Extra Alignment Tips in Google Drawing

In some previous posts I’ve discussed alignment of objects in Google Draw. Occasionally, you may find that you need to just ‘tweak’ an object’s position, but dragging the object or using just the arrow keys tends to nudge it a little too much.

With the item selected, hold down the Shift key while using the arrow keys to move the object, and it will move one pixel at a time, to help you get precise placement. Don’t forget that you can zoom your drawing using View > Zoom in; at higher levels of zoom, one pixel is a much finer movement (relative to the drawing’s size) than when zoomed out.

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Another useful trick is available when resizing pictures. By grabbing the corner while holding down the Shift key, when you perform your drag the relative proportions of the item will be constrained to their initial ratio:

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That’s how to keep your squares square and your circles round.