by John S. Clements
Just about everything that followings in this tutorial is a compilation of
information gathered from various sources during the last 4 years.
On the old i-us.com there was an isometric forum produced by John Morris. John's workshops covered a wide variety of projects and it is because of
these, my interest was sparked. I utilized his scale and skew values and incorporated them into Xara isometrics.
I began creating isometrics using CorelDRAW. Because that application has a scripting facility, I first
used a product called Tekit and later Foster Coburn's EZMetrics (www.unleash.com).
As the need for more complex and tedious, "off axis" isometric illustrations increased, I added Nick Wilkinson's IsoCalc (www.isocalc.com) to my arsenal. From studying IsoCalc's help files and on line
tutorials I gained an important respect of point placement, object rotation, and the use of adding (welding) objects and point deletion. I adapted these procedures to work with Xara's editing tools.
1. Ctrl + Shift + O > General tabbed section > Editing > Angle Constraint
Utilities > Options >
General > Editing > Angle Constraint
Angle Constraint = 30 degrees
2. Unlock Aspect Ratio
(when the lock icon is in the raised position)