The Document Layout palette is the control center for working with pages, layers, and objects. The palette is available in all types of documents (some options are based on document type). The palette shows a list of the pages, layers, and objects in the current document. You can use the palette to add, delete, and move items and set layout options. You can select, move, copy, and delete objects.
Do one of the following:
The Document Layout palette floats, so you can place it anywhere on screen. You can dock the palette on the Docking bar or the Docking pane.
The Document Layout palette has columns of settings for several options: master pages, visibility, locking, printing, layer override colors, and animation frame duration.
In the Palette Options dialog box, select the options that you want to appear in the Document Layout palette. Some options are not available in all types of documents.
We recommend selecting Master Visible to facilitate working with master pages.
The following are the options columns in the Document Layout palette. You can also use dialog boxes to change options. (See Using the Options Dialog Box.)
Click to show or hide a page, layer, or object. Hiding a page hides all its layers (unless one is the current layer). When something is hidden, a hollow circle appears in the Visible column. If the object is visible, a blue-filled circle appears in the column.
Click to lock or unlock a page, layer, or object to prevent or allow changes. A bullet indicates an item is locked and its contents can’t be selected, moved, edited, or deleted. Grid layers are always locked. A padlock icon indicates an item is also password-protected.
Click in the column to apply an override color to a layer. A square with the override color appears in the column. To select an override color in the Layer Options dialog box, double-click the layer name. To hide a layer’s override color, click in the column to remove the color square.
Click to show or hide the master page on a document page. If the master page is hidden, a hollow circle with gray outline appears in the column. When the master page is visible, the hollow circle has a blue outline. Master pages are not available in Illustration documents.
You can hide master page layers using the Visible option. Hiding all master page layers is the same as hiding the master page.
In Animation documents, this column shows the duration of a frame in hundredths of a second. To change the frame’s duration, double-click the frame name, change the duration value in the Frame Options dialog box, and click OK.
You can use the list in the Document Layout palette to display and select pages, layers, and objects. You can expand the list to display more detail, or collapse it to display fewer items.
Items in a document are listed in a tree format in the Document Layout palette. The layout list is a hierarchy. Pages are at the top level, followed by layers, then group objects, then individual objects. Each level is indented to the right from the level above. The master page and its layers are listed after a page’s regular layers.
The name of the selected item in the list is shaded. The active layer name is bold. Names of master layers, shared layers and objects on shared layers are italic.
Do one of the following:
You can select one or more items at once in the layout list. The name of a selected item is shaded.
Click the name of the item in the list.
Click the first item and Shift-click the last item. This selects a continuous range of pages, layers, or objects. To select or deselect individual items in a selection, press Ctrl-click for each item.
Click Object | Hide Selected Objects.
Click Object | Show All Hidden Objects.
Canvas X Draw can find items in the layout list by searching their names. This means you can go to pages and layers, and select objects in a document, by typing some or all of the text in an item’s name in the search box.
Type the text to find in the search box in the Document Layout palette.
When you stop or press Enter, Canvas X Draw searches the list from the current page. The search includes only items that are visible in the list, (not collapsed pages).
You can type text in upper or lower-case. If an object in the list is named “Rectangle Fill 0c 67m 45y 23k” and you type “23K” Canvas X Draw will select the object. Default object names are object type and ink values. Default page and layer names are item type and sequence number. Double-click on a layer, page, and object in the layout list to assign names to these items. Their assigned names will appear in the layout list.
If you want to change a document’s layout, you can add, delete, as well as move pages and layers. You can do this in the Document Layout palette, use commands in the Layout menu, or use the Page & Layer controls. (See Page and Layer Controls.) In addition, you can arrange, copy, and delete objects in the Document Layout palette.
In the Document Layout palette, click the New Page button.
Canvas X Draw adds a page, sheet, slide, or frame to the end of the document. In the list, the item’s name is the next number in sequence.
You can also add pages by choosing Add Page (Sheet/Slide/Frame) in the palette’s menu. You can assign a name to the page in the dialog box.
You can have multiple paper types, orientations, and settings in one document. Toggle the Apply to all pages checkbox in the Properties bar when adding individual pages or sheets with unique settings.
In the Document Layout palette, select a page or layer and click the Add Layer button.
Canvas X Draw adds a new layer to the current page. You can also click the New Layer icon at the bottom of the document window.
You can merge layers, which moves objects from a source to a destination layer and deletes the source layer. Click the source layer to select it in the layout list. Shift-click the destination layer. Choose Merge Layers in the palette’s menu.
In addition, you can add layers by choosing open the Document palette menu and selecting Add Layer. A dialog box lets you change the layer’s name and select other options. (See Page and Layer Options.)
If you want to move pages, layers, or objects, you can drag them in the layout list. If you drag to a collapsed part of the list, the list expands.
Canvas X Draw does not rename layers if you change their order or move them to other pages in the list. However, if you change the order of pages, Canvas X Draw does rename them, unless you have given them unique names.
Select one or more items in the palette, and then Ctrl-drag them to a new layer.
Drag the items from the list to the Trash icon. You can also delete items by selecting them in the palette and then choosing Delete in the palette’s menu.