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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. Something you might try. Using the node tool, select/add points along the letter stroke, and repeatedly break it into smaller pieces. That alone will change the dot phase for the different sections, giving slightly varied dot spacing. You can then select various portions, and slightly change the phase, stroke width, and spacing. Fill the stroke w. the background texture if you like, or a variant of it. Top of illu, all same dot stroke. Bottom, the same w. a couple of dozen tweaks.
  2. I haven't used AI in years, and not much then. But I have to infer from the questions that show up from Illustrator users that Illustrator anchor points are handled in an entirely different way that AD nodes. Likewise the lines between them. Because of this difference, getting nodes in a straight line in Affinity requires using the snapping features.
  3. Hi, Freddie360, Hmm, don't know why you are having this problem. When I select a layer, I can rotate it as I like w. either the move tool rotating at the corner, in 15 degree increments w. shift held down. The center of rotation can be set manually toanyplace. Using the rotate numeric entry from transform. the precise angle can be set, and the rotation center set to any of the 9 available positions. But to get a number of individual layers precisely rotated, it appears one must sequentially select them, and use the transform rotation numeric entry. At least as far as I know, I've only dabble a bit w. AP.
  4. I suppose it might be nice, tho' I've never had a reason to do so. I'm supposing from your post you want equal length lines for text flowing. Again, just make 1 line and duplicate that. Toss out the lines that aren't what you need. If you feel it is needful, make a feature request. Myself, a blend tool, or a mesh warp would be orders of magnitude more used. For instance, to flow text along a series of curves whose inflection changes in an orderly manner.
  5. if installed, ImageMagick, can be used to prep files for gif anims. This page shows how to use Automator to make the anims. At this time, I've been away from the command line for so long, I'm not sure I could get ImageMagick set up right. As is said, use it or loose it. Let me think... I can still do sudo, cd, ls, chmod,??? Sigh. Pitiful
  6. From what little I know of .svg, the drawing routine always closes lines. But expanding should work. I do that frequently. AD's expansion routine often produces more nodes than necessary, but for simple things like dots, dashes and lines, it does a fine job.
  7. Hi, basile, No. AD does not do that. You might notice that the alignment tools are only available when objects are selected. AD offers snapping tools, which allows nodes to snap/ align in various ways, such as when aligned with another objet's geometry. In AD, the approach that would be simple would be to draw a single line, and power duplicate it.
  8. I use GifBrewery, which I think is Mac Specific. Saves .mp4.
  9. Hi, sonicbomb77 I have a Huion wh1409 paired w. an iMac. The pressure sensitivity is decent. The response time is good. Very small lag. The surface is rather slick, and unlike drawing on paper. I have medium bad arthris, so do not get quite the exact line weight I would like. My daughter tried it out, found the response comparable to what she gets w. her Surface tablet. She thought it would be worth recommending to a friend who did not have a tablet. I have since bought an iPad and Apple pencil. Better performance, but the pencil alone cost almost as much as the Huion. And I bought a "paper=like" surface for the iPad. Still slick, but not glass like.
  10. Here's an approach that might work. 1st, use the black and white adjustment layer. This will turn the image into a grey tone, and will let you make various colors darker or lighter to get closer to a range of three colors. Then a gradient adjustment. Assign the colors as you want. If it is still more than the t-shirt printer can handle, add a posterize adjustment of 2 levels. \\Beyond that, you might have to merge all the adjustments, and do some hand work on the image.
  11. Align doesn't reference the largest object, just the one that is at the most extreme x or y co-ord. If on is much larger than the others, the alignment happens to that. Not so spacing or distribution. Distribution looks at the objects' bounding box centers, and places the objects based on those centers. It doesn't matter what size the objects are reletive to each other. its only the centers. Spacing does much the same, but adjusts the x/y co-ords so that each item will have the same space when all the bounding box size is factored in. For spacing within a bounding object, look into the constraints function.
  12. "Since cropping is non-destructive by default, I doubt this would make much of a difference unless the additional step of rasterizing each image instance was also done (since that removes the out-of-crop part of the raster image). But I still think using Symbols would be more effective ...." I've used symbols too little to say, but it seems that if a symbol served the OP's needs, it would probably function as suggested, a repeated instance of a referenced file. What I was talking about arose from a project I was working on. I found that if a composite form had a bitmap fill, and was then divided, the bitmap remained contained in the resulting individual objects. I was working on a jig saw puzzle. But I was also using the technique to make unusual compositions, transpositions/rotations/etc of tiles that made up a face image, or landscapes, etc. What I noticed was that the resulting file size was immense. In the case of one of the jig-saw puzzles, the 600 Kb file that was used for the whole was replicated in all 80 puzzle pieces. I found that if I went to the trouble of dividing the original file into 80 rectangles that extended just beyond the tile shapes, and nested those, the total file size was reduced dramatically.
  13. AmapThom, Perhaps just work with compressed files to begin with, and when satisfied w. the design, swap out the files? I agree, not a very elegant solution, but for the time being, perhaps not too clumsy. It seems to me that the problem is not with the size of the stored files, both the assets and the work files, but the physical memory requirements and processor overhead. I don't know enough about the issue, but if the screen had to be redrawn every time a file was fetched from either memory of storage, and decompressed, and then drawn, it seems to me that at some point performance would be halting. Nevertheless, make a feature request. This helps the developers allocate their time to items required by most users.
  14. One of the big + for the Affinity apps is that they don't need 'net connection.
  15. I'm able to align both pixel and image layers. Both Photo and Designer Mac OS.