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When creating text in programs such as Corel Draw or Illustrator, it's important to make your text an 'object', instead of keeping it as 'text'.

The difference is that 'text' can be retyped and spaced within the text box.

However if you send a file with text to another computer, and the font you have used is not loaded on that system- it will be missing and a default font will appear.

To make your fonts accesible on all computer systems, you need to convert them to 'Curves' (Corel Draw) or 'Outlines' (Illustrator).

Once converted, what you can do with the text changes, you can edit node points, change the shape of the letter and manually space the letters.

NOTE: Make sure you are happy with the text before converting it, because once converted you cannot change the spelling, auto type, or the case.

To convert your text in Corel Draw: Go to the top tool bar, under the 'Arrange' tab, select 'Convert to Curves'

Shortcut: Press the 'control' button and 'Q' at the same time.

To convert your text in Illustrator: Go to the top toolbar, under the 'Type' tab, select 'Create Outlines'

Shortcut: Press 'Control' 'Shift' and 'O' at the same time


Computer graphics fall into two main categories--bitmap and vector.

You can work with both types of graphics in Photoshop and ImageReady; moreover, a Photoshop file can contain both bitmap and vector data. Understanding the difference between the two categories helps as you create, edit, and import artwork.

Bitmap images

Bitmap images--technically called raster images--use a grid of colors known as pixels to represent images. Each pixel is assigned a specific location and color value. For example, a bicycle tire in a bitmap image is made up of a mosaic of pixels in that location. When working with bitmap images, you edit pixels rather than objects or shapes.

Bitmap images are the most common electronic medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or digital paintings, because they can represent subtle gradations of shades and color. Bitmap images are resolution-dependent--that is, they contain a fixed number of pixels. As a result, they can lose detail and appear jagged if they are scaled on-screen or if they are printed at a lower resolution than they were created for.

Bitmaps include terms as Jpeg, Gif, PNG, Tiff and other 'flat' images.

Vector graphics

Vector graphics are made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors. Vectors describe an image according to its geometric characteristics. For example, a bicycle tire in a vector graphic is made up of a mathematical definition of a circle drawn with a certain radius, set at a specific location, and filled with a specific color. You can move, resize, or change the color of the tire without losing the quality of the graphic.

Vector graphics are resolution-independent--that is, they can be scaled to any size and printed at any resolution without losing detail or clarity. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for representing bold graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various sizes--for example, logos

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