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Paul Martin

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  1. Aha! Yes, that sounds useful. I think I'm struggling to visualise how I would lay that out/manage it but I can see an advantage. Thank you very much. One thought, does it make any difference to how you use the Assets feature?
  2. Every now and then, I return to Affinity Artboards. I understand a little better how they work but, fundamentally, I still don't see the point. So, would some of my kind colleagues here who have entered the necessary higher state of being give an example or two? Why, when you started a new document, did you include an Artboard? What does it enable you to do (more easily or at all) that you couldn't do without it? Does it have anything to do with commercial printing? Is it just something that professionals expect to see? Can I just sneak one in when I've finsihed my design to make it look proper? Pretty much any suggestions welcome!
  3. Here in May 2022, I can't get these videos to actually run. I now find accessing Affinity videos rather confusing. The ones I could previously get to from the programme itself show only as title pages. For instance, I wanted to try the "Same" one without any luck, but then I found it random;y by Googling. It's frustrating because I think I crossed the threshhold into Understanding Affinity in 2021 and I'm trying to fill-in the "corners" of my knowledge but it isn't easy, especilly if you aren't starting from the Adobe worldview of how stuff works!
  4. I have found that when I try to access topic tutorials via the programme's Help menu, nothing happens. I first realised this when I tried to use the "Same" tutorial. There's an awful lot of "Affinity-badged" tutorials out there, but I was just looking for the "own-brand" ones.
  5. The best bit about the forum is that people know about all sorts of details that the Help system simply doesn't recognise. Which is probably just how it should be!
  6. Being used to older software (Serif Photoplus) which made no distinction between Image and Pixel, I simply couldn't see the point of an extra factor to handle before you could start editing the picture. I may be wrong, but I can't recall any reference to raterize and trim in the tutorials.
  7. Yes, that helps, thank you. Just wonder what the point is to having Image if you can't change it.
  8. I think I found the original somewhere and have made several variants. It doesn't really answer your original query. My thorught would be to put you drawing onto a completely transparent layer )i.e. no pencil-shading and layer that over the crystal ball.
  9. And those files are huge, aren't they? I think I should leave well alone even if I wish you could have a single structure for all three programmes to make thematic filing easier.
  10. The indefatigable Alfred to the rescue! Seriously, that explains to me why I have never come across this problem in the 3 previous decades of using photo software. I still don't really get the difference between pixel and image layers, but I'm learning to live with it.
  11. One of the most infuriating experiences that I had early on with Affinity Photo was "nothing happens". By a stroke of luck, I discovered the infamous "rasterize and trim" command which was completely new to me but I guess is a Photopshop equivalent. Now, I just use it when stuff won't work, but I would appreciate an explanation of why it is necessary and what is its proper use.
  12. That doesn't appear to work for me if I copy/paste from a website, the text just pastes into Designer as Arial and the Paste Style option is greyed-out.
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