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Paintzor posted on Wed, Dec 14 2011 0:49

Corel X5 newbie here. I'm not used to software like this. I'm more of a "software that makes sense" kind of guy (I have a CAD background). Anyway, I'm required to use CorelDRAW for (of all things) drawing geologic maps, and I'm having a problem resizing objects.

When I select an object and use the corner handles to resize it, it maintains the original aspect ratio, even though 'lock ratio' is disabled/unlocked. Is there something I'm missing here? I want to freely resize an object to any height and width I want using the handles, but CorelDRAW doesn't seem to want to let me do that.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Paintzor

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You need to use the middle handles if you do not want it to maintain
aspect ratio.

The ratio lock is for entering numeric values, it will have no effect on
grabbing the corner handles.

-Shelby
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Paintzor:
I want to freely resize an object to any height and width I want using the handles, but CorelDRAW doesn't seem to want to let me do that.

Press ALT key, select corner and then scale freely.

Scaling elements out of proportion is rarely desirable for graphic artists, since it brutally changes the intended appearance of typestyles, patterns, and photos. So, many would argue that CorelDRAW is one of very few programs that by default helps people to not screw things up. :-)

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You need to use the middle handles if you do not want it to maintain
aspect ratio.

The ratio lock is for entering numeric values, it will have no effect on
grabbing the corner handles.

-Shelby
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Male
TAG - MacroMonster.com
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Paintzor:
I want to freely resize an object to any height and width I want using the handles, but CorelDRAW doesn't seem to want to let me do that.

Press ALT key, select corner and then scale freely.

Scaling elements out of proportion is rarely desirable for graphic artists, since it brutally changes the intended appearance of typestyles, patterns, and photos. So, many would argue that CorelDRAW is one of very few programs that by default helps people to not screw things up. :-)

Thanks a heap, dudes. It was just kind of counter-intuitive to me, that objects would resize in proportion by default. I'm a geologist, not a graphic artist. CorelDRAW is entirely unlike anything I've ever used before. I'm also kind of pissed that the middle-click pan function is 'floaty' style instead of 'grip/drag' style (or whatever you call it; I know nothing of graphic design vernacular).

Anyway, this solves my problem. Thanks again.

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Paintzor:
It was just kind of counter-intuitive to me
FYI, Draw is probably one of the most intuitive graphics program on the market.
The problem here is that you started with something else, and got used to it. Wink

/Ronny

“The ability to think differently today from yesterday distinguishes the wise man from the stubborn”
John Steinbeck

Ronny Axelsson:

Paintzor:
It was just kind of counter-intuitive to me
FYI, Draw is probably one of the intuitive graphics program on the market.
The problem here is that you started with something else, and got used to it. Wink

...says the graphic artist?

 

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Paintzor:
...says the graphic artist?
Not really. Sign maker, and that particular branch has more in common with the CAD world than "ordinary" graphics artists.
That's why we often prefer Draw (meaning; you should see the competitors Ick!).

/Ronny

“The ability to think differently today from yesterday distinguishes the wise man from the stubborn”
John Steinbeck

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