CorelDraw 12 - Simple Pattern Fills?

Hi,

I've made some rectangles in CorelDraw 12 (to which I'm quite new) and I want to fill them with simple pattern fills as known in office applications (like dots, lines, hatching etc.). But it seems as coreldraw only offers some more complex patterns which I don't want to use. Any ideas?

Oh, and another thing: How can I change transparency for objects?

Thanks for your answers,
Troja
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Lobo042399Commented:
Hi Troja,

CorelDraw offers two kinds of pattern fills that you'll find in the Fill flyout. One is a very basic type, two colour fills that can be scaled up or down using the Pattern Fill dialog box. The box also lets you select some other fills with more colours, but those are not very editable if you want to replace a colour with another. There are also a few raster tiles that you can use from that same box.
The other option is to use the Texture Fill dialog box. These fills are fractal-generated; more complex fills that can also be customized by colour and "feel".
PostScript Fills are predesigned PS images that can be used as fills as well. Not much customization there when it comes to colour changes.

Finally, you can create your own fill texture and use the PowerClip feature (Effects > PowerClip) to embed the fill inside a shape.

That's a lot more options than anything you'll find in a word processor.

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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trojaAuthor Commented:
Hi Lobo,

thanks for you input. But I already noticed those abilities of coreldraw you mention. The only problem is: I don't need them. What I need is quite exactly the patterns I get from my office apps (e.g. word). So we are talking about simple two colour (b/w) or grey-palette patterns, with either dots or lines (hatching?).

All those built-in patterns I found up till now are too complicated, too artistic. Look at the PS-Hatching: Lines of different sizes with different space between. I don't want that.

Regards,
Troja
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Lobo042399Commented:
Hi Troja,

there's a way you can get exactly hat you want using CorelDraw's Pattern Fill..... create your own pattern. It's easy. All you do is select a shape and open the Pattern Fill dialog box. Once there, click on the Create button and you'll be presented with a grid. You can make the grid 16x16, 32x32 or 64x64 dots. Select a pen size and get to work. A left-click on the grid fills the dots; a right-click erases them.  Hit OK after you're satisfied with your pattern to go back to the Pattern Fill box, where you can now edit the pattern's colours, size and distortion level if you wish.

Also, if you have an image that you'd like to use as a pattern (say, you have scanned a hatch tile you like) all you need is to make sure it's in 1-bit format saved as a BMP and it's a perfect tile. Then you can hit on Load in the Pattern Fill box, and load your image into the fills palette.

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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yukeleCommented:
Use the lens effect to change transparency.
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Lobo042399Commented:
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trojaAuthor Commented:
I didn't really get the information I asked for, but hey, thanks for your time anyway.

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