Warping, Moving, Scaling, Rotating and Shearing in Affinity Photo

Do you want to learn how to warp, move, scale, rotate and shear objects in Affinity Photo? You’ve come to the right place! In this guide, we will walk you through each of these steps. Affinity Photo is a powerful image editing software that allows you to perform a wide range of transformations to your images. With just a few clicks, you can create amazing visual effects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve. Let’s get started!

How to Free Transform anything in Affinity Photo

Images can be modified in numerous ways in Affinity Photo. They can be transformed by flipping, rotating, positioning and resizing accurately. The Move Tool is the best tool which allows you to ‘Free Transform’ your images.

This is a brief outlook on how to Free Transform in Affinity Photo!

  • Flip layer content– Initially select the layers, then go to ‘Arrange menu’ at the top of the screen and choose ‘Flip Horizontal’ or ‘Flip Vertical’.
  • Rotate layer content- If you want to rotate the layer, select ‘Rotate 90° CW’ (clockwise) or ‘Rotate 90° CCW’ (counter clockwise). Another way to rotate a layer would be to select the Move tool, hover with your mouse over the corner handles and wait till a rotation icon appears. Simply click and drag in the direction you wish to rotate the layer to.
  • Resize layer content To size the selected content, then go to ‘Transform panel’ at the top of the screen and change W and/or H values.
  • To transform selected objects separately- To transform the selected objects separately, along with the ‘Move tool’ selected, select ‘Transform Objects Separately’ from the context toolbar and transform the object the way you want.
  • Warp layer contentTo warp the selected objects, select ‘Edit Points’ from the context toolbar, then click and drag on an edit point.

With these steps, you can easily modify images according to your needs! Try out these methods and see which one works best for your project.

Now, let’s delve deeper into all the ways you can Warp, Move, Scale, Rotate and Shearing in Affinity Photo!

How to Warp

Mesh Warp is a tool that allows you to distort an object. This can be useful for creating a variety of different effects or to change the perspective of a particular object within an image such as a shadow.

To warp an image,

  • Select the object and then click on the Mesh Warp tool in the toolbar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut W to activate this tool.
  • Once you have activated the warp tool, you can click and drag on the nodes in the corners of your image to warp it.
  • Once you are happy with the new shape of your object, click on the Apply button to confirm the changes.
  • That’s it! You’ve now learned how to warp objects in Affinity Photo. Give it a try and see how easy it is to change the shape of your images.

How to Move layer content

Moving layer content is one of the most basic edits you can make in Affinity Photo, and it’s also one of the most important. Whether you’re rearranging layers to change the order they appear in or moving them to a different location on your canvas, being able to quickly and easily move your layers is crucial.

Affinity Photo makes it easy to move layer content around with the Move tool. To move a layer:

  • Select the layer you want to move in the Layers panel or by selecting the Move Tool (Keyboard Shortcut: V) and clicking on the layer content.
  • Click and drag on the layer content to move it to a new location.
  • Release the mouse button once you are satisfied with the location.

That’s it for moving layers! As you can see, it’s a quick and easy way to rearrange your layers or move them to a different location.

How do you Scale?

Scale is a feature that allows you to increase or decrease the size of an object. Scaling will give a specific print resolution to an image as Affinity Photo uses pixels. The steps below will show you how to scale an object in Affinity Photo.

Image layers and pixel layers constrain the aspect ratio by default. Other type of layers, such as vectors and shapes, do not constrain by default. By holding ‘Shift’ on your keyboard, you are able to constrain the aspect ration of such layers by default.

Scaling an object may result in some distortion, so it’s important to choose the right tool for the job to minimize this. Affinity Photo has a variety of scaling options that can be accessed from the Transform menu.

To scale an image:

  • Select the layer and then click on the Move tool in the toolbar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut V to activate this tool.
  • Once you have activated this tool, you can click and drag on the corner handles of the layer to resize it.
  • Alternatively, you can enter a specific width and height that you want to scale the image to in the “Width” and “Height” fields of the Transform Panel. This will give you more precise control over the scaling of your object.
  • If you need to resize multiple objects at once, you can select all of them before scaling. This is especially useful if you need to resize a group of objects to the same size.

And that’s it! You’ve now learned how to scale objects in Affinity Photo. Give it a try and see how easy it is to change the size of your images.

How to Rotate?

Rotate is a tool that allows you to change the orientation of an object. This can be useful for creating a variety of different effects, such as turning a horizontal line into a vertical one or vice versa.

Rotating is helpful if you want to change the way an object is oriented without changing its position.

You can rotate an image by,

  • Selecting the object and then clicking on the Move tool in the toolbar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut V to activate this tool.
  • Once you have activated the Move tool, hover over the top handle at the top of the layer of over the corner handles until the rotate icon appears. Click and drag the handle to rotate your image. Holding the Shift key while doing this would constrain your rotation to 15 degree increments.
  • Alternatively, you can enter a specific angle that you want to rotate the image by filling in the Rotation field in the Transform Panel.

How to Shear

Shearing allows you to distort an object by skewing it. This can be useful for creating a variety of different effects, such as transforming a square into a trapezoid or adding some perspective to an otherwise flat object.

Shearing is helpful if you want to change the shape of an object without changing its size. Therefore, it can be useful for correcting the slant of an image or for creating a more interesting composition.

You can shear an image by following these steps:

  • Start by duplicating the layer since filters work destructively.
  • Select the layer and then click on the Filters Menu, Distort and Shear.
  • Two graphs will appear, one for Vertical and one for Horizontal Shearing. Simply click and drag the nodes until you achieve the desired result. Click on Apply once you are ready shearing the layer.
  • Alternatively, you can enter a specific amount that you want to sheer and distort the image in the Shear field in the Transform Panel.
  • The Move Tool can also be used to shear various types of Layer content on a image.
  • Position the cursor over a control handle until the it turns into an icon with two arrow pointing in opposite directions.
  • Click and drag in the direction you want to shear the layer content. As you move the cursor, the angle of your movement appears.
  • Release the mouse button when you’ve achieved the look you want.

That’s it! You’ve now learned how to shear objects in Affinity Photo. Give it a try and see how easy it is to change the shape of your images.

How to flip?

Flip is a tool that allows you to change the orientation of an object. This can be useful for creating a variety of different effects, such as turning a horizontal line into a vertical one or vice versa.

Flipping is helpful if you want to change the way an object is oriented without changing its position. Thereby, it can be useful for correcting perspective in an image or for achieving a particular effect.

You can flip an image by,

  • Selecting the layer or layers and then click on the Arrange Menu.
  • Then, simply select Flip Vertical and/or Flip Horizontal accordingly.

That’s it! You’ve now learned how to flip objects in Affinity Photo. Give it a try and see how easy it is to change the orientation of your images.

Conclusion

This guide covers the basics of transforming an image in Affinity Photo. We have looked at flipping, rotating, repositioning and resizing in a detailed manner. We have also delved into how to change an object’s shape by scaling, warping, shearing and distorting. Experiment with these features to get a feel of what they can do and how they can be used to create different effects. With a little practice, you’ll be able to easily Free Transform an image in Affinity Photo just the way you want it.

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