these. Each then masters the tools necessary to accomplish their work. The results rarely hang in museums, but instead are utilized as elements in some form of graphic communication that appears in websites, in print adver- tising, in signage, books, magazines, film, product labeling, and in our own awards and engraving industry. In many cases, graphic design specialists combine these images with letterforms to convey what- ever message is required. The message is conveyed both by the word content and the visual content. For instance, in an image of a beautiful landscape with the heading "Vacation," the message is both delivered by the word that we read and by the photo. But it is also conveyed by the arrangement of the photo and letters on the page, and by the feeling that the particular font style inspires — its size, color, spacing, etc. All of this is done in an attempt to get us to dream of taking 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 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 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 consultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to com- municate 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. Six, Eight, Lay 'Em Straight! CorelDRAW as a layout tool ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER fig 0

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