Marking My Spot On The Map With Guidelines

May 15, 2014

marking spot on mapIf you have attended an event in some sort of stadium, you may have looked up a seating map so you’d have a better idea of where you’d be sitting. That happened to me the other day and the raw numbers didn’t narrow down the location much. I solved the problem with guidelines in CorelDRAW.

The simple part is that the seats are in Section 7 and that is the part of the map shown as a screenshot at right. Things get more complicated when the seats are in Row 49. Rows aren’t show at all on the map so I don’t know where it is located inside of the section.

I did ask and found out the first row (on the right) is Row 43 and the last row (far left) is Row 67. So my seats in Row 49 are approximately 75% of the way across the wider part of the blue area. I eyeballed a guideline in CorelDRAW at the halfway point and then another one halfway between that guideline and the end of the section.

Last up was the seat number of 21. Once again I asked and the section has 32 seats with seat number 1 at the bottom of the graphic shown. Using that knowledge, I put another guideline approximately two-thirds of the way across the section. Where the two guidelines intersection, I drew a yellow circle to indicate where I’ll be sitting. I may be off by a row or a couple of seats, but is close enough to have a good idea and it only took me about five minutes to set it up.

While you may not have the need to mark a spot on a map like this, there is most likely a way that you can use the technique at some point in one of your projects.

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