Awards & Engraving

February '19

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A&E FEBRUARY 2019 • a-e-mag.com 31 ARTWORK EXAMINATION I used some familiar tools: the Trace tool, Ellipse, and Fit Text to Path. The tool I needed more familiarity with, Transforma- tions/Rotation, had escaped my memory in its functionality. I place extra emphasis on this tool toward the end of this tutorial. I used CorelDRAWX7 here; however, all these tools have been in existence for legacy versions going back at least a decade. Figure B is the artwork that was sent to me (that same day), and although it was usable, it was not pristine. Reduced to about 2 by 2 inches for the glass, the artwork was still only about 200 DPI (about 100 to 200 DPI lower than I prefer). A closer look revealed the pixilation (Figure C). In order to be sure of what needed replacing in this logo, how- ever, I first needed to vectorize the raster image. The first trick I employed with this artwork was to add more resolution for the image. This does not make the image any sharper, but it does give the Trace tool more data to work with to do its job. To add more resolution to an image, select it and go to Bitmaps>Edit Bitmap. Corel PHOTO-PAINT will open with the artwork. Within PHOTO-PAINT, go to Image>Resample and change the resolu- tion to 400 to be on the safe side (Figure D). Click Ok and Save. Return to CorelDRAW — these changes will have occurred to the artwork. Next, I changed this raster artwork to a vector. With the artwork selected, go to Trace>Outline Trace>Detailed Logo (Figure E). The Trace tool interface will open. Move the Detail slider to its maximum (Figure F). Notice the difference between the original image on the left and the rendering on the right? Click OK. This is how I determined what to keep and what to recreate. The Fig D Fig E Fig F Fig G Fig H

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