Scribus lets you crop images easily by choosing "properties" > "image" > "free scaling". After cropping, you can even move the image around inside the frame by double clicking on the image and then dragging it. I love this functionality. Very useful. BUT after I've done this, I want to enlarge the image and the frame easily.

The best thing I've come up with is: open transform dialog to enter an exact scaling amount and scale the image frame, then do some math and appropriately scale the image by the same proportion, then re-position the image within the frame.

I'd love to find a quicker way to do this. Very cumbersome at the moment.

Note that I'm not looking for the "Scale image to frame" functionality because that doesn't let me crop the image within Scribus. Also note that I don't want to crop the source image because I want to be able to re-adjust it later if necessary.

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You should be able to do this by holding Cmd+Alt+Shift (on OSX) and dragging the corner of the frame. Alt maintains the aspect ratio. Hope I understood the question right.

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    YES! That's exactly what I wanted. On Windows/Linux they keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+Alt with Ctrl maintaining the aspect ratio.
    – Sean
    Feb 18, 2013 at 16:21
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    To clarify for others: in the image properties, use "Free Scaling". Then, dragging on the frame crops the image. And dragging the frame with the keyboard shortcut scales the image and frame. Also, double clicking on the image and dragging within the frame allows re-positioning the image within the frame.
    – Sean
    Feb 18, 2013 at 16:26
  • Wonder if there is a way to do this while keeping one of the corners anchored (e.g., to guides on one corner), instead of having it anchored to the center while resizing ... that would make it much easier to get the right size. And thank you, was exactly what I was looking for too. : ) Aug 7, 2019 at 17:20

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