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64 a-e-mag.com • A&E OCTOBER 2016 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E Graphic Design However, when working on the objects, we keep them isolated from each other to some degree to make them easier to access. Each layer name within the Object Manager is preceded by four icons repre- senting layer function. The first is the Eye icon, which gives us the ability to show or hide the layer—shut off the Eye icon by clicking on it, and that layer and all its contents will disappear from view. It's still there, but we won't see it until it is clicked back on. The second icon represents a Printer and gives us the option to allow that layer to print or not print when the document is being printed (inkjet, plotter, laser, etc). The third icon, the Pencil, gives us the option to work on the objects on that layer or to lock them in place so they can't be edited. The last icon represents the color of the vectors on that layer when viewed in the Wireframe mode, showing just the vector outlines without their assigned attributes. Often that allows us to see more clearly where all of the vector paths are located. The color lets us know what layer we are looking at. (fig 4) These icons will appear on all layers on any page including the Master Page. Master Pages allow us to create and place objects that will appear on all pages. For instance, if we created a plaque design in which everything other than the recipient was to remain the same, we could create the plaque as a Master Page, placing everything on it including the first recipient's name. If there were 10 plaques going to 10 different recipients, then all we would have to do would be to create 10 new pages. Because our design was created on a Master Page, it will also appear on any new page we create. Master Page objects are editable and can even be deleted when working on a specific page that has Master Page items on it. We could change the recipient on each page and then send that layer to the printer, laser, etc. At first, you can ignore Master Pages completely while you are getting used to the Object Manager and working with layers. At some point though, it is worth looking into since it might allow you to work more efficiently on some jobs. The arrow in the upper right corner of the Object Manager opens a drop- down menu that allows us to create new pages, layers or master pages, or to delete existing ones, along with other manage- ment options. NEW HIDE/SHOW OBJECT FEATURE IN X8 Being able to Show and Hide Layers as mentioned above can really be helpful when working with complex layouts or illustrations. As if that weren't good enough, Corel has added a new feature in X8 that allows us to Show and Hide individual objects within a given layer. It's pretty simple. Select an object or objects and go to Object/Hide/Hide Object. To see that object again, go to Object/Hide and choose Show Object or Show All Objects. This can also be man- aged within the Objects Manager. Under each layer will be a list of objects on that layer. Any object that is hidden will be grayed out. (fig 5) Anyone who has worked with objects in CorelDraw understands how to maneuver the two-dimensional space. Stacking and layers provide us with a third dimension— a front to back space, and the Object Man- ager is command central for working in that dimension. It's great to be able to see all of our objects and understand where they sit in relation to one another, but when working in the trenches, it can be helpful to easily hide what we are not working on so we can concentrate on the tasks at hand. Sometimes it's great to be able to select a layer or object or two and say, "…and now you don't!" Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a con- sultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to communicate through teaching, technical assistance and, of course, through writing for A&E Magazine. Jim can be reached by e-mail at jim@jsadlerdesign.com. His web address is www.jsadlerdesign.com. A&E Have a service or product to sell? For A&E Marketplace advertising inquiries, call 800.669.0424

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