updated on 14 January 2019 | reading time: 3 minutes

Basics

Moving, transforming and arranging objects

Moving objects

To move one or more objects on the canvas you have to select them first. Once they are selected click and drag selection to a new place. You will see the outline of the objects following your mouse pointer. Release the mouse button when you are happy with the new placement.

Note:  Make sure that you are using Pointer tool V when moving objects and use Subselect tool D to move points.

If multiple objects are selected, drag directly on one of the selected objects, not on an empty area within the selection box.

Hold / SHIFT key to constrain movement to vertical, horizontal, or 45 degrees directions.

If you hold / ALT while you drag a copy of the object will be created and moved.

Alternatively, you can move the selection with Arrow keys (         ) and if you hold / SHIFT the movement will be 10 times bigger.

You can always type a new X & Y coordinates at the top of Inspector panel.

Rotating objects

Select object(s) with pointer tool. To rotate selected object(s), use the rotation handle on top of the bounding box rectangle.

Alternatively, move the cursor close to one of the corner handles of the selection box. Keep the cursor outside the selection rectangle. The cursor will change to show that the selection can be rotated.

Hold / SHIFT key to constrain the rotation to 15-degree increments.

Alternatively, specific rotation values can be typed into the Inspector panel.

You can use toolbar buttons to quickly rotate objects at 90° left or right (clockwise or counterclockwise). In Modify > Transform menu you can find even more preset rotation options (45°, 90°, 180° in both directions)

Scale / Resize objects

Select object(s) with pointer tool. Drag a corner handle of the selection box to resize the selected object(s).

By default, you can resize freely in vertical and horizontal directions. This can cause distortion. To resize proportionally, hold the / SHIFT key while dragging one of the selection handles. Proportional resizing keeps the same ratio of height to width (the same proportions), so there is no distortion when resizing. Alternatively, use the Inspector panel to link height and width (the Keep Ratio icon), and resizing will automatically remain proportional.

Hold / ALT to resize from the center.

Hold / SHIFT + / ALT for both proportional and centered resizing.

Flipping objects

You can flip horizontally or vertically every selection from the toolbar buttons or menu Modify > Transform > Flip Horizontal (or Flip Vertical)

Flip commands will use the center of the object’s bounding box as a mirror axis.

For more advanced mirror like transforms use Advanced transform panel.

Smart duplicate

If you duplicate object and then transform it in any way (rotate, scale, etc) pressing / CTRL + D will repeat this transform again.

Note: Do not deselect the object(s) before applying transformations. The magic works as long as you keep the selection intact.