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Please instruct me on how to crop a photo / illustration in Affinity Designer.


I've tried everything I could and searched forums and videos for a long time.   I'm sure it's something obvious that I will say, "ohhhhh...that's how."


This is what I've done:

With a working file (or a Jpeg that I open) I click on the rectangle tool to get the crop area I want.

Then I click on crop tool and crop lines appear.   

What do I do next?   I've read double clicking is the trick but where do I double click?  On the crop tool?  On the image I'm trying to crop?  Crop lines disappear and I'm back to square one. 


I've also tried clicking only on crop tool to make crop marks appear and I get same results.   

I see crop lines but it doesn't crop.  Single or double clicking on crop tool or image or hitting enter doesn't crop.


Also, sometimes the crop lines are there and locked and I can only move the image moves around within the crop lines.   But still no crop.


Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thank you :)

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Hi kakehy5,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

The Affinity Designer Crop Tool is object based rather than document based (as in Affinity Photo). This means that it only crops the selected object/layer/group.

So if you draw/select a circle and change to the Crop Tool, you will see four small rectangular handles in the middle of the sides of the bounding box. Just drag them to crop the object (circle). They are non-destructive, so you can revert back or edit their position whenever you want.


It works exactly the same if you select an image instead of a shape. Just drag the handles to crop the image and it's done.

There isn't a document based Crop Tool in Designer.

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