Combining, cropping, and joining items

Combining items

Cropping items

Clipping items

Adding  items

Subtracting items

Intersecting items

CraftArtist provides the powerful Combine, Crop, and Join (Add, Subtract, and Intersect) commands, which you can use on multiple selections to create new shapes.

For easy access to these commands, use the buttons on the Arrange tab. You'll also find these commands on the Arrange menu, and from the menu accessed by right-clicking on a multiple selection. 

Combining items

Combining merges selected items into a composite item, with a hole where filled regions overlap. The composite takes the line and fill of the bottom item.

  1. Use the  Select tool to create a multiple selection containing the items to be combined.

  2. On the Arrange tab, click the  Combine button (you'll also find this option on the Arrange and right-click menus).

    The composite takes the line and fill of the back item.

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Cropping items

  1. Use the  Select tool to create a multiple selection containing the items to be cropped.

  2. On the Arrange tab, click the  Crop button to display a flyout.

  3. To crop the bottom item to the outline of the top item, select Crop to Top Item.



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    To crop the top item to the outline of the bottom item, click Crop to Bottom Item.

  4. To remove the crop, click Arrange>Crop then select Uncrop.

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Clipping items

  1. Use the  Select tool to create a multiple selection containing the items to be clipped.

  2. On the Arrange tab, click the down arrow to expand the  Crop flyout.

  3. To clip the bottom item to the outline of the top item, click Clip to Top Item.



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    To clip the top item to the outline of the bottom item, click Clip to Bottom Item.

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Adding items

Adding creates a new item that’s the sum of two or more selected items, whether or not they overlap.

  1. Use the  Select tool to create a multiple selection of items. (The items need not overlap.)

  2. On the Arrange tab, click  Add.

    The new item is a composite of the selected items, taking the line and fill of the bottom item.

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Subtracting items

Subtracting creates a new item, retaining only the portion of the bottom item that is not overlapped. This command is particularly useful for cutting out shapes from photos.

 

  1. Use the  Select tool to create a multiple selection of overlapping items. (The items must overlap.)

  2. On the Arrange tab, click  Subtract.

    The new item consists of the non-overlapping portion(s) of the bottom selected item.

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Intersecting items

Intersecting creates a new item by retaining the overlap and discarding the rest.

  1. Use the  Select tool to select two overlapping items.

  2. On the Arrange tab, click  Intersect.

     

    The new item consists of the overlapping portions of the previously selected items, taking the line and fill of the back item.

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