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Selecting objects

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Video: Selecting objects

Selecting objects will be the most common thing you do as you learn to work in CorelDRAW. An object is either selected or deselected. You can tell an object is selected by the sizing handles that will appear around the outside, and by the little nodes that, in this case, because it's text, you will see, or for example, if I were to select that rectangle, you can see the little nodes in the corner there. Selecting an object is fairly easy. You can click on the object to select it, and click on the white of your working area to deselect the object.

Selecting objects

Selecting objects will be the most common thing you do as you learn to work in CorelDRAW. An object is either selected or deselected. You can tell an object is selected by the sizing handles that will appear around the outside, and by the little nodes that, in this case, because it's text, you will see, or for example, if I were to select that rectangle, you can see the little nodes in the corner there. Selecting an object is fairly easy. You can click on the object to select it, and click on the white of your working area to deselect the object.

Now I can, as you see here, draw a marquee, simply click my mouse, and whatever is inside of that blue dotted line -- we call that a marquee -- when I release my mouse, will be selected. Now, you notice how my marquee runs over the top of other objects? Because the entire object is not inside, only those objects that are will be selected, and you can see them there by the little nod; that lets me know that all of those objects there are selected. Click on the white to deselect.

Now again, I will click, drag over the whole area, and as you can see, I've selected all of those objects. Well, that's fairly easy, and of course, clicking on any object that you want, as well. But do you remember in an earlier lesson we turned off treat all objects as fill? So this little rectangle here, when I click in the middle, absolutely nothing happens, because it has no fill color. So to select that, I would either draw a marquee, or I have to click on the outline. So remember that when you have no fill, click on the outline color, or draw a marquee around the outside.

There are ways to select multiple objects without drawing a marquee, and that's our first option here. If I select my piece of text, hold my finger on the Shift key, I can now select another object. So only the text and this blue rectangle are selected. You can see the little node. If I deselect, I will do it again; finger on Shift, the green one, the blue one, and the text. So that's called multiple selecting. But of course, I chose what would be part of that selection by holding my finger on the Shift key.

Yu can do the reverse. Hold your finger on the Shift key when you have a number of objects selected, and click on the one you wish to deselect. Click, and as you can see, you're deselecting from the group, or from that selection. The next option is what we call the Digger tool. Now, right now if I go into View, and Simple Wireframe, we looked at this earlier, you notice underneath this blue square, there are two other squares. Well, I could select them, because I am now in Simple Wireframe mode.

So if I click, as you can see, on the outline, I can select, or even go like that, and select. However, back here in Enhanced mode, I can't click through the blue square. However, I could draw a marquee around the outside, like that, and select them. There is another way, also, that you will find very handy, and very quick. Hold your finger on the Alt key. So I am holding my finger on the Alt key now, and as I click, automatically it clicks through the top object to the next one.

Now if I click again, you can see the other object is selected. Click again, and I am going to my background area there. So I can click on my top object, finger on Alt, click again, it selects the one underneath, click again, and the one underneath that. So it's digging, that's why we call it the Digger tool, through all of the objects that are there. Well the next one, Control+A; I'll simply go Control+A, and all objects on my screen will become selected. Tab is an interesting one; click Tab.

Now, if I hit the Tab key, as you can see, it's automatically moving on to the next object. And in fact, what it's doing is it's moving to the next object, or selecting the next object in the stacking order. We'll look at stacking order shortly. But effectively, when you place an object on your working area, it is basically stacked one on top of the other, on top of the other. No object can be on the same plane, if you want to look at it like that. So Tab, Tab, Tab; finger on Shift, and then hit Tab, and I can go back the other way, selecting the objects in the order with which they were placed onto my working area. Okay.

Well finally, just hit Escape as I just did to deselect. So why don't you now run through all of the options that you can see here. Just quickly make sure you feel okay with selecting and deselecting objects, and we'll move on.

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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