Hello CorelDraw peopleI searched around this group and couldn't find this topic, so I hope this is not a repost or in the wrong place.I work with signage and do lots of precise scaling. Sometimes I need to have a specific part of a graphic at a certain size. For instance, the letter "P" must be 500mm high.Obviously the rest of the sign, grouped and/or combined with the "P", need to scale along proportionately.The way I'm currently doing this is quite clumsy - I make a 500mm box and scale the entire group through trial and error untill the matches the 500mm box's height, using guidelines. Or, I can ungroup and break apart everything, note the percentage needed to match the P to the box, then go back and scale up the entire sign by that percentage to get the required result.I'm sure there is a better way of doing this.It would be incredible if Corel allowed you to scale a group of items by adding handles to one of the child elements, and then upon scaling said element, the entire group scales accordingly.
Chris has shared a very clever process that uses PowerClip (temporarily) to carry out "precision scaling". See this thread: Sizing??.
I wrote a macro that works very well for precision resizing, but I wrote it in X7. I don't know if it can be used in anything older than that.
There is a lot more to the macro than that. That video is a demonstration of using it for a "quick resize", and a lot of the macro is hidden there. More information is available in a blog post here on the Community forum: #25 - Macro - "Match Vectors".
You might also look at the commercial macro called Shelby's Autosize, available on MacroMonster.com. I have no personal experience using that macro.
This is great! Also, I never thought of using a powerclip.
therunningplanet said:This is great! Also, I never thought of using a powerclip.
Yes, I think that the PowerClip method shared by Chris is brilliant!
I use a much simpler macro. Draw your line segment as in the video, set the size you desire, run macro 1 (copy scale) now just select the shape you want to scale and hit macro 2 (paste scale)
I placed the macro in the GMS folders under Users/... and Program Files/... Loaded it in macro manager - how do I use/run it?
As I wrote earlier, I think it might not work on versions older than X7.
Your Macro Manager is showing you a project name, but it is not showing the "subs" that you would run to use the macro.
Sorry; I don't have anything older than X7 available to me to work with.
That must be the reason. Thank you for help!