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Paul Mc

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  1. Thanks @thomaso, I might give this a try. I can see this getting out of hand though with some of my previous projects. Ideally what I think is needed is a list of Export Objects each of which has a complete set of layers/groups visible, each of those can then be included or excluded from the export with specific file settings just like now. The slice idea is nice for simple projects but when you start doing client work where options, variations and revisions can run riot then it is not so useful (IMHO).

  2. This issue has been mentioned several times over the years. I do a lot of packaging design and often have to provide clients with artwork with various style changes as options plus a preview with a cutter overlay and eventually a print-ready version. Often backgrounds and some peripheral elements remain the same through each option set. I really wish slices could contain cherry picked layers and groups from the design and reuse some layers in multiple slices (perhaps then they wouldn't be considered as slices though). My workflow now involves creating Symbols for each major element and then creating new layers for each combination. It's more work than I think I should need to do but at least all my edits stay in-sync.

  3. Maybe consider the "journey" that might most interest your group. E.g. the RAW conversion journey focusing on the core steps - like cropping and curves and then move on to straightening horizons, verticals, removing lens distortion then perhaps onto sharpening techniques etc. I would consider masking an intermediate use and so it depends somewhat on your audience as to whether this would be a good idea. Another pathway could be recovering poor exposures, framing, colour balance etc. Yet another would be taking scanned images of damaged photos and showing how they may be "repaired". Even if astrophotography doesn't garner much interest, stacking is certainly a useful feature. End each with a before-and-after comparison to show what was achieved. I would agree with doing worked examples, even if they are pre-prepared, as this is likely to be the most convincing way to demonstrate the features/benefits.

    And then there is all the artistic stuff you can do too. 😁

    My (subjective) take on the comparison with PS and LR is that they have both grown over the years and I've yet to meet anyone I'd consider a fully comprehensive expert. IMHO, most people don't need everything they have to offer and only use a fraction of the features. Affinity products are younger and have some limitations by comparison but it feels like it's possible to learn/know nearly everything they have to offer. The suite integrates well and allows for more work to be performed within a single toolset  should you require that. E.g. doing a product photoshoot and then creating a catalogue that can go online or to print - something I had to do recently - was a breeze. Of course all this is doable in Adobe world - albeit with a slightly longer learning curve. If you already have PS/LR skills then quite a few can be transferred to AP. The cataloguing feature is something you'd have to go elsewhere for. I've not used PS or AI for around four years now. For me and my needs, the Affinity suite is a great fit.

  4. Hi, I'm seeing this message popup in the viewport whenever I select two specific layers.


    I'm guessing this popped up earlier in my workflow but I didn't notice it. I created a 5 pointed star using the Star Tool, then used the Pen Tool to create a set of lines which joined opposite corners. Then I did an Expand Stroke and Add on the lines and an Expand Stroke on the star. Trying to Add the star outline with the lines was when I first noticed it. Now without trying the Add, just selecting the two layers causes the message to be displayed. I presume this is a corner case where the maths breaks down. Any thoughts on what to "nudge" to make it work?

  5. Hi @Nightowl, this had me fooled at the start too 🙂 I think that you are probably copying and pasting the whole layer and not the selection. Try, selecting the rectangle and then using Copy Flattened and then you should see the marching ants outline the duplicated part on a new layer. Then drag the selection to where you want it. Alternatively, create a new pixel payer and fill it with a sample of the desired colour.

  6. Just bumping this because it wasn't fixed in the latest release and I've just had to revise a project where scaling of the design was required and the tidy-up was rather tedious. I would propose a Scale with object checkbox on the contour tool bar like we have in stroke. I can't think of any cases where you wouldn't want the contour to scale with the object so maybe this should just honour the stroke setting for consistency.

  7. I've recently had to do some halftone work and the workflow involved using Affinity Photo to prepare the image which included setting the levels and conversion to B&W with the addition of a Halftone filer. This is then brought into Affinity Designer for the other elements of the design o be added. Although there's no Halftone filter in AD, the filter from AP is preserved and is non-destructive until you export, at which point it is converted to a bitmap. Your document settings will define how that looks and there might be quite a difference from the vector image seen while editing so make sure you preview exports before going to print (assuming that's what you want to do).

    This is in AD:


  8. Try loading and saving your processed RAW file without any adjustments to see if that shows the same difference in file size.

    Try reloading the newly saved file and the original. Put the original on another layer and then use a difference mode on the top layer. Check the viewport and histogram. If you see black everywhere then you probably have an equivalent image file even if they saved at different sizes. 

    I'm no expert in Capture One but I believe you can compare before and after adjustments. Maybe you can compare the Affinity Photo saved file to the freshly converted RAW image?

    You probably know this but there is also lossless compression which results in a smaller file than uncompressed but should be equivalent when viewed.

  9. I've created a multipage Affinity Publisher document (using the Generate option in Data Merge). I then have a single page poster design in Affinity Designer which places these pages, 1 through 16, into the layout.  All is fine at this point. If I then re-run Generate because of an update to the underlying data it regenerates the AP document which then is "updated" when the AD document is opened. The problem is that Page 1 now becomes Master A and Page 2 becomes Page 1 i.e. all the pages are off by one. Master A is not used in the AD document and I can't delete it from the AP document. Placing a dummy Master A page into the layout doesn't stop this from happening.

    This is clearly a bug but any thoughts on how I can get past this for now?

  10. @ferreirex The program currently generates PNG images. I could modify it to output SVG files instead but I'd need a few days as I'm busy with other work at the moment. How quickly would you need it?

    The program creates a folder of images and also the source data file in CSV format. You then need to create a "template" file in Publisher and use the Data Merge Layout Tool to create your grid. You then insert the text and image placeholders into the first element of the grid. Then connect the template to the CSV file using the Data Merge Manager and once that is done then the Field panel allows you to assign field values to the placeholders. After that you click Generate and this then creates a new document with all the data previously generated. It adds new pages as required until all the data has been processed. It sounds complicated but after you've done it a couple of times it makes sense.

  11. Hi @walt.farrell so I go back to the original file with a view to cut down the design to a reasonable size to upload here and lo and behold the export was enabled and works. I can't explain it. Yesterday it was disabled and there appeared to be no way to enable it. There's no logic to this other than possibly an uninitialised variable in the code that is set to a random value and the enabled/disabled state is derived from that somehow. I spent a good 30 minutes or so on this before giving up and trying the Beta which solved the problem. If it happens again I will revisit this post with a file upload.

  12. Hi, I've recently started noticing that the Export Palette option on the swatches menu is disabled in AD. Today was the first time I needed it in anger and was flummoxed as I couldn't find the reason why. Does anyone know the conditions which have to be met for this option to be enabled? This was in 2.0.4 on Windows.

    As an aside, I was able to open the same project file in the current Beta and it exported the palette no problem. This was version That exported file could then be read by the current release so I'm able to continue with work for the moment.

  13. Is this the kind of thing you are looking for?



    I wrote a Windows application to generate QR codes as PNGs and also a CSV file that is then used with the data merge function in Affinity Publisher. It requires a start value and a quantity and then dumps all the images files and CSV file into a folder. It is not very polished but was adequate for this job. I'm probably violating a forum rule or two if I were to post the exe here so please message me if anyone wants a copy.


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