Shaping Graphics Design Objects using the Combine, Trim, Intersect and Welding

Shaping Graphics Design Objects

In the previous lesson, I showed you how to organise graphics design objects, in this lesson, you will start shaping graphics design objects using the combine, trim, intersect and welding tools.

These tools allows you to merge multiple shapes into one, you can also split an object into several parts using these shaping graphics design tools.

Shaping Graphics Design Objects  using the Combine object command

The Combine object command helps you in shaping graphics design objects up to two or more into one object. This command has many applications, including creating clipping holes and joining lines or curve segments.

 

To Combine Objects

Select the object with the Pick tool.

Click Arrange, Combine

To combine objects using the Property Bar

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click Combine on the Property Bar.

 

Break Apart Combined Objects

The Break Apart command divides a combined object into several component. You can break apart any object that has been created using the Combine command.

To break apart combined objects

Select the combined object with the Pick tool

Click Arrange, Break Apart.

To break apart combined objects using the Property Bar

Select the combined objects with the Pick tool

Click the Break Apart button on the Property Bar.

 

Shaping Graphics Design Objects  using the Weld command

The Weld command creates a single curve object out of two or more objects. If the object overlaps, the result is a single object with one outline. If the objects don’t overlap, they form a weld group, in which the objects appear to be separate but are treated as one object.

 

To weld objects

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click Arrange, Weld.

Enable the Target Object check box if you want to keep a copy of the target object (the object to which you’re welding the selected object) after welding.

Enable the Other Object(s) check box if you want to keep a copy of the selected object(s) after welding.

Click Weld To.

Click the object you want to be the target object. (You can click one of the objects you selected in step 1.)

The welded object takes on the fill and outline attributes of the target object.

To weld objects using the Property Bar

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click the Weld button on the Property Bar.

 

Shaping Graphics Design Objects  using Trim Object Command

Before you use the Trim command, you need to decide which object you want to trim (the target object) and which object(s) you want to use to trim it. The objects you use to trim must overlap (or be overlapped by) the target object.

 

To trim an object

Using the Pick tool, select all the objects you want to use to trim target object.

Click Arrange, Trim

Enable the Other Object(s) check box if you want to keep a copy of the objects you’re using to trim.

Click Trim.

Click the target object (the one you want to trim)

 

Shaping Graphics Design Objects  using the Intersect command

The basic function of the intersection command is to create a new object of an area where two or more objects overlap. The result is one object, the size and shape of this overlapping area.

To intersect objects

Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Click Arrange, Intersect

Enable the Target Object check box if you want to keep a copy of the target object

Enable the Other Object(s) check box if you want to keep a copy of all other selected objects (except the target object).

Click Intersect With.

Click the object that you want to use as the target object.

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