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December '17

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64 a-e-mag.com • A&E DECEMBER 2017 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E by Jim Sadler A while back, I wrote an article about Corel X8 when it became available (see A&E's The Guide 2016, page 18). I am now set up with CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017 and will start by doing a walk- through, and then incorporate many of these features in future articles. For now, I am going to avoid an overview of the product's new features, focusing instead on exploring individual features in detail. HOME TURF Upon opening the latest CorelDraw, I found that it still felt like home turf. On closer look though, there are significant changes. For instance, I started using some of the familiar tools and when I went to edit my objects, Arrange was nowhere to be seen in the menu bar. In its place is the header Object. The new header still holds most of the functions previously found under Arrange, but it did manage to take my breath away. Even though there are no major sur- prises visually, there are options for cus- tomizing the appearance of the work environment that could spice things up a bit if you feel like rearranging the furni- ture. These options are available by going to Tools>Customization>Appearance. In the Appearance box, you can control the relative Size, Theme, Border, and Back- ground (behind your active page) of your work area. Theme lets you choose between Light, Medium, Dark, and Black—pretty dramatic changes in how your work area appears. Another set of options allows the user to change the overall functional environment. These options do not make much of a visual change, but they do make changes to the Reporting Live from the Front NEW IN CORELDRAW GRAPHICS SUITE 2017 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 profi- ciency 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 fig 0

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