Select Tool Options
When you use the Select tool, its properties and options appear in the Tool Properties view.
Choose between the Lasso and Marquee options to change the selection style of the tool.
|•||Click and hold Alt to temporarily switch from the current mode to the other.|
You can enable different snapping modes to help you when repositioning drawings using the Select tool.
|•||Snap to Contour: Snaps your selection or point to any line you position it on. As soon as you move it close enough to another line, your point or selection will snap to it.|
|•||Snap and Align: Snaps the selected anchor point to any existing line while displaying temporary rulers as a guide that you can also snap your anchor point to.|
|•||Snap to Grid: Snaps your selection following the currently enabled grid.|
- Do one of the following:
|‣||Select View > Grid > Show Grid to display the grid in the
|‣||Select View > Grid > Square Grid, 12 Field Grid or 16 Field Grid for your current needs.|
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Contour Editor tool or press Alt + Q.
- In the Tool Properties view, click the Snap to Grid button.
- In the
Camera orDrawing view, click on the anchor point you want to snap to the grid, drag it to the desired position and release.
The Select by Colour mode lets you select all the zones and lines in your drawing painted with the same colour swatch.
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Select tool or press Alt + S.
- In the Tool Properties view, click the Select by Colour button.
- In the
Camera orDrawing view, click on any zone or line in your drawing.
All zones and lines of the same colour are selected.
- Click the Select tool again to return to the regular Select mode.
By default, when you draw a selection box in the Camera view, the Select tool will select only the drawing strokes of the current drawing. If you prefer the Select tool to select all the strokes on all layers, you can disable the Works on Single Drawing option in the Tool Properties view or disable the Select tool Works on Single Drawing preference. To do this, go to the top menu, select Edit > Preferences > Camera (Windows/Linux) or Stage Essentials > Preferences > Camera (Mac OS X) and uncheck the Select tool Works on Single Drawing option.
The Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical operations flip the current selection horizontally or vertically.
|‣||From the top menu, select
The Rotate 90 Degrees CW and Rotate 90 Degrees CCW operations rotate the current selection 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise.
|‣||From the top menu, select Drawing > Transform > Rotate 90 Degrees CW and Rotate 90 Degrees CCW.|
|‣||Press Ctrl + 7 and Ctrl + 9 (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + 7 and ⌘ + 9 (Mac OS X).|
The Smooth operation lets you smooth out selected drawing strokes and remove extra points.
|‣||From the top menu, select Drawing
The Flatten operation is used to merge drawing objects and brush strokes into a single layer. If you draw new lines to fix a drawing or line with many brush strokes, it can be useful to flatten them all into a single shape. By default, lines are drawn one on top of each other. If you intend to repaint the lines or modify their shape, it will be easier if they are flattened.
|‣||From the top menu, select Drawing
The Distribute to Layers option is used to separate the selected art strokes and send them to new drawing layers. In the Camera view, once you have drawn your artwork, you can select the strokes you want to distribute using the Select tool and click on the Distribute to Layers button; you can also select Drawing > Distribute to Layers. It will automatically take every stroke from the drawing selection made in the Camera view and separate them into a different layer for each. If an artwork is composed of several strokes, you must group them using Edit > Group > Group before using the Distribute to Layers option. This option cannot be done from the Drawing view.
The Pencil to Brush operation converts the selected centre line pencil strokes into contour strokes brush lines.
From the top menu, select Drawing > Convert > Pencil Lines to Brush or press &.
Use the Offset X and Offset Y operation fields to enter specific values and precisely reposition the selected shape.
|1.||X: Type a value in this field to reposition your selection along the X-axis.|
|2.||Y: Type a value in this field to reposition your selection along the Y-axis.|
|3.||Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the X or Y value field.|
Use the Width and Height operation fields to enter specific values to resize the selected shape with precision.
|1.||Width: Type a value in this field to resize the width of your selection.|
|2.||Height: Type a value in this field to resize the height of your selection.|
|3.||Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the Width or Height fields.|
|4.||Lock icon: Click the lock icon to lock or unlock the ratio between the Width and Height values.|
The Angle operation lets you to enter specific values and accurately rotate the selected shape.
|1.||Angle: Type a degree value in this field to rotate your selection.|
|2.||Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the Angle value field.|
When you select a pencil line with the Select tool, additional options appear in the Tool Properties view.
Use the Adjusting the Pencil Line Thickness operation field to resize the selected centreline strokes. This operation is not permitted on contour line shapes, such as brush strokes or shape fills.