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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 4 9 Our first task is to create the base grid or graph. In Fig. 5, I created a grid and depicted a possible bar chart. I did some creative calculations on this image to get to this final drawing. Assuming that 1" equals 100,000 sales, I drew my graph accord- ingly. en, with the rectangle tool, drew my first object and gave it a foun- tain fill. In the east, the prod- uct sold 275,000 units, so in the object size box on the task bar, I typed 2.75 and pressed enter. It is import- ant to ensure that the ratio tab is unlocked. I then selected the object and shift selected the graph and pressed B to align it with the bottom of the graph. T he c ent ra l region sold 47,250 units, so, with that one selected, I typed 4.725 i n t he objec t si z e box a nd pressed enter. Again, I aligned it to the bottom of the graph as described previously. The west region sold 325,000 units, so in a similar man- ner, I entered 3.25 in the size field on the task bar, again aligning it to the graph, to finish the task. is is the kind of chart that may indicate where we need to increase our marketing efforts. All-in-all, we have seen that CorelDR AW can calculate some simple mathematical equations using the task bar. I am fairly certain that we have only begun to explore the abilities of the program here. As always, I encourage comments, questions and/or insights at I will respond at my earliest con- venience. 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 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 Fig. 2: Entering the information to create wedges. Fig. 3: Completed 2D pie chart. Fig. 4: It is possible to add a 3-dimensional look using the Extrude tool. Fig. 5: A grid and possible bar chart.

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