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    Garytagreg reacted to SPaceBar in Crash when using a template (artistic text and text on path)   
    Hi @Garytagreg I have been able to reproduce the crash both in 1.8.4 and in the Beta build 1.9.0.742. I noticed that it also happened when adding a text frame and typing in it.
    If you do the following it should stop the crashing:
    Open the template > Go to Edit > Defaults > Factory Reset The Edit > Defaults > Revert It should now work ok. I will get this issue logged and pass this information on to the development team.
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from ashf in Publisher crashes when pasting text into a frame text frame   
    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.
     
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from ashf in Publisher crashes when pasting text into a frame text frame   
    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
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from ashf in Publisher crashes when pasting text into a frame text frame   
    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
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    Garytagreg reacted to Andy Somerfield in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 7)   
    Garytagreg,
     
    Thanks for the heads up and the files - I have recreated the crash here and put a fix in for the next build :)
     
    Andy.
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    Garytagreg reacted to Nana in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 4)   
    Hi Andy,
     
    Now that the studio elements can be positioned in both left and right sides of the UI (please see the attached image), it will be great to hide either the left or right studio independently.  At the moment, the View->Studio->Hide Studio hides all studio panels on the screen.   Independently hiding the left or right studio will help some of us on small screen.
     
     
    As an example, after taking an image into the Tonal Mapping Persona, and selecting a preset of choice, I would like to hide the Preset panel on the right to gain more screen real estate and while showing the left studio panel to continue to apply adjustment to an image.   
     
    I posted a similar request for panels in the Designer forum https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/21294-affinity-designer-customer-beta-15-beta-2/?p=100185 sometime ago.
     
    Could you please kindly add this time saving feature for us??  It will really make me happy.
     
    Nana
     
     

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    Garytagreg reacted to vonBusing in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.3.5.1)   
    Hi Garytagreg,
     
    This strange message has been explained in the Affinity Designer Beta forum and is due to how Affinity apps keep track of opened files. For saving efficiency, only changed part of files are updated on save. If the file has been changed by other programs this will fail with the actual message. This situation happens very easily if you are in Finder renaming/moving files and folders in the path of the opened files in an Affinity app.
     
    I think this behavior is quite unlucky because work can easily be lost when files are just closed down like this. It is common behavior in OSX that you should be able to do file handling in Finder without apps freaking out. At least, if the app has lost the control over the file, it should ask to "Save as..." rather than just closing the offending file.
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from peter in Sony IC recorder   
    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 :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from Arctic Gorilla in Sony IC recorder   
    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 :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from raymondemery in Sony IC recorder   
    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 :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from Mediafuel in Sony IC recorder   
    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 :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from MattP in Sony IC recorder   
    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 :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from MattP in [Fixed] Weird Behaviour When Refining Selections with Wacom Tablet   
    Awesome! Thanks a bunch  :)
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from AdrianKLægreid in [Fixed] Weird Behaviour When Refining Selections with Wacom Tablet   
    I seem to have a knack for finding obscure bugs. I hope this one is repeatable on your side  :)
      I found some strange behaviour when using the "Selection Brush” or the “Rectangular Marquee” tool in tandem with my Wacom "Intuos Pen & Touch small” tablet:   1 Create a new document 2 Select either the "Selection Brush” or the “Rectangular Marquee” tool from the left toolbar 3 Click the “Refine” button to bring up the "Refine Selection" dialog box 4 Close the box by clicking either the Cancel or Apply buttons (or keyboard equivalents) 5 Lift the pen far enough off / away from the tablet that it no longer senses the pen 6 Bring the pen back in range (it doesn’t have to actually touch the tablet) 7 The “Refine Selection” dialog will pop up again without having clicked the “Refine” button   You can close the dialog and repeat steps 6~7 as many times as you like until you select another tool and then the selection tool again. Then it all starts from Step 2 again.   To make sure it wasn’t because of any custom settings, I removed all custom settings in the Wacom system preferences and restored everything to default. I also restarted AP but the behaviour continued as described.   I’m pretty sure its not working as intended as its maddening having the dialog pop up unbidden again and again if your hand strays from the tablet while you’re trying to select something intricate.   I tried it with the other tools in the default toolbar (“Paint Brush” /  “Paint Mixer Brush” et. al.), but it only seemed to happen with selections and the “Refine Selection” button.   It seems that the pen coming back into range is sending an mouse event or something that AP is interpreting as a click or a request to show the dialog again (an unhandled case in a switch statement being caught up in a default, maybe?)    Hope that helps. Enjoying the beta so far  :)
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from Mediafuel in Personal Logo   
    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  

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from A_B_C in Personal Logo   
    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  

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    Garytagreg reacted to David in Back to The Future - Nike   
    Overdone topic I know, started this a week ago with the news of that the shoes are to going on sale this year.
    It then found its way to the top of my "Avoiding real work todo list".
     
    (Don't worry, Pirate Cat riding a polar bear is NOT forgot and is in build)

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    Garytagreg reacted to pmeinertz in OMEGA Speedmaster   
    Hi,
     
    For my fourth try in AD I wanted to illustrate at Omega Speedmaster watch. Think it worked out well :-). Still a few glitches here and there :-(
     
    The hardest to figure out how to make was the wristband with the try to make it look woven. I did it with a costume made brush I made.
     
    I am still amazed how well AD performs. Great to get under the skin of the software. I set my self these challenges (HTC Phone, Nexus phone, Bulb and this) so that I would be sure to really learn to use AD, not just fooling around.
     
    Compared to how I usually does these illustrations Photoshop (Vector Layers), then AD is by far the easiest.
     
    Please enjoy!
     
    If anybody is interested I can upload the original AD file.  UPDATE! I have added the AD original file also now.
     
     
     
    Br,
     
    Philip

    Omega.afdesign
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from ronniemcbride in Kindle Paperwhite Poster   
    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


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    Garytagreg got a reaction from leGordeau in Kindle Paperwhite Poster   
    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


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    Garytagreg got a reaction from StudioDorgs in Kindle Paperwhite Poster   
    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


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    Garytagreg got a reaction from MattP in Kindle Paperwhite Poster   
    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 :)
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    Garytagreg got a reaction from sincetimebegan in Coffee Time   
    “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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    Garytagreg reacted to Jakerlund in Origami Bird   
    Doing some digital paper origami :)

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    Garytagreg got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Coffee Time   
    “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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