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It's rather cumbersome and tedious (especially to newcomers) to have to enter two separate transform values just to skew a selection vertically. From a UI perspective it's conceptually tantamount to providing only a height field and requiring the user to enter 90 or -90 in the rotate field in order to set width.

 

Consider the common scenario of distorting the artwork for the top and sides of a cereal box into an isometric orientation. You've drawn the top, front, and side artwork upright. The front is positioned with its upper left corner at the iso origin. Real quick: How do you vertically skew the artwork of the front of the box about its top left corner without moving it, to serve as the right-side surface of the isometric view?

 

Is that intuitive?

 

I'm all for feature elegance and avoidance of clutter, but the interface for numeric skew needs to provide horizontal and vertical, even if it's just a radio button or keyboard modifier.

 

It would also be worth considering putting the Reset Bounding Box icon in the Transform palette in the blank space under the 9-point proxy, rather than having to go back and forth across the screen for reiterated transformations. I find myself having to keep the Transform palette at the top of the screen just for this reason.

 

Generally, I've never been wild about 9-point proxy icons. How, for example, does one skew a selection about the off-object center of transformation? (The COT, by the way, is called the "Rotation Center" in the button's tooltip--implying it's only for rotations--but moving it is recorded as "Transform Focal Point" in the History palette.)

 

JET

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I'm all for feature elegance and avoidance of clutter, but the interface for numeric skew needs to provide horizontal and vertical, even if it's just a radio button or keyboard modifier.

 

+1

 

It would also be worth considering putting the Reset Bounding Box icon in the Transform palette in the blank space under the 9-point proxy, rather than having to go back and forth across the screen for reiterated transformations.

 

+1


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It doesn't quite solve everything you've mentioned, but since you didn't say anything about skewing objects manually, perhaps you might be unfamiliar in how to do so. When an object or objects are selected, place your cursor just off of one of the side stretch points (not actually on them). Your cursor will change to two arrows pointing opposite directions indicating skewing. This will allow you to skew without having to use the Transform panel.


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I am happy to have helped. I found that out just a few months ago.


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It wasn't apparent that there was a skew control via the cursor.... it's great to know!

 

It doesn't help that searching the Help for 'Skew' returns no results. You have to know to call it 'Shear'.


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You have to know to call it 'Shear'.

 

(Singing) "Gypsies, tramps, and thieves. We hear it from the people who call us"... oh wait, you said Shear, not Cher.


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(Singing) "Gypsies, tramps, and thieves. We hear it from the people who call us"... oh wait, you said Shear, not Cher.

 

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Bounding box handles are fine (Affinity's treatment of them is not unlike several other programs), but they don't cut it when you need numerical accuracy to properly align objects.

 

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Well I certainly look forward to when the distortion warp is implemented.


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I'd like to see a bit larger of "hot zone" on some of the transform areas and the panel resizing transforms if possible. It almost seems like they are just 1 pixel in size.

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