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  1. But this still changes the curvature of the segment connected to the moved node. I don't think there is any way to avoid that if one end node is dragged onto another one to automatically 'join' (actually to close an open curve). In this respect, the "Close Curve" action produces the smoothest results without changing the curvature of any of its existing segments.
  2. I am not entirely sure what you mean here, but when I use the Join Curves action on two selected open curves, they are (almost?) always joined by a straight, un-curved segment, whether or not their end nodes are smooth or sharp.
  3. Compare the curvature of the lower segment between its 2 visible nodes in your gif before & after joining the now sharp nodes. It isn't really the same. The ideal solution would be something that smoothly joins the 2 end nodes without changing the curvature of any of the existing segments, in this case something like this that is more S shaped: Of course, how smooth this should be is somewhat arbitrary -- the app can't know exactly how much smoothing the user wants -- so no matter what some post-join tweaking will almost always be needed.
  4. The closest I have been able to come to doing that involves yet another convoluted process: 1. Zoom in & add two nodes to the curve's path, one close to each of its end nodes. 2. Select the two end nodes & change them to sharp nodes. 3. Drag one of the now sharp end nodes onto the other now sharp node to automatically join them. 4. Move this sharp node to about the halfway point between the two nodes added in step 1, convert it to a smooth node, & adjust the control handles of all 3 of these adjacent nodes for the best fit. Everything in step 4 isn't always necessary if the original end nodes are very close to each other to begin with & their control handles are close to 180° wrt each other.
  5. Hi @Johannes! I don't know if this has anything to do with it but I noticed that in your 7th screenshot (the print dialog for AD for 'in printer' color matching, I think), there is this icon next to the Xerox DC12: According to Apple's macOS Sierra: Icons in the Printer pop-up menu, this indicates that "the printer has a problem you need to fix." Also, I don't know anything about your Xerox printer or what other color-related options its print driver provides, but for my Canon printer, the Color Matching section identifies the 'in printer' option by name rather than generically: If I choose "Canon Color Matching" instead of "ColorSync" then a separate "Color Options" section permits adjustments of brightness, contrast, & CMY levels independently of any color profile. As mentioned in Apple's macOS Sierra: Choose advanced print settings, the options such as Color Matching, Paper handling, & so on vary depending on the printer & app so you probably do not have an additional "Color Options" section but you may have something similar. Regarding printing from an Affinity app vs. Apple's Preview app, at least for my Canon printer the options (& their print results) are the same, so I do not think this has anything to do with the app per se.
  6. "English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over and goes through their pockets for loose grammar." -- James Nicoll
  7. This variation on what @toltec suggested should work in situations where you want more than one selection made from Bezier curves: 1. First use the Pen Tool to draw several shapes to outline the parts of the image where Bezier curve selections are desired. To make it easy to see what you are doing, use a thin stroke & no fill. 2. Once all these parts are outlined, select all their individual Curve layers in the Layers panel & use Geometry > Add to convert them into one Curves layer. 3. Select this Curves layer, switch (if needed) back to the Pen Tool & click the Select button in the Context Toolbar. 4. You can now use the other selection tools in Add mode to complete the selection.
  8. Without knowing how you are creating your logo or which Affinity app you are using a detailed answer is not possible, but making sure your document is set to have a transparent background is a good place to start.
  9. By "perspective crop tool" do you mean the Crop Tool or the Perspective Tool? If I understand what you want to do correctly, you can use the Crop Tool set to the Original Ratio mode to preserve the aspect ratio..
  10. They look different because I was lazy & made a screenshot of part of the file displayed at >100% zoom level in AD instead of exporting it as a png from AD. The screenshot was not intended as a precise representation, but in retrospect I should have made that clearer.
  11. Try comparing the two in the Designer file itself, for example by grouping the 3 overlapped shapes, snapping that group over the edge aligned shapes, & setting its blend mode to difference.
  12. Not true. See for example, Affinity Designer - Artboards: Basics, Affinity Designer - Artboards: Design Aids, Affinity Designer 1.4 - Artboards: From Content, or any of the other video tutorials in the 2. Artboards section of the Official Affinity Designer Video Tutorials (70+) page.
  13. Have you tried doing what @TonyB suggested in his first reply, that being to overlap objects instead of trying to align their edges? Consider this simplified Aligned vs overlapped.afdesign file: The two examples look the same, right? But the one on the right needs fewer nodes because the yellow 'A' shape & red "B" shape are stacked such that their adjacent edges don't need to be aligned. Not only does this avoid having to tediously precisely align those edges & require fewer nodes for the same appearance, it makes editing much easier because only the shape above the lower one needs to be adjusted. Of course, this won't work if the layers have different blend modes or less than 100% opacity, but there are usually ways to work around that, like using clipping or masking to get the look you want.
  14. There are no custom keyboard shortcut assignments for setting layer transparency in either Affinity app that I can find. I would be very surprised if there were because this feature depends on the timing between keypresses to set the transparency, so for instance typing 4 sets it to 40% while typing 4 followed quickly by typing 5 sets it to 45%. That probably has to be hard coded into the app because normally, keyboard shortcuts accept only one non-modifier key, with no provision for a delay to accept an optional second non-modifier key. Jackamus, for completeness note that typing 0 (zero) by itself sets layer transparency to 100%. From what I can tell, so does typing any 3 number keys in quick succession.
  15. FWIW, I tested with Affinity Photo v1.6.7 on a Mac running High Sierra, with save history disabled. 1. Using Photo Persona File > Export, neither did the History panel record the export step nor did the file name in the document window get the "[Modified]" suffix. Closing the file after the export did not result in a 'file has been modified' notification. 2. Switching instead to the Export Persona to do the export immediately added the "[Modified]" suffix & the History panel added an "Export setup (assistant)" step to the History. Even if I just switched back to the Photo Persona without actually doing an export, as expected closing the file resulted in the 'file has been modified' notification.