User Guide > Drawing > Cutting Drawing Parts

Cutting Drawing Parts

The Cutter tool lets you cut a drawing area to move, copy, cut, or delete. The Cutter tool works with both bitmap and vector layers.

NOTE: When you use the Cutter on a bitmap layer, the drawing will be flattened automatically on the next drawing operation after the cut.

To cut with the Cutter tool:

  1. In the Tools toolbar, select the Cutter tool or press [Alt]+[T].
  1. In the Stage view, trace a selection around the part to cut away.

To delete the selected zone, press [Delete].
To move the selection, click the selection and drag it to a new area.
Use the bounding box controls to scale, skew, or rotate the cut piece.

Setting the Cutter Tool Properties

When you select the Cutter tool, its properties appear in the Tool Properties view.

Setting the Selection Tool

When selecting areas from a drawing, you can use the Lasso to make a freehand selection or the Marquee to make a rectangular selection.

To set the selection tool:

In the tool properties, select Lasso or Marquee mode to change the selection style of the Cutter tool. Hold down the [Alt] key to temporarily switch from the selected mode to the other.

Changing the Tip Style

You can customize the tip of the line you cut pencil lines on a vector layer.

To set the tip style:

In the Cutter tool properties, click the Tip Style button and select a style.

Setting the Antialiasing

When working with the Cutter tool on bitmap layers, you can turn antialiasing on or off. With antialiasing on, the jagged appearance of diagonal lines in bitmapped images are smoothed.

NOTE: This option is not available on vector layers.

To turn on antialiasing:

  1. Select a bitmap layer.
  1. In Cutter tool properties, click the Antialiasing button and select Antialiasing On.

Flipping Areas Horizontally and Vertically

Once you have selected areas from a drawing, you can flip them horizontally or vertically.

The Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical operations flip the current selection Horizontally or Vertically. If no strokes are selected, the layer will be flipped. If you select more than one layer, they will all be flipped individually.

To flip an area:

  1. Select the area to flip.
  1. Do one of the following:
In the tool properties, select the Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical button.
Press 4 to flip horizontally. Press 5 to flip vertically.
Select Tools > Transform > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical.

Rotating Areas

Once you have selected areas from a drawing, you can rotate them by 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.

To rotate an area:

  1. Select the area to rotate.
  1. In the tool properties, select the Rotate 90° CW or Rotate 90° CCW button. You can keep rotating areas at 90 degree increments by clicking the button again.