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Using dynamic guides in CorelDRAW

Using dynamic guides in CorelDRAW

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Using dynamic guides

You can display dynamic guides to help you precisely move, align, and draw objects in relation to other objects. Dynamic guides are temporary guidelines that you can pull from the following snap points in objects — center, node, quadrant, and text baseline.

As you drag an object along a dynamic guide, you can view the object’s distance from the snap point used to create the dynamic guide, and place the object precisely. You can use dynamic guides to place objects in relation to other objects as you draw them. You can also display intersecting dynamic guides and then place an object at the intersection point
 

A dynamic guide was pulled from a node in the bolt on the left. The screen tip beside the node displays the angle of the dynamic guide (0º)and the distance between the node and the pointer (1.5”). The bolt on the right was dragged along the dynamic guide and positioned precisely 1.5 inches away from the node used to generate the dynamic guide.

Dynamic guides contain invisible divisions, called ticks, to which your pointer gravitates. Ticks let you move objects with precision along a dynamic guide. You can adjust tick spacing to suit your needs, and you can disable snapping to ticks. You can set other options for dynamic guides. For example, you can choose to display dynamic guides at one or more preset angles, or at custom angles that you specify. You can preview the angle settings. When you no longer need a dynamic guideline at a certain angle, you can delete the angle settings. You can also display dynamic guides that are extensions of line segments.
 

A dynamic guide that is an extension of a line segment

You can turn off dynamic guides at any time.

 

Process to enable or disable dynamic guides

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To enable or disable dynamic guides

  • Click View   Dynamic guides.

  • A check mark beside the Dynamic guides command indicates that dynamic guides are enabled.

  • You can toggle dynamic guides on and off by clicking the Dynamic guides button on the property bar or by pressing Shift + Alt + D.

 

Process to display dynamic guides

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To display dynamic guides

  1. With dynamic guides enabled, click a drawing tool.

  2. Move the pointer over, and then off, an eligible snap point of an object.

  3. Repeat step 2 with other objects to display other dynamic guides.
    The snap points you point to are registered in a queue and are used to create dynamic guides

  • The eligible snap points — the node, center, quadrant, and text baseline snap points — appear only when the corresponding snapping modes are activated

  • To avoid displaying too many dynamic guides, you can clear the queue of points at any time by clicking in the drawing window or pressing Esc.

  • You can use the snap points you registered to display intersecting dynamic guides. To do this, you first display a dynamic guide and then move the pointer along the dynamic guide to where an intersecting dynamic guide would appear from a registered snap point.

 

Process to place an object in relation to another object

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To place an object in relation to another object

  1. With dynamic guides enabled, select an object.
    If you want to move the object by a specific snap point, move the pointer over the snap point until the snap point becomes highlighted.

  2. Drag the object to an eligible snap point of the target object.

  3. When the snap point of the target object becomes highlighted, drag the object along the dynamic guide to position it.

The eligible snap points — the node, center, quadrant, and text baseline snap points — appear only when the corresponding snapping modes are activated.

 

Process to draw an object in relation to another object

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To draw an object in relation to another object

  1. With dynamic guides enabled, click a drawing tool.

  2. Move the pointer over an eligible snap point of an object.

  3. When the snap point becomes highlighted, move the pointer to display a dynamic guide.

  4. Move the pointer along the dynamic guide to where you want, and drag to draw an object

The eligible snap points — the node, center, quadrant, and text baseline snap points — appear only when the corresponding snapping modes are activated

 

Process to place an object at the intersection of dynamic guides

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 To place an object at the intersection of dynamic guides

  1. With dynamic guides enabled, select an object.
    If you want to use a specific snap point to move the object, move the pointer over the snap point until the snap point becomes highlighted.

  2. Drag the object to an eligible snap point of another object, drag to display a dynamic guide, and continue to hold down the mouse button.

  3. Drag the object to another eligible snap point. When the snap point becomes highlighted, drag to display another dynamic guide where the two dynamic guides would intersect.

  4. When the intersection point appears, release the mouse button.

  5. In the following example, intersecting dynamic guidelines are used to position a washer in relation to two other objects — another washer and a bolt.

First, the washer was dragged by its center snap point (left) to the other washer’s edge, and then to the right to display a dynamic guide (right).

            

Next, the washer was dragged to the edge of the bolt, and then down to display another dynamic guide (left). Finally, the washer was positioned at the intersection of the dynamic guides (right).

The eligible snap points — the node, center, quadrant, and text baseline snap points — appear only when the corresponding snapping modes are activated.

 

Process to set dynamic guide options

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To set dynamic guide options

  1. Click View Dynamic guides setup.

  2. Enable any of the following check boxes:

    • Angle screen tip — lets you display or hide the angle of dynamic guides

    • Distance — lets you display or hide the distance from the snap point that is used to create the dynamic guide

  3. Type a value in the Tick spacing box to change the distance between the invisible divisions on the dynamic guides.

  4. In the Guides area, enable or disable the angle check boxes to choose the angles at which to create the dynamic guides.
    When you enable an angle check box, a preview of the dynamic guide appears in the Guides preview window.

  5. Enable the Extend along segment check box to create dynamic guides that are extensions of line segments.

You can also

 

Disable snapping to ticks

Disable the Snap to ticks check box.

Display a custom dynamic guide by specifying its angle

In the Guides area, type a value in the Degrees box, and click Add.

Delete angle settings

Click an angle check box in the list box, and click Delete.

Display dynamic guides at all available angles

Click Select all

 


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