CuteDraw 2.0 Help System

Moving, Rotating, Resizing and Flipping Shapes

Move shapes

About center of  rotation

Rotate shapes

Resize shapes

Flip shapes

Move shapes

Move one shape

  1. Click the Pointer tool , and then point to a shape. (The pointer changes to a four-headed arrow .) When the shape is selected, its selection handles appear.

  2. Drag the shape to where you want it.

    If snapping (snap: The ability of shapes, guides, grid lines, and other elements in the CuteDraw program to pull shapes and other elements into position when they are moved and sized.) is on, the shape may jump into place.

    Note  Be careful not to point to a selection handle when you move a shape. If you accidentally resize a shape, immediately click Undo on the Edit menu.

            

Move multiple shapes

  1. Select the shapes that you want to move.

    Note  To select multiple shapes, click the Pointer tool , and then drag a selection net (selection net: A means of selecting more than one shape at a time by dragging the Selection tool to define an area that encloses all the shapes to be selected.) around all the shapes that you want to select.

  2. Place the pointer over one of the shapes. (The pointer changes to a four-headed arrow .)

    If one of the objects you're moving is a group, the pointer won't show the four-headed arrow unless it is over one of the shapes in the group.

  3. Drag the shapes to their new positions. All selected shapes move the same distance and direction from their original positions.

Move one shape by typing the X and Y position value

  1. Click a shape to select it.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Geometry.

  3. Type a value for X Position and Y Position.

Move one shape using keyboard

  1. Click a shape to select it.

  2. Press key LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN to move the selected shape, shape will move one pixel distance once press.

    Note If you press SHIFT at the same time, the shape will move four pixel distance one press.

           And you also can select more than one shape, and use keyboard to move them.

Tip

When you move shapes, you can press CONTROL to copy the selected shapes.

                 

About center of rotation

When you select a shape and position the pointer over the rotation handle, a plus sign in a circle appears at the center of rotation . You can move the center of rotation, called the pin (pin: The point around which a shape or text block rotates, marked by a circle with a plus sign inside it.). As you move the pointer over a rotation handle, it changes to a round arrow to indicate that you can rotate the shape.

        

When you select a shape and position the pointer over the rotation handle, a pin (center of rotation) appears in the center.

                    

                                                                  

Rotate shapes

Rotate a shape 90 degrees

  1. Select a shape.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To rotate the shape counterclockwise, on the Shape menu, point to Rotate or Flip, and then click Rotate Left.

    • To rotate the shape clockwise, on the Shape menu, point to Rotate or Flip, and then click Rotate Right.

    You also can use Align Toolbar

Rotate a shape using the rotation handle

  1. Select a shape.

  2. Drag a rotation handle .

    The shape rotates around the pin . To move the pin, position the pointer over the rotation handle, and then move the pointer over the pin and drag it to a new location.

                         

    Note  You can also rotate shapes in a multiple selection. When you select the shapes, a single rotation handle appears for the entire selection. When you rotate the selection, all of the shapes rotate as a whole.

Rotate a shape by typing an angle

  1. Click a shape to select it.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Geometry.

  3. Type a value for Angle.

Rotate one shape using keyboard

  1. Click a shape to select it.

  2. Hold SHIFT and CTRL at the same time, press LEFT or RIGHT to rotate the selected shape left or right, shape will rotate one degree once press.

    Note You can select more than one shape, and use keyboard to rotate them.

Tip

As you rotate shape, the angle of single dragging depend on the distance of the mouse point and the shape pin, the distance is larger the angle is littler.

The angle of single dragging may be 15 degree, 10 degree, 5 degree, 1 degree, 0.1 degree.

So if you want rotate shape to a precise angle, you should drag the mouse enough distant from shape's pin.

          large distance, little angle  shorter distance, bigger angle

Resize shapes

Resize one shape

  1. Select a shape.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the shape has selection handles , drag a selection handle until the shape is the size you want. To resize the shape proportionally, drag a corner handle.

    • If the shape has endpoints , drag an endpoint to the length you want.

    Note  Handles that are gray boxes indicate the shape is locked and cannot be resized, if you want to size it, you can modify the protection of the shape via right click menu Protection.

         

Resize one shape by typing the width and height value

  1. Click a shape to select it.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Geometry.

  3. Type a value for Width and Height.

Tip

Flip shapes

  1. Select a shape.

  2. On the Shape menu, point to Rotate or Flip, and then click Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal.

    Also you can use Flip Toolbar .

    Note You can also flip shapes in a multiple selection. When you flip the selection, all of the shapes flip as a whole.

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