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  1. Ah, thanks that might explain it. Trim layer was something leftover from an imported or pasted graphic from another program (Vectorstyler).
  2. (Affinity Publisher on Mac) I’m not sure what I’ve done, but when I group, for example, shapes and text, the angle of rotation for the group changes. A copy of the file and before and after grouping screenshots below. Thanks. group-text angle.afpub
  3. Excellent. I particularly like the contrast between the matt leather seats and the glossy metal.
  4. Great idea. I really like the art of Victor Vasarely. I'm also a huge fan of Bridget Riley's work and was lucky enough to go to her retrospective exhibition in Edinburgh a few years ago. Like so much art, it's one thing to see it in a book but a completely different experience to see it on the wall, especially because some the works are quite large.
  5. To answer my own question - I did buy a Mac Mini M1 (16GB) and I am very pleased with it. (thanks James!) 🙂
  6. +1 Not to be a grump about it, but my last post about boolean operations (still unresolved) was November 2020, but problems were first reported September 2014 (also still unresolved). Image below showing a multitude of extraneous curves after using divide, just to make the point, again!
  7. Arceom did you get a Mac Mini M1 16GB in the end and are you happy with your transition to Mac? I'm in a similar situation right now. I need a new computer to replace an aging laptop that's become slow and cranky. I have an iPad, but have always used Windows PC's except iMac G4's when at Uni. Thanks.
  8. (Affinity Designer, Windows 10 Just for info, I've also been getting this issue when saving particularly large (250MB) files. My workaround is to 'save as' adding a suffix to the file name, then when that one wont save, 'save as' again, and overwrite the original file. Bit annoying but at least it does save.
  9. I’ve noticed quite a few multiple feature request 'wish list' posting recently on the Affinity forums. I've an idea the posts might be born out of three areas of frustration (beyond people not reading the forum rules): Difficulty searching the forum to find the most relevant post. For example, 'knife tool' finds numerous posts, (12 forum pages worth!). Features/tools can be described in different ways. For example, 'cut tool', 'knife tool', 'scissors tool' etc. Essential/basic features have been missing or broken now for a long time. For example, true vector brushes, warp tool and faulty Boolean Divide operation.* I really thought Serif/Affinity were on the right track when they started off publishing a roadmap showing their future plans. At least it shared their thinking and priorities helping to manage users expectations. Of course with three main products and Windows, Mac and iPad variants, life is more complicated now. I'm not quite sure what the answer to all this is, ie to ensure Serif benefit and gain useful insight from any feedback and we (forum members) feel our voices have not fallen on deaf ears. I do feel this needs to be addressed as it's only going to get worse. There are already over 15,000 posts in the current Affinity Designer Feedback forum and even more (31,000) in the older feedback forum. At the end of the day I believe Affinity forum users need a quick and simple way to check that 'their' missing/broken tool or feature request has already been requested/reported and importantly has been properly considered and acknowledged by Serif staff. Thanks *(I recently managed to get over 900,000 objects dividing just 42 shapes. Although small credit to Affinity Designer, despite wasting a lot of time, it didn't crash, although it did take an equally long time to undo!) 😐
  10. Affinity Designer v1.8.4.693 Wacom driver v6.3.402 (DTK-1660) See the attached video clip. When using certain brushes, for example 'Inks - Jagged Ink' the line does not form correctly, it jumps back to the starting point once the line gets to a certain length. vector-brush-problem.mp4
  11. I've also experienced more than expected screen lag recently after applying several Effects to a curve, for example 3D, gradient overlay & outer shadow. Caveat: I have quite a low powered PC i3-4000m CPU @ 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, but it normally manages to get through most things smoothly, but using Effects has quite an affect. lag-example.mp4 lag-example.afdesign
  12. Hi all This image (made for fun as a learning exercise) was inspired by a drawing by the scientific illustrator, Des Helmore. I must confess my version is not a completely accurate representation of the original weevil beetle, and is also a work in progress, as it needs more detail (hairs) and better shadow and highlights etc. It was originally drawn in colour, but looks more interesting in black and white. It was made using Affinity Designer and mainly uses these resources. Dots on legs and body: Fineliner brushes and vector texture from Artifex Forge (makes loads of excellent brushes) Organic texture: DAUB paper 15 from Paolo Limoncelli, who did an excellent 2020 creative lock-down session Background texture: a texture file from Trevor Young's (Tapocketa) lock-down session (also very excellent!).
  13. This has happened to me a few time recently. Glad I spotted this post, as I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. Thanks anon2 for the workaround - which works! Here's another example: boolean-add-glitch.afdesign
  14. Hi Hopefully the attached files show what I am experiencing. As you will notice the pixel layer being masked (DAUB Paper 15) was edited in Affinity Photo. Thanks layer-mask.mp4 layer-mask.afdesign
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