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April '18

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24 a-e-mag.com • A&E APRIL 2018 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E by Jim Sadler It's true. Life without fonts would be pretty boring. But sometimes fonts can cause a lot of problems. It's not the fonts themselves — those are simply images. But the font files are made up of data that can become corrupted. When that happens, it is possible for that corrupted data to affect your computer's performance and even cause it or your software to crash under certain circumstances. Normally, font files present few problems, but it's good to keep in mind that they are capable of a lot of mischief. I bring this up because it's easy to suffer from Font Euphoria and proceed to indis- criminately fill up your system or font man- ager with hundreds, if not thousands of fonts. At a certain level, the number of fonts can affect your computer's performance. Also, not all fonts are created equal, and if they should be poorly manufactured, they are much more likely to cause problems. Yes, there are com- panies that dedicate themselves to quality fonts — the way they are drawn and spaced and how they are then transformed into code for use in our computers. There are also fonts available that are poorly designed, rendered, and implemented — not so good for the health of your computer. How we work with fonts can make the difference between having and not having problems. In the next couple of issues, I want to focus on fonts, what they are, and how best to use them. Corel's new integrated font management program makes it easy to work with fonts (a good thing) but it can also lead to problems if used without understanding what fonts are, how they work, and what can go wrong. T his column is being written to demonstrate practical uses of CorelDRAW for those working within the awards and engraving industry. For those new to Corel, I suggest concen- trating 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, gain- ing 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. Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a consultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to com- municate 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. An Army of Fonts Advice on how fonts affect your computer fig 0 ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER

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