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# Hokusai

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1. ## Boolean tools still not working well

Before @Alfred asks, yes I have many hats! ðŸ˜…
2. ## Boolean tools still not working well

This is something that I have struggled with since I began using vector apps (not just Designer). While I think that the Boolean operations have improved greatly since the early days of Designer (my hats off to Matt and the other developers), there is still room for improvement. @Zatlap I'm not sure if this is something that you've tried but in cases like this the solution or workaround is very easy. Just put a couple of additional nodes to both objects and then perform the Boolean Operations and it should work like you want. I did convert your rectangle to curves first but I'm not even sure you need to do that. Probably if you just added extra nodes before the breaking point on the triangle shape and it would probably work. Please see the example that you made (and I altered). I hope that the Boolean operations continue to improve but until then, this has been working wonderfully for me for quite some time. I even use it for rather complex and complicated shapes and it has worked just as well but it takes a while to get a feeling as to where to place the extra nodes. I hope it helps. Best regards, Hokusai test_02.afdesign
3. ## affinity designer Gibson Girl

Marc, You're right, roughly sketched probably wasn't the best way to describe the original. I love his stuff and I find it interesting that he used rough looking lines to create stunning pictures of beautiful ladies. Best regards, Hokusai
4. ## affinity designer Gibson Girl

I happened to read a story about a Gibson Girl the other day and it made me think that I should try to make my own version of one of Charles Gibson's famous girls. These were created in Designer using vectors. The original one was a roughly sketched black and white image and so I made my first one black & white too but with a little more added tone. After I finished I decided to make a color one too just for fun. Thanks for checking out my work. Best regards, Hokusai Hokusai
5. ## Angled or Oblique guideline

Vivarts Graphics, This is already available as a grid option, not with guides but it would work for what you want, wouldn't it? Best regards, Hokusai
6. ## When will live trace come ? (darren k)

Here is the thread where most of the discussion about it seems to occur.
7. ## affinity designer Tribute to the Aztecs

Thought I'd share a project that I have been working on. I have always been fascinated with Meso-American cultures and their art and after reading Jo-Jo's Bizarre Adventures I couldn't help but make my own version. Oddly Matt Groening's work reminds me a lot of Aztec art but maybe that's just me. I made it using Affinity Designer and all vectors. Thanks for taking the time to view my work and I hope that you enjoy it.
8. ## Adding a New Layer

evtonic3, Designer already does this for me, it puts a new layer one up from the one that I currently have selected. Maybe I'm not understanding what you're requesting? For me, I'd like to see an option for Designer to always start each new document with a layer instead of having to add them manually. I know it is a feature, but I never work withouts layers and I have to add a layer first thing when I create a new file every time. It would be nice to have the option of it starting every file with a layer. Working without Layers makes things disorganized in my opinion. Hokusai
9. ## Add Illustrator export option

Hi Federico, Welcome to the forums. This has been requested before in the past but the developers have stated that they can't add the Illustrator export option unless they reverse engineer it and they wouldn't be doing that as they feel it isn't right. So as Psenda suggested, why not use PDF? I rarely use Illustrator anymore but when I do, I use PDF's to get things that I've done in Designer into Illustrator and I haven't had any issues so far. Best of luck, Hokusai

Jowday, Just to be fair from January 1987 to April 2007, there was no isolation mode in Illustrator. So that would be a result of roughly 7,300 days with no isolation mode, or 20 years and 4 months or so.
11. ## Mac Designer: magnifier key command is weak and unreliable

VectorCat, You know this happens to me often and when it does, I normally find that I mistakenly hit the command key first and then the space bar (as you wrote) but in fact I believe that in Affinity's programs it is Space Bar + Command. That is how it seems to me and it always works for me when I do Space Bar + Command but not the other way around. I hope that helps. Adobe's apps seem to work regardless of which one you press first (or at least they used to) but Affinity's style is Space Bar + Command. Hokusai
12. ## Enhanced functions and improvements for vector brushes

Hi PaRunk, Thanks for clearing that up. Sorry, I thought the conversation was about vector brushes (pure vector brushes) and so I thought that I must have missed them being introduced at one point. That's my fault. When I saw the one that Old Bruce posted, I thought it was a vector brush or a vector stroke but I was mistaken. I'd love to be able to use pure vector brushes and vector strokes to create fude style lines. The raster brushes are nice but I work mostly in pure vectors and I'd love to be able to use vector ones in my work. I'd also like to be able to make my own vector brushes or at least modify ones that are included. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who'd like to see them added. Hopefully sometime in a not so distant future release we'll get them!
13. ## Enhanced functions and improvements for vector brushes

Hi Alfred, Thanks for the reply. I knew that you can change the settings for the brushes and that using only a mouse is limited but I was looking more for vector brushes like the one that Old Bruce showed in his example. Best regards, Hokusai
14. ## Enhanced functions and improvements for vector brushes

Does Designer have Vector brushes? I see them but they don't do anything when I select them and then draw something. I'd love to be able to use a brush with a fude (Japanese brush) look. Maybe as @PaRunk said, they are only available if I use a graphics tablet? I don't use a tablet and draw everything using a mouse. If this is the case, I'd love to be able to use them without a tablet! I also second PaRunk's suggestion for being able to change the direction of the brush! Thanks!
15. ## Repaper and Designer

I am intrigued by iskn's Repaper graphics tablet. I saw it 3 or 4 years ago loved the idea but I don't know anyone who uses one and I haven't bought one either but I often think about it. I was wondering if anyone here uses it and then uses Affinity Designer or Photo to manipulate the drawings? I believe that Repaper can capture your strokes in vectors while you draw on real paper using real pencils or pens and you can export them with SVG, which you could then manipulate using Designer or Photo. I'd be curious to know what people who have used one think of it? I know a lot of people use Wacom or other devices but I'm a more traditionalist and prefer real paper and pencil or pen and I was wondering how the Repaper compared with other devices like the ones from Wacom. I often sketch things out on paper and then scan it or take a photo and then rework it in Designer based on my sketch but it would be great to remove a step but I wasn't how well it worked.
16. ## Why is my pen tool unusable/broken? (Affinity designer)

2989, Do you have pen tool set to Polygon Mode? That would be my guess, when you have the pen tool selected, make sure the Mode is Pen Tool and not one of the others. The Pen tool is the first option in the Mode settings. Polygon tool is the third. Hokusai
17. ## Please DON'T outline editable text in Outline Mode

Lorox, I'm guessing that you'd like the Editable fonts to be displayed differently from the fonts that have been outlined so that you can tell the difference. Is that right? This is something that I requested way back in March 2015 and I'd still like to see it added today.
18. ## Advanced functions for duplication

PaRunk, Have you watched the Power Duplicate video? https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/tutorials/designer/desktop/video/301626751/ It might help you. It goes over how to use the Power Duplicate much like a dedicated Step-and-Repeat function would (although the interface isn't quite the same).
19. ## How to Fill an Empty Space

@Callum, I think that Boldlinedesign is talking about a feature like LiveTrace that is found in Illustrator. To my knowledge that kind of function hasn't been added to Designer as of yet although I'm looking forward to it being added too. I don't need the ability to vectorize things but it would be great to be able to fill negative spaces without having to draw or use shapes (much like using the magic wand but with vectors). Best regards, Hokusai
20. ## Text All Uppercase Bug?

I'm not sure this is it but have you checked the Typography flyout that is found under the Character Palette?
21. ## Astute Graphics Technology

Sorry Izzy, I think you misunderstood my point. I too much prefer Affinity Designer to Illustrator. I was a hardcore Illustrator user for years until I found Designer and I haven't looked back. My point was that Illustrator is a subscription which most people dislike (or hate) and many people have come to Affinity looking for a similar software solution that isn't subscription based. Astute's plugins are also subscription based so I'd think that many people who dislike Adobe's subscription would also dislike Astute's subscription. As I mentioned, I think that it is best to have 3rd party plugin support and then the market place can decide if it is something that people want to pay for or not. I also think that many people wouldn't want to pay more than double the price of the program just for a plugin but then again the market place can decide. Astute's plugins might be useful, they do look cool but they sure are pricey. Are they worth it? I don't know and the price point is sure going to keep me from finding out. I'm not sure if this is what you're suggesting or not but I too would like to see some of the more interesting things that the Astute plugins offer incorporated natively into Designer, no need for a plugin. Maybe you could make a request for some of the more useful features of the Astute plugins to be added to Designer? Best regards, Hokusai
22. ## Select same color fill/ stroke feature

Matt said that he was working on adding it to 1.9 and seeing how it is a much requested feature, why wouldn't they add it? I haven't tried Amadine but I remember it from before they changed the name (seems like they changed it a few times). I thought about it before I found Affinity Designer when I was looking for an alternative to Illustrator and it has some useful features but it seems more hobbyist than professional. Maybe my opinion would change after using it but I love the way things work in Designer and so Amadine would have to be way more powerful than Designer to lure me away and I just don't see it happening. Sure there are things that need to be added to Designer but they are getting there and I have no doubt that they will add them.
23. ## Select same color fill/ stroke feature

uhebeisen, I'm sure that you saw in the other, longer thread about this that you also posted in that one of the developers addressed this and said that he hopes to add it in for version 1.9 (they are currently at 1.8) so hopefully not too much longer of a wait (although there is no set date for the 1.9 release). Hokusai
24. ## Astute Graphics Technology

I'm not sure about this. Sure Astute's plugins look good but I'd imagine that people who don't mind spending that kind of money probably don't mind paying Adobe every month, so would they be using Designer if they don't mind paying Adobe every month to use Illustrator? Plus seeing how Astute's plugins are unfortunately also subscription based, I think many people would be turned off by it seeing how they no doubt came here looking for an alternative to subscription software and seeing how Astute's plugins are more than double the price of Designer, I wouldn't hold my breath. I'm all for having the ability to use 3rd party plugins then the market can decide if people want to pay for a subscription every, single year for plugins that cost more than the actual program. I wouldn't but there are people out there that no doubt would.
25. ## text conversion to curve

That's a good point Walt and I think that most people would do it that way but there are times when it would be useful. I seem to recall that there used to be some fonts that won't convert to curves (or outlines) because of licensing issues. It used to be an issue once in a while and I'm not sure if that kind of issue still persists but it might. As well as text, you can't change geometric shapes to curves either if they are grouped. A more practical example, from my viewpoint, is geometric shapes that are grouped with text that you'd like to convert the text to curves but can't unless you ungroup them first. Many logos are made with an oval, rectangle, etc and combined with some text. If you'd like to change the text to curves, you can't if the objects are grouped and it would be more efficient if you could apply a "convert to curves" action to grouped objects.
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