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I have created a composite shape in Pixelmator: it is a circle with rays around (=sun icon) - all in one layer as shapes elements.

Let's say I should transform some rays by rotating them into precise angle.

My problem is I cannot realise how to select subelements in that layer - sometimes I have success, sometimes I don't. It is inconsistent.

Any suggestions?

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When working with a complex shape on a single layer, we suggest you turn off Auto-Select, and zoom into the part of the shape you want to select, and then use the mouse to select the shape.

It is the Auto-Select feature that is sometimes inconsistent, at least in our experience.

Hope that helps. Also check out different tutorials on working with shapes starting with basic shapes, which might give you more ideas on how this works.

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