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  1. I think "enable transform origin" is just an option of the move tool. Disabling it does allow me to drag the control point, but then what @MickRose said comes into play: Moving the control point will also move the origin with it. So if I get this right, there's no way to keep the origin of an object at a fixed point on the canvas so it would always remain in place, independent from the object's position.
  2. @jackamus So can you get a bit more specific how you solved it? Because I have the same problem as you with your example file: I cannot move the lower left point of the rectangle because that's where the origin is.
  3. kaffeeundsalz

    Making a vector-based UI

    I feel the same as @Bryce. Is the problem you encounter visible anywhere in your screenshots? With UI, you mean the white rectangle with rounded corners in the center of your image? I can see something that looks like it might be a thin gray stroke around the rectangle in the Affinity Designer version. Is this what you mean by "white shadows"?
  4. Ah, so the part about layer clipping and nesting was the important one! Glad that you were able to figure out how this works. If you want to dig a bit deeper into the concept of child layers in the Affinity suite, Serif has a quite comprehensible video about this: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/tutorials/photo/desktop/video/318402519
  5. I happen to have learnt very recently that tinting an image layer with a color like you did in your original apporach is an official Affinity feature. James Ritson makes use of it in a new video that's part of the official tutorials. So please forget that "just as a side note" part of my previous answer.
  6. Hi @Gigatronix Pete, what you want to achieve cannot be done with the Recolor Adjustment because as you've already figured out, there's no way to pass a specific color value from the color picker to the adjustment layer. What you want to do instead is this: Create a rectangle (or another suitable shape) above the object you want to recolor. Fill the rectangle with the desired color. You can use the color picker for this. Change the rectangle's blend mode to "Color". The shape doesn't need to be exact because you can use Affinity's layer clipping and nesting capabilities to limit the effect to the desired object or layer. You might also want to try the "Hue" blend mode instead which will give you a similar, but in most cases notably different appearance. If you are on Affinity Photo, it's even a bit easier because instead of a shape, you can use a Fill Layer to get the same effect.
  7. To generalise my question even more: I'm looking for a way to have a child object automatically scaled proportionally when the parent object is scaled non-proportionally. As can be seen in my video, it kind of works with the Min Fit and Max Fit options, but only in one direction (either scaling up or scaling down).
  8. Hi @Dan C, thanks for your reply! My question is about keeping the aspect ratio of a child object when changing only one dimension of its container, in this case the height. I know everything scales proportionally when you use proportional scaling in the first place, but that's not what I'm trying to achieve here. The scaling I want to apply is exacly the one that's shown in my video. All the best kaffeeundsalz
  9. If you open the Paragraph Panel and under Flow Options, set Start to Anywhere for both of your headers, it should look as intended as soon as you reapply the master page to your book.
  10. Hi everyone, I'm trying to figure out how to make an image scale with the height of its artboard while always maintaining the image's aspect ratio. I've tried different approaches in Designer, some of them kind of worked, but none of them exactly. Here's what I found: Constraining the image to the top and bottom makes it scale with the artboard but not maintain its aspect ratio, meaning the image will get distorted along the y axis when changing the height of the artboard. Using Min Fit makes the image scale with the artboard and maintain its aspect ratio, but only when decreasing height. With height increasing, the image won't enlarge with the artboard, leaving whitespace at the top and bottom. Using Max Fit makes the image scale with the artboard and maintain its aspect ratio, but only when increasing height. With height decreasing, the image won't scale down with the artboard, clipping the image at its top and bottom. Please see this video where I try each of these approaches in the above order: designer_constraints.mov A workaround that I've found is to start with insanely large dimensions for the image and artboard before activating Min Fit and then bringing everything back to its normal size. This way, the image always needs to scale down to min fit as long as the artboard's height doesn't exceed a ceratin range. Is there actually no way to constrain an object to a container while maintaining the object's aspect ratio? Or am I overlooking something really obvious here? I know something very similar has been asked in the forums before, but the thread doesn't answer the question appropriately. Thanks in advance for your help! kaffeeundsalz
  11. If your photobook design is intended for print though, the muted violet colors from your second screenshot are a much more accurate representation of what your photo will look on paper. That's what CMYK color modes are for. Without using spot colors, it's nearly impossible to recreate that rich, saturated blue tone of your RGB photo in print.
  12. Thank you @Dan C. I had hoped that I had just missed a setting or so. That's why I didn't post it directly in the bugs forum section. Glad I could help.
  13. Hi there, Here's some really odd behavior that I just noticed after I added a Gradient Map Adjustment: I pick a gradient node, switch the color picker to CMYK and play around with the sliders. What happens next is that the color of the node is completely different from the color in the color picker. Please see the attached screenshot for an example: I first thought it has something to do with my color management settings, but it hasn't because it only happens with the Gradient Map adjustment. In all other gradient dialogs, for example Fill or the Gradient Overlay Layer Effect, everything's fine. It also doesn't matter what Color Profile is set for the document. This happens in the latest versions of all three Affinity apps. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
  14. I'm afraid I still don't get it entirely. So, from what I can see in your screenshots, you want to overlay an image with a gradient. Is that correct? If so, using the gradient tool directly on an Image Layer is certainly not the way you should do it, even if it gets you the appearance you want to achieve. My suggestion would be to create a rectangle, fill it with the gradient you like and then play around with the blend modes in the Layers panel to mix it with the underlying picture until you get the desired look. You may also want to look at the opacity slider and the Layer Blend Ranges to further modify how your gradient blends with your image. There are three advantages with this approach: First, you can change the color gradient at any time by just editing the fill of the rectangle. Second, it's the most flexible option because blend modes allow you to really fine-tune how the gradient is applied to your image. Third, it doesn't make any difference at all if the underlying layer is an Image Layer or a Pixel Layer - the result will be the same. Just as a side note, I don't even think that the gradient tool was ever intended to be used on an Image Layer directly because I don't see any logic in how the gradient colors are mixed with the image in this case. At least I cannot reproduce the appearance with any blend mode if I use a separate layer for the gradient. The color blend mode kind of comes close but it's still not an exact match.

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