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  1. @Mark, okay, now we're talking. I was unaware of the ColorSync and Soft Proof options. You have offered me a range of features I can look into now. Thanks for some great suggestions.
  2. @Mark, thanks, my preferences are set just as yours are. My bad for not being more specific when I said I work in RGB. I appreciate your taking the time to think about it.
  3. @Olivio Multi4G and anyone... I have a HP 15" laptop (high res, recent technology, Nvidia, etc) and a HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format printer as I do a lot of Tabloid sized work. It is not a graphics quality printer and uses only 4 ink colors, CMYK. I work in RGB in Affinity Designer and in Affinity Photo. The AD work is primarily "cartoon" with heavy black strokes and color gradients fills. Once I get the colors visually nice on the display screen, I print and find that the OfficeJet results are 20%-50% darker on paper than the screen. Light generated vs pigment generated, right? They are even darker if I use the printer high print quality options so I stay in the normal output settings. I wonder what is the easiest way to color correct in my work flow. I can use HSL color adjustments on each and every shape to lighten before I print thus avoiding unwanted changes to black & white. On 250 shapes with gradients, this is an effort but it works. Or maybe I should put a Curves adjustment at the top of the layers stack that affects all the layers of the drawing. This would seem to be the "sledge hammer" approach but a one-click visibility on or off for instant comparison has a lot of merit. Is there a better solution since this problem occurs 100% of the time? I'm not into color calibration techniques between devices unless it is really easy.
  4. "Then it seems to behave differently on Windows as on MacOS ..." Thanks for your video. I did it just as you did but my 70 would not stick. Ah, well, using the Cog tool in place of the Cloud tool was more entertaining anyway. I don't believe I would have thought to use it if not for your post that it could be used to make the rays instead of the triangle, CTL-J, Rotate, Repeat manual method. Thanks for your initial post as well as trying to make sense of the 48-max problem. Maybe I should have simply tried restarting AD or Windows; you never know what that will fix.
  5. Yes, it would not stick. The slider stopped at 48. So I over-typed the 48 in the field with 70. When I hit "Enter" it deleted my 70 and reverted back to 48. I also started over, did not use the slider, and just over-typed the default with 70. It would not stick either.
  6. Curiously, my AD 1.7.3 / Win 10 maxes the cloud shape out at 48 bubbles, and won't do the 70 your tutorial specifies. Tried a few things to force it without success, couldn't find a Preference to change, noticed my cloud radius is at 97% as is yours. Gave up and tried a work-around using the cog Shape tool instead that does allow me 70 cogs, then I rounded the heck out of the squared-off cogs and took the center hole radius to 0%, eliminating it. This resulted in the same shape you had for the badge in your tutorial. Sooo, I post this for anyone else that bumps into a 48-bubble max like I did. [FYI, my document is Print, Letter, 300 res, display in inches, Art board, although I don't see how it should matter.]
  7. Great stroke pressure effect put to good use for a group of curves. Much better/faster than pen-tooling each drip, which is how I would have approached it. The drip variety is simply a result of the length of each line segment and you can still revisit each layer for a different pressure setting if you see the need. Thanks for sharing this technique.
  8. MEB, by type of object, do you mean curve vs shape? If not could you give some examples of what you mean? Does this carry over to a new document? Or when you close Designer and reopen Designer? In Designer, I use Scale with object on all strokes 99.9% of the time. I was hoping for a Preferences option for "ON" being the default for Scale with object. I understand others may not want it on 99% of the time, but it would be an advantage for my work flow.
  9. This is a work-around to stop the loop. Thanks.
  10. Uploaded a minute ago. BTW, a further problem is once you have tried to export the file as a PDF and AD crashed, even when you reopen AD and the same file, FILE > EXPORT remembers that your last export was to a PDF (regardless that it was unsuccessful) so EXPORT opens and defaults to PDF. That puts you in a permanent loop of crashing because the EXPORT dialog box is frozen and you can't choose any other selections.
  11. Yes, as a private upload. Got a link for me to use?
  12. Additional information: Win AD 1.6 continues to crash when trying to Export to PDF the particular file mentioned in the above post. Nothing else gives any indication of a problem with this particular file. For example, I can edit it, add layers, re-save it, print it, etc, etc. I can Export it as a png, then Open the png in AD 1.6 with no issues. Once it is Open as a png, I can then Export it as a PDF. Since exporting as a png flattens the file, I suspect that the layers in the file are causing the crash problem when Exporting the full layered file to a pdf.
  13. "You see a list of all the different layer blend modes and let’s panic!" Ahh, up to your usual hi-jinks, I see. Good one! Great summary of the Blend Modes. If I were to ask for more, it would be to answer "when." I see the techie descriptions of "what" they do but it is difficult for new users to translate that into "when" do I need them. Many educators respond by saying 'just experiment with them while you are in a project.' Yeah, that is hours of fun but not very helpful. While I like your shapes/gradients as a visual guide for each Mode, could you take the 7 most often used Blend Modes (from your summary) and show a real-life example of why each might be employed? Yeah, I know: just lump me in the never-satisfied category.
  14. I created from scratch a 13MB AD file that crashes AD 1.6 on Win 10 when I try to File > Export > PDF. It crashes AD while the Export dialog box is open as it appears to be trying to estimate a PDF file size. The Crash is sudden and complete with no warning msg, although on one or two occasions I did see a Windows alert box about the crash. I also tried the Export Persona with a slice the same size as the document - same result. This file was begun on AD 1.5 and continued completed on AD 1.6, although I have seen no problems with it except for the crashes upon Export > PDF. Export > PDF using other AD files does not cause a crash. Any suggestions?
  15. Dave, tremendous technique. The proof is in the step-by-step photos you attached. Thanks for this idea!
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