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Hour 4. Applied Advanced Drawing Techniq... > Task: Edit the Insides of Grouped Ob...

Task: Edit the Insides of Grouped Objects

In this task you'll learn how to temporarily enter a group to make edits to its contents. Here are the steps to follow:

Make sure View, Snap to Objects is selected. Draw a perfect square. Select the fill and stroke and then select Modify, Group (or press Ctrl+G).

Rotate the square exactly 45 degrees.

Change the fill color swatch and draw a perfect circle.

Select the entire circle (by double-clicking its fill) and drag it by its center to snap it to the top corner of your square, as shown in Figure 4.14. Because the square is grouped, neither object will eat away at the other. Notice that the circle shape is stacked behind the square group. Remember, groups are automatically stacked at a higher level than the canvas level.

Figure 4.14. Selecting the circle and then dragging it by its center will allow you to snap it to the corner of the square.

At this point, you'll make a fundamental change to the square. You don't want to ungroup it because it will eat away at the circle. Instead, you can temporarily enter the group without affecting anything else. Simply double-click the square, and you'll be taken inside the square's group.

Notice that the darkened address bar at the top of the stage reads “Scene 1:Group” (see Figure 4.15). Also notice that the other contents of the Stage are dimmed slightly. These are your clues that you are inside the group. Anything you do here will only affect the square group's contents.

Figure 4.15. While inside the square's group, you'll see the address bar change.

While in the group, deselect everything by single-clicking outside the shape. Then bend the two lower sides of the square inward to make a wing-like shape, as shown in Figure 4.16.

Figure 4.16. When inside the square's group, you can make fundamental changes to its shape.

You can make other changes to the square (such as changing the fill or stroke color). When you're done, return to the main scene. You can return three different ways. The most deliberate way is to simply click “Scene 1” in the address bar. There's also a small blue “go back” arrow button you can click at the left of the address bar. The other way is to double-click an empty part of the Stage. Save this file or leave it open—you'll be using it again.



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