A Secret CorelDRAW Trick

Top-Secret
Written by Jeff Harrison
March 28, 2016

A user asks: “I’m trying to import a file that was drawn in Autocad. The import looks good, however, none of the objects are “complete” objects. For example, a square is actually 4 line segments, and not a completed square. I can’t figure out a way to close the objects. Any suggestions?”

Jeff: try this:

  1. click virtual segment delete tool
  2. hold shift
  3. draw box around the four lines as a test
  4. fill box with a color to see if it’s really a closed box now

User: “holy *!!* it worked. hours of saving as multiple file formats has ended. now, please tell me what just happened. LOL”

Jeff: It’s a secret power of that tool that maybe 20 people on Earth know about. You’re student #21. 🙂

User: Thank you very much for sharing this! Wow, that feature really ranks low for “discoverability”.

That will be incredibly useful for some of the stuff that I (and others with whom I work) need to deal with on occasion. Specifically, I’m thinking about data from scientific instruments, essentially the sort of “trace” that might have been produced by a chart recorder back in the day, e.g., how the value of Y varies as a function of X. Sometimes this stuff comes into CorelDraw not as many-noded curves, but as a collection of straight line segments (it depends on the nature of the source).

For example, I have 360 objects in CorelDraw, and that’s content that I clipped out of something more complicated (>1200 objects).

When I simply combine them to make it easier to handle and to get easy access to outline properties, it becomes a curve with 720 nodes on 360 subpaths.

If I instead use your method – VSD tool +Shift – then it becomes a curve with 361 nodes. Much better!

Jeff: If you need to close shapes with more of a gap, consider the CorelDRAW menu item: Arrange|Join Curves

See an animation showing both ways:

close-shapes

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Jeff Harrison

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 MacroMonster.com site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at coreldraw.com.

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