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  1. Yeah, and I kinda hate to say it, but every time I try using Affinity Serif software I keep on getting just enough little UI papercuts that keep me going back to Adobe products. I really want to love Affinity Photo but I just can't handle all of the little issues that keep on cropping up, and it's especially annoying to post about these to try to see about workarounds or other ways of doing what I'm trying to do only to see people on this forum being all, "That's how this software is, deal with it." Like I mean, I get that this is a different piece of software and the developers' focus isn't necessarily going to be on the same things that I'm expecting out of it, but I still want to use tools to get stuff done. I am totally willing to learn a different way of doing things, but everything that isn't Photoshop seems to require you to take a dozen extra steps to do a thing that was just 1-2 clicks in Photoshop, and those 1-2 click things are what I've built my entire art workflow around. If there were alternate approaches that weren't so cumbersome I'd just learn those alternate approaches, but as far as I can tell, Affinity (and many of the other would-be Photoshop competitors like Acorn and Pixelmator) just plain don't see those things as priorities. I feel silly for having spent money on this software without thoroughly trying to see if I could do things in it. I figured that buying it would show my support for it and do my small part to finance its improvement, but when I try to give my feelings on how it could become the amazing piece of software that it has the potential to be, it's met with snark and attitude from other users and a deafening silence from the developers. How am I supposed to just keep on holding out hope that it will improve for my needs, given that? Anyway. I'm sorry to rant. I'm just getting frustrated with having to pay $$$ every year to keep Photoshop working, when it's not like I'm even using any of the new features they keep adding (but good luck getting the final non-subscription version installed/working/etc. on a current-gen Mac...)
  2. The only thing I can think of is Magnet, but that makes no difference if I quit/disable it. I also use Karabiner to remap some of my keys but, again, no difference made. And none of them have anything to do with keyboard shortcuts in other apps. Also, my edit menu shows the shortcuts having been remapped:
  3. Hi, on Affinity Photo 1.7.2 on Mac, the default keyboard shortcut for "fill with primary color" is set to option-backspace, but when I use that key combination, it does the inpaint instead, even though I don't have a shortcut set for inpaint. If I set a different shortcut for inpaint, option-backspace still does the inpaint. If I set a different shortcut for "fill with primary" (such as cmd-backspace), that shortcut does work. So, as a workaround I've set "fill with primary color" to cmd-backspace for now. Is there somewhere else that the keyboard shortcuts might be coming from?
  4. Nope, did a full master reset, then changed the keyboard shortcuts, and option-backspace is still doing inpaint.
  5. It’s been doing this ever since I first installed Affinity Photo and its only now that I got around to reporting it (I bought the program hoping that it would support its future development knowing full well that it wasn’t quite ready for my use at the time). I also haven’t made any other changes to my settings.
  6. Hmm, weird that we're seeing such different behavior then.
  7. Interesting. What version are you on? I've checked for updates and 1.7.2 is the latest, but I know a lot of folks here are on the beta version (which I really need to try at some point).
  8. cmd-delete, or option-delete? I seem to be able to bind any other shortcut key and it works; option-delete seems to be hardcoded to edit>inpaint, at least on version 1.7.2 for Mac. I mean as a workaround I had opted to use cmd-delete instead and that was working, I'd just rather not have this way of accidentally doing an inpaint fill that takes forever and can't be canceled based on my muscle memory of these keyboard shortcuts from years of using Photoshop.
  9. Okay, so I reset my keyboard shortcuts and option-backspace was indeed defaulting to "inpaint." However, removing that shortcut and setting one for "fill with primary color" continued to just try to inpaint instead. Here are my keyboard shortcuts: note the 'fill with primary color' being option-backspace and 'inpaint' being empty: Here is what happened when I pressed option-backspace after wanding a selection:
  10. @R C-R No, I'm not confusing it. When I press option-backspace, it does the edit>inpaint action, regardless of what I have my keyboard shortcut set to. And I'm trying to fill with my primary color! Later today I'll record a screen capture so you can see what I'm talking about.
  11. @DWright Yes, I had a selection selected. @R C-R I'm going based on the keyboard shortcuts that were configured in the keyboard shortcuts preferences. And changing those, again, didn't actually make them change.
  12. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to do my comic/illustration art in Affinity Photo. Right now the workflow I used in Photoshop (magic wand to select an area, expand selection by a few pixels, eyedropper to select a color, "fill selection with primary color" command) is pretty awkward to do because of a bunch of little usability papercuts I've posted about elsewhere on the forum. So I'm trying to use the paint bucket tool instead, and I'm rather surprised that there's no option to constrain the paint bucket to all layers - the only options are current layer, current & below, and layers beneath. Since my flat fills layer is below my ink layer, this makes it not very useful without taking even more extra steps (such as moving the ink layer under the flat fill layer while I'm doing my flats). I'd really like to be able to switch to this program instead of continuing to pay ridiculous amounts for Photoshop. Right now I'm having a really hard time recommending this to others, though.
  13. Ah, yeah, updating to the latest 13.1 beta seems to have fixed it. Thanks!
  14. On Affinity Photo for iPad, when I use my Apple Smart Keyboard (on my second-gen iPad Pro), for some reason when I’m trying to edit text layers there is no support for a number of keys on the keyboard, including the cursor keys, the delete key, or cmd-shortcuts (like cmd-A for select all, cmd-C for copy, etc.). These seem like strange things to be missing. Is there anything I should do to make it work, or is this just an oversight in the app? If the latter, it’d be great if full keyboard support were added to the text tool. Thanks!
  15. Yeah, this keeps on bothering me as well - also the fact that my tools keep on getting completely reset (brushes, colors, pressure, etc.) whenever I open a new document. I have "synchronize tools between documents" set which, according to the documentation, should keep my tools settings persistent.
  16. I’m running the iOS 13.1 beta, and I believe the layer was created as Artistic Text. I can try making sure I have the latest iOS update. This is the only app I’ve had this problem in.
  17. It's been a while since I've tried the latest Affinity Photo stable release and I'm glad that most of what was missing for my cartooning has been added to 1.7.2! Thank you so much for continuing to work on such a wonderful product. First, I just found out by accident that Ctrl in Affinity does what Shift does in Photoshop -- something I can get used to (and it's technically more consistent with what modern UIs do for multiple selections!) and Alt does the same as Photoshop, but there wasn't any feedback on the flood select cursor to indicate that. Having a little thing floating next to the cursor that indicates what will happen to the selection (like Photoshop displaying a +, -, or * for add/subtract/intersect) would be helpful. I see that in the other selection tools this indicator does appear, but it seems to be missing from flood select. Also there doesn't seem to be a modifier for Intersect. Maybe ctrl+alt for that? I also posted a while ago about wanting to make it easier to grow/shrink selections from the keyboard. For now I'm using a couple of macros to handle my common grow/shrink operations, but it's annoying to have to click on them in the macro library, while in Photoshop I just bound "expand selection" to a shortcut key and then it retained the last size setting, and also focused the text entry field for the size. I do appreciate that now you can do everything from the keyboard (pressing tab to select the size field and then entering a number), but it'd be nice if the field were what was selected in the first place (since it doesn't seem like the focus on the slider actually makes it keyboard-accessible anyway) and if it would retain the last entered value. It's a lot better now than it was before, but it still feels a bit clunky to me. And finally, in Photoshop if you hold down a tool shortcut key and click, it'll just use that tool during the click and then switch back to the previous tool when you let go of the shortcut key. For example, from any tool you can hold I and click somewhere to get the eyedropper, and then releasing I goes back to the previous tool. (Again, very useful for flat fills, when you can just hold I, eyedropper a color that you want to fill, then alt-backspace or whatever to fill the selection, then release I and still be in the flood select tool.) That said, these are now just minor annoyances for things that I got very used to in photoshop (and in particular they saved me a lot of time, which is why I got used to using them), and I feel like I can start making my comics again! So again, thank you so much for continually improving Affinity Photo.
  18. I should have mentioned, I'm on MacOS. Thanks, that seems like the right direction. Is there a way to bind a macro to a shortcut key? I'm not finding it, if so, and the whole point to my request was to make this more keyboard-accessible.
  19. Part of my workflow for doing flat fills on comics and the like is to do a magic-wand selection and then to consistently grow my selection by a fixed amount to "bleed" into the line art, usually by 3 px or so. Every time I open the 'grow / shrink' menu it's reset back to 0, however. I would love a way to always grow by the same amount, either by defining a macro that does it by a specific amount or by having the last amount stay active in the dialog box which comes up. Additionally, it would be nice if I could use the tab key or similar to change the focus within the dialog box; currently tab just toggles the UI visibility.
  20. Hi, I'm moving over to Affinity Photo from Photoshop, which I primarily use for making comics. I was totally sold on the text tool and the quality of the brushes, but now that I'm getting into really using it I'm having trouble finding a couple of equivalents to things I did in Photoshop a lot, specifically being able to clear or fill the pixels which are currently selected. In Photoshop, backspace will delete the pixels that are currently selected (or more precisely set their alpha to 0), and option-backspace will solid-fill the selection with the current foreground color. Both of these are very useful for a bunch of things in drawing. If I could find equivalent commands for this in the menu I'd be able to set my keyboard shortcuts accordingly, but I can't find anything there, and searching on the various phrases I can think of in both the online help and in the forum is turning up nothing. Does Affinity Photo not have these functions? Or are they just called something else that I'm not finding in any of the menus? And, relatedly, is there a way to make the magic wand tool sample from all layers rather than the current layer? The "selection brush" tool does allow that but that doesn't quite serve my needs for doing flat fills in a comic. (Alternately, being able to do a bucket fill that samples all layers would be helpful!) Thanks!
  21. Ah, so it’s basically like a Smart Object in Photoshop? That makes sense. Thanks!
  22. Ah, that makes sense - I was trying to remove the background from an image I’d imported. Is there a way to convert an image layer to a pixel layer? (Also why does Affinity make a distinction between them?)
  23. Hmm, every time I tried layer>delete it always deleted the layer, rather than the selection. Which made sense to me given the menu it was in. Thanks, I’ll try it out. Sounds like there’s a lot of improvements in it.

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