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Chapter 1. The Basics > Terms You Should Know

Terms You Should Know

Following are some basic—yet essential—terms you will need to know as you use CorelDraw 10.

object An object is an independent element that you can modify. Everything you draw in CorelDraw is an object.

path The outside perimeter of an object. Paths can either be open or closed (Figure 1.39). Paths pass through nodes.

Figure 1.39. Every object has either a closed or an open path.

properties Object attributes, such as fill color, size, and shape.

handles Eight black squares that appear around a selected object (Figure 1.40); used to change an object's dimensions or shape.

Figure 1.40. Handles surround any selected object.

nodes The squares through which paths pass (Figure 1.41); can be manipulated with the Shape Tool.

Figure 1.41. Elongating a line segment of a spiral.

line segment The portion of a path between two nodes (Figure 1.41).

control points The handles you use to shape a line segment. Control points are attached to nodes with levers (Figure 1.41).

select To select objects, click them with the Pick Tool. To select nodes, click them with the Shape Tool.

multiple select Press while clicking to select multiple objects or nodes.

marquee select Using the Pick or Shape Tool, left-click and drag to create a dashed rectangle surrounding (and selecting) a group of objects or nodes.

outline The line that represents the path. An outline can be colored or invisible.

fill A uniform color, pattern, texture, or fountain fill added to the inside of an object.

fountain fill A gradual blend from one color to another or a cascade of different colors added to the inside of an object.

guidelines Use these non-printing lines to precisely position and align objects.

layer A transparent plane on which objects in a drawing are placed.

stacking order This is the sequence in which objects are drawn (Figure 1.42). The first object drawn is at the bottom of the stack, while the last is on top.

Figure 1.42. Three objects stacked one above the other.

group A set of combined objects that can be moved or modified as a single object (Figure 1.43).

Figure 1.43. When grouped, these objects can be moved and otherwise treated as a single object.

nested group A grouping of two or more groups that behaves as a single object.

ungroup Use the Ungroup command to restore a previously grouped set of objects to the original, individual objects.



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