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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.

    Too old for martial arts or treking.

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  1. Edward, In the pen tool, one may draw in 4 different modes, and change the node type as they are placed. Are you calling "chamfered" what in Affinity is a "smart" node, a bezier best fit? While the vectors between smart nodes may form an angle less than 90, there is usually a small curve to the path. I usually refer to the corner tool styles as "chamfers." when a node is selected w. the corner tool, the default is no chamfer, and one must then select the type of chamfer to apply the tool. I'm supposing as so often happens that there is some problem w. terminology. It often helps to post a screen cap image along w. the text description.
  2. Ah, that does clarify. There is a somewhat clumsy way to do that. If you have shapes that are curves, not the built in parametric objects, select one, change to node mode, and select all. Using one of the nodes, move the shape to a desired node on the other shape. A yellow high light color will appear when the two are at the same position. Then, holding shift, on can constrain the object being moved to the vertical or horizontal position of the just touched point. If necessary, one can create guide sets that intersect the nodes of a particular object. Not "auto-magic" by any means, but will allow exact positioning.
  3. Hi, Edward Goodwin, "If I now draw another shape, I can snap to points which lie on the outer bounding box. However, Affinity Designer won't pick up the inner node as a snapping point. Am I doing something wrong?" This snapping option should give you what you want. Snap to object geometry—when checked, objects can be snapped to object vertices and not simply to the bounding box or key points. Vertices are object corners or intersections, such as the points of a star, within a shape's bounding box. Also, when I use the pen, I will get red or green highlite lines whenever the the pen tip is in alignment w. other nodes within the object. Likewise when moving nodes w. the node tool. I'm perplexed if you are not seeing the same. As Aammppaa mentions, the 1.7 beta has some significant improvements for snapping nodes. I haven't used the beta a lot, and am still working thru the enhancements, but so far, have been able to easily do shape transforms.
  4. Doing it in vector is more complex. Erasing/deleting raster pixels is very different than working w. vector shapes. Draw a donut. Then type in the text w. the artistic text tool. Convert that to curves, ungroup the curves, and use the "add" command to make them 1 object. Duplicate that. Give the duplicate a thick-ish stroke. Use the "expand stroke" command. Subtract the expanded stroke object from the donut. Done For something more complex like the example tute you linked to, the over lapping/ under lapping line effects become significantly more complex.
  5. What app is generating the .svg? While I've found reference to "multi-layer" .svgs, they have all been seen as a single layer of either grouped or individual curve(s) in AD. Can you offer a screen cap of the AD layers panel w. the layers of the file opened?
  6. gdenby

    Scooter - Affinity Designer

    Fun image. liked looking at it. Now, show us the rubber scooters of the future going over and old cobble stone street, preferably at an incline.
  7. I haven't done anything like that for some years, about 10 years ago, and am unfamiliar w. what is currently available. Back then, I was using a database that stored data on art objects, and thumbnail images of them. I made the thumbs in Ps. It was not much different than a merge file in something like Microsoft Word, which, if I recall correctly, had within it some of the capabilities of Microsofts Access database. On this forum, there have been a number of requests to allow Affinity files to be linked to data sources, such as spread sheets, and image cataloguing apps. I've seen a couple of posts about embedded files being used in the as yet unreleased Publisher.
  8. Hi, rutroh,, As above, Designer is probably better suited to creating logos. Photo has fine image manipulation tools for "lifestyle shots." For those tasks, they are very good tools. But, to date neither serve as a front end for a database or spread sheet. No automatic updating from external data sources, such as a line sheet needs. At this point, updates of product specs and images of current offerings must be done manually.
  9. I haven't used any Windows machines for 6 -7 years, and at that time, not for any graphics. I was uncertain if the "system" palette was Mac only, but thought it worth mentioning.
  10. Make a copy of the path. Add it to itself. Do a divide. That resets the box. If you have an open curve, as illustrated, that will close, and need breaking/deleting.
  11. Hi, JPSports, Use the help file, and search on "swatch." It is not hard to make a collection of colors and save them as an application wide swatch set, or a system wide swatch set. "Also - is there a way not to have variants of a color (40% blue) continue to show up on the publication swatch? In InDesign, it does NOT show the varient of the color on the swatch" I'm assuming you have used a routine that gathers swatches from a current image. You can work thru the auto-created color samples, and delete them from the swatch set.
  12. Thanks heaps for your interest in my Castrol logo GT question gdenby. Very much appreciated. :)

    1. gdenby


      You are welcome. I was able to learn a few things working on the problem, so it was a benefit for us both, I hope.

    2. iamwoger


      Glad to hear it - I know I did! Haha. Thanks again :) 

  13. I found a pic of an old sign, and ran it thru a tracer. Ended up w. a file above 50K. Spent a good bit of time deleting nodes, and adjusting curves. Eventually managed to get an .svg that was 14.6 Kb. But it had almost none of the lumpy character that the trace had from the original image. To get the file down from 16 Kb to under 15 was a matter of deleting every excess node I could find. "Oh, look, there are 2 nodes almost on top of one another. And there's three. delete, delete." And I noticed that the export for the .svg had to be for web use. Other types made bigger files. My guess is that even a manual trace of an irregular form is going to make something too big. I've looked at various versions of what I worked on, and it really comes down to the number of nodes defined. Smooth curves don't need near as many points to record.
  14. Hi, iamwoger, Did you use an autotrace utility. The "Casterol" has a really irregular edge, which can happen w. tracers. They can make about a bazillion nodes. If the tracer doesn't have a node reduction or optimization routine, there may be hundreds of nodes that must be cleaned away manually. Or, is it a bitmap image enclosed in a vector shape, w. the .svg format allows. If so, there may be data for every pixel, which would bulk the file up. AD exports .svg 1.1