Selecting and Arranging Objects

Select Objects

In order to edit an object or its part, you should select it. Then you can use tools or panels to modify the object's properties, such as the shape, color, size and others. The program lets you select an object, an object's part or multiple objects using different methods.

If an object is locked, it cannot be selected directly on the canvas.

Select a Single Object

To select an object, activate the Move tool Move tool, and then tap on the object.

As a rule, you should tap on a visible part of an object to select it. For example, when a rectangle has a stroke but there is no fill, you should tap on the stroke. Tapping inside the rectangle won't select it. On the other hand, if the Fill option is on, you can tap anywhere on the rectangle.

Select Multiple Objects

To select several objects, activate the Move tool Move tool, and then tap on each of the objects holding a second finger on the screen.

The Select Multiple mode is convenient for selecting multiple objects with just one finger. Choose the Move or Selection tool. Activate the Select Multiple mode The Select Multiple mode in the Control panel. in the Control panel. Then tap on objects to select them. Or tap on selected objects to deselect them.

Another way to select multiple objects is to outline those objects with the selection frame. Activate the Move tool. Place your finger at an empty point near one of the objects and drag toward it. The selection frame will appear between the starting point and the current position of the tool. Make the selection frame big enough to completely or partially outline the objects you want to select.

Select an object with the selection frame

To deselect one of several selected objects keeping the rest of them selected, place one finger on the screen, then tap with another on that object.

Select All Objects

To select all objects that are not locked, use the Select All command from the main menu.

Select an Object in the Layers Panel

You can select an object by tapping on its name in the Layers panel.

Object selected on the Layers panel

Another way to select an object is to swipe over its name to the right. Swiping again will deselect it.

To select multiple objects, use the swipe gesture as described right above.

Deselect an Object

To deselect one or multiple objects, tap with the Move tool Move tool at any empty space on a sheet or on the canvas.

Other ways to deselect objects are the Deselect command in the main menu and the Deselect command in the context menu.

Isolation Mode

The Isolation mode is used to work with a particular object or its part. In this mode, only the isolated object can be edited. The rest of the objects are locked and displayed in dimmed colors. As soon as you deactivate the Isolation mode, those objects will become unlocked.

You can isolate a standalone object, an object that is a part of a compound object or group.

To isolate an object, double-tap on it with the Move or Selection tool. If an object is in a group that itself is a part of another group, tap on the object several times until you reach it.

To exit the Isolation mode, tap on the Exit Isolation Mode button at the top of the screen or double-tap outside the isolated object.

In the Isolation mode, the Layers panel hides the list of layers and objects and shows the "Isolation Mode" item as the top level object. The isolated object will be shown as its subitem.

Indication of the Isolation mode in the Layers panel

Select Objects Inside a Group

It is possible to access an object inside a group without ungrouping it. There are two ways to do this. One of them is to use the Isolation Mode discussed earlier.

Another way is to make use of the Layers panel. You should tap on a V-shaped icon near the name of the group to expand it and show the grouped objects. Then tap on the name of the object you want to select.

Select object inside a group using the Layers panel

Finally, it is possible to select an object in a group by tapping on it with the Selection tool. Neither the entire group nor other objects in it won't become selected.

Defining the Order of Objects

A currently selected object can define where an object that you add to the design should appear in the stack of objects. This concerns different types of objects that you can add: paths, texts, graphics from the built-in libraries, pasted and imported objects. When the Draw/insert above the selection option in the Preferences is activated, a new object will be placed right above the selected object. When the option is deactivated or none of the objects is selected, a new object will appear at the upper position in the active layer. The overall order of layers and objects can be changed using the Layers panel.