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  1. A while back I referred to this in passing in a thread here — I kept finding that my custom tool panel (Character + Paragraph + Text Frame + Transform) would vanish unexpectedly. I'd have to reassemble the custom panel all over again. But it wasn't a bug after all — they didn't "just vanish." I use Alt+F4 to exit Affinity Publisher. But it turns out the program has been using the keystrokes to close the front-most window, which always seems to be that custom tool panel. Using the keyboard shortcuts feature to bind Alt+F4 explicitly to the Exit command has fixed this. Alt+F4 no longer affects the custom tool panel.
  2. A recent video about removing backgrounds points out a web-based technology that would be outstanding if it could be licensed by and incorporated into Affinity Photo or available as a plug-in. The video link is below (screen shot is from the video). It would be very, very useful for images with complex foregrounds. https://youtu.be/_N5EIn90bWw
  3. That handle is also a property of picture frames and I've since gotten it to appear. When it is not present: • Moving the handles of the picture frame resizes the frame AND its contents. When it is present and you work with a handle that is not the "outside" handle at the lower right: • Moving a handle changes the size of the picture frame and can possibly crop the image—and does not resize the image itself. When it is present and you work with the handle at the lower right—the one outside the other handles: • This resizes the frame AND its contents and no cropping occurs. I got the "missing" handle to appear in one of two ways: 1. Make the tiniest possible adjustment to the image's size using the picture frame's size slider. Or, 2. Select the image itself (not the frame) within the layers panel and "nudge" the image (not the frame) by some tiny amount using one of the arrow keys. Following either of those, the next time you select the picture frame, that outermost lower-right additional handle now appears. The curious thing is why that outermost handle at the lower right did not appear immediately after the image was added to the frame.
  4. As I'm still unable to add screen shots to forum posts I have to do this as a link to an image on Google Drive. I hope it works. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aABcWxnxTHtgUFO7z6o-MmPuWg9LbsOK/view?usp=sharing That screen shot shows the aftermath of the following steps: With an image in the clipboard (a screen shot): 1. Draw a frame with the Picture Frame tool. 2. With the frame selected, right-click and select Paste as Content The screen shot now appears within the picture frame. But there's something missing. There should be a second outer handle at the lower-right of the frame. But there isn't. When that kind of additional handle is showing, moving the picture frame handles can crop the image, though moving the outer handle at the lower right will resize frame and image together without cropping. Have I omitted some required step? What became of that outer handle?
  5. I have found "Lock Children" useful but hard to reach. I haven't found it in any menus yet. So far the only access I've found is to click a very tiny icon at the extreme upper right of the Publisher window, drop down a small menu, and select Lock Children. This involves hitting tiny icons or UI elements with the mouse, which is not what I'd call the most user-friendly thing ever. Then, do the same if you need to toggle the setting off again. With this apparently not being anywhere in the keyboard shortcuts dialog, there's no way to assign a keystroke to the command that I know of. But is there some easier way to get to the command? Maybe I've just missed something obvious. If not—publisher developers: Could this check-box not be available at least in the Frame Properties dialog? Or be a menu item in its own right when you right-click a frame? Or be part of the Frame Properties fly-out menu when you right-click a frame?
  6. Following up another thread in which I wrote about having trouble putting a simple rule (stroke) around a rectangular object of type "pixel." The controls for adding a rule work with an object of type "image," but don't work with one of type "pixel". The convert-to-picture-frame menu item is inaccessible when you right-click a pixel object. By accident I discovered an odd workaround: If you select the vector crop tool and crop the pixel object by even some imperceptible amount on one side, suddenly the convert-to-picture-frame menu item does become accessible. Which of these features are by design? Might any of them be bugs? 1. Can't draw a rule (stroke) around a pixel object* 2. Can't convert a pixel object to a picture frame—not immediately. BUT: 3. Slight crop with the vector crop tool enables converting the pixel object to a picture frame * It can be done with the Outline layer effect, but that dialog does not permit enabling square corners (it supports only rounded ones) as far as I know.
  7. Well. Interesting. More futzing-around with this and I find... a pixel object (I'm working only in Publisher right now) cannot be converted to a picture frame. But select the Vector Crop tool and make the tiniest crop—and for some reason the pixel object now can be converted to a picture frame. Completely accidental discovery. Feature? Bug? Don't know. Anyway, the if-it's-a-bug-I-don't-mind-it-at-all feature enabled the following: 1. Paste the two image objects into the page. 2. Align them as need be. 3. Group them. Ensure the group is selected. 4. Right-click the group and select Rasterize. The group is now a single pixel object. 5. Select the Vector Crop tool; crop as need be. NOW the object can be converted to a picture frame and NOW a stroke can be added to create a rule around it in the conventional fashion. I wonder why that happens with the Vector Crop tool. It'd be nice to be able to tweak it numerically when need be (if you needed only the tiniest amount of cropping—hard to do with the mouse).
  8. I'm finding that an image object can be given a stroke without a conversion to curves being needed. And yes, then the corner shape can be controlled.
  9. If not, you'd think that the Stroke and Fill portions of the UI would be "greyed-out" (inaccessible). That might be the best solution, yes.
  10. Ok... select the Photo persona (control+clicking in Publisher doesn't seem to make a pixel selection, or at least there's no visual indicator of its having been created) and do in Photo there via Select > Grow/Shrink. "Growing" the pixel selection certainly expanded the size of the selection. I don't know enough yet about Photo to know which control would fill the expanded selection with a color (Flood Fill simply filled the entire object). But changing the color isn't what I'm after. I'm after changing that rounded corner to a square one. I didn't see a control within Grow/Shrink that would pertain to it. Ok, I see now. Interestingly, unchecking "Preserve layer FX" (which I'd have thought would discard the effect just added) retained the effect. Maybe that isn't the purpose of the checkbox.
  11. So far the solution, sort of, seems to be: Add the two images to the document. Align them as need be. Group them. "Rasterize." Now use the Outline layer effect to draw the rule around the object (rasterizing the group makes it a single pixel object). And, just live with the rounded corners. And in case anyone knows, I'd be grateful to find out: Both "Rasterize" and "Rasterize and Trim" menu items end with "..." — the ancient UI feature indicating "there'll be additional controls for this command." (Example: "Save" vs. "Save as...") But there aren't. The commands execute with no other dialog boxes appearing. Is the inclusion of "..." in these command names a simple error in the UI, or should I in fact be seeing additional controls?
  12. I'm jealous that you can attach screen shots to your messages. It still doesn't work for me in this forum. I've written again to Serif asking when it might be fixed. The rules around the pixel objects surely don't work for me. And I ran across something else unexpected (it might be working as designed, but *I* didn't expect it). I was talking about this tiny project with someone in another forum. I told him: the goal is to take two pasted objects (something that was too large to get into a single screen shot), make them a single object, and draw a rule around the completed rectangular object. These two objects are (initially) Images and not Pixel objects. His suggestion: start by using geometry-merge. I checked Publisher's help file. Following those instructions, I selected the two objects in the Layers panel, then went to the Layers panel's menu looking for the Geometry sub-menu, as suggested in the help file. But there isn't any Geometry sub-menu in the Layers menu, at least on this machine. The help file suggests as an alternative: Select both image objects and right-click. That did turn up a Geometry context menu. Then, selecting any of the Geometry operations caused both images simply to disappear, leaving the bounding boxes transformed as expected. Almost the same thing happens if I first convert the two objects to picture frames, but in that case one image disappears and the other remains visible. Well—that's clearly not going to work. (Bug, or working as designed?) Selecting both and grouping them, then drawing a rule in the conventional fashion puts a rule around both of them, of course. So that won't work.
  13. Affinity Publisher newbie here. After working in Publisher with an image that had changed from "image" to "pixel", I found I was no longer able to draw a thin rule around it in the way it can be done with a text frame or image frame. There's always the Outline layer effect, but it does the job only partway. With Outline there don't seem to be controls for how the corners are drawn—they are always rounded. But is there a way to alter the corners using some other controls in the program?
  14. That's what I did after seeing a previous reply in the thread: repositioned the image (a group consisting of image+two text frames) by entering integer values into the Transform panel.
  15. The document units setting is Pixels. Is that sufficient to determine if they are integer pixel values? If not, what additional settings should I adjust to find out?
  16. I can't imagine wanting to add an adjustment to an image-less frame, but it's interesting to know that it can be done. A simple setup, perhaps: Establish some default settings at the beginning. Then, update them when need be.
  17. Ok, well, that's what being a newbie will do for a person. I hadn't realized you can add a layer effect to the frame itself even without an image being present. Thanks.
  18. W and H are integer values. X and Y are not. So I reset X and Y as integer values, then exported again. Same result—thin white rule.
  19. The image frames on the master pages are empty. So presumably this had to be done during the first document setup by first populating the frames on the master pages, changing the images to greyscale, and then removing the images (leaving the frames intact). Serif Persons: is this procedure documented somewhere? I can't seem to find it in v.1.8.3's help file. I didn't make an extensive search for it. I entered "smart" as the search term and looked only at the smart-master-pages topic.
  20. I placed an image into a Publisher document page and added text within the image area. After grouping all of the elements, with the group selected I exported to JPEG ("Selection with background"). The resulting JPEG file contained a thin white border that was not in the original file. Then I tried exporting using the "without background" setting. Same result. Then I tried it as a PNG ("selection with background"). Same result. Next I tried it as a PNG without background and finally the thing was exported without the thin white rule. This has happened several times when I've exported a selection to JPEG. (The quality setting is always 85 or higher.) So it doesn't appear to be some peculiarity of a particular image. I don't want to have to export first to PNG, then open the PNG file in some other program and re-save as JPEG. Is there some way to save from Publisher to JPEG without the unwanted rule around the image?
  21. At approximately the 4-minute/20-second mark in the video, he drags a master onto a document page and all three images on the page immediately switch from color to monochrome. This is left unexplained. What are the setup steps required to achieve this effect? The brief entry in the help file does not appear to mention this, either.
  22. The controls available within a frame are a bit easier to see on-screen — I mean, they're indicated pretty clearly. That weighs in their favor even if using them does increase the complexity of the document. I finally stopped using them in preparing the book of photographs when I realized the images were not looking better when surrounded by thin black rules — no need for a copy-able/paste-able frame with a consistent border size and color, then. But when a rule is called for... Fumbling around a bit with the cropping tool I found that adding a crop leaves the bounding box simply not displayed—then, adding a rule around the image leaves the rule invisible (it's outside the cropped area). Do I understand correctly that if I use the rasterize/crop feature I then completely removing the surrounded (cropped-out) portion of the image?
  23. Interesting. Depending on my OCD level for the day, I'll think either that the differences are negligible or that they're very obvious. Then again 300% is a pretty extreme enlargement.
  24. Thanks for the further information. If optimization could foul up the print job, I'll live without it. I just now uploaded the PDF to the on-demand book company and while it wasn't lightning-fast, it didn't give me fits. The export settings I used — PDF 1.4, downsampling on, JPEG compression=99 — produced a file just under the maximum allowed (300 MB). If I'd used the JPEG-mini files I could probably have added a few more images and used quality=100. But this is good enough for now. Well, assuming the book doesn't look like dog-meat-on-a-stick when they're done with it. : ) It's been a long haul learning Publisher from the ground up and acquainting myself with font-related tools I haven't had to think about for years. Thanks a lot for your advice along the way—it was extremely helpful.
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