Select, Zoom & Pan Tools

Artboard uses a single direct Select [s]  tool to select objects, move, rotate, move path points, change shapes, and more. With the Select [s] tool, click or drag over object(s) to select.

Artboard offers flexible options to pan and zoom your drawing.

Choose Select Tool

To choose the Select [s] tool, do one of the following:

  • Click on the Select tool in the Tools palette, or
  • When another drawing tool is active, click the [s] keyboard shortcut, or
  • When another tool is active, click the ESC key to end editing (as needed) and return to the Select tool.

Select Objects

Choose the Select [s]  tool, then do one of the following:

  • Click onto an object in the active drawing layer, or
  • Drag a selection box around multiple objects in the active layer.

HINT: Hold the SHIFT key or COMMAND key and click to add or remove additional objects to the selection.

Move Objects

With the Select [s]  tool, press onto an object and drag to move it.

  • To contain the angle of movement while moving objects, hold SHIFT + COMMAND keys while dragging.

HINT: To nudge objects, select the object(s) and use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move incrementally in any direction.

1. Zoom In

Artboard drawings open at 100% zoom. To change the zoom, do any one of the following:

  • Click the magnifying glass Zoom In  tool and press-and-drag onto your drawing over the area you want to enlarge, or
  • To temporarily enable Zoom In while another drawing tool is active, hold the Z key while any other drawing tool is active, or
  • With the Zoom In tool, click once on the drawing canvas to enlarge the drawing a click at a time, or
  • Use your trackpad pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom the main view, or
  • Use the trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture to ‘Zoom To Selection’ if there is a selection, or ‘Zoom To Fit Window’ if there isn’t, or
  • Double-click the Pan tool to ‘Fit-to window’, or
  • Double-click the Zoom In / Out tools to zoom to 100%, or
  • Hold the OPTION key while using a scroll-wheel mouse to zoom in and out of your drawing at the current mouse position. (Choose ‘(app) > Preferences > Options’ and check ‘Invert scroll-wheel zoom direction’ as desired),
  • Use the SHIFT + COMMAND + + keyboard shortcut.
  • Choose a zoom level from the ‘Zoom Scale’ drop-down button on the toolbar.

HINT: Shadows are automatically disabled at very high zoom levels (over 800%) for enhanced performance. This setting can be changed in ‘(app) > Preferences > Performance’ in the main menu.

2. Zoom Out

Do one of the following:

  • Click the magnifying glass Zoom Out  tool and click to reduce the zoom the drawing a click at a time, or
  • To temporarily enable Zoom Out while another drawing tool is active, hold the X key while any other drawing tool is active, or
  • Use your trackpad pinch-outward gesture to zoom out the main view, or
  • Double-click the Pan tool to ‘Fit-to window’, or
  • Double-click the Zoom In / Out tools to zoom to 100%, or
  • Hold the OPTION key while using a scroll-wheel mouse to zoom in and out of your drawing at the current mouse position. (Choose ‘(app) > Preferences… Options’ and check ‘Invert scroll-wheel zoom direction’ as desired), or
  • Use the SHIFT + COMMAND + keyboard shortcut.
  • Choose a zoom level from the ‘Zoom Scale’ drop-down button on the toolbar.

Move / Pan Around Drawing

While zoomed in, do one of the following:

  • Click the Pan [h]  tool to press and drag the drawing into position, or
  • Use the track pad or scroll mouse, or
  • To temporarily enable quick-pan scrolling while another drawing tool is active, hold the Spacebar and drag to reposition your drawing canvas. Releasing the Spacebar reverts automatically to the active tool.

Zoom to a Pre-Set Magnification

Do one of the following:

  • Choose ‘View > Zoom To 100%’ from the main menu, or
  • Click the View pop-up menu in the toolbar and choose a magnification level.

HINT: It’s often useful to “fit to window” so that you can see your entire drawing at once.

Zoom To the Currently Selected Object

Do one of the following:

  • Choose ‘View > Zoom To Selection’ in the Main Menu, or
  • Use the trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture to ‘Zoom To Selection’.