Moving, Re-Sizing, Rotating, and Deleting Objects

When you add your own objects to a DSFdesign Studio product you can always move, re-size, rotate, or delete those objects. If an object was part of the original product, what you can do depends on the product. For example, you may be able to move or rotate an object but not delete it.

Moving Objects

As you personalize your product you may want to re-position objects, for example, move some text up or move a line closer to the right edge.

1.        Click an object to select it.

2.        Move the pointer until it changes to ds_move_pointer.png and then drag the object where you want it. Typically, you drag from the inside of the object.

3.        As you move an object closer to another object, faint blue lines are displayed temporarily. Use these lines to help you line up the objects by their edges or centers.

ds_hinted_lines.png

4.        If the product is displayed with a grey border around it, avoid moving objects into the border beyond the green line unless you do not want part of an object printed. (Printers call this border the bleed area.) The green line is the trim line – anything outside this will be cut away after printing, as indicated by the scissors. If a product also include margins, they are identified by a purple line. The area between the green trim line and the purple margin line is a "safe" area (will not be cut away); it is up to you whether you want to move objects beyond the margins up to the trim line.

ds_beyond_trim.png

Tip If you want to move several objects at the same time, you can group them and move the group instead of moving each object one at a time.

Re-Sizing Objects

After you select (click) an object, small squares called handles are displayed around the object.

ds_resize_handles.png

To change the size of an object, you can drag one of these handles whenever the pointer changes to ds_resize_pointer.png.

         To make a text box, image, rectangle, or circle larger or smaller, click the object and then drag one of the corner handles out or in, or use the side handles to change just the width or height. If you drag a side handle of a circle, you can turn it into an oval.

         To make a line longer or shorter, drag the handle at one end of the line to lengthen or shorten it.

Rotating Objects

For different effects, you can rotate objects so they are at an angle.

ds_rotated_shapes.png

You can rotate an object by dragging it or by using the tool palette.

To rotate by dragging

1.        Click the object you want to rotate.

2.        When an object is selected, a small green square is displayed above it. Move the pointer towards this square until you see a curved arrow:

ds_rotate_icon.png

3.        Drag to the left or right until the object is rotated the way you want.

ds_rotated_object.png

Notes Be careful not to rotate the object so that part of it is beyond the edge of the product – that part will not be included in the product. Also, just as when moving objects, be aware that if you rotate objects into the grey border (if one is displayed) anything in the border will be cut off in the final product..

If you want to rotate several objects in the same direction at the same time, you can group them and rotate the group

To rotate by using the tool palette

1.        Click the object you want to rotate.

2.        Click ds_align_icon.png. The tool palette opens.

ds_rotate_transparency.png

3.        When Rotate is set to 0, the object is in its original horizontal state. Negative numbers rotate the object to the left and positive numbers rotate it to the right. Either enter a number in the Rotate field or use the arrows to change the number.

Note Be careful not to rotate the object so that part of it is beyond the edge of the product – that part will not be included in the product. Also, just as when moving objects, be aware that if you rotate objects into the grey border (if one is displayed) anything in the border will be cut off in the final product.

4.        When done, click outside the palette.

Note When you rotate an image using one of the methods above, you are just rotating the box that contains the image. Some images, however, can be edited so that you rotate the image itself.

Deleting Objects

After you select (click) an object, you can delete it whenever ds_delete.png is displayed.

         Click an object and click ds_delete.png.

See also

         Personalizing DSDdesign Studio products

         Adding your own objects to DSFdesign Studio products

         Formatting text and shapes

         Colors in DSFdesign Studio products

         Changing the opacity of objects

         Grouping and ungrouping objects

         Moving objects to the back or front

         Supplying your own images

         Editing images