Jump to content

CJ Randolph

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About CJ Randolph

  • Rank

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Ah, thanks. As an added bit of data, I'm pretty sure I've had it happen while working on a document. Possibly while hiding and unhiding the interface (which I do a lot). If it occurs again, I'll try to remember the circumstances, if that helps.
  2. Hi there. I've been having this issue intermittently since I started using designer, but I can't seem to figure out how to reproduce it. Sometimes, the floating Tools panel gets into a state where only the Place Image Tool is available. I can still access other tools through their hotkeys when this happens, and I can fix it by switching Personas. I'm attaching a screenshot. I *think* this happens most often when I start the program and immediately open a document I was previously working on, but I'm not sure.
  3. CJ Randolph

    Incorrect Pixel Visibility on Export

    Oh, small update. The issue is also present with large e xport sizes, but is simply less noticeable as it only happens along the anti-aliased pixels. High Resolution Comparison - 20190626.afdesign
  4. Hi there! I've been participating in a thread about deformities when expanding strokes, and while conducting some tests to research that issue, I stumbled on something else. I had suggested folks work at a larger resolution (like 640x640) and export at their target resolution (64px for instance), but when I tried this myself I got rather incorrect results. So, I put together a file just to test the results I got, and I'm including it as an attachment. In summary, I created two rings of different colors that are perfectly overlapping one another. They're in-place duplicates, just with different colors. The first test should have a 1 pixel stroke and the second should have a 2 pixel stroke, and that stroke should only reveal the top ring's color (cyan) at any resolution, but that's not the case. The cyan top color is polluted by the red beneath. This would appear to be an error in the way the program calculates visibility, especially (I think) in sub-pixel sampling. This probably isn't a critical issue for most designers, but it could present some challenges to anyone working on small icons and the like. Cheers ~CJ Pixel Pollution Test - 20190626.afdesign
  5. ...and this is slightly embarrassing, but fills aren't disappearing when using the Text Frame Tool now, making think I was mistaken earlier. Anyway...
  6. I'm not complaining; I just ran across a behavior that doesn't appear to be as designed, and reported it in the bug forum (as one does). The Text Frame Tool still removes stroke and fill, and there doesn't seem to be any reason that Convert to Text Frame should give different results... especially ones that are uneditable. So... yeah, smells like a bug to me.
  7. Hi there! This one is a little fun. If you take a shape/curve/parametric object that has a fill (solid or gradient) and Convert to Text Frame (right click or top menu), you get a fully functional text frame with a background color that can't be changed or removed. I finally got rid of it by Converting to Curves, which created a group with all the letters and a single background colored shape. Cheers ~cj
  8. They do indeed, and the issue seems to be as you describe. But... I'm pretty sure I was modifying margins on documents that had artboards earlier. I'll see if I can reproduce.
  9. CJ Randolph

    Expand Stroke bug (not accurate)

    Heya... I know many of you have heard this workaround a few times, but others haven't: the warped stroke expansion happens when you're working at a small scale (10s of pixels wide). If you do your initial drafting at a larger size and then export at your target size, you'll get the correct results. As an example workflow, if you're designing a 64x64 icon, setup your artboard as 640x640px with grid lines every 10px. Draw as you normally would (but y'know large), and when your icon is ready to go, hop into the Export Persona, set the slice's output to 64w and voila! The exact small graphic you were trying to draw. I know this bug is impacting a lot of your ability to use Affinity Designer, but as with a lot of techniques when we're coming from Illustrator, you have to work a slightly different way here. In this case, AD prefers to draft at larger scales. But like... that's why we work in vector, right? One of the big reasons, at least. It's scalable. We draw on an arbitrary artboard and spit out final graphics that are 10 pixels wide or 30 feet wide. Hope this helps someone. I think this program is super rad.
  10. Heya, I seem to have found another small bug. If you create a new document, check Include Margins, but set the width of each to 0, the resulting document's margins cannot be changed. Go to the Guides screen, input any value for a margin size, and it just disappears. Cheers ~Chris
  11. Oh, thank you! That would be a very handy tooltip.
  12. Pretty simple to replicate (unless I'm making a horrible mistake here). Choose the Polygon Tool, Draw a Polygon, and check the Smooth Points box. At that last step, nothing happens. I believe that should produce rounded corners on the just drawn polygon. All other polygon variables function correctly.
  13. Hey, I like the splash page. I like seeing what's new in the Affinity world, and there's a very handy new document button. I'd super appreciate if the splash also listed my 3 most recent documents, too. This is one small feature that I would use every single morning. Cheers!
  14. Hi! So... when you've got a shape with a stroke applied and you Expand Stroke, you end up with two shapes - the original shape and the new outline of the stroke. That's the expected behavior. However, it doesn't work the same if it's an image. If you have a stroke applied to an image and attempt to Expand Stroke, you get only one shape - the stroke. The image disappears. Cheers!