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Move, Rotate or Scale a selected area

When you paste a selection of vectors into the vector image or paste from a vector file the pasted area of vectors is automatically selected.

You can also select an area of vectors using the following method:

Use the Vector Select tool to specify an area

 

A selected area is surrounded by a red-white outline. If View Menu > Cursor Type > Graphic is selected, the Move cursor is displayed: . You can:

Move the area

Rotate the area by cursor

Rotate the area by degrees

Scale the area by cursor

Scale the area by value

 

 

Move

1. Press down your mouse button at a reference point in the selected area, and continue to hold it down.

If you zoom into the image you can select a reference point very accurately.

2. Drag the area to its new location using your mouse.

As you drag the area into position you can press M on your keyboard to magnify, D to demagnify, and the Delete key to step back through zoom views. You can also zoom in and out by scrolling your mouse wheel forwards and backwards, and pan by pressing your mouse wheel down and moving your mouse.

3. When you are satisfied with the new position of the area, raise your mouse button.
4. You can now do any of the following:
Move the area again by repeating steps 2 to 4.
Rotate the area by right clicking and selecting ‘Rotate using’. Rotation can be by Cursor or Value in degrees.
Complete the move by clicking the right mouse button and selecting ‘Move Completed’.

 

Rotate an Area by Cursor

1. Right click and select ‘Rotate using’ and select ‘Cursor’

If View Menu > Cursor Type > Graphic is selected, the Rotate cursor appears: .

2. Drag your mouse in the direction you want to rotate.

 The area is rotated about its center.

3. When you have finished rotating the area, right click and select ‘Rotate Completed’.
4. You can now do any of the following:
Move the area (see Move, above).
Rotate the area again by right clicking and selecting ‘Rotate using’.
When rotation is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Rotate Completed’.

 

Rotate Area by Degrees

1. Right click and select ‘Rotate using’ and select ‘Value’

If View Menu > Cursor Type > Graphic is selected, the Rotate cursor appears: .

2. The Vector Rotate Setting dialog appears.

Enter the number of degrees you want to rotate the vectors in the area by into the dialog.

If you enter a positive angle, the area will be rotated in a clockwise direction.

If you enter a negative angle, it will be rotated in an anti clockwise direction.

You can enter fractions of a degree (e.g. 0.5).

3. Click OK.

 The area is rotated.

4. You can now do any of the following:
Move the area (see Move, above).
Rotate the area again by right clicking and selecting ‘Rotate using’
When rotation is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Rotate Completed’.

 

 

Scale an Area by Cursor

1. Right click and select ‘Scale using’ and select ‘Cursor’

If View Menu > Cursor Type > Graphic is selected, the cursor appears.

2. Drag your mouse in the direction you want to rotate.

 The area is rotated about its center.

3. When you have finished rotating the area, right click and select ‘Scale Completed’.
4. You can now do any of the following:
Move the area (see Move, above).
Scale the area again by right clicking and selecting ‘Scale using’.
When rotation is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Rotate Completed’.

 

Scale Area by Value

1. Right click and select ‘Scale using’ and select ‘Value’

If View Menu > Cursor Type > Graphic is selected, the cursor appears.

2. The Vector Scale Setting dialog appears.

Enter the X and Y scale factor values you want to scale the vectors in the area by into the dialog.

3. Click OK.

 The area is scaled.

4. You can now do any of the following:
Move the area (see Move, above).
Scale the area again by right clicking and selecting ‘Scale using’
When scaling is complete, click the right mouse button and select ‘Scale Completed’.

 

Click to undo.

 

 

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