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32 • A&E MARCH 2020 Graphic Design other lines and angles. Original is nearly equal to Putty with slight variations. Ver- tical maintains all vertical lines intact, while distorting all others. Best described visually in Figure 5, I have drawn a circle and typed the word BALLOON. With the text selected, I clicked on the eyedropper (Create from) icon and, with the resulting arrow, clicked on the circle then pressed apply. I did this four times, each using one of the four ren- dering options. Figure 6 is a comparison of the different results. Note that the Putty and Original are vir- tually identical and both are rotated. This is not a bug in the program, but probably due to the way the program redraws the distorted vectors. Sometimes converting text to curves yields different results. In Figure 7, I have drawn a three-sided box and then created three panels to which I want to add envelopes. Each of the panels is a group of objects. I first selected the right panel, then the eyedropper, and clicked on the right side of my box and clicked apply. The panel was distorted appropri- ately and then moved into place on the box with Snap to Objects enabled. Each of the remaining panels had an envelope applied in the same fashion. The finished result is shown in Figure 8. The first two panels worked perfectly, but when the envelope was applied to the top panel, the resulting image was upside down and backward... I don't know why. To remedy this, I pressed Undo and added a new envelope, this time with the Uncon- strained mode chosen. I was then able to manually edit the control points and place them appropriately on the top of my box, snapping them to the nodes of the box top. This was the quickest way to achieve the desired result. Note: I will continue to search for the cause of the unexpected distortion, as it always worked previously. COOL COREL CONCEPTS One of the cool things about Corel- DRAW is that most tasks attempted can be accomplished in more than one way. If one method fails to produce the desired results, there is nearly always an alternate possibility that may require some creative experimen- tation. The old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," is most applicable to our adventure with this program. We have seen that the Envelope tool has some highly powerful and useful abilities, notwithstanding some inherent limita- tions and unexpected results. As always, I encourage one to be flexible enough to experiment with the vast number of pos- sibilities that exist. The more time one spends using the various tools, the more knowledgeable and comfortable he or she becomes with their abilities. Nearly all new features added to the pro- gram by the Corel developers in each new release are the result of user feedback and requests. Some are because competitors are developing these new features. The world of computer-aided graphic design seems to be always in a state of flux, advancing to a new level of proficiency every day. In the previous article and in this cur- rent article, we have explored some of the Perspective features of the program and the Envelope features, both of which allow levels of creative distortion. In a future article, I hope to look at some of the other distortion tools and their use in a workflow. Missed Doug Zender's article on the Perspective tool? Find it in the February 2020 issue, page 22. I am always intrigued by any new insights and/or questions. Please send those to: Questions will be answered in the detail received. Fig 6 Fig 7 Fig 8 A&E

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