Thursday, November 13, 2014

CorelDRAW x5 basics: the viewing modes (4) - the Draft viewing mode

Sometimes, when you are working with huge CorelDraw projects your computer might slow down significantly, even in the Normal viewing mode (which is, anyway, less demanding than the Enhanced mode). If this happens, you can switch to an even less demanding viewing mode - the Draft viewing mode. This viewing mode is also recommended when one wants to evaluate basic colour schemes in a vector drawing.

Characteristics of the Draft viewing mode:
- the anti-aliasing option isn't available in this viewing mode, so the oblique lines and the curved lines will look harsh and jaggy
- bitmaps are displayed on low resolution
- fountain-fills are not displayed correctly (for example, in CorelDraw x5 and in the later versions, if you have a two-colours fountain-fill/gradient-fill, instead of the gradient will be displayed only the colour that is located in the middle point of the gradient. In the previous versions of CorelDraw a checkerboard pattern is displayed instead of a gradient fill.)
- the Pattern Fill, Bitmap Fill, Texture Fill and PostScript Fill are not displayed correctly in this viewing mode (see the images below).

The circle in the foreground is filled with a two-colours gradient (from yellow to red), which is properly displayed in the "Enhanced" viewing-mode (see the image above). When the "Draft" viewing mode is used, the gradient fill is replaced with a single-colour fill - namely, orange, because orange is the intermediate colour between yellow and red.

If we compare the two imeges above we can easily observe that only the uniform-fill is properly displayed. A single colour replace the fountain-fill, a two-headed arrows pattern is displayed instead of the pattern-fill, bitmap-fills are replaced by a hatched-lines pattern, a black-and-white texture is displayed instead of any texture-fill and a pattern of repeated PS is displayed instead of the PostScript fills.

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