How do I use Precision Move?

You can use the Precision Move tool to accurately adjust your design to very exact measurements.

Written by Jon Soong
Updated over a week ago

Precision Move allows the user to accurately control the exact movement and position of the shapes in their Shaper designs.

To open Precision Move, select a shape (or linked group of shapes) and then click on the Move icon.

The position of your shape is measured from the centre of the bottom face of your shape (pivot point), to the centre of the work platform (centre point).

At X=0, Y=0, Z=0 the pivot point on your shape will be touching the centre point on the platform.

## 1. Use the XYZ co-ordinates

Any numbers you enter in the X, Y & Z axis will move your shape(s) relative to the centre point.

If I enter "20 mm" in the Z axis, my shape will be 20 mm above the platform.

If I enter "20 mm" in the X axis my shape will move 20 mm to the right.

If I enter "-20 mm" in the X axis my shape will move 20 mm to the left of the centre.

NOTE: The X, Y & Z axis are colour coded to make it easier for users to keep track of what is happening. In the above image you can see a red indicator line (X axis) and blue indicator line (Z axis) extending from the global position to bottom of my cube.

2. Use "Steps"

Under the X, Y & Z boxes, you'll see "Move step".

You can use steps to move your shape(s) by a set distance, i.e. a step.

If I set my step size to 5 mm and then tap the blue up arrow above my shape, my shape will move up by 5 mm. Every time I tap any of the coloured arrows around my shape, the shape will move by 5 mm.

You can set any step size you want, above 0.1 mm.

3. Use Free Move

You can still just hold and drag your shape around freely. As you move your shape around, coloured indicator labels will appear to show you how far you are moving on each axis.

If you hold and drag the Move icon, your shape will move on one axis only. For example if I hold the Move icon and drag to the left or right, my shape will move only on the X axis, it won't move up, down, forward or back.

Once you've mastered Precision Move, there are two other Precision Modes you should learn about: Precision Size and Precision Rotate.