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    dizeyner reacted to Donkey in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    Just started using AD, trying to move away from Adobe.

    3 Different places where you have to find gradient information? It isn't very intuitive for new users. It's taken me 3 hours of hunting to find everything just to place a 10 degree gradient on some text. The help guides are anything but.

    I like the look of AD so far and seems to be a very good replacment for Illustrator, just seems a little bit of logic is missing in some area.

     
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    dizeyner reacted to Aammppaa in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    @dizeyner You do not need to click 'Fill' in any toolbars or panels to control a (linear) gradient in Affinity. It is done on canvas.

    Simply select the Fill Tool (in Designer) or Gradient Tool (in Photo) and drag on the object you wish to affect. You can no control the gradient size / angle with the handles that appear, add new stops, etc.
    To change to radial / elliptical / conical type gradients you do need to use the context toolbar.
    This was familiar to me as an ex-Xara Designer user, but is somewhat different than Photoshop's approach.
    I just checked the Affinity help (which I usually find to be very good). Regarding the gradient tool it is pretty useless!
    https://affinity.help/photo/en-US.lproj/pages/Tools/tools_gradient.html
    https://affinity.help/photo/en-US.lproj/index.html?page=/Clr/gradientEditor.html?title=Gradient editing
    Both gives plenty of detail about the various settings within the tool, but neither give instructions on how to actually useit! (i.e. Drag on the canvas)
    I think the documentation team do need to do some work here.
    There are however a couple of official tutorials which are pretty good…
     
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    dizeyner reacted to Stokestack in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    The problem is that users have no idea that there's another gradient tool hidden elsewhere. If there's a Fill tool presented right there on the toolbar, why would we go hunting for another one?
    Also, I don't recall seeing any other art program doing fills like this.
    By the way, thanks for taking the time to post those tutorials in your earlier response.
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Ricky James in eraser tool   
    Im using affinity designer and I can't figure out where the eraser tool is. I have an image pasted on one of my layers and I want to be able to erase a portion of the image.

    also, In photoshop you can use a free form lasso to select part of an area and then delete it. I cant figure out how to do that in Affinity designer.
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    dizeyner got a reaction from loukash in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    I have to say working with fills and gradients is one of the most frustrating things in Affinity.

    I spent hours trying to figure this all out. Finally came here.   like Stokestack had no idea what some folks were saying because when I was IN the gradient fill tool there were no control handles to pull as they suggested. It was not until someone said you have to ALSO go click fill in the regular tool bar that I understood the controls were not connected in one panel. Thats not intuitive. No  other program I use has the user to click "fill" in two different tool bars to control the gradient.

    Im hoping this is already in the roadmap as a todo?

    If not Ill be happy to go make a request for this feature. Just tell me where to do it!

     
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Friksel in what we mean when we ask for pages   
    When some designers talk about pages they are referring to the pages for page layout  in a publishing application. Page layout for a book.

    When former fireworks (and freehand) users ask for pages we are not talking about pages for laying out a book. 

    We are talking about a productivity feature. 

    In the old days to make 12 astrology signs Id have 12 photoshop files or 12 illustrator files. Or I might have 12 artboards but it was not the kind of productivity we came to rely on with fireworks and the former macromedia freehand.  Fireworks offered layers and stacked pages accessed via a menu panel.

    I could have the 12 characters one on each page all in one file. With a click I could click through each astro sign checking for exact placement.

    I could have 12 colors on multiple layers. I could share all of those layers with all 12 pages or I could choose to share just one. I would turn them off and on and compare colors against all the signs in each page. I could have a two logos on two layers. I could share these to all the pages. turn off one. save out all the pages. turn off the other turn on the second one save out all the pages and offer up 24 options to the client. Everything remaining editable in ONE file.

    IF the client loved one thing but not another I could go back into the ONE file and turn off the thing the client doid not want. try another iteration and save all those pages out all over again. ONE button click. Far more productive than opening 12 files and adjusting every single one.

    pages. we want pages. And layers that can be shared at will with all or some pages. Not side by side pages as found in a publishing program used for page layout for books. Pages in a vector art program where multiple iterations of a single design or a style of button or more is required.

    Share how you use pages in fireworks. It will help the developers to understand what we need. We dont need fireworks proprietary anything. What we need is for you to reinvent a method of productivity. And I for one will not care if it cant import old fireworks projects. That would be a plus but Ill settle for the productivity with new projects. Its the method and the increased productivity that counts. 

    Make it so each page with its layers could be saved out to a PSD. Not that I care about photoshop anymore but a lot of people still using it. 
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    dizeyner got a reaction from John Rostron in Lets contact our fav filter creators for affinity!   
    to the best of my knowledge no filters work with affinity. Because how could we load them unless the software allows you to load them? gotta admit I have found affinity learning curve a little daunting because they frequently use odd terminology as compared to what Im used to. Or, I just do not know how to find it. defo would like to see an official list FROM affinity showing filters they support. Best of my knowledge no one making filters for them. 
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Fixx in Filters please: Mr Retro (among others)   
    I was just asking Mr Retro if he would make filters for your software and they said that they would like to, and did in the past with your older software, but they have got no response from affinity for the current suite. come on guys! We loved your software but we missing our filters for so many things!
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    dizeyner got a reaction from junihh in what we mean when we ask for pages   
    When some designers talk about pages they are referring to the pages for page layout  in a publishing application. Page layout for a book.

    When former fireworks (and freehand) users ask for pages we are not talking about pages for laying out a book. 

    We are talking about a productivity feature. 

    In the old days to make 12 astrology signs Id have 12 photoshop files or 12 illustrator files. Or I might have 12 artboards but it was not the kind of productivity we came to rely on with fireworks and the former macromedia freehand.  Fireworks offered layers and stacked pages accessed via a menu panel.

    I could have the 12 characters one on each page all in one file. With a click I could click through each astro sign checking for exact placement.

    I could have 12 colors on multiple layers. I could share all of those layers with all 12 pages or I could choose to share just one. I would turn them off and on and compare colors against all the signs in each page. I could have a two logos on two layers. I could share these to all the pages. turn off one. save out all the pages. turn off the other turn on the second one save out all the pages and offer up 24 options to the client. Everything remaining editable in ONE file.

    IF the client loved one thing but not another I could go back into the ONE file and turn off the thing the client doid not want. try another iteration and save all those pages out all over again. ONE button click. Far more productive than opening 12 files and adjusting every single one.

    pages. we want pages. And layers that can be shared at will with all or some pages. Not side by side pages as found in a publishing program used for page layout for books. Pages in a vector art program where multiple iterations of a single design or a style of button or more is required.

    Share how you use pages in fireworks. It will help the developers to understand what we need. We dont need fireworks proprietary anything. What we need is for you to reinvent a method of productivity. And I for one will not care if it cant import old fireworks projects. That would be a plus but Ill settle for the productivity with new projects. Its the method and the increased productivity that counts. 

    Make it so each page with its layers could be saved out to a PSD. Not that I care about photoshop anymore but a lot of people still using it. 
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    dizeyner reacted to VIPStephan in Crop Canvas in Affinity Designer?   
    No, the machine has to serve the human, not the other way ’round. The software/UI has to do what the users want and if the users want a crop tool, give it to them! Especially since a “crop/trim canvas” function would be a tremendous time saver as opposed to going into document setup.
     
    For example: I have three small objects on a large canvas (no artboard) and I want to export these three objects as one image — crop/trim canvas (better yet with a shortcut) and hitting Ctrl/Cmd-X would be a thousand times faster than selecting all objects to look at the transform panel and find out the dimensions, then unselecting them, going into document options, entering the dimensions, setting the scaling behavior, and then exporting the image. Likewise, using the export persona for such a simple operation is overkill because you still have to perform multiple steps just for a quick export.
     
    The workflow problem is currently prevalent. That you can’t imagine the use of a cropping function doesn’t mean that everybody else is at fault.
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    dizeyner reacted to Aammppaa in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    Xara Designer uses the same on canvas method, and even allows changing gradient type to radial without needing to use the toolbar. 
    I find it very intuitive, once you know it is there! 
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    dizeyner reacted to Stokestack in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    Then why is there a Fill control in these toolbars and panels?
     
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Stokestack in There's no apparent way to control gradient fill direction.   
    I have to say working with fills and gradients is one of the most frustrating things in Affinity.

    I spent hours trying to figure this all out. Finally came here.   like Stokestack had no idea what some folks were saying because when I was IN the gradient fill tool there were no control handles to pull as they suggested. It was not until someone said you have to ALSO go click fill in the regular tool bar that I understood the controls were not connected in one panel. Thats not intuitive. No  other program I use has the user to click "fill" in two different tool bars to control the gradient.

    Im hoping this is already in the roadmap as a todo?

    If not Ill be happy to go make a request for this feature. Just tell me where to do it!

     
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    dizeyner got a reaction from stefano.cecere in Affinity Designer: Pages feature in 1.7?   
    I Just purchased Sketch a few months ago myself. Pages are too essential to the way I work. That it can also do artboards and layers is AMAZING.

    I have not mastered it yet so it seems to me it does not have all the glossy stuff I love in affinity photo and designer but the race is on! Its anyones game.
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    dizeyner reacted to stefano.cecere in Affinity Designer: Pages feature in 1.7?   
    hi.
    it's 2 years that i'm waiting for the "pages" feature in Affinity Designer (it's in the roadmap!)
    since i have to renew my Sketch license.. but I'd like to start my next project with AD if it had pages, any new hints if it is being developed and maybe introduced in 1.7?
    NOTE: i think that with the Pages feature, AD could be really used for advanced apps/games UI and prototypes
    thanks!
     
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    dizeyner reacted to KateM in Introducing... Affinity Spotlight   
    I'm over the moon to tell you about the launch of Affinity Spotlight, the new place to go for creative inspiration, learning resources and Affinity news. Whether it’s features on artists and photographers using Affinity, tutorials on how to get the best from the apps, behind-the-scenes insight or news and updates, it will all be posted on Affinity Spotlight.
     
    We’ve literally just made the site live and we’d love you to check it out!
     
    https://affinityspotlight.com

    This has been a real labour of love for our web dev team and our content team, and of course, this is just the start—we’ll be posting new stories and articles each week. We hope you like what we’ve done and enjoy reading our stories.
     
    All the best,
    Kate
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    dizeyner reacted to Aammppaa in How to feather in Affinity Designer   
    Watch this 
     
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    dizeyner reacted to Aammppaa in How to feather in Affinity Designer   
    Try Radial / Linear transparency to fade the edges of a shape. Works well in certain situations, especially where the shape is close to circular / elliptical or has a straight edge.
    You can Group an object (even a single object) multiple times and add different transparencies to each group to achieve some complex results.
    See attached file.
    Affinity Grouped Transparency.afdesign
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    dizeyner reacted to firstdefence in How to feather in Affinity Designer   
    lets say you have a circle and you want to feather the left edge, applying a gaussian blur will affect the whole circle, but transparency adds a more focused and potentially layered approach, this gives you the ability to make subtle shades and tonal patterns, it also allows better control over feathering an edge. Its just another option, try it and play with it to see what effects you can achieve. Transparency and Colours.afdesign

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    dizeyner reacted to BobsDaubs in How to feather in Affinity Designer   
    You might want to try feathering the edge by applying a gaussian blur. Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the layers panel and tick the gaussian blur option. Adjust the slider to get the amount of feather (blur) you want. The slider only goes to 100 pixels, but you can get a higher value by typing a number in the box at the end of the slider.
     
    feathered edge.afdesign

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    dizeyner got a reaction from Uncle Mez in what we mean when we ask for pages   
    Ive just found a program that does what I need it to do with regard to pages, layers, artboards and master elements. This is not a replacement for fireworks or affinity. Im putting the link in for the affinity developers because I do not think we all on the same page with regard to what web designers are hoping for in affinity designer.

    Its the simplest way I know to show that print designer needs are not the same as web designers needs.

    NOTE: while the application Im linking to has some essential productivity tools, like pages it does NOT rival affinity for creation of vectors or editing pre-existing web design collateral. This is not me recommending anyone leave affinity. this is me trying as hard as I can to get affinity to understand we are NOT ASKING FOR defunct productivity that is not standard. This is me trying to show that what we are asking for IS standard. And that we are asking for pages that assist in web productivity.

    Personally I do not need all the wireframing and prefab buttons that usually come with these kinds of web prototype tools. I am not asking that affinity create a web prototyping tool. If I wanted a web prototyping tool Id have one. There are quite a few of them out there. They all have pages, master elements and art boards. None of them can create like fireworks did, or affinity does or illustrator does. Illustrator and affinity are alike at the moment. Neither of them provides web designers with tools we need for efficient production. Both of them offer superior creation tools like bezier curves and gaussian blur. I chose affinity because it gives me HOPE that Ill get what I need. And Im anti adobe at the moment. Plus never loved illustrator because it caters to print. Not at all web centric.

    I  want my pages, my layers. my artboards and my ability to define a master element that can be applied to a master page. and of course symbols. We got the artboards with affinity. yay. we got the symbols. yay. but affinity designer only half the way where I need it to be.

    https://www.sketchapp.com/

    Sketch can do some of what affinity does. but INMHO not as well. Not by a long shot. IF sketch could do what affinity does with regard to creating all my design elements Id jump ship. But it cant and I do not think it ever will. Its not geared toward hybrid people like me who do more than website layout or screens for iphones. Its limited. So hoping affinity folks don't think my link to sketch app is me being disloyal. 

    Im with affinity designer. Its just a huge struggle to use it because it cant do some pretty basic productivity things. Give me pages and master elements or master pages or both. Then Im happy to have lost fireworks and left adobe in the dust.
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Uncle Mez in what we mean when we ask for pages   
    When some designers talk about pages they are referring to the pages for page layout  in a publishing application. Page layout for a book.

    When former fireworks (and freehand) users ask for pages we are not talking about pages for laying out a book. 

    We are talking about a productivity feature. 

    In the old days to make 12 astrology signs Id have 12 photoshop files or 12 illustrator files. Or I might have 12 artboards but it was not the kind of productivity we came to rely on with fireworks and the former macromedia freehand.  Fireworks offered layers and stacked pages accessed via a menu panel.

    I could have the 12 characters one on each page all in one file. With a click I could click through each astro sign checking for exact placement.

    I could have 12 colors on multiple layers. I could share all of those layers with all 12 pages or I could choose to share just one. I would turn them off and on and compare colors against all the signs in each page. I could have a two logos on two layers. I could share these to all the pages. turn off one. save out all the pages. turn off the other turn on the second one save out all the pages and offer up 24 options to the client. Everything remaining editable in ONE file.

    IF the client loved one thing but not another I could go back into the ONE file and turn off the thing the client doid not want. try another iteration and save all those pages out all over again. ONE button click. Far more productive than opening 12 files and adjusting every single one.

    pages. we want pages. And layers that can be shared at will with all or some pages. Not side by side pages as found in a publishing program used for page layout for books. Pages in a vector art program where multiple iterations of a single design or a style of button or more is required.

    Share how you use pages in fireworks. It will help the developers to understand what we need. We dont need fireworks proprietary anything. What we need is for you to reinvent a method of productivity. And I for one will not care if it cant import old fireworks projects. That would be a plus but Ill settle for the productivity with new projects. Its the method and the increased productivity that counts. 

    Make it so each page with its layers could be saved out to a PSD. Not that I care about photoshop anymore but a lot of people still using it. 
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    dizeyner got a reaction from Mithferion in what we mean when we ask for pages   
    Wow you went the xtra mile to show me that tip. I think that would work for smaller projects. Not idea for my really big ones. But good in a pinch. thank you.
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    dizeyner got a reaction from firstdefence in how to get stroke to pixels not pts   
    Thank you firstdefence. I would not have found that without you!
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    dizeyner reacted to firstdefence in alternative to fireworks pages. Not illustrator art boards   
    I think the proposal by R C-R  with regard to layers is a very good one. See the very rudimentary mockup Doc below.
     
    Master layer and page layers.afdesign
     
     
     
     
     
     
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