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Publisher clipping mask - repositioning/resizing masked content

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This is driving me nuts and I'm sure there's a simple answer.

I use clipping masks a lot when laying out content. In Illustrator, once I've placed the mask, I can easily resize/reposition the masked image without affecting the size or position of the mask itself.

In Affinity Publisher, however, once I mask an image, I can reposition/resize the mask to my heart's content, but I can not for the life of me find a way to reposition or resize the image within the mask without releasing the mask altogether.

Is this possible? If so, how?

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Hi @Raptor65 and Welcome to the Forums,

Once you've created the clipping mask, enable Lock Children on the Toolbar along the top and you should now be able to resize/reposition the image without affecting the Mask.

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If you're using standard squared-up images then placing them in a rectangular Picture Frame gives you a lot of control, including the ability to add a stroked border. 

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You can even convert the frame to a curve, giving you the option to modify its outline, while retaining the resizing and movement controls: 

 

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Cheers,

H


Affinity Photo 1.8.6,  Affinity Designer 1.8.6, Affinity Publisher 1.8.6, Mac OSX 11.0.1, 2018 MacBook Pro 15"

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5 hours ago, stokerg said:

Hi @Raptor65 and Welcome to the Forums,

Once you've created the clipping mask, enable Lock Children on the Toolbar along the top and you should now be able to resize/reposition the image without affecting the Mask.

Superb, thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for.

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5 hours ago, h_d said:

If you're using standard squared-up images then placing them in a rectangular Picture Frame gives you a lot of control, including the ability to add a stroked border. 

And another way to achieve what I wanted. Thank you.

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