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Group and/or reversing a texture snapshot? [Resolved]

ilsils Member Posts: 2
edited February 12 in Resolved Issues
When i am trying to move/resize/manipulate multiple shapes at the same time it can be difficult and time consuming to select each shape every time. I'm looking for a grouping function. If the shapes aren't overlapping and have the same color or texture i can just use a join, which I can undo after I'm finished manipulating them with a split.

But if the shapes are all different colors or textures a join will change the color/texture of all the shapes to the same thing, and it will get messed up if any of the shapes overlap. The easiest way to group them in this case (that I've found) is to do a texture snapshot, but I don't know how to reverse it once I have finished manipulating the shapes and want to split them out into individual shapes again. It seems that texture snapshot is not reversible.

I hope what I'm trying to do makes sense. If anybody can assist me with what I'm trying to figure out how to do it will be most appreciated. Thanks for your time!
Post edited by Gabe on

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  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,458
    My question is - are the shapes you are wishing to play with the only things on the page or are there other things on their.  If they are the only things then Ctrl A will grab them all and as long as you keep your left mouse button down you can move them about and on release they will still be all selected so you can then change their size em-mass/rotate etc. as a selected group without actually grouping them.  If other things are on the page then you would need to turn the eye off on those items to use this method.  If you group them together they will all become one colour but as long as they are individual items then you can ungroup by using the ungroup icon to the left of the split icon and you will then end up with individual pieces again.  If you want to drop a copy of your file here it would be easier to see what the difficulties are and then those who are far more knowledgeable then me could help and advise you.
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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,491
    In MTC, grouping them is just placing them all on the same layer on the Layer Bar. To do that, select all of the shapes and then click on the middle icon in the lower left corner of the Layer Bar.  Then, every time you click on that layer all of them will be selected and you can apply whatever functions you want, such as resizing, rotating, moving, etc.  And... you can still individually select them, as well.

    Regarding Texture Snapshot, that's not a method for grouping items.  Just for the clarification, you can remove the texture on any shape by right clicking, after selecting and then picking Change Color/Texture/Line and then Remove Textures.  Then you would need to select Break to separate the shapes.  But when you do that, the individual shapes will all become the same color.  So, this isn't the method for what you want to do.

    Hope this helps!
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  • ilsils Member Posts: 2
    Thank you Sandy and Di-Lite!

    Sandy, you've been a big help, I actually never noticed that right clicking on a layer had the option to select all shapes on the layer. And I've never used that middle icon on the layer bar before - that's a great shortcut to placing all selected shapes onto new layer! Up to now I've been creating a new layer, selecting the shapes, cutting and then pasting into the newly created layer manually. Placing all the shapes I wanted to group into their own layer and then quickly selecting them all allows me to easily do exactly what I want to them as needed while still keeping their integrity. Thank you so much for the help.
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,491
    edited February 12
    You're welcome!  You might want to check out my 3 videos on the MTC Layer Bar because mastering the Layers Bar is a key to being able to more easily achieve what you want.  You'll find those three videos on my MTC Support page here: https://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit
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