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Chapter 6. Grouping, Parenting, and Aligning

Chapter 6. Grouping, Parenting, and Aligning

Grouping, parenting, and aligning provide ways of organizing and controlling an object’s relationship to other objects. If you wanted to move a number of objects around a scene simultaneously, you might want to consider grouping those objects so you could move them as a single unit—one selection vs. multiple selections.

You can think of parenting as a distant cousin to grouping. The difference between the two functions boils down to this: Parented surfaces (Figure 6.1) have a relationship in which one follows the other (Figure 6.2), while objects in a group can act both independently and as a single, grouped entity. We’ll be exploring the differences between parenting and grouping throughout this chapter.


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