snapping side to grid while rotating

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Martijn, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Martijn

    Martijn Guest

    Hi,

    I have a somewhat complex shape I want to rotate and stretch (using Free
    Transform). I have moved the pivot point to the middle of the left size and
    want to rotate and stretch so that the opposite center (that of the right
    side) snaps to certain crossings made with guides. For illustration, this
    is my bounding box:

    [ ]------------[ ]------------[ ]
    | |
    + [ ]
    | |
    [ ]------------[ ]------------[ ]

    The + is my pivot point around which is originally centered within the
    square, but that I have moved to the side.

    Thanks for any pointers!
     
    Martijn, Mar 8, 2005
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  2. Martijn

    Tom Nelson Guest

    Martijn,

    You can't snap while transforming, and the center of a side is not a
    snap-to point in any case. Here are some ideas:

    1. If the object is large, it may be hard to make your transformation
    accurately by eye. But the keyboard shortcuts ctrl-alt-0 (Mac
    cmd-opt-0) to zoom to 100% and ctrl-0 (cmd-0) to fit in window still
    work while you're transforming.(that's zero, not oh, BTW) And holding
    the space bar gives you the grabber hand. So you can zoom in and pan
    around to match your guides before committing yourself to the
    transformation.
    (or...)
    2. Make a separate layer and draw a line from your pivot point to the
    point on the other side which you want to fit to your guides. Then
    free-transform it and observe the angle, width and height in the Info
    palette. You'll probably have to temporarily widen the line so you can
    move the pivot point. Then just make it a line again and stretch and
    rotate away. Free Transform your box to those same readings.

    Good luck!
    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
     
    Tom Nelson, Mar 9, 2005
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  3. Martijn

    Martijn Guest

    Hi Tom,
    It's funny how some keys work during transforming and others don't... I
    frequently use the TAB key, but it doesn't appear to work during
    transforming.
    This is comparable to what I did, which was using some simple math to come
    up with the angels. I guess I had just hoped for some overlooked "magic" :)
    I have been using PS for many years now, and was actually writing a tutorial
    relating to paths. Although I have no problem with doing these kind of
    things by hand, I wanted to offer my readers a more "precise" method.

    Thanks for the pointers though. I really like your second suggestion and I
    will put it in my tutorial (credited to your name, if that's ok with you).

    Thanks,
     
    Martijn, Mar 9, 2005
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