In OmniGraffle, you often want to merge shapes together to create a single object, but you don’t want to lose resolution and you want them to scale properly. Grouping doesn’t help, but this does.
This is quick way to merge shapes into a single flat object without losing the possibility to edit them in the future, and allows them to scale correctly:
- Select the elements you want to merge
- Group them together if there are multiple elements.
- Right click, Copy as > PDF.
- Paste the PDF (Edit > Paste, or CTRL+V)
This will place the exact same shapes without any quality loss, but you don’t have to deal with groups or anything, also great if you want to get things out of the way.
Start by selecting the object you want to use:
Then right click to group it together:
Then right click to Copy as PDF
Then right click to Paste
You now have two identical looking objects, except that one is a raster and the other is a PDF file.
If you scale each image up (I’ve made a copy of the original to show the problem of scaling up the original image. In the PDF version the fonts, and all graphics scale up as you would expect, while the original group does not.
Double Click the PDF element and it will open a new OmniGraffle file with the original shapes in it. Edit them and save, it will change the PDF element in your main file. If you paste various PDF objects, they all will be updated.
So you can keep updating your object in the future.
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