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June '19

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50 • A&E JUNE 2019 them all, and pressed Weld to get Object 3b. With 3b selected, I shift-selected Object 1 and again pressed Trim. At this point, with the shape of my key established, I deleted Objects 3, 3a, and 3b. The next step was to add a 3-D look to the drawing. In Figure 4, I have drawn three rectangles with corners slightly rounded. Two of these were designated with a red outline. The third one will be used in the final step. I selected the bottom rectangle and shift- selected Object 1, then pressed the Intersect icon. This placed an object on top of Object 1. I then deleted that rectangle, selected the resulting object, and gave it a Fountain fill of 60% Black at the top and 10% at the bottom. Next, I selected the top rectangle and did the same process to create a second object on top. I selected it and copied Fill properties from my previous object. The result is shown in Figure 5, with outlines removed from these objects. With our key shank completed, we now go on to our original polygon (Object 2) to give it some character and a 3-D look. I selected the polygon and, with the Contour tool, added an inside contour, then broke it apart. I selected it and added a second inside contour, then broke it apart. In Figure 5, I drew a rectangle to Trim the second contour shape. I selected the rectangle and shift-selected the contour and pressed the Trim icon, then deleted the rectangle. The remaining object had sharp corners, so I went to the Fillet/Scallop/Champfer tool to round those corners. With my Shape tool, I selected the two sharp nodes and adjusted the corner radius. Once I was pleased with the shape, I selected it and shift-selected Object 2, then pressed the Combine icon. The result is shown in Figure 6. My next step was to select the remaining contour and go to Object>Convert out- line to object. I was then able to give it a Fountain fill color to appear on top of my key. I selected it, made a duplicate using my "+" key on the numeric keypad, and sent it back one, filled it with black, and nudged it slightly to the right and down. Again I selected it, sent it back one, filled it with white, and nudged it slightly up and to the left. This created a subtle 3-D look to the design, appearing as a slightly raised object. (Reversing the highlight and shadow colors creates the visual perception of a relieved or depressed image, which is a viable option.) THE FINAL TASK On to the final task. I selected the small rectangle and shift-selected Object 1 and Object 2, in that order. I then pressed the Go Out and Learn! THE NBM SHOW is a great place to find classes covering everything from software to equipment. Here's the class line-up for the Milwaukee show specifically targeted at software/graphics: • Unleash the Power of CorelDRAW – Presented by Digital Art Solutions on May 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. • Mastering CorelDRAW for Beginners to Intermediate – Presented by Action Illustrated on May 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. • How to Boost Your Sales and Design Creativity with CorelDRAW and TRW Design Wizard – Presented by TRW on May 18 from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, visit Figure 2 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5

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