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Sarvasri

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  1. Using the node tool, I need to be able to align nodes and distribute nodes within an object. I can't figure out a way to do that. I don't want to drag nodes one by one to a guide or to snap to another object or point. It is tedious to drag 30 nodes one by one. I want to select all the nodes and align them vertically to the uppermost node just as I would align objects and then distribute them horizontally, just as I would distribute objects horizontally. I used to do that in Canvas all the time. I can't figure out how to do it in Designer.
  2. I would like to use Affinity Designer for scaled drawings and designs. Examples include: Architecture, Carpentry, Landscaping (hardscaping, garden design, etc.), Mapping, etc. In these applications I need to scale the document to match real world dimensions in feet, yards, kilometers, miles, etc. so that 1" or 1 cm = some larger unit of measure i.e. 1:125,000 or 1:12 or 1:1000. There are plugins for AI to do this for mapping, etc. Example: http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher Can Designer use AI plugins like Photo can use Photoshop plugins? Can Designer scale documents? I can't find it. I only saw a request for this from 3 years ago and no follow up since.
  3. Thank you. This helped me understand a little more about the program.
  4. I'm trying to do what I think is simple drawing, but I can't do it. For example. I want to make a cup, so I draw an ellipse for the top rim of the cup. I duplicate the ellipse and reduce its size to make the bottom rim of the cup. Then I draw two lines to connect the rims to make the sides of the cup. I cannot find any way to combine the two ellipses and two lines to make the cup. Combining cuts the top rim. The lines can't connect to the bottom rim to make a shape.
  5. I would like to see the brush identified somewhere. On the current Mac version, if I use a brush, then another tool like the lasso, and come back to the brush tool, the highlighting showing the current brush is gone. (It's not supposed to do that, it's broken) Even if it were fixed, it's not enough. Highlighting is good, but a better method would be to show the category and brush name (plus the highlight). For instance, a box could show a breadcrumb trail similar to how it is done on some web sites and file systems. Then if I go to another category I would still know which category and brush is active. I could get back to it. Otherwise, I'm lost. (Especially, when the highlight disappears.) Having to mouse over the brushes to get the name is also cumbersome. I have to mouse over all the them looking for one I might remember I liked. We should be able to see the brush names displayed in the panel without having to mouse over them. Apple is really doing us a disservice by hiding the user interface so much and making us have to go hunting to find invisible features. In the name of reducing clutter they encourage hiding useful interface options. Dumb.
  6. This is a problem for finding the brush you are using. If you go somewhere else in the brushes panel, unless you remember both the category and the brush, you have trouble finding it again. Yes, you can see the brush names, but you have to mouse over all of them one at a time to locate a name. And you would have to do that for every category. Not a good solution. Breadcrumbs is the best solution.
  7. Yes, mine is a 2011 MacBook Pro, El Capitan 10.11.6. This is definitely confusing. I always lose the brush highlighting. I would like to see the brush identified somewhere. Highlighting is good, but a better method would be to show the category and brush name, plus a highlight. For instance, a box could show a breadcrumb trail similar to how it is done on some web sites and file systems. Then if I go to another category I would still know which category and brush is active. I could get back to it. Otherwise, I'm lost. Do the developers monitor these posts? Should this go in as a suggestion somewhere?
  8. When I select a brush and use it, the brush is highlighted in the brushes panel. I know for sure which brush I'm using. Then let's say I use the lasso tool to make a selection. When come back to the brush tool, the same brush is available, but it is no longer highlighted in the brushes panel. I can see the "footprint" of the brush, but now I can't associate that brush with the panel. There is no selection. So I don't know which brush I selected last time because there is no indicator of which brush is being used right now. I am left guessing. This is on a Mac. Is the brush choice indicated somewhere else and I just don't see it? Try it and you'll see what I'm talking about.
  9. So is there any way to identify which brush is being used after going somewhere else? Could this be something easy for the developers to include?
  10. Hi Alfred, Great Post! So what I think Mr. Limoncelli did was create several grass, leaf, branch, and stem shapes, position them connected to his underlying large trees & ground outline shape, and then clicked the add button to connect them all together. Brilliant! In the book tutorial he had us use the pen tool in polygon mode to create the underlying ground and tree shapes, which gives a stilted unnatural linear shape to the trees and ground. I bet that he selected all points and converted them to pen mode shapes afterward to smooth out all of the outline points. His outline is all pen mode points. I learned a lot about sequence and process for creating pen shapes. Originally, I thought he drew the large background, broke the line, created the leaf and grass shapes, and then connected the curves. That would have been tedious to say the least. This idea of 1) making basic shapes, 2) duplicating them, 3) reshaping copies as desired, 4) placing them as desired, then 5) Adding them with the Add Operation, Neatly combines the whole group into a single efficient curve! Super!
  11. Here is the file (if it works) Question on Pen Tool.tiff
  12. My wife and I are both going through the book. We're on Whittler. The pen tool has some secrets that we don't understand I zoomed in on the 3rd file: whittler_03_shapes.afdesign I found amazing economy and skill in the use of the pen tool that we can't duplicate. We can't even figure out how it was done. If you look closely at the file, you'll see how few points create the leaf pattern. But also, look at the grey "through the leaf" holes in the leaf pattern. These seem to be independent, but there are no independent curves. The whole background appears to be a single curve. How do you do that? How was this background pen tool file created? What are the secrets to such economy of the pen tool? How was the gray "holes" in the leaf pattern created? We notice overlapping lines reverse light/dark tints. Thanks. (I included a graphic file, but I don't see it. Now trying to include it in the original post - learning the forum) Question on Pen Tool.tiff
  13. I find the process described above to be maddeningly complex. All I wanted to do is select part of an image, copy or delete it, and paste it into another part of the image. Or even select and option-drag it to another part of the same image -- or even paste or drag it to a new layer so I can move it around. For a long time, I could not find a way to do it in Affinity Photo and had to use another program (Pixelmator) to do it. Every time I tried to copy the selection in AP, it copies the whole pixel layer, not the selection. Cutting deletes the whole layer. After much trial and error. I found a simple way to do it. This writeup seems long, but only takes 1 or 2 seconds once you know how (and know the pitfalls). 1) Using the Marquee tool (press letter M), select what you want. Or use any other selection tool like oval, lasso, etc. 2) Select "Copy Merged" from the edit menu (shift-cmd-C) -- Copy (cmd-C) or Cut (cmd-X) won't work. These will only copy or cut the whole layer. 3) Select "Paste" from the edit menu (cmd-V) Nothing will look different, but this creates a new layer automatically and pastes the selection into that layer. Now, if you try to use the marquee move tool (4 little up-down-left-right arrows) to move the selection, you only move the marching ants selection, NOT what you pasted. 4) Switch to the black arrow Move Tool (press letter V) Now things look different. The selection now has a solid box around it and you can drag it where you want. 5) Drag the selection with the black arrow MOVE tool (letter V) to where you want it. You can also use the keyboard arrow keys for fine movements. BUT you can't do both, not yet. If you use the Move tool (black arrow) to move the selection and then try to use the arrow keys for fine movements, the selection jumps back to where it was. This is because the Marquee selection is still active. Bummer, but there's a fix. 6) To fine-adjust the position, Deselect the marque selection (cmd-D), You won't see any difference. But, then you can drag it with the Move tool (letter V) or move it with keyboard arrow keys, or both. NOTE: If you use the Move Tool without deselecting the marquee, it will allow you to do it, BUT if you then use the arrow keys on the keyboard for fine movements, the selected object will jump back. If you initially move the selected object with keyboard arrow keys, it will also let you. BUT if you now try to use the Move Tool it won't let you. It reverts back to the marquee selection. In both cases this is because the marquee selection is still active. Conclusion: If you deselect the selection (cmd-D) either before or after moving with either the black arrow Move tool (letter-V) or with the keyboard arrow tools, then you can reposition with either the black arrow Move Tool or keyboard arrow keys. So deselect the marquee selection if you want to use both the Move Tool or keyboard arrow keys to reposition your pasted object. You can also use "Paste Inside"(option-cmd-V) instead of Paste (cmd-V) and the object is pasted into a new layer nested inside the original layer instead of above it. This also works the same way and it keeps the layers together. 6) Merge the layers if you want to. Perhaps not quite as efficient as Photoshop, but only takes a couple of seconds once you know how. I hope this helps remove the frustration of trying to do this simple task. It is simple if you know the secrets. Windows users, of course, will use control-letter instead of command (cmd) which is used on the Mac
  14. When I use a brush I know which one I'm using because it's highlighted. If I then use a selection tool - L and come back to the brush tool - B, the brush is no longer highlighted, now it's no longer identifiable. What brush am I using? How can I know? Is there a way to know what brush is currently being used?
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