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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tutorial: Copying and Pasting

Ok, Copying and Pasting is easy. If you are familiar with how many pc software programs work you will understand this pretty easily. You can either select the object box you want to copy (the arrows/handles appear around the outer edge) and use the buttons on the DS screen ...

... or you can use the keyboard short cuts:

Control+C = Copy
Control+V = Paste.

The object box will paste exactly on top of the one you copied. The only noticeable difference is that the lines on the shape(s) within the object box will become a bit more bold. It's a VERY subtle difference but once you learn how to notice it you will know it when you see it.

Below are four screen shots. The two on the left show a single oval shape in an object box selected (with arrows/handles) and not selected. The two on the right I have copied and pasted an oval on top of the existing oval so it is doubled. Notice the slightly darker line around the oval.

Ta-da! That's all there is to it. Lesson over.

Kinda of feel ripped off? OK how about if we talk about making multiples and moving shapes around the virtual mat?

Understand X and Y coordinates.

When I think about X,Y coordinates I get flashback to grade school when we used grids to learn about positive and negative numbers. Zero was in the center and the X coordinates ran from right to left and Y coordinates ran from top to bottom. Anything above the the X axis was negative and below was positive. Likewise, anything to the left of the Y axis is negative and to the right was positive.

Now, I bring this up because it's important to know that everything you place on your virtual mat will have an X,Y address. And you will want it to ALWAYS be positive so basically we're going to focus on one quadrant of the grid: Positive X and Positive Y (highlighted below)

If you open a new file or add a new tab to your design you will want to make sure the cursor or indicator (not sure what the DS people call it) is on your mat. If you don't see it simply hit your down arrow and it will show up on your mat. (In case you're not sure what I'm talking about, I've circled it in the picture below.)

You can't use the X,Y coordinates to place the cursor where you want it on your screen, but you can use your arrow keys.

The X,Y coordinates are found in the Shape Properties box (upper right corner of your DS screen).

The X coordinate/address is the TOP of the object box and the Y coordinate/address is the left edge of the object box. Literally, the address is where the top edge and left edge of the object box come together at the corner.

When working with a square you pretty much can't see the object box, but if you look at the picture below of the circle shape inside an object box you will see the faint outline

If you flip the shape the X,Y address will not change. If you use the rotation button or arrow it will change based on where the top edge and left edge come together in the corner.

So, with that in mind, let's say you want to copy and paste this 2-piece label so that you can cut four at a time instead of just one.

Select the first piece, copy it and paste it

We can see by the number in the height dimension box that the oval is almost 4 inches wide. So if we add 4 inches to the X coordinate, DS will move the pasted oval 4 inches to the right.

Paste again, add 8 to the X coordinate and you'll have three ovals in a row. Problem is, they will exceed the 11 1/2" width of the cutting area on the mat. Let's put the third and fourth ovals on a second row. First delete the third oval since it's not needed. Paste a new oval and now instead of changing the X coordinate we'll change the Y coordinate. The oval is just over 2 1/2" tall so let's add 3 inches to the Y coordinate.

Now, so that you won't have to change both X and Y, Copy this shape and paste so that you've already got the correct Y coordinate and you will only have to add 4 inches to the X coordinate.
Ta-da! Four shapes.

And since you're such a quick learner, you can go to the tab with the top layer of the label on it and copy each All-One-Object shape and paste them using the same steps.

Ta-da! Four fab labels ready to be cut!

Hope I didn't go to fast. Let me know if you have any questions.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing stuff, and you are so knowledgeable with your x's and y's! LOL I have never been able to work out what they even meant before, thanks fpr the great lesson.
    Love your blog, have added yours to mine.


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