In Canvas X Draw, you need to select objects in order to edit them. If you want to edit several objects at once, you can group the objects first. You might also want to align two or more objects, or distribute them so the spacing between them is the same.
When you select an object, you distinguish it from other, unselected objects, so that when you choose a command or apply a color, Canvas X Draw knows to apply it to the selected object. In most cases, you select objects first, then apply a command or attribute. If you can’t apply an attribute, or a command is not available, check to be sure you have correctly selected an object first.
Canvas X Draw provides several tools and commands for you to select objects. Use the most convenient method for each situation. The Selection tools are the primary object-selection tools. You can also use the Select All and Find commands from the Edit menu to select objects.
In some cases, you can select parts of objects; e.g., you can select an anchor point within a vector object, a word within a text object, and an image area within a paint object. Selection techniques for various types of objects are described in the drawing, text editing, and image editing sections of the manual.
Direct Edit Selection tool: This tool allows you to select all curve- edit points of an object in one step. Click this tool and then click on a vector object to place that object into Edit mode.
Lasso Selection tool: Select this tool and then encircle or draw a line around an object or series of objects. Doing this will select all of the objects that are touching the selection. You can also use this tool to select objects by simply drawing a line through them.
Direct Edit Lasso tool: You can quickly edit any path point of an object by enclosing it with this tool. This feature places the object or objects into Edit mode and highlights the edit points that fall inside the selection area drawn by the Direct Edit Lasso Tool. Likewise, you may also draw a line through an object to allow editing of a path point.
Ink/Stroke Selection tool: You can select one object with specific attributes and every object sharing those attributes will also be selected. From the Properties bar, choose whether to select objects with shared Pen Inks, Fill Inks, or Strokes. Select None from the Group Level drop-down menu to ignore grouped objects in your selection.
Do one of the following:
Choose Edit | Select All to select every object in a single-layer document.
Use the Group command to unite objects that you want to keep together as one unit. You can group individual objects as well as already-grouped objects. When you no longer want to keep a group together, separate the original objects with the Ungroup command.
When you apply a command to a group object, the effect in most cases is the same as if you applied the command to each object in the group individually.
After you group objects, you can select individual objects in the group with the Direct Group Selection tool.
Choose Window | Palettes | Align...
You can apply alignment and distribution options to vector objects, grouped objects, paint objects, and text objects. You can align and distribute objects in separate or combined operations. As the reference point for alignment and distribution, you can choose points on the objects or the document.