Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying 2D objects, part of Up and Running with Vectorworks.
Creating basic shapes and objects is a great way to get started, but you can't design or build every component of your drawing just using the shapes. So, we need to use some tools to modify those objects. First up, let's look at the mirror tool found over here. I'll double check my modes up here, and I can see that I have two modes. One is delete and one is duplicate. Delete mode will mirror the object and delete the original, while duplicate will do just like it sounds and create a copy of the mirrored version. I'm going to leave duplicate on for now, and select my object by holding down the command key.
I'm going to click out here in space, drag my cursor down, and we can see a preview of what the object will look like. I can drag my cursor to the left and the right, and I can see a preview as I change the axis. I'm going to click right now on the vertical and select here. This is a great tool if you're creating some sort of a profile and decide that it needs to be mirrored to the opposite side. Let's click X to get back into our selection mode and I'll select my rectangle, and then I'm going to go over here and pick the rotate command. Again, I get a similar option.
I can either rotate the original object or rotate a duplicate of the object. In this case, I'm going to just rotate the existing object. You can see, I get a protractor that I can place on the object, and wherever I click, that's going to be my anchor point or the point around which I'm going to rotate the object. I'm going to drag my cursor out and click here to set the beginning angle of my rotation. As I drag the cursor up, you can see again I get a preview of the angle. I may need to match an angle, say something in a picture window.
I can type in a value of something specific, like 37 degrees, press enter, and then enter again to accept the command. I'm going to get back in the selection tool. Now, let's take a look at the move command. I have two different ways of moving an object. One,is to select the object, go the move tool under the modified menu, and I can enter in the values here or here, depending on the information I have. I can also go to the move objects tool here in the tool pallet. Again, I'm going to set my mode to the first mode, and I'm going to make sure that my number of duplicates is set to one, then press enter.
Now, I can click out here in space and drag my cursor and click again to move my object. I can also click and enter in very specific coordinates to move my object, too. I'll press the tab key three times to get over to the delta x, and, say I want to move this object negative two to move it to the left, and negative1.5 to move it down. Enter to enter the command, and enter again to accept it. There is a third option for moving objects around your drawing, but it takes a little bit of practice.
I'll go back to the drawing window, make sure I'm in the selection mode, hover over my selected object, in this case the circle, and as I move the cursor around, you can see the cursor switches to a crosshairs. I can now click, and while holding down the cursor, I can drag the object to move it. Soon as I let go of the mouse key, the object will drop, and the object is moved. If I want to move it by a specific distance, again, I'll move my cursor until it becomes a crosshair, drag it, and before letting go, I'm going to press the tab key.
This puts me into the value enter mode. Now, I can let go of my mouse and still be able to move my object. And this time I'm going to move the object two units in a 90 degree fashion. Enter and enter again. Let's go back and look at the move command again. And this time, I'm going to set the second mode, or distribute mode. Have the option here for object retention, which I'm going to to turn on. This will create a copy of all the objects that I'm distributing. I'm going to enter in a value here of four, enter to accept it, and this time I'm going to hold down the command key or the control key, and select my hexagon.
I'm going to click a point here, drag my cursor to the right, and enter in a value of four. Enter and then enter again, and you can see I've retained the original object, and Vectorwork says distributed the four objects that I requested along that path. This can be a great tool, and combined with some of the other modification tools, will have you drafting faster in no time.
- Setting up your workspace
- Working with classes and layers
- Entering values
- Working with geometry
- Creating 3D objects
- Modeling architecture
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding annotations
- Creating viewports
- Printing and sharing