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Learn Corel Draw: Combining and Breaking Apart-1

Combining and Breaking Apart-1

Terminology that applications use can sometimes be confusing and misleading especially when it is in conflict with our usual appreciation of the same terminology. In the case of CorelDRAW a curve for example may consist of only straight lines. It may also be comprised of several seemingly separate entities. This can often be a difficult concept to grasp because the tendency is to think of these entities as a group.

Individual components can be combined into a single curve. This provides very useful properties regarding fills and editing capability. The process of separating them is called breaking apart. A number of commands we apply to our work automatically combine curves and it may be necessary to break these curves apart before we can continue editing them.

A simple way of understanding this is to think of text characters. The letter A for example comprises an outline shape with a triangle inside. The fill surrounds the triangle but the triangle itself is not filled.

Try the following. Draw the letter A using the text tool. It may help if you enlarge it to a size you can see clearly. Convert this to curves (Arrange Convert to Curves). With the object selected look at the status bar at the bottom of the screen. It will tell you it is a curve. Now break the curve apart (Arrange Break Curve Apart) and notice what happens to the fill and what the status bar tells you. We now have 2 objects. Because the triangle is a curve in its own right now it has its own fill. Now combine them again (Arrange Combine) and you will see the letter A as before.

The ability to control fills in this way has a huge impact on the creativity that is possible when you are producing artwork for engraving.

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