Filling a shape with other shapes

Written by Jeff Harrison
March 22, 2011

Usually when people think of the term “nesting”, they think about

  1. birds
  2. the production term when aligning objects in a practical fashion for output

While e-cut has an amazing powerful and affordable algorithm for doing the latter in CorelDRAW, I saw an interesting design challenge where I’d thought it might work.

The design challenge: fill a shape or some text with other bones, but they can’t touch.

So… here are the results;: 2 of the critical features I’d requested make this possible:

  1. nesting many shapes inside another shape
  2. forcing the algorithm to nest, but never rotate shapes (Like you’d normally want for other situations)

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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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