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    I have been using CorelDraw for years, and I ashamedly realized I don't know how to make a dot... It is simply to mark the center of a circle, like in drafting. Since I need it very exact on a printout, I need a single point. The circles requiring the dot to mark their centers are usually in hairline. I imagine there must be a very easy way to do this... Making a circle and scaling it down are a lot of clicks and fidgeting for just a single point. So is going into type mode, typing a period or bullet. and then getting it centered....... I figured there should be a way to do it with a pen/pencil/brush tool like in real life.....

    Thanks very much for any help!

    ​Janet

  • #2
    I haven't used corel in ages.
    Can you not just select your circle and use the scale tool to make a copy and scale down a certain percentage while keeping it centered?

    My next question is why a dot and not a cross-hair...

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    • #3
      Since you're calling it a "dot" I'll assume you want it to be visible. That is, you want to be able to assign it an ink color. In that case, a single point (does Corel still call them "nodes"?) won't work because in the theory of vector editing, a point has no dimensions...no distance for a stroke to cover and no area for a fill to fill, so you can't make it visible beyond its "highlight" when selected in the on-screen editing environment. So to make a visible "dot," you'll have to make a very short line, perhaps with a length and stroke weight of equal values, or a very small filled circle.
      I'd rather be killed than come to your party, but if you don't invite me, I'll kill myself.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
        I haven't used corel in ages.
        Can you not just select your circle and use the scale tool to make a copy and scale down a certain percentage while keeping it centered?

        My next question is why a dot and not a cross-hair...

        1. Looking for something with much fewer steps. That's fine if you are doing it just once.
        2. Cross hairs are OK.

        I think I may need to learn how to use macros.....

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        • #5
          If I have to do multiples I just use the Inline Path feature of Illustrator. Assuming all of the circles are the same size.

          If you have a bunch of different size circles, not sure you can do this without writing a script that always makes the dot the same size no matter the circle radius.

          Using the scale in illustrator is simply a double click on the tool, entering a number, then hitting copy. But like you say, tedioius for a large number of shapes.

          Cross hairs are more accurate than dots if you are centering something within a circle, or punching for a drill hole or other mechanical process.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
            If I have to do multiples I just use the Inline Path feature of Illustrator. Assuming all of the circles are the same size.
            Do you know if CorelDraw has something similar to Illustrator's Inline Path feature?

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            • #7
              I'd have to RTFM...
              It's been too long.

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