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  1. It's a long time since I last posted, I've been busy all through lockdown, using Affinity Designer and Photo everyday for creating content for a large charity website. All enjoyable, sensible work! But I've been a Serif customer for 12 years now, and this experiment with Affinity Photo and Twisted Brushes stems back to the days when a group of us just used to experiment and push boundaries. Using just three Twisted brushes, I first created the yellow shape on the left and thought it looked like an angry ostrich. Mmm. Better make another ostrich opposite - these brushes are great and create unexpected patterns when woven around the page. The second ostrich seemed to be recoiling from the first. Chosse a different brush and create fabulous foliage and some water. But it needed a story - so a third Twisted Brush creates a couple of rather supernatural beings who are trying to goad the two ostriches into a proper fight. I just loved what I could do with the brushes.
  2. Anything is possible, I was working to a tight deadline, I hadn't done a flowchart since college in 1973 so I created my own symbols, it is possible I also flitted between my desktop Windows and my Macbook - all of which I love being able to do with Affinity. And, although I'm 'absolutely certain' that I opened the afdesigner file from the 'Open Recent' menu today - perhaps I didn't! Thanks for checking and forwarding it to the developers. I've fixed what I needed to do, job is done ahead of schedule, I'm happy. Hilary
  3. Thanks, I confirm that I opened the .afdesign file, the PDF file was only for sending by email to others, Font - interesting, all the 'changes' were in one text box only, and I can't tell whether that is relevant or not, but the font used was calibri regular 10. No changes have been made to the fonts on my system in the relevant period. The document is of a slightly sensitive corporate nature, but I trust the staff at Affinity to recognise that. I'll send the file as requested. Note - I had already correct some errors on chart 4, starting with 'newsletter' at the bottom of the page and working upwards).
  4. A closer look suggests that most of these 'translations' involve limited combinations of letters such as 'ting' in existing and printing; 'tion' as in option, and 'till' as in still. Must get the job done, though, deadline looms. Hilary
  5. I created FlowCharts using Artboards with Affinity Designer, very easy and successful. The text was in English, I saved copies in AF format and as PDF. The PDFs were printed and all the text was, as expected, in perfect English. I have just reopened the file in Affinity Designer to incorporate suggested amendments, and notice that some letters in some words have been replaced with symbols that I don't recognise. The attachment shows the 'new' version of what I typed - and I checked the previously printed copies which confirmed that this change has only occurred on re-opening the file today. The text was entered as: Limited information to branches, e.g. advertising meetings b.... Foreign membership number queries... I checked the language in preferences and it was set to English (United States), I have just reset that to English (United Kingdom and (not surprisingly) the foreign symbols are still in the text. This means I have to check the spelling in 14 artboards/flowcharts, thankfully the red underlining will help. Any ideas why this happened, please? Hilary
  6. I am learning a lot! I don't need macros and styles much...... but this is good.
  7. The best thing about this thread is that it has been healthy discussion and very interesting. Some of us used Serif's previous software for many years and we got used to the comfort of having some processes 'pre-packaged' - pre-packaged but infinitely variable as to width, length, shear, opacity, offset, blur and orientation (and maybe more), it was so easy that we never had to really think about how a shadow was created, but we knew all about how to get the effect that we wanted and the right effect for the job - as has been mentioned, unless you are doing a series of identical projects, all shadows are different. The interesting thing for me, with Affinity, has been coming out of that comfort zone and thinking about what was in those 'pre-packaged' tools. At first I missed the convenience of the older options and, because I do different things these days, this thread made me look at shearing shadows for the first time - and by time I'd done those very simple examples, I was perfectly at home with it all. I have absolutely loved all the conversations though, from here to the sun and the moon and back again. Thank you to Cailean who asked the question - and welcome to Affinity! - and to everyone else who has joined in.
  8. Very nice, but it is the process that matters. If you follow the light and the red polygon in front of it, then what you see on the layer below is a shadow, not a reflection. It is like looking at your own shadow in front of you when you walk along a road. In this example, though, the shadow is offset from its origin. I could have shown a simple drop shadow of a painting on a wall and the light source creating a shadow beneath and to one side of the painting, but that would not have provided the opportunity to shear the shadow to show the effect of an off-centre light source and the distance between the object and the surface on which the shadow would appear.
  9. I also believe that drop shadow is different from an outer shadow and comes in many variations. To recreate some things in Affinity I think about how they were created in DP, what we had there was a nicely packaged, user-friendly version of drop shadow creation. Here is my view on how to replicate it in Affinity - using copy, colour, shear and a little gaussian blur if appropriate.
  10. A rare chance, lately, to just be creative for half an hour. The result if a mix of two of my photographs - the Albert Memorial outside Manchester Town Hall and a bright, dazzling sunset from one of my upstairs windows. Fast forward a couple of weeks to a very cold day, a little light blending in Affinity Photo, and I now have 'Manchester in the Cold'
  11. Thanks for that. I hope it will be included one day. I can buy vector fills and make my own for graphic design, but I will have to use an older program to get the flexibility that I need. Hilary
  12. Designer - both windows and Mac: Is it possible to create, and use, vector fills? Apologies if this is already asked, I did search.
  13. I'm not up-to-date on this thread, having congratulated the team earlier in here, but I sincerely hope that everyone concerned has an excellent summer break! I am happy to have the best products from the best, award winning, programmers ad designers.
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