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  1. Excellent! That's actually a good approach and I'll give a try. Thanks!
  2. You're right. My bad, it's larger than 16:9 as I was thinking of a different ratio. But yes, this is exactly what I was talking about with the black bars. It looks like you created a black background layer with a snap to grid option? I suppose I could create a template or preset document to use letterboxes for future use.
  3. Sure. I'll give you two samples of recent shoots in my town in the New England region. The first shows my downtown area and the other is the trees with lens flare coming from the sun using the Moment anamorphic lens. Each appears to have a 16:9 ratio. What I'm trying to figure out is how to add letterboxes at the top and bottom for a 'cinematic' effect via Affinity Photo. Each image is 5363 x 2270 pixels at 72dpi. With video, it's easy for me to desqueeze using a specific app and then import to Da Vinci Resolve to be exported properly after editing. But an anamorphic photo is a different situation so I wasn't sure if one is supposed to add letterboxes or just simply create a black background layer and put the image on top of it which is probably the only way to do it. When previewing the photos or video on iPhone, letterboxes are already shown when anamorphic is shot but once it's Airdropped to the Mac, you don't see them unless they are processed through an image or video editing app. Thanks!
  4. If I recall, it was the default vector brushes, not the Vector Pencil. Basically, I would tap on the Vector brush tool and some times the lag occurs even with the basic strokes. Even the other brushes with inking and other texture effects would cause lag or glitch. I don't see any issues on the desktop version but only on my original 12.9 iPad Pro. When I draw with vector brushes, it needs to feel smooth and consistent. Even if I used the stabilizer, some of the lag can be noticeable. Sometimes the Vector brush would work fine at first and then lag after several strokes later. It should be smooth, clean, lightweight and fast considering it's a vector path despite working on 300 DPI for print purposes. It's especially true when the ends of my stroke lines have a wispy look to it as if using a #2 brush for comics. Based on my experience, Clip Studio Paint utilizing a vector layer, Adobe Fresco ( vector brush mode ), and/or Procreate do a nice job with the stroke lines. Sometimes if the Affinity vector brush lags or fails me, I often find myself having to switch to Adobe Fresco to use the vector brush or Procreate on my iPad for consistency and then export it out as SVG via Adobe Capture to Affinity Designer to tweak. As an additional note, I do NOT have any custom brushes imported to Affinity Designer on iOS. At the moment, I'm using an older Wacom Intuos 4 which makes it more difficult to draw consistently since it doesn't have a multi-touch feature so I plan on getting a display tablet later on for the desktop.
  5. Hello, I just got Moment's anamorphic lens for my iPhone and it does a nice job of creating that aspect while shooting film or photo especially with flares, although I plan to buy a filter to balance out the sun's intense overexposure to light. However, I'm curious how I can achieve this 'letterbox' effect by importing this 16:9 aspect ratio to Affinity Photo and exporting it out properly with two black bars on top and bottom? One can preview it on the phone by viewing the gallery but once you share it, it only shows 16:9 but without the letterbox. I'm curious if any photographers here have shot 16:9 anamorphic photos and found a way to import/export them? Thanks!
  6. Hello all, I'm on the latest version of Affinity Designer for iPad Pro ( 1st gen model ) 12.9 inches and still keep seeing vector brushes lagging. Sometimes it works smoothly and sometimes it doesn't. I was working on a 300 dpi file at 11 x 17 so I don't know if it's related to the project size or if the vector brushes are glitching. Has there been a fix for this issue? Otherwise, the desktop version works flawlessly compared to iOS. It's ironic because vector brushes on another program works very well without any lag when I want consistent path lines. Thanks!
  7. No doubt about that. I'm sure they've been considering it and hope that it'll happen. It wouldn't surprise me if they roll it out for version 2.0 as they've done a fantastic job with the three apps. Serif deserves to be supported and continue the good work.
  8. I'm glad they did the 50% discount because this made it easier for me to purchase Photo to complete the suite I've been building up to transition out of Creative Cloud.
  9. I can understand the frustration and experienced a similar thing. However, there is a workaround and in my case scenario, I used Adobe Capture app for iOS ( on iPhone or iPad ) that you can import an image or take photos of to convert black and white images to SVG format. Export or Airdrop it back into the desktop or open the SVG export on iPad ( Designer app ) from Adobe Capture. Then save the SVG file as the new native Designer format. Just make sure the paths are visible so you can confirm the vector is converted properly. It's not perfect but it works pretty well.
  10. UPDATE: After some experimenting, I think I figured it out! I copied the original affinity file with paths and pasted it in the shirt file and the outlines can be seen. No wonder the embedded approach with 'Placing' an image didn't work out. The more I learn my way around Designer, the better it gets. I realized that double-clicking on an embedded image takes you to the 'embedded' window, not directly on a pasted vector image. Now, I'm hoping that 'cropping' the vector image will solve the knock out on each sides and allow the screen printer to print the file with SVG which he said worked well.
  11. Hello, I'm in the process of finishing up a t-shirt project for a local fencing club's upcoming tournament. Over the years, I've used Adobe Illustrator with no issues. But now that I have Affinity Designer, I tested an export to SVG and other formats to the local screen printer and he was able to view them. BUT, he kept seeing the historical fencer's arm and legs extended outside of the canvas on his Adobe Illustrator which is strange since he's not supposed to. According to the screenshots attached, you'll see that his arm, legs and foil weapon are 'cropped' in. He asked me to 'knock' out the sides but I don't know if the crop tool is the right one to use for this purpose. Was I supposed to do it within the embedded image or linked? Or directly on the document? Upon viewing the outline modes, I saw the fencers were not in vector even though they were converted to SVG vector paths using Adobe Capture. Was I supposed to place these images as linked or embedded? Every time I double click on these layers, it takes me to another 'embedded' window. All the text were converted to curves/paths and the gray area lames on the modern fencers' chests are vector shapes. The gray tones are the same gray color as the historical fencer to keep things consistent without using the opacity level drop. The GOLD layer at the bottom is just a simulation of what the actual shirt color is supposed to be. The shirt area is about 10 x 10 inches all around. The screen printer guy can take PDF, SVG, EPS, etc. But I've heard SVG is the best route to export to Adobe Illustrator. If anyone can enlighten me on what I may have overlooked, that would be appreciated.
  12. There you go! That works from the iPhone as well. I usually go with SVG directly AirDropped to my Mac. Dropbox as a last resort, however. But it still gets the job done.
  13. You can export it to Dropbox using Adobe Capture app. Or AirDrop it directly to the Mac which is what I do nowadays with this workflow. Also, the iPad version of Adobe Capture works well, too when you export black and white line art.
  14. There you go :). Dropbox or Airdrop will work fine either way. If I recall, you can export the file in any format you want but SVG is the way to go for vector projects.
  15. I use the iPhone camera only since the lens are better than the original iPad Pro I have. You would need an Adobe ID, not a CC account, which is free similar to Behance. To move files to the desktop from the iOS app, all you need to do is use AirDrop to export the SVG directly from the app and it's much faster than using Dropbox as the 'go around' ( although it's an option ). You could optionally save the files on the Creative Cloud account but I don't do it exclusively as I'm now on the Photoshop plan for $10 a month for 20 GB storage until I acquire Affinity Photo or such to completely close out the CC subscription since I already have Designer and Publisher. You can also save the files from Adobe Capture in Files or as a photo image. Again, you're not required to save the files in the Adobe Library or Cloud storage. I use the free CC account since I have no intention of storing files on their cloud but only export or save on my devices and desktop. It's the same as I would treat my iTunes music library to keep it 'in house' rather than saved on the cloud which I don't trust.
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