Changing Outline Defaults

November 12, 2009

A loyal reader recently asked me how to change the default outline to a hairline. Picking the thickness you want is pretty simple. The key is knowing how to change the default outline. With nothing selected in CorelDRAW, bring up the Outline Pen dialog box (just press F12). This will first trigger a dialog asking if you want to change the defaults for Graphic, Artistic Text or Paragraph Text. Make your selection, click OK and you’ll get the Outline Pen dialog box. Anything you select will become the new default for the current document. If you wish it to be the default for all new documents, select Tools | Save Settings as Default and it will affect every new file you create.

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  1. Bob Thompson

    Good day,
    I have a problem with hairlines when sending to vinyl cutter(Graphtec). It splits into two lines when in cutter and wants to cut both. The line is a true hairline in CorelDraw and I cannot break apart. I have searched every where for solutions but no success… This problem has just surfaced as I have been using CorelDraw and Graphtec 6000 for a long time.

    Thank you
    Bob Thompson

    • Foster D. Coburn III

      Bob, my gut feeling would be to investigate the cutter driver. I have no hands-on experience with that cutter so I don’t have anything more to offer.

      • Bob Thompson

        Thank you Foster. I will take it up with Graphtec and if they have any solutions to this problem I will let you know. Regards Bob


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