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Chapter 23. AUTOMATING FREEHAND > Finding and Replacing Graphics

Finding and Replacing Graphics

This is one of the most sophisticated features of its kind. I know of no other graphics program that lets you search for such a wide range of objects and then change them into something else. For instance, you can find all objects with a certain shape and change them to another without losing the original fill and stroke settings.

To use the Find and Replace Graphics:

1.
Choose Edit > Find and Replace > Graphics. This opens the Find and Replace Graphics dialog box.

2.
Click the Find and Replace tab to open that section 1.

Figure 1. The Find and Replace section of the Find and Replace Graphics dialog box.


3.
Use the Attribute menu to select those features you want to find 2. Each attribute displays different choices for the From and To sections. See the exercises that follow for specifics on how to set each attribute.

Figure 2. The Attributes choices that can be changed using the Find and Replace Graphics.


4.
Set the Change-in menu as follows:

  • Selection searches through the selected objects.

  • Active page searches through just the current page.

  • Document searches through all the pages and the pasteboard.

5.
Set the From choices on the left side of the box to select the features of the objects you want to find.

6.
Set the To choices on the right side of the box to select the features of the objects you want to find.

7.
Click Change. FreeHand automatically changes the objects from one set of attributes to another.


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