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  1. There's gotta be a way to make those books cheaper... For example, how about compact 'getting started' guides, which give you the ground rules on setting up and managing the basics?
  2. Thanks @walt.farrell & @thomaso I was using a combination of both droppers, but not realising that the 'brush shortcut' tool, (like the other toold with variants) cycles through the other options of the tool each time the shortcut is used.. Might be helpful if that wasn't so, since it's a repeat command and has to be continually checked which version of the tool is active - unless there is a way to temporary disable the tool from cycling through its alternative options? The layer will also swap if clicked on in the image etc, so at times I have been on the wrong layer, with the wrong version of the tool...
  3. Thanks for the info - appreciate your input, but I'd prefer to use the existing in-built border tool, (simpler, but not so easy to learn) rather than applying all those setting individually on every image
  4. @ Fixx Thanks - but not using swatches, simply trying to change text colour by picking colour with the eyedropper from image layer I don't know of anything simpler in PS, but with AP not so, getting muddled up with layers and secondary activation of the colour picked - why can't the colour picked go straight to the active text layer (as it does in PS?). Steep learning curve, and thanks for your input
  5. @prophet 1 - I'm not using artistic text - I'm using an image 2 - Yes, there really IS a 'stroke' panel in Photo, it's called Outline, in the fx palette (and can be applied to both images and text) - I just can't get it to function correctly...
  6. @prophet ha ha yes, I am talking about images, Tokamak was talking about artistic text, so I assumed you were too - what tool are you suggesting I use?
  7. @prophet Yes thank you, if you know how to accomplish that... unfortunately I have no idea. With the artistic text tool selected, in the context tool bar all I see are options for text, nothing about vector strokes... and besides, isn't the Outline tool really a 'stroke panel' by any other name?
  8. Thanks David, I know there are various workarounds, but I still don't want to create additional work, when the border tool is supposed to do this in one action. Me and Affinity are about to part company anyway. It maybe ok if you have a lot of experience, but for beginners, things are not made very easy - there's no step by step guides, and the help pages simply missing a ton of vital fundamental basic information - even to the point of symbols used aren't explained anywhere. I could go on, but I don't want to get down on a programme that is fundamentally great, but seems bogged down by unnecessary complexity at every turn. And don't get me started on layers.... it's not intuitive and half the time I don't know what or which layer I'm supposed to be working on or not, or have or haven't, or how on earth I undo effect changes or history states, and the switching and swapping between layers by the program is driving me nuts - why can't you simply drag an effect layer to the bin? At the moment for example I have 2 simple layers 1 original and 1copy and pasted part erased - but the program won't show me the content of the erased layer - it's hidden, so if I hide the other layer, instead of the remaining erased layer showing on its own, the screen is blank - really?? I've easily used PS AI & ID for 20 years, but Affinity has got me beat in a few weeks. I can't keep up with it or have the time for reading all the out-dated beta forum posts for all 3 programmes
  9. thanks for your input fd, that's a workaround, but I'm using a border effect. I wasn't aware a border effect on a shape was any different to a border effect on a layer? and then I'm making work by creating another unnecessary layer to my affinity layer confusion, because the border effect doesn't work as it's supposed to?... would be quicker in the long term to solve the problem I have. I don't want to create shapes for every image because I can't get the border effects tool to work and do it for me 🥴
  10. None of this makes sense... I'm trying to put a red border around an image, and I have undone about 20 history layers to simplify, (finishing with a raster crop). When I apply my 10px border, it appears in the middle of the layer as a red spot - when I go to the history, the 'effect' is at the end of my history. I've worked out that I didn't set 'merge visible' but once again, who knows what that means as all the layers were and are all still visible, and I can't detect what has changed. If I merged visible, surely the layers should compress into 1... (?) But, I also can't get rid of the mysterious red dot 'border' in the middle of my picture!! I did not draw a dot, and I can not undo because AP keeps applying the effect and dot to the end of all the undone history states. How do I permanently erase the history layers and stop AP reapplying them? I keep moving back up the history list, but AP keep reapplying them and making a mess of my image??? What is the point of the history if I can't undo and AP is doing exactly the opposite of what I am trying to achieve!! Thanks
  11. Thanks people - What I'm talking about is changing the colour of a text layer (using the eyedropper) but not the colour palette, instead choosing the colour from an image pixel layer... I think I finally got to the bottom of it with your help... I can call up the colour palette, and I can click on the eyedropper tool forever and nothing happens - WHY? Cos I haven't read anywhere that with this tool, you DON'T click, you click and hold and drag - but unlike other mainstream programs the colour isn't then automatically applied to the highlighted text, because I have to now click the little circle next to the eyedropper tool to activate my chosen colour - WHO KNEW??? and this can't be automated??? If there was an indicator icon to show that the eyedropper tool has (or has not) been selected, we'd know, but so far we don't know, how about a balloon that says CLICK HOLD & DRAG THIS TOOL? instead of Affinity creating an art or frame-text layer that I don't want (by default)? Little processes like this that are counterintuitive, or work differently to other similar tools need some kind of prompt, like when selecting layers that won't select - Still trying to get my head around that one too... this is also driving me nuts...
  12. Hi All - I'm trying to change the colour of text from a background image - I've been doing this in PS for 20 years click on text layer, click on image, there's your colour... Affinity Photo not so, I've already gone through dozens of forum posts, been to the help pages and entered 'change text colour' and got 100 possible answers!!! Maybe NOT so helpful? By way of feedback etc... Would it not be possible for Serif to filter results, rather than put up every single possible answer relating to colour? (but nothing I have yet found about changing it from an image layer!) Or to include links to ACTUAL help pages for AP beginners on text colour, or general how to tutorials? There are some yes, but even these are so complicated unless you have substantial in depth Affinity experience from the get go... I really don't want to make such hard work of a simple tasks like changing text colour, or to keep asking questions to the same simple tasks. There are times when AP seems unnecessarily complicated for such a simple basic operations, but finding the right information is just as difficult, and too much time is spent reading through out of date forum threads or beta posts, which might be better taken down, removed or deleted, from years ago, and leave the more relevant information up? If there's any basic info I can get on making a simple text colour change from an image layer.. would appreciate that.. thanks
  13. @walt.farrell & @Pšenda Thanks both for the input - I've noted your helpful comments. As former PS user, multiple history layers take a bit of getting used to. I prefer to work in the PS 'destructive' way on the image layer 😬 as that's what I've been used to, but adapting to Affinity gradually.. Found picking with the brush helpful and the right layer. Thanks
  14. Well Walt, I don't disagree with you but the 1st image layer inevitably becomes the bottom layer.. the others are cut and copies, and usually wouldn't have created such a dilemma 🙃 and once I'd done my changes, the image layer needed a clean up... the rest is history ...or more correctly 'layers'. Thanks for your help - appreciated.
  15. @Carl Thanks... I guess I'm not getting the switching and swapping - if it's taking a colour pick from the brightness layer, it would be the same colour when I paint surely? But it seems to take the pick AT the brightness contrast resolution of that level, then adds that same brightness on top of its pick, which is why its always twice as bright every time. Why would it add brightness to the brightness? just asking.... and of course I understand now, I will have to go back to the image layer every time to pick the unedited colour from the unedited image...
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