Continuing the series of mini tutorials for Scan N Cut canvas I thought that I would share a little known series of keyboard shortcuts that may speed up your designing sessions.
In most cases these shortcuts reduce the need for multiple mouse clicks and/or the requirement to open a particular menu to access the function.
The table below describes each shortcut and what it does.
On the left of the table is the character (or combination of characters) to press.
In the middle is a short name – you’ll most likely recognize most of these from other computer programs, such as cut, copy and paste.
On the right is a slightly lengthier description of what the shortcut does.
Just a quick note, ALL shortcuts relate to the project editing window only and won’t work elsewhere on the Canvas website.
Feel free to print this list out if it will be of use to you.
|N||New Project||Starts a new project.You will be asked to save your current work if you haven’t already done so.|
|S||Overwrite This Project||Saves the current project.|
|V||Select||To return to the selection tool (for example if you have been using the zoom tool and want to select something).|
|P||Path tool||Activates the path creator tool.|
|Q||Freehand Paths Tool||Activates the freehand paths tool.|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo||To undo the last actions during editing a project.|
|Ctrl+Shift+Z||Redo||Pressed undo to many times? Use this key combination to redo some of the steps.|
|Del/Backspace||Delete||Deletes the selected item(s).|
|Z||Zoom||Activates to the Zoom function and allows you to select an area of the virtual mat to zoom to.|
|Ctrl + X||Cut||‘Cuts’ the selected item from your project. You can then ‘paste’ it again or, if you do nothing and continue this is the same as deleting it.|
|Ctrl + C||Copy||Copies the currently selected item(s) in your project; you can then ‘paste’ new copies with the Ctrl V shortcut.|
|Ctrl + V||Paste||Pastes the most recent item(s) that have been copied or cut. Repeated pressing of this key combination will give your more copies, one for each time your press it.|
|D||Duplicate||Creates a duplicate of the currently selected item(s). A quicker version of the cut/copy and paste method.|
|G||Group||Groups the currently selected item(s). Also acts as the ‘ungroup’ shortcut if you have selected a grouped item.|
|A||Select All||Selects all items within your project. A good way to clear the whole mat without starting a new project.|
|Ctrl + Shift + ]||Bring to front||Brings the selected item(s) in front of all other shapes on the mat.|
|Ctrl + ]||Forward one layer||Brings the selected item(s) in front of one other shape at a time.|
|Ctrl + Shift + [||Send to Back||Sends all selected item(s) to the back of all other shapes on the mat.|
|Ctrl + [||Back one layer||Sends all selected item(s) to the back of other shape at a time.|
Hope these help!
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