Rotate canvas

Rather than rotating the document, you can rotate the canvas instead, which is akin to physically rotating your working space. This allows you to view your document from a different angle without manipulating its layout.

About canvas rotation

Being able to rotate the canvas is beneficial for a number of applications:

To rotate the canvas:

From the same menu, select Reset Rotation to reset the canvas back to its original rotation.

To switch off/on canvas rotation (for Trackpads):
  • From Affinity Designer>Preferences (Tools option), uncheck or check Enable Canvas Rotation with Trackpad.