Creating Shapes

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Creating Shapes

You can combine 2 or more graphics objects into a single shape object.

The  shape object consists of a shape outline and zero or more holes.

Shapes are useful to creating a complex shaped objects about of simple objects.

The following objects are converted into the shape outline.

Lines

Arcs

Polylines

Open Curves

The following objects are converted into the shape holes.

Rectangles

Circles

Ellipses

Closed Curves

Polygons

You cannot create a shape object containing:

Text

Images

Dimensions

Coordinates

Electrical items such as Symbols, wires, buses, inter-wire connectors, footprints, pads and tracks.

 

To combine graphics objects so that they can be moved, rotated and scaled as a single object first select them and then click the LayoutGroupclip0817 button. This button will only be enables if you have selected graphical objects.

All the fill styles of the hole objects will be set to transparent. The fill style of the resultant shape will be the shapes default fill style. And the line style will be the default line style.

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Graphics to convert to  a single shape

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New Shape object