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April '19

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38 • A&E APRIL 2019 CORELDRAW THE BASICS by Doug Zender I n trying to determine which topic to cover in this article, I thought about the spring season and its new colors (trees begin to bud, flowers begin to bloom, etc.). I decided that some basic information regarding color usage in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is most appropriate. So, I want to share some interesting features of the program. Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Doug began as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at A Few Overlooked Features: Part 3 Color features fig 1 COLOR FEATURES First, let's start with a sometimes- unknown feature... did you know that when you hold down your left mouse button for a few seconds on any color in your palette that you get a small square that has 48 variances of that color? (See Figure 1.) I chose green as my target color, which appears at the center of the square with the multitude of variances surrounding it, from lighter to darker. (Note that shades of gray only display nine variances.) With an object selected, left-click on a color and it sets the Fill, or right-click to set the Outline color. Alternately, you can drag a color from the palette to an object to set the Fill color. Dragging it near the edge of the object sets the Outline color. This drag-and-drop feature is most helpful with the Interactive Fill tool when adding a gradient fill. So, in Figure 2, I created a rectangle with a Fill color of black, then chose the Interactive Fill tool to drag from bottom to top. Holding down my CTRL key, which constrains the angle to a precise vertical result, I am able to get a color fade from black at the bottom to white at the top. (Note that a handle exists to change the angle of the color fade. Also, the Constrain angle is, by default, limited to increments of 15 degrees.) I then drug a dark red color to the top control square to replace white. Then each additional color was drug from my palette to the little line that connects the two con- trol colors, as I saw fit. Each of the color tabs can easily be moved up or down to blend as necessary. See Figure 3 for the result. (A feature that exists in newer ver- sions of the program — X7 and later — is the ability to smooth the gradient fill to a more uniform pattern, available on the top Property bar when the Interactive Fill tool is selected.) To remove a color, left-click on the No Color well to clear the Fill; right- click to clear the Outline. The object still exists but has no color attributes. You can also copy a Fill and/or Outline from one object to another. First, select your target object, then go to Edit>Copy Properties From — a dialog box appears where you can choose which properties you want to copy (see Figure 4). Options are Outline Pen, Outline Color, Fill, and Text Properties. Once your selections are made, press OK and an arrow appears. Move it to the object you want to copy from and click that object. The properties you selected are now reflected in the target object. Alternately, you can right-click and drag a Fill & Outline color to a second object with the same results. It's all a bit

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