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    Gear maker reacted to Lee D in How To Use Font Collections Within Affinity Designer   
    Use the Character panel (View > Studio > Character) the first dropdown menu should be titles All Font, click this the collections from FontBook should be available.
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    Gear maker got a reaction from vincentlepes in Cycle tool problem causes change of layer selected   
    vicentlepes, thanks for getting the video to Sean, I was having problems with QuickTime.
    Sean, yes I always run in Separated Mode.  I guess I should mention that as this isn't the first time it has been important.
    Mike
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    Gear maker got a reaction from Alfred in changing default in photo to inches   
    In Affinity Photo there are a couple ways.  Go to the View tool (hand) and in the tool bar there is a "Units" field which can be set to inches.  You can also do it in the menu Document>Resize document.
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    Gear maker reacted to PixelPest in How can I fast create a pattern  like this?   
    Use text-tool - select text and delete - then convert to curves and Divide then Boolean Add then Divide again to receive individual shapes you can colorise to your liking.
    Cheers
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    Gear maker got a reaction from vincentlepes in Cycle tool problem causes change of layer selected   
    vicentlepes, thanks for getting the video to Sean, I was having problems with QuickTime.
    Sean, yes I always run in Separated Mode.  I guess I should mention that as this isn't the first time it has been important.
    Mike
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    Gear maker reacted to vincentlepes in Cycle tool problem causes change of layer selected   
    I happen to have ScreenFlow so I captured the issue with keystrokes showing. You can watch the tool change on first keypress followed by the layer change on second keypress. I show it with the "b" and "l" keys, but it is reproducible with any key that selects a tool and is also the first letter of the name of an existing layer.
    I may have found a caveat, because this behavior doesn't happen until you click on a layer or something in the layers panel. Once you "activate" it, it becomes infintely reproducible.
    Hope this helps!

    affinity-photo-tool-layer-select-issue.mp4
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    Gear maker got a reaction from PaulD in Lost Panels display on UI   
    It could be just pressing tab which erases toolbars and panels.  Then tab shows them again.
    It could be shift cmd H which hides just the studio of panels, menu View>Studio>Hide Studio or shift cmd H again. 
    Do either of those work for you?
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    Gear maker got a reaction from craiigman in Why is my text on a path slanting?   
    craiigman, I would guess from this image that you have a shear specified.  May 6 or 7 degrees.  With out having the file that would be the obvious guess.  Check on the Character panel.
    I over laid a star shape just to make it easier to see.  When I recreated it but making sure there was no shear but with the same font and size it looks good.

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    Gear maker got a reaction from evtonic3 in New node point?   
    evtronic3, first thing to remember about the smart node is if you make almost any change to it's handles it will change into a smooth node.  It's how it interacts with it's neighboring nodes that's important.  Make a shape with several nodes, convert them all into smart nodes.  Then grab one and move it, you will see that the handles on the neighboring nodes change to keep the curve between them as smooth as possible (in a smooth node they don't move).  Which will change the paths on either side of those nodes to change some.  Hope that helps.  Mike
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    Gear maker got a reaction from evtonic3 in New node point?   
    evtronic3, first thing to remember about the smart node is if you make almost any change to it's handles it will change into a smooth node.  It's how it interacts with it's neighboring nodes that's important.  Make a shape with several nodes, convert them all into smart nodes.  Then grab one and move it, you will see that the handles on the neighboring nodes change to keep the curve between them as smooth as possible (in a smooth node they don't move).  Which will change the paths on either side of those nodes to change some.  Hope that helps.  Mike
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    Gear maker reacted to JimmyJack in [AD] Selecting a node that is under another node   
    Single click on the top node of the group.
    Now Shift + Control drag select the group. This will leave you with just the middle and bottom. (if there were more than three points it would give you everything below the top)
    Now Shift click on those two to get just the bottom OR Command click on thom to get just the middle.
    cheers
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    Gear maker got a reaction from SpongeBob in This snapping doesn't work   
    SpongeBob, if you make sure the intersection of the crossed lines are in the exact center of the symbol, then it should work fine with the Snap to object bounding boxes and Include bounding box mid points selected.  You won't be able to just snap to the actual intersection.
    The easiest way I know to make sure the intersection is in the exact middle is to:
    Draw a straight line either vertical or horizontal.
    Make a duplicate of this line and rotate the line 90 degrees using the Rotate Clockwise icon in the toolbar.
    Select both lines and click on the Join Curves icon in the toolbar.
    I hope this helps.
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    Gear maker got a reaction from John Rostron in Measure a curved path   
    SpongeBob, I don't know how accurate a measurement you need.  But a trick I have used to get a fair measurement of the length of curves in AD is to use the dashed line.  I have found that the following setting will position the dashes at 1" intervals.  So then I just count the dashes and estimate any partials.  Not the greatest, but it gives me a measurement probably to the closest 1/4".  Hint: enter the stroke width as a number instead of using the slide bar, the dash interval is very dependent upon the stroke width.  With a little playing you can find many combinations of dashed sizes that will give an interval that is usable to whatever scale is needed.  Start counting from the red node and the first dash is number zero.  So in the example below the lines total just shy of 18".

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    Gear maker reacted to firstdefence in Measure a curved path   
    Who needs complex math when you have the GMDS (Gear Maker Dash System)  liking the notation too
    1 1 0 0  14.17pt = 5mm
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    Gear maker reacted to firstdefence in Measure a curved path   
    I started tinkering and 1 millimetre = 2.83465 pt approx
    So, this might be slightly off but if you draw a line 100mm long you will get 20 dashes with the setting below, I made the dashes 4.95mm long taking into consideration the minimum space allowed 0.05mm, it's pretty bang on too.


     
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    Gear maker got a reaction from John Rostron in Measure a curved path   
    SpongeBob, I don't know how accurate a measurement you need.  But a trick I have used to get a fair measurement of the length of curves in AD is to use the dashed line.  I have found that the following setting will position the dashes at 1" intervals.  So then I just count the dashes and estimate any partials.  Not the greatest, but it gives me a measurement probably to the closest 1/4".  Hint: enter the stroke width as a number instead of using the slide bar, the dash interval is very dependent upon the stroke width.  With a little playing you can find many combinations of dashed sizes that will give an interval that is usable to whatever scale is needed.  Start counting from the red node and the first dash is number zero.  So in the example below the lines total just shy of 18".

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    Gear maker reacted to PixelPest in Create a Hexagon two interlacing triangles   
    Please start over:

    StarColoured.mp4  If you need an additional contour/stroke please try the Layer Effect "Outline", Alignment set to Centre:
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    Gear maker got a reaction from A_B_C in Option to remove the hints at the UI bottom   
    Alex, that's ironic.  I have always used Separated Mode and my complaint has always been the Status Bar/hints have never been visible to me.  If I do a reset the hints will be available for an hour or so and then they are gone.  But I will have had to spend the better part of the hour trying to get my system set back to the way it was before reset.  99.9% of the time I don't need the hints but every so often I wonder if there is a modifier that would help me do a particular task.  I agree we should be able to turn on and off the visibility of the Status Bar.  But I'd just love to be able to turn it on!   Mike
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    Gear maker got a reaction from vincentlepes in Keyboard selecting layers   
    Vincent, I totally agree with you.  I turned in the issue: 
    My read was that no one was too interested, apparently I was the only one to complain.  Glad to see others bring it up.  You should be able to turn off the Use ⇧ modifier to cycle tools in preferences to stop this issue, of course then there are other issues.
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    Gear maker reacted to R C-R in Rectangle fill colour 'noise'   
    What do you think about not hiding it at all, at least in the Color Studio panel, maybe something like this?

    Also, in the large Color Chooser window (the one that appears when you double-click on a color well), there is a lot of unused space on the right, above the Close button. That could be used for a pair of Opacity & Noise sliders, with the % field next to the names above the sliders so it all fits in the width of that space nicely.
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    Gear maker reacted to Alfred in " Symbol?   
    Symbol things amuse symbol minds?
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    Gear maker got a reaction from Alfred in Rectangle fill colour 'noise'   
    FYI I have had pretty good luck changing the looks of the noise by using blend modes.

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    Gear maker got a reaction from Alfred in Gradient Tool   
    Snowcap, that's a very broad topic.  Following are a few tutorials out on YouTube.  If you can narrow down the question a bit we should be able to help.
     
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    Gear maker reacted to Alfred in " Symbol?   
    If you’re referring to the available fonts on your computer, try wordmark.it: copy the “curly” quotes from this post and paste them into the box on the linked page.
     
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    Gear maker got a reaction from ronnyb in Reset Bounding Box   
    ronnyb7 I totally agree.  I did figure out a way and put it in the Tips topic maybe this will help you:
     
    "Have you ever created a complex shape but when you finish it had been rotated a few times so the bounding box was all kittywampus.  I had been trying to figure out a way to keep the shape in the proper the orientation but get the transform to show 0 degrees rotation to have a straight bounding box.  Found the easiest way is to draw a rectangle bigger than the shape and totally overlaps it.  Then use the Intersect Operation.  The resulting shape will be zeroed out.  The color will the same as whichever layer is on the bottom.  Multi shape objects need each shape to be done separately."
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