In each type of document, you can set options for pages and layers. Use the Document Layout palette to set some options. (See Setting Options in the Palette.) Additional options are in dialog boxes.
You can set options for multiple items by selecting them and choosing Options in the palette’s menu. Do this to set the duration for multiple frames of an animation, or to apply transitions to multiple slides.
Options Dialog Box
In the text box, type a name for the item. By default, Canvas X Draw names pages and layers based on their order in the list.
Select the Locked option to prevent changes to a page’s layers, to individual layers, or to individual objects.
A locked page can be changed in some ways. If a master page is visible, changes to the master page will appear on the locked page. Also, a locked page does not prevent a document from being deleted. If a locked page is copied, the copy is also locked.
You can select the Password option when Locked is selected. When the Password option is used, the assigned password must be entered to unlock or change the page. To assign a password, select the Password option and type at least three characters in the text box. After you click OK, enter the password in the confirmation dialog box that appears and click OK.
The Visible option can be changed only in the Document Layout palette list. In Options dialog boxes, the Visible option is not available because a current item can’t be hidden.
Select Grayed to make solid color inks of objects on the layer appear to be grayed (desaturated).
Select Color Override to apply a color to a layer. Select White Fill to apply a white fill ink to vector objects and text objects on a layer that has a color override.
When you apply a color override to a layer, you temporarily assign a color to vector and text objects on the layers you specify. A color override does not affect paint objects. When you turn off the Color Override option, all affected objects revert to their original colors.
The White Fill option lets you control how override colors appear on vector objects. This option doesn’t change how override colors appear on text.
When White Fill is selected, Canvas X Draw applies the override color to the pen ink of vector objects and applies white as the fill ink; i.e., the override color becomes the color of the stroke of vector objects, while the inside of the object remains white. When White Fill is not selected, Canvas X Draw applies the override color as both pen and fill inks.
If you use the White Fill option, objects without a visible stroke are not visible against the white layout area.
Master pages hold common elements that you want to appear on most pages. Objects on the master page’s layers appear on pages where the Master Page option is selected.
You can unlink a master page. This lets you edit the page’s contents like you would any layer that isn’t shared, without changing the appearance of the master page on other pages. Canvas X Draw also lets you re-link a master page.
Illustration documents do not use master pages.
Sharing a layer means linking a layer to more than one page in a document. Since the shared layers are linked, if you modify one layer, all the linked layers will change. Therefore, shared layers can be used like additional master pages. The names of shared layers and objects on them are indicated in italics in the Document Layout palette.
Unsharing a layer converts it from a shared layer into a regular, non-linked layer on one page or throughout a document.
The name and content of the dialog box changes according to the type of document you are creating; i.e., pages, sheets, frames, or slides.
You can also share a layer by pressing Shift and dragging the layer to another page (except the master page).
You can use the Disperse command to quickly move objects to pages throughout a document. This is useful for creating frames and slides. For example, you can select a series of graphics, and use Disperse to place one graphic on each frame in an Animation document. You can spread objects over existing pages or Canvas X Draw will create pages for the objects. Dispersed objects are placed on a new layer on each page.