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  1. Hi peeps, I am looking for a device that makes me much more mobile. I use powerfull desktop pc now hooked with a 27" cintiq. It would be nice to doodle, sketch, practice, finish or start work in the park, at a client, on the couch.. you get my point. I am on the edge of purchasing an iPad pro or a Surface pro 6 i7/16gb. Both different machines and i have a hard time making a good choice. The iPad is a real tablet trying to be a laptop. The Surface pro is a laptop tryting to be a tablet. I think this is the best way to explain it. With the Surface Pro I have access to a full OS & Adobe CC suite and control over files / onedrive. With the iPad pro i would have access to the best drawing experience and strong drawing apps like Procreate and Designer. With iPadOS, it looks like we are getting more controll / access to a filesystem. I dont know if Onedrive is also an option on that part. I think the iPad pro is more "sexy" and the OS simpel. The Surface pro is more allround and a PC. So..other illustrators out there.. please help!!! :D My question for other (professional) illustrators out here using the iPad: can you start / finish your vector artwork in Designer just like you do in Illustrator? I own the Designer version for the desktop and they are doing a great job. But for me, it is not on the same level as Illustrator (yet). Specialy the pencil tool is superb in illustrator. Can you deliver your clients with work on the iPad or do you need to finish on your desktop? Is switching between desktop / iPad <-> iPad / desktop possible with onedrive or do i need to create a other workflow for that? I am very curious with your thoughts and experiences. For me it looks like this part (vector illustration) is one of the big things to choose an iPad or a Surface.
  2. that sounds good. 50$ a month is still 50$ a month. I have to find a way to do my daily work around with it. So far.. i still sitting behind the desktop hehe... stupid me!
  3. thanks for all the comments. I have a iPad Pro 12.9" in front of me, brand new! Just installed Procreate and fly through in quick peek mode through the software. Will add Designer too soon. I wish i could stop the 50$ subscribtion with Adobe, but i also feel that i need it to do my work. I work for all kind of clients, and a part of those clients are in publishing and marketing. They simply work in the whole Adobe range. It talks better when you work in the same toolsets. When i can not effort the 50$ a month no more, i have to question if i have a healthy business as an professional anyway. So far, the iPad looks amazing. I orderd a nice case on Ali expres and hope to have it next week.
  4. thank you again @MaryAnne for your comment. The iPad pro is indeed getting on top of the two devices more and more hehe. The Cintiq is great. It is just a monitor. No fans inside. I use a big arm to put it away so it is like a normal screen vertical. When i want to draw i just pick it up and lower it to my desk. It is really awesome. The 1070 can make some noise, but this only happens when i play games. It never happens when i do my work. The 1070 evens cool passive when he is kinda running Idle. The system i have build (let build by the webshop) is about 35 / 40 degress which is not that warm at all so all the fans are working low profile
  5. Thank you @MaryAnne for your quality comment! Very useful for me. The mobile device will not be my main driver. I have a powerfull PC with a 6 core cpu, 32gb mem and a GTX1070. Hooked with a 34 curved Dell and a 27" cintiq screen. So.. here i am, always behind my desktop, also when the weather is fine.. or when i only have to sketch, doodle, practice.. it is always there. I want to go out, practice more, doodle more, draw on the couch, in the garden. I am not so with traditional paper / pencil stuff. I like the digital way much more. So.. the device (iPad ore Surface) will be added in the workflow, and if possible.. will be a big part of it. Maybe it is a bit to romantic between my ears. I have good hopes it turns out this way.
  6. Can we please stay at my question? It is difficult enough to choose and it is a lot of money i can spend only once for a long time hehe. I am not interested in a Huion and not going to buy one. It is about the iPad pro with superior pen / drawing experience vs the Surface pro. I have done so much research that it doesn't make the choice much easier tbh. All tho i think the iPad is in front with 60 / 40 over the Surface. One of my questions is.. can Designer replace Illustrator for you on the iPad, or do you finish your work on the desktop in designer or illustrator. I know my way in Illustrator very good because i work with it for 8 years. It is hard to give that up. I am also worried about sharing files to the PC and back. I work with onedrive to store all my files in the cloud. So i hope there is an (full time) illustrator that can share me his thoughts so far about vector and delivering / starting / finishing illustrations.
  7. Thanks for your reply but that is not the goal. I dont want to carry a 15" laptop and an extra device to draw anymore. I own several intuos devices. I want to be way more mobile.(iPad or Surface)
  8. For me, the pencil tool is one of the most used tools in illustrator. It is a very powerfull and easy to overlook tool in Illustrator. In 1.6 the pencil tool was weak in Designer and made me not using Designer so far. I was a bit hyped when i saw the update notes that the pencil tool had an upgrade. I am flying through the update and am trying to close a shape with one line just by overlapping the first node. I am trying all kind of stuff but so far no luck. Any thoughts? the sculping option is a welcome update. It is not so advanced as in illustrator but it is a start. I am happy to see this!
  9. Thank you for the comment. It is a but of a clunky workaround yes hehe.. but it is better than before, so it is a start. I really think if they nail the pencil tool in some updates.. like a smart closing system without doing al kind of shortcuts, it could be the Illustrator replacement for me.
  10. Thanks StuartRC. So the workflow is now this: Create a shape lift your pen so you stop creating a line press control and drag the nodes close to get a green line. It is a way.. i hope they smarten this in the next upgrade to just close a line when they are very close, or give this as an option. Why the need to these extra steps while it is obvious that you want to close the line.
  11. For me, the pencil tool is one of the most used tools in illustrator. In 1.6 the pencil tool was weak in Designer. I am flying through the update and am trying to close a shape with one line just by overlapping the first node. I am trying all kind of stuff but so far no luck. Any thoughts? the sculping option is a welcome update. It is not so advanced as in illustrator but it is a start. I am happy to see this.
  12. hey peeps, I would like to ask you who is playing with the beta.. 1) is it possible to continue a line with the pencil tool? So.. when you create a line, you simple start a new line where you ended your last, and the two lines merge together, just like Adobe Illustrator does. 2) Also, does a object close itselfs when using the pencil tool and the startingpoint and endpoint merge together so it is one closed object? 3) Is is possible to change the line you draw with the pencil tool by drawing on top of it? Al of this, is working in AI for years now and makes the Pencil tool THE tool to draw and create an vector illustration superfast. So far, all of this lacking in Afinity is it for me a no go to switch.
  13. yep, i installed the beta and can say, this is a huge step forward (for me) with Designer. Still some strange effects when i redraw a shape but that is workable. I am very pleased with this update like this. Keep it up Affinity!!!
  14. Thanks for the reply. I am looking forward to check that out. Is this sculpt mode only in the beta version? I cant finding this in the 1.6.5 I guess i really need to check it out then
  15. Hey Affinity people! First of all, Designer looks very nice. It could be my main program in the future. but it lacks here and there and this is what i would like to see. For me, as an illustrator in vector... i work with the pencil tool A LOT!. the pentool is okey, free drawing on my tablet / cintiq is 'tha best" So pencil power! Okey, i have tried this workflow and this is what is what happens for me when i do character vector work: Affinity Designer: - I draw my desired line with the pencil tool. - The tool doesn't know that i want to do a correction.If i draw on top of the line it creates a new vector. I need to delete the whole line and do it again also when its just a small part that needs an fix. - Press N to switch to pentool so node icons appear on top - press close icon and the object is now closed. - press N to switch to pencil tool - create new line. Adobe Illustrator: - I draw my desired line with the pencil tool - draw directly on top of the line to correct it. It will re-shape my previous action. Most of the time its just a minor fix. - simply hit the line somewhere, it will close. U see how powerful the pencil tool is in Illustrator vs the long and lack of workflow in Designer. In illustrator i stay in my tool an continue working non-stop where in Designer i need to switch tools and use icons. I hope this helpfull!
  16. Hey peeps, First Try to use Affinity Designer fully professional. I am into Illustrator for ages now and I need to create an vector character. Its sketched out in Photoshop (will maybe we replaced with Photo) and normally i make it in adobe illustrator. I use the pen tool most of the time. In adobe illustrator you can make an circle for example and it will close automatically. If the shape isnt working for me i can use the pencil again and follow my first line. It will notice that i want to edit / redo my first line and whola, i can do it with a couple of movements. This is really working for me when i make my vector drawings but it isnt working atm for me in Designer. I am on the internet for a hour now if i missed an option somewhere, an checkbox, something tiny or simple but i cant find. If i need to close an shape by pressing an different tool, close it and go back to my pencil.. it would be time consuming and annoying. Any suggestions? I need to finish this artwork tomorrow and if i cant find it in a hour i need to drop back to illustrator, which was not my plan! :D Cheers, Roy EDIT, I made an mistake by telling you all that i use the pentool. I use the pencil tool. sorry.
  17. No RCR, that is indeed not an elegant workflow. Switching back to little icons i need to press, using shortcuts .. what ever to edit nodes who are placed by Designer on locations i maybe even not like. It doest matter. I need speed. The character i created yesterday (moved back to Illustrator) took me a hour. If i do this in Affinity at this moment, i would be a pain in the ass job and pressing couple of hundred times on extra buttons. i know its not perfect.. but if they not change this.. I am thinking of asking my money back. 40 euros is stil 40 euros if i am not going to use the software. At this moment, its not able to replace Illustrator. That was my plan. *sniff (sad face)
  18. Okey, i have tried this workflow and this is what is what happens for me when i do character vector work: Affinity Designer: - I draw my desired line with the pencil tool. - The tool doesn't know that i want to do a correction.If i draw on top of the line it creates a new vector. I need to delete the whole line and do it again also when its just a small part that needs an fix. - Press N to switch to pentool so node icons appear on top - press close icon and the object is now closed. - press N to switch to pencil tool - create new line. Adobe Illustrator: - I draw my desired line with the pencil tool - draw directly on top of the line to correct it. It will re-shape my previous action. Most of the time its just a minor fix. - simply hit the line somewhere, it will close. U see how powerful the pencil tool is in Illustrator vs the long and not niceworkflow in Designer. I will post this in the request part.
  19. Thanks! I wil give this an try! would be an good option to be in the software anyway. Its easy and logic. ;)
  20. Hi Peeps, Today i had an interesting day in Affinity Designer. I am hardcore Adobe Illustrator and i am very interested in Designer. I struggled a with the colors. I do illustrations and would like use an stroke color that is almost identical than the fill color. Lets say i have an green object, i would like to have a bit darker stroke. In adobe illustrator I simply drag the fill color into the stroke color and its done. I change the value a bit and i am ready. I havent found a way to do this in Designer. Maybe this is covered all-ready with a simple short key or an different work around i havent found yet, or its simply not in the software. any thoughts?
  21. Thanks Gdenby, that sounds that it tackles half of my workflow issue. Lets hope the pencil tool wil become a bit more powerfull. Does it help if i point it out that i miss this in Designer or is this all-ready on the list?
  22. Okey Callum.. so basically, i need to exit my tool everytime i need to close an object. Men.. thats.... disappointing. I have to experiment more but at this moment, i am am back in Adobe Illustrator to finish this. I really have to think this over. Thanks for your time Callum
  23. Thank you Callum, where getting somewhere haha. I know in front, that the first days working in Affinity Designer will be a lot of trail and error, some tears and %@$%.. Okey, here is the thing. I made a mistake with naming. I am using the pencil tool, not the pentool. I am sorry for the confusing misunderstanding. Issue here for me: I am drawing on top of an sketch i did before. Lets say i am creating an funny duck (i am doing that right now). I use the pencil to make a shape, i need to leave my pencil tool, go to the pentool and from there i need to click on the close icon. I need to go back to the pencil tool and make a new shape. If this would be my only work around i must stop my Annify project all-ready because that would be a hell of a job. I would like to draw, draw on top of a line to correct him and close an shape by just ending at the point where i started. Just how it works in Illustrator right now with the pencil tools. It speeds up the process so so much. Very powerfull. I am sure (i hope) there is a way to do this in Affinity too, maybe slightly different. I am open for that. As long as it is a smooth workflow. Any thoughts?
  24. hey guys, like many others, i am following the Affinity software with great intrest. I work daily in Photoshop (heavy photo manipulation with high ress photo's and a lot of layers, brushes, filters, etc) and Illustrator (cartoon logos). Soon, i am going to leave the Mac platform and move over to Windows for a better hardware configuration. With the good news that Affinity is working on a Windows release. So maybe, i will be a part of this family! I am planning my new configuration for a long time now and my focus at this moment is a fast i7-6 core (5820k), 64gb mem, M2 SSD + SSD for scratch only, and a very fast GPU (GTX 980ti) for all kind of processes like live preview / rendering in adobe premiere and after effects. Photoshop does benefit from Cuda as well. I am not sure if Illustrator uses Cuda for zooming and panning. My question for Affinity is: 1) Is there any GPU support in Photo and Designer, if yes, is this OpenCL based or is there CUDA involved? 2) what is the sweet spot in cores? I know Photoshop has an sweet spot of 6 cores. 3) Is Affinity a memory hungry tool? I am planning 64gb of memory. kind regards, Roy
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