For decades, Photoshop users have used vertical and horizontal guides for layout and alignment. With the advent of Guide Sets, we were able to easily create more complicated layouts to accomodate web and print graphics.
Now it's time we get the next step in creative control: snapping to paths.
Request: Enable an option to allow snapping to paths.
Allow current objects to snap to designated paths the same as guides
These paths should be able to curve and orient to arbitrary angles, and control points on paths should still snap to traditional horizontal and vertical guides
Allow transparency bounds for snapping in addition to bounding box edges
Align typographic, graphic, and illustrated elements with definite transparency edges
Allow anchor points to be relative to the object OR to the canvas by a switch
When moved away from the Reference Point Location grid, anchor points switch to canvas (global) reference and do not move along with the transformed object or bounding box
Allow brush snapping ALONG paths to enable pressure/tilt/dynamic control
This allows for expressive results while maintaining positional precision
This capability enhances creative expression and control, while solving the problems of certain workarounds using selections that perform inadequately. Currently, Photoshop has no native way to manage stroking paths with variable pressure, no way to align to curves or angles, and no way to choose between global and local reference frames for alignment and rotation. All of these capabilities are necessary for a complete digital tool set.
Many other applications allow some kind of arbitrary snapping and alignment beyond horizontal and vertical guides. Photoshop needs to expand user control and options by providing us with novel ways to align objects and control brush strokes.
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