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  1. I don't know if this is a bug or user issue. I'm in pixel persona in Affinity Designer. The brush is working great, but I am newly unable to erase anything, whether I use my Wacom pen button, click on the eraser with my mouse, tap the letter 'e' on the keyboard or turn the Wacom pen upside down. Nothing does it. I am still able to erase if I open up Affinity Photo so I'm guessing it's not the Wacom settings, but could be wrong. I have tried restarting the software and restarting the Mac. Usually when I have this issue Cmd D fixes it, because I've accidentally selected a tiny area of pixels, but it's not that either. Can anyone think of something else I may have done accidentally to prevent erasing in Designer? Affinity Designer 1.6.1 Mac Sierra 10.13.3 Wacom Intuos 5 touch with up to date driver
  2. I'm still trying to figure out how to draw vector in Designer (beta) in the simplest way. If you want to get rid of hundreds of layers by merging paths of an illustration element into a single layer, I've found various ways of doing that (Geometry>Add, Create Compound) and I suppose this works for some kind of illustration. But not for the fairly detailed, freehand kind. Is there a way to stop the software from doing this to the lines? (Side question: What exactly is it doing?)
  3. I did a search for montage in the links you provided before asking you.
  4. Thanks for all the replies. Things are starting to make sense. v_kyr, I'm interested in what 'montage' means in this context. I do make use of groups and nested groups. I'm a groupie even when working in raster. But what does montage mean?
  5. I'm using an outline font in Designer (the beta) to create text. I converted to curves to get it positioned how I want it. How would you go about filling each shape with colour? Or is it too late now?
  6. That is true. That is what I shall do. If filling the outline version was an easy option, that was going to give me one more font option in my tool kit. Plus, I wondered if there was an easy way to do it. More skills are always good. I have concluded that it's possible, as you've shown, but I can't be bothered with the hassle, haha
  7. Yeah, I really like this particular font though -- I want to give the project cohesion by using only the fonts in this family. Normally when I buy a font package the outline version matches the fill version exactly, in which case you just lay the outline font on top of the fill font, boom, done. But this time, for some bizarre reason, the font designer has offset them just enough so that this is impossible. It's 40 degrees here, my brain is not working.
  8. I want to fill the inner transparent path. Giving the outer black outline a different colour is easy -- just change colour of the fill, right?
  9. Sorry, I'm just not getting this. Thanks for trying.
  10. Thanks for the detailed reply. When I put a black curve (made from text) above a red rectangle, select both and hit subtract, this is what I get. The thing I didn't understand from your initial instruction: Why 'partly' cover the curve in a rectangle? Surely the entire inside of the letter needs to be covered by the red?
  11. Thanks. A geometric subtraction disappears both layers. Do you mean a geometric intersection? When I try it out, that's the only one of the geometric functions that fills the letter, but then my red letter fill turns to black. (Which can easily be changed back to red, but it's an extra step.)
  12. So, I'm drawing silhouettes in Designer using the vector pencil tool. To speed it up a bit I'm checking the fill box, but I guess that's irrelevant. The problem, maybe: If I'm drawing something a little complex, my hand gets tired and wobbly before I've closed the outline. I end up creating a shape like this one below with three separate partial outlines. The question: I don't usually draw in vector so I know this is a super basic question, but it's impossible to lift the pencil from the tablet, give your hand a break, then resume the same line and layer, right? Or is it impossible? Can I give my drawing hand a break by holding down a key or something? Do vector artists simply group the various layers of a 'single' shape and not worry about it? That just feels... messy. I know there are lots of vector artists here, so does anyone have a hack for drawing outlines of (and closing) complex outlines using the pencil tool when you need to give your hand a rest?
  13. Oh my, this is why we don't be afraid to ask basic questions on a forum. Thank you! This is EXACTLY the functionality I always wished existed in vector software. Today marks the beginning of my new life as a vectorfarian. Thanks for sharing toltec, and thanks for thinking of our wrists and layer management sanity, Affinity.
  14. Hmm. I got a little excited there for a sec. Instructions say all I need to do is click the final node once and continue drawing. My computer is set up for a double click, but I'm guessing I click until the white square with a red outline changes into a blue square with a red outline. This ensures the line continues in the right place with no gap, but my query is more relating to layers. If I 'continue' the line, even joined up neatly, the next segment is appearing on its own layer. This is a feature of vector drawing in general? New layers for every single little stroke, no workarounds to keep all the lines of a single shape on a single vector layer?
  15. Stace

    Bitmap Fill

    Hi, I'm having a problem with bitmap fill. It doesn't work. When I import a seamless pattern (or any pattern), the edges of the pattern extend into lines as soon as I fiddle with the settings. Hard to explain -- see attachment, where I'm trying to fill the floor with a wood pattern. Is this a known bug? Or is there a workaround? I'm using latest Mac OS, with Affinity products updated by iTunes, currently on the latest build. By the way, this hasn't always been an issue. Bitmap fill used to work fine on this same computer, maybe a year back. I'm missing this feature. Cheers.
  16. Stace

    Bitmap Fill

    Sure. Here's one. All sorts of weird things are going on. No idea if it's me or the software. I just tried to do a bitmap fill to check it still wasn't working. It switched to gradient fill as soon as I manipulated the handles on my bitmap, then wouldn't let me delete the layer. (I closed without saving.) florence_climbing_stairs.afdesign
  17. Stace

    Bitmap Fill

    Okay, I tried repeat rather than wrap -- same problem, unfortunately. Related: If I try to delete the layer (because obviously it's not working), it won't delete. It does delete, but doesn't appear to have gone. So I have to close Affinity Designer and reopen. Also probably related: I'm getting square pixelation outside the canvas which won't go away. This is not just an aesthetics problem for me, using the software, but these extra pixels will export if I export an artboard (rather than cutting a manual slice). Basically, I'm having massive pixellation problems. Anyone else having these same issues?
  18. I'm trying to understand why Affinity Designer resets some user options from the previous document, and not others. For instance, the font resets to Arial. There's another font I use all the time, so it would be great if Designer could just remember that font when I start a new document. However, new documents do retain 'protect alpha', which catches me out regularly. (Why isn't this pen working? Oh.) That seems like an odd choice, because 'protect alpha' tends to be a temporary solution to a drawing process rather than a 'permanent kind of setting'. There are other examples, but those illustrate my general point. Are there reasons behind these choices that I can't see?
  19. I'll officially report this as a bug. Sometimes the erase function comes back after switching tools, other times it doesn't. I can't establish any patterns. In any case, Affinity Designer is unusable for me until this is fixed.
  20. I have worked out that this only applies to some brushes. If I click off that brush, pick one that does happen to work, then click back onto the original brush I wanted to use as an eraser, now it works.
  21. Unfortunately not. I hope the fix is that easy, though.
  22. When I draw with the pencil tool in draw persona, there's a nice little unobtrusive pencil icon. But when I draw in pixel persona with the paint brush tool, the shape of the brush stays on the page. If I'm using a large size, the icon gets bigger too, and obscures what I'm trying to paint underneath. I can't work out how to fix this in preferences. Is this meant to happen? It feels like a bug. If not, how might I set up Affinity Designer to avoid showing me the shape of the pixel brush, or make it disappear while I put pen to paper, so to speak? I'm using Affinity Designer 1.6.0 with Mac OS X High Sierra, but it's been doing this for a long time.
  23. It's a matter of what you get used to. If you've been digitally painting for years without a massive outline in your way, to suddenly have one feels unnecessary at best and obtrusive at worst. I understand other people's preference for the outline. It would be nice in a future update to allow more user control of the cursor for those of us who don't like it at all. Note that this is really only a problem when using something like a spray paint brush at a very large size, one with lots of detail. The amount of outline really does get in the way of the canvas in such cases. In a lesser known art application, Artrage, the user interface is very simple. It's designed for the casual user (though can also be used professionally if needed). Dig deeper and you can change the preferences, including how the cursor displays. I reject the idea that more choices equal more confusion, especially in software which is positioning itself as an alternative for professionals. It's all in the UI. (See attached image. It's really not confusing at all.) I also discovered the workaround of turning on the brush stabilizer, but this changes the way it draws.
  24. RIght, okay. I see what you mean. So, outline not turn-offable. I use another piece of art software which gives users complete control over the cursor. I guess I'm one of the few who is bothered by this.
  25. Hi Chris, Thanks for your reply. That I did find. I just retried it, wondering if maybe I need to close the application and open again in order for changes to take effect, but nope. Unchecking that box does nothing. The brush head outline remains. What is unchecking that box meant to look like? A crosshair? An arrow? A dot?