GRAPHICS PRO

July '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 2 5 be quite convenient when pulling city sign permits as the city requires an 11" X 17" drawing of a proposed sign project with the application paperwork. As an instance, a 4' X 8' sign must be scaled to fit the required size limitations of tabloid-size paper. There is a large quantity of common scales included in the presets and also the ability to type in a custom scale. Oftentimes, when preparing artwork for printed vinyl on a large sign, I would use a 1:4 scale in CorelDR AW, then send the .EPS or .PDF file, derived from my original .CDR file, to my printer RIP program, knowing that I had to choose 400% enlargement in the RIP when actually printed to get the actual size required for the finished product. Many folks will never use this feature, but when needed, scaling is of immense value. Scaling may be most valuable if a file includes high-resolution bitmaps and/or transparencies, as these almost always increase the file size. At full size, they may be too large to efficiently process or to send via email, but a size reduction, using scaling, usually works with few problems. The CorelDR AW developers have provided numerous tools for the novice, occasional, and advanced users — each new re- lease just gets better. Our challenge is to learn all we can about the program to reach our ultimate necessity in our endeavors in a timely manner. I am fairly certain that no one will learn it all, but also believe that we all should strive to learn as much as possible to reach a reasonable level of proficiency in what we do. Some features in the program are of little value to many us- ers at present, but learning them can create an opportunity for the future. I often just play around and explore the program features for my own amusement. Almost without exception, when I learn something new by experimentation, it has been utilized in a new client project. We never know in advance what a customer may want, but when they ask, "Can you do such and such," it is good to confidently reply, "Yes, I can! How many do you need?" while you present a work order for their approval and signature ... GP 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 dezender1@gmail.com.

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