Working with objects

To modify an object, you must first select it using the Transformation tool. To change the properties of a selected object, use the Inspector, which displays all the properties for the selected object. To modify the Transformation properties (position, scale, and rotation) directly on the workspace, use the Transformation tool. You can only select and work with objects on the active layer.

When you select one or more objects, a bounding box appears around them. The bounding box is a frame with handles you can use to manipulate the objects.

Bounding boxes around simple objects are red. Around complex objects such as buttons and animation objects, bounding boxes are green.

Select an object

  1. On the toolbox, click the Transformation tool.
  2. On the workspace, click the object you wish to select. The selected object is also highlighted in the Objects and Animation panels.

Use the Objects panel to select the object if it is difficult to access (for example, if it is behind or partially behind another object, or the workspace is very crowded).

Select multiple objects

  1. On the toolbox, click the Transformation tool.
  2. Perform one of the following actions:
    • Press and hold the SHIFT or CTRL key, then click the objects you want to select on the workspace.
    • On the workspace, drag the pointer to select the objects using a selection box.
    The Inspector displays the properties for the bottom-most object in the selection.

Move a selected object on the workspace

With the Transformation tool, click within the bounding box and drag the selected object to the desired location on the workspace.

When the pointer changes to the Reposition indicator, you can move the object.

Resize a selected object using the bounding box

With the Transformation tool, perform one of the following actions:
  • To adjust both the height and width of the object, click a corner handle of the bounding box frame and drag it to the desired size.

    To scale the height and width uniformly, press the SHIFT key while you resize the object. To scale the height and width uniformly around the object center, press the ALT key while you resize the object.

  • To adjust the height only, click the center handle at the top or bottom of the bounding box frame and drag it to the desired size.
  • To adjust the width only, click the center handle at the left or right of the bounding box frame and drag it to the desired size.

Rotate a selected object

  1. With the Transformation tool, click the bounding box frame and drag the object to the desired rotation angle. When the pointer changes to the Rotate indicator, you can rotate the object.
  2. To adjust the rotation center, drag the rotation handle to the desired position. You can place the rotation handle anywhere inside or outside the object. To reset the rotation center to the center of the selected object, on the Objects menu, click Reset Rotation Center.

Duplicate an object

  1. Select the object.
  2. On the Objects menu, click Duplicate. The new object is positioned at the same coordinates on the workspace as the original, and placed at the top of the stack of objects on the current layer.
  3. Move the new object to the desired location on the workspace.