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  1. Thank you. That did it! Not sure where that came from but it sure slowed down my progress.
  2. Can anyone explain why the text in the attached file is invisible? I can move it, change font, AD shows my fill color is changing when I change it, but I can't figure out how to make it visible. Any FX I try to add is also invisible. This is driving me crazy, I've never had this issue before. Temp1.afdesign
  3. I don't have Publisher... But a shadow is caused by the position of the light source, not the orientation of the object. So I'm not surprised that the shadow does not change when rotating the object. It really shouldn't. Granted sometimes I use a shadow for other than what it is designed and do want it to rotate with the object so I have to manually do that. But most of the time it's a shadow. For me the Bevel/Emboss, in Designer, acts the same way as the shadow does for the same reason. I don't see any obvious effect on the emboss when zooming in or out. I wouldn't think Publisher would be any different. I'm at a loss to figure out why that would be.
  4. Jamsog, I have tried to reproduce what you have and ran into some problems with assumptions I am making. Like the size of the dot and the assumed gradient to make the highlight. But have not been able to reproduce the problem. Could you select one red and one orange dot, do a copy (cmd + V or ctrl + V) then go to the file menu and do a New From Clipboard. Save it to an afdesign or afphoto file and attach that this forum. Which application are you using? What method are you using to do the coping? Then maybe we can see what exactly is happening. Mike
  5. CSJ, yes if you are zoomed in dragging the guide to the ruler doesn't work it just scrolls and moves the guide. If you have the entire image on the screen then it works. And of course you have to be in the move tool. FYI if you drag a guide from the vertical ruler while holding down the opt key you will get a horizontal guide. And from the horizontal ruler with opt key pressed gives a vertical guide. That's as close to rotating you can do for a guide.
  6. JoergWe, I suggest that you use the alignment tools to organize and distribute the groups. Also, if you have snapping on and set with Snap to object bounding boxes and/or Snap to shape key points selected you should have aids in the alignment. This should work for individual bubbles and groups of bubbles.
  7. Personally I find the Affinity applications to be much more intuitive than the Adobe products. So it's a great one to start on, in my opinion. The Adobe product always seems like everything is an add-on after it was created, which basically is the case. But as with any software there is always something to be learned and the forum is an excellent source of info. Always feel free to ask questions. Someone will have an answer. It's a hobby with me also.
  8. TerraD, FYI I should have mentioned this earlier but if you are already in the pen tool then pressing and holding cmd (I am assuming ctrl in windows) will temporarily place you in the node tool as long as the key is down. So you can use that instead of going switching to the node tool to click on the end node in the path.
  9. Sean, sorry for the slow response, been out of town. Thank you. Mike
  10. Hi Sean, Sure, attached is a file. Temp 1.afdesign Expand the top layer. Then select one of the middle masks and step trough the masks using the opt + cmd + [ or ] keys. The opt + cmd + [ goes up and the opt + cmd + ] goes down. If you try this in the star layers you'll find the stepping is the opposite direction. Attached is a video of the reversing order of the masks. Before dragging they are in ascending order but after they are in descending order. Original order As a set of Clipping Masks As a set of layer masks Layer masks.mov
  11. TerraD, do you have separate curves (each layer says Curve) or combined curves (each layer says Curves)? If you have Curves use the Divide to separate the individual curves. So you will have 5 layers, the circle, the 1 to 2, the 3 to 4, the eye and the curve (not shown) that will go from 3 to 2. If there is a breathing hole, nostril?, which isn't shown that would be a 6th layer. So you need to close points 1 and 4. Select the two layers that contains these points and click Join Curves. This should add a path between these points and the two layers will become one so you will have one less layer in the layer panel. Now the curve 2 to 3 is not showing in this last drawing. I'm assuming you still have this. We'll call it curve A. I'm not sure what you mean by "but 3t o 4 is in the _same curve as 1 to 2_! " Are you meaning the missing curve A (which would fit in 3 to 2 I would guess) is the same as the muzzle portion of the 1 to 2 curve. If so you can just copy the 1 to 2 curve, delete any unwanted nodes like the ears, neck and eyebrow from the copy, shift it further left. So you will want to connect point 3 with one end of A and the other end of A to point 2. Select curve A and curve 2 to 3 (the only 2 open curves) click on Join Curves and it will close the break between the closest end node of A to the closest end node of 2 to 3. Which would probably connect node 3 to the top node in curve A. Then click Close Curve which will connect the bottom end node of A to 2 to 3. FYI if you are using the pen tool and happen to break the curve where you didn't want to. Go into the node tool and click on the last node created, then go into the pen tool and it will continue the same curve. Conversely if you click on the first node of the curve with the node tool the pen will start adding nodes from that point. So you could have added a node before point 1 if you had wanted.
  12. Combine first 2 curves by selecting both then click on the Join Curves in the Node Tool's Action menu and then the Close curves. I think that's what you are after.
  13. I downloaded from istockphoto.com what was supposed to be an EPS file for a vector drawing. Can’t believe that most of it is a few image layers with dozens of layer masks to provide vector shaping. I used divide to separate a group of masks and found when stepping from mask to mask using the opt + cmd + [ or ], I find that when stepping through masks it is backwards. opt + cmd + [ steps up and opt + cmd + ] steps down. This is opposite of the normal direction when stepping through layers or Clipping Masks. Looks like a bug to me. I confirmed in a normal drawing created in AD 1.7.2 that this is also the case. Also, if multiple layers are dragged to create several Layer Masks they are then in reversed order following the drag. When doing the same to create Clipping Masks this doesn’t happen. Is this supposed to reverse the order? I can’t think of why. Is this not a bug also? Also, when double clicking on the thumbnail of the layer mask it doesn't zoom in to view the mask. Shouldn't it do this even for layer masks? I find I normally use clipping masks not layer masks, so I don't have a lot of experience with them. But I'm not finding answers in HELP, or at least I'm missing them. And I don't think I've seen anything in the forum on these issues. Thanks.
  14. I believe the problem you are having is that the body of the guitar is made up of a combined 16 pieces. AD doesn't know which pieces you want to subtract from. Also what is being subtracted, the white layer, is a combined 7 objects. Usually we can just select a layer that is a type Curves and use the Divide tool to separate them, for some reason the combination of the dots, bar and paisley that divide doesn't like. Okay it's the bottom right dot. Something about that dot is causing a problem with divide and subtract. So I copied the combined (white) layer and from the copy deleted the bottom right dot. Then from the original I deleted all but the bottom right dot. Then I used divide on the black layer. Then I selected the black neck layer and the two white layers and did the subtract. Everything worked.
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