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How to move 1/2 pixel?

Jul 1, 2012 1:09 PM

Tags: #help #move #cs6 #move_tool

Hello:

 

I would like to know if it is possible to move a shape (or what have ya) less than a full pixel left, right, up or down?

 

I've tried holding the Alt key and other things. Also, I've been unable to pinpoint the right keyword while searching the user manual and the FAQ's

 

Thank you for your time : )

 

Kara

 
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    Jul 1, 2012 1:19 PM   in reply to Kar209

    I don’t think you can nudge by a sub-pixel distance, but you could always resize your entire creation up by a factor of 2 and then do your single-pixel move, which will be half of the image-percentage that it was before you resized up. 

     

    Are you working with vectors or bitmaps?

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:29 PM   in reply to ssprengel

    Turn off the snap to pixel preference, and zoom in -- you can nudge by less than a pixel.

    Or you can use free transform and specify the coordinates you want (again, need to have snap to pixel turned off).

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:32 PM   in reply to Kar209

    Try this:

     

    1.  Uncheck the Preferences - General setting [  ] Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid.

     

    2.  Choose Edit - Transform

     

    3.  You can move things by partial pixels by zooming way in and dragging; just be careful not to change the size/shape.

     

    UncheckSnapVector.jpg

     

    PartialPixelTransform.jpg

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:41 PM   in reply to Chris Cox

    Chris Cox wrote:

     

    Turn off the snap to pixel preference, and zoom in -- you can nudge by less than a pixel.

     

    I couldn't manage that, assuming you mean "drag the image with the Move Tool" or "push it around with an arrow key".  Even with the snap setting off it will only nudge by full pixels.

     

    Transform works, though, as shown above.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:58 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    With the Path Selection Tool and Direct Selection Tool, not the Move Tool, you can nudge by  fractions of a pixel when pixel snapping is disabled.

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 3:01 PM   in reply to conroy

    I can't get it to do that.  Are we talking about the same version of Photoshop?  I'm using CS6.  Same system?  I'm using Windows 7.

     

    NudgingByFullPixelsOnly.jpg

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 4:11 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    CS6, OS X 10.6.8

     

    Are you not dragging in the last screen shot? Nudging with arrow keys gives the sub-pixel movement when pixel grid snapping is off.

     
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