Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video duplicating objects, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- And now we get to talk about duplication. It seems like such a simple idea, really, when you get down to it. But duplicating objects is at the heart of everything that I do when I'm drawing and designing things inside of Corel Draw. And there are so many ways to duplicate objects. Each of being something that will help you depending on the circumstances you find yourself in when you need to create a copy of something. The first thing that I should mention in duplication is that duplicating objects inside of Corel Draw differs from edit, copy, paste because edit, copy, paste uses the Windows Clipboard.
It sends the object outside of the application, whatever application you're doing your copy, paste in, to the Windows Clipboard, and then you paste it back in. And that A, uses up more memory, and B, uses up a little more time. And then when the Clipboard gets involved you have to worry about the size, and the memory, and the contents, and do you wanna leave these items on the Clipboard, and blah blah blah. Duplication stays right within draw. It's fast, it's really simple. And it gives you a lot more flexibility in doing your copying. Let me show you three of the many different ways of duplicating here in this video.
First, if I select this object, I'll show you the basic way, and that is going up to the Edit menu and selecting Duplicate, which you can see the shortcut for is control + D, and that's what I'll find myself doing more often than not. I hit control + D and it creates a duplicate, which it offsets up into the right just a little bit. Now, I can control those offsets if I deselect those objects. You'll find them right here. When you have nothing selected your property bar indicates that the duplicate distance is a quarter of an inch on the horizontal and vertical axis.
Well, if I have need to set those up differently I will but you really don't need to because of the flexibility that you have when you're doing other forms of duplicating. For example, here's one of the trickiest to master but the most useful to you when you're doing your designing. And that is, let me just move this object up here, and that is for lack of a better title, a right click duplicate. And this is something you can do right on the fly. It can be a last minute decision. So, as I'm dragging this object around my screen and you see I have an outline, a ghost image of that, if I drop it, it moves the object.
You'd expect that. Here I'm dragging it around the screen again. If at the last moment I decide I want a copy of it. While I'm still holding the left mouse button that is being used to select and drag it I can just click the right mouse button without moving my mouse, (click) and it drops a key there. Now, I've been doing this for years so I make it look easy. When you go to do it, your left and your right mouse button clicks are gonna fight with one another or you might move the mouse while you're trying to get the pressure down on your right mouse button and it'll give you different results. When you master it, it's second nature.
It becomes as easy as pie. Believe me, it's the best thing since sliced bread. And I'll tell you why. Let me get rid of this key. And I'll move this over here. If I'm moving this key over and I wanna try and keep it perfectly horizontal to my original, I can hold the control key down to constrain my movement. Control constrains. And then when I find it at a distance I'm happy with, right click, and now I have a key that is perfectly aligned with my original but I've made a copy. I've duplicated it.
And if I hit control + D, it does it again. It repeats that same step. Which leads me to the last duplicate that I'm gonna talk about and that is the smart duplicate. Let me use some of my selecting techniques to select all of these objects and get rid of them. And I will show you the smart duplicate. Smart duplicate is as follows. First you create a duplicate and I'm gonna do that by using the control + D. Now you adjust the duplicate. So, I for instance, I'm gonna move it, and something we haven't talked about yet is rotating.
So, I'm gonna click, and get my rotate handles up, and I'll rotate the object, and now I've applied these transformations, I've applied these changes to my duplicate objects. So, if I duplicate the duplicate it's going to continue to apply those transformations to that object. I'm just tapping control + D, control + D, control + D This has any number of benefits to you as an illustrator as you're creating objects around your screen. And believe me, you'll find lots of ways to utilize the smart duplicate.