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Transforming editable areas

You can change the form of an editable area of a mask by rotating, scaling, sizing, flipping, skewing, distorting, or applying perspective to it. If an editable area is floating above the image, it is automatically merged with the underlying image when it is transformed.

Transformation
Description
Rotating
Lets you rotate an editable area
Scaling
Lets you size an editable area to a percentage of its original size
Sizing
Lets you change the width and height of an editable area
Flipping
Lets you create a mirror image of an editable area by flipping the object vertically or horizontally
Skewing
Lets you slant an editable area in one direction. One side remains stationary while the other sides move in the specified direction. All opposite sides maintain a parallel relation to each other.
Distorting
Lets you stretch or shrink an editable area disproportionately
Applying perspective
Lets you give a three-dimensional appearance to an editable area


To rotate an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Rotate mode button on the property bar.
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Drag a corner handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

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You can rotate an editable area by a specific angle by typing a value in the Rotation angle box on the property bar and clicking the Apply transformation button Photo Paint pgx apply button Transforming editable areas.
 
You can move the center of rotation relative to its current location by clicking the Relative center button Photo Paint pgx relative center Transforming editable areas on the property bar, typing new values in the Position boxes, and clicking the Apply transformation button.

To scale an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Scale mode button on the property bar.
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Drag a corner handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

You can also
Scale an editable area with precision
On the property bar, type percentage values in the Size boxes.
Scale an editable area nonproportionately
Hold down Alt as you drag a corner handle.
Scale an editable area from the center
Hold down Shift as you drag a corner handle.


To size an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Position and size mode button Photo Paint pgx position mode Transforming editable areas on the property bar.
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Drag a middle handle of the mask marquee.
If you want to size the editable area proportionally, drag a corner handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

You can also
Size an editable area with precision
On the property bar, type values in the Size boxes.
Size an editable area from the center
Hold down Shift as you drag a center transformation handle. The change in size occurs in two opposite directions.
Size an editable area in 100 percent increments
Hold down Ctrl as you drag a transformation handle.


To flip an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Scale mode button on the property bar.
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Drag a center handle of the mask marquee across the editable area and past the opposite center handle.
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Double-click in the editable area.

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You can flip an editable area symmetrically by holding down Ctrl and dragging a middle handle across the editable area and past the opposite middle handle.

To skew an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Skew mode button Photo Paint pgx skew mode Transforming editable areas on the property bar.
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Drag a middle handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

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Before applying the transformation, you can return an editable area to its original size by pressing Esc.

To distort an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Distort mode button Photo Paint pgx distort mode Transforming editable areas on the property bar.
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Drag a transformation handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

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You can also set the Mask transform tool to the Distort mode by clicking in the editable area until the handles you can use to distort the editable area appear.
 
Before applying the transformation, you can return the editable area to its original size by pressing Esc.

To apply perspective to an editable area

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In the toolbox, click the Mask transform tool Photo Paint pgx mask transform tool Transforming editable areas.
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Click the Perspective mode button Photo Paint pgx perspective mode Transforming editable areas on the property bar.
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Drag a transformation handle of the mask marquee.
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Double-click in the editable area.

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You can also set the Mask transform tool to the Perspective mode by clicking in the editable area until the transformation handles appear.
 
Before applying the transformation, you can return an editable area to its original size by pressing Esc.

Transforming editable areas