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How to reposition your selection

Once you’ve made a selection, there are a few different tools or gestures you can use to reposition your selection. Some versions of SketchBook have an assortment of tools to move, flip, mirror, scale, and rotate the selected content. For others, check your screen for directions as to the gestures available.

Did you know that you could use another tool, while still in selection mode? See How to use your selection like a mask for more information.

Selection/transforming in Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10Transforming a selection in Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10

Example of a selection that was transformed in Autodesk SketchBook

Repositioning tools

Your version of SketchBook might include:

Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge

Tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge to move the selection itself, NOT its content. It can be used in conjunction with Invert. Make a selection, tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments, then drag the puck to place the selection. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. Then accept or decline the changes.

Move selection Move

Tap Move selection Move to move the selection and the content it encompasses. Once Move selection is selected, another toolbar appears for helping with the placement of the content.

Transforming a selection tools

You can move, flip, mirror, and rotate the selected content. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. Then accept or decline the changes.

Transform icon from the Windows 10 Autodesk SketchBook version Transform

Tap  Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Transform to move, scale, or rotate your selection. In some versions of SketchBook, Transform opens a toolbar with tools for scaling, moving, rotating, distorting, and flipping a selection. For specifics, see How to use transforms.

Repositioning your selection in SketchBook for Desktop

With a selection already made, there are two ways to reposition your selection:

To only move the selection (NOT the content within the selection), drag anywhere within the canvas.

To move the selection and its content, tap Quick Transform and ensure
Transform icon from the Windows 10 Autodesk SketchBook version is already active (it will be blue). If it isn’t, tap Transform icon from the Windows 10 Autodesk SketchBook version, reselect the area, tap Quick Transform and use the puck to move, scale, or rotate the content.

Repositioning your selection in SketchBook for Mobile

If you are using SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, your selection interface will be different from SketchBook 4.0 or above. For information on the version you have, see the sections below:

For SketchBook 4.0 or above users

To only move the selection (NOT the content within the selection), once you have made a selection, in the Selection toolbar, tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge. Instruction will appear on the screen explaining what the tool does and how to use it.

  • To free-form move the selection, drag with your finger in the middle of the puck to place the selection.
  • To move the selection a pixel at a time, tap the arrow for the direction you want. Each time you tap it, the selection is moved one pixel in that direction.

If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. When finished with your selection, tap Selection finished icon to accept the changes or x to decline.

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users

There are two repositioning tools that allow you to move your selection Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge and Move selection Move.

Selection tools in the toolbar

To only move the selection (NOT the content within the selection), once you have made a selection, in the Selection toolbar, tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge. Instruction will appear on the screen explaining what the tool does and how to use it.

  • To free-form move the selection, drag with your finger in the middle of the puck to place the selection.
  • To move the selection a pixel at a time, tap the arrow for the direction you want. Each time you tap it, the selection is moved one pixel in that direction.

If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. When finished with your selection, tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Example of a selection about to use Nudge in the mobile version of SketchBookExample of a selection with the Nudge puck visible in the mobile version of SketchBook

To only move the selection and its content, once you have made a selection, in the Selection toolbar, tap Move selection Move. Another toolbar appears for helping with the placement of the content and messaging about the gestures to use appears at the bottom of the canvas.

Transforming a selection tools

You can move, flip, mirror, and rotate the selected content. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. When finished with your selection, tap
OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Repositioning your selection in SketchBook for Windows 10

Once you’ve made a selection, use the Transform tool to move it.

Transform toolbar when you've made a selection in Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10

  1. Tap Transform icon from the Windows 10 Autodesk SketchBook version.  Another toolbar appears for helping with the placement of the content. Messaging about the gestures to use appears at the bottom of the canvas.
  2. Use gestures, Flip, Mirror, or a combination of these to reposition the selection. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it.
  3. Tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Selection/transforming in Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10Transforming a selection in Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10

Example of a selection that was transformed in Autodesk SketchBook

Updated on May 2, 2018

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