Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video transforming shapes, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Let's talk about shaping and transforming objects. There are several tools that you can use inside of Corel Draw 12 to create objects or to create the shape that you're looking for. And there's a couple of new features that I'm gonna show you here as well. Let's start with the compass points and the blue circle that we have. Place that back on top. If I select both of these objects together I have a new option that appears in the property bar, one of them being trim. Select trim and after a moment you can see that it cut one object out of the other.
So, now I have a negative impression of the compass points. That's one way to create a new very complex object that you're looking for without having to do a lot of work and shaping it using the shape tool. Into the same thing down here if you look at the green rectangle and the yellow squiggle that I made. I'll just move that over top. And I'll select both of those objects and say trim, and you see that the green rectangle now has been cut to match the contour of this yellow squiggle that I made.
So, again, I've made a very interesting shape very quickly. Over here we have three common looking objects. A couple of ovals and a rectangle. If I wanna make a shape, say a cue tip in this case, is what my intention was, I can spend a lot of time drawing it, take my shape tool and expand out the tips, or I can take three very simple shapes, lay them out over one another, and let's select them all. Let's shift + select these two. So, now with these three selected I'm gonna go up and choose weld and it creates one shape out of many.
And this is a single closed shape so I can fill it with any color that I wish. That's welding. And over here, the last of the three that I want to show you is the intersecting. If I have a number of objects and I want to create a new object from the area that they share, which believe it or not is something that you'll do quite often when you get into serious illustrating. If I click on the star and I'll click on the two triangles behind the star, which I have combined into a bow tie-type shape, and I'll choose intersect.
And when I do that you'll see it creates a brand new shape out of any area that was overlapping. I'll just bring that out. So, these are the overlapping areas between that bow tie shape and the star. And now, of course, I can give it a new color and put it back onto place. And there I've creates a pseudo shadow for that. Some of the other tools that you're gonna have at your disposal. In the shape tool fly-out we have the knife tool, and I'm just gonna use the pick tool to select this green rectangle, and I'll go back to the knife tool and I can edit and I'll find that edge.
There we are, click, and I'll drag over to another edge and what it's done is it's cut the remnants of that rectangle we had into two objects now. These are two brand new objects. So, in a very organic kind of way I've cut that. Or I can make a straight cut. Click and just move my mouse over. I'm not dragging. Click. And I'll choose my selection tool. There we go and I have three objects. The last thing is very exciting. It's a brand new tool and I'm gonna select all three of these objects and I'm gonna eliminate their fills.
I'll select no fill and I'll right click on black outlines, there we go, and let me place them overlapping one another. This is something that's new to Corel Draw 12. It's an excellent tool. It's found here in the shape tool fly-out. We have the virtual segment delete. When I use the virtual segment delete it's looking for line segments that I can cut out, I'm gonna just click here. You'll notice it's found the boundaries and it's cut out that line segment in a very intelligent way.
This is a miracle tool. What a wonderful thing. I wish I had this five years ago. Remove some of these line segments. So, you can create an appropriate looking overlap. There we are. And you can really make these shapes look like one sitting over top of another but I haven't actually changed the stacking order or anything. I've just changed the way the shapes interact with one another. And look at that. I've removed segments of my objects without affecting the entire object itself.
And there's certainly more that can be said about transforming objects but this is a topic that you'll definitely enjoy when you get the advanced title.