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G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M 2 0 2 2 A P R I L G R A P H I C S P R O 1 0 3 Attend a class to learn new skills, inspire ideas, and propel your business to the next level! To view the full class schedule, visit: April 14-15, 2022 Classes begin April 13 DEN V ER, CO Learn from these industry leaders at the expo: age, duplicating, rotating, and scaling it. is is a fairly quick and easy exercise to discover the abilities and limitations of the Mesh Fill tool. I urge anyone interested to do something like this to gain the expertise needed to use this powerful feature. ere are some other things one needs to know that I've yet to discuss. THINGS TO KNOW All edge nodes and intersection nodes on a Mesh Fill can be made a cusp, smooth or symmetrical node with control handles that allow one to modify the ll shape and characteristics. Nodes can be selected indi- vidually or several together and moved up, down, left, or right as needed. Sometimes, moving nodes or adjusting control handles can give unwanted results. One must use discretion in this regard. Fortunately, there is the multiple "undo" feature. One other thing about Mesh Fill is the ability to add percentages of transparency to selected nodes. Fig. 8 is a cartoon image of a UFO I began and never nished. I want to draw attention to the canopy over the cockpit. With the ellipse tool I drew the basic shape and lled it with white, then reshaped it. With the Mesh Fill tool, I selected ran- dom nodes and made them transparent in various degrees of intensity. e result is the appearance of a clear glass or plastic dome over the cockpit. Kinda cool. e Mesh Fill tool is probably not something you'll use every day, but it can prove to be valuable for some projects when needed. is tool should never be intimidating to any user but is a fun way to do something dierent. After all, should not our job be fun? As always, I invite questions and/ or insights at All questions will be answered as soon as pos- sible and will be shared with the magazine editors. GP DOUG ZENDER has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimida- tion 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

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