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Grouping

When objects are grouped together, they can be moved as a cohesive unit, yet each item in the group remains editable. The objects will keep their original stacking order relative to the other objects in the group.


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Note: Any transform commands that are applied to a group affect all the objects in the group. Multiple groups (or groups and individual objects) can be nested into a larger group.

To group objects:

1.
Choose a selection tool, then marquee or Shift-click all the items to be grouped (Fig. 1).

2.
Choose Object menu >Group (Command-G/Ctrl-G)(Fig. 2).

Use this technique if you want to edit the attributes or characters of a text object in a group.


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To select the topmost text object in a group:

1.
Choose the Selection tool.

2.
Double-click the group. Neat trick.

To select a grouped object, you can use the Subgroup-selection tool, but we think it's easier to just hold down the "A" key to access that tool temporarily.

To select a grouped object:

1.
Choose the Selection tool.

2.
Hold down the "A" key as you click on the group, subgroup (nested group), or object you want to select (Fig. 3). To select an object within a subgroup, click on the subgroup, then click again to select the individual object.


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To ungroup objects:

1.
Choose a selection tool, then click on the group (Fig. 1).

2.
Choose Object menu >Ungroup (Command-U/Ctrl-U)(Fig. 2).


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Let's say you've got some text that's grouped together with an object and you change its attributes (e.g., font, size, tracking) or add or delete characters. Chances are, it will no longer fit properly over the object. Ah! You remembered to turn on the Maintain Alignment command. The object magically resizes to accommodate the text.


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To turn on Maintain Alignment:

1.
Choose the Selection tool (V), then click on a group that includes a text object (Fig. 3).

2.
Choose Object menu >Maintain Alignment.

3.
To see how this feature works, add a few characters to the text (Fig. 4). To do this, choose the Selection tool, then double-click on the group to open the Type Tool dialog box.


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▸ To turn Maintain Alignment off, re-select the same object, then re-choose the command.

▸ To use the Maintain Alignment command when performing batch HTML replacement, see page 262.


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