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Jens D. R.

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  1. Wow. That is truly a let down. I still have to create the brushes I need. Perhaps I should use my old CS6 Illustrator from the get-go to avoid having blurry brushes like the example given above and needing to recreate them eventually. This is exactly why I posed the question to begin with. To make the image files smaller (bytes not resolution) it would be great if any of the Affinity products actually used and understood bitmap/line-art images - just ones and zeros. Then a brush would never feather and become blurry. Sadly serif decided that bitmap/line-art images are out of date and not needed any more. "High-Resolution Greyscale images will do fine, just make them transparent png-files." I have 2 catalogues (over 200 pages) that I frequently need to update for customers, full of line-art images of technical instructions, diagrams and electrical circuits which date back to the beginning of 2000. I would have loved to export (idml-file format) the catalogues so as to use publisher but I would have to reimport the images to make it work. There are up to 10 images per page which adds up to somewhere close to 2000 images to rework and reimport. So I still use my CS6 InDesign for that. Sorry for the tangent but I feel line-art/bitmap images have their value yet and especially when it comes to these "vector"-brushes. I will probably do some experimenting on the weekend with the brushes and figure out if I can make it work. Until the next update. Cheers Jens
  2. Yes a vector fill would be wonderful. As in choosing a symbol like the bitmap-option in the fill menu. +1 Vector fill option
  3. True, but the twitter post was an image, sadly. I quickly ran it through OCR... No spellchecking though:
  4. Thank you for the reply, but it does not answer my question. The thread is about making the images as small as possible, which I do not want. I need it for actual printing. The tutorials is nice - it explains how to create brushes but lacks any information about image sizes for creating brushes.
  5. That is great. I am not a big twitter user myself and I was afraid to ask professional brush makers because they might think I am their competition and thus would not answer.
  6. Wow, I thought this would be an easy question, that I was just too inept to find the answer by myself. So apparently no one knows how many pixels long (length) or wide (thickness) an image for a brush can be. I thought at least some one from the staff would know this. This is very frustrating because the only other option is to start experimenting. I thought it would be somewhere in the help/documentation: https://affinity.help/designer/English.lproj/pages/Painting/create_custombrushes.html But sadly no help there. Shouldn't this information be part of the documentation? Cheers Jens P. S. I am still not giving up hope that some one from the staff knows this and can provide an answer.
  7. Hi, I have been searching for information on the max resolution for creating vector brushes. Or maybe there is a resolution that is optimal? To specify I need to make brushes that will be printable on a printing press without any pixelation effects. I have used a workaround in the past be vectorising the result in inkscape and re-imporing into designer. Inscape because it has an auto-trace-function. this is very time consuming when you are creating complex work that you have to be able to take apart into different layers. So, I have decided to try creating my own custom "vector"-brushes to speed up the work. In order to get everything optimized I hunted around for all the facts I need to create optimal brushes off of the bat. But I had no luck in finding out about resolution constraints - specifically max resolution possible and if there is no cap, at which point does it become software breaking? The Affinity Help ends on "open file" - lol. Cheers Jens
  8. My Bad, I got that mixed up - I am a bit caught up in my work switching back and forth between products. Sorry I was back in Designer again.
  9. Ok, I am now using the brush tool in Designer - works well - I should have done that from the beginning. But in Photo I always use the pencil - I prefer the control over the brush. In Photo there is also the pencil icon... Maybe one day it will get upgraded in Photo at least. Thank you for your input. Cheers Jens
  10. I actually use the pencil tool, not the brush/vectorbrush. So I was asking about the pencil tool, which always displays a pencil icon. I would prefer a crosshair or a circle the size of the selected brush.
  11. Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to have the pencil tool display size or crosshair instead of the pencil icon. The icon often obscures in such a way that I need to estimate where I am drawing. This results in quite a few redraws or adjusting the line after the fact. I could not find any way to change the display of the tool in use - a pointer would be fine. Thanks Jens
  12. I had the same question. It turns out when changing a standard brush to be elliptical you need to adjust at least 2 settings. Change the shape to 50%, which will actually half the pixels, then set the rotation to 25% which will make it exactly horizontal. If you use a different shape, i.e. not exactly halved in height, you will need to set the rotation accordingly because the rotation is bound to the size factor. The 3rd setting is the distance - it needs to be set at the lowest setting or the brush will be dotted. It should have been easier. Cheers Jens
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