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We are now on page 31 the subject of Group and Ungroup. Well we have looked at grouping a little throughout some of our lessons, but here we'll look at it in depth. Over here on the left I have a Group of a number of groups. In other words you can group many objects and then sort of do a master group and group them all together if you want to. Why do we want to do that? Well effectively so that we can just simply deal with a whole lot of objects as though they were one object, resize them so they all resize together. You know we can rotate, we can skew, we can do whatever as though it will all one object, that's the advantage of grouping.
So let's create our first group. I am going to create this one up here Group 1. I'll place that object, and I'll place that object and then I'll place that on there and all I have to do is select all of the objects, either with a marquee or select them individually and then I can use Ctrl+G on my keyboard, I can right click and use Group or work with the Property bar, which I tend to do personally, and click Group. So now we have a group of objects and of course we can deal with that group as though it were one object.
Well over here on the right hand side we are going to create a series of groups; we are going to create a group of the highlight, then the blue ball in the highlight and then we'll finally add the text and then group the whole thing so that there will be three groups in total. Of course the reason we want to do this is oftentimes, once we position something or set of objects exactly how we want them, we don't want to have to deal with them individually anymore. So grouping them together gives us the advantage of manipulating them as one, or just literally moving them around as one.
So once I have got this where I feel I might is about right, I can select all four and then group them together. Now of course when I deselect, I have only got to click once and I have all within that group, click again and I can just skew the whole group together and that looks about right, pop it up a little bit more. Now that I am happy with my ball, I can select the blue background and the highlights and group them together, Group, so that's Group 2, eventually taking my piece of text, place that on top, select the whole thing and I'll group that together and that's Group 3.
So now I have got Group 1, and Group 2. Group 1 is a whole bunch of individual objects; Group 2 is a group of groups. Okay. If I want to select an object within a group, I simply can use this option here called the Picker tool. So, hold your finger on the Ctrl key, click once and you will see that I have got the blue square in the background. Keeping my finger on Ctrl, I can select various objects, while I hold my finger on Ctrl.
If I did the same thing with this Group of groups, finger on Ctrl, well, the first thing that will happen is everything will be selected. Now, if I click again, I can select that piece of text. Now, when I click here, I am going to get the whole thing again because I am clicking on a group. Remember, the blue and the white squares are all grouped together. Hold finger on Ctrl and then I can select the Group of white highlights, finger on Ctrl again and I can select the individual object within that group.
So you can actually get to varying objects within groups. Now, this is interesting. Over here on Group 1, let me grab my piece of text and I'll just pop that up here. And as you can see, it's sitting behind the red square. I can simply go Ctrl+Page Up and it comes to the front. Now, if I want to select this, finger on Ctrl, and go all the way behind the blue square, Ctrl+Page Down, Page Down, Page Down and now it's behind the blue square.
It's pretty easy to work with. However, it's a little different when dealing with groups of groups. Finger on Ctrl and I'll select that piece of text and place it over the top. Now it's on the top of the stacking order of this set of groups. Now if I go Ctrl+Page Down, watch what happens, it goes all the way behind the blue circle. Why? We'll think about it. I have got this piece of text here selected and I am telling it to go down one in the stacking order, but remember, Group 2, that's the white highlights and blue circle are grouped together.
So I guess in terms of this, you can say it's almost considered a single object. So, my text has gone all the way behind the blue ball because this is a group, the white objects and the blue objects are group. So Ctrl+Page Up will bring it all the way to the front of that group. So really, technically, if I want to go behind the white highlights, well, I am going to have to ungroup, so select that, click Ungroup, now Ctrl+Page Down and I have still gone behind. Why is that? Now this is where you can really get confused.
We created three groups and I just clicked Ungroup once, see that's Group 1, right there. So when I clicked Ungroup, all it did was ungroup the text. The second group is still there. Now what I need to do is ungroup that group. So, Ctrl+Page Down and now my text is underneath that group of objects. Can you see that? It can be a little confusing I do know. Well another way to look at this, let me just Ctrl+Z and go back to where it was all grouped together.
Okay. They are all grouped together here, right. So what I could do is select this and then click Ungroup All and what that does is it automatically ungroups every group within the entire selected range. So now every object is individual. Then of course I could reselect that and group it and then Ctrl+Page Down and I am sitting underneath the group of white objects. Does that make sense? Okay, finally just, I'll Ctrl+G this time and group that together, I am just going to place this over the top here like that and I do want you to see this.
I am going to select all of these objects and Shift+Page Up so that all of these objects are right at the stacking, at the top of the stacking order for the entire page. Now as I go Ctrl+Page Down the entire group and all of its objects go behind that group. Okay, so groups move through the stacking orders, through they were single objects. Just keep that in mind. And that's really all I wanted to show you. So remember, Ungroup or Ungroup All and the Picker tool.
Well let's move onto our next lesson. You can come and have a play with all of this and see how you are going.
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