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Placing Adornments on Tracks

An adornment is any object, symbol, text, or image that is snapped to a connectable track. Once placed as an adornment, the object becomes a property of the track. Adornments will move when the track is moved.

To Paste Adornments on Tracks:

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  1. Choose Edit > Copy (or Command-C) to copy an object, such as a shape or simple symbol.
  2. Right-click a track and choose Paste Adornment, or choose Edit > Paths & Tracks > Paste Adornment from the main menu.

To Change the Alignment of an Adornment:

By default, an adornment is aligned to follow the direction of the track.

  1. Right-click the adornment and check (or uncheck) “Align With Track” to align it with the track (or align it with the page).

To Place Symbol Adornments with the Symbol Stamp Tool:

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  1. Choose the Symbol Stamp [y] tool.
  2. Choose a symbol from the Styles & Symbols palette.
  3. Click to place symbol adornments directly onto a track. When placed, the symbol will “snap” to the track feature and become a property of the track.

See Using Sequence Markers, Shields, and Special Symbols for more information about working with these special symbols.

HINT: Special symbols, such as shields, will adapt certain attributes from their track (for example, route numbers) as appropriate.

To Reposition a Track Adornment:

  1. With the Select [s] tool, click once onto the track to select it, then once onto the adornment to select it.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Drag the adornment along the track.
  • Right-click an adornment and choose “Pick Up” from its contextual menu. The adornment will become an active symbol to be placed with the Symbol Stamp tool.

To Distribute Adornments Along a Track:

Distribute three or more adornments evenly between the first and last adornment.

With the Select [s] tool, select the tract .
Choose Edit > Paths & Tracks > Distribute Adornments from the main menu.

To Change the Angle of a Track Adornment:

  1. With the Select [s] tool, click once onto the track to select it, then once onto the adornment to select it.
  2. Right-click the adornment and choose an angle increment from its contextual menu.

To Delete a Track Adornment:

  1. With the Select [s] tool, click once onto the track to select it, then once onto the adornment to select it.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Right-click the adornment and choose “Delete Adornment” from the contextual menu.
  • Drag the adornment off the track and release to delete.
  • To delete all adornments, select the tract and choose Edit > Paths & Tracks > Delete Adornments from the main menu.

To Edit an Adornment’s Attributes:

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  1. With the Select [s] tool, click once onto the track to select it, then once onto the adornment to select it. The selected adornment will be highlighted and its attributes can be edited.
  2. Open the Object Inspector.
  3. Edit attributes.
  4. As desired, click onto the next adornment to continue editing attributes.

HINT: To have labels displayed on symbols that are used as track adornments, a symbol must have a visible label before it is attached as a track adornment. For example, place a symbol on your drawing canvas and add a label and position it as desired. Next, copy the symbol, then right click the track and choose Paste Adornment from the contextual menu. Alternatively, create these symbols with a label added to the object’s shape before the symbol creation process. Note, symbol labels cannot be selected and positioned independently once placed on a track as an adornment.