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ProDesigner

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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) > whole document.. choose "selection without background" Export Hope this helps you solve the mystery
  5. 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...
  6. 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?
  7. 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 is presenting the 1080 x 1350px starting from 300dpi. >> HIGH resolution. So the image you've posted above, therefore, will appear perfectly smooth on Instagram. >>>> Shrink the browser window width down to roughly 3.5" and you'll see it in action. (dpi? "Dot per inch" and it is important for screen as well as print). - - - - - - - - - - If the pixel by pixel count is the same + your export settings are exactly the same (ie sampling + compression method) on both iPad and PC. Then there's only one conclusion.... ....you're making judgements based on two very different ways of viewing the image (as I've just explained above).... ... except it's not Instagram vs Affinity forum.... ....it's iPad screen vs PC screen + iPad image viewing app vs PC image viewing app + size of window vs size of window..... that's a lot of moving parts! "100%" is a highly subjective thing in digital images. In fact, there's no such thing as 100% .....you always have to state "..at 300dpi", for example. Hope this resolves it for you.
  8. 1) Check out what was downloaded. Was there an svg file in the bundle ? There often is with Vectoreazy. Open the svg if there. 2) Otherwise export the ai file as a pdf (check settings for rasterising and remove), or svg Note: not all vector features are supported by svg format - though it’s improving. However, you’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do anyway, regardless. Always is with these free vectors.
  9. Is this not the Contour Tool ? I may have misunderstood what you're describing.
  10. I've not waded through this whole topic so forgive me if this has already been explained. This is the steps I use for a simple 'perspective' style distort. It can involve as many shapes as you like so long as they're all curves. It preserves the vectors. It takes a bit of pondering and clarity about what you want to end up with before you start (plus an understanding of perspective)... You may need to get to your objective via several distort steps too. - - - - - - - - - - (In iPad Designer) To obtain a 'simple' perspective style distort: Make a copy of object(s)/group "in-case" Select all paths involved (has to be paths, so convert to curves as necessary) Using Node Tool, drag select all nodes to be scaled (the choice of nodes - be sure you understand perspective and what you're trying to end up with) Set Bounding Box Transform to on - context menu. Add constraining finger gestures (to scale around centre)** / or tap the scale around centre thing in the context menu / or highlight centre 'anchor' in transform studio. Scale (Optionally - Drag left/right/up/down depending on perspective required... or miss out step 5!) **Step 5: I always use the finger gestures, so the actual nuts and bolts of the other two approaches may be inaccurate. - - - - - - - - - - I assume this can be done in Designer Desktop too. I'll check and correct this if it's not possible. I'll be very surprised. This covers most of the distorts I need .. most of the time. ___________________ Apps aimed at professionals As a 'professional' I want all the shortcuts I can get. More power to my elbow the better. I'm distorting like this several times in every illustration/diagram I do pretty much. A distort tool could reduce the six (plus) steps to two (select curve/object/group > distort) and multiplied over several operations, that adds up when you've deadlines to meet. 'Productivity' is at least as important as 'creativity' - and at times, it's more important in a professional's working life.
  11. I did this for myself, quickly, as a memory aid after looking them all up. *** It's not a complete list*** only the one's I struggled to remember. As the ever helpful @Alfred has said, they're explained fully in the app, Help accessible via the "?" on the Home screen. Then under each tool. > > > The first 5 roundals (left) are all concerned with snapping (The grey label above them doesn't show up very well on some screens) (The image size is because I added it to my profile header in this forum - as good a place to store it as any.) Suggestion to Serif - include a "Context menu icons" page in the app Help devoted to these. Collecting them together into one easy reference.
  12. I can reproduce the same behaviour. I can also observe my router from where I work: it flashes for a second and then nothing, as though the download request is not passed, or (I suspect more likely) denied. I suggest you download unsplash via their website. - - - - - - - - When I saw this had been added to the apps, I thought: "that'll be prone to issues, only needs the 3rd party to change something" so I don't bother using it. I go direct to the sites. I also find it odd that you drag from a tiny square preview... how can you judge it's a picture you actually want? If I was one of these third parties, I'd see this as likely to lead to a spike in downloads. I'm wondering if Affinity has been detected and blocked as a spammy download bot by unsplash.
  13. A business that doesn’t match its marketing to its "targeted development" is never going to be a winner in competitive markets.
  14. I know this thread is perhaps done now but to clarify something. Check out the title bar for serif.com. Note the word "professional". Now the "professional" creative IS Adobe’s market. I also remember seeing an article before any affinity app was released (not been able to find it) that clearly stated the apps were a challenge to the Adobe suite. The article was a press release written by Serif. I’m certain about this, because it’s what put these apps on my radar and I’ve followed their development ever since because of it. Therefore the clunky stuff has to be on their list for developing, unless they’ve lowered their sights, or don’t really mean (or understand) "professional".
  15. Hum, the video is so speeded up that I don't think it's showing exactly what he does. So even slowing it down, it doesn't fully describe what's happening. There are frames missing, yes? Missing as a result of the speeded up production. (I often find these kinds of videos frustrating for this exact reason). I'm not aware of any other way of achieving the points and curves, configured in that way, without the finger gesture you identify.... it's what it's for afterall. I work almost exclusively with the pen tool in Designer iPad, btw. I've also used pen tools extensively before Affinity Designer came into being.
  16. Are these all the same format? ie: jpeg? Does it do it for all formats?
  17. The behaviour of the app here is really irritating (to me). It's not possible to use scribble (unless someone knows better) in the text frame itself. Therefore, I don't understand the point of not being able to access the full keyboard when the pen has been involved in placing the text frame. The only method I've found that allows me to switch from the small keyboard UI to the full keyboard is this: With the text still selected and the Pencil UI showing Knock the app into the background (off screen) Then call it back to the foreground again (I've found this activates the full keyboard) Irritating to say the least. If anyone else knows otherwise, I'll be happy to be corrected and discover there's a better way. -------------------------- The Pencil is still a relatively new feature tbh, but at some point someone will understand that humans don't "only use the pen" vs "only use the full keyboard", but they switch from one ot the other and back again. Serif are interfacing with iOS here, so I suspect the answer is: it is what it is until Apple move it forward.
  18. So does the preferences setting under Interface > Background Grey Level not apply when using artboards @Alfred? Sorry if I've misunderstood what you're asking for @Xathepset .
  19. You'll need to select (or create) a node using the node tool for the break function to become available.
  20. Surprisingly few. Set the overides up initially, then forget about them. It's always worked. I know, I suspect you won't believe me, but it's true. Plus signs against the Paragraph styles don't have to be removed.
  21. On January 29, I said: "Thanks everyone for your input. Really good.". All done as far as I was concerned. ------------------------------------------------- Since then @kevinslimp's continued it with questions. It's now @kevin's thread, and @kevin's questions you're answering. Apologies, I suppose I should have suggested starting a new topic. I didn't think it would spring back into life like it has, tbh.
  22. Ah yes, good thinking! Of course!! Just so used to having used inset for the job. This would work in Designer iPad, too. 👍 Thanks @Old Bruce
  23. While I've worked with a lot of high pagination documents, and in Newspaper and Magazine environments on occasion, I'm not sure I'd class myself as having expertise in the "publishing world". So, sadly, I don't know what the practice is and can't help you.
  24. Not always... that's what the little plus sign "+" is that appears next to the Paragraph Style, yeah? When first importing and laying-out text I assign the Paragraph Style, noting if there's a plus sign. I investigate this to see if it's just some bold or itallic words that have prompted it, or some other reason for it. Then, if it's just a bolded word within the paragraph I'll leave it with the plus sign (no reset of characters), or I reapply the Paragraph Style, then re-bold the text (and the plus sign reappears. I leave it in place then). If the Paragraph style is changed by the client, I can amend it knowing it changes everything, leaving bold and itallic in place anyway. There's no right or wrong way to work here of course. I just find spending time setting up and applying Character Styles doesn't feel like it pays off in the work I do. I could be wrong and missing something of course. A Character Style is still reset if the plus sign is addressed isn't it? I can't remember, tbh, it's that long since I've bothered with them. I thought Character style (local styling) took priority, hence the plus sign.
  25. I've always worked with Paragraph Styles only. (I choose font style and size, and that sits in the Paragraph style definition). I ignore Character styles. This is because I've always understood Character styles are something separate, with a narrower scope. They have little to no relation to Paragraph styles in truth (though you can link one within the other just to confuse yourself). Put simply: Paragraph styles apply to whole paragraphs. Character styles apply to little random and adhoc strings of characters. Example: So a character style might be Bold Red. And the "Bold Red" Character Style could occur within text of any Paragraph style. Character Styles are like a local over-ride for a word or phrase. Character Styles are used for emphasis essentially. Generally, I've found the need for Character Styles is extremely rare, because I only work with imported text. Nowadays export/import maintains bold and itallic by default (wasn't always the case in the early days). So emphasis has already been assigned at source., and it's rarely changed - and never wholesale. Hence I don't really use Character Styles. This is my understanding of text Styles. Others might have a different view. So... my own answer to your question above , @kevinslimp, is: I've never encountered the issue, sorry. However..... Is the clue in how you're trying to use them?
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