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Can Shape and Text Transform controls be the same?

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Can the shape transform and text transform controls be the same or similar at least?



When selecting a corner point  and moving mouse to change the shape/transform size etc:

For shapes: Hold shift+cmd, move mouse  =  For Text: Hold Cmd, move mouse

For shapes: Hold shift, move mouse = For Text: Hold nothing, move mouse


So when I'm selecting an shape and fixing it, then a text, it gets a bit confusing sometimes. I accidentally use text transform protocol for shape transformation vice versa.


It feels disorienting like getting used to working in one program or OS, then trying to do the same thing in another program or OS.

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Hi Framelynx,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

This is by design but you can change this behaviour in the Preferences, Tools tab, Move Tool Aspect Constraint dropdown.


  • The Automatic option will constrain the resize depending on the type of object selected. For objects with an intrinsic aspect ratio (like images or text frames) the proportion will be kept when you resize them. For the others, it will not (you must press ⇧ (shift) to keep their proportions. This option is selected by default.
  • Constrain by default will resize objects proportionally no matter what's their type.  You will have to press ⇧ (shift) to override the constrain.
  • Do no constrain by default will resize the objects freely. You will have to press ⇧ (shift) to resize objects proportionally independently of their type.

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