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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 2 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 8 5 challenge and an exercise in frustration. e whole process is not as straightfor- ward and "intuitive" as previous versions. All in all, I am personally disappointed in these newer versions. Maybe subsequent versions will return more to the classic interface that I have enjoyed using for years? At this point, I find it difficult to justify the cost of upgrading to a new ver- sion when my older ones do everything I need. I will, however, continue to famil- iarize myself with the newer versions. As always, I urge comments, questions, and insights at GP Corel's claim is that the new interface is "more intuitive" — a claim that I person- ally find to be a bit dubious, especially since I have used the previous versions for years and do not want to go through a whole new learning curve. I recommend that you explore each of the new distort options to determine if any are appropriate to include in any new project. Most of these new effects are rendered as bitmaps instead of vector objects, which can then be difficult to modify. Instead of the interactive aspects of previous ver- sions, it seems that the programmers have now favored dialog windows with adjust- ment sliders over the classic vector images. Bitmap renderings are more difficult to modify without using PHOTO-PAINT and can be problematic. I have explored many of the newer options and have found that the newer versions offer little more to be desired for my purposes. Personally, I prefer what the older versions offer as far as interac- tive content. ough more choices exist, they don't seem to be as usable and fluid as the previous versions. I received a question from a GR APHICS PRO reader who purchased the 2021 ver- sion of CorelDR AW. He was having dif- ficulty opening a Pantone color palette in the workspace. Since I had not yet pro- cured the newer versions, I installed both the 2020 and 2021 trial versions and spent about two weeks exploring the programs. e first thing I tried to do was open a Pantone palette and found it to be a major BEST WAYS TO USE POSTERIZE IN PHOTO-PAINT TO ENHANCE ARTWORK: Fig. 5: The Twister option. It is only four rotations but could involve more as one chooses. Fig. 6: Example of use of the distorted image. Fig. 7: Beginning with the 2020 version, the distortion tool is no longer accessed by an icon on the tool bar. You must go to Effects > Distort. G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 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 Corel- DRAW 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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