Creating Complex Shapes

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Sometimes simple, predefined shapes are not sufficient, so Image Template Editor provides various tools and methods that allow you to create more complex shapes as part of a project. There are multiple ways to create complex shapes:

Grouping Shapes

One way to create more complex shapes for a project is to group shapes together. Grouped shapes are treated as a unit for the purposes of positioning, sizing, and deleting. This makes it much easier to work with multiple related shapes as you create an Image Template file in Image Template Editor.

However, grouped shapes can still be selected individually from the Object List in order to configure individual shape properties.

To group shapes
  1. Add the shapes you want to group to the Project Canvas.
  2. Position and size the individual shapes into the desired configuration.
  3. Select the shapes you want to combine using one of the following methods:
    • Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting each shape.
    • In the Project Canvas, drag a frame around all the shapes.
  4. Right-click the group of shapes, then click Combine into New Group.

Combining Shapes

Combining shapes differs from grouping objects: instead of maintaining a separate object identity for each shape involved in the complex shape (as with grouping), a single, indivisible shape is created when you combine. From the perspective of shape formatting, a combined shape is treated as a single object.

Remember that when multiple objects, including shapes, are added to a project, they are layered, meaning that a more recently added shape overlaps a previously added shape. However, Image Template Editor lets you change the layering of objects as needed. For more information, see Aligning Objects.

Note: Because combining shapes creates a new shape object, a combined shape can be subsequently grouped with other shapes if desired. See Grouping Shapes for more information.

There are multiple ways to combine shapes, including the following:

Unite

Unite is the most straightforward of the tools for combining shapes. It functions in the same way as grouping objects—but instead of maintaining each component shape as a separate object in the Object List, a single new shape object is formed.

To combine shapes with Unite
  1. Add the shapes you want to group to the Project Canvas.
  2. Position and size the individual shapes into the desired configuration.
  3. Select the shapes you want to combine using one of the following methods:
    • Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting each shape.
    • In the Project Canvas, drag a frame around all the shapes.
  4. Click Properties > Unite.
  5. Type the name of the new shape and, if you want the inner border lines between the component shapes removed in the new shape, check Remove inner lines.
  6. Click OK to create the combined shape.

Intersect

Intersect creates a new shape in the form of the intersection, or overlapping portion, of two component shapes.



To combine shapes with Intersect
  1. Add the shapes you want to group to the Project Canvas.
  2. Position and size the individual shapes into the desired configuration.
  3. Select the shapes you want to combine using one of the following methods:
    • Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting each shape.
    • In the Project Canvas, drag a frame around all the shapes.
  4. Click Properties > Intersect.
  5. Type the name of the new shape, then click OK.

Minus Front

Minus Front creates new objects by "stamping out" the intersection between two or more component shapes. The back-most shape layer is used as the pattern shape. Any overlapping shapes in front of the pattern shape are removed from the pattern shape.



To combine shapes with Minus Front
  1. Add the shapes you want to group to the Project Canvas.
  2. Position and size the individual shapes into the desired configuration.
  3. Select the shapes you want to combine using one of the following methods:
    • Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting each shape.
    • In the Project Canvas, drag a frame around all the shapes.
  4. Click Properties > Minus Front.
  5. Type the name of the new shape, then click OK.

Minus Back

Minus Back creates new objects by "stamping out" the intersection between two or more component shapes. The front-most shape layer is used as the pattern shape. Any overlapped shapes behind the pattern shape are removed.



To combine shapes with Minus Back
  1. Add the shapes you want to group to the Project Canvas.
  2. Position and size the individual shapes into the desired configuration.
  3. Select the shapes you want to combine using one of the following methods:
    • Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting each shape.
    • In the Project Canvas, drag a frame around all the shapes.
  4. Click Properties > Minus Back.
  5. Type the name of the new shape, then click OK.

Dividing a Shape

In addition to combining shape objects into new shapes, you can also divide a single shape along a border defined by another shape.

To divide a shape
  1. Add the shape you want to divide to the Project Canvas.
  2. Add the shape you want to act as the divider object to the Project Canvas.
  3. Select the shape you want to be the divider object, then click Properties > Convert to Divider Object.
  4. Position the divider object over the shape to be divided.



  5. Select both shapes, then click Properties > Divide Shapes.
    Following the shape division, there are two separate objects in the Object List, representing the two portions of the divided shape. These are now fully autonomous shapes that can be positioned, sized, and formatted independently.

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