Objects can be scaled, rotated, and sheared directly by using the move tool. In this movie, I will demonstrate how to use the move tool to transform and manipulate objects in Affinity Designer.
- [Voiceover] In this video I'd like to talk about scaling, sharing, and rotating, also known as transforming objects. I have this little scene set up here, and you guys should be familiar with the scene. I have a background, and I have a little floor that I've added to our bottle, and our label that we created in a previous video. For this video I'm just gonna focus on the label itself. Objects in Affinity Designer can be scaled, rotated, sheared directly by using the move tool, so you have to have the move tool enabled.
And what you'll notice is as I get close to any one of these corners I get an indicator letting me know that I can perform these functions on it. So we're gonna focus on rotating first. Rotating, I can grab here, click and drag, and rotate left and right, and you see I get a little indication of how many degrees as well. I could also grab any one of these corners and get the same result. Also, there are instances where I may not want the rotation to be directly at the center of my object.
So if you go up to the top here and you see this little crosshair, click on that and it will show the center point of that object. I can click it and drag it anywhere on the page. It doesn't have to be on the object itself, and that will be my new point of rotation. So if I grab any one of these corners, as you see, it is now rotating around that center point. Once I am done, all I need to do is drag that point right back to the center, and it locks right in and snaps, and I can turn that off.
The next thing I'd like to look at is scaling. So, scaling happens just by grabbing any one of these corner points. Little handles here, right. And if I hold down the command key, I could scale from the center. If I hold down the control key, I could scale while rotating. So let me scale and rotate. And also, if I want to scale without snapping happening I could temporarily disable snapping by holding down the option key when I'm scaling.
And if you don't see that, let me just turn on my grid here, then you can see there are points when you are scaling where it snaps. And you can see, like the little red highlight there, little green and red highlight, it's snapping. Watch what happens when I hit the option key. It disables it temporarily, and I have to hold that option key down. Let me command+z that, let's go back. I'm gonna turn off the grid by hitting command+,. Now let's take a look at shearing. As you can tell, when I get the mouse close to here, I could shear on any one of these planes here, left, right, or from the top.
If I want to shear around the center point, all I need to do is hold the command key. And if I wanted to ignore snapping as well, I just hold down the option key and it'll temporarily ignore the snapping. So that's everything you need to know about rotating, scaling, and shearing in Affinity Designer. You should be able to transform your objects with ease now.
Here Ronnie McBride introduces new students to the workflows and tools required to get them up to speed with this fast, powerful, and professional application. He shows how to work with Affinity Designer's workspaces, called personas; use the drawing tools; and create custom brushes. After completing this course, students will feel more confident and proficient at using Affinity Designer in their own work.
- Creating a new document
- Setting up margins, guides, and grids
- Drawing vector lines and shapes
- Using the Pen tool
- Creating and editing text
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Selecting areas and color ranges
- Using layer masks
- Adding layer effects and adjustment layers
- Creating new brushes
- Exporting your work