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70 graphics-pro.com S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 By Doug Zender R ecently, while visiting the sign shop of a friend, I met a young lady who had been hired as a designer. She was quite proficient with design aspects of Adobe Illustrator. is shop, however, used CorelDR AW for nearly all its designing, so she had to learn a differ- ent program. One of her greatest hurdles was with the terms used to describe similar functions between the two programs. To help her with understanding the differences, I created a quick reference chart. (Fig. 1) In the left column are the basic terms used by Adobe Illustrator and the right column shows the corresponding descrip- tion used in CorelDR AW — these do not reflect all the differences but are the most common terms used. Both programs can produce nearly identical functions, but the terms used are quite different. Let's go over some of the differences, beginning from top to bot- tom. To start, in Illustrator, an illustration or design is called art- work, but Corel calls it a drawing. e main difference is that Corel can have multiple pages while the Adobe counterpart is one drawing that simulates several pages. Curve vs. Path ough both programs can draw various kinds of lines, Adobe calls them paths and Corel calls them curves. ey are the same thing. Nodes vs. Anchor Points Along a curve object, there are certain points that control its appear- ance. In Corel, they are called nodes and Adobe calls them anchor points. ey are the same thing. Control Handles vs. Direction Points A node or anchor point sits directly on a line. Extending out of that point are invisible lines that control the shape of the curve on either side of it with a data point at the end that allows the invisible lines to be manipulated. Corel calls them control handles and Adobe calls them direction points. (Fig. 2) Dockers vs. Palettes Both programs include a special variation on dialog boxes to help users interact with the software. Corel calls them dockers and they are called palettes by Adobe. ere are slight differences, but they are similar. Fig. 3 shows a CorelDR AW Color Docker on the left side and a Color Palette used in Illustrator on the right. Import Files vs. Place Files Most projects require one to bring in artwork from another file. Corel uses the File > Import command while Adobe's process is File > Place. Both accomplish the same thing. Export vs. Save As Often you will want a document to be output in a file type that dif- fers from the native format. In Corel, you would choose File > Export and then the format you want. Adobe uses File > Save As followed by the format desired. ADOBE VS. COREL Matching terms for similar features in both design programs 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. Fig. 1: All images courtesy Doug Zender DESIGN TERMINOLOGY 101:

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