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  1. I really miss the ability to be able to drag any corner of a rectangular layer freely with the effect that the contents (bitmap or layer) being stretched accordingly. This feature is needed very often, to adjust an overlay bitmap to match the background, for perspective correction, to vary the appearance of cloned layers - vector and bitmaps. Yes, I can convert the bounding rectangle to curves and then drag the nodes, but this just changes the cropping of the children. AP has the grid and perspective tool - but (a) this works destructively and (b) this works in AP only.
  2. The problem I see with the separation that in both applications features are missing from the GUI which are sometimes required. Yes, I can switch between the applications and work on the same data and switch back, but still, it would be nice to have live filters and the bitmap crop tool in Designer. My suggestion: Designer shows some of the "Photo" GUI elements if the other application is installed.
  3. Sorry - I cannot reproduce the desired behavior - with I can paint any color and with [E] I can erase - but I cannot "unerase" with the brush. This means I cannot use the brush to restore image content which was removed by the eraser. Other programs, such as Photoline can do this. There you can use the eraser to remove bits from the alpha channel and the brush to add it - without changing the R-G-B channel.
  4. Sorry, I was also looking for this, since I am really used to this functionality. with (E) - Eraser I can select an eraser and change its size - but I cannot select a Brush style. with (B) - Brush I can select a brush tool and I can paint, but it does not paint into the Alpha channel but simply paints the current color. So using this technique the above "painting into Alpha" cannot be done. The only possibility is to NOT use the the eraser and create a masking layer. With the brush I can paint transparency which way and I can also remove it by toggle foreground/background. (Surprisingly the eraser is ignoring the mask and erases the bitmap, logically it should unerase while the mask is the active canvas.) But the mask not really a replacement for the eraser, because a) extra layer is required b) switching of color to erase/unerase is cumbersome (hotkey available?) c) most important: that tool is incompatible to the automatic eraser tools, such as the background eraser. It would be good to be able to paint into the alpha channel - to unerase! At least a short while after the erasing/automatic erasing as long as the non-alpha pixel are still intact. (they are probably lost after load/save) I would favor this behavior with the eraser a) I can select a brush as well b) use a hotkey (Alt?) to unerase (=restore the alpha channel)
  5. I can create a symbol from an artboard. For me it is unexpected that I cannot assign layer attributes to the symbol - it won't take shading and such. I cannot change the transparency either, unless I change all of the instances. I would expect that such a symbol is a container with its own transparency and FX attributes and the contents comes from the original copy with synchronizing still working. Can you implement that symbols made from artboxes behave like such containers? Thanks, Julian
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    Affinity Photo - Crop Layer

    Thank you - yes, I was aware of this possibility and also the manual recommends it. But I am actually looking for a destructive cropping of the layer - simply select a rectangual part of it and remove the rest. In one competing product it is even possible to do create an uneven rectangle (a trapeze) and crop it to an even rectangle which is very useful for quick perspective correction.
  7. I recommended a friend AP to do photo editing and printing. He wanted to crop a picture and print it on a DinA5 page. I told him - the best is to create a new DinA5 document and drag the image on it. Yes, that worked, but how should it be cropped? The cropping tool which offers cropping unter Affinity Designer always crops the complete document, not the current layer. To crop a layer according to the manual I am supposed to create a new layer and move the image layer into it. Well, it is good that this work - but it is more complicated for somebody who does not use this program very often. Why does the layer cropping tool available in Designer does not work like this in Photo?
  8. In case anybody is interested - In this list the product "PhotoLine" is missing. PhotoLine is a like Draw/Photo and Publisher integrated in one application. With one license you get OSX and Windows support. Flood Fills No, it cannot fill vectors Artboard Tool No Nested Layers Yes, it supports groups also with clipping Pencil Path Continuation Not that I know of Fast Loading Effects It has presets for the effects Image Tracer Yes Rounding Single Corners No Transparency Tool Yes Fill/Stroke Switcher Yes Pixel Tools and Layers Yes Pasting Inside Yes Replicate Tool No (copy&Paste works) Customizable Vector Patterns Yes B-Splines Yes, I think so Smooth Gradients Yes Smooth Type on Path Yes Over 1,000,000% Zoom "Only" 25600% Pixel Preview Yes Realistic Brush Presets It has some of the required technology but no presets. Lots of Shape Tools Not many Redraw Paths probably No Indicators Yes Eyedropper on Select Yes. Objects can also be copied as brush Vector Eraser Tools No 3D Extrusion Yes In contrast to Affinity it is possible in Photoline to skew any bitmap layer. This makes it easy to correct perspective lossless.
  9. It is possible and easy to create a multi page document. Just choose New, select a page format (A4) and select "Create Artboard". New pages can be created by Drag with Alt. In this case I think it would be better to create an Artboards which are called "Page ###' instead of 'Artboad1" The ### could be automatically replaced by the inverse position of that artboard in the document. (The bottom most artboard is #1) This would make it easier to work with multi page documents and when changing the order of artboards in the layer dialog the numbering would automatically reflect that change.
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    [Multi] Duplicate slice?

    I think it should be possible to drag a slice with the ALT key being pressed to duplicate it. It would make it much easier to create equally sized slizes for GUI projects.
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    Content Aware scaling

    Please do not spend time on that - there is so much missing still, i.e. non destructive perspective correction of layers which could be used to manually do effects like the above.
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    Export Persona

    In the latest version the problem still exists, the slice rectangles are not converted when the document is scaled. The tools to edit slices are really limited, it is not possible to copy&paste slice rectangles or to move or size them as a group. The transform tool also only works on one slice at a time.
  13. I looked for that quite a while until I found the dialog to set the "coverage map". The help does not list it. In case somebody else is also looking for it, that dialog is visible after click on the gear-wheel in the layer list where you can also select mix mode and opacity. Maybe this can be also added to the context drop down menu of the layer (right mouse button / ctrl+click).
  14. I understand, that can be confusing. You could however make the slider controlled by mouse move instead of mouse drag. Once the user clicks in the slider handle the value changes with the mouse - mouse to the right, increase slowly, mouse to the left decrease. Move mouse further, the value changes faster. If you do not want to confuse people and make it optional, put this feature on the right mouse button. The problem is: it is not very inspiring to have to type in any value larger than 100 and type again to change just a tad. With the effect radius values the other problem is: They use pixels, which are device dependent. The value should be independent of the resolution of the document. If I set up a document at 72dpi, I get a completely different results than if I have 300dpi. It should be easy to change the value to point (pt) to make it resolution independent.
  15. Yes, thanks, I know. But does this behavior make much sense? First, 100px is really not much and second there should be an option to specify a value in a way which is independent of the output resolution - some will want to use Designer to actually design printed material. With line width there is also the restriction to 100 - but at least here we have 100pt not px. I think those trackbars in the GUI are not implemented very well. If I override the "100" with a larger value any click on the trackbar will take it back to the range 0-100. With the correct behavior, the trackbar would use the new maximum value and would control that. It would be also pretty easy to implement - just let the trackbar control the % and use a variable, self learning maximum value which is multiplied with that % value. The maximum value could be always 100, unless the user types in a larger value and hits enter. Then the larger value is the new maximum.
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