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About gdenby

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  • Birthday 08/17/1950

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    CG, obviously. Traditional visual 2d and 3d art. History. Music, piano emphasis. Nature conservancy, gardening, cooking.

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  1. Hi, wyre, You posted pretty much the same question in the thread: What's different about the current scenario?
  2. No help here. I've tried various scenarios, no new document opened, new document opened, separated windows... Whenever the menu option is available, the symbol panel always pops up. I'm using the Mac customer Beta 1.6.0 beta 9
  3. Good tutorial. Easy to follow.
  4. Thx for the mention. I'll have to give that a try. I switched from magic mouse to a logitech just because of the over reaction in AD. The logitech has worked well, quite reliable, but I sometimes miss the magic mouse.
  5. To expand on Alfred's solution: Compounding 2 overlapping shapes leaves a portion where they overlap as a new shape. Adding fuses the outlines. If the outlines do not overlap, then adding and compounding work the same way.
  6. You may also want to look at the distribute function. One may distribute elements from a selection evenly by centers or edges. Using the Alignment widget, one may enter a specific spacing for distribution. Distribution worked w. alignment can quickly give regular positions to object dropped onto the canvas free hand.
  7. Hi, Ala01, AD is primarily vector, but has a good set of painting tools and image adjustments. There is a free trial download, which operates for 10 days.
  8. Hi, Cathie, Don't know what your term of subscription is, and if you can't just go to the monthly for Muse just now. D-load the Affinity trials. At present, they do lots of things very well, tho' sometimes in a different manner than what is already out there. And they are "young" programs. You will need to see if the features you must have are already available. Perhaps you will find Affinity will let you subscribe only to the apps that you need for web-site development.
  9. I started in the conventional way, there wasn't any digital. What I learned about drawing accurately, composition with proportion, defining shapes w. light and dark contrast, selecting what portions should be detailed and high lighted, as opposed to those that can be left as backdrop, all those apply to digital images. Besides practice, practice, practice, I'll also suggest that you look over basic composition techniques, maybe (some usually pretty boring) academic drawing studies. Look at a few thousand images from museums. When you find an artist whose work you admire, copy it as faithfully as possible. Its a beginner step, but classically, learning to emulate the master was necessary to get beyond an apprentice. Because you are using digital media, you will have pick up what is needed to emulate the the effects you admire
  10. I've also been getting this message. Just now, using the 1.6 beta 9 on a file w. 279 circles that have number shapes cut out. At least 5022 nodes. Snapping set to all of the bottom section of the snapping set-up dialog. bounding boxes, obj center, gaps, etc etc. A save and exit the app allows me to restart snapping on next open. What I'm doing is converting number text to curves, trying to center them on specific circles, and repeat within a number of groups having as many as 27 circle/number pairs. Sometimes the number groups will snap to one or both of the enclosing circle's center, other times, to the tops and sides of nearby number shapes. Oh, and I'm also then distributing bunches of objects to spread. I'm assuming lots of measurements are stored and updated in this practice.
  11. All I can offer is that .jpg does not support any transparency. Perhaps post a screen grab showing the layer set up, and a sample of at least a portion of the image. Trying to duplicate from your description gives me a .psd w. layer settings retained. .Png and .jpg are flattened, with the transparency translated.
  12. Hi, chilly7 You really might want to try Inkscape. I've used it on Macs off and on for years. It must run under X11 windowing system developed for graphic display in Unix systems, so the performance is less than perfect, but acceptable. The interface is also somewhat clumsy. But all the functions I've tried worked well. I've had reasonably good results. I haven't tried any color traces w. more than 16 colors, and the photos were carefully smoothed, unlike what is shown in the Illustrator tute. But the results still produced thousands of paths. For the kind of work I tend to do, deleting tiny specks of color, or tweaking hundreds of nodes to ensure nice smooth paths, is almost too much. I would find photo resolution traces almost useless. Why would I want to produce a vector image that is almost a big as the photo, and when enlarged, will have similar visually distracting detail.
  13. Hi, ThePepps, Try this. Click on a layer in the layers panel, and use the menu command "View/Zoom to selection." The screen will be filled w. the selected curve. You can examine the nodes up close in that view. And you may then zoom out to see where the particular shape is within its surrounds. While you are at it, click the stoke box in the Context Bar, up along the top of the window, and select a different color. Maybe uncheck the background and face group layers to hide them from view so you can see just the panther body. Hope this helps.
  14. Didn't know there was both a base and bounding box. Had assumed the base box was the bounding box, which would explain why it would be difficult to replace shapes that fit in the same base box, when the bounding box is different. Where to position/scale the the substitute shape?
  15. Hi, bowen192, It would be handy, but not as important as getting a blend or mesh warp tool. Myself, I'm satisfied w. being able to change polygons to circles via the roundness parameter, or via snapping, draw an irregular shape, like a call out, to match the bounds of another shape. There are snapping settings that will aid to place a new ellipse center in a recatnagle, and quickly draw our from there.