Selecting and Arranging Objects

Move, Resize and Rotate Objects

The geometric properties of an object can be modified directly on the canvas, or using the Geometry panel. The latter has more options, and also lets you input numeric values what provides better accuracy. Editing objects right on the canvas is usually faster and more convenient.

You should select an object before modifying its properties. A selected object displays its bound box with handles in corners at in the middle of each side. We will use these handles later.

Most of properties discussed below can be adjusted with an individual object, several objects, or group selected. Multiple selected objects, even not grouped, will respond to adjusting parameters in the same way as a group. For example, if you select two squares and change the width in the Geometry panel, the new value will be applies not to each of the squares but to the selection bound. In order to apply the same value to all selected objects, use the Transform command from the context menu.

Manipulating an Object on the Canvas

Move an Object

To move an object, activate the Move tool Move tool. Then click on the object and drag it.

As a rule, you should grab a visible part of an object. For example, when a rectangle has a stroke but there is no fill, you should drag the outline of the object.

You can also move a selected object using the arrow keys. In order to move the object faster, hold down the Shift key while pressing on an arrow.

Resize an Object

To resize an object, drag a corner or side handle on the object's bound box using the Move tool Move tool. To preserve the aspect ratio, do that holding down the Shift key.

Resize an object using its handles on the canvas

When you drag a corner or side handle the opposite corner or side of the object's boundary retains its position by default. To resize an object symmetrically, hold down the Alt key. In this case, the center of the boundary will preserve its location.

Rotate an Object

To rotate an object, activate the Move tool Move tool. Place the mouse pointer outside the bound box near a corner handle. The cursor should turn into a bent double-sided arrow. Click and move the cursor to specify a new angle.

Rotate an object using its handles on the canvas

Hold down Shift to rotate with 15 degree steps.

The default center of rotation coincides with the center of the object's boundary. To set any other point, click on Button to change the center of rotaion in the Control panel. Then drag a circular handle, that indicates the rotation center, to a new place.

Using the Geometry Panel

The Geometry panel helps you manipulate objects by setting up exact values for object's location, size, or rotation angle. To open the panel, choose Window > Geometry from the main menu.