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About gdenby

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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. gdenby

    Vector Styles?

    Toltec is an experienced t-shirt producer. Perhaps message @toltec. Offers lots of good advise.
  2. Hey, claycle, I've been in the same place. I rarely use AP, but what I've learned needs an extra step. Make selection, switch to move tool (V), then copy/paste. I guess that tells the app that one is not trying to copy/paste the selection area shape, but the pixel contents within the current selection.
  3. gdenby

    Vector Styles?

    I may have mis-understood the original question. The AD fx are scalable w. the vector object. They only become a fixed bitmap when exported as a vector format that does not gradients/opacity. Or as a bitmap. As long as they are manipulated within AD, the fx will scale. I thought you wanted vector shapes w. the kinds of fills such as gradients and opacity changes that can be a part of a vector object description.
  4. gdenby

    Vector Styles?

    So, a sample. Imperfect, but in the right direction. ShadoeFayk.afdesign In the meantime, I tested out .pdf and .svg. .pdf doesn't appear to have the same way of handling opacity. .svg doesn't seem to render the AD noise parameter. Seems to produce dither bands.
  5. gdenby

    Vector Styles?

    I've got to run just now, no time for an example. But vector formats such as .svg support opacity variation and gradient. Not quite sure about the noise setting that AD attaches to the color fill. So by carefully varying the transparency and hue of the shadow object(s) one gets a fill that looks like a fading shadow.
  6. Hi, jamesholden, Shift to the export persona, and export in a vector format. .svg .pdf .eps. SVG, aka, "Scalable Vector Graphic," is good for current major web browsers. Note, Designers fx will likely be rendered as bitmaps.
  7. I'm d-loading the beta now, but I can't open it. My current highest version, 1.6.4 also won't. As gear maker says, use the close curve. The widget shows up on the context bar when you are in node tool mode.
  8. Hi. KTDN, If my memory serves, fingers crossed, some months ago I made a jigsaw puzzle in AD desktop. I placed an image, about 600Kb, as a child of the joined vector shapes. Then I divided the mass, so the puzzle pieces could be moved around separately. The file ballooned to about 22 Mb. Eventually, I figured out that each piece of the puzzle had the entire bitmap locked to it. You mentioned that you have several bitmaps in the files. Perhaps something similar is happening. Every vector object has a whole bitmap child layer attached to it, and that is where the file bloat is happening.
  9. Hi.Odding, When the vector brush tool is active, there is a control bar at the bottom of the screen with a button called "more." Click on that to bring up the brush editor. Set the size, opacity, etc variables there, and whatever controller variable, pressure/velocity you like. Then select pressure/velocity as the controller in the vector brush control bar.
  10. Hello, again, The file you posted shows it is an embedded document. Those are not directly editable. As the help file mentions, the layer needs to be double clicked. At that point, you will be presented w. layers for each curves object. You can select one of those, and pick whatever bit map fill you like. Your base question is how to fill a bounded space. And, in the context of your question, it is filling a specific pre-existing shape, as opposed to an arbitrary area with shapes already in it. The standard ways are to gather pixels that have the same or similar color values, OR, those areas within a vector perimeter. Methods are completely dependent on which kind of shape, bitmap or vector, are in use. If you want to select pixels, the file must be a raster/bitmap image. In your most recent example, each elements of the elongated ellipse vector ring may be chosen as described above. In my attached image, I set the stroke to none, and just left the fill on the curves ellipses in the file.
  11. Quote: Ah, I see you are using Designer, not Photo. While I can think of ways you might be able to do this in Designer using just bitmaps, it would be very tedious. Designer has limited ways of dealing w. bit-map/pixel objects. Here's my suggestion. Take the pattern you want to fill, and use an invert adjustment on it. Export a top quality .jpg from that, and send it to a free online image vectorizing service. There are several. Have a .svg file made from that, and open it in Designer. You will get a layer with about 260 separate objects. Each of those can then have a bitmap placed inside it using the fill tool. Or you can select individual ones, and do a geometric add, so the bitmap can be nested across/within the new objects. For example:
  12. Hello, again, Or do you mean something like this? If so, in A-Photo, use the flood select tool on a white space. Turn on the add switch if you want to choose other areas. With the area(s) selected, use the gradient tool, and choose bitmap as the type of fill. Select your moire pattern from wherever it is in the file system.
  13. Hi, e.k.net, Not quite the same font, but I'm willing to bet the following will work. Convert to curves, yes. Ungroup. Select a letter w. a hole in it. In the layer panel, you will probably see that it is called "curves." Use the divide command. There will then be a bunch of "curve" objects. All will be black. Get them stacked from largest on the bottom to smallest (inner) on top, and assign whatever color you like to each layer.