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Ernest Rosado
Transform a shape layer asymmetrically
on Jun 28, 2018 at 11:04:18 am
Last Edited By Ernest Rosado on Jun 28, 2018 at 11:04:39 am

Hi all,

Let's say I have a shape layer that I'd like to resize. When I drag one side of it, it moves symmetrically, like this:


But I only want it to move from one side, asymmetrically, like this:


Is there a modifier-key or a setting to accomplish this? Resizing symmetrically and then adjusting position is resulting in a lot of trial-and-error and wasted time laying out elements.

Thanks in advance!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Transform a shape layer asymmetrically
on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:39:27 pm

Move the anchor point to one edge of the layer. When you scale it horizontally, it will stay put on the anchored edge and the opposite edge moves.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ernest Rosado
Re: Transform a shape layer asymmetrically
on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:42:36 pm

Thanks Dave, this works fine on a mask, but not on the path of a shape layer.


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Ernest Rosado
Re: Transform a shape layer asymmetrically
on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:48:07 pm

Ah! There's a separate anchor point for each shape layer. And when I move that it indeed behaves as I'd like. However moving the anchor point of a shape also moves the shape itself, which defeats the point of the action altogether. Is there a way to move that action point without the shape repositioning itself?


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Cassius Marques
Re: Transform a shape layer asymmetrically
on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:57:09 pm
Last Edited By Cassius Marques on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:57:50 pm

I don't think you can do that with the current implementation of shape layers. At least not with the functionality you intend.

Cassius Marques
http://www.zapfilmes.com


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