Use the Copy and Paste commands to make multiple copies of selected objects through the Clipboard. If you want more control over placement, number of copies, scaling or rotation, use the Duplicate and Replicate commands to make multiple copies.
The Duplicate command quickly copies selected objects into the same document, without affecting the contents of the Clipboard.
The Duplicate command offsets copies a preset distance horizontally and vertically from the original. You can move the copy (without deselecting it) to adjust the offset distance and direction and then repeat the Duplicate command to make more evenly-spaced copies.
You can change the Duplicate command’s preset offset values. (See Setting Preferences.)
|Canvas X Draw offsets and stacks duplicates, placing the newest copy in front of the stack.|
Duplicated objects are offset a preset amount (gray circles). By moving the first copy and repeating Duplicate, you can set a custom offset distance and direction (light gray circles).
You can duplicate an object by pressing a modifier key as you drag the object. When an object is selected, press a modifier key to duplicate and resize it as you drag a handle. In Freeform mode, you can press a modifier key to duplicate while rotating or skewing an object.
Select the objects you want to duplicate. Press Option+ Command as you drag the objects.
The duplicated object rotates or skews depending on which handle you drag. You cannot rotate and skew the object at the same time. When you release the mouse, the duplicate is in front of the original.
You can now create duplicates of objects that have been skewed, rotated, or offset.
Remember that each time you choose Edit | Duplicate with Transform, the duplicate object is duplicated and transformed once again; e.g., duplicate an object and then rotate the duplicate by 20°. Choose Duplicate with Transform and the new duplicate is transformed by another 20°.
The multigon on the left was duplicated and then rotated 20°. Each time Duplicate with Transform was applied, the resulting duplicate would rotate an additional 20°. The final duplicate had a rotation of 200°.
After you duplicate an object using a modifier key, make more copies with the same offset distance, angle of rotation, or skew factor.
The Replicate command offers powerful capabilities for duplicating objects. Use the Replicate dialog box to set the number of copies and to rotate, scale, and position copies with one command.
Enter the number of objects you want to create.
To rotate each copy relative to the preceding object, select Rotate. Type the rotation amount from (minus) ‑359.0 to 359.0 degrees. The center of rotation is shown in the “Around” box by a hollow handle; click to select another handle as the rotation center.
To incrementally change the size of each copy, select Scale by. In the pop-up menu, choose Percentage, Length, or Ratio. In the text boxes, enter horizontal and vertical scaling factors.
Percentage scales each copy by the specified percentages of the proceeding object’s dimensions. Enter whole numbers from 1% to 999%.
Ratio lets you resize copies by fractional amounts. Canvas X Draw scales each copy to ratios of the previous object’s horizontal and vertical dimensions.
Type ratios with whole numbers from 1 to 999. The left number represents the copy; the right number represents the previous object. A 1/1 ratio maintains dimensions; 1/2 halves dimensions; 2/1 doubles dimensions.
Length increases or decreases by a fixed amount each copy of the object using the values in the horizontal and vertical text boxes.
If selected, Canvas X Draw makes the vertical value in the Scale by or Offset area equal to the horizontal value.
Check this option to place copies a specified distance from the previous object. In the text boxes, enter the horizontal and vertical offset distance. Positive numbers offset copies up and right; negative numbers offset objects down and left.
Select to flip the replicated object.
Select which direction the replica will be flipped.
Specify which position in a sequence of objects will be flipped.
Displays the selection’s height and width. These values can’t be edited.
You can replicate objects and then strategically position them according to specified X/Y coordinates.
Select an object and then choose Edit | Replicate and Position.
Replicating and Positioning Options
Bounding box icon
Canvas X Draw performs the positioning according to the selected handle. By default, the center handle is selected. Select another handle, if necessary.
Enter the X/Y coordinates in the appropriate fields. The # column lists the replicates in sequence.
Position original object
If selected, the coordinates for the first replicate correspond to the original object; i.e., the original object will move to the coordinates entered for replicate #1.
Click to access available commands.
Copy: Copy selected points within the Coordinate table.
Paste: Paste points that have been copied to the Clipboard.
Load: Open .txt, .csv (comma delimited), and .prn (space delimited) files that contain points.
Save: Save points to a .txt file.
Clear: Removes all the points within the Coordinate table.