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  1. Gear maker

    Can I turn off tool rotation?

    This issue has been around a long long time, here.
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    [AD] Memory leak?

    Hi Sean, Actually I was combining two sets of lines that had already been drawn and tweaking them. They were already drawn. I was doing mainly Join Curves accompanied by deleting some nodes each time. With many Break Curves and many Divides. Throw in a lot of reorganizing layers in the layer panel. Mike
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    [AD] Memory leak?

    I find that after doing a lot of work on AD the display acts up usually just causing everything to go out of focus. As shown below. It doesn't crash or lock up. And waiting does not cause the problem to go away. Once in awhile it just goes to colored bars instead. It acts like a memory leak I would guess because it only happens after several hours of use and I see it every 2 or 3 days. The only recovery I have found is to close and reopen my document and/or AD. Edit: I normally close and reopen AD, this time I just closed the document and everything seemed to be fine but then less than 10 minutes later: Edit: 3 hours later it did it again.
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    Toggle active layer from keyboard

    David, try using a opt + cmd + [ or ] to step though layers.
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    Duplicate objects

    I would love to see AD have a preference to turn off the copy by dragging function. There are already multiple ways to copy so I wouldn't miss it. I find that I know I want to move something without it snapping so I press opt and end up with a copy. When making a very small move it's hard to start the move before pressing opt. At least it's hard to train muscle memory to do that.
  6. Alex, on a mac if the option key (probably the alt key on Windows) is held down the guide will be the opposite of expected. Instead being placed in line with the cursor's position. Make sure it's not down when starting to drag the guide from the ruler.
  7. Chris, a workaround you might not know about is that if you double click on either of the color circles you will get a color chooser panel: This allows easy conversion from different color formats and the insertion of hex RGB codes. The format is larger than the color panel, so is easier to make certain color selections.
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    Cursor active region

    FYI I think this would be the same as I had brought up about a year ago. I still have a problem with this. I thought the problem went away at one time, but I guess it was just my luck then was better as I am seeing it again lately.
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    Create shape from outline?

    Sounds like Layer>Expand Stroke is what you need. You probably want to use a square caps on the ends of your initial stroke so there are only 4 nodes.
  10. Gear maker

    Affinity Photo inspector gone

    If I am understanding what you are seeing... Try in the View menu Show Toolbar should be checked.
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    Capture Images in Web Browser into Affinity Photo/Designer?

    @walt.farrell I use a mac but I assume it's the same for Windows. The color picker, not the eyedropper tool, works anywhere in the screen. This works best if you are using separated mode so you can have another application visible behind AD/AP. When you drag it around you'll see the loop being displayed anywhere on the screen. It will then sample the color wherever.
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    HELP !!!`

    Pepperdog, go to the View>Studio. There you can turn on and off the panels by clicking your desires. If they are checked but grayed out then it was probably a shift + ctrl + H that hid the studio. Another shift + ctrl + H will unhide them. If this doesn't work try toggling the Full screen Window>Toggle Full Screen. Hope that helps.
  13. I have been using a very handy web site: https://www.blocklayer.com/ The name doesn't say much but it has probably a hundred customizable graphic template builders. Then with a right click the resulting templates can be downloaded as a png file with a transparent background. Which then can be loaded into AD or AP and scaled as needed. The drawings are pixel, not vector so they may have to be copied depending on your needs. Being transparent you can see your artwork though the template. Some of the most useful are probably in the Printable Templates (but don't ignore the others). Say you need a... Protractor Custom scale ruler Spiral Center ruler Circle divider Sundial Clock face Golden ratio calculator What size oval is necessary when a pipe passes through a plane at other than a 90 degree angle, which can also show the shape of a circle when viewed at other than a 90 degree angle (I personally find this one really handy)
  14. No you are right. Guides I believe a year or two ago did go across the entire screen. But they were changed much to some people's chagrin. I've made some drawings that are super wide just to get the perspective points to show. Then drawn several lines (guides) emanating from the points. Then shrunk the width to only show what I want. Then I can draw my lines for my drawing approximately parallel to the guides I have drawn. Not perfect but I can come close. Good luck.
  15. TJYSunset, not sure if this will help you but try View>View Mode>Clip to canvas (also toggled with a \ backslash). This will allow you to see objects outside the canvas.