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  1. Ah, that's what it meant. It's worth pointing out where user-confusion originated from. Here's the actual Affinity Photo Layers against the Documentation. There's a one-for-one listing in the type of layers for the first four, building a pattern of expectation. One would expect, then that any vector would appear as "vector", and so when a layer appears as an "image" that's a surprise and typically one does not think of vectors when told something is an image -- creating the illusion something is either new or missing from the manual. Realistically, snapshots are used less frequentl
  2. Excellent. That addressed it. Thank you! However, that begs the question -- What is an image layer? And how's it different than a Pixel layer? And what's it used for / makes it special? 🦟 DOCUMENTATION UPDATE: Affinity's official help topic About Layers, doesn't mention them, only Pixel, Mask, Adjustment, Fill, Snapshot, and Vector. I also noted that file I dragged on was a screen shot, giving the layer name a long name like "Screen Shot 2020-09-01 at 1.19.57 PM", which pushed out the indicator of what type of layer it so far it was obscured. (See what I saw in the attachment.)
  3. Affinity v1.8.4 -- running into unexpected behavior, could be a bug, could Affinity does things differently... PROBLEM When attempting to do an Edit / Copy on an area of a layer selected by the Marquee Tool, Affinity duplicates the layer as a whole, rather than just the selected area. STEPS TO REPRODUCE 1. Open Affinity Photo and drag in a "large" image to use as the Background layer. 2. Drag in a "smaller" image which should appear as a layer over the background. Make sure this layer is selected. 3. Choose the Rectangle Marquee Tool and select an area of the smaller image.
  4. FOUND THE SOLUTION I'm running into this very problem on v1.8.3 right this moment. I opened a JPG, then dragged another on top of it, and Option-clicked the mask Layer Button, and expanded the layer to select just the mask. Using the D (default colors), X to exchange and put white on top, I'm now trying to paint on my black mask. It's possible to make this stand out as obviously broken. Clicking the mask icon itself, right click and select Edit Mask. At this point, the canvas goes black (as it should), waiting for white paint. Paint Brush Tool (Width 200px, opacity 100%
  5. Hats off to you, that's a great solution! The 100% value could be specified by a drop down or accept user input via text field / slider like the Zoom Tool Bar. Then you'd be able to open to any desired fixed size in addition to dynamically filling the viewing area. Sweet!
  6. Hi Chris, thanks for the note about the Navigator Panel and Zoom Tool issue -- I did a quick search of the forums, bit didn't see anything that quite explained the different ways they could fall out of sync. Hope I wasn't too redundant, as I try not to report things already known. I concur with your assessment that the first part is indeed personal preference and for that reason thought about not mentioning it. However, here's why I did: In virtually every case the photo that I'm editing is smaller than the available screen real-estate; this means that I always have to double click
  7. When loading a small image from scratch, the one I'm using is 250x193, Affinity Photo automatically defaults to filling the available area resulting in a pixelated image that's roughly 1000%+ in size. ( It'd be nice if a small image did nothing more than 200% upon first load, which is more in line with the retina displays. ) Anyhow, to quickly set the Zoom back to normal one can double click the Zoom icon (magnifying glass) -- and the image does change size back to 100%. However, the Zoom tool bar still has the old 1000%+ value. Meanwhile, the Navigator shows a different Zoom v
  8. REAL WORLD PROBLEM: I had a vector image that didn't fill my canvas, so I wanted to resize the canvas prior to exporting to PNG as not to have a large transparent layer. BUG: Upon resizing the document, the canvas did not appear to resize, it merely changed position on the screen. However, later when scrolling the canvas out of view and back in showed it had been resized after all. This is a redraw problem. STEPS TO RECREATE Create a canvas 500 x 500, and draw an object that fits just within the upper third or so. With the object unselected, resize the canvas from the
  9. Interesting discovery, @MikeW. As a side note, I don't use MS Word specifically because of the "subscription" { :cough: rental! } model, which incidentally what also got me into the loving arms of Serif and their Affinity line of products (dropping the whole of the Adobe product line). But... I do use LibreOffice. So this falls into the category of "another word processor" as Mike suggests. As always, the point is to make sure that solutions are independent of requiring other vendor products or specific implementations. As you'll see below, with LibreOffice, I got lucky. However, with P
  10. @sfriedberg, thanks for addressing this particular point. While I already have a workable solution, thanks to @Wosven's great explainers, there's still this feature wishlist for Affinity Publisher (although this is likely the wrong forum for it). If you open the attached sample.html file in a browser, you'll see it contains a header, paragraph tags, and some paragraphs have line breaks. The HTML clearly conveys this intent: ... <p>Paragraph one.</p> <p>Paragraph two<br/> with some<br/> line breaks.</p> <p>Paragraph three.</p
  11. @Wosven ... that. was. incredible. I had no clue about the Shift - Red Triangle trick. Didn't know you could select multiple paragraphs and apply styles in that manner. Nor did it even occur to me to build pages using transformation operators like /=2, /=3, /=8, etc. for a value. You have just saved me hours upon hours. (I wish I had recorded the actual draw-drop for you that happened as this started working in my own document.) I tell you, the moment those folks at Serif put out a book on Publisher, I'm gonna get a copy, sit down, and read it cover to cover. While I've watched
  12. Okay, this looks like some really cool clever magic with Publisher I haven't stumbled into yet, so take this slowly for me. I think there's two or three things happening which are about to turn on enlightenment for me (and ideally, anyone else reading this). INSIGHT #1: When doing an Edit / Paste Without Format of plain text into my newly created text area on a newly created document, my " [No Style]" appeared to treat each text line as a paragraph with gaps. Because your example has all the lines visually together, I was thinking you some how did a line break (like you'd get with Shift
  13. Thanks. A quick mock up of this showed it might be a viable short-term solution. The only snag I ran into was that each line imported was treated as a paragraph, as opposed to selective line breaks. Should I be using something other than Place? (Or does place have hidden options somewhere?)
  14. Hi, I'm trying to build a phone directory booklet with Affinity. Let's go so far as to say that I can export the data from a spreadsheet and/or database in just about any conceivable format, I'm wondering what the right was is to pull it into Affinity Publisher using styles. Say, for instance, that each entry should look like: Smith, John 123 Main St. Blankendale, MN 88304-0014 816.929.4030 https://johnisgreat.com/fake-url-for-example-purposes Without going through every single entry manually (I have about 500 of them) and setting the style, what's the right way to do thi
  15. Know how like every filter in Affinity does this amazing live preview thing where you see what you're going to get before you commit to it. > LOVE THAT < Well, I was attempting to export an image ...in this case it was a GIF with a reduced color palette... What I was hoping to see, as I was trying to find the right size / quality-diminishing balance, was a preview of the export along with the estimated size. How cool would that be! Unfortunately, I had to export the file and then go see on the file system if what I got was usable. ...ick
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