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  1. Depends what you want to achieve. You could instead use the Freehand Selection Tool (aka the Lasso), or the Selection Brush. You could then use the Refine button to tighten up your selection. You could adjust the Feather in the Contextual Toolbar (or in Select - Feather...) to help merge the edges of the blurred selection more smoothly into the unblurred areas of the image. And you could choose Layer - New Live Filter Layer - Blur - Gaussian Blur to give you a non-destructive, re-adjustable blur. But essentially you're not missing anything 😀
  2. Make sure the ellipse has an empty fill - it doesn't matter if it has a bevel effect or not. Place the image, then drag the image thumbnail over the ellipse layer (the full layer, not the thumbnail): Screen Recording 2023-03-11 at 18.44.20.mov This will clip the image to the ellipse. It's worth tracking down some of the many YouTube videos about clipping and masking in Affinity apps to get a sense of exactly how the different options work.
  3. In Affinity Publisher v1, Font Manager is indeed in the Document menu: But in Affinity Publisher v2, Font Manager is in the Window menu: This is from the v2 help file: Sounds like you're reading instructions for Affinity Publisher v1 and applying them to Affinity Publisher (or Designer?) v2.
  4. It may be a Finder thing: in List view I see generic icons (for all apps, standard .jpgs and .pdfs too, not just the Affinity suite). But if I switch to Icon view or Column view I see the full icon preview. This is in macOS Ventura. ADD: Alternatively there's some useful advice at MacRumors. I can't see how re-installing the Affinity apps is going to help.
  5. Works ok here: but I think spelling dictionaries work differently on macOS and Windows. Can you right-click on the word and choose Learn spelling?
  6. Character panel - Size 12pt Paragraph panel - Leading 12pt Paragraph panel - Space After Paragraph: 8pt I have displayed the paragraph end characters for clarity. Save these settings as a style with your chose font.
  7. I don't have an answer, just some observations. When you create a new Adjustment Layer you get this: If you then invert it, you get this: If you invert the Adjustment Layer a second time, you get this: This arrangement is only temporary, though - as soon as you make any change to settings in the Layers panel (eg Opacity or Blend Mode), the white thumbnail disappears and the Adjustment Layer reverts to its original state. What @CogPsyence has seems similar to my third screen grab (no nesting indicator, the Adjustment icon to the left of the Layer thumbnail), but with an apparently permanent, transparent thumbnail. I don't think there's an additional pixel layer, just a mask. Which doesn't make a lot of sense, as an adjustment mask should range between white and black. I've tried quite a few ways of making the thumbnail/adjustment layer transparent, without any success. It may well be a bug, but I'm not sure if it's readily repeatable. Perhaps the easiest solution for @CogPsyence would be to delete the original adjustment layer and try again. (Or alternatively upload the .afphoto file to the Forum so others can investigate more fully.)
  8. My humble effort (a triangle traced over one point of the original star and then converted to curves and duplicated over the other points): (Needs a lot more tidying up...) star.afdesign
  9. After you've cropped, rasterise. That should avoid a fresh save.
  10. Can't remember where I learned this technique but I most definitely didn't invent it... Start with a suitable image - it must be square. Go to Filters - Distort and choose Affine. Set both Offset X and Offset Y to 50%. Extend Mode must be Wrap: Click Apply. You'll now have an image with a noticeable division into quarters (as above). Use the Clone Brush to clone over the quartering boundaries, sampling from areas away from the boundaries themselves. As you do so, the visible boundaries will disappear. Now go to Filters - Distort and choose Affine once more. With Extend Mode still set to Wrap, set both Offset X and Offset Y to -50%. Click Apply. You now have an image which can be used as a seamless tile in a pattern layer. (Mine doesn't look ideal because there's a lot of tonal and textural variation in the original. You'll be more successful with grass.) I must have picked up this technique either from an Affinity tutorial or a previous post on these forums. No credit to me except for remembering what to do.
  11. I think you'd need some fairly fancy scripting to achieve what you're looking for, and unfortunately neither Photo nor Publisher support scripting, plain or fancy.
  12. I'm pretty sure you're right. I just dipped back into V1 and with a couple of exceptions only the Basic brushes are affected by changes to hardness. In the brush editor, the Hardness slider moves, but its 'track' is blank (all the changeable settings below have a blue 'track'): Changing the Hardness has no effect on the appearance of brush strokes in the document. In V2, editing the same brush, the slider is immoveable at 100% and its button (and that of other non-changeable settings) is greyed out: This to me seems a better approach.
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