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Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects in CorelDRAW

 

Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects in CorelDRAWt 

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Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects

CorelDRAW provides you with several ways to copy objects. When you no longer need an object, you can delete it.

Cutting, copying, and pasting

You can cut or copy an object to place it on the Clipboard and paste it into a drawing or another application. Cutting an object places it on the Clipboard and removes it from the drawing. Copying an object places it on the Clipboard but keeps the original in the drawing.

Duplicating

Duplicating an object places a copy directly in the drawing window and does not use the Clipboard. Duplicating is faster than copying and pasting. Also, when duplicating an object, you can specify the distance between the duplicate and the original object along the x and y axes. This distance is known as the offset.
 

 

You can apply a transformation, such as rotating, sizing or skewing, to the duplicate of an object while keeping the original object intact. If you decide that you want to keep the original object, you can delete the duplicate.

Copying objects at a specified position

You can create multiple object copies simultaneously while specifying their position, without using the Clipboard. For example, you can distribute object copies horizontally, to the left or right of the original object; or you can distribute object copies vertically, below or above the original object. You can specify the spacing between object copies, or you can specify the offset at which object copies are created in relation to each other.

Copying objects quickly

You can use other methods to create object copies quickly, without placing an object copy on the Clipboard. You can use the plus sign (+) on the numeric keypad to place an object copy on top of the original object, or you can press the Spacebar or right-click while dragging an object to create copies instantly.

 

Process to cut or copy an object

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To cut or copy an object

  1. Select an object.

  2. Click Edit, and click one of the following:

    • Cut

    • Copy

You can also cut or copy an object by right-clicking the object and clicking Cut or Copy.

 

Process to paste an object into a drawing  

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To paste an object into a drawing

Click Edit Paste.

You can use this procedure to paste an object from another application.

If you want to paste an object from an unsupported file format or specify options for the pasted object, click Edit Paste special.


Process to duplicate an object

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To duplicate an object

  1. Select an object.

  2. Click Edit   Duplicate.
    When you duplicate objects for the first time, the Duplicate offset dialog box appears. To specify the distance between the duplicate and the original object along the x and y axes, type values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset boxes.

    • Offset values of 0 place the duplicate on top of the original.

    • Positive offset values place the duplicate up and to the right of the original.

    • Negative offset values place the duplicate down and to the left of the original.

You can change the offset at which duplicates are created. To do this, click Tools Options, click General in the Document list of categories, and type values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset boxes.

You can also duplicate a selected object by pressing Ctrl + D.

 

Process to create copies of an object at a specified position

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To create copies of an object at a specified position

  1. Select an object.

  2. Click Edit Step and Repeat.

  3. In the Step and repeat docker, type a value in the Number of copies box.

To

Do the following

Distribute object copies horizontally

In the Vertical offset area, choose No offset from the Mode list box. In the Horizontal offset area, choose Spacing from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between object copies, type a value in the Distance box. To place the object copies to the right or left of the original, choose Right or Left from the Direction list box.

Distribute object copies vertically

In the Horizontal offset area, choose No offset from the Mode list box. In the Vertical offset area, choose Spacing from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between object copies, type a value in the Distance box. To place the object copies above or below the original, choose Up or Down from the Direction list box.

Offset all object copies by a specified distance

In the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset areas, choose Offset from the Mode list box, and type values in the Distance boxes.

 

Offsetting multiple copies of an object by a specified distance

You can access the Step and repeat docker by pressing Ctrl+Shift+D.


 

Process to create object copies quickly

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 To create object copies quickly

  1. Select an object by using the Pick tool .
  2. Right-click while moving, rotating, or transforming the object.
You can also
 
Place an object copy on top of the original
Press the plus sign (+ ) on the numeric keypad.
Create multiple copies (useful for a transition effect)
While moving, rotating, or transforming the object, press the Spacebar multiple times


 

Process to transform the duplicate of an object

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To transform the duplicate of an object

  1. Select an object.

  2. Click Arrange Transformations, and click any of the commands.

  3. Choose the settings you want in the Transformation docker.

  4. Click Apply to duplicate.

You can clear a transformation by selecting an object and clicking Arrange Clear transformations.

 

Process to delete an object 

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To delete an object

  1. Select an object.

  2. Click Edit     Delete.

To retrieve a deleted object, you must use the Undo command

You can also delete an object by clicking it and pressing Delete.

 

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