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I'm not even sure what to call this. I'm not a beginner with Affinity Photo, but I'm not an expert. I transfer my iPhone photos to my desktop Mac, crop them, use the photograpic distortion filter, resize them with no trouble. But if I crop the photo before I use the photographic distortion tool, the rectangle with the handles is sized for the photo *before* it was cropped. I then have to zoom out, and out, until I can see all the handles. If I save the Affinity file, close it, and then re-open it, the problem goes away. But is there a way to re-set that distortion filter frame (or whatever you call it) without closing & re-opening the file? 

My screenshots:

#1 - I've got a file, xfer'd from my iPhone. 

#2 - I rotate the file, no problem.

#3 - I only want the watch face, so I crop the file.

#4 - Then I want to adjust the perspective (Filters > Distort > Perspective). But where did the handles to the left go?

#5 - I zoom out several times until I can see all the handles. Then I can adjust perspective to my heart's content. 

But my question is... why does it do this? (And what do you call that thing with the handles, anyway?)

TIA for any advice.

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42 minutes ago, zenmom said:

But if I crop the photo before I use the photographic distortion tool, the rectangle with the handles is sized for the photo *before* it was cropped. I then have to zoom out, and out, until I can see all the handles.

 

42 minutes ago, zenmom said:

But my question is... why does it do this? (And what do you call that thing with the handles, anyway?)

Probably you need to use Rasterize & Trim after you crop, to make the crop destructive. You can do that from the Layer menu, or by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers panel.

And the term you're looking for may be "bounding box".

-- Walt

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You're welcome.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.4.1048 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.4.1048 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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