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  1. Apologies if this has already been asked a million times, but in my ideal world, I would be able to open up InDesign files in Publisher. I'm a writer who self-publishes, so I can make changes to the manuscript and re-upload it to Amazon. But if it's created in ID, and I can't open that up when Publisher comes out, I'll have to pay a month's subscription to Adobe, just to make a few corrections. Photo has good compatibility - any chance Publisher will do likewise?
  2. Thanks for these comments everyone - I'll work with this and see where I get to.
  3. I want to print a version of an image that uses the 'Hue' option (blend mode). But ... I cannot get a new version to adjust to Hue, in the way that the original will. If I paste that original version, it just comes up as 'Normal' and won't change to Hue. If I open the original art jpg as New, it won't change to Hue. How exactly does this thing work? I exported a selection (the area with the image I wanted) and again, it saved as the original, without 'Hue'.
  4. I have a cover design in process, and wish to save an element as a jpg. How do I do this? I've tried creating a new tab, but can't see the dimensions of the image in order to set the correct dimensions of the document. Is there a way to hide the white background? It would be useful to be able to just right click and save as.
  5. I have opened a jpg, cropped it, and found that the rest of the area is still there. I'm pasting it into another project, but it only pastes with a huge invisible area around the cropped section. How do I fix this?
  6. I've tried all of the above, but the cursor - for no apparent reason - gets further away every time. I'm working on the jacket for a book - and am trying to touch up the front cover art. 1. I select the layer I want to work on. 2. I select the clone bush tool. 3. I alt-left click on the area I wish to clone from. 4. I hold left click and begin to paint the area I wish to clone to. 5. The new painting area begins to show an area outside the image I'm working on (from the front cover/spine area, which is a different color). 6. I see that the cursor is now visible, way off to the left of the image I'm working on - and picking up the color from the cover. Where am I going wrong?
  7. I tried you suggestion but that dot is still there - causing havoc. It's right off the image, and picking up other elements and painting them instead of what I want to clone. Are there any detailed instructions on how to use the clone tool? I tried a Vimeo tutorial, but it didn't mention that cursor.
  8. I'm trying to clone on area, and use it to paint another part of the image. But when I start to drag the clone brush, it begins picking up other parts of the image, tied to a small cursor. How do I get rid of the cursor and just use the area I have selected?
  9. I actually sussed it out by using this: https://player.vimeo.com/video/152558498/ And this: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/6968-gradually-fading-picture-to-full-transparency/ 1. I used the rectangle tool to draw over the two areas I wanted to blend. 2. I used the gradient tool to create the basic gradient. 3. Above the image is a menu with color selection. 4. I selected the color for the spine using the color picker tool, and applied that to the right side. 5. I drew the opacity to zero on the left side. 6. I adjusted the slider to get the right blend point. 7. I copied and pasted the image, then rotated it 180* for the left side of the image, to balance it out visually.
  10. Thanks - but could you give me some clearer, step-by-step instructions? 1. For the rectangle - how exactly do I draw it? Using the marquee tool? 2. How exactly do I apply the gradient? Which tool, where is it? 3. Are there any videos that show how to do this? I'm using Photo. Many thanks
  11. I am putting together a book cover, and the printing process can be hit or miss regarding where the spine breaks relative to the front and back covers. This can mean that the front or back bleeds onto the spine, or vice versa, and it looks terrible. I used to get around this by having all one color for the three cover sections, but now I want to use a back cover image. So, I need to know how to fade out the edges of the image, so that there is no danger of overlap. How can I select a section of the cover image and fade it out? I imagine I need to make a selection and use some kind of gradient tool, but I've no idea how to achieve the effect I'm looking for. Thanks
  12. No change after reset. I'm not sure how to send you the document you're asking for. Can you explain?
  13. No change after reset. I'm not sure how to send you the document you're asking for. Can you explain?
  14. I cannot get either of these methods to work. Is this a bug? Again, if I select some boxes, then click the A text tool, a cursor starts flashing next to the first letter. Other text boxes only give me a crosshair when I do this. Triple clicking with the hand/move tool does nothing. If I switch to the A text tool and click inside the box it ignores the existing text and brings up a new flashing cursor. Any ideas on why this is happening? Are there other workarounds? At present I cannot select any text in certain text boxes.
  15. I have various text boxes on a book cover - but only some of them allow me to highlight the text. If I select the box, then select artistic text tool, then go the text box to highlight the text, some of the boxes give me a cursor, and others just give me a crosshair. How can I get a cursor when I want one?
  16. Exactly this. I'm a writer who direct publishes using CreateSpace, and helps others get their books published this way. I build my books in Scrivener then have to go through the hell of Word. So: 1.I'd be delighted by maximum compatibility between Scrivener (also mac-focused) 2. Make headers and footers painless 3. As Word 2011 for mac has no functionality that embeds fonts, that is a must 4. The ability to flatten all layers 5. Formatting for Kindle etc If I think of more I'll add them
  17. This doesn't seem to have made a difference - if I uncheck 'resample' the document is the same size. Should it not be bigger if I've upped the DPI?
  18. I need to adjust the position of objects by small amounts - how can I control that? Thanks
  19. I am creating a book cover and would like to center the cover image and text elements with reference to given points (i.e. the template guides, so it aligns properly within the cut lines). Is there a way to set two points either horizontally or vertically, and center all elements based on those? Thanks
  20. How do I introduce a jpg into a canvas to begin working with it? I can't seem to copy and paste the jpg. When I open one tab with the canvas and another with the image I can't select and copy the image - it's greyed out. Thanks
  21. I have an image at only 82 dpi which needs to be 300. Is there a way to do this? Thanks
  22. I need to put a thin black border around white lettering - meaning that each letter has its own border, to highlight it against an image. How is this done? Thanks
  23. How can we continue this exchange? Apparently I can send no more messages via this forum until tomorrow. And how can I send the image confidentially?
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