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crop tool moves as I lift my finger!

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I’m prepping a photo to be printed at Costco, and using a crop ratio that matches the size print I want. I can easily adjust the custom crop ratio I need and place it where I want but the instant I lift my finger, the crop grid moves a pixel or two!

I am not a shaky-hands fellow  :)

Is there anything that can be done to make the grid just a wee bit less sensitive, for those of us out here who do not have the microscopic knot-tying hands of a brain surgeon??

In general, I’ve noticed that, across platforms, the “sensitive areas” of software programs and OS interfaces has shrunk to +/- 1 pixel, which I find insane. I don’t know if it’s a trend in UI design, or what, but IMO it’s simply unrealistic to expect that anyone outside of the brain surgeon class has the ultra-fine-grain coordination required to constantly be able to hit a target of 1 pixel or less!

Then, throw in the stress of deadline, perhaps a cup of coffee or two, it getting later in the day, retina displays which perhaps narrow this area even further, repeated frustrations of being un-able to operate in < 1px increments and you have the makings of a very frustrating and wearing experience.

Thank you for reading!

And to clarify, I just had this experience in Affinity Photo, not Designer.

 

Addendum:  Plus, often when I merely touch that grid to try to move it, it vanishes. Grrr. I may have to git ‘er done in the not-Pro version of Pixelmator, which at least gives me a fighting chance at success!


 2012 Mac Book Pro 12”, 8GB RAM, Mojave  |  2017 iPad Pro 12.9” 256GB, iOS 12.1.1

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Hi @VectorCat,

That's more of an improvement request rather than a question.

I can hardly replicate this. Probably 1/10 times. 

Unfortunately, you cannot make the grid "less sensitive". You can always use the actual Width and Height values in the crop tool if it falls 1-2 pixels below the desired selection. 

Thanks,

Gabe. 

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I believe that the area or zone of control, zone of responsiveness can be programmed.

My question is in there..begins with “Is there anything that can be done...”

thank you


 2012 Mac Book Pro 12”, 8GB RAM, Mojave  |  2017 iPad Pro 12.9” 256GB, iOS 12.1.1

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Why not add a rectangle as a separate layer, adjust its size and placement as desired, and move it to the cropping/masking position? You could even use the Transform Studio if you wanted numerical precision.


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thank you, Alfred..that is an elegant and clever solution...I’m gonna tuck that away for use soon!


 2012 Mac Book Pro 12”, 8GB RAM, Mojave  |  2017 iPad Pro 12.9” 256GB, iOS 12.1.1

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