Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video dynamic guides, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Now let's take a look at dynamic guides and snapping. This is my absolute favorite feature in CorelDRAW 12. It's a great addition and it'll speed up your illustration a lot. If you go up to the View menu, and turn on Snap to Objects and Dynamic Guides. Before we get started drawing anything, I'd like to show you the Snapped Object Setup. Some of this will look familiar. The rest is brand new. For example, the Snapping Threshold was added in Version 11.
It allows you to control how soon or how close the objects need to be together before the snapping takes place. If you set a low threshold, then you're gonna have to place things very close to one another before they snap together. And if you set it very high, they're gonna snap when the objects are further away from one another. That's a great addition. What's been added in Version 12 is the exposure of all the different snapping points. How do the objects attach to one another? And this list is a complete list.
As a matter of fact, it's more than a complete list of points and areas and the way that you can relate objects together as you're snapping them as you're aligning your diagram. You have the ability to turn on and off any of these that you wish in order to get your snapping to be as fast and efficient for your style of animation or for the task that you have at hand. I'm gonna leave them all on so we can look at them all. Just cancel out of here. Now Dynamic Guides. Anybody who has been doing vector illustration knows what a guideline is, and if you don't let me show you really quick.
I'm gonna move my pointer up into the rulers and I'm gonna click and drag out my first guideline. This guideline is something that I can use to snap to. I can use it to roughly align my objects on a page. It's a guideline that is for me as a designer a visual cue but won't print in your final document. I'm just gonna tap Delete to get rid of that. Dynamic guidelines appear when you need them rather than something that you have to lay out permanently. Let me click on this rectangle and as you can see right away, I hover over the center and it tells me I'm at the center, a midpoint.
I'm on the edge of my object. I've got ahold of a node. Dynamic guides are sensing all of the key points that have been listed in that snapping list and when I begin moving, I'm gonna be working with a particular method of duplication here that's covered later in the Getting Started video. For those of you who aren't going to look forward, or are maybe not familiar with this form of duplication, let me describe it right now. I'm going to click and drag, and as I drag I'm gonna right-click to duplicate. But before I do, do you see what's happening? The Dynamic Guides have appeared not only giving me a straight movement to the right so I can align these two objects horizontally.
You can see how far away I am from midpoint to midpoint of my objects. To duplicate, I'm going to right-click. Now I have two objects that have been aligned horizontally at exactly two inches apart. Let me do that again. Click, drag, I can see I'm at two inches, or I can move out to three inches effortlessly. Let me just place an object down here. There we go. Let's take a look at aligning objects by two axes points.
Let's align this object, you'll see it's moving along its own 45 right now, with the center point of this square and the center point of this square. So I touch both of them to add them to the Dynamic Guides list, and then I just slide that object down and there you go. I've found the intersection and I can drop it right there. Now I know that this square has been aligned perfectly vertically here and horizontally here. That's fantastic. The amount of flexibility, freedom, and speed that Dynamic Guides adds to your illustrating is incredible.
There's a little more flexibility to be seen with Dynamic Guides as well. If you go up to the View menu and down to Dynamic Guide Setup, you can see that right now we're on a horizontal and vertical axes and we have our 45's. You can add 30 degrees, 60 degrees, 120 degrees, all the way around the clock Dynamic Guides that will appear allowing you to move it very precisely in a number of different directions. I'm gonna leave it at defaults right now.
Just cancel out of here. The last thing I should mention on Dynamic Guides is the text alignment. Create a couple of pieces of text. One of the areas that's been improved using Dynamic Guides is finding a true baseline for text. What's different about these two pieces of text? They're both artistic text so they're both treated like objects, but this one has hanging characters.
So if I ask these two to align to bottom, and I'm gonna do that by tapping the B key, then you'll see that the bottom of the G's align with the bottom of the text. That's because the bounding box that surrounds this entire object is being aligned with the bounding box around this object so it's the very bottom of the text itself and not the baseline. Well, Dynamic Guides is one helper that gets over that problem. And that is you'll see I can snap to text baseline and drag that over.
Touch the text baseline for the word "text" and just guide that along. There we go. Now I know that those two objects are aligned beautifully along their baselines, their true baselines. Or, let me just move that aside again, if I select both those objects and I'm using my Align and Distribute dialog box, this has been added, this feature's been added. That instead of the bounding box we can use the first line baseline or last line baseline if you have a number of lines, multi-lined artistic text that you want to align differently.
I'm gonna choose First line and Apply, and right now I have it aligning there left and top so they've overlapped one another. But if I just drag that out, you'll see that they are aligned on the true text baseline.