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August '17

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60 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2017 by Jim Sadler CORELDRAW FROM A TO E Mathrobatics! That pretty much describes the Blend tool. I've been discussing vector objects a lot lately, how they are defined by the number and relative position of the nodes that make up the object along with the type and position of the adjustment handles, all of which amounts to a lot of math that doesn't concern you at all. However, just because the math is none of your business doesn't mean that it isn't there. It is very much there and important to you every time you open CorelDraw. The nodes sit in relation to one another—easy to identify and express in terms of math formulas. Your computer gobbles them up with gusto along with the equations that are written as you manipu- late those nodes in order to arrive at the outline you have in mind. The Blend tool allows us to take two (or more) different objects and morph them, one into the other, through a series of steps that would be otherwise impossible to make happen without all the math going on behind the scenes. Let's jump right in and see what I'm talking about. Open a new Corel document and create a simple, but irregular, closed shape and assign separate colors to both line and fill. Duplicate the shape and move it to a new location, say, several inches to the right of the original. Rotate the new object by a sub- stantial amount. Also, change the line and fill colors. Select both Objects. Go to the toolbar and choose the Interactive Blend tool in a fly- out along with all the other Interactive tools. Immediately, you should see about 20 (default) new objects transitioning between the original object and the final object you created. The transitions will show changes in color, position and rotation. Try to accomplish the same thing with the same degree of accuracy by hand and send Blending In… USING THE BLEND TOOL T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of CorelDraw for those working within the awards and engrav- ing industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concentrating on the basics from books, media, seminars, or tutoring, with the aim of becoming productive as soon as possible. Earn while you learn! And the most effective way to learn is by repeated use, gaining pro- ficiency, and then moving forward adding new skills. These articles try to focus on skills relevant to our readers' needs. Procedure descrip- tions are somewhat generic due to wide variation in Corel versions. Consult your version documentation as needed. ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER

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