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Hi, I am new to affinity photo and just switched over from photoshop. I open an image in affinity photo, then I create new document of size I want to work with like I used to do in photoshop. I want to move the image into the new document and be able to move the image around without moving the canvas. the image is bigger than the canvas and I want to transform image to make it smaller but not exact size of canvas because I was to crop some of it off but be able to move image around to get it in right spot. It's hard to explain, but I want to move the image layer separate from actual canvas/document size like I do in photoshop, but it won't let me. does anyone know what I mean? Thank you 

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Hi emilytironi,

Welcome to the forums.


It may be easier for you to begin with a blank canvas already set to the size you want it via New Document. Then using File > Place select your image to insert and place onto the canvas, then using the Move tool or the Transform panel you can resize the image.

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