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  1. You can also add a guide exactly half way between the other vertical guides. Use the Guides Manager to get the exact measurement for the guides and then lock the guides. Also, make sure you have checked "snap to guides". Then, using the Move tool, move your objects toward the center until you see a green line overlapping the center vertical guide. It's easier to see this if you remove the fill color from the object. If you want to center an object both vertically and horizontally, you can add horizontal guides in the same way. Those will show up with a red line when you've centered your object horizontally. I just created a number of pages using this method, and it worked well. But I noticed that in some instances, my objects moved a bit and I don't know why. So, I would double check that everything stayed in place before you print or export.
  2. Hi Lee, Thanks for your comments. Yes, I've installed the printer drivers. That was done automatically when i installed the printer. I also called the company and talked at length with a tech support guy who was himself a photographer. He confirmed that the settings for this printer were limited as it's not really intended as a printer for serious photographers. Instead it's intended for businesses. That said, I did print out some photos on photo paper, using their matte photo setting, and was surprised at the excellent results I achieved. The prints on copy paper aren't even that bad. I've fiddled with different settings and qualities of print and compared the results. Even though the settings from the software are limited, you can do more from the printer's panel itself and override some of the initial settings. One thing that's making me happy about this printer is that I can print as much as I want without having to spend $80 on ink after a few prints. I even found a way to get it to print on fabric. Since I want to use the printer to print fabrics and papers for collage and my own art work, and it seems good enough for that, I've decided to keep it. It's probably not the best printer for serious photographers but good enough for occasional photo prints.
  3. I recently bought and just installed a new color printer, a Canon Pixma megatank G7020. I bought it because of the large ink tanks and the lowered cost of color printing. Now I have a large backlog of things that I would like to print from Affinity Photo. I have printed some materials out on plain copy paper (which is what I'm likely to use most of the some since I'm printing materials to be used in collages and other artwork), and the print quality seems decent though a bit dull. Having used other color printers in the past, I was surprised at what seem to be minimal tools for color management that appear in the print dialogue boxes accessed through Affinity Photo. For example, I can no longer find a ColorSync option in the dialogue boxes that come with this printer. It appears that all you can change is the media type, with a very limited range of choices, and the print quality from draft to best. I have scrolled through all the print settings and can't find anything else. Am I missing something here? I believe you can change some settings through the printer itself though I generally prefer to allow my software to control the settings. But I could do that if the choices increase. If anyone has used this printer or its predecessor the G6020 and has some advice for me about how to optimize print quality, I'd appreciate hearing it. Thank you.
  4. I am pretty sure that Patternmaster Boutique (from Wild Ginger) also has the capacity to measure arc lengths. Since this is specifically a pattern making program it is set up to measure all components of pattern pieces. It has a pattern editor component that is really excellent and allows for detailed customization of pattern pieces. The only drawback of the program, and one reason that I don't use it much any more, is that it is available only for Windows computers, not Macs.
  5. I haven't updated my MAC operating system for awhile mostly because of compatibility concerns. But I have updated both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer to the latest versions. Can anyone tell me whether there are any compatibility issues between the Affinity programs and Mac High Sierra and/ or Mac Mojave? I don't want to update my OS and then have difficulties using these programs. Thanks
  6. Thanks for releasing this beta just when you said you would;I've been eagerly awaiting it. On a quick tour, it looks great, and I'm sure it will only get better and better, especially as it begins to integrate with the other Affinity programs. The video tutorials were very helpful. One of the things I like about your products is that they have a modern feel with none of the legacy items contained in the Adobe products. They are designed for what they are intended to do and not full of bloat. I used Photoshop for 10 years and only managed to learn about 10% of it. Since using Photo and Designer, I've learned and used most of the program features and intend to do the same with Publisher. And, your forums and customer support is great. I'm looking forward to seeing how this program develops. But, meanwhile, it seems very usable as is.
  7. Well, this is strange. After posting my previous message about Apple Photos not saving my edited photos, this morning, when I went back to my computer, I discovered the the files I'd edited in Affinity Photo and added to Photos were indeed there. There was clearly a time delay in this process before they showed up. So, I guess the method of saving them works, albeit a little slowly.
  8. I just spent a lot of time editing a photo, and I would now like the edited photo to be sent back to Apple Photo. I tried Callum's suggestion of choosing File >Share>Add to Photos. When I did this, my Photos app bounced in the dock, but when I opened it, the edited photo is not there. Instead, all I have is the original photo. Am I missing a step here? I tried closing and reopening Photo after performing this procedure, but my editied photo still did not show up. Thanks for any suggestions.
  9. Thanks for the quick reply, MEB, and also thanks for bring this to the devs attention. This would be a great bug to fix given the power of the brush tweaking ability.
  10. I have been doing a new Udemy course about Photo and as part of this, I was experimenting with tweaking the various brush settings as outlined in the videos about brushes. When I hit the reset button, the original, untweaked settings did not reappear. The only way to get them back was to write them all down ahead of time and manually reset them. When I contacted the instructor about this, he suggested that it might be a bug in the program and suggested contacting Serif tech support. A search for this issue led me to this forum where the issue appears to be unresolved. I understand that I can restore the factory settings through the Preferences menu, but I believe that will also undo any new or customized brushes that I created and want to save. Are my only options to export my own brushes prior to resetting the brushes through this menu? Or to duplicate each brush that I might want to tweak before playing with the settings? Both of these options seem clumsy. So I'm wondering if this is a bug that needs fixing. Thanks for any thoughts about this.
  11. Thanks, Firstdefence. As you noted, I already have the Quick Time Player and saw that it has a screen recording feature. I think that I don't understand the overall concept of making an animated gif, though. It sounds like you would do one step in Designer, capture or record it, do another step, capture and record that, etc. Is that the concept? I looked at GIPHY Capture which Alfred recommended, but couldn't figure out what it did, perhaps because I didn't understand the larger concept. I think I'll do a little internet research to see if I can understand this better.
  12. Thanks so much, Alfred. Another new thing to learn and explore.
  13. This is a bit off topic, but, first defence and jimmy jack, could you tell me what tools you are using to make the videos you've shown in your replies? I'm on a Mac, so would be interested in knowing what tools there that do similar things for Macs. (I searched in the Forum for videos, but didn't see anything.) Thanks,
  14. Thanks very much for the additional suggestions. I was able to get this to work but only after I created a new rectangle and followed the steps. I still couldn't get it to work on the rectangle I'd previously created which seems very weird. But at least I know how to do this procedure which I will now add to the "Tips and Tricks" document that I have created.
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