Making use of Affinity Publisher’s modifier keys allows you to easily rescale and position objects, override snapping, and instantly display additional text options for your publication as you go.
Rescaling and repositioning objects
A number of helpful modifiers make transforming objects a breeze.
Holding the Shift key as you drag any of an object’s handles allows you to maintain the selected object’s aspect ratio while resizing it.
Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows)-dragging from a corner handle allows you to resize an object from its centre.
With Ctrl (Mac) or the right mouse button (Windows) held down as you drag a corner handle, you can resize an object from its opposite corner.
By pressing the ; key, you can toggle snapping on or off, allowing you to make snapping exceptions for specific objects as you go.
Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) when transforming or placing objects allows you to override snapping restrictions when the text ruler or baseline grid is enabled.
Displaying extra text options
While working on your text, you can make the Character panel pop up at any time by pressing Cmd+T (Mac) or Ctrl+T (Win).
Typography options can be displayed by pressing Cmd+Shift+T (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+T (Win).
You can display spelling options on the go by pressing Cmd+Shift+; (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+; (Win).