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  1. Also saved me a bunch of time after having hunted around trying to find a way to clear all styles to no avail. Cheers. Had the same issue in Affinity Designer. Selecting the text frame, either in the layers panel or by clicking on it with the move tool (black arrow) and using the above method fixed it. Feedback at Serif, if you're reading: maybe add an obvious Clear Style option on the edit menu below Create Style. Like most people, I read menus from the top to the bottom. An enigmatic Defaults option sitting in the edit menu above create style is not a option one would instinctively take. After all, it might reset something I don't want resetting.
  2. ­čĹÄ Nope. TL;DR: Some useful tools but user unfriendly It's in free beta on Windows (free to Trial on Mac) and here is my experience of it at time of writing on Windows. It is powerful and has some features which Designer is missing but it is also unintuitive to use. It took me a while to even find where the keybinds were hidden (Shift+Alt+Ctrl+K) or from the menu bar at the top (View>Customize>Keyboard Shortcuts). I could not find a way to set mouse binds. It has keybinds set to the Option key in the Windows (this means Alt). The alt keybinds still work. The "Help" redirects to a browser page and some of those "Help" pages direct to dead links. The "Help" pages that go somewhere aren't always all that helpful. Time wasted learning the weirdness of VectorStyler is better spent learning how to use the features Designer has or using the forum search feature for workarounds.
  3. Here is an example of why it would be useful to be able to re-sync or Revert back to the original Symbol in the same place without having to copy over a new one. Use multiple instances of a Symbol to create an organic pattern. e.g. Leaves of a tree or Raindrops on a window or Some crosshatching pattern or whatever Tweak a few by turning off Sync to give the pattern some natural variance. After tweaking several Symbols, you decide one of them would look better as it was before. (you might not even discover this until much later on) That pattern doesn't have suitable objects or a specific thing for the replacement Symbol to Snap to. I am aware you can set branches in the Undo history, but that gets in the way of the work flow and wastes time. You have to plan for accidents before they happen. I plan for accidents with frequent Save As copies throughout the various steps of the process. ProjectFilename001, ProjectFilename002, ProjectFilename003, and so on. Re-sync is a feature I would find useful. I am not certain if the effort involved in setting up the feature is worthwhile over and above more needed features like Blend and Envelope distorts, but I am certain I would use it. I use symbols a lot.
  4. @dominikThis workaround just saved me a lot of time. Thank you very much. While is not a perfect solution for everyone and it's a good enough placeholder for me right now.
  5. Saving often and saving several files through the process MyDesignName-Stage001, MyDesignName-Stage002, MyDesignName-Stage003 and so on is a lesson everyone has to learn the hard way*. And keep backups elsewhere too. 2 is 1 and 1 is none. So have at least 3. 1 on your machine, 1 on removable storage and 1 somewhere else (secure cloud/company server/whatever). And there are higher levels of paranoid archival if you want to go down that route. *Graphite Addict learned this lesson, thankfully second hand, 3 decades ago when a copywriter lost a weeks' work ­čśĹ
  6. This explains a frustrating last hour or so. Similar grief with a Huion pen tablet. Disable Windows Ink option ASAP please. I guess I'll have to roll back to 1.7 which will mean I have to lose the vastly superior expand stroke in Affinity Designer 1.8. Can I run both versions?
  7. Please could we have a simple Merge Node command. It is fundamental to building various shapes by hand and its absence in Affinity Designer makes little sense. I would like to be able to take two open nodes (typically from two separate curves joined with add), overlap them, select them both and merge them. The result should be a single node which inherits the respective b├ęzier properties of each side. Creating objects with the pen and pencil tool then joining them with other creations is a complete and total pain right now. I covered a related problem in some detail here http://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/26930-joining-nodes-without-losing-b├ęzier, however the problem of joining separate curves in Affinity Designer remains frustratingly counter intuitive and often produces unexpected or unintended results.
  8. Of course, I merely used a Heart shape as a simple example someone could draw to repeat the problem.
  9. Select the drawing using the Move Tool and then Divide, this will create separate Curve objects you can see in the layers panel.
  10. It's possible to do a simple distortion in Affinity Designer using Shear - with the Move tool, select the object then hover the mouse near (not over) the control handle on the middle one of the sides and you should see an up & down arrow for vertical sides and a left & right arrow for horizontal sides. However, as I discovered to my disappointment, Designer cannot yet pull in corners independently in a similar fashion to create a perspective warp. At least not as far as I could see.
  11. Is it possible to merge nodes without losing their b├ęzier setting? The task I'm trying to do is to create a design that has some symmetrical elements. I draw one half and mirror it over. The problem I find is when I come to join pieces. There doesn't seem to be a way to get nodes to merge properly. I can snap overlap them, but that is not ideal and may cause problems later. An example would be a heart shape outline. Imagine you draw the left side then mirror it right. Joining the top right and bottom right nodes to their left counterpart loses the b├ęzier on the right of the node. The nodes on the left side retain their b├ęzier, on the right they become sharp. Thanks for any help, this is driving me mad. :wacko:
  12. A great tutorial :) Easy to follow with the subtitles. Any beginner could quickly accomplish impressive results and build confidence to experiment with layers and effects.
  13. As annoying as it is to have to cater for Illustrator, a straightforward export to .AI would be useful if it is possible. I guess a good PDF export, which I can see from other posts you are trying to improve, would be enough most of the time. I die a little inside everytime I have to use Adobe's cryptic Illustrator UI but it is currently and regrettably part of my workflow. Even though I hate it with the passion, sometimes I have to use it. :angry:
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