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About gdenby

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  • Birthday 08/17/1950

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

    Too old for martial arts or treking.

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  1. Hi, jgowrie, I came at this from a different direction. I've been working w. image brushes, but what I've learned so far is not enough yet to let me make a brush that would always give exactly 70 sections of pattern. I messed w. the problem a few times, trying to find a way to power duplicate the motif in a circle. Ended up making 2 70 section polygons, and drawing the form starting from a shape defined by the 1st section of the outer poly, and extending to over the next in the inner. Then moving the rotation center of the drawn form to the center of the outer poly. Then power duplicating it 5.143 angle X 69. Had a number of problems. My shape, based on the very pixelated and distorted image you posted didn't work quite right. So I changed the shape to a symbol, so I could tweak the nodes, and get a reasonably even set of sections around the periphery. Put some fx on the symbol group to make it look a little more photo like. If you like, examine and use the included file as you like. RopeBorder.afdesign
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    Image Mode - Is working with Indexed Pallette not possible ?

    In the days of the creation of the Elder Scrolls, when the indexed palette was the foundation of the world, presented by the Hierophant to the blessed few of the Tiles of Nümerica... The ability to down sample colors was, in my experience, always very iffy. Maybe the algorithms are better now, but often enough, they used to really skew the colors, and having to step thru several options was not only tedious (closest hue match, closest luminance, favor warm tones, etc), but often futile. Better to just draw the pixels you wanted from a well designed palette. I wouldn't mind having the capability mentioned above. I still do use GIMP. But I think I've used GIMP for indexed color work maybe 2X in the last year. 'Self, would rather the development in AD go to the vector work w. blend and warp. AP, stroke brush along Vector/Selection path.
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    Help With Selection Cutout

    firstdefense, I see the faint blackline at the base, but nowhere else. When I try recreating the file myself, I do get the faint line. In my attempt, if I make the circle that was the cut out .02mm larger, the line goes away on a portion of the perimeter. If I move the circle +.01mm, the position of the faint line changes. If I increase the circle size another .02mm, the faint line continues to be visible at pixel size until I'm zoomed to 700%. During the zooming process I can see pixels that a redrawn to an antialiased grey. I noticed the center of the circle was .01mm off the center of the cut out rectangle. After moving it, the line disappears at 400%. I also switched to both pixel and retina pixel view, and get a very obvious, and less obvious anti-aliased line. The only major difference I can find between your file and my attempt at recreation is that in mine, the circle is on center w. the rectangle, but in yours it is not. This seems quite curious.
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    Layer Overlay To Simulate Pixelated TV Screen

    Hi, Frank Griffin, I don't know exactly what you meant, either from you description or the sample of the tiny .png file. I was supposing you might want either something like a grainy CRT's scan lines, or an old 8-bit computer display. Any rate, here's what I managed. Took a photo, blurred it slightly, and placed it in the screen shaped vector. W. the grid turned on, and appropriately sized, I drew a square over 4 grid squares, and power duplicated that horizontally, then took those and duplicated vertically, making sure each square was fitting on the grid. A used the boolean add on the array, and then filled that w. the same image. Placed that above the image within the vector, and made it partially opaque, and changed the blend mode. Duplicated that, and off set it by one grid square. Did that repeatedly, changing directions and blend modes. Eventually had a batch of mostly averaged square "pixels." Add a levels adjustment to bring back some contrast. Maybe this will set you off in a direction you can use.
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    Trace tool

    Hi, Steve813, I'm not very qualified to offer an answer. I haven't used Photoshop in at least 7 years, and not much at that time. I've been using GIMP a lot, and for some years earlier, Corel Photopaint. I can only say based on limited background, AP is much easier to use getting a clean clip of items from background than anything I've used. You can d-load a 10 day trial, so give it a whirl.
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    Stuart_R, Thanks for the reply. I'll inquire how they are printing out the transfer designs. A fellow paid them for some work by trading an older model iPad Pro, which should run Affinity.
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    pencil tool area colouring

    Hi, Wagner, This is an important beginner question. Affinity fills shapes when they have a vector perimeter. Every pencil stroke might have a fill if they enclose an area. The first example would be one of those. The other has four vector lines are separate on their own, but together do not enclose any area because they are not actually joined. You need to change how you think about the way you are drawing if you are using the "draw" persona tools. The "pixel" persona works differently, and might do what you want after the space was filled w. white, and then painted over with "protect alpha" checked, so the unfilled space could not be painted on.
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    Didn't notice your work earlier. Yes, like the others, so fine. Referencing an earlier post, my elder daughter and SIL do tattoos. Working long hours with Affinity is likely much more pleasant than long hours bent over sweaty bodies that need to be kept sterile. But if you do happen to do tattoos, any info on how you translate your work to the transfers? My kids at present are using Gimp and Inkscape, but I'd love to give them a license for Affinity.
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    Is it possible to turn photod into graphinc novel/comic.

    FWIW, Scanner Darkly was made using an app, Rotoshop, that required immense amounts of artistic work. From what I've read, every frame was hand drawn. If you are willing to learn the technique, and spend the time, Affinity can do the job, and much better than what you show. Some of what you've posted is similar to what I used to do w. Corel Photopaint. One could run a smear brush on paths w. variations on rotation and sizing along those w. an automated routine. At this point, Affinity does not have a stroke to path or stroke mask function, or a scripting language.
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    Smoothen rough edges

    Can only make a few comments. My skills w. AP are minimal. (I need lots more practice, to say the least) The base problem is that the original image was very compressed, and was full of compression artifacts. Digital garbage. Those made for the chunky edges. I don't know enough about AP to decrease those effectively. I used GIMP quite a lot, and still do, and I couldn't get anything useful from the image. Basically, it was mangled to make it really small. I tried some of my usual routines, and got no where. If I needed to, I would have had to proceed w. very tedious manual erasing. AFAIK, the file size is because AP does not compress anything, and there were 3 large pixel layers. The background hall itself was 15+ Mb uncompressed. Using .jpg compression at 90% quality, it dropped to 3+ Mb.
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    Brush settings for manual stippling on AD

    Hi, DirkFunk In either AD or AP, you have 2 options. Ordinary raster brushes that have a small cross section can be laid down w. single clicks. One can use the vector circle shape also at a small size, and then move it around holding down the command key, which will duplicate it as dragged around. If using the the vector circle, you will end up w. an immense number of layers, which you will most likely want to gather into groups. Note that a circle can be made into a symbol. You can make several circle symbols, and command drag them around, and then change the hue of shape of masses all at once by altering a single instance.
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    Objects won't become selected (Bug?)

    I've had something similar happen, but not in any way I could consistently duplicate the problem. I can select an object, and that is reported in a highlight of the layer in the layers panel. But I can't move it with the mouse, but can move it with the arrow keys. Since I've had problems w. the mouse, I supposed that may be where the problem lies. As shown in my sig, I'm using a Mac, and sometimes the bluetooth connection does not work right. Seems to be from weak batteries and outside interference. If I save, and re-open the problem goes away.
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    Train logo design

    I really like the original, so concise. Adding the dot/circle between the engine and the covered plate car works. Personally, don't appreciate the smiley face. But if the client wants it, maybe put it in the trains nose shadow. Using Thomas the Train smiley face front end as a precedent, but not a copy.
  14. I tossed those that I had problems w., but still had a d-load file. They are in a set called georgeguo. Some seem to work OK, others have this odd striping effect. Attached is a screen shot of a vertical stroke made w. one, and the brush settings dialog. I notice the usual S-curve stroke illustration is partial. Others long discarded were much worse.
  15. I've loaded lots of .abr files, but a few have failed, and a few work, but incorrectly. My guess from looking at the files, and or download sources, is that there was a format change in .abr. Ones made recently seem to be fine, but ones from some years ago seem to break up, and become a bunch of streaks.