Knife tool

Using CorelDraw X8’s Enhanced Knife Tool

Jim Sadler is a former university professor of computer graphics and a freelance designer. He is currently offering his services as a consultant within the industry. He brings together his expertise in design, computer graphics and industry-related technologies with his ability to communicate through teaching, technical assistance and of course through writing for A&E Magazine. Jim can be reached by e-mail at jim@jsadlerdesign.com. His web address is www.jsadlerdesign.com.

Once you have built objects using the Bezier tool, you learn what a valuable tool it can be. Within that process you also have the ability to cut apart objects and reconnect them in other ways. Knowing how to do so makes just about anything possible. However, on a complex job, this can become tedious and time consuming.

The Enhanced Knife tool in X8 makes quick work of this process, and options have been added to provide a wider choice of outcomes. The tool will work on individual or groups of closed or opened vector outlines, text, or bitmap images. The Knife tool can be used in a straight, two-point manner, in freehand mode, or in Bezier mode that slices the object or objects with precision. The resulting halves can be left as line pieces or they can be automatically ‘healed’—made into closed outlines that conform to the path the Knife tool made.

In addition, the cutline can be assigned either a gap or overlap to specific measurements. This can be useful in production, especially in the sign and garment industries. For everyone using CorelDraw, the Knife tool can save hours of careful mending using the Bezier tools. Being able to slice through a word or line of text opens up all kinds of design options.

—Jim Sadler