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Drawing flow and dimension lines in CorelDRAW

 

Drawing flow and dimension lines in CorelDRAW

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Drawing flow and dimension lines

You can draw flow lines in flowcharts and organizational charts to connect chart shapes. Objects stay connected by these lines even when you move one or both objects.
You can draw callout lines that label and draw attention to objects.

You can also draw dimension lines to indicate the distance between two points in a drawing or the size of objects. By default, dimension lines and the measurements shown on the lines change when you change an object’s size.

You can set how dimension lines are displayed. For example, you can specify dimension units, style, and precision as well as add a prefix or suffix to the dimension text. You can also set default values for all new dimension lines that you create.




Dimension lines can show the sizes of parts of an object.

To be able to use flow, callout, and dimension lines with precision, you need to snap them to specific nodes in objects

 

Process to draw a flow line between two or more objects

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To draw a flow line between two or more objects

  1. Open the Curve flyout , and click the Interactive connector tool .

  2. On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:

    • Angled connector   to create a flow line containing right angles. The flow line can be a sequence of vertical or horizontal segments, or both.

    • Straight connector to create a straight flow line at any angle

  3. Drag from a node on one object to a node on another object.

    You can also

    Move a segment in a flow line containing right angles Using the Shape tool , select a flow line, and drag the node that you want to move.
     

 

Process to draw a callout

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 To draw a callout

  1. Open the Curve flyout , and click the Dimension tool .

  2. Click the Callout tool on the property bar.

  3. Click where you want the first callout segment to start.

  4. Click where you want the second segment to start.

  5. Click where you want the second segment to end.

    A text cursor is displayed at the end of the callout line, indicating where to type a label for the object.

  6. Type the callout text.


Process to draw a dimension line

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To draw a dimension line

  1. Open the Curve flyout , and click the Dimension tool .

  2. On the property bar, click one of the following buttons:

    • Vertical dimension tool to create a vertical dimension line that measures the vertical distance between any two nodes (along the y-axis)

    • Horizontal dimension tool to create a horizontal dimension line that measures the horizontal distance between any two nodes (along the x-axis)

    • Slanted dimension tool to create a slanted dimension line that measures the length of slanted line segments

    • Auto dimension toolto create a vertical or horizontal dimension line

  3. Click the start point and endpoints of the dimension line.

  4. Click where you want to place the dimension text.
     

    You can also

     

    Draw an angular dimension line

    Click the Angular dimension tool button on the property bar. Click where you want the two lines that measure the angle to intersect. Click where you want the first line to end, and click where you want the second line to end. Click where you want the angle’s label to appear

 

Process to set how the dimension units are displayed 

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To set how the dimension units are displayed

  1. Select a dimension line.

  2. Make sure that the Show units for dimension button on the property bar is enabled.

  3. On the property bar, choose options from the following list boxes:

    • Dimension style — lets you choose fractional, decimal, or standard dimension units

    • Dimension precision — lets you choose a level of precision for the measurements

    • Dimension units — lets you choose the unit of measurement

You can also

 

Hide dimension units

Click the Show units for dimensions button.

Specify the position of the dimension units

Click the Text position drop down button on the property bar, and click a text position.

Change the point size and font of the dimension units

Select a dimension line. Click Text Format text. Choose a font style from the Font list box, and type a value in the Size box.

Specify a prefix or suffix to dimension text

Type a prefix or suffix in the Prefix or Suffix box on the property bar


 

Process to set default properties for new dimension lines

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To set default properties for new dimension lines

1. Open the Curve flyout , and click the Dimension tool .

2. Double-click the Dimension tool.

The Dimension tool page of the Options dialog box appears.

3. Specify the dimension style, precision, and units, prefix, and suffix.

 

 

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