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  1. Here are some options: 1. Create a layer before you get started painting graphics. Select that layer to work on (it might be selected already after creation). Now when you paint, your strokes are added to that layer. Still not perfect as Affinity is still quickly populating the panel with every little shape. 2. Edit > Preferences > User Interface > Auto-scroll to show selection in Layers panel. (un-check) . The Layers still initially expand, but now you can collapse the layer, and everything stays tucked away within the layer. (EDIT) Additional thought: After un-ckecki
  2. Scale your strokes. That option is found on the Stroke panel. "Scale with object"
  3. Just chiming in to echo "Swatches needs work" It's not intuitive. Some Examples: If I have Grays selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" does nothing. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. If I have Colors selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" does nothing. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. If I have Gradients selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" works. It adds the current color to the palette. -
  4. Check Panels > Text Styles panel > Options There is only one line, it says: Current Formatting—displays the formatting applied to the selected text or at the current caret's position. Click the arrow to the left to display overflowing information, if necessary Also, I just noticed how difficult to read the Help docs in the software is; everything is bold and italic... you can also fine docs at affinity.help
  5. @pirxx Some additional observations. I've edited some bullets and realized there is more formatting that needs to be set beyond what I described above. In the Edit Text Styles Dialog > Paragraph >Bullets and Numbering: Type: Bullet (Obviously you have that) Text: In dropdown, select Bullet. In dropdown again select Tab. Tabstop: match this number to the number you set for Paragraph > Spacing > Left Indent That tabstop part above was key that I did not know to look for. I assume you have this functioning correctly, but I wanted to add to the discussion for
  6. Hey Kevin B, I have some insight into this for you! We'll call it the Current Formatting window. Think of this as a way to get insight into the formatting applied to specific text in your document. How is this useful? Let's say you have a 10 page document. On page 4 you can highlight a paragraph and look at the Current Formatting window. It might say "Body". You might see an italic word in that paragraph. Highlight the italic word and look at the Current Formatting window. It might say "Body + Emphasis". That means there are two styles applied "Body" and "Emphasis". "Body" is a Paragra
  7. @Kevin B I just realized this. I am guiding you in the direction of creating Group Styles that are filled with settings set for every attribute and creating Paragraph Styles that are clean except for the styles you explicitly want. That is the way that the pre-setup "Base" styles are design, BUT Affinity naturally behaves in the opposite way. What I mean by "Affinity naturally behaves in the opposite way", I mean, when you Create a new Paragraph style with [No Style] highlighted, it is filled to the brim with settings, but when you Create a new Group Style, it is blank. The opposite
  8. You describe creating a Group Style and the settings box (in Edit dialog) is empty. Try this: instead of pressing [ +s ] Create Group Style, highlight P [No Syle] and press [ +P ] Create Paragraph Style. Now in the Edit dialog under Style > General > Type change it from Paragraph to Group. You now have a fresh new Group Style with all of the default settings that "Base" has. Note: I think they are the same settings, there is a lot in there to cross check. I also realize that is a workaround non-intuitive way to get that result. I really feel that dialog should be named the same t
  9. I was speaking about the number of Style settings for any 1 Style, not the number of individual styles. But, yes, it is sometimes necessary to have a lot of settings. I try to keep as few settings as I can because it's very hard to tell at a glance what settings a style is writing. This is one area that I really wish Affinity would improve on. The style settings should be easy to read at a glance, but instead they are all clumped together in a tiny box with no line breaks.
  10. I would use the "Reset formatting" for when making a new style. I would leave Base as it is. Yes, there is A LOT listed in the Base style settings. My reasoning for cleaning that section with the "Reset formatting" button is because I cannot tell what the style is for with all of that there. I am overwhelmed from step 1! haha . So, I clean out the Style settings to start fresh. I want to be able to glance in that box and see what settings the style is overwriting. If you have a style and press "Reset formatting" so that the Style Settings window is blank, I assume Affinity sets all sett
  11. I think that Text Styles should be front and center for any long-form document, but Affinity makes it very confusing. It's hard to understand. I'll write some pointers, but keep in mind, I am no expert. Most of the time I feel that I am hitting far away from what would be "best practices." Start with a clean slate: Delete all styles. you should be left with: [a] is Character Style [P] [No Style] [a] [No Style] In the hamburger menu check "Show Hierarchical" and "Sort by Type" Paragraph Styles are for styling full paragraphs (paragraphs are separated with Hard Returns (Enter
  12. In the Edit Text Style dialog: Paragraph > Spacing Edit: - Left Indent - First Line Indent I suspect there is a easier (more straight forward) method, but I don't know what it is and would like to know.
  13. I really feel like someone, or everyone, on the Affinity UI team should use Blender. Blender, to me, is really the best example of efficient UI design. If ignoring everything else, the way Blender handles UI scaling is absolutely beautiful.
  14. I spotted this thread and find it interesting. I'm still on a 1920x1080 display. I've always assumed that Affinity software was made with higher resolution in mind because all of the panels, toolbars, etc take up so much space. I can see now that was a false assumption.
  15. Awesome, thanks! Convert to curve was key! This was driving me mad! To get around it I was moving the photo out of the mask, editing the mask, then moving the photo back inside the mask.
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