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Mirroring objects

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Video: Mirroring objects

We are now on Page 16 of your working file, the subject of mirror. You can have a lot of fun with this subject. I really do like it. Now, mirroring is something you will do a lot of in time, and right now you might not think of all of the reasons, but you will, so I am going to show you some fun things you can do, and you'll very quickly start to see how mirroring will be quite valuable. First of all, you can see here, Horizontal Mirror, Vertical Mirror; whenever you select an object, on the property bar, you'll see the two icons. So if I simply click horizontal, it will flip. See that? As you can see.

Mirroring objects

We are now on Page 16 of your working file, the subject of mirror. You can have a lot of fun with this subject. I really do like it. Now, mirroring is something you will do a lot of in time, and right now you might not think of all of the reasons, but you will, so I am going to show you some fun things you can do, and you'll very quickly start to see how mirroring will be quite valuable. First of all, you can see here, Horizontal Mirror, Vertical Mirror; whenever you select an object, on the property bar, you'll see the two icons. So if I simply click horizontal, it will flip. See that? As you can see.

So in other words, it flipped left to right. If I do the vertical mirror, it will flip the other way. So if we keep doing this, I can get it back to where it was; there we go. So I'll select that again, and I'll do a vertical mirror, which is just flipping it upside down, but on the same axis. You'll notice that it hasn't moved anywhere on my screen; and back again. Horizontally, and back again. So that's a basic mirror. If I were to just pop this over here, following along what you can see here, if I hit Plus on my keyboard, that will create a duplicate.

Now, if you are using a laptop, and you don't have a Plus which you can use, use Control+C, okay? It's the same as coming up to Edit, and going Copy, and then Paste. So Control+C, and Control+V, and what that will do is copy it to your Clipboard, and paste it back down perfectly over the top, so now we have a duplicate sitting on top. Now, if I do this, finger on Control, okay, nothing will happen until I get to the other side, and flip, as you can see. If I make that black in color, quite an interesting looking effect. Now do it again.

Select my object, Plus on my keyboard, and finger on Control, and I'll flip down, make it black in color, and I'll squash it back up a little bit. So there you go. That's an interesting looking effect, isn't it? Mirroring is something you will use for all sorts of circumstances. Let me just delete that. I'll grab this picture up here, and again, Plus on my keyboard, and finger on Control; pop it over the other way. I'll select both of those, Plus on my keyboard, pull that down like that, and then I'll flip that vertically. Up a little bit just using the arrows keys on my keyboard. In fact, I'll go the other way.

Yeah, there we go. Interesting looking effect, isn't it? I love flipping photographs, or mirroring photographs. You do get some really interesting looks, particularly for magazine design, etcetera. Again, this time I'll do Control+C, and then Control+V; I'll paste back down. Finger on Control, and flip that over the other way, just back a little, and isn't that a really interesting, kind of creepy looking effect, isn't it? And one more time. I've just done this for you, so that you can have something that you can play with, and create your own types of effects. Plus on the keyboard; I'll flip this over, just back a little bit. Plus on my keyboard, flip it over, and back a little bit. Plus on my keyboard, flip it over, and just back a little bit. So there you go.

I mean, it does look realistic. Even though they are duplicates, unless you kind of examine that image, you wouldn't really tell, would you? So there you go. Really powerful stuff that you can do with mirroring. Let me just delete that. With this little triangle, I am going to show you another interesting set of effects. First of all, if I hit Plus on my keyboard, all right, now with my finger on the Shift key this time, see what happens. Can you see that I am mirroring that the anchor point is in the center? Okay, finger on the Shift, the anchor point is in the center, so I am creating a mirror, but I don't have that same automatic control of the size. I have to manually resize it. So there is a mirror flip for you. Let's do it again; Plus on my keyboard.

Now, this time I'll constrain, so finger on the Shift key, and finger on the Control key, both at the same time, so Control+Shift. Now, as I pull, notice how it flips when I get past the center point, okay? Can you see that? Let me just Control+Z, and undo that, and I'll increase the size, and it sort of looks a bit like a hat, doesn't it? Plus on my keyboard of the duplicate, Control+Shift, and flip. And it flipped from the center; just remember that.

Now let's have some fun with this. And I am doing this deliberately, just so that you've got some things to play with, and to experiment with, and we're putting some of the school we've been learning to date into practice. So Plus, or Control+C, and then Control+V. Finger on Control. Now I'll select them both. Plus, finger on Control, mirror, select them all, Plus, finger on Control, and one more time, I'll just select those ones there, and Plus, Control, flip that over.

Now, if I select all of those, Plus on my keyboard, finger on Control, flip that down, might make that yellow in color; interesting effect. Now this time I am just going to move everything over a little bit, so finger on Control, remember, constraining to move horizontally, just line that up with there, delete that one, delete that one; that's a pretty cool looking effect, isn't it? See how you can just easily do some stuff? Finger on Control, constrain; just move that up. So I am always using finger on Control to constrain to perfect moving on my vertical or horizontal axis.

Well gee, I've shown you a lot in this lesson, putting together a lot of what we've been learning to date. So why don't you go ahead with that, have a play, and see what you can come up with.

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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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