Locking Elements

VStitcher 2019 April Edition and newer

The lock feature allows you to lock elements. Once locked, such elements cannot be selected and so cannot be changed. The lock protects the element from being accidentally edited. In addition, you cannot stitch a locked element.

For example, you might want to lock an element to avoid moving it while you edit other nearby elements. Or, you might want to lock an element to avoid stitching to the wrong element.

Lockable Elements

You can lock any element that displays on the 2D tab, except the edges of pattern pieces.

Locking an Element

You can lock an element in several ways as detailed in the following table.

Lock an Element Using Procedure

Right-click menu

  1. In the 2D window, select the element (or elements) you want to lock.

  2. Right-click a selected element. A menu is displayed.

  3. Click Lock. The selected element is locked.

To unlock an element:

  1. In the 2D window, right-click the element you want to unlock. A menu is displayed.

  2. Click Unlock. The element is unlocked.

Resources tabs

  1. On the Resources tabs, click 2D.

  2. On the 2D tab, hover over the element you want to lock.

    Hover over the element on the 2D tab

    Two icons are displayed. For a pattern piece: Lock and Don’t Use. For an internal element: Lock and Hide.

  3. Click Click to lock. The element is locked and the locked icon is displayed.

    Locked element

Alternatively:

  1. On the Resources tabs, click 2D.

  2. On the 2D tab, click the element you want to lock.

  3. Click Clcik to display a menu. A menu is displayed.

  4. Click Lock Selected. The element is locked.

To unlock an element:

  1. On the Resources tabs, click 2D.

  2. On the 2D tab, hover over the element you want to unlock.

    Locked element

  3. Click Click to unlock. The element is unlocked.

    Unlocked element

Alternatively:

  1. On the Resources tabs, click 2D.

  2. On the 2D tab, click the element (or elements) you want to unlock.

  3. Click Clcik to display a menu. A menu is displayed.

  4. Click Unlock Selected. The element is unlocked.

Edit menu

  1. In the 2D window (or on the 2D tab), select the element (or elements) elements you want to lock.

  2. On the Main menu, click:

    • Edit (Windows).

    • VStitcher (Mac).

    A menu is displayed.

  3. Click Lock. The elements are locked.

To unlock elements:

  1. On the 2D tab), click the element you want to unlock.

  2. On the Main menu, click:

    • Edit (Windows).

    • VStitcher (Mac).

  3. Click Unlock. The element is unlocked.

Keyboard shortcut

  • Ctrl+L (Windows) Command+l (Mac) to lock an element

  • Ctrl+Shift+L (Windows) Command+Shift+L (Mac) to unlock an element

 

Video available For an introduction, check out the video: Group, Lock, and Hide

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