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  1. I recently upgraded to Designer on macOS Mojave. In the previous version of Designer, when I would position an object (say, a rectangle) near another object, some temporary lines would appear to help me align the two objects. I think the lines were red, but they might have been green - haven’t used the software in a while. In the new version, the lines do not appear. Where do I find the “turn alignment lines on” setting? Thx
  2. Thank you Alfred. Let me restate what you said to make sure I understand it. PNG-8 uses a limited color palette, so it adds dithering (adds the small dots) to smooth out colour differences between pixels. PNG-24 uses a much larger colour palette, so does not suffer as much from color differences between pixels, so does not need to use dithering. So PNG-24 is a non-dithered preset. Sound right?
  3. Thank you R C-R. I'll have a play with the Custom settings. This is new territory for me so appreciate the guidance.
  4. Thank you Stokerg. Attached is my test AFDESIGN file. I have a conceptual understanding of dithering (adding "noise" to smooth out the colour differences between pixels), but not a technical one. I assumed that PNG-24 is a non-dithered preset, hence the PNG-24 output file is smaller in size than the file produced by the PNG-8 Dithered preset. But maybe that is unsound thinking. Also attached is what I see when I do Get Info on the PNG files. Appreciate your help. Test - Image.afdesign
  5. I am using Affinity Designer to create about 100 simple tables and charts for a work deliverable. Each table / chart needs to be exported as a PNG file. Most of the tables / charts use only four colours: black, blue, grey and white. I am not fluent in export settings and color spaces, so would appreciate some advice. Attached is an example of one of the simplest tables, as well as the export settings that I am using. If I export the image with the PNG-8 Dithered preset, the resulting PNG file is 245KB in size (as shown in Mac Finder). If I export the same image with the PNG-24 preset, the PNG output file is 81KB in size. In both cases I am using Bilinear resampling. If my goal is to minimise the PNG file size without significant loss of quality, what export settings would you recommend? FYI that I know I can use 3rd-party software to compress the PNG files, but I am looking for a solution within Affinity Designer. Thanks.
  6. Hi. I used to know how to do this, but have forgotten. Here's the story. I start with the shape on the left. I drag the right-side anchor point leftward to make the shape narrower. But I don't want the angles of the left-side edges to change. I seem to recall the some keystroke combination that accomplishes this, but I can't seem to find it. Help pls. Thx
  7. From time to time, I purchase a graphic from CreativeMarket to supplement my poor artistic skills. If the graphic comes in SVG format, it loads perfectly into Affinity Designer. The object is selectable, and each layer is well-organized and easily editable. When the graphic comes in EPS format, however, the result is very different. When I import the graphic, it comes in as hundreds (yes, hundreds) of masks, all intermingled with no apparent order. See attachment. It's impossible to select and edit the elements that you want to adjust. It's hard for me to believe that the original artists all built their EPS graphics in that manner, so I assume I am importing them incorrectly into Affinity Designer. To import the graphic on my Mac, I simply right-click on the file, then select Open With Affinity Designer. I know that Affinity Designer is supposed to handle EPS files, but I wonder if I'm somehow using them incorrectly. Any thoughts?
  8. I tried to find Perlin Noise, but without success. So I'm guessing it is a tool in Affinity Photo, which I don't have. I am using Affinity Designer. But the vector transparency tool has been a big help, so I'm getting closer to my desired result!
  9. Thank you all. You've given me a good starting point. By the way, I've never heard of Perlin Noise, so I'll have to figure out where to find it / how to use it. Thanks again!
  10. Hi. I am trying to create some space images, something like what appears in the attached image. I can create the "star spatter" across the full image, and I can create the more solid greenish gas clouds on the left side of the image. But, moving from left to right in the image, you'll see that the gas cloud becomes bluer, lighter and wispier, ultimately fading in the black background with no clearly defined edges. This is the effect I'm having trouble with. I've tried lots of different vector and raster brushes, various colours and various opacities, but I can't seem to land on the right combination of tools/settings to create this affect. Looking for advice please. Thx.
  11. In Affinity Designer, I am using the Artistic Text Tool in Draw Persona to insert text in a circular shape. Is there a control somewhere that will allow me to control the spacing between letters? You will see from the attached image that simply typing the text does not yield consistent spacing between the letters. Any ideas? Test file also attached. Thx Test.afdesign