Awards & Engraving

November '18

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CORELDRAW FROM A TO E by Jim Sadler 28 • A&E NOVEMBER 2018 Has it really been 30 years? That's just about the time in the late 1980s when the shift began from manual to digital in the design world. That's when we began trading in our scissors, razors, (cut) tweezers, and hot wax — or worse, rubber cement — (paste) for mouses, keyboards, and moni- tors (eCut, ePaste). My first contact with the personal computer came in 1987 when I was introduced to the Apple IIe. At the time, with the 8-inch monitor and low-res- olution display, I thought it laughable that there was hope for a successful marriage between graphic design and computers. Steve Jobs had different thoughts on the matter. He had learned a thing or two about letterforms, design, and typography in his college days (an attribute that still remains evident in Apple products today) and was madly working on solving those problems. What first emerged were two things: the PostScript language implemented by Adobe, and the realization of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). WYSIWYG made it possible to accurately view typog- raphy on screen, from a distance, at actual size and at high magnification. Jobs under- stood that in design, minute adjustments in placement could make a huge difference in the success of a layout. The PostScript language then bridged the gap between what was on screen and what emerged from a laser printer and ultimately high- end output at the printers, or in our case, accurate output from mechanical and laser engravers, etc. (fig 1) 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 His web address is figs 0a, 0b 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. eCut. ePaste a la Corel Placement of objects in Corel ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER

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