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Nice video.

I didn't realise that the Vector Crop Tool could also crop raster images. I had assumed - wrongly - that it was a tool for cropping vectors rather than a vector tool for cropping.

Having looked at the help files I now see that it can also crop objects and grouped objects. An easy way of cropping almost anything to a rectangle without putting it inside another rectangle object, which is what I learned to do.

I think the tool should be renamed as I don't think I'm the only person who will have been confused by this.

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Yeah, the Fill Tool is a bit confusing at first.

As you say, it defaults to gradients (its keyboard shortcut is "G") and is mostly about gradients but it also offers other options - such as bitmap - as sort of added extras (if you notice them). Maybe this is just a hangover from how the software evolved.

As with the Vector Crop Tool, once you find out how to use it properly these strange things become less of a problem but they're not easy for beginners to easily grasp (or discover).

I guess it's the age-old problem of: "Do you keep things as they are so the experts can use things the way they're used to, or do you change things around so it's easier for beginners but the experts have to change their ways?" That's very rarely a good position to be in and there's no correct answer.

This isn't a modern problem. Motor car controls used to change every time a new design came out until the industry semi-standardised sometime in the 1930/40's (or thereabouts).

The Affinity family of products is still very young so there's still a bit of room for change where necessary though. Maybe version 2.0 will bring major changes. Who knows?

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Yeah, it's great that there is a tool that you can use to simply crop images and objects without using clipping masks or draw inside mode. If you liked the video GaryP, I would highly appreciate if you hit that thumbs up. It helps a lot:)

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