How to Rotate With Precision in Corel Draw


Learning how to rotate with precision in CorelDRAW gives you the ability to create graphics that match your design ideas. This means you don't have to settle for a shape being "close enough." You might also need to rotate precisely when copying an existing design with a line or shape oriented at a specific angle. DRAW offers several ways of rotating precisely, some of which involve using the keyboard. With the "Transformation" dialog box on the Window menu, you can precisely rotate a duplicate of a shape rather than the shape itself. You can use this feature to create radial arrays and make shapes like flowers or other designs with radial symmetry.

  • Click the "New" command on the File menu to display a screen with controls for creating a new document. Click "OK" to accept the default parameters and create a new drawing canvas.

  • Click the "hexagon," "circle" or "rectangle" icon from the tool palette on the left of the screen to run the Polygon, Circle or Rectangle tools. Click on the canvas, then drag to define the shape you selected. Release the mouse to complete the shape.

  • Click the "arrow" icon on the tool palette to run the "Pick" tool, which lets you select shapes you've drawn. Click the shape you drew in the previous step. DRAW will display square handles around the shape, indicating that you can resize the shape.

  • Click the shape again to make the square handles change to curved handles, which indicates the program is now in rotation mode. Drag to rotate the shape. Notice that the text box above the canvas shows the current angle of rotation. By reading this text box as you rotate, you can set the rotation angle precisely, if the desired angle appears in the text box.

  • Type an angle number in the text box just mentioned and press "Enter." DRAW will rotate your shape by the exact amount you specified, which shows it is possible to use your keyboard to rotate precisely.

  • Press and hold "Control," then use the instruction in Step 4 to rotate again with the mouse. This time, DRAW will rotate by 15-degree increments. If the angle you wish to use to rotate the shape coincides with one of these rotation increments, such as 0, 15 or 30 degrees, this is another way for you to rotate precisely with DRAW.

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