Choose Window | Show Properties Bar.
Choose Window | Hide Properties Bar.
Document Setup Options
Select a standard paper size, or select Custom to enter a custom width and height.
Select the unit of measure to use in the document.
Width and Height
Displays the height and width of the document. If you change these measurements, Paper is changed to Custom.
Click the Orientation icon to change the orientation between portrait and landscape.
Select a drawing scale or set a custom scale for the document.
Select a number format.
Select a format for displaying coordinates.
Displays a background grid. This can be helpful for laying out objects in a document.
Displays any guides used in the document. To add a guide, drag the cursor from the vertical or horizontal ruler across the document.
Displays the vertical and horizontal rulers.
Displays page breaks.
Displays page margins.
Displays text boxes.
Displays the opaque screen outside the document area. Any objects that are placed in the paste board will not be visible.
Displays spelling errors.
Select Across layers
Enables selections of objects across more than one layer.
For example, if you select the Brush tool, the following settings appear in the Properties bar:
When an object is selected, the Properties bar automatically displays the object’s reference point, coordinates, height, width, rotation, and skew settings. You can also change the object’s opacity and transfer mode.
For example, if you draw a simple rectangle object, the following settings appear in the Properties bar:
Common Object Properties
X and Y
Displays the X and Y coordinates.
For line objects, the Properties bar displays the X/Y coordinates for the start of the line and the end of the line, the length of the line, and the angle of the line.
Displays the default coordinate format for the document.
Displays the reference point for the object. This is the point on the selected object (or its bounding box) that position data is based on.The reference point is also the fixed point used in an object’s transformation.
Width and Height
Displays the height and width of the object.
Click the down arrow to change between scaling the object proportionally or not proportionally. Proportional scaling means that if you change the width of the object, the length is adjusted automatically so that the object retains the same proportions.
Click the down arrow to transformed and untransformed dimensions.
Click the down arrow to change the direction or rotation. Enter a degree value in the Rotate field and press Enter. If you are rotating an image, you can also use the Image Hard Rotate options.
Click the down arrow to change between horizontal and vertical skew. Enter a degree value in the Skew field and press Enter.
Move the opacity slider to the right or left depending on the desired transparency. For vector objects, you can also choose to apply the effect on the stroke and fill or only the fill by clicking on the Transparency button.
Select a Transfer mode. See Using Transfer Modes.
Select transparency on the object's stroke and fill, or just on the fill.
Select a SpriteEffects effect. See Using SpriteEffects.
Click this button to make the object a lens. You can then apply SpriteEffects to the lens. The effects appear on objects that are viewed through the lens. See Creating a Lens from an Object.
Click to open the SpriteEffects palette. See Using SpriteEffects.
Select this checkbox to smooth the edges of the object.
Scale by Area/Perimeter
Click to open the Scale By Area/Perimeter dialog box, where you can select scale settings.
Shift + click multiple objects to display their combined Area and Perimeter measurements.
Do one of the following:
To copy an object and paste it in the same position on a different page, you can do so by copying the object and then pressing Shift+Command+V, or choosing Edit | Paste in Place or pressing Shift and choosing Edit | Paste.
Do one of the following:
Caching can be used to speed up the display of complex objects, which is useful when a document contains complex objects that you do not need to edit often. When you cache an object, Canvas X Draw stores a low-resolution preview in memory. The preview can be displayed quickly when you move the object or change views. You can cache any type of object for faster display. To cache vector objects, group the objects first. The Cache Object checkbox only appears if the vector objects are grouped.
You can also group vector, image, and text objects and then cache the grouped object.
When you select more than one object the Align options are displayed on the Properties bar. You can choose to align left edges, right edges, tops, bottoms, vertical or horizontal centers, or the centers of the objects.
When there is one object selected in the document, Align functions work based on the document bounds.
When an image or paint object is selected, the Properties bar automatically displays image and paint object settings such as filters, adjust options, and export options.
Common Image and Paint Object Properties
Select a filter to apply to the object. The last five used filters appear at the top of the menu on the Properties bar. If you don’t click on the arrow icon to open the menu, the last filter used will be applied.
Select an Adjust filter to apply to the object.
Select an option to export the object to a different format.
Select a crop and scale default size, or select Custom to define a special crop size. See Changing Image Size.
You can change the selected paint object's resolution while retaining its dimensions. Enter a resolution in pixels per inch (PPI). If you would like to change the paint object's resolution while preventing resampling, choose Image | Area | Resolution and select the Preserve Data checkbox.
Select an image mode. See Image Modes for Canvas X Draw Paint Objects.
Select the paint object and then click the Cache Object checkbox. Enter a value in the PPI field.
When a cached paint object is placed into Paint Edit mode, it returns to the original resolution.
Enter a resolution in pixels per inch (PPI).
When using various tools to create or select text objects, the text formatting options appear in the Properties bar. See Formatting Text with the Properties Bar.