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Sam Ceccola Posted: Tue, Aug 10 2010 21:24

I have read a lot on How to convert a ".PDF" to a ".cdr".  I've tried using the Import function and a routine called "Cool PDF Reader".Both of these work fine if you are converting a "simple" (one idea) drawing. However,my problem is none of these routines do an "un-weld".

 

To give an example of what I may want to do is: I came across a ".pdf" file that had some artwork designed to be a scroll saw template. I can bring them into Corel Draw and do several things. The art work was a circle that had lettering on the outside curve of the circle. I wanted to change the wording. I went to the Corel Draw menu Arrange>Shaping and brought up the sub-menu. Weld was enabled but UnWeld was not.

Is there any way, any routine that will allow you to un-weld a graphic?

Thanks,

Sam

 

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Hi Sam I am not 100% sure exactly what you mean but try this.

Right click on the graphic and click "Break Curve Apart"....or Ctrl K for shortcut.

This will break all attached objects apart but will also separate and middles of letters, a O or 0 will become to circles (inner and outer)...if that makes sense.

Hope that helps.

Josh

PommyJosh:

Hi Sam I am not 100% sure exactly what you mean but try this.

Right click on the graphic and click "Break Curve Apart"....or Ctrl K for shortcut.

This will break all attached objects apart but will also separate and middles of letters, a O or 0 will become to circles (inner and outer)...if that makes sense.

Hope that helps.

Josh

I have attached an example: the attached .cdr was a ".pdf" file that I Imported into Corel Draw.  What I would like to do is change the wording "Scroll Saw Artist" to "Wood Art by Sam". I am trying to un-weld the current wording so that the change can be done. If you or anyone can help, it would be immensely appreciated.

Thanks,

Sam

 

Sam:

I've done what I think you want to do.  Here are the steps:

1. Draw a circle that includes the part of the design you want to keep and excludes the original text.

2. Draw a rectangle to include the base and round the upper corners as in the original design.

3. Weld the circle and the new base into a single curve.

4.Intersect the new curve with the old one.  This will eliminate the original text.

5.Using the text tool write the new text.  I used Bookman Old Style Semi Bold, 58 pt, to approximate the old text font.

6. Use the Fit Text to Path tool to fit the new text to the curve resulting from step 4.

I've attached a jpg of the result to this reply.  Is that what you wanted?

I haven't welded the new text to the rest of the curve, but I think that could be done easily.

Otto


Sam:

Dumb mistake.  I attached the text I used to match the original font to the new curve, exported that to a jpg, and attached it to my reply.

Here's the artwork as you wanted it.  The problem is the descender in the "y" getting lost in the circle.  If that's a problem, maybe a different font without the descender would work.  Or all caps.

Sorry for the screw up.

Otto


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Sam Ceccola:
However,my problem is none of these routines do an "un-weld".
The reason you get one object instead of the circle and the text separated, is simply because that's how it was created in the first place. Draw doesn't weld them together on import and there's unfortunately no way to (easily) "Un-weld" them again.
The description supplied by Otto is one way to solve it.

/Ronny

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

OTTO:

I'm missing something.

Step 1. I drew a circle that includes the part of the design I wanted to keep. In other words, I drew a circle that was the same size as the "outter" circle on my original drawing and overlaid that circle. Inside the circle was the "scrollsaw clip art" Outside the circle was the original text.

Step 2. I drew a rectangle and rounded the corners and overlaid the original base.

Step 3. I welded these 2 pieces together. After the weld, I was able to move the "welded new pieces to another part of the page.   The old text and the clip art  was still showing on the original drawing. The "new (welded) drawing only had the 2 pieces I welded together.

 

Sam

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Sam,
 
First, please understand that PDF files are not meant to be edited. PDF files are not the native format of any graphics software. That said, CorelDRAW has the ability to import PDF files. What can or can't be edited is highly dependent on what is in the file.
 
What you have described is something that can't be done. Since the PDF did not "weld" anything, there is no way to "unweld" it in CorelDRAW. It was designed that way.
 
If you fully understand the functions of CorelDRAW, in this case Fit Text to Path, it is often quite easy to re-create the artwork as desired.
 
 
Otto replied on Wed, Aug 11 2010 13:42

Sam:

You're good so far Sam.  You made the Power Clip Container.  Now, put the Power Clip container back over the original PDF drawing so that the old text is outside the container and the part of the drawing you want to keep is inside.  Do this matching carefully.  Here are the rest of the steps written out in a little more detail.

4. Select the old drawing.

5. Click on Effects -> Power Clip -> Place Inside Container

5. A fat arrow will appear in the drawing area.  Using your mouse, touch the tip of the arrow to any part of the Power Clip container you made in the first three steps.  This will pop the the old drawing inside your Power Clip container.

6. On screen, what you see now will be the old drawing minus the old text.  The old text, being outside the perimeter of your Power Clip container, will not show.

The rest of the steps are just to add the new text to the Power Clip container through which your old drawing minus the old text is visible.

7. Click on the Text tool, select the font you want (I used Bookman Old Style, 58 pt), and type the new text.

8. Click: Text -> Fit Text To Path

9. A fat arrow will appear in the drawing area.  Touch the arrow to the Power Clip container where you want the text to appear.  You can drag the text until it's where you want it.

If you are still having trouble with tthe steps above, let me know and I will post a copy of the .cdr file to my website so you can download it.

My question to you: Is the descender of the lower case "y" a problem?  With the font I chose, it will disappear into the outer ring of the original artwork when you scroll-saw the pattern.

Otto

Otto: Thank you for the detail explanation.  I do have a problem but all-in-all, your solution worked.  My problem is (Step 5 and 6 above) when I
moved the fat arrow to the Power Clip container and left-clicked on the mouse, the "inside" portion--the one with the inner circle and clip art shifted to the right. It was no longer centered in the "outer" circle. DO you know why this would happen?

I need to read up on "Power Clip" so I can understand what's going on and how I can use it in other scenarios.

 

 

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Sam,
 
If the PowerClipped item is moving, you probably have the horrible default of "Auto-center PowerClip" checked. Many of us turn it off (it is finally off by default in X5) so that we can accurately position the item we want clipped.

 
Otto replied on Wed, Aug 11 2010 18:25

Sam:

Foster has it pegged exactly.

Here's how to fix it.

1. Click on Tools -> Options -> Workspace -> Edit

2. Look down to the checkbox item labeled "Auto-center new PowerClip contents."  Uncheck this box.

3. Click OK

Having this box checked as the default was a less than brilliant option chosen by the Corel programmers.  It could happen that, with your PowerClip container away from the center of the page, PowerClipping your object into the container could make it disappear!  For someone just learning to use the PowerClip tool, this could be scary.

Is that "y" descender (the bottom part of the "y" that merges into the outer ring) in "Wood Art by Sam"  a problem for you?

Otto

Otto:

This is what I did:

1. Changed the "Auto Center new Power Clip objects". Turned it off.

2. Went through the various steps.

3. When I got the BIG arrow, positioned the pointer and clicked on the mouse. I got an error message "Invalid Object..."

 

4. I turned "Auto Center new Power Clip objects" back on.

5. Went through the various steps.

6. Changed the "Auto Center new Power Clip objects". Turned it off.

7. When I got the BIG arrow, positioned the pointer and clicked on the mouse. --- IT WORKED.

 

I don't know why I need to go through those extra steps but I can live with it. Thank you for all your help.

Sam

The "y" just doesn't look right. When I remade the cdr, I used all caps

 

Sam

Foster: I'm sorry, I should have addressed the previous post to you. I had to go out for a few minutes and did not proof read my work.

Sorry but thank you for all your help.

Sam

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