Using the Selection Tool

When using the Selection Tool, you can choose between using the Basic or Advanced handle types.

The Basic Handles will display circular blue handles around the selected object where each one has a specific function.



Free Move - The handle on the top-left corner is used to move your selection anywhere on the mat.
Vertical Move - The handle on the top-middle is used to move your selection up or down
Horizontal Move - The handle on the middle-left is used to move your selection left or right
Stretch - The handle on the bottom-right corner is used to scale/resize the selection.
Stretch Horizontal - The handle on the middle-right is used to change the width
Stretch Vertical - The handle on the bottom-middle is used to change the height
Rotate - The handle on the top-right or bottom-left corner is used to rotate the selection


When using the Advanced handles, you will see square handles around the selected object.





Selecting Objects

To select objects, click and drag to make a selection box around the objects you want to select.



If you hold down the Shift key while making the selection box, you do not need to completely surround the objects you want to select.



If you hold down the Space key, you can move the selection box



If you use the Selection Lasso Tool, you can make an arbitraty selection area instead of the standard selection rectangle.




Moving Objects

To move an object, you can click inside the shape and drag it to a new position.




If you hold down the Shift key while dragging the shape, it will constrain the movement so it stays horizontally, vertically or diagonally aligned.



If you hold down the Alt/Option key, it will make a duplicate.





Scaling Objects

To resize a shape, click and drag one of the square handles around the selected shape.



If you hold down the Shift key while resizing, it will keep the proportions of the shape.



If you hold down the Alt/Option key while resizing, it will resize from the center.




Rotating Objects

To rotate a shape, hover the mouse just outside one of the corner square handles and the cursor will change to a rotate symbol. You can then click and drag to rotate the shape.



To skew a shape, hover the mouse just outside one of the side square handles and the cursor will change to a skew symbol. You can then click and drag to skew the shape.