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Offsetting Objects

The outline of closed shapes (such as swimming pools, fill regions, and patios) can be expanded or contracted using the Offset tool.

To offset an object that is not currently selected:

1.   Click the Offset tool that appears to the left of the screen, or just press Ctrl+E on your keyboard.

2.   Click the object you wish to offset to select it. Note that to be offset, the item must be a shape-based object (such as a house or patio) that has already been added to your design.  

3.   Click the object again, but this time hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse up or down to offset the object. Alternately, press the Enter key to offset the object manually.

To offset one or more selected objects:

1.   Move your mouse over one of the selected objects that you wish to offset.

2.   Click and hold the left mouse button, and then move the mouse up or down to offset all selected objects. Alternately, press the Enter key to offset the objects manually.

In the landscape design below, the Offset tool was used to create the inset accent.

See also:

Selecting Objects
Moving Objects
Rotating Objects
Scaling Objects
Mirroring Objects
Cut, Copy, & Paste
Grouping & Ungrouping Objects
Setting Object Properties
Undoing and Redoing Changes