Making clean selections is a key part of using Countfire.
Clean selections improve Countfire’s automatic matching and also reduce the number of selections needed to complete a project.
Particularly when you are new to Countfire, reviewing selections as you make them is a great way to ensure your selections are clean.
There are two ways to review selections while you work:
Check the selection review box
After making a selection, it will appear in the selection review box.
By checking the selection review box after each selection, you can make sure your selection is clean and includes only elements specifically related to that symbol (i.e. includes both the symbol’s body, and its reference).
If your selection is either too simple or too complex, you can then open the editor (Shortcut = E) to correct it.
Check the previous selection in the editor
Another way to review selections as you make them is to double tap the ‘E’ key after making each selection.
The ‘E’ key is the keyboard shortcut for opening and closing the edit window, and double tapping it will quickly show you the previous selection made, fullscreen within Countfire.
In the above clip, first selection (Type B) is clean, however, the second selection (Type A) includes an unnecessary element.
By checking this selection full size in the editor, it’s easy to spot the selection is overly complex and also easy to edit it right away to ensure the selection is clean.
To illustrate the importance of clean selections, you can also see in the above clip that the overly complex Type A selection matches on just a single Type A symbol—once it’s cleaned up, and that unnecessary element removed, it matches on 124 symbols.
How to: Review all selections.