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Locking aspect ratio when resizing objects

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When using Affinity Designer I've noticed that in some cases you need to hold the shift key when resizing an object in order to retain the aspect ratio, however at other times the aspect ratio is automatically locked and you don't need to hold the shift key. This seems completely random to me but I'm sure it isn't. Could someone explain when the shift key is needed and when it isn't?




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Hi Phil,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

You can choose the behaviour you want in Affinity Preferences, Tools section, Move Tool Aspect Constrain dropdown.

By default Affinity keeps the proprotion of objects that possess an intrinsic aspect ratio, like text and images - Automatic (based on selection) option - without the need to press Shift.

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