Select Tool Properties

The Select tool lets you select strokes and apply basic transformations such as repositioning, rotating, scaling or skewing, using the different handles of the bounding box.

If you have text or pencil lines selected with the Select tool, their properties will display in the Tool Properties view, allowing you to make changes to your selection.

NOTESelecting the Select by Colour tool from the Tools toolbar activates the Select tool, with the Select by Colour option enabled. Hence, this topic covers the tool properties for both the Select and Select by Colour tools.

NOTEFor tasks related to this tool, see About the Select Tool.

Tool Options

Icon Property Description
Selection Mode

Allows you to choose the method to visually select multiple elements:

  • Lasso: Allows you to select multiple elements by drawing a lasso around them with your mouse.
  • Marquee: Allows you to select multiple elements by drawing a rectangle around them. This is faster, as you only need to drag your mouse from one corner of the rectangle to its opposite corner, but it may not be as precise as you want.
TIPYou can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily use the other selection mode.
Snap to Contour When enabled, while moving a selection, the mouse cursor (along with the selection) will snap against the nearby points and contours of your artwork, allowing you to snap parts of your artwork together.
Snap and Align

When enabled, while moving your selection, the rectangular bounding box of the selection will align with the rectangular bounding boxes of other strokes and shapes in your artwork.

Select by Colour

When enabled, clicking on a coloured zone in your artwork will instantly select all the zones that are filled with the same colour.

TIPYou can quickly enable this mode by selecting the Select by Colour tool from the Tools toolbar, in the Select tool's pop-up menu.

Select All in Drawings Scene

Selects all the drawings in the current scene.

Operations

Icon Property 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.

Offset X

Lets you enter a value to reposition the selection along the X-axis.

Offset Y

Lets you enter a value to reposition the selection along the Y-axis.

Width

Lets you enter a value to resize the width of the selection.

Height

Lets you enter a value to resize the height of the selection.

Lock

Locks or unlocks the ratio between the Width and Height values.

Angle

Lets you enter specific values to rotate the selection. A positive value rotates the selection counter clockwise and a negative value rotates the selection clockwise.

Pencil Selection

If the selection contains pencil lines, the Pencil Selection section appears at the bottom of the Tool Properties view, allowing you to adjust the properties of those pencil lines.

Property Description
Maximum Size

Adjusts the size of the parts of the pencil lines that are the thickest. Parts of the pencil lines that are between the minimum and maximum sizes will be adjusted proportionally.

Minimum Size Adjusts the size of the parts of the pencil lines that are the thinnest. Parts of the pencil lines that are between the minimum and maximum sizes will be adjusted proportionally.
Pencil Line Shape

You can adjust the start, end, and join style of a pencil line.

Pencil Line Style

  • Start: Lets you select the style of the start tip, which is the first tip you drew. You can choose between Round or Flat style.
  • End: Lets you select the style of the end tip, which is the last tip you drew. You can choose between Round or Flat style.
  • Join: Lets you select the joint style. The joints are where the line curves abruptly. You could also define the Join style as the corner style. You can choose between Round, Mitre and Bevel style.

Text Selection

If your selection include text boxes created with the Text tool, a Text Selection section will appear at the bottom of the Tool Properties view, allowing you to adjust the formatting of the whole text box.

TIPYou can also adjust the formatting of parts of the text in the text box using the Text tool—see Text Tool Properties.

Icon Property Description
 

Font

Lets you select the font in which to display the text.

Bold

Makes the selected text bold.

Italic

Makes the selected text italic.

Align Left

Aligns the text in the selected text box to the left.

Align Center

Aligns the text in the selected text box to the centre.

Align Right

Aligns the text in the selected text box to the right.

Justify

Makes the text in the selected text box take all the horizontal space by adjusting the spacing between each word. Text that use a single line and text in the last line of a paragraph is aligned to the left.

 

Size

Allows you to set the size of the selected text.

 

Kerning

Allows you to increase or decrease the spacing between each character.

 

Auto Kern

Sets the kerning automatically based on the font’s predefined standard.

 

Indent

Allows you to increase or decrease the indentation of the first line of text in each paragraph.

 

Line Spacing

Increases or decreases the space between each line of text.