Contouring objects

You can contour an object to create a series of concentric lines that progress to the inside or outside of the object. CorelDRAW also lets you set the number and distance of the contour lines.

After contouring an object, you can copy or clone its contour settings to another object.

You can also change the colors of the fill between the contour lines and the contour outlines themselves. You can set a color progression in the contour effect, where one color blends into another. The color progression can follow a straight, clockwise, or counterclockwise path through the color range of your choice.

Contour Effect
A center contour has been applied to the above object. The number of contour lines, as well as the distance between lines, can be changed.
Corel Outside Contour
An outside contour has been applied to the above object. Note that an outside contour projects from the outside edge of the object.

To contour an object

1 Open the Interactive tools flyout J □ M 3 u ■ ■ , and click the Interactive contour tool F!

2 Click an object or a set of grouped objects, and drag the start handle toward the center to create an inside contour.

3 Move the object slider to change the number of contour steps.

Specify the number of contour lines

Click the Inside button on the property bar, and type a value in the Contour steps box on the property bar.

Specify the distance between contour lines

Type a value in the Contour offset box on the property bar.

Accelerate contour line progression

Click the Object and color acceleration button on the property bar, and move the object slider.

You can create an outside contour by dragging the start handle away from the center.

To copy or clone a contour

1 Select the object you want to contour.

2 Click Effects and click one of the following:

3 Click a contour object.

To set the fill color for a contour object

1 Open the Interactive tools flyout JB H bJiv , and click the Interactive contour tool C .

2 Select a contour object.

3 Open the Fill color picker on the property bar, and click a color.

If the original object has a fountain fill, a second color picker displays.

J^s You can accelerate the fill color progression by clicking the Object and color acceleration button on the property bar.

You can change the contour center's color by dragging a color from the color palette to the end fill handle.

To specify an outline color for the contour object

1 Open the Interactive tools flyout J □ M * 3 u ■ ■ , and click the Interactive contour tool t •

2 Select a contour object.

3 Open the Outline color picker on the property bar, and click a color.

To set the fill progression

1 Open the Interactive tools flyout J □ M 3 u ■ ■ , and click the Interactive contour tool t •

2 Select a contour object.

3 Click one of the following buttons on the property bar:

• Linear contour colors

• Clockwise contour colors tf1

• Counterclockwise contour colors

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