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Marco Jänicke

Vectorize photos manually

With manual vectorizing, i.e. tracing, of photos, attractive results can be achieved. The amount of work and training required is often underestimated. Before tracing, important and unimportant things in the photo must be separated. This is the only way to filter the large amount of details with shadows and reflections for the illustration.

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Create a symbol font

CorelDRAW und Corel DESIGNER sind nicht die Werkzeuge zum Erstellen von Schriften, aber dennoch sind sie für den Gelegenheitsanwender gut geeignet, um auch für diesen Anwendungsfall gute Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Es können zum Beispiel Symbolschriften (*.ttf) erstellt werden, die die Tasten einer Maschinensteuerung enthalten. Diese Symbolschriften können dann in Corel selbst, oder in der Layoutsoftware verwendet werden. Sollen die Symbole nur in Corel verwendet werden, empfiehlt sich eher der Weg über Symbole. An den grafischen Fähigkeiten von Corel besteht zwar kein Zweifel, aber Typedesign-typische Funktionen sind nur grundlegend vorhanden. Zum Beispiel sind nur True-Type-Schriften erstellbar, Einstellungen für die Überschneidung von Zeichen fehlen und eine Systematik für Ober- und Unterlängen muss selbst eingerichtet werden.

Ein Anwendungsfall für eine Symbolschrift könnten zum Beispiel auch eingekreiste Positionsnummern in Legenden sein, die mit dieser Symbolschrift in Abbildung und Text absolut identisch dargestellt werden. Positionsnummern bis 99 können so erzeugt werden. Zusammengesetzte Positionsnummern werden mit je einer linken und einer rechten Hälfte zusammengesetzt. Eine solche mit Werkzeugen von Corel erstellte Symbolschrift fand auch, im XML-Redaktionssystem bloXedia der pgx software solutions GmbH Verwendung.

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Symbols for Tokyo 2020

Japan has redesigned its symbols for public information. Numerous symbols in train stations and airports have been adapted and others have been added. A commission of experts from the public and private sectors worked on this for over a year. The new symbols have been in force since July 2017 (JIS 8210). By 2019, i.e. in time for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the changeover should be completed in public places.

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The book for technical illustration

Technical illustrations are the means to communicate facts in a technologized and globalized world. A complex task that requires broad knowledge of visual communication. Corel DESIGNER and CorelDRAW provide tools to efficiently accomplish this task on an industrial scale.

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Training and consulting for Corel

Training and consulting are two sides of the same coin. Part of consulting is always determining the need for training, because it is only possible to implement work techniques with the appropriate knowledge. And training can result in a need for consulting, since workflows, for example, can typically only be adapted across departments.

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Messenger with bridge to real life

Secretly, quietly and silently, messengers turn into true experts. Here even a function that really helps. Unfortunately we know this, new functions in apps are not always perfect from the beginning. I have tried the new function several times in the office … without success so far. Sure, I could also throw my garbage into the trash can myself.

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Peace sign closely observed

The peace sign, a symbol known for the movement towards nuclear disarmament, may have more background than is generally thought to be possible. The matter seems quite clear at first. In the 1950s Gerald Holtom, British designer and graduate of the Royal College of Arts in London, developed a symbol for the nuclear disarmament movement based on the initials N and D for Nuclear Disarmament from the flag alphabet and a circle as a symbol for the world. Since 1958, the symbol has been seen in all actions of the “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament”, or CND for short, and not only there, but everywhere where a stand against war and for disarmament is to be taken.

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