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54 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2018 aligned. Click the top node on the right and press the right arrow on the keyboard five times and then click on the next node down on the right and click twice on the left arrow on the keypad. Do the same with the nodes on the left, moving the top node five arrow clicks to the left, and on the lower node, two arrow clicks to the right. I've just created a new symmetrical shape using only the nodes and the Align/Distribute features. Being able to Align and Distribute nodes provides a whole new approach to editing a vector graphic, especially those requiring precise measurements. I believe it will prove to be a useful feature. (fig 1) ALIGN OBJECT TO PATH If you've ever aligned text to a path, you'll have some idea about how the Align Object to Path tool works. Select any object or objects, hold down the Shift key, and click on a path, then go to Objects/Fit Object(s) to Path and click. The object(s) will align to the selected path. What's most remarkable about this tool is the options that are available in the Prop- erties bar and in the Align Object to Path docker. It is possible to control the number of repetitions, the order in which the objects appear, and how they are spaced. Placement can also be controlled by establishing a con- sistent reference point on the object to align with the path, and there are controls for how objects are rotated in relation to the path. There are a range of options regarding what constitutes both objects and paths. When finished, the path can either remain visible or made invisible. For example, if I want to create a sunray effect around an oval, I first create the oval (path), then create a tall, vertical triangle (object). I would select the triangle then hold down the Shift key and click on the oval, then go to Objects/Fit Object(s) to Path and click. The triangle would then move to some point on the oval. By indicating the number of repetitions in the Docker or Properties bar, how I want the triangles spaced and oriented to the path, I could, by experimenting with those options, achieve the desired effect more quickly than by any other means. (fig 2) ADD PERSPECTIVE TOOL A while back, I wrote at various times about the importance of being able to show fig 3a fig 3d fig 3b fig 3c Register Now: THENBMSHOW.com or call 800.560.9941 Indianapolis September 13-15, 2018 Education Begins September 12 Charlotte November 2-3, 2018 Education Begins November 1 Greater NYC/Meadowlands August 23-24, 2018 Education Begins August 22 TRAINING in the HALL ARC Imaging Resources ...............1008 Equipment Zone .............................200 Hirsch Solutions Inc ........................218 JDS Industries Inc ..........................800 Johnson Plastics Plus .......... 814 & 914 Mutoh America Inc .......................1000 ORAFOL Americas ........................1020 PDS Equipment ............................1014 PMM Supply/Workhorse Products ..508 T&J Printing Supply ........................310 TRW .............................................. 219 Hirsch Solutions Inc ........................803 JDS Industries Inc ..........................401 PDS Equipment ..............................209 TRW ...............................................802 TRW ............................................ 711 TRAINING STOP

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