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Decal_Designs Posted: Wed, Jun 13 2007 21:41

Hi everyone,

Is there a way to select all objects and Artistic text by color, other than doing it manually?

Is there a way to do this when the objects are in different layers?

And, is there a way to select by color from two separate groups of "grouped" objects?

Many times I do a layout for vinyl signs, and when I work I like to keep organized by using separate layers for different sections of the design. When I start to figure out the estimate for a customer, one consideration I use is the overall square footage of each color as laid out in the design. I need to be able to select all of the same color without un-grouping and un-layering the work so I can check the overall dimension as designed of each separate color.

I suppose I could draw a single rectangle around all same color objects and text and then check it's measurements, but that could lead to accidentally missing an object if there are many of them.

Decal_Designs CorelDraw X3 / Summa D60 / Heat Master Press / Hix HT-600D Press / OKI C6100 Laser
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Kanpur, U.P. India
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Hi! Dear,

It can be do,

for your first qustion : supose many objects like sqaures, text or curves filled with red colour and you want to select all red colour filled objects at a once so in corel cs-3 goto edit menu select find & replace---replace obeject than a pop up comes select replace a colour >next > choose in first window red (or whichever color you want to change) choose second window any color which you want to replace (if you only select those object which are filled red or any then leave color black in second window) >next, the pop up come to slider there are 5 buttons find P/ find N/ find  All/  replace/ replace all etc. Press find all then you will see all red object (whichever there properties with filled red or any you put there in first window) are selected now you can do any thing like fill any colour/ lens and whatsoever.

for your second qustion : it also happened with multiple layers of current page if the layers are not locked

for your third ones : it can not find in grouped obecjs but a whenever you run this command it will ask for do ungroup all object in current page. if you choose yes, it does ungroup all objects.

for your fourth one : if you goes to print seperate or individual colour like C+Y+M+K or any special PINK or Orange etc. for measuring there area individual so you can try print in separation on print menu choose device independent post script file on destination the go the separation tag > enable print separtion when print sepation once on then see print preview but first it should be the  page size is no smaller than you artwork area, in print preview you can see a ruler. now set your ruler each separtion and measure it ... but it is not accurate measurement

 or

you can do : make a duplicate copy of artwork file which you goes to print, do ungroup all object, use find & replace command, do group each separate colour when you seperate & group your desired colour codes, you will find each groups' measurement in measuring pannel automatically.

 if any problem feel free to mail me any time

thanks

Somnath Roy

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Jacksonville, Florida USA
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 Os - wOxxOm has a great macro for selecting colors which I feel is way better than the current Find and Replace that comes with DRAW. I believe it is called Select Same You can find it here -> CorelDRAW VBA macros by -=[wOxxOm]=-

 

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Fox Lake, IL
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Thank you Somnath and Fluid!

I am going to try all of these methods that you guys mentioned.  I'm sure using the macro will be the easiest way to select by color and I'm going to install that tonight. I also want to follow the instructions that Somnath mentioned because it will teach me some new things that I have not even thought of trying yet.

Decal_Designs CorelDraw X3 / Summa D60 / Heat Master Press / Hix HT-600D Press / OKI C6100 Laser
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OK so far I have tried and tested the Find and Replace method of selecting by color that Somnath has mentioned. I think this method works very well, and it will work for my purposes. There are many options to check off to narrow or alter a search which is nice.

I ended up making a new Command Bar and I named it Select Objects. Then I stuck the Find Objects Wizard and the Replace Objects Wizard command buttons in it. This way I can quickly get to the wizard since I would use this a lot.

It can select all the objects and text that are the same color even if they are in different layers as long as they are visible and not locked, but it also has to ungroup everything to do it, which is OK.

With these same color objects all selected, I can easily send them to my vinyl cutter without having to re-arrange my CorelDraw file or manually un-grouping everything to manually select all same color objects and text. That alone is a great time saver, and will reduce a possible mistake if manually selecting all same colors.

I wish however that the Find Wizard would only offer a color palette based on the colors in that particular design, instead of having an entire color palette to choose from. That would be much faster and I would not need to find a color that is not even in the design anyway.

Next I will try the macro that Fluid has mentioned.

Thanks!!

Decal_Designs CorelDraw X3 / Summa D60 / Heat Master Press / Hix HT-600D Press / OKI C6100 Laser
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Kanpur, U.P. India
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Thanks Fluid!

You are really great!

Thanks again

Somnath Roy

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Falmouth, Cornwall
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 This is one of those things I have always wanted to do but couldn't work out

Well that has saved me hours of stripping out colours in the future

Thanks guys

mamos 

CorelDRAW X3 through Winplot to a Summa D60 plotter

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Fox Lake, IL
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I know what you mean Mamos,

I have the same work flow as you for decals and signs.

X3 through Winplot to D60.

I think there is a way to do this within Winplot too, but it's such a basic limited function program that I'd rather do everything in X3. And, I have been doing it the hard way for a long time.

Decal_Designs CorelDraw X3 / Summa D60 / Heat Master Press / Hix HT-600D Press / OKI C6100 Laser
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