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Resize using keyboard while keeping constrained proportions

October 8, 2018 at 8:46am
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Resize using keyboard while keeping constrained proportions

October 8, 2018 at 8:46am
I can’t seem to understand how to use the keyboard to resize an object (CMD + arrow keys) while the object keeps its proportions. I have turned on the constraints, but using CMD + left arrow squishes the shape horizontally, instead of scaling the whole thing proportionally. Something I’m doing wrong?

October 8, 2018 at 9:01am
Use the scale tool (shortcut K)
I don’t want to use the mouse for this, I’d like to use the keyboard, as mentioned in the question. This is how I’ve used Sketch for a very long time and the workflow works well for me :)
Sry. I didn't get it. As far as I know, there is no such workflow which is a real lack. Not for scaling and not for moving, which is the one that I miss most.
I see, that’s a bummer. The functionality for resizing with the keyboard is there (CMD + arrow keys), but I just need the object to keep its proportions… :( Hopefully this can be added.
1. Select Layer. 2. Hit the "Constrain Proportions" button next to Width & Height. 3. In the Width & Height Fields, use the up and down arrow keys, OR Shift+Up or Shift+Down
^ That will use the keyboard only and constrain proportions

October 9, 2018 at 7:31am
Thanks for your reply, but again this is not what I’m looking for. With your method I have to grab the mouse and move the cursor to the width or height input fields, click and then go back to my arrow keys. Sketch, Framer X, Adobe XD (as far as I’m aware) lets you use cmd + arrow keys when a layer is selected to resize the object, just as Figma. They, however, respect the constrained proportions, while Figma do not.

December 17, 2018 at 2:36pm
I feel your pain, I am also facing this issue. Hope it will be implemented soon!

March 13, 2019 at 7:54pm
Just in the process of moving from Sketch and this is a real pain. I resize everything using the keyboard and this makes it much slower.
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