Awards & Engraving

March '19

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34 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2019 Hopefully you can apply some of this to your laser projects. Throughout the article, I reference lasering plaques as an example of the tools and methods I discuss. CORELDRAW SETUP I tend to lean heavily towards the vector toolbox as precision is important to my busi- ness plan. I turn most of my bitmap graphics into vectors and create my own ornaments or separators for plaques as vector objects. Crisp edges provide an eloquent and precision look. For every project, set a page size equal to the material you will use in the laser. You can set a custom page size for the most frequently used materials such as a 24-by- 12-inch acrylic sheet. You can also set up custom pages for the primary metal plate sizes for plaques. Go to Tools>Options>Page Size. Click on the Size dropdown menu and at the bottom, select Custom. Put in the desired page size and click on the floppy disk to save it. The new custom page is now on your list of page sizes on your workspace menu. CorelDRAW has Menus at the top and bottom of your screen, a Toolbox on your left, and you can activate and place Dockers on your right. To learn about your work- space, I suggest going on YouTube and search for Workspace Custom- ization videos. You will want the tools you most frequently use at your fingertips. Another feature I use often (and have changed the default that comes with CorelDRAW) is the Nudge function. You can move or nudge objects by selecting them YOUR LASER AT WORK By Bob Hagel Preparing Laser Engraved Projects Using CorelDRAW Bob Hagel and his wife Dana own Eagle's Mark Awards & Signs, offering a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sand etching, and full-color UV direct print on products. They have offered awards, recognition, and signage products to organizations for more than a decade in the Southern California wine country. He can be reached at bob@eaglesmark.com. I n this article, I'm going to cover the primary CorelDRAW tools I use to create a variety of projects for clients such as plaques, acrylic signs, name tags, and plates people put on gifts. I can't cover all the ways I have customized Corel, nor every tool I use. I also realize that Corel provides many ways to complete the same operation. My choices come from preferences of how I like to do things, as well as the tools and approach I discovered while learning Corel, and from the many great articles I have read over the years. Insert Character docker with Latin (Spanish) character. The Text Properties docker position selected and Superscript (auto) set. ALL IMAGES COURTESY BOB HAGEL

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