Sometimes I see artists working in scale. They might do that since it’s easier to print their designs on a typical letter-sized sheets.
Working in scale drives me crazy, I couldn’t do it. Too much math.
I prefer to design in actual size.
For a 4′ x 8′ sign, my method is to design at that size, add fast dimension lines with a macro, convert to curves, then scale everything down later to fit on my proof sheet.
2 ideas for macros that create dimension lines (those are independent of Corel’s dimension line infrastructure)
Out of thousands of signs I’ve yet to find a customer who cares what scale of the art on the proof is, relative to the real thing.
They just want to know the final dimensions of what they’re paying for, and to see the the art in correct proportion. Here’s how I work:
(go to blog post if you don’t see animation)