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Modifying & Styling Content
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Working with Objects

3.1_Working with Objects

0:01 In the previous course, we took a look at each of LayOut’s core drawing, text, and annotation tools.

0:08 In this course, we’re going look at modifying and styling our lines and shapes in a variety of ways.

0:14 First, let’s navigate to the next page in our document.

0:18 You should see the title ‘Working with lines’ in the upper left.

0:22 Let’s start with erasing objects, which is pretty straight forward. You can use the delete key…

0:29 ...‘ctrl or cmd+x’…

0:33 …right click and select ‘cut’…

0:36 ...or lastly, use the eraser tool, which is also the ‘E’ keyboard shortcut.

0:42 Moving on to grouping objects...

0:46 Groups work like they do in SketchUp. Select multiple objects and right click and select ‘make group'...

0:53 ...or use ‘ctrl / cmd+g’ on the keyboard.

0:57 Once grouped, you can edit the group by double-clicking into it.

1:01 A bounding box will appear and the background will fade when inside a group.

1:06 You can also copy objects and paste them and they remain inside the group, which is super handy as InDesign always pastes outside of the group, even if you’re inside of it at the time of pasting.

1:17 To ungroup, right-click and select ungroup.

1:22 As our linework starts becoming more layered and complex, it’s important that we understand how lock entities to keep things from moving or being deleted by accident.

1:30 To lock an object, just select it… right click… and choose ‘Lock'.

1:35 You’ll notice if you try to modify the object it turns red and is un-editable.