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  1. He-he.. try this @Alfred. Draw a rectangle bigger than 1.75". Then go into Navigation Studio, and input 1.75"... I bet 1.8" is displayed (Rounds-up). Then.. draw a rectangle smaller than 1.75".... I bet you get 1.7" (Rounds-down). Entertaining? Either way, I'm confident it's only a Navigation panel display oddity. The physical rectangle IS 1.75"... ... er, unless we're being really-really precise, like @KelRao, who's into 0.1 of a pixel precision. That's way beyond anything I do - it's a level of precision that feels like quantum physics to me 😁!
  2. Hello @KelRao. Is this in Designer? Answer: I suspect it's NOT rounding-up. I'm also not aware of any setting for this (or for the number of decimal places available) in the preferences. - - - - - - - - - - - - - Is it rounding-up? Have I reproduced what you've done below, near enough? I drew a rectangle randomly In the Transform Studio > tapped Width Input 1.75" It rounded down (This might be because I'm in Designer - does Photo round-up?) - It showed 1.7". Now, question is: is my rectangle 1.75" as input, or 1.7" as indicated? There's n
  3. I thought about posting that very thing @DM1, strangely. It's a great graphic, and while it'll help others, it wasn't the thing confusing me. I've used masks & clipping paths for.. a long time, so feel I may understand a thing or two about them. My problem was understanding the behaviour resulting from dragging over a Group vs a Shape vs a Curve + onto the thumbnail vs not. That's 6 combinations / levers to pull - it felt a bit mind boggling. I've done a quick matrix (below). Column A = Dragging the silhouette (Group, Shape and Curve) over the thumbnail of the stripey b
  4. Hum... OK. No wonder it's "unpredictable" for me, there's a whole set of nuances I'm confused by here. I'll have to spend time playing in order to get my head around it. Thanks @Alfred. Of course the OP could still achieve what they want by Pasting inside. That's correct advice. (I've edited my comment above to recognize this and hopefully not confuse anyone else following this thread seeking answers.)
  5. Ah.. there's the nuance one doesn't have to know, or worry about, when using menus. I hadn't absorbed that there's two drop zones on the layer representation in the studio. Now I've had this nuance highlighted... it'll be a different story. So newbies: the really clear instruction is: "drop on the thumbnail on the layer"., not just 'on the layer'... to paste inside. << Edited: see below
  6. Wot they said 😁😁. It's the same as wot I said, but mine uses the menus to achieve it instead. I've found dragging something over another layer does not always behave as expected. Doing it via the menu IS 100% predictable however. And it's easy to edit the contents (the stripes) after pasting inside via menus (or dragging) - simply select the layer that's created under the layer with the mask (rectangle with a circular top) on it.
  7. Hello. Would pasting all the stripes (as a group perhaps) inside the rounded bullet shape not work for you here?
  8. First off: You use the word ‘pencil’ twice, and the word ‘pen’ three times in your question. It confused me. Only the Pencil that I know of, automatically creates nodes (anchor points). So I’m assuming the title to this thread is correct and we’re talking pencil tool, not pen tool. Try adding a stabiliser (pencil tool context menu - bottom centre of the screen) such as rope - this will remove some of the wobbles you’re drawing, that lead to nodes being added. The longer the Length setting, the smoother your curves should be (and therefore the less nodes should be created).
  9. Play with the export settings under Resample. As you say, at that size, you're basically choosing the least pixellated image out of a set of pixellated images. Also, be sure not to make judgements based on a zoomed-in image. Best way is to view it in a browser at the size it will be seen.
  10. I suspected you did. There are many who don't understand the distinction though. I write my answers with the fact others may land here in mind. Trying to accomplish two things - help the person asking the question + provide general information that I feel it's important to understand for others. After posting, I wondered about Assets instead of Symbols. It's the better approach of the two I suspect (I've not used the Assets panel so much, so am not confident about advising on its use.) Glad you've come up with a way of working. There often is a way with a bit of creativity.
  11. A quick search on the internet for "filler text", "dummy text" or "lorem ipsum" will give you text you can copy and paste easily. Bookmark a good site and you're sorted, no need for a separate file if that bothers you. You can also paste the text into a Text Frame and then save that as a Symbol if you find that more useful than a separate file. Bare in mind that Designer is technically illustration, not long-form text layout software. Once Publisher is available for the iPad then that'll be even clearer.
  12. Without investigating your pdf on my desktop, I can’t be sure what I’m seeing. It looks like there’s a stray element, or two, in there you’re unaware of. If your canvas is set to transparent, then there shouldn’t be a background at all. No special export settings needed. I suggest: Select all the items that make up the artwork ... ** You might find there’s a border that shouldn’t be there, and the mystery will be solved at this point So look carefully at all the borders that appear - do they make sense? If they do.... Then: export > pdf > area (setting) &
  13. FOR INFO. For anyone else visiting this thread on the same mission. Be clear whether the layer you're trying to work with IS a raster layer. It's not obvious. If it's not a raster layer, then CMD-J will duplicate the whole layer regardless of a marquee active. I had an image on a layer and assumed it would be a raster layer... nope. When I used CMD-J, the whole layer duplicated despite a marquee (soildier ants) in place. I discovered the nuance by accident when I tried to use the stamp, and the Assistant rasterised the layer...
  14. Am I right assuming you’ve explored the capabilities of the Pixel (Photo) Persona within Designer? I’ve searched this forum and nothing obvious has popped up. This post talks about long press, but I’m not sure it’s what you’re after? I’ve not made a comprehensive search. You have?
  15. So the two important things are: Physical size and resolution (Forgive me, if this comes across as a bit off-key. I'm trying to be really clear, so you can be confident you don't need to worry, and your image is fine). We're discussing two very different views of the same image: Your image posted here (very top) = physical size: just over 8" x 10" (roughly measured on my laptop screen). So at 1080 x 1350px it's presenting a 135 dpi image.That's... >> LOW resolution. You will see pixellation Instagram's call out = physical size 3.5" x 4.5". That means Instagram
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