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  1. Glad to hear that its getting tracked down Here is what "locale" gives me LANG= LC_COLLATE="C" LC_CTYPE="UTF-8" LC_MESSAGES="C" LC_MONETARY="C" LC_NUMERIC="C" LC_TIME="C" LC_ALL= My workaround is just to make really big frames before pasting the text, just to ensure it fits.
  2. Thanks for the replies, I've answered the questions above and I've attached the crash report. I had some really wierd crashes with early versions of designer that eventually were found to be due to having Japanese installed as a secondary language on my computer (I live in Japan but I'm not Japanese). I seem to remember that it was crashing a menu somehow, even though I was doing something apparently unrelated. I'm just mentioning this again as it is the main difference in my setup to most folks. Hope it helps. Crash Report.txt
  3. I'm getting a reproducible crash on publisher with the following steps: create a new document create an empty frame text frame copy a block of text several lines long from another app (I've been using the Notes app) that has enough text to not "fit" in the frame crashes every time I've attached a sample file with the empty text frame and a file with some random text. if you paste the text from the text file into the frame in the publisher file it crashes immediately. It also crashes the latest beta at this time (1.7.3 475). I'm running Mojave 10.14.6 on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013). As I've had weird crashes connected with text in designer and photo before, I should also mention that macOS has Japanese as a secondary language installed but that the text being pasted does not have any Japanese text in it. Hope this helps Text to paste.txt Empty frame.afpub
  4. Hi, In Designer, I was making a collection of cards so I made a symbol to give me the ability to change colour etc. for all of them at the same time. (Attached is a scaled down version of the document.) However, if the symbol mode is set to synchronise symbols and I try to duplicate the group that contains various things (see the layers pane) then the app immediately crashes. This is also true if copying the group and then pasting it - the app will crash on the paste. Changing the symbol mode to not synchronise symbols and then duplicating does not crash the app. Try it yourself on the attached document. Note that this also crashes the Affinity Photo app, too. Both apps are the current App store versions (Designer 1.6.1 Photo 1.6.7) crash on duplicate.afdesign
  5. Hi Nothing too serious but: When you make a change to a document (in both AD and AP) and then choose to close it with the File->Close or CMD-W before saving it, it prompts you to save before closing it. This is all fine, but if you choose to save it, then it saves but doesn't close the file afterwards. I have to tell it to close again. I would expect it to save and then close as that was my original intention. If you do a similar thing in closing the whole app (CMD-Q) then it pops up the same prompt but it does exit after saving if you ask it to, which is what I would expect. Surely the CMD-W closing of a file should be the same?
  6. Hi all Its been a while since I posted any work and I was wanting to make another custom icon for a device I plug into my computer again: this time my "Sony IC Recorder" voice recorder. I wasn't able to match the fonts exactly, but it looks good enough for me (especially when its resized really small when used as an icon!). I did find the advanced font adjustments useful at getting "close" to the originals. I was also quite happy with how easy it was to give the rounded effect on the top and the bottom of the device by simple adding more points to a gradient and moving them around until I got a convincing shading. I also took the opportunity to make a custom style for the LCD display, so now if I want one, I just click once and all the works already done! :) Hope you like it :)
  7. Looks great. The battery icon seems to be a bit too bright to me, though. I don't have an iPhone so I don't know if its like that on the real thing, but I would make it a bit dimmer if it were me. Maybe also give a bit of variation on the outer, silver, bezel to give the illusion of a light source lighting up one side / corner and the opposite side being in shadow. I did this in my kindle paperwhite pic. (http://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/4025-kindle-paperwhite-poster/) where I brightened the top left corner and darkened the bottom right corner (just as simple diagonal gradient overlay) so that it looks like there's a light source to the top left of the device. As for the reflection, have a look at this post and maybe try something similar: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/3999-htc-m8-smartphone/. I didn't do something like that on my kindle pic as it doesn't have a very reflective screen. The idea is to give something subtle so don't try to make things too shiny if you want it to look realistic.
  8. By the way, I like the 2nd one better as the 'A' is easier to make out. The larger triangles on don't look as "busy" as the 1st one and give nice contrast with the smaller triangles on the right so its easier to "read".
  9. I've found a possibly more accurate way as it uses a shape generated by the app and so isn't reliant on the precision of a hand-written aspect ratio: Select the polygon shape from the shapes toolbar Draw one of any size while holding SHIFT (so that it constrains proportions) With the new polygon selected, reduce the "Sides" property up at the top of the app window (by the fill and stroke) to Say, "Hello" to your equilateral triangle :) You can then convert it to a curve and then resize it to the desired side length by editing the "W" value in the "Transform" tab (bottom right of the app window). I suggest you click the little link icon so that the "W" and "H" values will be linked
  10. Thanks everyone! :) @pmeinertz Yes, I used the noise feature that MEB mentioned. For more specific details about the screen: There's a lower layer for the base colour of the screen at the bottom; then another layer with the e-book text and icons etc.; then there's a top layer for the surface of the screen with a slight gradient from the top-left to the bottom-right (for lighting) that has 100% noise set to the 2 colours. I then give that top layer a very small amount of gaussian blur (0.1px) to smooth out the noise a bit to make it a bit more natural looking and then I reduce the layer's opacity to 25%. This has the effect of slightly obscuring the "e-ink" so that it's not perfectly black which gives it a nice authentic feel.
  11. Thanks! What I really liked was that I could create an image that was actually big enough to draw it with the actual dimensions (its about 11.5 x 17cm in real life). Try that with a pixel image and you'd have a really massive file size! This was really helpful as I just had to whip out my ruler and measure things for size and placement resulting in a very accurate result :)
  12. I was making a icon to use as a replacement for the one automatically displayed on the desktop when I plug in my kindle paperwhite and it turned out quite well. So, I thought I'd make it even more accurate and make a marketing-type poster. All vector and all done in Affinity Designer, including all the text, lines and icons on the display. It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, mainly because its really a lot of rounded rectangle shapes, but that's what makes vector art (and AD) great :) I'm hoping to make a more 3D-ish one that appears to be rotated around 20~30 degrees around the y-axis sometime, but I'm happy with this "straight on" one, too. I've also include the icon as a png if anyone would like to use it. Hope you like it! edit: re-uploaded the png with a few minor fixes for some strokes getting too big after resizing the layer
  13. Looking good! I like the background: gives a sense of depth but not too busy to distract from the foreground. Maybe give the ships in the background a bit of blur to give a bit more depth?
  14. Nice use of noise to get texture and the fold at the "head" is very well done. Great job!
  15. Nice! Maybe add some vertical bars on the helmet visor to make it look more reflective?
  16. Mmmm... a video for the whole thing might be a bit long and I've never done a video before... What bit in particular were you most interested in? Maybe I think of a simpler example for one.
  17. Thanks for the comments everyone! I had initially wanted to make it part of a more complicated scene like on a table with other things in the background to look more like a photograph but I was happy with how it turned out as it is. I'll probably tweak it a bit more and make such a version later :)
  18. “Coffee Time” I’m really not very good with hand drawing (stick figures only!) so I really like the concept of vector drawing in which I can make changes after the fact and tweak to my hearts content. To learn how to use Affinity Designer (I have played with some vector stuff before in Inkscape but nothing much at all), I decided to make something look as real as I could that wouldn’t need too much raw drawing skill and I came up with “Coffee Time” : 100% created from scratch vector drawing (no brushes or pixel layers except for the use of the fx “Layer effects"). I did use a photo for reference but I didn’t do any tracing or anything. I’m really, really happy how it turned out. I tried out all sorts of things and learned a lot but it was a lot of fun :) As this is a "Learn and Share” forum, I thought I’d share exactly what I did (see the other other attached pictures). It’s not perfect and I’m a beginner, but hopefully others might be able to learn something, too Enjoy! :) My Process: 01 Create 2 sets of circle shapes to represent the top and bottom of the cup. Squish the top and the bottom with the move tool. The top circle has a smaller one on top to remove later to make a lip for the cup. I deliberately used bright colours to make the shapes easy to distinguish from each other. 02 Join the circles with the corners of a rectangle shape to form the side of the cup. 03 Shape the rectangle with the node tool. Add a handle. Clone the top circle and move it down to make the surface of the coffee. 04 Create a set of “shading shapes” to put on top of the side of the cup. These will then be given a gradient colour and transparency to give the illusion of a bumpy surface. 05 Create some circles and overlay some shading shapes . I used the the smart duplicate function to repeatedly rotate duplicates of the shading shape easily. 06 Squish the saucer with the move tool and move into place under the saucer 07 Change the colours to something closer to the final version and play with gradients and transparencies. I also blurred it to make it blend more naturally. Once I got something that looked good, I made a style of it and then applied it to the others and then hand tweaked each one. 08 Do the same to the saucer. Also added some detail (reflection of the inside of the cup and blurred it) to the coffee. 09 Add a background with a gradient. I used the noise slider to give it some texture. I also added some steam with just a hand drawn shape. 10 Add a shadow. I just duplicated the cup and saucer, blacked them out and then put them in place underneath everything and used the shear tool to project it out. I also added some fine detail on the edge of the side of the cup to add to the bumpiness illusion. Made the lip a nice shiny gold with a slightly tweaked version of the built in “metal” style. Added some self shadowing to the saucer and further deformed the circle shape it to give a more 3D look to it. 11 Added reflections and spectral highlights to the cup and saucer. Now it looks nice and shiny. For the final version, I also added some bubbles to the coffee (lots of circle shapes) and the text, converted to curves and then given a steam like style (actually the same one I used for the shading shapes!) and then each character rotated and scaled to make it look like steam from the coffee.
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