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Add "shrink" and "grow" features in Designer & Photo

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In Gimp.app, I can create a shape and then "shrink" it or "grow" it by pixels or inches in place.

While I have not exhausted myself in trying to find this feature in Affinity Designer or Photo, I don't think this feature exists.

I am requesting that you consider adding these functions in the Affinity apps in the next major update.


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8 hours ago, Jens Krebs said:

Go, exhaust yourself and find it ... it's there.

Jens Krebs, was your comment supposed to be helpful?

I suggest that if you were actually trying to be helpful, you might have guided me to a solution; it would not have taken you any more time than resorting to "flippant" remarks.


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I finally have found the grow/shrink feature in Designer; I am disappointed......

The grow/shrink feature only works on selections, NOT on shapes; I don't know how I would use it if I can't grow/shrink shapes I have created.

What is the use of growing/shrinking a selected area? I can do that on the fly when I "pull" a selected area.

My only workaround is to go to the transform panel and adjust Shape sizes there; you guys, please make this feature work on shapes as well in the next update.

:S:(>:(


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11 minutes ago, PAULRFONTENOT said:

What is the use of growing/shrinking a selected area? I can do that on the fly when I "pull" a selected area.

The grow/shrink feature affords you numerical control.

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My only workaround is to go to the transform panel and adjust Shape sizes there

You can also use the Move Tool.


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I've got to admit - I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for?  Do you mean just he ability to resize objects???

 


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58 minutes ago, Ben said:

I've got to admit - I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for?  Do you mean just he ability to resize objects???

 

Yes.  As an example, if I want to nest several rectangles of different size within each other, (as in the Gimp app) I would start off by creating a series of rectangles by "copy and paste" and then I would either want to shrink or grow the rectangles to have a multi-radius/diameter/width object with several more originating at the center; (so the way it works in Gimp is, you create several rectangles laying within the base rectangle by "copy and paste" and then you select the SELECT main menu and click on grow or shrink to nest the "child" rectangles within the "parent" rectangle") In Designer, you can't grow or shrink all of the "child" rectangles so that you can clearly see all of the "child" rectangles. You can only launch grow/shrink feature in Designer by having a SELECTION AREA.  In Gimp, you can specify the width of each rectangle from the grow/shrink feature by stipulating numerical values for your transformation by so many pixels or so many inches; You can only grow or shrink selection areas in Designer; what would be a "real world" application of being able to grow and shrink a selected area, not an object?  How would you use this feature to produce a certain numerical or percentage of the selection area? As soon as you deselect "the selected area" it is lost.  In Gimp, you can grow/shrink OBJECTS; In designer, gow/shrink cannot edit the size of a REAL object, only a selected area of an object and I cannot for the life of me, think of a PRACTICAL use for that.  :o

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I think @PAULRFONTENOT is still confusing raster and vector functionality.

 

Affinity is not Gimp.  I think you need to read through the help and tutorials to familiarise yourself with the app a bit better.  Otherwise, we are just going to be telling you information that is already available.

 


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Paul,

It sounds like you are looking for what is usually called an "offset path" command or a "contour" command or tool for vector paths, to create paths that are offset from existing paths, but parallel to them. Does that sound right?

JET

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Surely not if he is reference Gimp as the example.  I'd imagine he's getting a raster selection from a shape mask and shrinking/growing that.

 

Of course - @PAULRFONTENOT needs to read up on Affinity and learn the difference between vector and raster.


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