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  1. According to the help file… Image stacks Stacks blend together multiple images to allow exposure merging, object removal, noise reduction and creative effects. Creative effects using stacks Composite images of multiple exposures using stacks. Exposure merging using stacks Composite images of multiple exposures using stacks. Noise reduction using stacks Composite images of multiple exposures using stacks. Object removal using stacks Blend images for removing moving objects using stacks. Focus merge source cloning Edit focus merged results using the powerful Sources panel. Focus merging images Merge together images with different focus distances for greater depth of field.
  2. I don't believe that this is possible in Affinity at present. The Assets Panel will store a symbol library, but it will not update automatically if you modify symbols, and is stored on each local machine so would not propagate to others. Your best bet for now, would be to use embedded documents… Save the symbols you need as individual files, within a folder called something like "Symbol Library". Use DropBox or another syncronising system to share the folder between users. Use the Place tool to insert the files into your documents. But a native method to manage a symbol library would be a welcome addition.
  3. This is the help you are looking for… https://affinity.help/designer/English.lproj/pages/Text/pathText.html Or in tutorial form… https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/tutorials/designer/ipad/video/273647336 To retain the shape, duplicate it before putting text on the path. Use the triangular handles (green / orange / red) to control the flow of the text. You may also need to reverse the direction of the curve. Use baseline shift, tracking etc in the characters panel to space the text appropriately.
  4. You have probably disabled Edit All Layers (bottom left of the Layers Panel). From the help…
  5. You can save View Points in the Navigator Panel, and then set a keyboard shortcut to jump the the next / previous view. https://affinity.help/designer/English.lproj/pages/Panels/navigatorPanel.html
  6. 1. Draw a pentagon with the Polygon Shape Tool 2. Increase the stroke size to ~12pt, and set joints to Mitre 3. Expand the stroke 4. Using the Corner Tool select all 10 nodes 5. Drag to round the corners Expected: Rounded corners Result: Sometimes crazy glitched corners that point all over the place, occasionally a complete freeze requiring kill Affinity via Task Manager, but most usually a crash to desktop. Same result in 1.8 and Beta
  7. Looks like you are on a Mac, where I am using Win10 - perhaps there is a bug on that system, but I have no way to test. Hopefully someone else can help? Can you provide a recording of what you are doing? Does it work in a new blank document? Does it make any difference if you make an application swatch vs a document swatch?
  8. @HJP That is not the most recent beta >>> is what you need. Also try exploring the Appearance Panel to add multiple strokes to a shape without the need to Expand Stroke at all.
  9. I suspect you are using 1.8 which has a horrible bug when adding simple shapes, such as polylines. There is a 1.8.1 beta which fixes the issue available now in the betas forum. It installs along side the retail install, not over the top, so worth trying it out to see if it fixes your problem. Or wait until 1.8.1 is officially released. Or downgrade to 1.7.x
  10. Perhaps move the tiny icon (indicating the type of layer) out of the thumbnail, and put it before the thumbnail instead. That way the icon could be bigger, and will be more visible. Also the icon could be shown before mouse is released to indicate what type of layer will be created if the user drops the layer right now.
  11. Using Layer Effects - No. Using a stroke (or multiple strokes in the appearance panel) - Yes.
  12. 1. Click in Opacity text input box, in Colour Panel. 2. Type a value and hit enter. Note: Input box retains focus (blue outline). 3. Hit V to switch to Move Tool. Result: "v" is typed into Opacity input box. Expected / Desired: Switch to Move Tool. The Tracking and Baseline input boxes in the Characters Panel also exhibits the same bug.
  13. Can changes to Toolbar / Tools / Studio Panels / Preferences be saved immediately upon change? At present they only seem to be saved if the application closes gracefully - not on a crash or end task etc. Just spent several minutes configuring things, and Designer crashed, loosing all the changes I'd made - which seems needlessly frustrating! Thanks.
  14. Sorry - missed the mention of the Node Tool. There does seem to be some inconsistency here. Rectangles are handled one way, Text Frames another, and Shape Text different again.
  15. Works fine in Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 1.8 on Win10. Are you using a Mac?
  16. I've been meaning to query this for months… As I use the Affinity Designer the responsiveness declines over time. This is not just limited to complex operations like snapping to geometry (which I would anticipate might take longer with more shapes to consider) but the actual interface of the software too. The following screen captures show the Shape Tool flyout menu, and a right click menu appearing. In version 1 the software has been running for over an hour. In version 2 I quit the app, an restart it. Both versions have the same file loaded. < Slow and juddery. Smooth and snappy > Does anyone else experience this? I tend to restart Designer (not the PC) every time I notice the slow down, but this is hardly an ideal work flow! This is a new computer (built December 2019) and no other apps are affected by the slowness.
  17. There is no gradient on a path - yet. You'd have to find a workaround.
  18. Struggling with this today. I have found a workaround, but it does feel like Erase on a Stroke is handled very differently from Erase on a Layer.
  19. Ugh. Ran into this shortcoming today in Beta and assumed it was a bug - but appears that it has been present for some time. Indeed it looks as if I was the first to report it back in June 2019! (I must be getting old! Memory isn't what it used to be) Affinity team, can we please have clarification as to whether this is a bug, or a limitation?
  20. So do exactly that! 1. Set up the gradient (as I described above: white to black with a central mid grey point and the handles adjusted in towards the center to achieve an Gaussian-like gradiant). 2. Save the gradient in the Swatches panel and give it a name (perhaps "Ampa's Gaussian Gradient suggestion that I was perhaps too quick to dismiss"). Now you can use that gradient whenever and wherever you like, with zero setup… 1. Create your mask layer. 2. Drag out a gradient fill using the Gradient Tool. 3. Click your saved gradient in the Swatch panel. 4. Adjust to your liking. This adds one additional click (step 3) which I think is no worse than selecting a gradient type if such a feature were added to the tool. Hope that helps.
  21. Add a 50% grey point to the center of your gradient, and then adjust the fall off on either side to get more or less smoothing?
  22. It's a bit like rooms in a house. You don't have all your bathroom stuff, kitchen stuff, office stuff, and sleeping stuff in a single room - because it would be cluttered and unusable.
  23. Looks great - glad you got it sorted. The thing to remember is that the node tool works on curves not "shapes" (rectangles, ellipses, shape tool etc).
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