VCarve offers a variety of ways of organizing projects in ways that make it easier to keep track of vectors and toolpaths, especially for projects that will use multiple boards. None of these options will impact the results of the final cuts, but will simplify the process of creating toolpaths.
To create a group of objects, select multiple vectors and click the Group button under Edit Objects (or press Ctrl+G). From this point on, the software will treat all grouped vectors as a single object for the purposes of selection, transformation, or creating toolpaths. This is different than welding the objects both in that it is a temporary action and that it does not remove any interior lines of overlapping objects.
When objects are grouped, the bounding box created is the size and shape of the smallest box needed to encompass all objects, and the center of the group is used for any kind of scaling or rotation. This will result in objects in the group being moved in significantly different ways that they would be if they were scaled/rotated individually.
To ungroup objects, select the group and click the Ungroup button under Edit Objects (or press Ctrl+U).
Notes on Groups
While groups are essentially containers of multiple objects, layers function as sheets of objects stacked on top of each other. As each layer is transparent, your are able to see though the entire stack to view all objects at once. Layering offers the advantage of allowing you to hide objects in a layer, change the color of vectors in each layer, and lock layers so the objects cannot be selected or modified.
An example of when layers are helpful is when you want to create nameplates with the same design but changing the name. On the bottom layer you can create the design with the shapes of the nameplate and any engravings and then lock the layer so you cannot accidentally change or mis-select those objects. On another layer, you can place the textboxes and then just change that as needed.
To create a new layer, go into the Layers tab on the left or select the Layers dropdown from the top and click Add New Layer. The layer can be given a useful name or left as Layer 2. From here you can add new objects - note that the active layer is bolded and that will be the one where the new vectors are placed.
The popup menu from right-clicking on an object in the workspace will include options for moving and copying objects between layers. Note that if a vector is cut or copied, when it is pasted it will be on the same layer as the original vector.
Notes on Specific Drawing Tools
Objects can be selected across layers, however this can have unintended side-effects if you are not aware of how various tools behave and which layer is active. Of particular note:
Creating a new sheet simply creates an additional workspace that can contain it's own vectors and toolpaths. This is useful when you have a project that is going to use multiple boards since you will be able to move between them without having to create a new file for each board. To create a new sheet, simply go into the Sheets tab on the left and select Add New. The new sheet will copy over the geometry of the current sheet, but that can be modified by clicking edit.
Notes on Sheets
Projects can be designed so that both sides of a board are used. During the initial setup, under Job Type choose Double sided (you can also turn a single-sided project into a double-sided one using the Set Job Dimensions and Origin option in the File Operations section of the left panel). The main benefit to using the double-sided version instead of creating a second sheet for the backside of the board is that the preview will show both sides of the project.
To switch between sides, simply click the Toggle Top / Bottom Side button on the top menu.
Notes on Double-Sided Projects
Tips on Double-Sided Projects