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Rotate, Resize, Skew Shapes and Images in Draw

This beginner’s guide explains how you can rotate, resize and skew any custom shapes or any image object in LibreOffice Draw.

Rotating, resizing and skewing shapes and images are often needed for various drawing work and activities. This is a very simple task and this is how you can do it.

Rotate Images and Shapes

  • Or, draw any shape and select the shape.
  • Once inserted, click twice – one after another on top of the image/shape. Or from menu select Shape -> Transformations -> Rotate. This would select the rotate tool.
  • Shape Menu is available from LibreOffice 6.2x and greater.
Shape from Menu
  • You would see Red or Orange circle covering the image/shape (see screenshot below).
Rotate Markers in Draw
  • Put the mouse pointer on any of the corner of your image/shape and you can see a small rotating pointer. Click and move your pointer to rotate the image/shape.
Rotating Images
Rotating

Tip: The rotation happens based on the pivot point which is located by default at the middle of the image/shape. You can change the pivot point to a different place to change the rotation based on a point.

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Skew Images and Shapes

  • Open a blank draw document and insert an image. Select the image.
  • Or, draw any shape and select the shape.
  • Once inserted, click twice – one after another on top of the image/shape. Or from menu select Shape -> Transformations -> Rotate. This would select the rotate tool.
  • You would see Red or Orange circle covering the image/shape (see screenshot below).
  • Put the pointer on the middle sides of the selections and you would see the pointer becomes skew sign (see below).
  • Now you can drag towards up or down ; side by side to skew the image or shape vertically or horizontally.
  • Skewing also based on the pivot point as explained above which you can customize and move around.
Skew Images
Skew Images

Resize Images and Shapes

  • Open a blank draw document and insert an image. Select the image.
  • Or, draw any shape and select the shape.
  • Select the image/shape – click once on top of image/shape.
  • You would see green or blue square covering the image/shape (see screenshot below).
  • Drag your pointer by moving towards any direction along the small square icons to resize the image/shape (see below).
Resize Image in Draw
Resize Image

Conclusion

This is how you can give any size to image or shape in LibreOffice draw. Drop a comment below if you have any questions.

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