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60 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2016 by Jim Sadler Graphic Design CORELDRAW FROM A TO E A private investigator might carry a magnifying glass to aid in the finding of clues to solve a mystery, but exactly how that lens is used varies between detec- tives. Similarly, CorelDraw and Photo- paint both have Lens tools built into the software, and those lenses are used in dif- ferent ways when applied to vector objects versus pixel images. Each in their own way can create dynamic effects that would be nearly impossible just using the basic tools; how- ever, it's important to realize the vector effects are not the same kind of effects that are applied to pixel images, and vice-versa. So get out your magnifying glasses and let's do a little sleuthing. CORELDRAW LENS TOOL The Lens tool, Effects/Lens, in Corel- Draw X5 appears in the form of a Docker. In order for it to function, you must have at least two closed objects—one (or more) to be the subject of the lens and the other serving as the lens window through which the Lens effect can be applied. A great example of a practical application of the T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of Corel- Draw for those working within the awards and engraving industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concentrating on the basics from books, media, seminars, or tutoring, with the aim of becoming produc- tive as soon as possible. Earn while you learn! And the most effective way to learn is by repeated use, gaining proficiency, and then moving forward adding new skills. These articles try to focus on skills relevant to our readers' needs. Procedure descriptions are somewhat generic due to wide variation in Corel versions. Consult your version documentation as needed. SOFTWARE FUNCTION STUDY Elementary, my dear Watson... Sleuthing with the Lens tool ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER Figure 1 Figure 2

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