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  1. If your client specifically requests and insists on an .ai file, there's not much you can do other than sending him an actual .ai file. That said, you're out of luck with Affinity Designer, since it doesn't have and will never get .ai export. Go create your stuff with Illustrator. On the other hand, if what your client really wants is just a file he can open and edit with Illustrator, there's no generic answer for you because what works best depends on what you want to export and what your client wants to do with it. Each file format has its specific set of supported features and its pros and cons, so you'd have to decide this on a per-project basis.
  2. That's what layer masks are for. Use a fill layer and then simply mask out the areas where you don't want the gradient to be visible.
  3. Consider watching the corresponding tutorial video:
  4. A system with a Core i7 with 32 Gigs of RAM and SSD should absolutely be able to run smoothly with documents much, much larger than those with the suggested limitations above. I am in no way a Windows expert, but I'd say there's definitely something going on, since powerful machines like yours are in no way pushed to their limits with some simple brushwork. Reset Affinity Photo/Designer. If this doesn't help, wipe them from your hard drive and install them again. Check if other applications also respond slowly. If they do, it's not an Affinity issue.
  5. By the way, I've been working with Fill Layers a lot and this has never worked before. It was one of the first things I memorised when I learned Affinity Photo: If you want an adjustment to affect a Fill Layer, don't nest it. Up until now, I assumed it doesn't work for the same reason you can't nest Adjustment Layers inside Adjustment Layers (technically, you can, but it won't do anything), so I thought this was by design. If it's not - cool thing! I'd really love to see this limitation go away.
  6. Hi Chris B, thank you very much! Again, if you need additional information, just let me know. Also, I'm looking forward to potentially hearing from the developers about the cause of the problem and how easy it will be to fix it. Thanks in advance for taking care of this.
  7. Hello everyone, I've come across an issue in Affinity Photo for macOS related to the 'Reselect' command and rotated images. I can reliably reproduce the problem by following these steps: 1. Open an image. 2. Rotate the image 90° clockwise or anticlockwise. 3. Create a pixel selection using the Selection Brush Tool. 4. Clear the pixel selection. 5. Reselect. 6. Watch the previous pixel selection being placed at the wrong position and wrong orientation in the image. I have attached a screen recording to this post which illustrates the above steps. I originally discovered the issue using Affinity Photo 1.6.6, but my video shows that the current 1.6.7 beta 2 behaves identically. I'm not really sure, but it almost looks as if the misaligned selection is placed at the position where it would be if the image hadn't been rotated. From what I can tell, the issue only affects irregular selections that have been created with the Selection Brush Tool involved. For example, selections created solely with one of the Marquee tools or the Freehand or the Flood Selection Tool will not show the above behavior; a selection created with the Selection Brush Tool and then expanded with a Marquee tool (or the other way round) will. Also, I can manipulate those selections with Refine, Feather etc. and the problem still persists. It doesn't matter whether the image has been rotated clockwise or anticlockwise. I can even invoke the Rotate commands multiple times. The bug does disappear under certain circumstances when I've worked with an image for a while, but I haven't been able to find out what exactly these circumstances are. Also, I can only reproduce this with rotated images, so the Reselect command will just work fine with e.g. flipped images. Has this already been logged? macOS 10.13.2 with Affinity Photo 1.6.6 and 1.6.7 beta 2. Cheers kaffeeundsalz reselect.mov
  8. Hard to say what‘s going on without further information. Does it happen with all images or just with one specific image? Assuming you don’t mean the Develop Persona: To narrow down the issue, first try denoising with just one pixel layer that needs to be selected when you apply the filter. If this works, something is obviously wrong with the layers stack of the image in question. You do know the concept of nested layers so you can make sure the Denoise filter is e.g. not applied to an adjustment layer or another live filter?
  9. But it's irritating – because the application's name is not internationalised of course. In any language, Affinity Photo is still called Affinity Photo.
  10. Current practice I've recently seen here in the forums is to use [APh] and [APu] for differentiation between the two.
  11. That's oh so true. Hence, my comment wasn't meant without some irony. That said, I like that you're actually trying to convince people of AD. Good luck!
  12. Thanks for the clarification, @JevoUK. In this case, PDF is not the desired file format to use. This sounds like a misunderstanding, so sorry for not being clear enough. What I wanted to say is this: PDF is the format of choice for finished documents that don't need any further editing. Whenever your clients want to edit artworks you send them, the preferable solution is to use the identical editing application on both sides along with the application's native file format, in your case Illustrator and .ai files. PDF is designed for universal display accuracy. It's not (and never was) designed for editing accuracy. This is why your PDF should render just fine in reader applications made for viewing. PDF editing, while possible, will rarely go without problems, just as @MikeW pointed out. All of this means that you'll want to work in .ai as long as possible. Only when you're sure everything is done, as a last step in your workflow, should you export your design to PDF. And if you later find out that you've missed something, rather than editing the exported PDF, you'll want to go back to the latest version of you .ai document, make your changes there and then export to PDF again. If you want to switch to Affinity Designer, convince your clients to do the same and you can start exchanging .afdesign files
  13. I probably don't understand your workflow, so bear with me if these questions might sound stupid: If you want to ditch Illustrator, why does it even matter how it opens PDFs created by Affinity Designer? If this is mandatory to your workflow, doesn't this mean that you'd have to keep both applications? In fact, why would want to open PDFs with Illustrator in the first place, since PDF is designed as an interchange file format for completed documents?
  14. Hi Mileto, I don't know if I understand your intention correctly, but I assume that you want to create a selection using the Selection Brush Tool. So, to get your options back, please use the menubar and just click View > Show Context Toolbar. Also, if you actually "edit a lot of photos in Affinity" as you say, Designer might not be the perfect application for your purpose. Did you take a look at Affinity Photo?