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Lesson 4. RotoShape > Right Mouse Controls

Right Mouse Controls

The right mouse menu on a knot or transform control gives you several other options, such as move controls to change a shape’s visibility and layering priority; set a shape’s color options; copy, paste, and delete shapes; create parent-child relationships; and associate tracking information with points.

Right-Clicking a Knot

If you right-click a knot, you will see the following controls and commands.

The Bounding Box Toggle control, for example, gives you a box that can be transformed to both move and scale the shape. You don’t need to choose this control; I just want you to know that it’s there.

Another right mouse knot function allows you to make a shape black and then use it to punch a hole in other shapes.

1.
Create a new shape.

2.
Using the transform control, overlap the shapes.

3.
Right-click one of the knots of an overlapping shape and choose Black.

What do you know? The shape turned black.

The right mouse menu also has several Arrange commands, which can switch a shape’s layering priority.

If you right-click the transform control, you can set up a parent-child relationship between your shapes.

1.
Right-click the transform control of the shape that you want to be the parent, and choose Add Child.

2.
Next, click the transform control of the shape that you want to be the child.

3.
Now, move the parent shape, and then move the child shape.

When the parent is moved, the child follows, but the child can have motion independent of the parent.

4.
Remove the parent-child relationship by right-clicking the child’s transform control and choosing Remove Parent. (I wish I had that kind of control when I was a kid.)

Tip

You may find that the transform control becomes uncentered from its shape depending on what actions you perform. If you right-click the transform control of a shape, you can choose Re-Center to center the transform control within the shape.


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