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  1. Oh, duh...snapping! Well, I take heart from your "Eternal beginner" moniker, Psenda. I don't work much in the pixel persona in Affinity Designer. Maybe I should branch out and try some new things!
  2. Drawing a rectangle over the image was what I used to try to do, but I couldn't get the size to constrain properly so it was hit or miss. I must be missing something on selecting on one layer and then clicking into another one, because I can only get it to copy the original image to the new layer. Is that what you meant, v_kyr? I did try this, and it works a good bit better better for my purposes: 1. Cmd-J to copy the selected layer (which only has the image on it). 2. Convert new layer image to curves (Cmd-Enter). 3. Click to apply a solid color to the vectored image. That allows me to manipulate the new rectangle if I need to (e.g., increasing its size 10%), but does give me the original image size without having to write down the numbers. Thanks, guys, for pushing me to try something new!
  3. This seems like it should be a no brainer, but I can't figure it out. What I want to do: 1. Select an image. 2. Copy the size/shape to a new layer, without the image. Currently, I have to: 1. Select the image. 2. Write down the W and D because my old brain won't remember it. 3. Open a new layer. 4. Select the rectangle tool. 5. Drag a rectangle. 6. Adjusting the W and D to match the original image size. Surely there is an easier way to do this. Can anyone help me?
  4. I had a bad crash on my early 2013 Mac along with my Time Machine backup failure and essentially have had to start over with a clean install (Mojave). I've managed to get the system restored and Affinity Publisher and Affinity Photo installed, but the download of Affinity Designer from the App Store just hangs and won't download. I've tried everything, including the last resort: walking away and sleeping on it! I don't know if I dreamed it or not, but it seems to me that in the distant past I had to get support for this same kind of thing with the App Store. How do I get Affinity Designer reinstalled without having to buy it again? I've already bought it for desktop and iPad, along with Affinity Photo and all the books!
  5. My pCloud location login takes me to the wrong account. I cannot access any of my resources. I need to know ASAP how to revise login info from Affinity for iPad apps...or, if not possible, how to delete a Location. My new iPad is worthless to me if I cannot do this. Please help!
  6. Ah, thank you, DM1. I called myself looking for it there but I must have missed it. It still would be very nice to have a gesture-based way to do this!
  7. And while we're at it, how does one edit one's forum settings one is automatically notified of replies to one's posts? I forgot to set it to Notify above.
  8. I set up my pCloud log-in with a different email address from what I use for my Affinity iPad software, and when I first set up a Location to pCloud on my iPad, I was not able to access the files I needed. I went to pCloud and shared the folders with my Affinity email address, but in Affinity iPad there does not seem to be a way to change the log-in information for the account so it logs in with my Affinity email and not the original pCloud account email address. After searching in vain for how to change the log-in for this Location in Affinity iPad, I thought I'd just delete it and add it again with the correct password. But I can't figure out how to do that either. Help!
  9. I'm here to ask another question and have been reading through all the questions to see if it's already been answered. In the case the OP posted, the way I would handle this is to convert the type to curves, then space the individual objects (letters) using the alignment tools, then tweak if needed. Which leads to my question: On AD iPad, how do you convert type to curves? I do this very, very frequently, and that desktop Cmd-Return gets used a heck of a lot. Is there an equivalent for the iPad, preferably gesture-activated?
  10. As far as export possibilities are concerned, I would dearly hope we can export to the Kindle format, retaining CSS styling without hard-coding in HTML. We publish poetry books and have to do some custom styling to get the formatting to handle correctly in the digital version. It's simple once it's set up, but it doesn't lend itself well to typical off-the-shelf prose formats. We always have to tweak the actual CSS. For example, I have a style called "NewLine" that is applied to the entire document (like a body style), coupled with "NewStanza" and "NewDoubleStanza" styles that handle things like this: {NewStanza}*First line of stanza 1. [NewLine}Line 2 that may run long and wrap down, with the runover automatically hung. {NewLine}Line 3 ditto etc. {NewStanza}The start of a new stanza with additional X points of leading and "Keep with Next" protection {NewLine} {NewLine} {NewLine} {NewDoubleStanza}A new stanza the same as a regular {NewStanza} but with double the amount of leading. *{NewStanza}, e.g., is CSS: < p class="NewStanza" >[Text]</p > I am doing all our poetry book publishing (futurecycle.org) by first styling in Libre Office for the printed version (because we dumped all Adobe products), then importing into Calibre to effect the HTML manipulation so I wind up with the clean styling and no hard-coded junk, then finally working in BBEdit to finalize the HTML before uploading to Amazon for the Kindle version. I'm hoping to switch completely to Affinity Publisher for this entire workflow sequence. So far I'm knocked out by how slick AP it's looking and already feel at home with it because I've been using Affinity Designer for our cover work since it came out. Before I put in a lot of testing effort with the Publisher beta, I need to know if you plan to have a STYLE-based (not hard-coded HTML) export to Kindle/export to ePub choice. See below. In the attached two files, the CS- one is exported from Libre Office as HTML. The hard-coding is completely hopelessly unworkable and what I want to avoid. I could care less if machines can read it; I've got to be able to read it myself and train other people in how to create and debug it. The KD- file was an import of the .odt file from Libre imported into Calibre, put through some automatic cleanup via routines I had to program, and then just the body pulled into the middle of the document header and footer for some manual cleanup in BBEdit and CSS tweaking. The KD- file is the kind of file I want to wind up with on an export from Affinity Publisher. (BTW, to explain why I did not link the CSS: Amazon KDP kept changing how it all worked and I didn't trust them. I'd love to be able to link CSS in Publisher and wind up with an export of what I need.) CS-RD-Arabesque-Interior.html KD-RD-Arabesque-Interior.html
  11. They added a PDF export that flattens. It's the one that has (Flatten) at the end of it. I have had no difficulty since then.
  12. Well, duh! I was watching Affinity Designer tutorials this morning, something I must make more time for, and discovered the Transparency Tool with balloons tutorial. And there is the solution to my problem of not being able to feather the edges of photos to blend in with color-matched backgrounds. Once I get skilled with this tool, it will give me far more control than Illustrator's simple edge-feathering tool has. But the Elliptical type doesn't quite work the way I'd like it to, being that I often need to feather the edges of square or rectangular shapes. Linear works well, but then I have to make a copy of the photo for each edge I need to feather (usually two) and manipulate further in what should be a one-stop process. It seems to me that a logical place to add a feathering-type effect would be here to allow for both vertical and horizontal adjustment on a square or rectangular shape. Something like the Elliptical type but more squarish. Or maybe there is a way to adjust the Elliptical type to make it more squarish? I'll keep playing, but I wanted to let you know that this was a real relief to me to discover. Thanks, folks!
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