Transform or Scale, or Both

Written for Corel Painter IX.5 and Earlier Full Painter versions,
Corel Painter 8 and Corel Painter 7

by Jinny Brown


In one of the Painter related forums recently, someone asked how to "transform from center". Below is my response, expanded a bit for clarity.

For pixel based imagery, use either of these two methods:

Method One

1. Use Effects > Orientation > Scale. Keep the Constrain Aspect Ratio box checked unless you want to change the proportions. Keep the Preserve Center box checked unless you want to enlarge or reduce the Layer off center.

2. Either type the Horizonal Scale and Vertical Scale numbers or click and drag one of the corner bounding box handles. Before clicking the OK button, you'll see a preview of the resized bounding box and be able to adjust the Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale, or instead make adjustments by clicking and dragging a corner bounding box handle.


Method Two

1. Use Effects > Orientation > Free Transfom then Effects > Orientation > Set Transform.

2. Type the appropriate numbers for Horizontal and Vertical Scaling. Keep the Constrain Aspect Ratio box checked unless you want to change the proportions. Using this method, you won't see any change until you click the OK button (no preview).

3. Last, use Effects > Orientation > Commit Transform to change the Reference Layer back to a Default Layer.


For vector based Shapes, use method 1 suggested for pixel based imagery, repeated below:

1. Use Effects > Orientation > Scale. Keep the Constrain Aspect Ratio box checked unless you want to change the proportions. Keep the Preserve Center box checked unless you want to enlarge or reduce the Layer off center.

2. Either type the Horizonal Scale and Vertical Scale numbers or click and drag one of the corner bounding box handles. Before clicking the OK button, you'll see a preview of the resized bounding box and be able to adjust the Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale, or instead make adjustments by clicking and dragging a corner bounding box handle.

© 2007, Jinny Brown

December 30, 2006
last modified January 17, 2007