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Working with distribution

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We're now continuing on Page 30, looking at distribution this time. I am going to delete this one and I've got a group of images here, there is a number of them, just expand a little and then I am going to spread them out. Now I've deliberately put the green one at the top of the stacking order, and the big purple one at the bottom there, is at the bottom of the stacking order. I've done that for a deliberate reason to help us actually see the effects of distribution. Whenever you select a group of objects or I should say a number of individual objects, you'll find this option becomes available on the Property bar, Align and Distribute.

Working with distribution

We're now continuing on Page 30, looking at distribution this time. I am going to delete this one and I've got a group of images here, there is a number of them, just expand a little and then I am going to spread them out. Now I've deliberately put the green one at the top of the stacking order, and the big purple one at the bottom there, is at the bottom of the stacking order. I've done that for a deliberate reason to help us actually see the effects of distribution. Whenever you select a group of objects or I should say a number of individual objects, you'll find this option becomes available on the Property bar, Align and Distribute.

If for some very strange reason you can't see it, you can select those, come up to Arrange and come to Align and Distribute and you'll also see the same option right there, Align and Distribute. In fact, you can see there are all of the same options we're about to look at are available in this menu, as when we click here up comes the Align and Distribute dialog box, which we've looked at already. So I'll place it there for convenience. When I deselect you'll notice everything grays out. See that? We can't really use the box until we select everything.

Well we've looked at Align so now we're going to look at Distribute. Effectively, distribute means to space a set of objects an equal distance apart, effectively, which is what we've done there for example. Well right now I've got a number of individual objects, they're all over the place and I want to evenly space them. So I am going to use one of these options here for Horizontal spacing, I would use these for Vertical spacing. So, if for example I were to use this option here, you'll notice the little dotted line indicates the left hand side of the object and the left hand side of the other object, but what other object.

See it depends on what we have here, Extent of selection or Extent of page. Effectively, when you select a number of objects as I've done here, the objects that are furtherest or to the edge of your selection, to the extent, which is the green one and the purple one, they will be used as the objects upon which all of the spacing will be based. So if we just click Apply right now, in fact, I'll choose this option here, Spacing, I always work with Spacing. It's from the inside of both of the outside objects.

Click Apply, all of those stars are now perfectly spaced apart, they have the same distance from the center to the center, from the center to the center and so on. It's not obvious because they are not perfectly aligned, and that's why it looks kind of odd. So if we went back to Align tab, hit Center horizontal, click Apply, you can now see the perfect spacing. Can you see that? So it doesn't matter what size your objects are, they can be perfectly spaced apart, okay.

Well, if I undo that, Ctrl+Z, and we'll go back to Distribute, I also want to show you Vertical spacing. So we'll just select vertical, unselect that one, click Apply. Now it doesn't really look like much has happened, does it? Let's undo that. You'll notice that if I were to pull down a guideline, it's highly likely that one of those two stars there is the extent of the selection. Certainly that star is at the bottom and I am not sure which one of those it is, so let me just move one up to make it obvious.

Select them all again and click Apply, now they're being spaced based on those objects at the Extent of selection. Let's go back to Alignment and align Vertical Center, click Apply and now you can see it was that star at the bottom and the star at the top, a little hard to see in that circumstance, but I think you get the idea. Back to Distribute again. The way that I tend to use things like this is I will select whatever it is I want to work with, I'll select Spacing, turn that one off, get back to Align, select horizontal alignment, do the two together and that's my end result.

The only other thing I want to show you about Distribution is Extent of page. If you were to select Extent of page and click Apply, my page, if I zoom out here, Shift+F4, my page is actually there like that, I've got a rather usually sized page and I've got the page border turned off. But right now the stars are effectively touching the border of my page on the left and right side. If we undo that, Ctrl+Z, and we were to go with say Vertical spacing, click Apply and again, we need to align them center and click Apply.

As you can see they are now moving to the extent of my page top and bottom, and again, I'll have a rather large page that you can't see there. Okay, so this really all I wanted to show you and we're going to use that in a moment as we look at our amplifier. So in many ways, just play with that a little bit what you've seen there, but you're going to see it come alive as we now do the amplifier.

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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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