AECI - Design and Production

How do I get my floating toolbar back?
Go to the View Menu > Tool Palettes > Large Tool Set.

How do I select an object?
The Select Tool allows you to select objects. When an object is selected, it will be highlighted in blue. You can activate the select tool by hitting Spacebar or “Command - /” (that means hold down the Command button and press the ‘/’ key).

Selecting multiple objects:
When you select more than one object, this is called a “Selection Set”. You can add or remove additional objects to the selection set by holding down SHIFT on your keyboard as you click on objects (if you click on an object that is already selected, it will become deselected). If you only want to add objects, hold down OPTION instead of shift.

You can also select multiple objects by clicking in space and dragging a selection window around objects.

If you click on the left and drag to the right, the window will be a solid line – this means that only objects COMPLETELY inside the window will be selected. This is useful when you are trying to select objects that are nearby other objects/components that you do NOT wish to select.

If you click on the right and drag to the left, the window will be a dashed line – this means that any objects even partially inside the window will be selected.

How do I move an object?
First, select the object or objects you wish to move with the Select tool (that is the Arrow on the upper left of your Large Tool Set). Pressing M on the keyboard will activate the move tool.

How do I copy an object?
First you select the objects you want to copy, press M for the Move tool, then press Option on your keyboard to enter copy mode. Your mouse cursor will show a small plus (+) sign next to the move arrows.

You can copy the object an exact distance away by dragging it in the direction you wish to move, then typing the intended distance.

How do I create multiple copies of an object?
You can make multiple copies of the object set at equal intervals after placing a copy by typing the number of copies followed by the letter ‘x’ – “11x” for 11 copies, “5x” for 5 copies, “100x” for 100 copies, etc.
You can also create any number of copies set evenly spaced in a row. Select the object, move/copy it to the END of the desired row, then type in a ‘/’ then the number of copies – “/11” for 11 copies, “/5” for 5 copies, etc.

How do I rotate an object?
Pressing “Q” on the keyboard will activate the Rotate tool. Rotate is a slightly more advanced command to use.
•    First, select the object you want to rotate. After activating Rotate, you will see a protractor on your mouse cursor.
•    Then click once to choose the base point of your rotation – this is the point around which your object will rotate (for example, if you are trying to rotate and copy an object around a circle, your first click would be at the CENTER point of the circle as the base point of the rotation).
•    Next, you will click on the starting angle of the rotation. You want to click on the part of the object you want to align with the second angle.
•    Finally you will click on the destination angle, the second point of the rotation. Alternatively, you can type in an angle (45, 60, 90 – it is automatically recognized as degrees).
You can press OPTION on the keyboard to make the rotation into a COPY just like with the move tool. You can also enter in additional copies (11x, 5x, etc) or divide copies evenly spaced between two copies (/11, /5, etc)

How do I use FOLLOW ME to create a 3D object from a 2D shape and a path to Follow it along?

When you want to create a complicated 3D shape that is round or holds the same profile along a given path, you can use the FOLLOW ME tool.

This is basically like a Push/Pull, except that instead of pulling the face out in a straight line, you choose a path (which can be a circle, the edge of a face that you select, a line, an arc, a polygon, a freehand sketch).
The easiest way to use Follow Me is to start by selecting the path. This means you need to select the face you want the shape to be drawn around, or the set of lines that are the path your 2D profile is pulled along. This path does not need to be touching the 2D profile, but the face needs to be perpendicular to the path.

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