Universal format options
Most of the Format Panel’s controls are common to all objects. That means that most of what you learn about formatting one type of object – Stencils, for example – is immediately applicable to other objects like Icons, Images and Templates.
All objects are highlighted when you hover over them – either on the page, or over the object-name in the Outline Panel. This makes the selection of thin or small objects easy and reduces missed clicks.
This article takes you through the universal, common sections of the Format Panel – and shows you how to move, adjust, customize and style objects on the page.
Select, Size, Position, Rotate, and Flip
Size, Position, Rotate, and Flip controls are grouped together at the top of the Format Panel, and each of these actions can be performed both in the panel or on the page.
When you select a single object, that object’s name is displayed at the top of the panel, just above its coordinates. This makes it easy to locate and identify that object in the Outline Panel.
When you select multiple objects, the panel displays the number of objects in that group, in order to help you confirm your selection before applying any style changes or transformations.
On the page, use the resize handles to change the size of the object.
In the Format Panel, use the Width & Height inputs for precise values and fine-tuning, and use the arrow keys, on the keyboard, if you want to change these values incrementally.
Lock an object’s proportions with the Lock Aspect Ratio button. After an object is locked, you’ll have to unlock the aspect ratio if you want to resize it on the horizontal or vertical axis.
On the page, select an object and drag it to the desired position.
In the Format Panel, set the object’s position by entering the exact coordinates in the input fields. Your object’s position is measured in pixel-distance from the left and top margins. You can use your keyboard’s arrow keys to change these values incrementally.
- Once an object is selected on the page, the arrow keys move objects pixel by pixel – for fine adjustment
- Shift + arrow moves objects 10 px
On the page, click the Rotation Handle at the top of the object and drag to rotate.
In the Format Panel, enter the degree-value in the Rotation Input Field. You can change the value by using the keyboard’s arrow keys.
You can flip an object both horizontally and vertically.
On the page, select a Resize Handle and drag it across the centerline of that object to simultaneously resize and flip.
In the Format Panel, the vertical and horizontal Flip Buttons flip the object while still maintaining its size and aspect ratio.
Color Fills & Strokes, Gradients, and Replace Color
You can apply color changes to object Fills and Strokes by using the Color Picker in the Fills & Strokes section of the Format Panel. As you add colors, the Project Colors list at the bottom of the picker will aggregate those swatches.
To fill an object with color, go to the Fills & Strokes section and click on Fill Color to open the Color Picker Popover.
Select the Swatches Tab to choose a color scheme from Moqups Classic, Material Design, Bootstrap or iOS 8. This tab also displays the colors you’ve already used in your project.
Select the Picker Tab to create your own custom colors.
In both tabs, you can…
- Enter the Hex value for a color
- Adjust the fill-color opacity
Stroke refers to the line of the object itself.
To adjust the stroke color, go to the Format Panel, and in the Fills & Stroke section, click on Stroke Color. Here, you can also set the stroke opacity.
Under the color settings, you can choose the Stroke Width, and set Stroke Style to Solid, Dotted or Dashed.
Gradients create gradual color blends between two or more colors. They can be applied to both Fills and Strokes.
To apply a gradient…
- Click on the Fill or Stroke Color
- At the top of the Color Picker Popover, you can choose from three Fill Types: Solid, Linear gradient, and Radial gradient.
- For gradients, select either Linear or Radial gradient.
- The Gradient Slider has two default Stops that can be moved back and forth to adjust the start and end point of the gradient.
- Click on a Stop to apply a color from the Color Field. The Stop will remain blue while active. You can make further color adjustments below by using either the Hue or Opacity sliders, or by selecting from a range of color swatches derived from the currently active color.
- To add more stops, hover over the Gradient Slider until you see the ‘+’ icon; click on the slider to add a new stop.
- To remove a stop, drag it downward until it disappears.
- Use the Flip icon on the right of the Gradient Slider to reverse the order of colors.
The controls in the upper-right corner let you adjust the gradient’s Angle (for Linear) or Center (for Radial). For even more precision, you can set the Linear Angle by degree, or the Radial’s Center by X/Y coordinates in the accompanying input fields.The Radial gradient also has a Stretch option that expands the Radial gradient to the margins of the object.
The Replace Color section appears in the Format Panel only when all objects on the page have been deselected.
In the Replace Color section you can apply a color change to your current page, or to an entire project.
This feature makes it possible to quickly update your color scheme as you move from lo-fi wireframes to hi-fi mockups – and finally to polished designs and prototypes.
To replace a color…
- Click on the project color you wish to replace
- Select the replacement color from
- Project colors
- By entering a hex code
Opacity, Shadows, and Blur
The Opacity slider adjusts the global Opacity of a whole object, or group of objects. If you want to customize opacity more precisely, you can also adjust the Fill & Stroke opacity (see above), together with global Opacity, for a combined visual result.
To add a Drop Shadow to an object, navigate to the Format Panel and open the Drop Shadow section.
Enable shadow to set the color, opacity, angle, distance, and size of the shadow.
You can round an object’s corners both from the Format Panel, in the Rounded Corners section, as well as directly on the page, using the object’s custom handles.
To round corners from the Format Panel:
- Use the Rounded Corners section and enter values in the inputs. By default, the four input fields are synced. Entering a value in one input will propagate that value to the other corners.
- To enter differing values for each corner, deselect the Sync all corners icon located between the four inputs.
- Enable Scale Radius if you want the rounded corners to scale proportionally as you resize an object.
To round corners directly on the Page:
- To round all corners simultaneously, drag any of the light-blue custom handles towards the center of the object.
- To round a specific corner (Rectangle stencil only) hold Option/Alt and drag the relevant handle towards the center.
Copy and Paste Styles
Once you have customized an object, you can apply that customization to another object or group of objects.
To copy and paste styles:
- Select the object from which you want to copy the styles
- Right-click and choose Copy Styles or press Alt/Option + C
- Select the object where you want to apply those styles
- Right-click and choose Paste Styles or press Alt/Option + V
Set Default Styles
When you set a project’s Default Style, every new object you add to the pages of that project will adopt that style.
You can set the Default Style for a project from the Format Panel, or by using the right-click Context Menu.
To set the Default Style from the Format Panel:
- Click on the empty area of any page
- Open the Format Panel
- Set styles
To set the Default Style from the right-click Context Menu:
- Right-click on any object (including diagram Connectors)
- Select the Set Default Style option
To clear a Default Style, click the Clear Default Style link at the top of the Format Panel.