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One of the features that would make the iPad version of Affinity Photo much nicer to work on is the ability to quickly flip the canvas horizontally using a gesture. I feel that this is a very important feature and I use it a lot in other apps. I use the horizontal flip when I'm drawing because it helps me see mistakes and makes inking/painting much easier since it gives me different angles to work on. I can imagine that this feature would also be helpful for photo editing because it makes it easier to check the work for any mistakes or areas needing improvement.

So, please give us a gesture to flip the canvas horizontally. It would make a big difference! Thank you Affinity Photo team!

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While they're at it, why not provide a gesture for flipping the canvas vertically, too?

 


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On 1/7/2018 at 2:23 PM, Alfred said:

While they're at it, why not provide a gesture for flipping the canvas vertically, too?

 

That would also be nice but the 'flip canvas horizontally' is much more essential in my opinion. I can get the same effect as 'flip canvas vertically' by using the 'Rotate View' gesture shortcut. But there is no other way to quickly 'flip the canvas horizontally' if we don't have a gesture shortcut to perform this action.

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36 minutes ago, lucidity said:

I can get the same effect as 'flip canvas vertically' by using the 'Rotate View' gesture shortcut.

 

Agreed. Since we have a 'Rotate View' gesture, we can use it in conjunction with either 'Flip Canvas' gesture to achieve the other one (but I thought we might as well have both, if they would be relatively easy to implement).

 


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20 hours ago, Alfred said:

 

Agreed. Since we have a 'Rotate View' gesture, we can use it in conjunction with either 'Flip Canvas' gesture to achieve the other one (but I thought we might as well have both, if they would be relatively easy to implement).

 

Both would be useful but the gestures available might be limited. I have looked at the forums of other apps as well and developers tend to be very reluctant to implement many of the popular gesture shortcuts that are suggested by users. They say it's because the gestures available are being used for other shortcuts. But if the developers of Affinity Photo can find a way to implement both of these gestures, then I'm all for it! For me, the 'Flip Canvas Horizontally' is the most important shortcut to have in gesture form but I would also use the "Flip Canvas Vertically' gesture if it was available.

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On 1/13/2018 at 6:33 PM, Alfred said:

 

Agreed. Since we have a 'Rotate View' gesture, we can use it in conjunction with either 'Flip Canvas' gesture to achieve the other one (but I thought we might as well have both, if they would be relatively easy to implement).

 

 

 

Do you have any ideas for gestures that might work well to flip the canvas horizontally & vertically? These gestures should not conflict with other gestures, such as the 'Rotate View' gesture and the Undo/Redo 2 & 3 finger tap gestures. Also, these gestures need to be easy enough to carry out but not so easy that they are activated by accident.

 

I'm thinking it would be helpful to the developers if we come up with some ideas regarding gestures that can be used to flip the canvas horizontally/vertically. This suggestion may be easier to implement if we make it more specific.

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4 hours ago, lucidity said:

Do you have any ideas for gestures that might work well to flip the canvas horizontally & vertically?

 

I’m afraid not. Do you?


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I have some shortcut ideas. I’m not sure if they are possible to accomplish with the current iPad technology but they are unique and would be convenient if implemented in Affinity Photo.

Method #1
Swipe with 4 fingers from left to right or vice versa in order to flip the canvas horizontally. Swipe with 4 fingers from top to bottom or vice versa to flip it vertically.

Method #2
Press and hold with 4 fingers and use the Apple pencil (or 1 of the fingers from the other hand) to swipe to the left/right or top/bottom depending on which direction you want to flip the canvas.

Method #3
To flip horizontally, press and hold with the thumb and swipe from left to right or vice versa with 2 of the other fingers (index & middle finger) from that same hand. To flip vertically, repeat the same process except swipe from top to bottom or vice versa.

Method #4
Slide 3 fingers diagonally on the top left to flip horizontally and 3 fingers diagonally on the bottom left to flip vertically. Make it possible to change the side depending on whether the user is left-handed or right-handed.

Method #5
Slide 2 or 3 fingers in an arch motion. An arch formed from left to right or vice versa flips the canvas horizontally. An arch formed from top to bottom or vice versa flips the canvas vertically.

Method #6
Press and hold with 3 or 4 fingers from 1 hand and draw an arch with the Apple pencil or a finger from the other hand. An arch from left to right or vice versa flips the canvas horizontally. An arch from top to bottom or vice versa flips the canvas vertically.

Method #7
Tilt the iPad left or right to flip the canvas horizontally and up or down to flip it vertically.

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