I just want to double check just in case someone has a better way of doing this…
When I insert a SU Model into layout the bounding box for the model inherits its height/width ratio from what was setup in SU. . . And this doesn’t always match what my page orientation is for Layout. which is to say I often insert a landscape SU orientation, into a Layout which is setup for a portrait page size.
What I’m wondering about is if there is a way to CROP the bounding box of the SU model, without having the model distort while I’m reframing the bounding box to better fit the layout page.
I know I can grab the handles and resize it, but in doing that the model stretches along with the resizing effort. What I’d like to see happen at some point (on occasion) is for the model to stay in a fixed state while I’m adjusting the bounding box.
I hope I’m explaining this clearly here. If I were to describe this as if I were making a feature request (and maybe that ultimately is what I’m doing), I’d say that I’d like to see a hybrid tool which is a synthesis of combining the Scale tool and the Crop tool as they exist in Adobe illustrator/photoshop. and where the functionality changes based upon a modifier key being used or not.
Layout does of course offer a built-in solution to my problem. And it comes in the form of using a clipping mask shape… Which in my case is a rectangle sized to the page margins of the layout doc. and then converted into a clipping mask with the SU model that I’m trying to resize.
That’s the approach I’m currently using now, but I’m wondering if there was something a little more straight forward which I should be using, instead.
I’m curious what others are doing for this situation.