Select Tool Properties

When you use the Select tool, its properties and options appear in the Tool Properties view.

NOTE: To learn how to use the Select tool, see About the Select Tool.

Tool Options

Icon Tool Name Description
Lasso

Sets the selection mode to Lasso, which allows you to select multiple items by drawing a lasso around them.

TIP: When this option is enabled, you can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily use Marquee mode.

Marquee

Sets the selection mode to Marquee, which allows you to select multiple items by drawing a rectangle around them.

TIP: When this option is enabled, you can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily use Lasso mode.

Snap to Contour Snaps your selection or point to any line you position it on. As soon as you move it close enough to another line, your point or selection will snap to it.
Snap and Align Snaps the selected anchor point to any existing line while displaying temporary rulers as a guide that you can also snap your anchor point to.
Snap to Grid

Snaps your selection following the currently enabled grid.

Select by Colour

Lets you select all the zones and lines in your drawing painted with the same colour swatch.

In the Camera or Drawing view, click on any zone or line in your drawing. All zones and lines of the same colour are selected. Click the Select tool again to return to the regular Select mode.

NOTE: Only the zones painted with the SAME colour swatch will be selected. If another zone is coloured with the exact same RGB value (same colour), but not painted with the same colour swatch, it will not be selected.
Works on Single Drawing

By default, when you draw a selection box in the Camera view, the Select tool will select only the drawing strokes of the current drawing. If you prefer the Select tool to select all the strokes on all layers, you can disable the Works on Single Drawing option in the Tool Properties view or disable the Select tool Works on Single Drawing preference. To do this, go to the top menu, select Edit > Preferences > Camera (Windows/Linux) or Harmony Essentials > Preferences > Camera (macOS) and uncheck the Select tool Works on Single Drawing option.

Operations

Icon Tool Name Description
Flip Horizontal Flips the current selection horizontally.
Flip Vertical Flips the current selection vertically.
Rotate 90 Degrees CW Rotates the current selection 90 degrees clockwise.
Rotate 90 Degrees CCW Rotates the current selection 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
Smooth

Smooth out selected drawing strokes and remove extra points.

Flatten

Merges drawing objects and brush strokes into a single layer. If you draw new lines to fix a drawing or line with many brush strokes, it can be useful to flatten them all into a single shape. By default, lines are drawn one on top of each other. If you intend to repaint the lines or modify their shape, it will be easier if they are flattened.

Create Colour Art from Line Art

Lets you use the outline you traced on one of the four embedded layers (line art, colour art, overlay, underlay) and create invisible strokes to paint your drawings on separate layers. This provides more inking and painting flexibility.

You can also configure this option to create the invisible strokes on any of the four embedded layers.

Distribute to Layers

The Distribute to Layers option is used to separate the selected art strokes and send them to new drawing layers. In the Camera view, once you have drawn your artwork, you can select the strokes you want to distribute using the Select tool and click on the Distribute to Layers button; you can also select Drawing > Distribute to Layers. It will automatically take every stroke from the drawing selection made in the Camera view and separate them into a different layer for each. If an artwork is composed of several strokes, you must group them using Edit > Group > Group before using the Distribute to Layers option. This option cannot be done from the Drawing view.

Pencil to Brush

Converts the selected centre line pencil strokes into contour strokes brush lines.

  Offset X and Y

Use the Offset X and Offset Y operation fields to enter specific values and precisely reposition the selected shape.

Offset

  1. X: Type a value in this field to reposition your selection along the X-axis.
  2. Y: Type a value in this field to reposition your selection along the Y-axis.
  3. Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the X or Y value field.
  Width and Height

Use the Width and Height operation fields to enter specific values to resize the selected shape with precision.

Width and Height

  1. Width: Type a value in this field to resize the width of your selection.
  2. Height: Type a value in this field to resize the height of your selection.
  3. Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the Width or Height fields.
  4. Lock icon: Click the lock icon to lock or unlock the ratio between the Width and Height values.
  Angle

The Angle operation lets you to enter specific values and accurately rotate the selected shape.

Angle

  1. Angle: Type a degree value in this field to rotate your selection.
  2. Up/Down arrows: Use the up and down arrows to modify the value in the Angle value field.
  Adjusting the Pencil Line Thickness

When you select a pencil line with the Select tool, additional options appear in the Tool Properties view.

Use the Adjusting the Pencil Line Thickness operation field to resize the selected centreline strokes. This operation is not permitted on contour line shapes, such as brush strokes or shape fills.

  Adjusting the Text Selection

When you select text with the Select tool, the tool properties will display the Text tool options on the bottom of the view. You can also press Alt + 9 to display only the Text properties in the Tool Properties view—see Text Tool Properties.

Adjusting the Text Selection