Thursday Tip: Step and Repeat

June 11, 2009

One of the lesser known features added in CorelDRAW X3 is the Step and Repeat Docker. With this Docker, you can specify offset values and the number of copies you wish to make. When you have an object or group of objects that needs to be accurately positioned and copied at various places on the page, this is the feature for you. You can get to it in CorelDRAW X3 and CorelDRAW X4 by selecting Edit | Step and Repeat.

Now that I’ve told you about Step and Repeat, I’ll also warn you that I see many users using Step and repeat when they should be using the Imposition feature in Print Preview. Business cards are a good example of this. Users feel they have to manually copy eight cards and place them perfectly on the page. This is a productivity drain! Set your page size to the size of a single card and create an eight page document with each card on a separate page. Then let the imposition engine place them perfectly on a single sheet. That’s a tip for another day. I just wanted to warn you now so you don’t misuse Step and Repeat.

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