In this tutorial we’ll be going over a simple method for creating a perfect circle with Affinity Designer for the iPad. This is something that can be a bit perplexing at first — especially if you come from a background of desktop design software.
In traditional vector design applications, the way that you would draw a perfect circle is usually by using the Ellipse Tool to click and drag, and then holding Shift or Control (depending on the application) on the keyboard at the same time will lock the aspect ratio so that a perfectly round circle is drawn.
However, there is no standard keyboard on an iPad. The on-screen keyboard is meant for typing and serves no real purpose in a design environment like it does on a desktop. So, what is the great mystery then?
How To Draw A Perfect Circle with Affinity Designer For The iPad
The following video tutorial explains everything succinctly and within roughly 1 minute:
Continue on for the written instructions.
Draw with one hand, hold a tap with the other
The secret to drawing a perfect circle in a mobile environment, such as an iPad, is to use one to draw the circle and the other hand to hold a tap over the screen.
The graphic below depicts how this is done:
In order to create circles we will first need to select the Ellipse Tool, which can be located in the bottom-left corner of your screen:
Step 1: Draw the circle with one hand
If you are using an Apple Pencil or some other stylus, tap and drag on the canvas to begin drawing your ellipse.
If you are not using a stylus then you can use your index finger.
Step 2: Hold a tap over the screen with your index finger on your other hand
While tapping and dragging, use your index finger on your other hand to hold a tap over the screen — preferably on an empty area of the canvas, as depicted above.
Holding a tap with your other index finger acts sort of like how the Shift or Control key works in a desktop environment — it locks the aspect ratio of what you’re drawing so that the width (W) and height (H) values scale simultaneously. The result is a perfectly round circle:
This just doesn’t just work with circles, it works with virtually anything you draw or render with Affinity Designer. The same goes for other mobile design apps as well, such as Procreate. Drawing a perfectly round circle is done the same way — drawing with one hand and using the other to hold a tap.
Considering that the method used to create a perfect circle with Affinity Designer for the iPad is also the same method used in other apps, such as Procreate, it goes without saying that this knowledge will serve you elsewhere. This seems to be at the core of how mobile design applications function, and it just goes to show how different a world it is if you’re a traditional desktop-based designer.
If you have any questions or need clarification on anything we’ve gone over in this lesson then please leave a comment below.
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