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  1. Hallo @m_ko, willkommen im Forum. Blöde Sache mit Deinem Dokument. Häufig können die Leute von Serif helfen, wenn sie das Dokument von Dir erhalten können. Momentan hat auch eine andere, Englisch sprechende Person ein ähnliches Problem und bekam eine Antwort von @DWright. Schau mal in diesen thread rein, dann bekommst Du hoffentlich auch einen Link zum Hochladen Deiner Datei. Viel Glück! d.
  2. What tool are you using to paint in? I would always put the pixel layer immediately above the original image. Thus all retouching gets the same processing by all layers above. That at least is my workflow. I am not sure but it might be that some of the masks above the pixel layer are masking your painting away. Can you perhaps post your workfile to look at it directly? d.
  3. Hello @augustya, from you description it is not easy to tell what is going wrong. If you are using the Stamp Tool to pick up colour from surrounding areas make sure you have selected as source 'current layer and below'. Otherwise you are picking up colour from an empty pixel layer. Otherwise you might post a screenshot of the whole app window so we can try to see your situation. d.
  4. Hello @Craos, look into Transform mode with the Node Tool. This should get you there. See also this help page: Point Transform Tool (affinity.help) d.
  5. Just a tip. What you are looking for is the search term DAM (digital asset management). There is a lot of discussion and information about this here in the forum. d.
  6. Please be carefull, because the print shop near you may most likely not use the same machines as the publishing company. The results will not be the same. But, still, you can give it a go to get an impression of what your desing looks like when printed. Even if the results between the two printing processes will be different, if the one looks completely wrong it will be the same with the other company. d.
  7. Das könntest Du tun. Aber in Affinity Publisher gibt es die Photo Persona. Die stellt Dir alle Werkzeuge zur Verfügung, die Du dafür brauchst. d.
  8. Hallo @Thanos, Deine Frage ist nicht so einfach zu beantworten, weil Du nicht schreibst, mit welchem Affinity Programm Du arbeitest. Da Du ein PNG Bild bearbeiten möchtest, nehme ich an, Du hast Affinity Photo. Was Du brauchst ist eine Maske für das PNG Bild. In der Ebenen-Palette kannst Du dem PNG Bild eine Maske zuordnen. Dann nimmst Du den Pinsel und machst ihn sehr weich (Härte = 0%). Dann malst Du auf die Maske mit schwarzer Farbe um die Figur herum. Du wirst sehen, der Hintergrund wird sichtbar, die Figur bleibt erhalten. Mit etwas Übung kannst Du so die Figur 'freistellen', sodass sie vor dem Hintergrund steht. Hier ein Videotutorial (leider nur Englisch): Hier auch noch ein Video auf Deutsch, aber eher allgemein gehalten: d.
  9. I want to add to the other good answers and suggestions that it helps to do test prints if possible. E.g. on a book project some time ago the print house involved offers free prints except for the cost of one example (they call it their 'free' or 'fun' plan for non commercial publishings). That way I was able to do a test print with exactly the same paper and printing machines as with the final product. This was very helpful to get an idea of what the differences between screen and print is. Over time you can develop knowledge of what on screen will come out in print. It also may help to order paper samples from your print house if they offer any. Some also offer colour tables on different papers from their machines. d.
  10. Hello @SteveRoberts, you are starting right with a rounded corner rectangle. You do not specify in which application you are working, I assume it is Affinity Designer. Next use the Knive Tool holding SHIFT to cut the rectangle into two pieces. Delete the lower one. Switch over to the Node Tool (A) and select the two bottom nodes. From the icon bar at the top click on 'Break curve' (is is the second from left of the word 'Action:' Now with the Node Tool hover over the bottom horizontal line and press CTRL. The mouse curse displays an additional 'X'. Click! and the bottom line is gone. This is your basic object. Make sure you see the Appearance palette. With the object selected you can adjust line width and colour and many other things. d.
  11. Hello @bobdobbs, with Frame Text there is an additional 'corner handle' at the bottom right. If you drag this you can change the size of the text. See picture: d.
  12. Moin @Pianutbutterjelly und willkommen im Forum. Ohne genau zu wissen, wie Dein Dokument aufgebaut ist, ist das nicht einfach zu beantworten. Wenn Du z.B. Textstile verwendest, dann könntest Du zentral die Farbe ändern. Eine Sache, die wahrscheinlich funktionieren könnte ist die Auswahl bestimmter Objekte. Das findest Du im Menü 'Auswählen' und dort 'Objekt auswählen'. Du müsstest einmal alle Grafiktextobjekte und einmal alle Rahmentextobjekte auswählen und jeweils die Farbe anpassen. d.
  13. Hello @Amy Choue, this is my fault. I accidentially created the file in the beta version of Designer. Attached is a file created in version 2.1.1. Learning to work with a design application is a long process and furthermore doing book cover design is so, too. Looking at samples is certainly a good way to start and I'd even advice to rebuild a design that you like. You can learn a lot just from replicating something. Sometimes very simple looking things can turn out to be quite tricky to accomplish. In my opinion it is also important to have an understanding of some design principles (symmetry, golden cut, colour harmony). I do not want to discourage you, quite the opposite. There are so many resources on the internet where you can learn from. Good luck with your first cover! d. simple-book-cover.afdesign
  14. Hello @Amy Choue, I think there are different workflows depending on a person's preference. Here's how I do it: I use one artboard of the dimension of the entire cover (backcover plus spline plus frontcover plus bleed). There I place three rectangles from left to right of the sizes back cover / spine / front cover. The most important thing is to figure out the width of the spine. This depends on the number of pages and the thickness of paper. Often printers offer some sort of calculators to find that out. These three rectangles are my 'drawing boards' for everything of the design that goes on top of them. I lock these layers (= rectangles). They can be filled with the required colour of the covers and the spine respectively. Does this make sense to you? I attach a simple Designer 2 file that demonstrates the above setup. Make sure to show bleed and margins. d. simple-book-cover.afdesign
  15. Hello @JVGen, there is no way in AD to crop non vertical and horizontal angles. Affinity Photo does have a straighten option with its Crop Tool. There you would first straighten the image and afterwards crop to the image's borders. If you want to work in AD you can get this accomplished, too: First unlock the background layer if it is locked (this is usually the case if you import an image) Next place a guide exactly at the top corner of the white rectangle With the Move Tool enable 'Transform Origin' on the toolbar. This will bring up a little crosshair in the very middle of the pixel layer Move the transform origin to exactly the top corner of the white rectangle. You will have to zoom in quite close to position it exactly Finally rotate the pixel image in order to align its top left border with the guide. You can achieve this very precisely by using the transform panel. Click in the rotation value field and use your mouse wheel to increase or decrease the angle's value. Holding down CTRL will increas in smaller steps and helps to adjust precisely. Afterwards you can crop with the regular Crop Tool. If it is just for a white rectangle on a black background it would be much simpler to create this from scratch in AD, though. d.
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