Figure 13.108. The Scale tool in Toolbox
The Scale Tool is used to scale layers, selections or paths (the
When you click on image with the tool the Scaling Information dialog box
is opened, allowing to change separately Width
At the same time a Preview (possibly with a grid or an outline) is
superimposed on the object and handles appear on corners and borders
that you can click and drag to change dimensions. A small circle
appears at center of the Preview allowing to move this preview.
4.6.2. Activating the Tool
You can access to the Scale Tool in different ways:
4.6.3. Key modifiers (Defaults)
Holding the Ctrl key down
will toggle the Keep Aspect option.
Tool options for the Scale tool
Normally, tool options are displayed in a window attached under the
Toolbox as soon as you activate a tool. If they are not, you can access
them from the image menu bar through
→ → which opens the option window of the selected tool.
Transform; Interpolation; Direction; Clipping; Preview
The Transform mode works on the active layer only. To work on
all layers of the image, use
Keep Aspect (Ctrl)
Keep Aspect: when you move a corner of
the selection frame, this option will constrain the scale such as
the Height/Width ratio of the layer will remain constant. Note
that this doesn't work with border handles. Note also that it
toggles the linking chain in the dialog.
4.6.5. The Scaling Information dialog window
Figure 13.110. The Scaling Information dialog window
Here, you can set Width and Height you want to give to the object.
The default unit of measurement is pixel. You can change it by
using the drop-down list. These values are also automatically
changed when you drag handles in the image. If the associated
linking chain is broken, you can change Width and Height