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    jmac got a reaction from My Strawberry Monkey in NEW Tutorial!!! - How to create album artwork   
    Another nice tutorial Allan. Thank you.
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    jmac reacted to jeffkovitz in Downloadable Affinity Photo Help File 1.5 for iBooks Dec 7 2016 (epub format)   
    Here is a link to the Affinity Photo Help File in Epub Format for Version 1.5 (Updated December 7, 2016) works great in Ibooks.
     
    Very convenient to have in a portable format - or to use side by side with Affinity on your computer.
     
     Link: https://app.box.com/s/bjv07ey7ryvqbg16zh4yjazcd65uw85c

    Alternate Link:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjuKWjfPlktwgfoEGfpoz65qzzsz_A

     
    Just download it to your ipad and pick "open in Ibooks"  or download it to your computer and email it to yourself and then pick "open in iBooks" from your iPad. 
     
    The "un-named" entry at the top is the table of contents as in the help file and it scrolls on my iPad.  However it does block the screen content.  If you choose to scroll the "table of contents" from Ibooks it is not hierarchically organized - but the screen is full.  Best way to find something after that is to do a search.  Its very comprehensive.   (My continuing love/hate relationship with technology.)
     
    Its a spectacular resource on an iPad Pro.   If you have an android tablet, go to Google Play and search for "epub reader".
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    jmac got a reaction from bpittenger03 in how to make overlapping text a different color or negative?   
    bpittenger03,
     
    If you have the beta then it sounds like MBd's suggestion would be the best way. If not you could copy and paste the text in place and change it to white so you then have a white copy on top of the black and in front of the curved shape you want it to overlap. Then use the curved shape to clip the white text. I think that should give you the appearance you are looking for.
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    jmac got a reaction from JFisher in looking to buy. some quick questions   
    Here is a Youtube video on using Affinity Designer to do exactly what you are looking to do.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzPWNKpibgk
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    jmac got a reaction from tom_tm in Making more than one selection (and then keeping the last).   
    Is it not possible to simply hold down the shift key while using the selection tool to add to a selection or the alt/option key to subtract from a selection?
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    jmac got a reaction from My Strawberry Monkey in NEW Tutorial!!! - Using Art-boards to create slides for Keynote.   
    Very nice tutorial! Aside from the helpful Affinity Designer information I have never used Keynote and had no idea that was possible.
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    jmac got a reaction from iMatt in Affinity for Linux   
    It seems to me that there is a separate, and possibly larger issue here. The fact that this is apparently a small company, with a dedicated but limited staff, working very hard to get two high quality products to market. They have had to push the Affinity Publisher beta release. It seems very counter productive to do a survey on the present demand for a product you may not even be able to start planning for maybe 2 years. Not to mention committing now, to a Linux version, and then having to listen to people complain about how long it is taking to release it. Nothing kills a company faster than taking on more they they can handle. It's easy from the outside to say "What about this feature? Why haven't you added the ability to do such and such? It's been a year a still nothing! This shouldn't be that hard!". We don't know the difficulties the developers face. The issues they are trying to resolve and those unforeseen they will have to handle. Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it. Not long ago neither of these apps existed and they are being expected to live up to programs that have been enhanced and redefined for 20 years. And now they should also take on Windows and Linux versions because clearly they don't have a well thought out business plan and are just making decisions on the fly. Come on. Cut them some slack.
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    jmac got a reaction from jrutled3 in Affinity for Linux   
    It seems to me that there is a separate, and possibly larger issue here. The fact that this is apparently a small company, with a dedicated but limited staff, working very hard to get two high quality products to market. They have had to push the Affinity Publisher beta release. It seems very counter productive to do a survey on the present demand for a product you may not even be able to start planning for maybe 2 years. Not to mention committing now, to a Linux version, and then having to listen to people complain about how long it is taking to release it. Nothing kills a company faster than taking on more they they can handle. It's easy from the outside to say "What about this feature? Why haven't you added the ability to do such and such? It's been a year a still nothing! This shouldn't be that hard!". We don't know the difficulties the developers face. The issues they are trying to resolve and those unforeseen they will have to handle. Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it. Not long ago neither of these apps existed and they are being expected to live up to programs that have been enhanced and redefined for 20 years. And now they should also take on Windows and Linux versions because clearly they don't have a well thought out business plan and are just making decisions on the fly. Come on. Cut them some slack.
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    jmac got a reaction from Chris B in Affinity for Linux   
    It seems to me that there is a separate, and possibly larger issue here. The fact that this is apparently a small company, with a dedicated but limited staff, working very hard to get two high quality products to market. They have had to push the Affinity Publisher beta release. It seems very counter productive to do a survey on the present demand for a product you may not even be able to start planning for maybe 2 years. Not to mention committing now, to a Linux version, and then having to listen to people complain about how long it is taking to release it. Nothing kills a company faster than taking on more they they can handle. It's easy from the outside to say "What about this feature? Why haven't you added the ability to do such and such? It's been a year a still nothing! This shouldn't be that hard!". We don't know the difficulties the developers face. The issues they are trying to resolve and those unforeseen they will have to handle. Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it. Not long ago neither of these apps existed and they are being expected to live up to programs that have been enhanced and redefined for 20 years. And now they should also take on Windows and Linux versions because clearly they don't have a well thought out business plan and are just making decisions on the fly. Come on. Cut them some slack.
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    jmac got a reaction from Ben in Affinity for Linux   
    It seems to me that there is a separate, and possibly larger issue here. The fact that this is apparently a small company, with a dedicated but limited staff, working very hard to get two high quality products to market. They have had to push the Affinity Publisher beta release. It seems very counter productive to do a survey on the present demand for a product you may not even be able to start planning for maybe 2 years. Not to mention committing now, to a Linux version, and then having to listen to people complain about how long it is taking to release it. Nothing kills a company faster than taking on more they they can handle. It's easy from the outside to say "What about this feature? Why haven't you added the ability to do such and such? It's been a year a still nothing! This shouldn't be that hard!". We don't know the difficulties the developers face. The issues they are trying to resolve and those unforeseen they will have to handle. Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it. Not long ago neither of these apps existed and they are being expected to live up to programs that have been enhanced and redefined for 20 years. And now they should also take on Windows and Linux versions because clearly they don't have a well thought out business plan and are just making decisions on the fly. Come on. Cut them some slack.
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    jmac got a reaction from GraphicDesigner in Affinity for Linux   
    "Proprietary software is not ethical." Really!?!?!?! How??? Because someone earns a living from it. Because they don't do all the work and then give it away to you for free?
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    jmac got a reaction from ronnyb in The 500th thread about GUI …   
    I understand the developers wanting to stay on track providing promised features and fixes in some orderly fashion so everyone on the development team is on the same page and chaos is kept to a minimum. And if you stray from the list to fix one complaint how do you justify not straying to fix something else? I get it. With that said there have been unexpected issues that have arisen, as new betas are released, that have been addressed immediately because they directly impact the usability of a specific feature or the app in general. I can't think of an issue that more directly impacts the usability of an app than the ability of users to clearly see what they are working with and to do so without eyestrain, headaches or even having to look twice to be sure they are seeing something correctly. Leigh, the difference between "selected" and "unselected" tools is subtle at best when it should be obvious. This is clearly not a minor issue. It impacts the usability of the Affinity applications and deserves consideration as something that needs more immediate attention.
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    jmac reacted to bodobe in Nous Somme Unis   
    We know that our life of freedom is stronger than terror.
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    jmac reacted to Str2 in Why isn't there a gallery to show works done by users?   
    Almost every creative app does have a gallery reachable from their website to show off the works done by it's users. Why not Affinity?
     
    If you want to browse works done by users, you have to register and check the share your work section. As a visitor i wouldn't bother tbh. This should be made easy.
     
    I browse the forum as a guest quite often, only sign in when posting, so it affects me as user as well.
     
    What do you think? 
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    jmac got a reaction from fes in LEGACY: Official Affinity Photo (Desktop) Video Tutorials   
    First I will say that I am very happy to see this software and impressed with what I have seen so far...with one exception. The lack of a complete user manual. I don't understand the idea among developers that their job begins and ends with the software and users will fumble and stumble and guess their way to a working knowledge of the program. Video tutorials are great and helpful. So is knowing I have a reference, provided by the developer, that explains what every tool, panel, and menu option is and what it does, as though the person reading it has never worked with this software before. This is especially true for a new software that hasn't been around long enough for authors to fill the void with How To books. From what I can see the information available under Affinity Photo Help is bare bones at best and some of the bones are missing. I spent a lot of time learning Illustrator and enough of Photoshop to do what I need and I am disgusted with Adobe's switch to subscription based software availability. So the discovery of Affinity Design and Photo is very exciting to me. Stumbling through video's and searching YouTube and Google for additional information to understand how to use your products...that is not so exciting.
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    jmac got a reaction from Sh1erryTit in Plugin Support in Affinity Designer   
    I am probably not qualified to frame this question in the best way but hope that others more experienced in vector design generally and Affinity Design specifically might comment on wether it would be useful for Affinity Designer to support plugins such as those offered by Astute Graphics. Or it may be more accurate to say wether it would be useful for Astute Graphics to support plugins for Affinity Designer. I am very new to Designer and not familiar enough with it's features but I get the feeling that at least some of the functionality of these kinds of plugins is already built in or planned for Designer, such as the corner tool for example. I asked Astute Graphics if their plugins might one day work with Affinity Designer. Here is their
    response...
     
    Hi James, 
      Thank you for your enquiry.    I’m afraid our plug-ins are only compatible with Adobe Illustrator and we have no plans to develop plug-ins for Affinity Designer. However you are not the first person to ask this question.    We would be very interested to know your experience with Affinity Designer though and why you think our plug-ins may benefit?  Best wishes,

    Georgie
    Georgie Hulburd
    Operations Manager

    Astute Graphics Limited
    Penn House, 9-10 Broad Street
    Hereford HR4 9AP, ENGLAND
    tel. +44 (0) 1432 341073
    Intuitive Tools for Digital Artists

    www.astutegraphics.com

    Follow us on our Blog, Twitter, Facebook or our RSS news feed

    Registered company number 6465495 (England and Wales)
     
     
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    jmac got a reaction from A_B_C in Sketching Persona for Affinity Designer   
    Phenomenal idea but I'm just wondering if this could already be done in Pixel Persona?
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    jmac got a reaction from peter in Windows   
    I find it ironic to hear Windows users feeling the same frustration Mac users have known for years...discovering a great piece of software only to find it is Windows only. I would be surprised if Serif did not release a Windows version simply because of the potential profit. But I do hope it is after Photo, Designer and Publisher have been matured and polished for awhile.
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    jmac got a reaction from Jakerlund in Johny's Power Vignette (TUTORIAL)   
    Very nice! Thank you.
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    jmac reacted to Jakerlund in Johny's Power Vignette (TUTORIAL)   
    This is a way to do a little more creative vignette effect.
    You get lots of control over how and where you want the effect.
    If you've made it on one picture you can simply copy it to other images.
     
    Cheers :)
     

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    jmac got a reaction from Madame in Add sky to picture   
    If at first you don't succeed, never try again...If that is your response then you do not understand what I said.
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    jmac got a reaction from Madame in Add sky to picture   
    Dave,
     
    I agree that some of the tutorials aren't perfect and, at times, assume to much about the viewers level of experience. But I find it interesting that after a very short time you are ready to "close out my trial period and return
    the iMac" because you don't understand the instruction in one video tutorial. As a former teacher I wonder what your response would be to a student, taking a class on an unfamiliar subject, who in the first week decides they are going to trash the instruction materials and drop the class because they just don't understand. Pardon the pun but learning a photo editing software is a process, not an event. There are people on this forum who have spent years understanding and perfecting the techniques they use to "take they're photography to the next level". I am not a professional photographer and while I have used other software to move a sky from one photo to another, I do not have the expertise to instruct you in using Affinity for that purpose. But there are many here who can. You stated that you are a novice and I think that it might help to take a step back and re-evaluate your expectations and realize as there is a learning curve here and it may take more than 2 hours.
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    jmac got a reaction from anon1 in Add sky to picture   
    Dave,
     
    I agree that some of the tutorials aren't perfect and, at times, assume to much about the viewers level of experience. But I find it interesting that after a very short time you are ready to "close out my trial period and return
    the iMac" because you don't understand the instruction in one video tutorial. As a former teacher I wonder what your response would be to a student, taking a class on an unfamiliar subject, who in the first week decides they are going to trash the instruction materials and drop the class because they just don't understand. Pardon the pun but learning a photo editing software is a process, not an event. There are people on this forum who have spent years understanding and perfecting the techniques they use to "take they're photography to the next level". I am not a professional photographer and while I have used other software to move a sky from one photo to another, I do not have the expertise to instruct you in using Affinity for that purpose. But there are many here who can. You stated that you are a novice and I think that it might help to take a step back and re-evaluate your expectations and realize as there is a learning curve here and it may take more than 2 hours.
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    jmac got a reaction from Olympusd10 in LEGACY: Official Affinity Photo (Desktop) Video Tutorials   
    First I will say that I am very happy to see this software and impressed with what I have seen so far...with one exception. The lack of a complete user manual. I don't understand the idea among developers that their job begins and ends with the software and users will fumble and stumble and guess their way to a working knowledge of the program. Video tutorials are great and helpful. So is knowing I have a reference, provided by the developer, that explains what every tool, panel, and menu option is and what it does, as though the person reading it has never worked with this software before. This is especially true for a new software that hasn't been around long enough for authors to fill the void with How To books. From what I can see the information available under Affinity Photo Help is bare bones at best and some of the bones are missing. I spent a lot of time learning Illustrator and enough of Photoshop to do what I need and I am disgusted with Adobe's switch to subscription based software availability. So the discovery of Affinity Design and Photo is very exciting to me. Stumbling through video's and searching YouTube and Google for additional information to understand how to use your products...that is not so exciting.
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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Create in AD export to Illustrator only agency   
    Oval,
     
    I am not saying, and have never said this was a perfect software. There is clearly room for tremendous improvement. Which is a good thing! An even better thing is how responsive the development team is, and has been, to requests and input from this forum regarding that improvement. I wish this was a completely mature software ready to compete on an equal level with Adobe products. For some it is. For others it is almost there and for still others it has a ways to go. But at this stage of development this software is pretty freakin' amazing. Which is something you seem unable to even acknowledge and I truly do not understand why. Affinity Photo and Designer are children that have barely begun to stand on they're own. You not only want them to run Olympic marathons today, you demand that they do it in world record time. From everything I have seen on this forum it is clear the developers not only appreciate constructive criticism, they encourage it. Your comments are almost entirely critical without offering, either encouragement, appreciation, or constructive solutions. If you are as gifted in the area software development as you believe yourself to be, it shouldn't be that hard to observe an area that could be improved and offer a well thought out and respectful suggestion. Just saying "It doesn't work. Do it better. And do it now! It's easy, what's the problem?", is not helpful.
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