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  1. I second this suggestion. This is much needed for things like pseudo 3d text effects where fills can be offset to create a shadow/extrusion. This would also allow for the text itself to be edited easily at a later time without having to redraw anything.

    For reference, here is an example of what could be achieved with a transform fill feature  (I know - sorry for referencing Adobe here :7_sweat_smile: ):

     


  2. It would be cool if a Vector Trace tool would have a feature for converting flat(ish) areas of colour to a mesh gradient layer (when this feature is completed) + a conventional "inked" linework/detail layer above it.

     

    To make this easier, Designer could put the input image through a frequency separation process first, to separate details and colour.

     

    This feature would be amazing for vectorizing simple marker and ink scans of design illustrations.


  3. I've been looking at some development of a very impressive auto-fill filter for lineart on G'mic and thought it would be something the Affinity devs might be interested in. Basically, it analyses artwork with an algorithm to determine contours and shape closures which can then be filled as a base for painting. It speeds up a monotonous colour blocking step of painting.

     

    Not a priority feature at the moment, but I thought it would be an amazing addition for illustrators working with raster imagery. I'm sure affinity could simplify the tool even more for usability. I've posted two videos that demonstrate how it works.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-3aBQeuBc4

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl76PJZTuio


  4. Yeah, I guess I was thinking of a converter that would look at the photoshop preset and just pull the textures and settings into something that resembles it in DAUB, rather than native tpl support would be awkward to do I'm sure. A small one time conversion exe would make me happy too :D Even a community made one. I think Artrage did something like this?

     

    Gunna try out your pencils and see how it goes, thanks :) One think that bothered me about the non tool preset brushes in photoshop was the resolution of textures and worrying about large print formats, etc.

     

    I think I understand the multiple nozzle principle but when you say flow, do you recommend setting it to a slow flow? Would this somehow build up a high res texture? I notice you have DAUB blenders also which I look forward to trying. One thing I really missed in photoshop was a similar pencil blender to Artrage. It basically creates a frosted blur to the pencil strokes much like a tortillon or similar, rather than blurring it completely. Yeah - told you I was fussy xD I may invest in your full pack


  5. It would be lovely if I could convert my brush presets into a format Affinity could recognize. I know the .abr format is supported, but it would be great if I could convert .tpl brush tool presets. I have bought some of Kyle's brush packs to match with scans of my artwork so I can work over them with natural results.

     

    As DAUB & .tpl carry a lot of similar attributes and brush textures, I figure some sort of converter would be possible. Even if it was just a quick and dirty external converter app, anything would do!

     

    Would love to hear your thoughts (I know other features are more of a priority at the moment). Also if anyone has had any success with converting .tpl brushes with their textures, etc in tact, I'd love to hear from you!

     

     


  6. A .TPL brush importer would be amazing at some point. I bought some of Kyle's mega brushpacks and would love if I could import them all to affinity for when I eventually cancel my adobe subscription...

    +paolo.limoncelli I must try your brushes out! :)  I like to work over my pencil sketches with digital pencil brushes that match the drawing well, so I can be too fussy for my own good :3 Do your pencil brushes scale well for broad strokes, whilst keeping a fine texture? Or is the texture separate with DAUB? Sorry, I'm not that knowledgeable on the affinity format yet!


  7. I just disabled display scaling in the properties panel for the Affinity Photo app, but this hasn't made any difference. Also the brush spacing is set to 1% so it's not that either.

     

    I was wondering if this is expected behaviour for the brush tool in its current state? Here is a quick gif to show what I mean. The gif has a low framerate so it looks like the actual stroke has lag, but it doesn't! It's the pixelated slow draw that's the problem, even though I have tried to turn it off as you suggested.

     

    You have to click to view the gif at full screen to notice the issue

    hbHynOnUu8.gif


  8. Yeah, that's what I thought. Will there be any fix or optimization for this in the near future? Unfortunately this might be a dealbreaker for painting or illustration work for me. I notice there have been similar discussions across the forums about this.

     

    I think my laptop specs are fairly good for painting by today's standards, however what would you recommend for compensating for brush rendering: faster CPU or faster GPU? What does the brush engine rely on most?

     

    Thanks for your time, Mark :)


  9. Thanks for the info :)

    Yeah well it certainly is a bug even if it's not readily apparent to the privileged graphics card owners! Even so, graphics tablets will find it hard to cope with this sort of rendering problem. Btw, it's not lag as such that I'm having problems with, but that pixelated rough stroke that appears whilst painting. And, I'm sad to see you think it won't be fixed soon :(

     

    I illustrate in pencil/dry media usually and I need to be able to render fine details in real time. For high end photo retouching and the dodge and burn technique, high end brush precision in real time is very important. Not sure if I could afford to compensate with a graphics card... My cpu is generally ok and I have a Geforce 445m but it's old now... Still the problem persists.

     

    Btw, what would you recommend if you were to suggest a hardware upgrade to compensate well for this? A card, faster ram or cpu?  Or is this rough anti-alias brush stroke drawing something that cant be fixed this way?


  10. At the start of the stroke there indeed is a lag which makes difficult to draw (specially) , paint (a bit less severe problem), and retouch (I guess can slow you people down, too).

    Brush engine is going to be changed or something, as far as I know.

    Hey SrPx :) Just posted about this painting/edit render lag thing. Wasn't sure if it was just my preferences but I have it set to Bilinear rendering... Is it a general bug? Disappointing for painting...


  11. (Copied from the Bugs forum as I'm not sure if you're operating from there yet!)

    Hi,

     

    This is my first time posting a bug, so bare with me! Just purchased my Windows license. Well done guys on working so hard! Everyone's behind you :)

     

    Doing a very quick test, I notice that the image rendering pixelates temporarily while the brush is being applied to the canvas. The pixelated view also tends to happen while most editing is being applied. Even moving the cursor near an applied brush stroke causes the painting to pixelate temporarily like this.

     

    Is there something that can mitigate this?

    While the pixelated view is relatively minor for most tasks, it would be a real hindrance when working on a digital painting or editing photos in fine detail (i.e. a dodge & burn touch-up,etc)...

     

    If you need more info, please ask, thanks!

    John

    _______________________________

    Tested on a Dell xps 17

    Core i7 Q740

    Graphics Nvidia GT GeForce 445M

    12gb ram

     

    Affinity Photo 1.5.0.45


  12. Hi,

     

    This is my first time posting a bug, so bare with me! Just purchased my Windows license. Well done guys on working so hard! Everyone's behind you :)

     

    Doing a very quick test, I notice that the image rendering pixelates temporarily while the brush is being applied to the canvas. The pixelated view also tends to happen while most editing is being applied. Even moving the cursor near an applied brush stroke causes the painting to pixelate temporarily like this.

     

    Is there something that can mitigate this?

    While the pixelated view is relatively minor for most tasks, it would be a real hindrance when working on a digital painting or editing photos in fine detail (i.e. a dodge & burn touch-up,etc)...

     

    If you need more info, please ask, thanks!

    John

    _______________________________

    Tested on a Dell xps 17

    Core i7 Q740

    Graphics Nvidia GT GeForce 445M

    12gb ram

     

    Affinity Photo 1.5.0.45


  13. Well from my weak understanding, RGB has a larger gamut of colours than CMYK, so I always worked on the principle of using RGB as a working space right up until export for print (CMYK), etc. Not sure if starting with CMYK from scratch dumps or eliminates that extra gamut when working in Affinity or other apps? I'd imagine it would.

     

    Then I read articles about Indesign actually not converting to CMYK on indesign secrets (<<<<<not sure if that's the article I remember or not) and that some printers accept RGB, and all sorts of scary mind melting things...


  14. Thanks for the links, Frank! They look interesting for animation. However I'm not sure if I'd have enough control over typography with those. I'll look em up more soon.

     

     

    has resolve been mentioned thus far? https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

     

    i found it to be very capable on the editing side - not to mention the grading-module which is it's main selling point - and it's base version is free to use and pretty full-featured for typical single users, especially if you are not into grading big time: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/compare

     

    i'm a fan of the classic multi-track NLE's (like classic FC/P or premiere), as such hated my experience with the newfangled final cut pro X and wanted something proper again, nothing dumbed-down that does not know how to handle things as basic as an image sequence import and just wants to export to youtube all the time. :D  resolve fit that bill.

     

    runs on both windows and osx, another plus in my book.

     

    </end of sales pitch>

     

    edit: also, resolve - like it's counterpart fusion from the same company - does not run in the cloud/require live internet connection. nicely old-fashioned that way, which might appeal to this crowd in particular. :)

    Yeah if Fusion is free for individuals, that's bizarre I haven't heard it mentioned before... I'm guessing it's a non commercial license? What is the control over graphics/vector/type elements like? Can you tween letter spacing and type adjustments as in After Effects?
    Thanks for your info btw!

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