Let's Explore v4, Silhouette, Uncategorized

Let’s Explore v4 – Group vs Ungroup

Today, let’s explore what does Group and Ungroup mean.

Basically, if a design is grouped it means that you have separate pieces of a design that are acting together and move as one object. It can be resized or moved together and the changes apply to all the elements.

Ungrouped means that each piece can be selected separately and if only 1 piece is selected, that is the only one changes will apply to.

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Let’s take a look at this Sloth Card by Daniela Moscone – Design #288765.

When you open the file, this is how it looks.

It opens with all the pieces since it is designed to be cut from cardstock and you will cut each piece separately. When open, the pieces are all grouped together and you can see the selection box around the entire design. This file can be scaled by grabbing the bounding box and moving it in or out to increase or decrease the size. All of the pieces act together.

To ungroup this design, right click on the photo and choose Ungroup.

Notice that all the pieces have their own selection box around each of them.

Now, click off the design to deselect it and then each piece can be selected and moved individually.

It will ultimately depend on the design in how they saved the file and if the file is grouped when it is opened or not.
Each file may vary.

Grouping and Ungrouping can also be found in the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of the Silhouette software. This Quick Access Toolbar is only active when objects are selected and it will vary what tools show up in the toolbar depending on what the objects are.

How is Grouping different than Making a Compound Path?

Grouping selects all the pieces together and they function as one object, but they are still separate pieces. Compound paths change the design and combine the 2 objects that are selected.

For more information on Compound Paths, check out this post on the Modify Panel – Part 2.

I would love to see what you create with your Silhouette machines & software.
Feel free to post photos or questions on my Facebook group at 
Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.

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