NewDeal Hot Tip 1209

[Hot Tips for...] NewDraw

NewDraw Scale and Position Tips

Whether you import a graphic, text, or even create something in NewDraw, Murphy's Law almost insists that it's not where you want it to be in your document and it's not the right size. Here are some tips on sizing and placing in NewDraw.

The Basics: Moving and Sizing

Once you have created or imported a graphic or a piece of clip art into NewDraw, you can move, scale, and modify it in a number of ways. Here's just one example.

From the toolbox, pick the pointer tool, point at your object and click your left mouse button to select that object. You can tell when an object is selected because small square dots called handles appear as a rectangle surrounding the object. These handles can be used to move or resize your object.

Notice the handle in the very center is diamond shaped. Try pointing at it. Click and hold your left mouse button then drag your mouse. Notice the object moves as you move the mouse. When you let up on the left button, the object is placed where you left it.

Next, try pointing at one of the outer handles. Again click and hold your left mouse button and drag your mouse. This time the whole object doesn't move. As you move your mouse toward the center of the object it gets smaller. As you move it away from the center, it gets larger. When you release the left mouse button, it remains the size you left it. In this way, you can resize or scale your object to meet your needs.

Proportional Scaling

NewDraw has three ways to do proportional scaling, by holding the shift key while dragging the corner resize handle, by typing in the same numbers in the Transform Custom Scale menu or by choosing Double Height and then Double Width (or Half Height and Half Width).

In NewDraw, you can adjust line widths in .001 point increments. Realistically, these increments won't all be visible on your printer's output.

You can scale a group of objects to a percentage, then apply that percentage to the original line width, make that adjustment in Line Attributes, and have a fairly accurate scaling factor applied. Manual, yes, but it's the only work around at this time. You can also create a set of Graphic Styles with preset line widths applied for simple scaling operations, and apply the styles to the objects.

You cannot expect to scale a bitmap without losing resolution and detail. Often, this shows up most readily if the bitmap contains straight hairline or 1 pt rules. They can be lost or severely distorted in the scaling process. Most of the time they will print, but not always.

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Last Modified 2 Mar 1999