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How to use transforms

Transforms are used for moving, rotating, scaling, flipping, mirroring, and distorting content. If you’re looking for moving, rotating, or zooming into the canvas and the platform you’re on supports gestures, see How to change your view.

How to move, rotate, or scale a selected area

Use the Transform Layer puck to free transform your content. Move, rotate, and scale it. Use one of the Selection tools to access the Transform Layer puck.

 

To move, rotate, or scale a selected area for all layers, merge the layers first.

To move a selection, highlight the move outer circle. Tap, then drag to move the layer around the canvas.
To rotate a selection around its center, highlight the rotate middle circle. Tap, then drag in a circular motion in the direction you want to rotate.
To non-proportionately scale a selection, highlight the upper part of the inner circle. Tap, then drag in the direction you want scaled.
To scale a selection bigger or smaller, highlight the scale inner circle. Tap, then drag to scale up or down to display the percentage scaling.

Using transforms in SketchBook for Desktop

In SketchBook for Desktop, there are two main tools for transforming your content: Quick Transform and Transform. One big distinction between Quick Transform Quick Transform and Distort icon in SketchBook Transform is that Distort icon in SketchBook Transform selects all content on the current layer. If you want to select only certain content on a layer, use Quick Transform.

Using Quick Transform Quick Transform

Transforming a selection

When you transform a selection, you could be resizing the selected content by scaling it, re-positioning the content by moving it, and/or pivoting the selected content by rotating it.

  1. Select Quick Transform and make a selection with one of the Quick Selection tools.

    Quick Selection tools
  2. Tap the Transform Layer Transform tool to access the Transform puck.
  3. Tap-drag the puck to move, scale, and/or rotate the selected content.

Transforming content on one or more layers

If you want to move, scale, and/or rotate content on one or more layers, here’s how to do it.

  1. In the Layer Editor, select one or multiple layers (use Shift to select consecutive layers and Ctrl to select non-consecutive layers). there is nothing selected, tap-drag the puck to move, scale, and/or rotate the entire layer.
  2. Select Quick Transform, then Transform Layer. The Transform puck appears.
  3. Tap-drag the puck to move, scale, and/or rotate all the content.

Transform puck

To constrain your transform either vertically or horizontally, use the Transform Transform tool in the SketchBook desktop version tool with the Shift key. This also works with Distort.

Using the Transform tool

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook Transform to move or scale a selection either freely around the canvas or constrained horizontally or vertically.

Moving a selection

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook and tap-drag within the select to freely re-position the selection. Your cursor changes to Transform cursor in SketchBook Desktop.

Constraining your movement

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook and tap-drag in one directions, while pressing the Shift key to constrain your movement to that direction. To constrain the selection to the other direction, release the Shift key, then press-hold it again as you move in the new direction.

Scaling a selection

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook and tap-drag a handle bias to freely scale the selection.

Constraining scaling to one direction

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook and tap a handle bias, then press the Shift key to constrain your scaling. To constrain the selection to the other direction, release the Shift key, then press-hold it again as you scale in the new direction.

Rotating a selection

In the toolbar, select Distort icon in SketchBook and tap-drag outside the selection to rotate the selection.

Using transforms in SketchBook for Mobile

Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook in the toolbar to enter the Transform mode. When in this mode, you can proportionally scale, move, rotate, and distort a layer, using gestures, your stylus, or mouse. When finished with Transform mode, tap Done to exit the mode.

Transform mode toolbar in Autodesk SketchBook for proportionally scaling, moving, rotating, and distorting a layer

Moving content

Drag with your finger to move the content of a layer or tap Nudge icon.

  1. Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook and select Nudge icon.
  2. Tap-drag one of the arrows to move the content on that layer along the axis selected.
  • If you select either arrow along the sides, your movement is constrained to left and right.

    Move - tag-drag on an arrow and drag in that direction.  Move - constrained along one axis.
  • If you select either arrow at the top or bottom of the puck, your movement is constrained to up and down.

    Move - tag-drag to move up or down.  Move - motion is constrained to only up and down.
  • If you tap-drag within the middle of the puck, you can move in any direction.

3. When finished, tap Done.

Scaling content

  1. Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to enter the Transform mode.
  2. With two fingers, pinch the canvas for a smaller layer and expand your fingers for a larger layer.

When transforming a layer, keep in mind that any content that is resized and expands beyond the size of the canvas (not your view) will be cropped off. Undoing this action will restore the content; otherwise, it is lost.

If you want to scale the canvas and all the layers, don’t tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, just pinch the canvas or expand your fingers.

Flipping a layer

Not sure when you would use the Flip tools? Think of using Flip Vertically for a reflection in a window or mirror and Filp Horizonally for a reflection in a puddle. Just duplicate the layer, then select a flip tool, then position the image.

  1. Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.
  2. Use Filp Horizonally and Flip Vertically to flip the content on a layer either horizontally or vertically.

Rotating a layer

  1. Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.
  2. Drag in a circular manner with two fingers to rotate the layer’s content. To rotate the content at 45 degree increments, use rotate the text clockwise for clockwise rotation and rotate the text counter-clockwise  for counterclockwise rotation.

If you want to rotate the canvas and the content on all layers, don’t tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, just drag in a circular manner with two fingers.

Transforming a layer

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users:

  1. Tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then Transform icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to help reposition your content.

    Due to the size of some devices, swiping left or right in these toolbars to access more options.

    • Tap-drag the canvas to freely move in any direction.
    • Tap Nudge icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image vertically.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image horizontally.
    • Tap Rotate CCW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
    • Tap Rotate CW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image clockwise.
  2. Tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Move, rotate, or scale a layer with your finger

You can use your finger(s) to freely move, scale, and rotate the layer or use the Transform tools to move in a constrained direction, flip, or rotate 90 degrees in either directions.

  • To rotate, drag in a circular manner with two fingers.
  • To move, drag up, down, left, or right with one finger.
  • To scale, with two fingers, pinch the canvas for a smaller layer and expand your fingers for a larger layer.

When transforming a layer, keep in mind that any content that is resized and expands beyond the size of the canvas (not your view) will be cropped off. Undoing this action will restore the content; otherwise, it is lost.

Using transforms in SketchBook for Windows 10

Rotate, scale, and move a layer, using Transform icon Transform. Resize a layer, pivot it, or reposition it without affecting the content on other layers. Don’t confuse this with transforming a canvas, which changes the view, without affecting the placement or size of the layers.

Transform secondary toolbar

Moving, rotating, or scaling a layer

You can use your finger(s) to freely move, scale, and rotate the layer or use the Transform tools to flip your content.

  • To rotate, drag in a circular manner with two fingers.
  • To move, drag up, down, left, or right with one finger.
  • To scale, with two fingers, pinch the canvas for a smaller layer and expand your fingers for a larger layer.

When transforming a layer, keep in mind that any content that is resized and expands beyond the size of the canvas (not your view) will be cropped off. Undoing this action will restore the content; otherwise, it is lost.

Flipping a layer

Not sure when you would use the Flip tools? Think of using Flip Vertically for a reflection in a window or mirror and Filp Horizonally for a reflection in a puddle. Just duplicate the layer, then select a flip tool, then position the image.

  1. Tap Transform icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.
  2. Use Filp Horizonally and Flip Vertically to flip the content on a layer either horizontally or vertically.
Updated on May 2, 2018

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