updated on 10 January 2019 | reading time: 3 minutes

Basics

Selecting objects

To select one object make sure that the Pointer tool V is active and click on it once. Alternatively, you can click on the object name in the Layers panel.

To select multiple objects on canvas click and drag around objects you want to select (Pointer tool should be active in the toolbar). The objects will be highlighted. Release the mouse button to finish selection. All the object will be framed with the blue outline with 9 transform handles.

Holding / SHIFT while clicking or dragging around objects will add them to the existing selection or remove them if they are already selected.

Alternatively, in the Layers panel you can:

  • / CTRL + click on the object name to select/deselect multiple objects one by one
  • / SHIFT  + click on the object name to start and finish continuous selection

By default, all objects that are touched by the marquee will be selected. In some cases, you may want to select only objects that are completely contained inside the markee boundaries. In such case use / ALT modifier key while dragging.

Selecting objects that are one above the another can be tricky sometimes. Gravit Designer allows you to cycle through stacked objects using  / CTRL modifier key. Hold down / CTRL and click once to select to topmost object, click again to select next object below and so on. Selected object will be highlighted.

Alternatively, you can overlapping objects in the context menu (point and right mouse click   ). At the very bottom, there is a Select option which lists every object under the cursor.

 

Tip: With the Select submenu in context menu you could select even locked objects. This makes it very easy to manipulate locked objects without the need to unlock them first.

 

Selecting child elements in a group

If the object is a group object (Group, symbol or a compound shape), the first click will select the group. Click a second time to select the object within the group. To skip the first click you can tick the “Click-through this element” checkbox in Inspector panel when a group is selected.

Alternatively, for an object in a group, you can hold / CTRL to directly select an individual object in the group(s).

Select objects with the same fill color

You can select all objects that have the same solid color fill on the current page and change that color at once. Go to used colors tab in color picker interface. Hold / ALT + click on a color swatch. All the object that has this fill color and are placed in current page will briefly flash on the canvas. Now you can change the color and it will be replaced on all objects that it is used.

 

Note: This trick works only for solid fill color on shapes in the current page, excluding text, borders, effects, gradients fills and compound shapes.

 

Select text with the same font

You can select all the textboxes in the document that contain the same Font Family. First Select a text box. Right-click    to show the context menu and choose Select by Font Type option. All the text boxes that contain currently selected Font Family will be selected across all pages. You can now change the font in the Inspector panel. All the weights will be preserved if possible. For example, if you have several text boxes in Open Sans font with different weights (bold, italics) if the new font has them they will be used appropriately.

This trick works on all pages, groups, symbols and compound shapes.