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The Shapes panel, found to the right of the Canvas workspace, allows you to understand and modify the design's basic structure.
A button bar running along the top of the Shapes panel provides access to a number of common operations.
Additional options appear directly below the button bar.
The Name field modifies the name of the currently selected layer, group, or shape. An item's name is used to label it in the tree view described further down.
By naming each layer according to its style and each group according
to its contents, Canvas designs become organized and understandable.
The Combine drop-down lets you specify how the currently selected shape will combine with any shapes that are below it and within the same layer.
To the right of the Name and Combine fields are a pair of arrows that you can click to move any selected shapes upwards or downwards in the stack. Alternatively, shapes can be rearranged by dragging them in the tree view described below.
The rest of the Shapes panel is occupied by the tree view, which hierarchically lists the layers, groups, and shapes forming the current Canvas document.
The items forming a Canvas document can be thought of as being in a stack. A layer that covers another layer is said to be higher in the stack. Layers and shapes that are higher in the stack appear higher in the Canvas tree view.
In this example, the crimson ellipse covers the blue rectangle because it is higher in the stack.
Items can be re-ordered either by dragging them in the tree view or
by clicking the arrows appearing above the tree view's top right corner.
Items can be permanently deleted from a Canvas document by clicking them in the tree view and then pressing your keyboard's delete key. Alternatively, items can be temporarily hidden by clicking the eye icons shown below.
The tree view's eye icons can temporarily hide the corresponding item.
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