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  1. I often switch between monitors and sometimes I get into troubles when leaving a panel undocked (Brushes, for instance). The panel tends to be too big for the other monitor and hides its header above the screen top. Then, only View -> Studio -> Reset studio helps to move the panel into place, but it also takes some time to set the studio back to the configuration I'm used to use. So it would be nice to have a "Dock" option in the context menu on all the studio panels. The functionality would be simple: just docking the panel to its default group. This applies for both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. Thanks for consideration ;)
  2. I'm not sure whether this is "by design" or just a bug, but... When setting a custom keyboard shortcut for alignment (e.g. Alt+Cmd+B for aligment to Bottom), the alignment itself is applied always with respect to selection bounds. However, in the alignment settings pane, the "Align to" option is set so as the alignment reflects "First selected" element. I think the keyboard shortcuts for alignment should also reflect this setting. Thanks for looking into this when there's a spare time
  3. @Callum, @Old Bruce I see your point. Unfotunately, I have never found any real use case for "selection bounds" alignment. It may be because of my "deformation" from other tools (like Axure RP, or even Photoshop some years ago), where there you always align to first (or last) selected element. And it seems to me quite convenient as alignmnent is predictable, clear and fast (using keyboard shorcuts). Actually, in my workflow during app design (pixel-perfect results with often quite small elements are needed), it's really confusing to use alignment to "selection bounds" as this produces undesired results in 99% of cases. For example, usually one element is already placed where it should be, then you add more elements somewhere into the design and need all of them to get vertically centered with the first element. Aligning to "selection bounds" simply does not do it. I admit that it may be only my point of view, but I'd be grateful for some insights on this. Maybe I'm getting the whole "selection bounds" alingment thing wrong. Is it useful in other workflows, like drawing or print design? Thanks.
  4. Sorry if this has been answered before, but I can't figure out how to add a new artboard in AD. I use the latest Mac AppStore version. I have a simple document with some shapes, texts, etc. I want them to stay them where they are (in the first artboad) and create a new artboard to continue working on the second page of the document. Is this possible somehow? Thanks for answer ;)
  5. Both destructive and live Depth of Field filters, in Tilt Shift mode, render visible errors in the "smoothness" of the blur gradient. See the screenshot. These non-fluent blur levels emerge all along the axis of the Tilt Shift configuration. This makes the filters vastly unusable for sufficient results. Tested on Sierra 10.12.6, Apple Cinema Display attached to MacBook Pro, display mehod - Metal. Thanks for looking into it.
  6. Sorry, taking that back. Now I realized that the "Assign" and "Convert" buttons relate to Color Profile only, not to the Colour Format...
  7. Hi all, I have a nasty problem: Designer document designed originally in RGB/8 which needs to be converted to CMYK/8 for printing purposes. With current AD beta on Mac, the original document cannot be converted to CMYK/8 - the buttons "Assign" and "Convert" in the Color tab of Document properties are disabled when choosing CMYK/8. Also, when creating a new CMYK/8 document and copy/pasting the contents from the original RGB/8 file, the colors get distorted badly. Is there a way, how to achieve CMYK/8 document without significant color change (of course, there will be some, but currently when copy/pasting, the result is too different). Thanks for any (quick ;)) advice!
  8. Sorry, if I'm missing something, but is there a way, how to duplicate an existing slice in the Export Persona? There's so many things that may be defined within a slice, so duplication would really speed things up... Thanks for info :)
  9. I'm struggling with a rather simple task. I have an image and I need to distort it so like it looks like being wrapped around a bottle shape. You know what I mean... the sides are a bit pushed, the verticael center remains 1:1. Is there a way how to achieve this in AP or AD? Both Distort filter and Liquify persona provide results that are far from precise, editing curve nodes with image nested inside does not morph the image... I'm clueless. Maybe some advanced Equations filter inputs..? Thanks for any tips.
  10. Actually, there are still plenty of reasons to have images optimized and stripped from unnecessary data (images for e-mailing, mobile websites, apps that download images on-line over mobile connections, that are not everywhere as fast as 3G/LTE, not mentioning data limits from mobile operators...). As an update for ImageOptim (https://imageoptim.com/mac) mentioned above: current version supports both lossless and lossy optimization for both PNGs and JPEGs. I use this very often, sometimes along with ImageAlpha as well (when I need more control over how the PNG gets compressed). ImageOptim is clean & easy to use. Several tens or hundreds of PNGs exported from AD/AP are compressed with one drag'n'drop in one batch. Extremely efficient for my use cases (asseets for mobile apps, mainly).
  11. Lojza

    Ponnies by my daughter

    OK, this is not any pro drawing, but I feel like sharing it with you :) My little daughter (she'll be 5 the next week) loves My Little Ponnies so she was excited to design something similar by herself. Actually, I did the most of the drawing according to her instructions - she's more used to touch screens and a track pad is still somehow strange to her :)
  12. Hi all, First, I do have to aplogize I have only vague knowledge of ICC profiles and how they exactly work, but I spotted a fairly strange behaviour with Affinity Photo. I often use some internet images, photos, logos, etc. (Being careful about the copyrights, of course!) I copy them right from the browser and then use "New from Clipboard" in AP to create a new document and edit the image. However, the new document (image) has different colours in comparison with what is seen in the browser. I realized that the new document has "Generic RGB profile" assigned. When I assign a different profile, like "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" or "Apple RGB", the colours get somehow closer to the original, but not exactly. On the other hand, when I first download the image to disk and then open in it AP, the colours are OK - the same as in the browser. What should I do to preserve the colours when copying the image right from the web? Is there any kind of configuration that would take care of that? Or is this a bug in AP? Thanks for any advice.
  13. Lojza

    Book Cover

    Exactly as MEB said. Thanks!
  14. I have also downloaded the "purple car" to disk, opened it in Affinity Photo and it's still purple. No matter what color profile I assign to it. I think it must be the petapixel's image...
  15. Thanks for all the valuable resources! I managed to configure FF to be color-managed (using my Thunderbolt Display profile in one of the settings), some tests went well after restart (such as this http://cameratico.com/tools/web-browser-color-management-test/),but here I still see a purple car instead of an orange one: https://petapixel.com/2012/06/25/is-your-browser-color-managed/ Weird :/
  16. Lojza

    Spotter's guide to stereotypes #9

    It's cool :) Where are the tattoos, though? :D
  17. I have assigned "\" and "Y" ("Z" on english keyboards) keys to rotate the canvas left / right. It's quite convenient and fast. Even if I need to rotate by 90°, it's a matter of a second. Just look for "Rotate Right" and "Rotate Left" in Settings -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> View section.
  18. Hi all, please, is there a way, how to configure Affinity Photo not to preserve the same settings for different tools? Concrete example: I often use Inpainting Brush together with Clone Brush Tool, but I need them to have different settings (e.g. Inpainting with 100% opacity and 80% hardness, whereas Clone Brush Tool needs to be set to 50% opacity and 0% hardness). Of course, changing the settings every time I exchange the tools is quite time consuming... Currently, these tools share the same opacity / hardness / flow settings. Is there a way how to change it? Thanks!
  19. It would be nice to be able to set a shape's stroke blend mode independently from the shape fill. Example: a square with "Normal" fill and "Erase" stroke would do great in such designs as this: Thanks for considering! :)
  20. Lojza

    Book Cover

    Very decent job! I'd put some more work to the typography and overal layout, though. In my opinion, the labels tend to interfere with the decorative patterns in the corners somehow... Something like this, maybe..?
  21. Please, would it be possible to add a "double click to adjust size" feature to certain elements? The idea is like this: - double click on bottom center handle of a Frame Text would adjust it's height according to currently contained text (extremely useful when aligning / distributing variable-height text elements that require same vertical spacing between them). The alternative is to make frame text's height dynamic as it is with art text. - double click on art board's bottom or right handle would adjust art board height / width according to its content (oh, please, do this! Resizing many art boards manually is a tedious task with a lot of zooming...) - etc. (maybe other elements' autosize feature would make sense, too) Thank you for considering!
  22. Hi devs! I'd like to ask for a specific feature regarding art boards. In current versions, when nudging elements around in an art board with cursor keys (but with mouse and Move Tool as well), the elements are released from the artboard when being pushed too far beyond its boundary. At certain design tasks, like creating a large set of similar phone screens with partially hidden content, it's quite difficult to stay organized as the elements pushed beyond the screen boundaries "jump out of the art board" and gets somehow lost in the layers panel. So here's the "simple" solution: make art boards behave more like a shape. When e.g. a rectangle contains some elements (texts, other shapes...), they are never kicked out of the rectangle in the layers panel, no matter whether they are completely off the boundaries of the rectangle (thus not visible on the screen). I guess such a behaviour may be also configurable in Settings, if you prefer so. Thanks for considering!