Trimming with Lines Instead of the Knife Tool

Written by Jeff Harrison
April 24, 2010
I’ve always felt CorelDRAW’s knife tool was unintuitive and unpredictable.
By drawing lines lines instead in advance, one can:
  • Create very complex trimming lines in advance (the trimming line can be very curvy)
  • Position the trimming line exactly where needed (for example to divide a shape into 2)
  • Combine many separate lines into a single trimming tool.

Here’s a demonstration where I trim into the shape twice (I could have combined the lines first into one trimming tool). Click on the image below to see an animation.

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Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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