Working with Groups
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Working with Groups
A group is a type of virtual container that
holds graphic elements. Groups serve several
functions.  ey prevent selected merge-
shapes from interacting.  ey also lock down
the attributes of shapes and preserve spatial
relationships among graphic elements.
Although you can also group drawing-objects
and primitive-shapes, for the tasks in this
section you want to see the interaction with
merge-shapes; make sure the Object Drawing
button in the Tools panel is deselected.
To create a group:
1.
Select one or more items on the Stage
using any of the methods discussed in
Chapter 4 (Figure 5.6).
2.
Choose Modify > Group, or press
#
-G
(Mac) or Ctrl-G (Windows).
Flash groups the items, placing them
within a bounding box (Figure 5.7).  e
visible bounding box lets you know that
the group is selected. When the group
isn’t selected, the bounding box is hidden.
Tip
If you choose Modify > Group when noth-
ing is selected, you immediately enter
group-editing mode: anything you draw
on the Stage is part of a new group.
To return objects to ungrouped status:
1.
Select the group that you want to return
to ungrouped status.
2.
Choose Modify > Ungroup, or press Shift-
#
-G (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-G (Windows).
Flash removes the bounding box and
selects all the items.
Figure 5.6 The fi rst step in grouping is selecting the
shapes you want to use in the group.
Figure 5.7 The Modify > Group command unites
multiple selected shapes within a single bounding box.
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Tips
e command for breaking apart
symbols (Modify > Break Apart or
#
-B
[Mac] or Ctrl-B [Windows]) also works
to ungroup groups.
Interactions between strokes and  lls
occur not only when you draw a shape but