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Chapter 7. Lines and Curves

Chapter 7. Lines and Curves

CorelDraw 10 has three tools for drawing lines and curves: the Freehand, Bézier, and Artistic Media Tools. You can find them all on the Curve flyout (Figure 7.1).

Figure 7.1. The Freehand, Bézier, and Artistic Media Tools can all be found on the Curve flyout.


Of the three, the Freehand Tool is the most straightforward because it works like a pencil on paper. As you drag the Freehand Tool, it creates curves and lines, mirroring the motions of the mouse.

The Bézier Tool draws on a node-by-node basis. As you learned in Chapter 6, nodes control the curve of the line segment that passes through them. With the Bézier Tool, you can draw smooth, accurate curves from one node to another. With each click of the mouse, a node is created. Each new node is connected to the previous node by a line segment.

With the Artistic Media Tool, you can draw lines of varying thicknesses and shapes, paint with a brush or sprayer, and draw calligraphic lines. You drag it to draw. However, instead of creating a single, thick outline as the Freehand Tool does, the Artistic Media Tool creates a closed-path object.


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