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  1. Yes but that is on 8-Bit PNGs, which do not support alpha transparency, just single colour transparency. The method I'm referring to will allow pixels to have multiple levels of opacity, but it will still reduce the number of colours to save file size. It's like the best of 8-bit and 16-bit PNGs combined.
  2. Hi there, is there any plan to introduce more options for compressing PNG image exports? I've noticed I can add my transparent PNGs created in Affinity to an online image compressor like Optimizilla and it will compress the image considerably, whilst retaining the quality and the alpha transparency. It uses something called "Indexed RGB" colours to do this, reducing file sizes by between 40% and 60% for most PNGs with alpha transparency. In Affinity, there is just the option of 16 Bit or 8 Bit (dithered). When exporting logos for the web, this helps improve Pagespeed Insights scores, in addition to reducing load times.
  3. I would like to agree with the others in this thread. I've been using Affinity Designer ever since it was first released on Windows, and now I seem to be getting all the lag and slowdown mentioned above. I've only noticed it since the very latest update - before then it has been zippy, fast and responsive. One example is pressing File > New - it takes about 15-20 seconds for the dialogue to pop up, which is normally instant. I've also never noticed the pixelation when zooming in and out of documents before, now suddenly it's there all the time, even with a small, simple document. I have even experienced freeze-ups where the app says it's not responding and also one crash. ----------------------------------- HP Omen Intel Core i7-8750H 16GB DDR4 RAM Nvidia GTX1060 NVME SSD Monitors - Built-in Laptop and Samsung 4k External Monitor Connected with Display Port. Latest Windows 10
  4. I've noticed after recent updates that there is a change in behaviour when zooming in and out on Affinity Designer documents. The items on screen seem to pixelate slightly as I zoom, then sharpen back up once the view is fixed. I swear it never used to do this. Is this a performance option or related to the graphics card perhaps? A video reviewer on YouTube also pointed this out when taking a first look at AD.
  5. I'll have to check with the Nobel Prize board.... It's a shame about the right click. As that doesn't seem to be used for anything whilst on the clone brush. In fact it would be great to be able to customise all extra mouse buttons in Affinity apps - I have a pair of back/forward buttons on the side of my mouse that I'd love to have as undo/redo or brush size up/down.
  6. Perfect! Now if you know how to enable right-click to choose clone source, you'll be in the running for a Nobel Prize.... 😄
  7. Ah yes, it works! At first I thought it wasn't working, but then I realised I'd previously adjusted the 'Accumulation' setting to 50% whilst I was experimenting. Is there any way to add a crosshair in the middle of the destination brush circle? With the Flow Control set so low, it's really hard to line up points to clone.
  8. I have been trying to use the clone brush in Affinity Photo after years of using the one in Paint Shop Pro. As far as I can see there isn't an option in AP that matches the 'Build Up' checkbox in PSP. The default behaviour is to select your source, then paint your destination, which clones the image across. if you set 50% opacity, the copy is a 50% seethrough version of the source. No matter how many times you 'sweep' over the destination area, you will never get more that 50% opacity of the clone. If you then release the mouse button and click again, you get another 50%. The 'Build up' checkbox in PSP gives you the option to keep applying the cloned content without needing to lift your mouse button. Kind of like how an airbrush will keep adding more and more paint every time you sweep over the same area. I would normally set the opacity to 10-15% then build up the cloned content slowly, making it blend perfectly with surrounding areas. Is there an option I am missing in AP that allows this? As I simply can't use the clone tool effectively without it. Quick secondary suggestion: I love how PSP lets me right-click to select the clone source, then left click to apply. Any chance of this option too? Edit: Sorry I put this in the wrong forum - should have been Affinity Photo Suggestions.
  9. I have been manually creating the 'long shadow' effect for years now and I don't think it's a style that will be disappearing anytime soon. I would love to see a more comprehensive Outer Shadow section in the FX tab, with options for length, gradient, growth (ie. as if the light source is close to the object) etc. I can picture a crosshair appearing on my selected object for the light source, so you could simply move that around to adjust your shadow. For things like UI design and icon creation this would be invaluable as a time saver. Also on a side-note, I would love to see the FX section allow vector versions. I regularly remove certain FX and recreate them manually when sending work for print (I'm looking at you 'Outline'!)
  10. Yes! Setting both monitors to sRGB IEC61966-2.1 in Windows Colour Management settings did the trick! Many thanks for your help.
  11. Yes, for a start the rendering intent is already set to Relative Colourmetris (I tried the others too). The document is set to CMYK/8 and I have never had Euroscale v2 in my colour profiles.
  12. Sorry, this solution doesn't work for me. I am not opening existing images, I'm creating a blank document (in any colour space) and drawing a 'white' square. This square comes out yellow (as seen in my screenshots).
  13. I'm getting this problem again after updating my Nvidia graphics drivers. The old solution I had success with (switching the renderer) doesn't seem to be having an effect. See the attached screen grabs - you can see in "Screen Grab 1.png" Affinity Designer renders the background of the document in proper white, but the box I drew and filled with '100% white' has a yellow colour. In the colour mixer, the text is white, but the 100% lightness colour is yellowy. By the way, I have two monitors, the one on my Windows 10 laptop and an external monitor. The problem persists on both. I can't use Affinity programs until this is fixed....
  14. +1 from me too. I think Freehand used to have this.
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