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Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects in CorelDRAW


Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects in CorelDRAW


Cropping, splitting, and erasing objects

You can crop, split, and erase portions of objects.

Cropping objects
Cropping lets you quickly remove unwanted areas in objects and imported graphics, eliminating the need to ungroup objects, break linked groups apart, or convert objects to curves. You can crop vector objects and bitmaps.

Cropping objects

When cropping objects, you define a rectangular area (cropping area) that you want to keep. Object portions outside the cropping area are removed. You can specify the exact position and size of the cropping area, and you can rotate and resize it. You can also remove the cropping area.

You can crop only selected objects without affecting other objects in a drawing, or you can crop all objects on the drawing page. In either case, the affected text and shape objects are automatically converted to curves.

Splitting objects
You can split a bitmap or vector object in two and reshape it by redrawing its path. You can split a closed object along a straight or jagged line. CorelDRAW lets you choose between splitting an object into two objects, or leaving it as one object composed of two or more subpaths. You can specify whether you want to close paths automatically or keep them open.

The Knife tool creates two separate objects by cutting the ellipse in half (left). The two objects are separated and used to form the top of the screw (right).

Erasing portions of objects
CorelDRAW lets you erase unwanted portions of bitmaps and vector objects. Erasing automatically closes any affected paths and converts the object to curves. If you erase connecting lines, CorelDRAW creates subpaths rather than individual objects.

You can also delete virtual line segments, which are portions of objects that are between intersections. For example, you can delete a loop in a line that crosses over itself, or loops in line segments in which two or more objects overlap.


Process to crop objects


To crop objects

  1. Select the objects that you want to crop.
    If no objects on the drawing page are selected, all objects will be cropped.

  2. Open the Crop tool flyout , and click the Crop tool .

  3. Drag to define a cropping area.

  4. Double-click inside the cropping area.

You can also


Specify the exact position of the cropping area

Type values in the Position boxes on the property bar, and press Enter.

Specify the exact size of the cropping area

Type values in the Size boxes on the property bar, and press Enter.

Rotate the cropping area

Type values in the Angle of rotation box.

Remove the cropping area

Click the Clear crop marquee button.

  • Objects on locked, hidden, Grid, or Guides layers cannot be cropped. Also, you cannot crop OLE and Internet objects, rollovers, or the content of PowerClip objects.

  • During cropping, affected linked groups, such as contours, blends, and extrusions, are automatically broken apart.

  • You can move, rotate, and size the cropping area interactively as you would any object. To move the cropping area, drag it to a new position. To size the cropping area, drag any of its handles . To rotate the cropping area, click inside, and drag a rotation handle .

  • You can remove the cropping area by pressing Esc.

Process to split an object


To split an object

  1. Open the Crop tool flyout , and click the Knife tool .

  2. Position the Knife tool over the objects outline where you want to start cutting.
    The Knife tool snaps upright when positioned properly.

  3. Click the outline to start cutting.

  4. Position the Knife tool where you want to stop cutting, and click again.

You can also


Split an object along a freehand line

Point to where you want to start the cut, and drag to where you want it to end.

Split an object along a Bzier line

Press Shift, click where you want to start cutting an object, and click each time you want to change the direction of the line. If you want to constrain the line by 15-degree increments, press Shift + Ctrl.

Split an object into two subpaths

Click the Leave as one object button on the property bar.

Split an object while keeping only one of its parts

Click the objects outline where you want to start the cut, and point to where you want the cut to end. Press Tab once or twice until only the part of the object that you want to keep is selected, and then click.

  • By default, objects are split into two objects and paths are automatically closed.

  • When you use the Knife tool on a selected object, the object becomes a curve object.


Process to erase portions of an object


To erase portions of an object

  1. Select an object.

  2. Open the Crop tool flyout , and click the Eraser tool .

  3. Drag over the object.

You can also


Change the size of the eraser nib

Type a value in the Eraser thickness box on the property bar, and press Enter.

Change the shape of the eraser nib

Click the Circle/square button on the property bar.

Maintain all the nodes of the area being erased

Disable the Auto-reduce on erase button on the property bar

  • When you erase portions of objects, any affected paths are automatically closed.

  • You can erase straight lines by clicking where you want to start erasing, and then clicking where you want to finish erasing. Press Ctrl if you want to constrain the lines angle.

  • You can also erase an area of a selected object by double-clicking the area with the Eraser tool.


Process to delete a virtual line segment


To delete a virtual line segment

  1. Open the Crop tool flyout , and click the Virtual segment delete tool  .

  2. Move the pointer to the line segment you want to delete.
    The Virtual segment delete tool snaps upright when positioned properly.

  3. Click the line segment.
    If you want to delete multiple line segments at one time, click the pointer to drag a marquee around all line segments you want to delete

The Virtual segment delete tool does not work on linked groups such as drop shadows, text, or images.

Deleting virtual line segments


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