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Vector Select

 

The Vector Select tool is used to specify individual vectors, an area of vectors (rectangular or irregular polygon area) or all of the vectors in the image.

The specified vectors contained in the area can then be Cut, Copied, Moved, Rotated, Scaled or Pasted.

 

1. If it is not already selected, select the following icon:

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The cursor will change to

 

When the Vector Select tool is selected, a range of menu and toolbar buttons will temporarily be disabled.

These will be re-enabled upon exit from the Vector Select tool.

To exit from vector selection, Click the icon or use Select Completed as in 2 below.

 

2. Once selected, clicking the right mouse button will present the options available with the Select tool.

· Select Completed – Use this option to exit the Select tool – any current selection is ‘unselected’.
· Select by Cursor – Use this option to window a required rectangular area.
· Select by Polygon – Use this option to draw an irregular polygon shape around the required area.
· Select All – Use this option to select the all vectors in the image.
· Clear – This option will ‘unselect’ any current selection.

When selecting by cursor, groups of vectors can be selected by windowing around them.Individual vectors can be selected/unselected by clicking the required vector, making sure that the vector you are clicking on is within the Grab Snap Distance.

The area containing all the selected vectors will be highlighted using a red-white outline.

 

3. When a selection has been made, clicking the right mouse button will present options for:-

· Cut – Select to cut vectors in the current selected area.

The vectors in the area you have cut are placed on the Pasteboard and can be pasted back into the image using Paste as below or Vector Edit Menu > Paste ()

· Copy – Select to copy vectors in the current selected area.

The vectors in the area you have copied are placed on the Pasteboard and can be pasted back into the image using Paste as below or Vector Edit Menu > Paste ()

· Move – Select to move vectors in the current selected area.

The cursor will be replaced with the move cursor. Press the right mouse button down to signify the start of a move action. Holding the right mouse button down, move the vectors in the selected area to the new destination position and release the right mouse button. The move action is still active. Whilst it is still active pressing the right mouse button will give the following options:-

· Move Completed – Select to finish the move action – the move cursor is replaced.
· Rotate usingThere are 2 options available to rotate the currently selected vectors in the move area

Cursor – Press the left mouse button and whilst holding, move the cursor to rotate the selected vectors.

When rotation is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Rotate Completed’.

 

Value – Enter the required degrees of rotation of the selected vectors.

Entering the degrees value as a negative value will rotate anti-clockwise, a positive value will rotate clockwise.

· Scale using – There are 2 options available to scale the currently selected vectors in the move area

Cursor – Press the left mouse button and whilst holding, move the cursor to scale the selected vectors.

When scaling is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Scale Completed’.

 

Value – Enter the required X and Y scaling factors of the selected vectors and then OK.

 

· Paste The above Cut, Copy or Move actions will place a copy of the selected vectors on the Pasteboard.

Select this option to paste a copy of these vectors back to the current vector image. The pasted vectors will be placed in the center of the currently viewed image.

The contents of the Pasteboard can also be pasted to the vector image after exiting the Select tool by using Vector Edit Menu > Paste ()

 

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