One of the requirements when exporting characters to CorelDRAW is that each letter or character must be a single object, not GROUPED ( check † G † One way to do this is by combining ( Check † l ) all your objects. But the results of combining two or more objects can lead to “holes” or other anomalies that you don’t want. Follow the examples below to see the differences and how to overcome the limitations of the COMBINE option.
Individual commands apply to CorelDRAW 7, but the methods may also apply to other similar drawing programs.
- Combine command can leave gaps
- COMBINE NON-Overlapping Objects
- Welded Overlay Objects
- Using WELD Roll-Up
- Tips for using WELD
- The note
Combine command can leave gaps
Let’s say you have two shapes that intersect – X – that you want to merge into one object. We can start with two shapes, select both and then merge ( Check † l or streamline † To combine from the drop-down menu). Unfortunately, if you combine two overlapping objects, you get a “gap” where the objects overlap, as shown in the image. One object, yes, but it has a “window”.
This might be what you want, and it’s useful for some types of images – but if that’s not what you wanted, you’ll need to take a different approach to making your objects a single object.
COMBINE NON-Overlapping Objects
While the COMBINE command can leave gaps in overlapping objects, you can combine adjacent (non-overlapping) objects into a single object. The image shows how three objects can be combined to get the desired shape without a hole in the middle, with COMBINE (select the objects and then use check † l or † Position the team † To combine in the drop-down menu).
Welded Overlay Objects
Working with our two original overlapping shapes, we can get the results we want with WELD folding ( streamline † welding causes correct folds for Weld, Trim and Intersect). Our illustration shows the result of using WELD to turn 2 (or more) objects into one object. WELD works with both overlapping and adjacent (non-overlapping) objects.
See the next step for using CorelDRAW’s obfuscated WELD system.
Using WELD Roll-Up
Folding WELD seems strange at first, but it works like this:
Open the WELDING ROLL ( streamline † welding †
Select one of the objects to weld (you can select all of them, it doesn’t matter if you select at least one).
Click Weld on… † The mouse pointer changes to a large arrow.
Hover over the TARGET you want to “weld” to the selected object and click.
Tips for using WELD
- PURPOSE and OTHER † The target object is the object you point to with the Weld From… pointer. The other object(s) are the selected object(s).
- Leave the target / leave others † When you weld 2 or more objects together, they become one object. If you want to create a new object and keep a copy of the original objects, check the box next to the options leaving target and/or parameters Leaving other objects in a WELD roll. -before. Remember that the TARGET object is the object you are referencing. Welding in… †
The original object may be hidden under your new weld object.
- Colour : When you LAST two objects with different colors, they take on the color of the TARGET object. For example, if you have a red circle and a blue circle that overlap slightly. Select red, then point to blue with the WELD pointer. The new object turns BLUE. OR, select blue, then point to red with the WELD pointer. The new object turns RED.