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Aligning text and spacing objects

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Video: Aligning text and spacing objects

We're now continuing on page 30 still of your working file, continuing on, and we're going to finish off our business card project. How did you end up with your amplifier, did you get close to it looking correct? I hope so. Look, even if you didn't, don't be too bothered. What you will have learnt through the process, is invaluable. Well, you should have a copy of your business card where we were up to, if you go back to page 28. So copy that to the clipboard; then paste back down.

Aligning text and spacing objects

We're now continuing on page 30 still of your working file, continuing on, and we're going to finish off our business card project. How did you end up with your amplifier, did you get close to it looking correct? I hope so. Look, even if you didn't, don't be too bothered. What you will have learnt through the process, is invaluable. Well, you should have a copy of your business card where we were up to, if you go back to page 28. So copy that to the clipboard; then paste back down.

I am just going to zoom into this section of the card and then we can finish off. Well, what I want to do first of all, now by the way let me quickly remind you, I am working in millimeters. You can alternate between millimeters and inches if that's what you want to do throughout the project so you're staying within your world of measurement. So for example right now I want to click and drag, create a rectangle and I want it to be 30, write that down, 30 millimeters wide by 4.5 millimeters high.

And I'll fill that with that purple color we've been using. I don't want a black outline, so right click on the no color wheel. Okay, now with everything deselected, if you want, you can go back to inches. Select the object and you can see that same value in inches if you feel that you need to do that. However, I think working in millimeters is just as easy right now. Okay, there is my object. I need to take it back behind my text, so right-click, come down to Order and we're going to go behind, click on my text and that pops that behind which is great.

Going to pull down a guideline and just line it up with the top there as you can see of my spiral and that's what I want this to line up with, so I'll pop that away, then it locked back in and don't forget to have a Snap to Guidelines turned on for this, okay. Well, now I am going to create a duplicate. And Plus (+) on my keyboard and I want my duplicate to be 1.5 millimeters wide. Make sure the little Lock is off because we only want to adjust the horizontal, not the vertical as well.

So 1.5 millimeters, hit Enter. Now using the arrow key in my keyboard and nothing else, I am just going to allow that to step all the way across, and that's an unusual way of doing it, but you'll see why in a minute, okay. Now if I deselect that, I want you to notice on my Property bar, I've got a nudge distance of 0.1 of a millimeter. Now if you don't, please type in 0.1 of a millimeter and we're working in millimeters, don't forget. Well now that I've created a duplicate, it's perfectly horizontally aligned and it's 1.5 millimeters wide.

I am just going to use my Arrow keys and go back until I can just see a sliver of white. See how I can just see a sliver of white there? Even if it was a bit more, doesn't matter. That's my starting point now. So what I am going to do is use my Arrow keys, one, two, three, four, five, six steps. Now I am going to create a duplicate, so Plus (+) on my keyboard and I am going to reduce that to 1.4, so I've gone down by a 0.1 of a millimeter, hit Enter.

Again use my Arrow keys, come back until I can just see a sliver of white. I can just see my sliver of white there. Now I am going to go seven steps, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Let's think about what we've done. We've created a duplicate of this one here, we've stepped it seven presses of my Left Arrow key, which means it's now further than the first one is from there, so we've got a larger white gap and I've reduced the width by 0.1.

Now when I use Ctrl+D, it will reproduce that getting smaller and further apart, can you see that? So the slivers are getting smaller, they're spaced further apart which is exactly what we learnt and that's the effect that I was looking for. Doesn't that look cool? Now I want to make sure my text is horizontally centered, so E on my keyboard and that's looking pretty good. I'll select all of that, finger on Shift and deselect the text. Now I am going to create a duplicate and bring it down the bottom.

So right click, in fact you know we really should have a guideline to do this with, shouldn't we? So let's drag this guideline down here, line it up with there, we'll do that again, finger on Shift+D, select the text. Now I am going to left-click and drag, now I can move it anywhere, finger on Ctrl of course constrains to a vertical, perfectly vertical movement to the guideline, it snaps, right-click my mouse to create a duplicate and release. Now finger on Ctrl+Page Down and that sends it down in the stacking order every time I hit Page Down, so hit Ctrl+Page Down.

Finally, I just need to horizontally center that, so E on my keyboard and of course it's all to the left a little bit, isn't it? So let's select that, finger on Shift and that one, sorry, that one and up there, let's right-click so make sure everything is right aligned and then I am just going to use my arrow keys and by eye, roughly I think center that, so that my web address looks like it's roughly in the center there, or of course we could do this.

Select, go E and C, then select all of the other text, finger on Shift. Selecting this one last makes it the object we're going to align to and then hit R on my keyboard and everything aligns. Now that's a good bit of graphical design training right there. We don't have a top piece of text centered in the block, but we have the largest piece of text centered. So my web address being longer is perfectly centered in the box and then I've right aligned everything to that and it just by nature looks correct, doesn't it? I might even now move this up a little bit, because I think it is looking a little congested now, may be move that down a little and that looks pretty cool.

There we go, we're done. Well, once you've finished your business card project, we're ready to move on to our next lesson and learn some new really cool stuff.

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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