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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S E P T E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 6 7 pulldown menu on your Page menu bar in the upper left of your screen. You will notice a large number of preset page sizes, many of which you will never use. You may delete them on the same Document Options page where you cre- ated a new page size. You have full control over what you see in the pulldown menu. Next, set up your software program to work with your laser. There may be set- tings that your manufacturer wants you to use for a better lasering experience. This information may come in written form with your laser, or call the technical sup- port line to ask a tech. I had changes I had to make to my color management settings for proper lasering. If your laser won't fire from the onset or some things don't laser, this may be the culprit. The basic layout of the CorelDRAW page is your Toolbars on the left, Com- mand Bars (menus) on the top, Dock- ers on the right, and Status Bar is on the bottom. You may have more than one Menu Bar open on the top. Go to Tools>Options>Customization and select Command Bars. There are many to select from. If they have a check next to them, they are open on your page. You can create new ones and place a cus- tomized group of commands on each new bar. They can be turned on and off quicker from Window>Toolbars by selecting one without a check mark to turn it on and the opposite to turn it off. Don't turn off your Menu Bar as it will be difficult to get to these functions again. The second menu down is your Standard Bar followed by the Property Bar. I leave these three on. The Status Bar is at the bottom of the page — I leave this on as well. You can add to or delete commands from any Command Bar to customize it. Command Bars can also float and be taken out of their prone position on the page. RULERS AND GUIDELINES I like to have rulers both along the X- axis (along the top) and Y-axis (on the left side). Rulers help with object and text placement and creating space be- tween objects. To set up your rulers, go to Layout>Page Layout and select Rulers. You will notice settings for Origin, Ver- tical, and Horizontal. This sets the "0" position for each ruler. I set them both to "0" so the ruler begins on the upper left for horizontal (X) and lower left for vertical (Y). Regardless of the page size you select, the ruler orientation will stay the same. You can turn your rulers off and on quicker by going to View and clicking on Rulers. If it is checked, they are on. Also from this menu, you can turn your Guidelines on and off. Guidelines can be added to any place on your page you want them by left clicking on a ruler and hold- ing and dragging the guideline to where you want it. Guidelines help with precise alignment of text paragraphs and graph- ics. Guidelines can be rotated by selecting the guideline and adding degrees in the box that appears above. Note that there are also two other guidelines that can be turned on and off from the View Menu. Alignment guides are temporary guide- lines that appear when you create, resize, or move objects in relation to other nearby objects. You can display dynamic guides to help you precisely move, align, and draw objects in relation to other objects. Dynamic guides are temporary guidelines that you can pull from the fol- lowing snap points in objects — center, node, quadrant, and text baseline. I do not use a grid, which can be turned on from the View Menu. I find a grid far too busy to focus on my layout. If really needed, you can turn it on to align an object then turn it off again.

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