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Chapter 3. Rectangles and Ellipses

Chapter 3. Rectangles and Ellipses

This chapter will get you started on the road to creating fantastic graphics with CorelDraw 10. The simple shapes you'll create here are the basis for every drawing. Many complex illustrations are composed almost entirely of basic shapes, such as rectangles and ellipses.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to draw rectangles and round their corners. Then you'll draw ellipses and manipulate their properties to create pie shapes and arcs.

Everything you create using the tools in CorelDraw 10—whether it's a line, a triangle, or a circle—has a path. Paths can be either open or closed. The beginning and end of an open path do not connect. For example, a line is an open path. A closed path has no distinct beginning or end, just as a circle or rectangle has no beginning or end. In other words, a closed path is a shape.

In CorelDraw, a line or shape is also known as an object. The outside perimeter of an object is a path. In addition, every object has properties that you can set. These properties include such elements as the object's size, shape, position, and color.


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