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Scaling shapes from center reference point

New Here ,
Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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Why, when I scale shapes in the "position and size" menu, do they scale from the top left corner? I want to scale shapes to specific pixel sizes, and I just want them to scale from the center. Scaling from the transform menu does so from the center reference point, but it only works with percentages. There's got to be some simple explanation for this. I'm experienced with Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, and I'm very confused why they'd make scaling work so differently in Animate.

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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use the transform tool to mover the transform point to where you want.  then scale using the transform panel.

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Explorer ,
Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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Have you found a solution to this? I didn't find the first reply helpful. Grateful for the try friend! but no bueno.

My Animate just updated and I'm encountering this Top Left issue for the first time and it's infuriating! It's already totally disrupted my work flow and I can't bear the thought of having to use a tool in addition to the Transform Panel just to scale things to the center point as I have been doing for the past 23 years! Adobe friends! HELP!

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Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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why didn't you find it helpful?

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Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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1. My transform point was already in the center. 2. If I am transforming 30 objects I don't want to touch a tool and a panel and double my work. 3. This is a detail in addition to my post - I'm actually using the Object Panel, not the transform panel. I want to tranform my objects to precise pixel dimensions - not a percent.

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Guru ,
Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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Try to click this little button in the Info Panel:

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It will switch between two states.

Then try the numeric input in both cases.

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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My Animate just updated and I'm encountering this Top Left issue for the first time and it's infuriating!

 

This is not an update issue, I have Flash CS6 right here and the behavior hasn't changed, it's always been like this.

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Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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Let me clarify a little. Maybe this is a not a new behavior, I may be doing something a little different this time. I am not scaling an object using the Transform Tool or Panel. I have selected a "circle" on the stage and I'm using the Object Panel to increase it's size. Say, from 1000 px to 1050 px. (For example.) And in this case, Animate uses the top left corner to scale it. Bummer! Just center it to the stage using the Align Panel? Okay... but it is not centered to the stage. Is there possibly a preference to make any thing, any time, any case, any panel, always and forever scale from the center of itself? Not once have I found scaling anything, ever from the top left useful. I guess I am just a center'y kind of guy.

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Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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if your transform point is centered, use the transform panel. if the transform panel doesn't meet your needs (because converting from pixels to percent is too time-consuming), use the properties panel and reposition.  or use the info panel and change both width and height. those are your options.

 

if you'd like to make a suggestion to adobe to change those options (or allow an option to change) animate's behavior use https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/x-productkb/global/how-to-user-voice.html

 

 

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