By | November 9, 2017
organize graphics design objects

In the previous lesson, I showed you how to select and transform Graphics Design Objects. In this lesson, I am going to show you  how you can organize graphics design objects to give you that unique shape you want for every of your graphics design.

Every Graphics design is made up of several objects ranging from simple to complex, these objects are specially place in such a way that they fit into one another to form a shape or a picture. The way you organize graphics design objects or fit these objects together is known as the organization of objects. To organize Graphics Design objects, you will have to change the order, alignment/distribution, group/ungroup, combining/breaking apart, welding/trimming etc.

Changing the Order of Objects on a layer

The Order commands; To Front, To Back, Forward One, Back One, In Front of, Behind one, and Reverse Order makes it easier to change the stacking order of objects on a layer.

To change the order of Objects on a layer;

Select the object you want to move with the pick tool,

To move the selected object to:                                   Click Arrange,

Front of its layers                                                           Order To Front

Back of its layer                                                             Order, To Back

Forward one position                                                     Order, Forward One

Back one position                                                          Order, Back One

In front of a specific object                    Order, In front of, then  click the appropriate object

Behind a specific object                                                Order, Behind, then click the appropriate object

Organize Graphics Design Objects – Aligning

The Align Tab in the Align and Distribute dialog box provides all the controls you need to align any selection of objects.

To align a series of objects

Select the objects with the Pick tool

Click Arrange, Align and Distribute

Click the Align tab.

Enable the Top, Center, or Bottom check box to indicate how you want the objects to line up horizontally.

Enable the Left, Center, or Right check box to specify how you want the objects to line up vertically.

You can skip 3 or 4 if you only want one type of alignment.

Do one of the following:

Enable Edge of Page or Center of Page to indicate where you want alignment to occur

Enable Align to Grid if you want the objects to line up with the grid.

Distributing Objects Horizontally and Vertically

The Distribute tab, in the Align and Distribute dialog box provides all the commands you need to distribute any selection of objects or guidelines evenly either horizontally or vertically.

To distribute a series of objects

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click Arrange, Align and distribute

Click the Distribute tab.

Enable the Left, Center, Spacing, or Right check box to specify how you want to distribute the objects horizontally.

Enable the Top, Center, Spacing, or Bottom check box to specify how you want to distribute the objects vertically.

You can skip step 4 or 5 if you only want one type of distribution.

Enable Extent of selection or Extent of Page to indicate the area over which you want to distribute the objects.

Organize Graphics Design objects – Locking and unlocking Objects

The Lock Object command allows you to anchor an object to a specific location. This lets you preserve the object’s properties to ensure that no changes are made to it.

To lock an object

Select the object with the Pick tool

Click Arrange, Lock Object.

Unlocking Objects

The Unlock Objects and Unlock All Objects command lets you remove the lock anchor of an object. After removing the lock from an object it returns to its normal state and you can modify it in any way.

To unlock an object

Select the object with the Pick tool

Click Arrange, Unlock Object (or Unlock All Objects, if you want to unlock all locked objects on the page you are currently working on.

Organize Graphics Design objects – Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

In CorelDraw, the group objects command allows you to make two or more objects a single object unit. Each of the objects in the group maintains its original properties. It is wise to group objects together to avoid accidental changes to related objects. Objects when grouped together are now treated as one object and are called a group of Objects pending the numbers of objects grouped. Note that a group of objects can also be grouped with another object(s) or group of objects.

To group objects

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click Arrange, Group.

To Group objects using the Property Bar

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click the Group button on the Property Bar.

Ungrouping Objects.

The Ungroup command splits a group of objects into its component objects.

To ungroup a grouped set object.

Using the Pick tool, select any grouped object

Click Arrange, Ungroup (or Ungroup All)

To ungroup objects using the Property Bar

Using the Pick tool, select the object

Click Ungroup (or Ungroup All) on the Property Bar.

Combining Two or More Objects

The Combine command creates one object from two or more objects. This command had many applications, including creating clipping holes and joining lines or curve segments.

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