Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Transforming layers, part of Affinity Photo Essential Training.
- Our computer is now in this document, but it's in the wrong place and it's much too big. So let's switch to the Move tool, and the shortcut for this is V. Once we choose this tool, you can see these handles appearing around the edge of the layer. If we click in the middle, we can pick it up and drag it to anywhere we want. We can scale it by dragging any of the corner handles. And as we drag, it scales it uniformly towards the opposite corner.
If for some reason we want a nonuniform scale, just hold the shift key down and now you can distort it as much as we want. I don't want that. So, I'm going to undo. If you grab one of the center handles, then you scale it only along one axis. And again, I'm going to undo that and undo the horizontal scale as well.
To rotate an object, grab this little stick that sticks up from the middle of the top side and you can drag it around. And as you drag, it's worth noting the amount you drag is being shown in the Transform panel. So, this is showing a rotation of 317.6 degrees. Keep an eye on that as I drag and you'll see how both the X and Y coordinates of this marker point and the rotation angle change as we drag.
Unlike in Photoshop, we don't need to hit enter or press a button to commit this transformation. It all happens automatically. Also, unlike Photoshop, if we make something very small we don't lose the quality. In other words, pixels are not erased as something's made smaller. It works the similar way to Photoshop Smart Objects except that all layers behave like Smart Objects. The bonus is that we can treat them like regular layers.
We can paint them, we can filter them just as we do with any regular layer. So, let's make this bigger again. We click away from it and I'm selecting the background. You can see the transformation handles there as well. To select a layer, just click on it. And when you click on it, not only does it give you the handles again, but it also shows you the amount by which you've rotated it previously. So it's very easy to set this back to zero.
And now we can just pick it up, put it where we want it. Let's zoom in. Hold spacebar and command key. And you can either click to zoom in once or you can click and drag to zoom fluidly to exactly the size you want. I'm going to move this a little bit further onto the desk. And I think that's a good location for it. Let's save the file. And let's view the whole image. We can do this by going to View and Zoom to Fit.
Or we could use the shortcut, command zero.
- Using Affinity Photo's raw controls
- Applying lens correction
- Removing chromatic aberration and fringing
- Reducing noise and sharpening photos
- Making and modifying selections in Affinity Photo
- Creating layer masks
- Making global adjustments
- Adjusting shadows and highlights
- Enhancing color
- Converting to black and white
- Applying standard and live filters
- Creating photomontages in Affinity Photo
- Working with image stacks
- Distorting images
- Exporting photos from Affinity Photo
Skill Level Beginner
1. Using the Raw Controls
2. Using Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Tools
4. Using Adjustments
5. Working with Filters
6. Creating Photomontages
7. Distortion and Special Effects
Distorting with Mesh Warp2m 18s
8. Text and Graphics
9. Exporting Images
Using the Export Persona2m 37s
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