One of the more popular downloads off the Epilog Website is the music box. A number of customers have asked how to recreate the technique of interlocking tabs. This is easy in CorelDraw and we can use the existing music box design to show you how to recreate the design.
The Actual Music Box
You can see that the music box consists of 6 pieces. Note: If you want the file go to Epilogs website and download the file it is located in the sample section of the website
Create Your Page
In this example I am going to create a page that is 4 inches by 12 inches
Move the Box to the Top Left Corner
To make things easy I like to work from the 0 , 0 origin. If I move the music box sample to the top left corner you will notice that I am .25 inches away on both corners.
Check out the Rulers
If I drag over a couple of rulers you will see that the .25 inches is true on both sides.
Each Step is .25 Inches Away
If I bring over my guide lines you will see that each one of my steps is .25 inches in size and the gap is .25 inches.
My Box is 2.75 Inches
Because I have the tabs on all sides I can now measure the box size just by selecting the box. In this example I used the Parallel Dimension which is located in the TOOLBOX
Make a Rectangle 2.75 by 2.75 Inches in Size
Make a rectangle that is 2.75 inches by 2.75 inches. This is my box dimensions
Place the Box at the left Corner
I know that the box is .25 inches off the edge of the page so I need to have the box fall .25 inches from the top and the left. Thus my H value is .25 and the V value is 3.75 (4 – .25). The anchor point is the top left handle which is reflected by the red box and the arrow. Now our rectangle is created and we can place in the tabs that are needed.
Create a Rectangle (Tab)
We know our tabs are .25 inches wide and .5 inches tall. So create your first rectangle that is .25 inches by .5 inches.
Create Our First Tab
We need to create our first tab. We know that the tab is .25 inches in width and .5 inches tall. Draw a rectangle and than resize it to .35 inches wide by .5 inches tall
Position The Tab
If the transformation docker make sure that the position tab is open. Turn off the Relative Position check box. Next select the top left hand anchor point. Than type in 1 inch on the H and 4 inches on the V. Make sure your copies are 0 and click on the Apply button. This moves the rectangle to the proper location.
Duplicate the Rectangle
We need 3 tabs on each side. So we need to create 3 more tabs. We already have one so we need to create 2 more tabs. We can do this by duplicating the first tab. First check the Relative Position check box (1). Our duplicate value is .5 on the H direction and 0 on the V position (2). The number of copies is 2 (3). Select the Apply button (4).
Position the First Rectangle
To position the first rectangle we will again use the top left hand handle. I know the tabs start at 1 inch so my H value is 1 inch and my V value is 4 inches. Remember in my original image at the top the tabs where right on the edge of the page. This means that they have to be at the 4 inch mark.
Create the Next Two Rectangles
We need to create 2 more copies of the first rectangle. To do this requires that we select the first rectangle. Next check “Relative Position” (1). Next type in .5 inches for the distance of the copy (.25 inches for the tab and .25 for the space) (2). Than select 2 copies (in X4 and less just press the Apply button twice (3). Click Apply and you have your 3 rectangles. Note: Because we have the three rectangles done and each side has 3 rectangles than we can just duplicate the 3 rectangles.
Duplicate the 3 Rectangles
It is easy to duplicate the 3 rectangles down. Set the H distance to 0 and the V distance to -2.75 (1). Make you copies 1 (2) and click on Apply (3).
Duplicate the Original
To create the next set of rectangles for our box we need to first duplicate the bottom set of rectangles. You can do this a couple of ways. First select the 3 rectangles. Next you can just press the Big plus key on the number pad on your keyboard or you can change your settings in your object manager to Relative Position checked and have the H and the V as 0. Than make sure the copies are set to one and than press the Apply button.
Rotate The Boxes
Now we need to rotate the boxes 90 degrees. Select the rotation angle as 90 in the rotate angle box in the property bar.
The Rectangles are Rotated
The rectangles are rotated 90 degrees.
Move Our Set of Rectangles
Make sure that Relative Position is not checked (1). Type in the values to move the rectangles to (2). Click Apply.
Create out Final Set of Rectangles
To create our final set of rectangles we need to duplicate the third row. Make sure that the 3 rectangles are selected. Select Relative Position (1). Type in the movement -2.75. make sure that the negative is there so the object will move left (2). Make your copies 1 (3) and than click on Apply (4).
Select all the objects that you want to weld. Which happens to be the box and all the tabs. Select the weld button in the property bar (1) and click on it. Note: you can also have the shaping docker be active by selecting it from ARRANGE | SHAPING | SHAPING.
Our Finished Piece
Our above image is now complete. In our next lesson we will look at the rest of the parts of the image.