Affinity Designer: The Pixel Persona Tools

Selection Tools
Rectangular Marquee Tool [M]
Elliptical Marquee Tool [M]
Row Marquee Tool [M]
Column Marquee Tool [M]

The selection tools offer a variety of ways to select portions of a raster layer. Pressing and holding the Shift key while dragging the tool will constrain the rectangle and ellipse selection tools to square or circular shapes.

When a selection is made, you will see an outline of the shape commonly referred to as “marching ants”.

*NOTE* The active selection can be repositioned by moving your cursor over the shape, then clicking and dragging it to a new location.

Pressing the option key on your keyboard while clicking and dragging a new shape over the top of the previous selection will subtract the new shape from the active selection creating an irregular shape.

Pressing the control key on your keyboard while clicking and dragging a new shape over the top of the previous selection will add the new shape to the active selection creating an irregular shape.

Free Hand Selection Tool [L] The Free Hand Selection tool allows you to draw around a section of the raster layer to make a selection.

Selection Brush [W] The Selection brush will let you paint over an object to select it. You can set the initial brush size and then paint inside the shape of the object to begin selecting. The brush will attempt to find the edges of the object. Better contrast between the edge of the object and the background will result in a more accurate selection.

Pixel [B] The pixel brush is a square brush that lays down a trail of squares resulting in a stroke that has the appearance of pixelated edges. You can set it as small as one pixel or as large as 1024 pixels.

Paint Brush The paint brush is a round brush that lays down a trail of circles resulting in a smoother stroke. You can set it as small as one pixel or as large as 1024 pixels.

Erase Brush The Erase brush removes raster based artwork. This brush can be set as small as one pixel or as large as 1024 pixels.

Flood Fill The Flood Fill tool can be used to fill a selection area or a color range. The tolerance for the color range can be adjusted up or down to increase or decrease the color area you plan to fill.

Dodge Brush The Dodge brush is used to lighten highlights, midtones or shadows in an image.

Burn Brush The Burn Brush is used to darken highlights, midtones or shadows in an image.

Smudge Brush The Smudge Brush is used to smudge pixels on a raster layer slightly.

Blur Brush The Blur Brush is used to blur pixels on a raster layer slightly resulting in a very soft appearance for any raster based image the brush is used on.

Sharpen Brush The Sharpen brush can increase the sharpness of fine details.

Pan Tool [H] The pan tool is used to maneuver around the canvas. Switching to the Pan tool and grabbing the canvas by clicking and holding will allow you to pull the canvas in various directions so that you can see different areas of your work. You can also hold the space bar to temporarily switch to the Pan Tool. Releasing the spacebar will switch you back to the previously selected tool.

Zoom Tool [Z] The Zoom tool will turn your cursor into a magnifying glass that allows you to pinpoint parts of your artwork to zoom in on and inspect. You can also press the Command key + plus key to zoom in or the Command key + minus key to zoom out without switching tools.