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Laura Ess

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  1. I was similarly disappointed with the lack of compatibility with many of the plugins. I suspect that for folk like me, who tried and used other legit graphic editors before Affinity ones, the solution might be a workaround. And that is to reinstall the old editor that you know IS compatible with Adobe Plugins (even if that's only .8bf) and just copy the layer or selection over to that editor, and apply the filter there, then copy it back. In my case I an old CS6 Photoshop, and an older version of PaintShop Pro as well, and both will run plugins that don't work in Affinity. This is a bit like using the trick of tracing in an image in Inkscape, and then copying that as SVG over to Designer. Not ideal, but it works.
  2. Yes, that was the general idea. It would mean that the developers of each app wouldn't need to work on such issues, because Utility would have already converted things into a common format.
  3. The second issue stopped after I turned the acceleration off. I don't know why.
  4. I have two issues with 1.10.5. At random intervals either the whole screen or just the tool bar will be distorted on the screen. This is often accompanied by a Affinity Photo is not Responding message. See screenshot attached. Also at random intervals, Photo is not reloading the last document edited when booting, despite my having ticked the Reopen Document at Startup box. I'm running Windows 10 Home / 20H2 / OS Build 19042.630, using a AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor 3.59 and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 GPU.
  5. Actually, NOT QUITE. I have CS5 and CS6 from my Masters in Fine Art days, and for the most part that was OK, however in the last few years if I wanted to update them with bug fixes et cetera, I was forced to join "The Cloud". Why was never explained. It was the last straw for me. I'm on a fixed income and cannot afford CC no matter how cheap it might seem to be. But I can save up, and Affinity is a once off cost and I've found the apps very easy to use (and fun).
  6. My reference for wanting a BLOB BRUSH (about the only thing I liked about Illustrator) is my experience with the selection brush in Clip Studio paint when drawing comics. CSP also does vector brushes, but on on vector layers. My routine is to draw the line work using vector brushes and then use a combination of the polyline and selection brush to create an area I'd use for "flats". That would be used to mask colour and tone layers so that they don't leak outside the line work. Now I realise that I could just use plain raster brushes to do the same, but using a Blob Brush (and Blob Eraser) would make things flow very quickly for me, and match house I use vector brushes. I've no interest in painfully using the least amount of points, but in covering areas quickly. The edges would be hidden under the vectors brushwork above (which has multiple brush strokes, not just curves and shapes) in any case. I think though one needs to be clear about just how a Blob Brush would work. At the moment you can can draw vector curves by any means but combining them by expanding the stroke and then adding them (left and middle images in Example 1) but this is NOT the same as say, how that other program's Blob Brush would combine (right image in Example 1). When the stroke gets expanded in Designer it connects the ends of the curve, and that may not be what you want. BLOB BRUSH/ERASER DESCRIPTION A working Blob Brush/Eraser would most likely be a circle or ellipse (a square would be odd but maybe workable) and would have to have a stroke width greater than 0 (otherwise the stroke is not adding/subtracting anything) . If either the Fill or Stroke of a Blob Brush/Eraser has no colour, that part neither adds or subtracts anything to the result. The width of a stroke would be variable like other vector brushes, so a standard width if a mouse is used, or variable with a tablet. . If no existing curve is selected, the brush would create a new curve that followed the outline of the stroke, and an eraser would do nothing. If an existing curve is selected, the Blob Brush would add a coloured area, and the outline of a coloured stroke (the colours do not matter) to the selected curve, using the selected curve's stroke and fill colours; the Blob Eraser would erase areas in the selected curve depending on whether the brush had a colour fill or stroke. If the fill/stroke of a Blob Brush creates a curve that is not directly overlapping the selected curve, then it adds an extra curve to that object; If the Blob Eraser subtracts one or more areas that bisects the selected curve, one of two things happen (based on a toggle setting): the original selected curve is divided into two or more separate curves (see middle image in example 2); or one object is maintained, but with two or more curves in it (right image in example 2). A Blob Brush/Eraser that worked in this fashion would add something new to Designer, one extra way of doing something, requiring many more steps otherwise.
  7. I've been following some of the discussions in the Designer section about tracing, and have a different solution for that issue. When I originally bought Designer I thought it needed a trace function, but mostly because such had been in my old copy of Adobe Illustrator CS6 (bought ages ago for my Masters of Fine Art). When I reflect on my using that function in Illustrator, it always seemed incredibly finicky and never gave me the results I wanted. I find Designer fun to use, and far more so than than Illustrator. I suspect though that I don't want that function in Designer. Rather, how about a new Affinity Utility app instead, one that would do traces, yes, but also do scans from your scanner/printer, OCR perhaps, maybe some light editing to the results, ne a Digital Assets Manager, and would import and export from various raster / vector / publisher formats directly, and save the results as Photo / Designer / Publisher, as required. For example, Clip Studio Paint, Paint Shop Pro, and Open Canvas or even old Fireworks documents (or CC equivalent) have a mixed pixel and vector content. Direct import could retain some (or all?) elements of that, whereas exporting this from their native applications to Photoshop, and then opening that, often replaces these with pixel replacements. Likewise a greater variety of publishing/document formats could be imported, like TeX or LateX, OpenDocument, DocX, Corel Ventura, MS Publisher, Scribus, et cetera. Perhaps text could be exported in some of these formats as well. Having a general utility program like this would mean that such actions don't have to be in the three main apps. They could be developed or upgraded independently. A wide range of document formats to import from would be useful for anyone who no longer the software such documents were originally created in. Individual import /export filters could be developed as needed. Like the main apps, you could have entries in the File menu to edit these in Photo / Designer / Publisher. You could sell this app to people who don't (yet) have any Affinity apps, but want to export to Affinity formats! Just an idea.
  8. So that would be C:\ProgramData\Affinity\Common\1.0\Dictionaries\en_Au then? I must have missed that on the other posts I came across. It worked!!!! Thanks so much. 😀
  9. I've searched for solutions to this on the forums, but any results found don't seem to apply to my case. I keep getting an :Unsupported Languages" error message when I attempt to spell check in Photo (though the same result appears in Designer and Publisher). I'm in Australia and the Language on my PC is set to English Australian. I have a screenshot of this error message, including sample text, and settings in the Character/Language panel. A second screenshot shows my Dictionaries directory. The files were downloaded from the Libre Office Repository as suggested by How do I add additional Dictionaries to Affinity Publisher? post. In fact when I first checked that Directory there were NO dictionary files in it, despite a claim that US and UK dictionaries are installed by standard! This was odd as I recall when I first installed Affinity Photo that I tested the Spell checking and it worked. I haven't deleted or reinstalled any of the programs, though I have updated them to the current versions. So, I have an Australian English dictionary in the right directory and it's not being recognised. I noticed that the setting under tools indicates that a restart is required. I had assumed that this was exiting and restarting the application but that seems to have no effect. Should I restart my PC as well? I need some help on this, thanks.
  10. My workaround for this was to make my own transparency grid using pattern layers. I have a tutorial on this at Deviant Art @ https://www.deviantart.com/lauraseabrook/art/Customised-Affinity-Photo-Transparency-Grids-914858675
  11. This is really good to know. I have four PCs on my home network and I sometimes use different ones at different times of the year (especially in Summer, when one end of the house is hot as anything). After several months of using both Photo and Designer I'm finally ready to remove my old Student CS4 and CS6 installs. There's only me using any of these PCs and I seldom do commercial work, but the utility of using any PC I want with the apps is great. Finally free of Adobe, yay!
  12. Because that's what the chequer pattern is? I also used Transparent background with the same results. I appreciate the tip about using Google instead - that's often the case with some forums. A Google search for Blender tips is often better than searching any forum.
  13. I made a similar request recently. I have some visual impairments and making the existing grid darker won't make a great deal of difference, except to hide a different set of graphic elements. For me, what would be useful would be being about to set both colours used in the transparency grid (and you could easily have grey and dark grey in that) and being able to change the SIZ of the squares in the grid.
  14. Yes, I can do that. Especially if it helps some additions or options.
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