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  1. Hi @Mark Ingram, I just had the pleasure of using the change mentioned here and included with the latest Affinity Designer 1.9 public release update. THANK YOU!!
  2. Hi @walt.farrell, Thanks for the suggestion. It seems like this preference selection will be especially helpful for the circumstance I have described. Thank you!.
  3. Hi, I tried the suggestion made above, but continued to stumble upon the unexpected behavior. I have learned what I was doing to cause the issue, and want to share the outcome in case it helps someone in the future. I figured out that when I was using keystrokes to switch between pixel brush, erase and zoom that I would sometimes use the "B" keystroke and instantiate the square pixel brush rather than the round brush. This is easy to see when you are working with large brush sizes, but in the instances where I was causing the confusion I was using a combination of tiny brush sizes and a distant zoom factor. I could not see that I had mistakenly selected the square brush. I would not notice this until I zoomed back in to see the detail, and by that time I had switched from brush to zoom mode so the state of the brush option was not so obvious. It was a very simple mistake on my part, and now I know how to recognize it, correct it, or perhaps just avoid it. Thank you!
  4. Hi @walt.farrell, I had not visited the forum in the past couple weeks and just found your reply. Thank you very much for this suggestion. I will try it and see if that is what has been causing the behavior. Thank you.
  5. Hi, I have been using the symmetry features quite a bit and have stumbled upon an issue, or misunderstanding on my part that I can not figure out. I can start a design using a small round pixel brush and the line work will have nice soft edges that include anti aliasing, but then at some point the brush starts drawing a coarse line with coarse aliasing at the edges. If there is any trend I might recognize it is that this seems to occur when I am zoomed out and trying to draw long smooth lines, and then when I zoom in I notice the marked difference of the character of the line work. I use the B and E keystrokes often as I draw the design, but other wise the brush settings would seem to be unchanged even though the character of the resulting line work becomes remarkably different. A typical brush setting might be something like width 6 - opacity 100% - flow 100% - hardness 60% - Stabilizer ON - Window 50 - Symmetry ON - Symmetry Value = 6 - Mirror ON - Lock ON Some how after keying back and forth between the Eraser and the Brush a few times, and zooming in and out to create long or short lines, and perhaps changing the Symmetry Value, the brush produces a crude hard edge line. I can't figure out how to reproduce the behavior, but it has been occurring to often for me to ignore. What might I be doing wrong to cause this? Thank you! Affinity Designer on Win 7 x64
  6. Hi, I was working on a complex curve today. It was hand draw lettering that was collapsed to a single layer/curve. I assumed it would be easy to ctrl/drag some of the nodes, which described one of the letter characters, to make a copy of the character, but this did not work. I tried it with and without the "Transform Mode" activated. It was not a big deal I got what I needed by duplicating the curve with all the characters and deleting a bunch of redundant stuff. I could have worked by separating the curves, but that caused the "openings", like the hole in "O" to fill, which would have introduced more clean up work with boolean functions, so I choose not to use that method. This got me wondering, is there actually a way to copy a subset collection of nodes within a curve? Have I missed something? Is there an easy way to do this? Thank you!
  7. Hi @Aammppaa Thanks very much for your help. The transparency tool just blew my mind! I figured I could figure out styles without too much effort, but I never imagined the function of the transparency tool was available. Wow. Your suggestion will work exactly as I hoped for. Thank you!
  8. Hi @Aammppaa Thank you for considering the question and offering a suggestion. I do not understand the step 3: Add an elliptical transparency, and am confused by step 4. Will step 4 allow me to "feather" the edges of the transparency? I have not used any styles but look forward to learning about them. Can you explain just a bit further? Thank you!
  9. Hi, I have been trying to imagine a way to have a quick and easy way to apply a vignette effect to an entire Designer project as a sort of Adjustment layer. Ideally this would automatically scale to any drawing board size. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!
  10. Hi @walt.farrell, The * is a good work around. It seems like Affinity could code the * into the application so I did not have to know about it. 🙂 Thank you!
  11. Hi @Mark Ingram I should have included the info: Affinity Designer on Win 7 x64 If the Affinity Export dialog was able to display both .tif as well as .tiff files then manually editing the extension would seem easier because I could see the names of all the other iterations I have stored in that file. For example; I have a directory filled with iterations of a design. The files are named Design_01A.tif, Design_01B.tif, Design 01C.tif, Design 02A.tif, Design 03A.tif, Design 03B.tif, etc. When I go to export another TIFF file and the directory window opens, it looks empty because all my files are named with the 3 character .tif extension rather than the 4 character .tiff extension that Affinity is looking for. I have to recall the actual contents of the directory and toss my export in there without the benefit of seeing what the other .tif files are named. Here is an example of how another program works in Windows: When I choose to "Save As" a TIFF file I can select the extension convention I wish, but more importantly the application recognizes that both .tif and .tiff file extensions are TIFF files so I may see them all. FWIW, When I saved the .jpg screen shot I have uploaded here, I was presented with the opportunity to view JPEGs labeled as .jpeg, .jpg, and .jpe It would be helpful if I could set a preference in Affinity products to let me consider the 3 character .tif choice without being forced to work around the constraint. Thank you. Affinity Designer on Win 7 x64
  12. Is there any hope that there will someday be a global option to always export a TIFF file with the 3 character .tif extension. I don't mind changing the extension from .tiff to .tif on each and every export, but when Affinity is trying to export something it thinks should be labeled as a .tiff it can not see, or display, any of the .tif files that exist in the folder. The inability to see the other .tif file names makes it less than convenient to save an iteration of a file with a unique name, because the previously used names are not readily apparent. Thank you. Affinity Designer on Win 7 x64
  13. OK I figured it out. When I was working in InkScape I started by Spraying copies of a bubble (a simple circular curve shape) that I had drawn in Affinity Designer, but then I had selected another bubble that had been replicated with the InkScape Spray function because it was smaller and it let me qucikly switch to a second range of scale. Although the SVG that I modified and saved in InkScape looked fine in both Chrome and Firefox web browsers, the bubbles would not display in their intended locations when I opened that SVG in Designer. I tried different settings such as InkScape's Save As "Plain SVG" and tried setting preferences for different coordinate references such as "Relative", and nothing worked, but I finally recognized that I was causing the issue by Spraying copies of an object that I had made by Spraying. To solve my issue I placed two different sized bubble instances in the project while still in Affinity Designer. I used these bubbles as reference objects when Spraying in InkScape. By doing this I was able to replicate hundreds of bubbles and get the look I had hoped for, and then I was able to return to Affinity Designer and open the SVG and save it as a .afdesign where I will continue with my drawing. It was pretty easy once I figured it out. Thank you!
  14. Well I was wrong... I just exported a SVG from Affinity Designer and used the Spray function in InkScape to make a bunch of bubbles. I saved as a copy of the SVG file in Inkscape. The bubbles look just as I had hoped. When I open the SVG file to round trip the image back in to Affinity Designer the placement of the bubbles doesn't match what I see if I look at the same SVG file in InkScape. As a test I also opened the SVG file, that I saved with InkScape, in Google's Chrome web browser the image looks just as I would expect it too. There is something about how Designer is interpreting the SVG file that I saved with InkScape. Something is causing the elements that I created in InkScape to be placed in unexpected locations. Is there a setting I can change to make this work? Thank you.
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