Transforming Clipping Paths to Fit Resized Layer

Have you ever spent hours creating a clipping path and then got the call to transform the layer content? Faced with repetitious work, do you try to talk your client out of resizing the object or, worse still, try to talk yourself out of it, or do you dig deeper into your resources and try to come up with a solution? No need to dig too deeply; the solution lies very much at the surface. To transform layer content and the clipping path, take the following steps:

1. With the selection active, choose Edit ^ Free Transform, or Ctrl+T (Windows), ^+T (Mac OS).

2. Transform the content by normal means: dragging the bounding box handles or entering values in the text fields on the options bar.

3. Choose Select ^ Deselect or press Ctrl+D (Windows), (Mac OS) to deselect the selection.

4. Activate the work path by clicking its tile in the Paths palette.

5. Choose Edit ^Transform Path^ Again, or press Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows), ^+Shift+T (Mac OS).

The transformed path should scale by the same amount as the first transform and fit as snugly as it did before it was transformed. One satisfied client and that old enemy, boredom, thwarted before it could take a foothold.

Fortunately, there is no need for a workaround if the client asks for the entire be resized. When you use the Image Size command, paths are automatically scaled to fit.

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