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Creating Groups

When you group artwork on the Stage, you prevent it from interacting with other artwork on the same layer. Grouping essentially stores the artwork in a bounding box that can only be edited by entering a special group editing mode, which you can easily do by double-clicking the group. For example, if you draw a shape over another shape on the same layer, the strokes and fills of the second shape will cut through or replace the strokes and fills of the shape directly beneath it. Grouping your artwork prevents this from happening. You can also use grouping to combine several shapes into one group so you can manipulate them simultaneously. You can ungroup artwork or objects that have been grouped by using the ungroup option or by breaking them apart. Doing so removes the bounding box and the artwork can be freely edited.

Group Artwork on the Same Layer

1.
Select the artwork on the Stage that you want to group with any of Flash’s selection tools or methods.

2.
Click the Modify menu, and then click Group.

TIMESAVER Press +G (Mac) or Ctrl+G (Win) to quickly group selected objects or artwork.


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