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  1. Updating to 1.7.1 for all apps, then opening Photo and Designer and accepting the new ToS seemed to fix everything.
  2. I'm in the same boat. I own all 3, but Affinity Publisher doesn't seem to see Designer or Photo. I have no idea how to get these to work together.
  3. Hi, I am making very, very extensive use of the beautiful font CONCOURSE from MBType.com. The font provides the full range of OTF features, including true old-style figure alternates for the numbers. I'm able to use all those features seamlessly in other Mac programs. In Affinity, however, I can't seem to get the Characters tab to recognize that Concourse provides old-style figures. As a result, my numbers are lining style, which look pretty awful in my particular design. Since the OSFs work great in all other Mac apps, I'm reporting this as a bug in Affinity. I've attached a screen shot from TextEdit, showing that the OSFs show up in the system Typography pane and work just fine. Also is a screen shot from Affinity showing nothing under the Typography panel that suggests the OpenType features are recognized. HELP! Thanks, Stever
  4. Here's a 37kb version: Open this file Select the numbers Show Typography ... no OSF options. Then change the paragraph style to some other style Then change it back to No Style Then change the font back to Concourse t3 and the typography options show up again WEIRD OSF BUG2.afphoto
  5. @Old Bruce and @MEB Whoa!!! This is something of a clusterf*ck. I just created a new file to demonstrate the problem ... and in the new file, the full set of figure options shows up!!! Upon further experimentation, it seems if I remove all styles from the text, the typographic options show up. I can reproduce the problem with my files, but haven't been able to figure out how to re-create it starting from an empty file. I've trimmed down my file as much as possible—I've deleted all snapshots and all layers except the text layer. For reasons I completely don't understand, it's still 100Mbs, so far too large to attach to this message. You can download the file here: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZvTt97ZhcDaDEFHYumj1cPYMzkdALRHeapV You can watch a 3-minute screencast of me reproducing the bug here: Thanks very much, Stever
  6. Hi, @Old Bruce. Hmm. I tried all the alternates and all the stylistic sets and none of them changed the numbers. I'm going to write the font creator as well and ask if there's anything unusual about the font file format. Having it work fine with Text Editor clearly means the OldStyleFigures are in there ... somewhere ...
  7. @Old Bruce, even editing a character style, there doesn't seem to be an option for Old Style Figures?
  8. Hi, @MEB. Thank you for the quick reply! Text ▸ Show Typography shows the options for small caps, but not for Figure Style, even when I check "Show all font features." Happy to send along a copy of the OTF file if perhaps the font file is non-standard, but I don't want to post it publicly since it's a purchased professional font.
  9. I've noticed when I use the pen tool, the mouse cursor changes to indicate ... something. Sometimes there's a little X down below the pen nib, sometimes there's a V-shaped thing, sometimes there's a slash, sometimes there's a circle, and sometimes there's nothing. The circle seems to mean that I'm hovering over the starting node, and clicking will close the shape. Other than that, however, I'm stymied. What do these mysterious mouse cursors indicate?
  10. I'm on a Mac. I'd screen shot it but the keystroke necessary to do the screen shot changes the modifier keys being held down, which in turn changes the displayed image. It's in the resources folder as "pen_sharp_cursor.tiff" pen_sharp_cursor.tiff
  11. Awesome, thanks! This really clarifies things (and shows some puzzling UI choices: X for "start" instead of "abort" etc.) The V happens in the Node tool when hovering over a bezier handle. When clicking it, it seems to turn the node the handle is attached to into a sharp corner with one curved side and one straight side.
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  13. Is this correct as a step-by-step instruction? Assume you have a single layer called IMAGE. 1. Create an extra copy of IMAGE. Name it EXTRA. Hide it. 2. Select layer IMAGE 3. Select the foreground object using the selection brush, or channels + dodge/burn, etc. 4. Use *Refine Edges* to refine it, output to *Selection* 5. Press *Cmd+J* to create a floating foreground object 6. Re-select IMAGE 7. Press *Cmd+Sh+I* to invert the selection 8. Press the Mask Layer button to mask out the foreground object 9. *Add Live Filter > Box Blur* (or whatever else you want) and blur IMAGE, Preserving Alpha 10. You may now have a transparency halo where the foreground and IMAGE meet 11. Show EXTRA and drag it behind IMAGE. It will show through those transparency places You should now have a nice, smooth separation between foreground and background. It will look like this: * FOREGROUND OBJECT * IMAGE LAYER * MASK CREATING FOREGROUND-SHAPED HOLE IN IMAGE * BLUR EFFECT LAYER * UNALTERED COPY OF IMAGE
  14. Hi, Chris_K! Your comment suddenly got me wondering if there was anything about my configuration that could affect copy and paste. Indeed, there is. I use PASTE.APP, which is a clipboard monitor that keeps a history of my CUT and PASTE actions. I just terminated PASTE and tried again, and this time the CUT/COPY worked like a charm. I restarted PASTE.APP and the crash started happening again. So apparently, the problem isn't Affinity Photo, it's PASTE.APP. In case you want to investigate PASTE, it's: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paste-2/id967805235?mt=12 My apologies for the mixup. Best Wishes --Stever
  15. This is 100% reproducible: create a layer with a live displacement map based on "Underlying layers." Copy that layer to the clipboard. Affinity Photo crashes. If you disable the live displacement map layer first, the copy succeeds. I recorded a Camtasia screen recording of the bug in action here:
  16. ProducerBoy

    Select color range

    I second this request. Select Sampled Color just isn't good enough. I need to be able to select a band of colors on the hue spectrum, not just a single color. Photoshop has this capability, and the HSL slider in Photoshop even allows the HSL shift to be applied to just a subset of the hue spectrum. It's a huge time saver!
  17. Was just doing some color balancing and ran into this same problem. I'm glad to know it's not my imagination!
  18. Hi Applewood! In RGB mode, the 50% gray plus overlay works perfectly. In RGB, adding the new pixel layer produces no visible changes in my image until I dodge/burn. In CMYK, however, just adding the 50%-gray layer immediately changes the tone of the entire image. Does that not happen for you?
  19. I've been trying to do non-destructive dodge/burn in CMYK mode, too, and the grey fill + overlay technique doesn't work. Has anyone found a way to do non-destructive dodge-burn in CMYK? It seems like this should be doable somehow. Affinity is pretty good at making things possible, if sometimes a bit obscure.
  20. Hi Chris. Thanks for moving it to "feature request!" I don't know enough about the internal architecture to know, but I've noticed that APhoto usurps the normal typography panel from the fonts menu. The normal Typography panel gives access to all those features. Could APhoto support them by simply delegating the rendering to whatever system handles the system typography panel? (Screen shot of TextEdit and the system typography panel attached)
  21. I am using a font that supports old-style figures ("lower case numbers") for digits, as well as normal lining figures. In TextEdit.app, I can open the Typography menu and select a "Number Case" of "old-style figures" and it looks gorgeous. In Affinity Photo, however, number case isn't a supported attribute and I can't get my gorgeous true-small-caps-numbers to display in Affinity Photo. How can I use all the typographic features that TextEdit.app supports?
  22. I am using the font FoglihtenNo07calt to produce lettering for a T-shirt. I need to create an EPS file with the lettering on a transparent background. Easy peasy. Under Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer 1.0, I did this with no problem. Under Affinity Photo 1.5.2, exporting the same file as EPS with no rasterization causes some of the letters in the text to be horribly distorted. Forcing rasterization through the export options fixes the mangled lettershapes, but the export happens with a background behind the characters, which sucks, because I need transparency to print the T-shirts. (And ideally I'd like to be able to send vector graphics to the printer, rather than rasterizing.) I've attached the AFPHOTO file, the two exported EPS files, and the font. TEST-for print-nothing rasterized.eps TEST-everything rasterized.eps gluk_foglihtenno07.zip TEST.afphoto
  23. Hi, I have two pictures. I want to create a mask that lets creates a split effect where part of one picture shows through part of the image, and the other picture shows through the other. I have different gradients that control which picture shows up where. Create two layers with image 1 and image 2. The easy way to do this is: create a gradient fill layer that uses a black/white/gray gradient, put it on top of image 1, do Layer > Rasterize to Mask, and voila, image 2 shows through, and all is good. But at this point, I can't change the gradient parameters. Earlier today I did ... something ... that let me get exactly this effect, only I never had to rasterize the fill layer. It ended up being used as a mask, with the white portions of the mask being treated as transparent, and allowing image 2 to shown through. I could then tweak the gradient to my heart's content on the fill layer and instantly see the blended image. Unfortunately, I did UNDO to fix another problem and now can't re-create the blending without rasterizing my fill layer, which I'd rather not do. Does anyone know how to use a black & white & gray fill layer as a mask to control transparency of a higher layer on the stack, *without* rasterizing?
  24. OwenR, I think you're right! Is there any way to turn white to transparent in a non-pixel layer? (In a pixel layer, I can just use the "Erase white paper" filter, but it seems like I often want to use a black & white image as a mask, rather than a black & transparent)
  25. YES YES YES YES YES YES!!! This functionality is super-important to my workflow. I often have images from which I need to extract a sub-object and give it a transparent background. My ideal workflow: roughly select that object. Magic-wand select the background around it and hit DELETE to make transparent. And then ... the piece that can't currently be done ... "trim to transparent" (or trim all of one color if it was on a solid color) and -> BOOM, a nice image of just that object on a minimal transparent or colored background.