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Graphical Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #10

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #10:

Graphical Use of MacDraft

Creating a picture frame effect, where images can be dragged behind and show through the frame?

This can only be done using MacDraft Professional as it uses the Accessory palette which is not available in the Personal Edition. However both Pro and PE have templates that were shipped with version 6, which have these picture frame effects in them. They are in the greetings card section of the templates folder that came with the application. The following will explain how to create the Picture Frame effect.

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To create the effect of a picture frame depends mainly on the shapes that you want to draw. For example if you are creating a simple circular one like the image on the right above, then all you need is two shapes. However if you want to create shapes like on the left, you need to more shapes and to keep an eye on the sizes. The following explains how to create a circular picture frame:

1. Draw a rectangle 2 inches high and 1 inch wide.

2. Select the Circle by Radius tool and draw one in the center of the rectangle as shown opposite.

3. Now select the circle and the rectangle and open the Accessory palette from the window menu.

4. with the two shapes selected click the Subtract Parts tool in the Accessory palette.

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5. You will see that the circle remains, this will help to create a border inside the frame. Make the circle have a no fill color and a pen color of white.

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6. Select the rectangle and duplicate it, then flip it horizontally and align it next to the other. Make sure the line color of the rectangles are the same as the fill color. Now drag the image and resize it, then send it behind the frame you have just created. You now have a picture frame effect.

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Graphical Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #9

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #9:

Graphical Use of MacDraft

How do I create a shadow effect on my designs?
At this time MacDraft does not offer the drop shadow or glow effects, this is something we are looking to include in future versions. However despite this you can create a shadow effect as shown in the above image, and give the illusion of a drop shadow.

When you have drawn the shape or object that you want to apply a shadow to, duplicate it so that you have a direct copy of it. Now because it will be a shadow you are creating, we no longer need the detail on the copy. Select the copy, and change the fill color of it to a light gray. Now change the pen color to either the same as the fill color or set it to none.

You will notice that the copy now has a kind of silhouette shadow effect. The final thing that you need to do is change its size so that it can be positioned correctly. Resize it depending on the shadow you are creating.

If you want a shadow with an offset like the image above then the size needs to remain the same.

If you want the shadow to be directly underneath then adjust the size to suit the lighting effect you want to create.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #8

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #8:

General Use of MacDraft

Can I get back to the Arrow tool when drawing without going to the Tool palette?

Yes you can… MacDraft has two ways to get back to the Arrow tool while drawing your shapes and both depend on what your Simple Click Does preference is set to. Firstly if you are in the middle of drawing a shape, you need to hit the ESC key, that will cancel the current drawing, then do one of the following:

  • Simple Click Does = Start Drawing Object: Double click the mouse button.
  • Simple Click Does = Select Arrow Tool: Single click the mouse button.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #7

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #7:

General Use of MacDraft

How do I drag an item to the Library palette?

Hold down the Command key while you are dragging the item to the Library. The reason we have done this is because if you drag an item without the command key it automatically scrolls the document.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #6

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #6:

General Use of MacDraft

My Library has gone missing from the Library palette, how can I get it back?
This is a common occurrence if you have moved the library that you are looking for from its original saved position. It’s not a problem, as you can get it back in the library palette quite easily, using one of these two methods:

  • Locate the place where your library is on your computer in the Finder, then drag it to the MacDraft Library palette. To drag it to the Library palette you will need to make MacDraft the active window while dragging. To do this drag the item, while holding the mouse button to drag, click the F9 key, then while still holding the mouse key down move the cursor to the MacDraft window and click the F9 key again. Then move the cursor to the library palette and release the mouse button to place the library.
  • Go to the Library palette and click the gear symbol in the bottom left hand corner. Select Open Library from the pop-up menu. An Open dialog appears, locate your library and click the Open button.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #5

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #5:

General Use of MacDraft

I have a common set of items that I use in my drawings, that are not your typical symbols. What’s the best way for me to store these items in MacDraft?


Speeding up your design process is something that has become expected in the design industry, it is important to people that they can perform their task with speed and efficiency. Being able to store your commonly used items can help to increase your productivity, as you do not have to draw them every time you want to use them. So MacDraft has the new Library palette to help you. All you need to do is create a library of your own in the Library palette and drag the items that you use regularly in that library. To do this use the following:

  1. Get all of the items that you want to use in one document. (This will speed up the creation of a Library).
  2. Go to the Library palette and at the bottom left of the palette, click the gear symbol.
  3. In the pop-up that appears, select the New Library option.
  4. A Save dialog will appear. Give the Library a name and a destination to save it to and click Save (Save your libraries somewhere easy to locate. Maybe create a folder on your desktop called My MacDraft Libraries).
  5. The new library will appear in the library palette. Make sure the new library is selected and drag the items you want into the library window.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #4

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #4:

General Use of MacDraft

Snapping objects to the End, Midpoint and Center of others?

MacDraft has a set of key commands that are usually used for snapping of objects when moving or drawing. However these commands can also be used when moving an object. You can also snap an object to another’s End, Mid and Center point, or snap it to another objects handle.

• To snap any part of an object to an objects End, Mid or Center point, simply drag the object and hold the E key down to snap to the End point, the M key down to snap to the Mid-point and the C key down to snap to the Center.

• To snap the handle of one object to another objects End, Mid or Center point, you need to hold the Command and Option key down, then drag the object from the handle you wish to snap, then release the Command and Option keys and hold the E key down to snap to the End point, the M key down to snap to the Mid-point and the C key down to snap to the Center.

 

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #3

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #3:

General Use of MacDraft

Can I quickly duplicate my objects without the menu?

Yes you can… with the new version of MacDraft we have tried to bring familiar and consistent options to our users. So in this case we have given you the ability to duplicate your objects using the well known Option-Drag method. This has been used widely throughout the software market, mainly in graphical applications and has become an expected feature. Simply hold the Option (alt) key down and drag an object to duplicate it.

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #2

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #2:

General Use of MacDraft

How do I resize my images without effecting their dpi?

For years it has been our plan to bring image editing and manipulation to our users in MacDraft. In addition to all of the available editing options, the Resize palette has had an update. To be able to resize the images you can do it via its dpi, pixel size or unit size. You can lock either of these values, so that they are not affected by changes made to the others. The following is an explanation of the differences between locking the values:
– Locking the Resolution: Resizing the Units or the Pixels with the Resolution locked, will physically change the size of the image on the screen.

– Locking the Units: Resizing the Pixels or Resolution will re-sample the image decreasing or increasing the resolution. Locking the Pixels: Resizing the Units or Resolution will re-sample the image decreasing or increasing the resolution.

 

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Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #1

Tips and Tricks for use with Microspot MacDraft #1:

General Use of MacDraft

What if I always want to start drawing my lines or shapes with a certain Pen/ Fill color?

It is quite a common thing to use the same line and fill color when you are drawing objects in MacDraft. You can set these options as defaults for your MacDraft documents through the preferences. Simply change the Attributes for the Fill, Pattern, and line settings, go to the MacDraft menu and select Preferences. Click the Document Preferences tab and make sure that the “Fill Pattern and Colors” check box and “Line Settings” check box are checked on. Then click the Ok button. Once this has been done, every time that you open a new document, these setting will apply to the objects that you draw.

 

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