Awards & Engraving

October '16

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62 • A&E OCTOBER 2016 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E formulas. It is the formula that makes vector objects so versatile. I could design a logo and use the same file to engrave it onto a cufflink 1/4 of an inch in diameter or to cut vinyl that would fill the side of a 16-wheeler without taxing the engraver or plotter in the least. Best of all, as a designer, I could send it by email since the file size would probably be no larger than 1 MB in either case. And both applications would be of the highest quality, displaying clean, sharp edges all around if that's what was intended. Back to the question. What is an attri- bute? Attributes are characteristics applied to the elusive vector path. The default attri- bute is that thin black line or outline we see when we are creating a vector object in Corel. Since vectors are math formulas, we need that simple attribute, at least, to be able to see the vector line or outline we are creating. Once we're happy with the way the vector object appears, we can begin to tinker with the default attributes (black outline a little over .01 of an inch thick with a white fill). (fig 1) We can change both the color and thickness of any vector line or outline and even adjust its transparency from completely opaque to no attribute at all. Closed objects can be filled with a wide range of colors, gradients, textures and patterns, and transparency is also included as an attribute as well. Lines can also be assigned a fill, but the results are unpre- dictable and rarely satisfactory. It is this combination of attribute options that allows us to transform simple lines and outlines into some pretty amazing imagery. DUCKS IN A ROW… In addition to being able to create almost any line or shape we can imagine using the vector tools, and to assign almost any combination of stroke and fill attributes, there are also a number of ways we can order the objects from front to back. The primary method is to create a stacking order. If you have 10 objects on your page, you can determine the place- ment order from front to back. If an object is filled and is overlapping another object, then parts of that lower object will be hidden by the upper object. By deciding Figure 2 Figure 3

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