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  1. Hi Something possibly related has happened to me several times with an undocked layers panel. Layers panel is ticked in the Windows dropdown menu but it's nowhere to be found, although in my case, ticking it off and on displays it again in the last location it was positioned.
  2. Hello all. Just giving v2 a quick spin. Faced with a blank page, this what I ended up with! I’m really enjoying the new warp tool for shapes and text.
  3. Ah, thanks that might explain it. Trim layer was something leftover from an imported or pasted graphic from another program (Vectorstyler).
  4. (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
  5. Excellent. I particularly like the contrast between the matt leather seats and the glossy metal.
  6. 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.
  7. To answer my own question - I did buy a Mac Mini M1 (16GB) and I am very pleased with it. (thanks James!) 🙂
  8. +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!
  9. 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.
  10. (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.
  11. 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!) 😐
  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. Hi, here’s an experimental idea made after learning something from one of the lockdown creative sessions. I’ve been using AD for quite a while now, and still have a ton to learn, but I can’t believe I missed the adjustment option on the layers panel. I do totally get the ‘stay safe’ message, but on another level it seems quite an abstract command, which possibly accounts for the progression of this graphic!
  14. Superb! The glossy shading is really effective. I think your definition of 'complicated' and 'easier' are a bit different to mine. 😁
  15. I’m always thrilled to see your wonderful illustrations and especially this Swallowtail butterfly. This clearly demonstrates brilliantly both your technical illustrative skills and what can be achieved using Affinity Designer. I’ve longed to see a Swallowtail flying in the wild. I've read there’s a rare subspecies (ssp. britannicus) that's confined to the Norfolk/Cambridge areas of the UK. Maybe one day.
  16. Hi Gabe, sorry for the 16 month delay in replying to this thread!!! This problem still exists (for me at least) but in the end I found a way around it. I’ve outlined how in this more recent post started by another user that initially had the same problem as me. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/106930-designer-crashes-when-importing-vector-brush-set/&do=findComment&comment=607712
  17. +1 Yes, I would also very much like to see the handling of brushes improved, particularly so you can easily identify which brush has been used when a curve is selected, in both the brush studio panel and editing brush properties. Additionally I would also dearly like the option for the brush tool to use the last attributes (including brush type) of a selected object (much like Xara Designer does). This is a real time saver. For now, what I've done is create my own brush category containing copies of my favourite, most used brushes. I also frequently copy and paste the brush style from one curve to another, for example: Select curve Ctrl-C Select a new curve Ctrl+Shift+V
  18. Thanks MEB, good to know. 👍 I thought I could temporally get around things by turning off the tools option, 'select object when intersects with selection marquee' but it is still possible to select (if you try really hard!). The same is true when putting a locked object inside a locked layer.
  19. Same also happens with Windows version ( When I lock something, I want it locked! 😐
  20. Really like this map, very professional and useful as well. One thing I did notice, and it might be intentional, but in the small text below the main title, it says “No official...”. Should that be “Unofficial” or “Not official”?
  21. Thank you for sharing your technique, experience and approach. I think I’ve known for sometime it takes patience, time and skill to achieve excellent work like yours, both digitally and traditionally, and what you’ve said here seems to confirm this. I find it all too easy to either rush through what I’m doing, looking for a quick fix technique in order to get on with the next thing, or I loose confidence in what I’m doing and just give up (or don’t even start!). I was interested to read how you break things down and work in sections and groups. That’s something I’ve not really tried before! I’m afraid I’ve got too many things on at the moment to ‘play along’ but will be following with keen interest.
  22. Only a super-small thing, but within preferences, the drop-down list appears to be in a different order to the displayed icons.
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