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  1. Take the pen tool and make your path then press on the selection button...
  2. gratzer, I opened the new.pdf you have in Illustrator and there were 13 missing fonts that I did not have on my system and it had to substitute for them. So whether it is Illustrator Or Designer that is the situation that I find myself in with your files. But I was able to copy from the new.pdf and into Designer and was able to italicize and bold those characters that needed it but I have no idea what font to choose. The question I have for you is that in your test.afdesign, the a1, a2, b1, etc, those have been converted to outlines, curves, but what font is that? If you can find out what font that is then it would be a simple matter to change the copied text to that font, and the italicizing and bolded part of that formula would match.
  3. Just a simple mistake, you have to hold a modifier key down, on the Mac it would be the Option key while clicking Add, on Windows I think it is the Alt key and click on Add. You can also with those layers selected just go to top menu and choose Layer/Create Compound or use the keyboard shortcut Option+C or (Alt+C on Windows?)
  4. Hey MikeW, Don't know if you are directing that question to me or not. No, I don't have that Computer Modern font in gratzer's test.afdesign sample. What I was saying is that he should be able select the formula from that new.pdf and paste it into Designer pretty easily if on a Mac. My mentioning the Paste Without Format was just a hypothetical and an option to save some time in certain circumstances. For example if you had a PDF and there was some text that you wanted to copy and it was colored pink, using the Paste Without Format would remove that color when you went to paste it in Designer.
  5. On a Mac here but I opened your new.pdf file in Apple's Preview app, selected your text example and copied it. Then I went to Designer and pasted. I was also able to Paste Without Format so that the text would change to what Font and Sizing that I chose beforehand.
  6. Yeah, as I explained briefly sometimes you have to manually go in and move some nodes around to make one shape overlap the other just enough to make the add/join operation work. Better to explain in a video, so here is a 3 minute clip:
  7. Yeah, the Shape Builder tool is nice in Illustrator but can be finicky at times. But regardless of whether you are in Illustrator or Designer it basically comes down to selecting the divided shapes and adding them together. I assigned a keyboard shortcut to the Add Geometry command so I select two shapes and then Control - A. Sometimes you get a result that does not work as the shapes were not overlapping enough and you have to use the node tool to move points so one is slightly over the other. It can be tedious but it gets the job done. I also tend to use the Donut Tool with a hole radius of 0 to start off making the circles or ellipses. Then when you are ready to do an offset of those circles it is easy enough to select them all and then change the Hole Radius to get the offset. Then I usually convert them all to Curves and then select them all and Divide. Then from that stage it is just a matter of selecting the individual pieces and joining them together. If I have the time maybe I will put together a short video showing how I go about it. In the meantime here is a file where I saved the history with it. Just move the slider in the history panel to see how I went about it. In the beginning I had started a different design but then abandoned it so sorry if that causes any confusion. knot.afdesign
  8. jhazel0705, Honestly, I think you are making it too difficult then it needs to be. As bleduc mentioned it probably is the easiest and fastest method to just make the shapes/petals and arrange them in front or back of each other and you could even use the target behavior to add shapes inside one another. The live paint and refined path abilities of Illustrator are just not in Designer at the moment.
  9. I don't mean this to be offensive but what do you use your other hand for? I have used many programs over the last 30 years too and I have my right hand on my mouse or Wacom Stylus and the left hand close to the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts are crucial in speeding up my workflow whether I am using Affinity Designer, Apple Motion, Harmony, Clip Studio, etc. You don't know what you are missing! :D
  10. I understand what you are saying, to each their own. I just try and use keyboard shortcuts because I find them faster then going up to the menu and clicking. Like I love to use Compound shapes and have 'live' boolean operations. But sometimes I want to release the compound so I set up a keyboard shortcut of Control + C. Much faster for me to invoke that shortcut then go up to the menu, click on Layer and then click on Release Compound. That is two clicks and it is much slower than me using my keyboard shortcut.
  11. Yeah, if you are on a Mac you can use Quicktime and choose New Screen Recording, draw a marquee selection over your photo/image and the history panel and then press Start Recording, when you are done cycling through the History panel go up to the top menu bar and press the stop button. Then a window opens up with your recording and you can choose a size and export it out. Even if you did a long 20 second back and forth it would probably only be about 5 MB in file size.
  12. If you right click on a layer and bring up the menu you can choose Merge Visible which takes all of the layers and their adjustments and masks and creates a new layer and flattens them into that layer. Photo does not delete your original layers which I rather like but you could easily just delete those afterwards.
  13. One of the things I always hated about Adobe and their paste operations is how damn confusing it all got. You paste something and it is offset? Then they insert all kind of paste in front, paste in back, paste in place, in the menu, what a mess. That to me is an example of Adobe's bloat. I like Serif's approach. When I copy and paste it pastes in front by default and if I have to move it behind I just use the Command + [ shortcut key and/or use the targeting options as dutchshader mentioned. Once you use it enough times it becomes second nature and will speed up your workflow.
  14. You can map your own keyboard shortcut for this in the desktop versions of Photo and Designer. Go to your Preferences and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. Then in the second menu select Miscellaneous. Then look for the command Set Fill to Black and White and click in the blank field to the right of it and enter your keyboard command, for me I chose Control X but you can choose anything you wish.
  15. I have been using this cool little iOS app called WheelMasks to create color swatch palettes that I then import into the Affinity Photo desktop by way of the Import Palette/Document Palette and then choosing the .ase file that WheelMasks exports out. When I try and import the .ase file, Adobe Swatch file in the Photo iPad version, I get no option to actually select the .ase file. Is this not implemented yet?