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The Selection Tool Menu

Welcome to another fascinatingly interesting, Episodic Tools extravaganza. This is where you get to find out what we think the selection tools do and how they work.

Today's scintillating subject, The Selection Tool Menu.

There are eight tools and they are laid out like this;

Selection Tool Menu

The selection tool that is active is the one that is shown on the main toolbar. i.e. in the above image the area select tool is active. To access the selection menu tap on the fourth tool from the left and then either hold your stylus down for one second or make an upward stroke with your stylus, like making a shift stroke.

The Tools

The Area Select Tool

Area Select Tool

Select the Area Select Tool, then place your stylus on the screen and draw out a box. The box you see indicates the area you are selecting. Everything that is completely within the box will be selected. The small squares at each corner of your object are handles. You can add, delete or move them around. The way that they behave depends on the preferences you have set in the "Drag Handles" option in the Preferences dialogue. To deselect, tap anywhere outside of the selection area.

The Toggle Select Tool

Toggle Select Tool

"What is a toggle?" I hear you declare. A toggle is a device which has two states, typically on and off. The button you press to turn on most computers is a toggle. Press it once and it turns the computer on, press it again and it turns the computer off. Select the Toggle Select Tool, then tap your stylus within an object you wish to select. If the object you want to select is a line, tap anywhere on the line. If you wish to select additional objects just tap them too. The small squares at each corner of your object are handles. You can add, delete or move them around. The way that they behave depends on the preferences you have set in the "Drag Handles" option in the Preferences dialogue. To deselect, tap anywhere outside of the selection area.To deselect an object tap it again and it will deselect, leaving all the other things you previously selected remaining selected.

The Add or Move Point Tool

Add or Move Point Tool

This tool allows you to add or move points in an object. If your object is not selected you don't have to select it before using this tool. Just pick this tool and click inside your object and it will be selected. If your object is already selected when you pick this tool you are ready to go. To move a point, tap on it and drag it to where you want it to be. You will see a line that shows you where it is going to end up. Lift your stylus when you are happy with where it is. To add a point, tap the screen where you want the new point to be and, voila, a point is added. Should you at any time be unhappy with your most recent action you can, of course, use the undo function to rectify that situation. You cannot add or remove points with circles, ellipses or arcs. This is for the very simple reason that a circle (and hence an ellipse or an arc) are not made up of points, per se. They are made up of an origin and a radius. All other shapes are defined by a set of points, basically a point for each corner. Circles don't have corners, so they don't have points. I am really hoping that no one out there is going to ask how you draw a line that has no points...

The Remove Point Tool

Remove Point Tool

If you have been following me so far I am sure you will be straight on to what this tool does. It allows you to remove points. After selecting this tool just tap a point and it is gone. Undo is your friend with this tool as well.

The Move Forward Tool

Move Forward Tool

First select the object/s that you want to move forward, then tap this tool and it will move your object/s one layer to the front of its current position.

The Move Back Tool

Move Back Tool

This tool will move your object/s one layer to the back of their present position. I might explain layers here. Because Leonardo is vector based it is as if each object is sitting on a different layer to each other one. You can therefore move objects to the front or the rear relative to each other and the background.

The Send To Front Tool

Send To Front Tool

Select the object/s you want to move, then tap this tool and it will send them to the very front of the image.

The Send To Rear Tool

Send To Rear Tool

Select the object/s you want to move, then tap this tool and it will send them to the very rear of the image.

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