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Creating a Control Panel Layout Part 1

One of the techniques that I preached to my congregation is the ability of CorelDraw to be able to place objects on a workspace via precise measurements. For example if I want a circle to be at 3 inches on the Y and 2.6 inches on the x than this is easy to do. This lesson will concentrate on how to do this in CorelDraw. And the best way to do this is by creating a control panel. I like doing control panels because they usually require exact placement of objects. So in this lesson I will show you how to create a control panel from scratch.

Here is the Control Panel that we will be re doing in CorelDraw

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Here is the control panel that we will be redoing in CorelDraw. We will start creating the first circle on the left and work right

Create Our Cutout Ellipse

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To create an cutout ellipse we need to select the Ellipse tool located in the Tool Box (1)

Select the Arc Icon

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Our first ellipse is not an full ellipse but an arc. Thus we need to select the Arc icon that is located in the property bar (1). Note when you select the ellipse tool the property bar shows associated tools that can be used with the ellipse tool. Next we need to set our starting and ending angle which in this case needs to be 306 and 236 (2). Draw your arc.

Size Our Arc

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We now need to size our arc. We can do this a couple of ways put the best way is to just enter in the Height and Width in the property bar. The width is 1.401 and the height is 1.282 (1). Note: make sure that the lock icon is set to unlock. This allows you to type in two separate values.

Position Our Arc

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There are a couple of ways we can position our arc. The first way is to do it via the property bar. First we need to select the center handle (1). This indicates that we are measuring the arc from the center. Our coordinates are 1.435 on the X and 1.297 on the Y. (2). Note in X5 or less we do not have the selection handles in the Property bar like we do in X6. However in X5 or less by default the location is measured by the center

Position Our Arc Via The Position Command

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When I am positioning an object I like to use the Position Docker. To Open the Position Docker requires us to go to ARRANGE (1) | TRANSFORMATION (2) | POSITION (3)

Enter Our Values

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Make sure the position command is selected (1). Make sure the “Relative Position” is unchecked (2). Make sure that we are measuring from the center handle (3). Enter in our location values X = 1.435 and Y = 1.297 (4). Make our copies 0 (5). Click the Apply button (6) This will move our arc to the proper position.

Create our Cutout Circle

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The inside circle needs to be cut out and our hole needs to be 1 inch. Create an Ellipse that is 1 inch in size (1). Next we need to position the ellipse or circle. Even though we are in the middle of our original arc the center for the circle is different. Make sure our selection handle is set to center if we have X6 and place in the same values as we used in the previous setup X = 1.438 and the Y is 1.233 (3) Note the circle location is different because the arc is not a perfect circle.

Create Our Arrow

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In our original drawing you will see that the dial has an arrow on the right side. So we need to add this arrow onto the end (1)

Open The Outline Pen Dialogue Box

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First of all make sure that your dial selected. Select the Pen Flyout (1). To make the tools open up we need to hold the left mouse button down and this will flyout the a number of options. Select the Outline Pen Dialogue Box (2).

Outline Pen Dialogue Box

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With our object selected the Outline Pen dialogue box shows us the attributes of the object that is selected. You can see the colour of the line (1). The width is .031 (2) and the value of the line width is being expressed in inches (3). The end of our lines have not shapes such as an arrow (4).

Place on Our Arrow Head

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If you look at the dial you will see that the arrow is located on the right side of our dial. If you look in the Arrows section of our dialogue box you will see that there are two windows. The left window is the line style on the left end of our line. The right window is the line style on the right side of our line (1). As you can see the line stye or end point is just a node. If you press the down arrow you will see that you will get a flyout that will show you a number of line styles that you can place on the end of a line. I used the smaller arrow head (2). Click inside the box that holds the arrow head.

Our Arrow Head is Selected

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The right side end of our line is now an arrow head (2).

Add in a – Symbol

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If you go back to our dial you will see that we have some text that is around the dial. On the left bottom side there is a “-” or minus symbol. In this example I used an arial font and a simple minus symbol found on your keyboard.

Position the Minus Symbol

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With the minus symbol selected we need to place it into its proper place (1). I have the Transformation Docker open and the position menu is selected (2). I have the center selection handle selected (3). The Relative Position is unchecked (4). I have set the copies to 0 (5). I have inputted my values to x = .846 and the y = .626. Click the “Apply” button

Position Our Plus Symbol

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Now that the minus symbol is positioned we can now create our “+” symbol. Place a “+” symbol on your drawing and make it .1 of an inch tall (1).

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First we need to select the “+” symbol (1). Next we need to make sure that the Transformation Docker is open and the Position command is active (2). Make sure the center handle is active (3). Our Relative Position is unchecked (4). We want our copies to be 0 (5). Our position for the “+” symbol is x = 2.064 and y = 0.622.

Create Our Text

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To finish off our dial we need to place in the text on the right side of the dial.

Settings for Our Text

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To locate our text requires that we use the transformation dialogue box. Make sure the Transformation Docker is open. Select the Position command (1). Next uncheck the “Relative Position” (2). Make sure our center handle is checked (3). We do not want to make a copy so make sure that this is 0 (4). Place in the values that we need. In this case x = 2.471 and y = 1.259 (5). Click the Ok or Apply button to place the text at the required distance.

Duplicate Our Original Switch

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Here are the values for creating our duplicate switch. Because the second switch is exactly like the first than all we need to do is to create the co ordinates for our second switch and make sure the Copies is set to 1. Thus our original switch is in the right place and the second is duplicated to the new coordinates. Make sure that we have the position command active (1). Next uncheck the Relative Position (2) We are measuring from the center handle (3). Enter in the values for our center location. X = 3.874 and the Y is 1.253 (4). Make your copies 1 (5) and select the Apply button (6). The only change that we have to do is to change the text to “spindle speed”.

Here is Our Finished 2 Switches

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Here are our two hole cutouts for our switches on our Control Panel

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