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front.jpg (20100 bytes)CorelDRAW Verses CAD Round 2 - page 1

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No one in this business has been immune to the debate over which software/platform will win the market. My take on that debate is that CAD has the edge in technical construction and DRAW and other vector programs have a decided advantage in publishing. Having said that, I donít believe that any of these solutions, as we know them, will win in the long run. Some marriage of capabilities perhaps, but not as they exist today. As I mentioned last month, some of you folks have asked for CAD like commands in DRAW. This tutorial will continue that effort. Iíll try to cover some new ground for those of you who have no interest in learning CAD. Again Iíll list some "I wish CorelDRAW could do this".
"I wish CorelDRAW would let me create 3D perspective". My art teachers would have saidÖ
"I wish CorelDRAW would let me draw and then decide which view to use". With a little thought and planning there is not much need.
"I wish CorelDRAW would let me rotate views". It does within limits! Shown is an illustration I prepared for the Design Contest.

step01.JPG (11982 bytes) "I wish CorelDRAW would let me create 3D perspective".
If I had turned in a perspective assignment that looked like a CAD perspective my art teachers would have flunked me. The purpose of CAD perspective is to check things like clearances and not to provide a realistic or visually correct interpretation of an object. Shown above is a perspective view. Below is how CAD would interpret the same thing. Obviously the CAD example is parallel construction and not perspective. While it is a departure from isometric construction Iíll walk you through a simple perspective construction. We will be creating a simple office building.
step02.jpg (3378 bytes) Use the Rectangle Tool to create an object 4 inches wide and 2 inches high. Use the Property Bar to correct the size. Duplicate the rectangle and change the dimensions with the property bar to 2 inches wide and 2 inches high. Create the door by using the Rectangle Tool and the Property Bar to create a rectangle that is 0.5 inches wide by 0.8 high. Shift click select the outside rectangle and use the Align (Ctrl+A) command to align horizontally centered and vertically bottom with the first rectangle.


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