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Affinity Photo iPad – Gestures


Let me take you through
the various gestures you can use in the iPad
version of Affinity Photo. So let’s start with
Navigation gestures. So because we have the
View tool selected, we can just pan around
the image or the canvas using a single-finger
drag, like so. If we happen to have
a tool selected, we can still drag
around the canvas by using a two-finger drag. And we can zoom in and
out by pinching, like so. Now, we can zoom to fit by
opening up the Navigator studio on the right-hand side here. And we can either
just use Fit here, or we can double tap
the thumbnail here. And then if we’re on
the Layers studio, we can double tap
a layer thumbnail to zoom in and focus on it. And finally, we can
also rotate the canvas. But to do this, we need to
enable the Preferences option. So I’ll close down the document
here, go to Preferences. And then under
Tools, we can just enable this option, Allow
Canvas Rotation in All Tools. I’ll just move back
to my document. And now I can use a gesture, a
pinching, rotational gesture, to rotate the canvas. And if we need to reset
that at any point, we can just open up
the Navigator studio and just simply tap this value
and type 0 for an easy reset to center. Let’s look at basic
operations next. I’ll just open up a different
image to demonstrate these. So then let’s say, for
example, I move a layer, and I want to undo it. Undoing is simply a case
of doing a two-finger tap on Canvas. We can redo by using
a three-finger tap. So I’ll just two-finger
tap to undo again. And then, also, if we
have text in our document, to very quickly
change the font size, we can just swipe up and
down on the Text Studio icon here, like so. And then, finally,
in any persona, a single-finger
press and release will open up a
quick Context menu. So when it comes to
transforming objects, let’s just try and
resize this layer here by dragging the Corner node. Now, by default, it
constrains to aspect ratio. If I add a
single-finger modifier, that’s no longer the case. It will no longer constrain. If I add a two-finger
modifier, it will then resize about center. A three-finger modifier
will resize about center and no longer constrain
the aspect ratio. When it comes to shape
creation– for example, if I pick up the Rectangle
tool here and start drawing out a rectangle– we can use a
single-finger modifier to constrain to a perfect
square or perfect shape. A two-finger modifier will
change the origin or starting point of the shape. And with any layer, we have
a Rotation node at the top here, which we can drag
to rotate the layer. We can then use a
one-finger modifier to constrain the rotation to
15-degree increments, like so. Now, when it comes to layers,
we have a few Gesture options there too. So in this document, I’ll
open up the Layers studio. Now, to select a layer,
we can just tap it. And to select
multiple layers, we can just use a swipe
gesture, like so. This is also how we can
deselect layers too. To select multiple
layers very quickly, we can also tap one layer,
then use a two-finger tap on an adjacent layer to select
all of the layers in between. Now, you’ll notice we have
a group down here called Composites. If I have the Move tool active,
I can very quickly just double tap on a layer, and it will
automatically expand that group and target that
particular layer. Now, ungrouping and
regrouping– so we have a group here called Forest Tone. I can ungroup this using
a pinch outward gesture. And I can regroup it
by pinching inwards. And finally, then,
let’s just double tap to select this layer down here. We can duplicate by holding
down a two-finger modifier and then dragging, like so. For color control,
we also have a couple of options available to us. So in this image here,
what I’m actually doing is using a rectangle as a color
fill with a Blend mode on it. But what we can do is–
with the rectangle selected, to quickly adjust the
intensity of the color– is simply swipe up and down
on the Color Studio icons. That’s this icon here. Now, if we open up
the Color studio, you can see we’ve got a
Fill and Stroke palette. We can very quickly swap
these just by swiping. So we can just quickly toggle
between the two colors here. And then we can set no fill
just by swiping up as well. So if I now toggle
that again, there’s no color fill being applied. Finally, if we’re
using the Fill tool, and I just drag
out a gradient, I can use a single-finger
modifier to constrain it to 45-degree increments. Now, when it comes to vector
editing with the Pen tool, we have a couple of
gestures there too. So in this blank document,
I’ll select the Pen tool, and I’ll just tap to
create a couple of nodes to get me started. Now, if I’m drawing out a
node, a single-finger modifier will convert it to a cusp,
which is a sharp corner. Now, while drawing,
a two-finger modifier will constrain the
Control handles to 45-degree increments. However, if I do a
two-finger modifier before I start
dragging on a node, it will, instead, allow
me to reposition it. And then, finally, if
I’m actually dragging out a new node, a
three-finger modifier will allow me to reposition
it as it’s being created. And we have a couple of
Paintbrush gestures as well. So here if I select
the Paintbrush tool, a single-finger
hold and then drag will activate the color picker. So for example, I can just
color pick a nice, intense blue somewhere around here,
and it will automatically apply it to the active color. Then if I’m painting, I can–
anywhere on the canvas, again– do a single-finger
modifier and simply tap, and it will continue
the last stroke.

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