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30 • A&E NOVEMBER 2019 CORELDRAW: THE BASICS By Doug Zender Transformation Abilities in CorelDRAW SELECTING MULTIPLE OBJECTS The first thing is selecting an object or multiple objects. There are at least three ways to do this: 1. Click directly on the object, then shift select to include others; 2. Marquee selection is, using the Pick tool, to draw an imaginary rectangle around all the objects to be included; 3. Object Manager docker allows selec- tion of any object chosen, and shift select allows multiple objects to be chosen. (A future article will deal with some of the Layers dilemma, which is often a hin- drance for some folks to grasp the concepts involved). Now we have selected our target object. In Figure 1, there are eight control points visible: four at each of the corners and four midpoint, vertical and horizontal, depicted by a small square at each. Any one of the four corners allow proportionate resizing. Holding down the shift key resizes from the center out. The control key constrains it to multiples of 100%. If I right-click on a selection and drag it to another location, I get a dialog to choose either "Move here" or "Copy here" — this is a cool feature that allows some great possibilities. Next, the midpoint control points. On either side of my selection are two points and two others, one at the top and one at the bottom. I can click on any one of those, as appropriate, and drag it right or left, up or down to stretch my image. Again, the modifier keys (Shift and Ctrl) may be of I n beginning this article, I had hoped to investigate some of the other distortion tools available, but it seemed expedient to focus on some of the more basic transformation abilities of CorelDRAW. In my following examples and descriptions, I am, for the main part, using Artistic text, but the principles described here apply to any and all object(s) selected. 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 Fig 1 Fig 2

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