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  1. I just found out: you can also do this with the 'Perform Construction Snapping' option turned on, and then just drag out two nodes at an angle by holding down Shift. Nice ! Its kind of unintuitive to have these options seperate form the basic snapping dialogue. I watched the videotutorial on this feature recently, but somehow only remembered that it can be used with the Pen Tool.
  2. I have a lot of experience with Inkscape, so not new to vectordesign. Here im trying to extend one of the squares of my rectangular star. I have the extensionobject (red) ready, but now i cant find for the life of me, a way to snap the nodes to the original black object. In fact i spent quite a long time looking for alternatives, and the only solution seems to be rotating the star by 72° and then align the square to the bottom. I also noticed there doesnt seem to be a way to snap guides to nodes. What would be the best way to do this in AD ?
  3. Thanks for looking into this, its probably something that is specific to the way Photoshop behaves. It almost feels like joyriding a behaviour that was not intentional in the first place, regarding the Mixer Brush and somebody turned it into an effect. I guess not all things can be replicated.
  4. What do you mean with straight lines ? Maybe im misunderstanding the problem, but in a ring, the two circles forming the ringshape have different diameters/circumference. You cant recreate that by duplicating one of the rings.
  5. You can draw it as a single stroke with enough width, then expand and remove the top and bottom bits and give your new parallel strokes the desired width.
  6. If anybody is wondering what this is all about: i used this technique to make bumpmaps for special bevels in Gimp, but its also good for halos and such. To some degree this is built into Affinity's Bevel fx as 'Profile', but the 'Live Lighting' Filter also accepts bumpmaps (these have to be in grayscale, i believe). I also made this speakerlike structure and texteffect with this technique, a few years ago:
  7. Thanks for the demo ! You know i got into Affinity because i was fed up with some of the problematic limitations and stupid designchoices i found in Inkscape and Gimp and never warmed up to PS and AI, but it seems all programs have their flaws, pros and cons.
  8. I just noticed it also doesnt work when there is a solid background below the transparent layer with the blurred object.
  9. Thanks for testing this and attaching the demo ! I dont know what went wrong with my experiment, but now it works as expected. Great ! I do have another question, however: in your demo, the Adjustment layer was on top but when i try to nest the curves adjustment as a child layer, the effect is no longer working. Is that normal ? If so, how do i prevent the Adjustment from applying itself to all layers ?
  10. In Gimp i can manipulate transparency in Blur (retract, expand, shape) with an Alpha Curve. Although AP has an alpha option in the Curve Adjustment, it doesnt seem to do anything. Here is a screenshot of what i can do in Gimp: The only way i can recreate this with Affinity Photo is when its in grayscale.
  11. I think i may have found the culprit... Tried to create a new intensity brush today, which was really tiny (3kb), and again Affinity froze and crippled my computer to a point where it was really difficult to terminate the program with the task manager. After that i added an exception for the Affinity programs in my antivirus program (AVG) and now it works like a charm.
  12. There is an effect that is quite trendy at the moment in surreal glitch art. Basically it creates brushstrokes in rainbow colours, that look like its melted. Here is an example: https://gramho.com/media/2367627673664145568 You can find an explanation how this effect is done here (at 3:30): https://youtu.be/layTiR7DoSg?t=209 In PS you need an empty layer above your image and a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer on top. Then you paint with the Mixer Brush on the empty layer and the rainbow glitch magic happens. Can we do this in Affinity Photo ? If so, how ?
  13. I usally have chrome and foobar (music player) open... Not sure what you mean with Assets here. Assets as in Affinity Asset Panel ? Or asset as in brushes, gradients and stuff ? Yes, i tried to install a lot of brushes (~50), but one after the other. The same problem occurs on Affinity Photo as well now, by the way. However it wasnt an issue before the latest update. So something changed on your side.
  14. I installed the latest beta (1.8.3.641) this evening and in this version everything is working as expected: i can import brushes without any problems and edit them without any freezing or crash. EDIT: i spoke too soon.... 😠 it worked for a while... I imported a bunch of Vector and Pixelbrushes into the AD beta, with good reaction time under 5 seconds, but after a while it happened again: AD became unresponsive. This time so hard i had to restart my computer because the crash crippled the machine. After the restart i was able to successfully import the last few missing brushes, but after that AD became unresponsive AGAIN. Very annoying ! It would really save a lot of time if you could just copy all your brushes into a folder, instead of having to import every single file on its own !
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