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Dotted line in Corel question.

Discussion in 'Corel' started by Kottwitz-Graphics, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Kottwitz-Graphics

    Kottwitz-Graphics Very Active Member

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    Is there any way, in Corel X-3 and Signtools 3 to create a vector dotted line from a shape?

    I have a shape with a curved top and bottom, and I want to create a uniform dotted border about 1/2" in from the edge (think of "stiches" sewn on a piece of material.)

    I know that you can select line weight, and choose a dotted line, but is there an easy way to make this line a vector, or do I have to make some squares, and go in and trim the areas out that I don't want?

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark

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  2. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    If you create the dotted line with the pen tool, you can then go to "Arrange -> Convert Outline to Object". This gives you each dot as an individual vector shape. For some reason you then have to delete the original line (easiest to see in wireframe mode)
     
  3. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    -Contour to the inside and break apart
    -select the inner object and go the the outline pen toolbar
    -a dialog box will opren where you can customize the dotted line
    -convert outline to object
     
  4. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    I wish there was an easier way . . . I would also like to do this quickly and all the time !

    I wish somebody would create a MACRO that would do this . . . !
     
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  5. Artildawn

    Artildawn Member

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    if you're doing it all the time with the same line weights then recording your own macro would be easy.
     
  6. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    You're welcome to make one for me . . . !
     
  7. Artildawn

    Artildawn Member

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    You'll have select the options you use...

    Hot keys used here.
    F12 (outline pen dialog)
    CTRL+Q (convert to curves)
     

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