combined shapes

hi all - not sure what got set but recently, whenever i draw a shape, say a rectangle, then an ellipse, they become joined as a single object but only if they are both the same color (if i select one, both become selected) - if one is red and the other black or whatever different color combination, they remain individual items … not sure what got set as this only just started happening a couple of days ago and beyond mac os updates, nothing has been added or changed (that i know of) … any thoughts would be appreciated … thanks, d

Go to the Tool menu and unselect Draw Top Layer. It is used when you actually want objects of the same color to merge as you described. -JK

thanks - i had looked at that and convinced myself it wasn"t that - been better if i had tried it like I do everything else :slight_smile: