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    Scungio got a reaction from smallreflection in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (1.6 - Beta 6)   
    Hey Matt, 
    Thanks for the improvement to the Expand Stroke. This is just a simple test but so far I am liking what I see...
     
     

     
    That is just a simple line drawn with the pen tool and a pressure curve applied. If I had to guess it would seem like the Expand Stroke command in 1.5.5 created almost 200 points whereas in 1.6 Beta 6 it may have created 20 points? It would be nice to have an Info panel of how many points an object has when you select it, manually counting it isn't fun!
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    Scungio got a reaction from smallreflection in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (1.6 - Beta 6)   
    Hey Matt, 
    Thanks for the improvement to the Expand Stroke. This is just a simple test but so far I am liking what I see...
     
     

     
    That is just a simple line drawn with the pen tool and a pressure curve applied. If I had to guess it would seem like the Expand Stroke command in 1.5.5 created almost 200 points whereas in 1.6 Beta 6 it may have created 20 points? It would be nice to have an Info panel of how many points an object has when you select it, manually counting it isn't fun!
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    Scungio got a reaction from Freid in Another mean Snail bot ( with timelapse )   
    Freid, 
     
    In watching your video I did not catch the export out of Affinity Designer. I remember some time ago, I think the 1.5 beta that Serif had put in an export option for Spine? Is that what you use? I was curious how well that cuts down on set up time.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in iPad Pricing   
    Serif debuted the Photo app on June 5th for that $20 introductory price and even extended it some if I remember right. It is a great price even at the regular $30 price. Some people who don't even have an iPad yet bought the Photo app at the lower pricing to take advantage of the sale. I think Serif did the best they could with that opening sale but come on, they have to eat too, they have bills to pay, employees to pay, a company to run. I would be against them refunding money to people who missed the sale price, you have to draw the line somewhere. That may sound cold to you but that is my 2 cents. Just be sure not to miss the sale for Affinity Designer for iPad when that debuts. Early bird catches the worm and all that...
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    Scungio got a reaction from Callum in Upgrade Pricing Policy   
    Yeah, I really don't get how people are on the fence when it comes to buying Affinity Photo and/or Designer. Or how they could possibly be against paying full price for the next version of each app.
     
    This is just my example of paying for Illustrator and the Photoshop/Lightroom plans. The Illustrator single app plan that I have costs me $21.19 a month. The Photoshop/Lightroom plan costs $10.69 a month. So, I pay $31.88 a month here in the USA, and that comes out to $382.56 a year.
     
    Over 10 years that would be $3,825.60. 
     
    Now, I took advantage of the introductory pricing that Serif offered on Designer, on Photo, on Photo for iPad, and as soon as Designer for iPad is available I will buy that too.
     
    I paid $40 for Designer, $40 for Photo and $20 for Photo [iPad]. Say Designer [iPad] has introductory pricing of $20 too. That is $120.
     
    Hypothetically say Serif has a new version for each of those apps once every 3 years and I upgrade to each app at the full price. I am looking at less than $450 for 10 years, compared to $3,825 for Adobe's apps over 10 years. And with Adobe I am probably never going to have an Illustrator that works on my iPad, never going to have a Photoshop that works on my iPad.
     
    I am one of those Adobe users that has had problems with the Creative Cloud. I have had 3 different occasions where I couldn't start any of the apps and had to deal with the pain of getting it all to work again. Sometimes that took days. I even had an issue one time where Creative Cloud was interfering with my Backblaze backup cloud service, actually erasing files. CC can be great when it works, but can be a frustrating, maddening experience when it doesn't.
     
    Anyway, back to the savings, $450 for Affinity, $3,800 for Adobe. If I can dump Adobe I pocket almost $3,400 over the course of 10 years. Even if I had to buy each Affinity app yearly, at full price, that still comes out to a savings of $2,200 over the course of 10 years compared to Adobe.
     
    So, when I see people on the 'fence', hemming and hawing over deciding to buy Photo, or Designer, or the iPad versions, I just shake my head in disbelief!!
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    Scungio got a reaction from Kiarian in Using compounds   
    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?)
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    Scungio got a reaction from anonymized2 in Celtic knots and other intricate shapes ?   
    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:
     
     
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    Scungio got a reaction from anonymized2 in Celtic knots and other intricate shapes ?   
    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
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in Add Flatten Image option   
    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. 
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Wattloewe in Official Affinity Photo (iPad) Tutorials   
    I agree that some basic videos are needed. It is amazing to me how many people have asked me about Affinity Photo for iPad since it debuted. Most are not professional photographers or graphic artists but they are consumers that have a love or passion for the photos that they take and have been using apps like Snapseed and the like. And they are looking for something else, something more robust. But to go from what was available previously on the App store and then find Affinity Photo it must be intimidating at first.
     
    So, it would be very cool James if you could do some beginner tutorials/videos for this segment of people that will be coming over. 
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    Scungio got a reaction from AllanDog in Intro tutorial on Share and Export with Photo [iPad]   
    This video is about 12 minutes long and I go over open, share and export within Photo for iPad. I also use Stratospherix FileBrowser app to access a Mac Pro and use the Open In command to send the file to Photo. 
     
    I take a photo and add a text layer and export it out to Procreate using the Share action for Procreate. I am still fuzzy on this process. Sometimes I have no problem getting the file to Procreate and other times it will not show up?
     
    This video was also something of a learning process in terms of recording video off the iPad. I used ScreenFlow and it worked well. The bottom right corner video is video recorded from a webcam and the quality is poor, but I was using that as a guide for Touch Callouts in ScreeFlow.
     
    Being able to track the input of your finger or pencil and to have it display is something that is very hard to pull off. In ScreenFlow they have these Touch Callouts and you have to do a lot of manual fine-tuning and it may not be worth the effort. I did a 4 finger gesture at the 5:30 minute mark? and then some one finger swiping, and tapping from 8 minutes to 8:30. This was my first attempt at doing this and I don't know what to make of it. Worth it? Yay? Nay? Or is it better to have a smaller video in the corner where you can see the person holding the Pencil and get a better idea of where they are tapping?
     
    Oh, well, the video:
     

     
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in Stabilizer option   
    I would never want it implemented on a full-time basis. The way it is set up right now is perfect in my opinion. One of my biggest pet peeves in other software is that I was always having to turn down or turn off the smoothing (Flash). I don't want software auto correcting the line that I put down, unless I specifically want it to. Smoothing is not the same as the Stabilizer but they are both trying to assist you in the line that you are trying to make.  I find that the stabilizer is good for some things in terms of getting specific types of lines but will slow you down in other cases. If it was implemented all the time, then you would have people like me requesting the option to turn it off. This will differ from person to person, but at the end of the day, I think it is best to have the stabilizer as an option that you can turn on or off.
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    Scungio got a reaction from NoWorries in Unnamed Layers on iPad   
    Select the layer you want to rename in the Layers Studio and then tap on the left most icon that has 3 periods enclosed in a circle. Then tap on the top most field and you will be prompted to type in a new name.
     
    So, for example I create a pixel layer, tap on the left most icon in the Layers Studio, a window comes up with the name of 'pixel', then I tap on 'pixel' and a dialog comes up allowing me to rename the layer and I confirm it by clicking okay.
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    Scungio got a reaction from AllanDog in Intro tutorial on Share and Export with Photo [iPad]   
    This video is about 12 minutes long and I go over open, share and export within Photo for iPad. I also use Stratospherix FileBrowser app to access a Mac Pro and use the Open In command to send the file to Photo. 
     
    I take a photo and add a text layer and export it out to Procreate using the Share action for Procreate. I am still fuzzy on this process. Sometimes I have no problem getting the file to Procreate and other times it will not show up?
     
    This video was also something of a learning process in terms of recording video off the iPad. I used ScreenFlow and it worked well. The bottom right corner video is video recorded from a webcam and the quality is poor, but I was using that as a guide for Touch Callouts in ScreeFlow.
     
    Being able to track the input of your finger or pencil and to have it display is something that is very hard to pull off. In ScreenFlow they have these Touch Callouts and you have to do a lot of manual fine-tuning and it may not be worth the effort. I did a 4 finger gesture at the 5:30 minute mark? and then some one finger swiping, and tapping from 8 minutes to 8:30. This was my first attempt at doing this and I don't know what to make of it. Worth it? Yay? Nay? Or is it better to have a smaller video in the corner where you can see the person holding the Pencil and get a better idea of where they are tapping?
     
    Oh, well, the video:
     

     
  18. Like
    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from NoWorries in Unnamed Layers on iPad   
    Select the layer you want to rename in the Layers Studio and then tap on the left most icon that has 3 periods enclosed in a circle. Then tap on the top most field and you will be prompted to type in a new name.
     
    So, for example I create a pixel layer, tap on the left most icon in the Layers Studio, a window comes up with the name of 'pixel', then I tap on 'pixel' and a dialog comes up allowing me to rename the layer and I confirm it by clicking okay.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
  23. Like
    Scungio got a reaction from Alfred in So, so, so many layers & Ugly interface   
    In a program like Adobe Illustrator it may seem like you are drawing objects all in one layer, but if you twirl down the triangle for that layer you will see all of the sub layers. Each object you drew will have its own layer.
     
    If you want the same behavior in Designer you have to create a layer first and then each object that you draw will be added to it as a sub layer just as in Illustrator. 
     
    Also, hate to break it to you, but if you want to create anything of value, something really detailed, you are going to have to learn how to name and organize your layers. There is no getting around that. I have opened other people's files and it is very painful to have nothing named, just Layer 1, Layer 2, all the way to Layer 38, Layer 66, etc. Just laziness. If you are the only one who has to deal with your file, and can function without organization, then great, but it will speed up your workflow to have some organization. You don't have to become obsessive compulsive about it and name every item but even a little bit of housekeeping (organizing) will go a long way. Just my two cents.
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    Scungio got a reaction from Callum in Upgrade Pricing Policy   
    Yeah, I really don't get how people are on the fence when it comes to buying Affinity Photo and/or Designer. Or how they could possibly be against paying full price for the next version of each app.
     
    This is just my example of paying for Illustrator and the Photoshop/Lightroom plans. The Illustrator single app plan that I have costs me $21.19 a month. The Photoshop/Lightroom plan costs $10.69 a month. So, I pay $31.88 a month here in the USA, and that comes out to $382.56 a year.
     
    Over 10 years that would be $3,825.60. 
     
    Now, I took advantage of the introductory pricing that Serif offered on Designer, on Photo, on Photo for iPad, and as soon as Designer for iPad is available I will buy that too.
     
    I paid $40 for Designer, $40 for Photo and $20 for Photo [iPad]. Say Designer [iPad] has introductory pricing of $20 too. That is $120.
     
    Hypothetically say Serif has a new version for each of those apps once every 3 years and I upgrade to each app at the full price. I am looking at less than $450 for 10 years, compared to $3,825 for Adobe's apps over 10 years. And with Adobe I am probably never going to have an Illustrator that works on my iPad, never going to have a Photoshop that works on my iPad.
     
    I am one of those Adobe users that has had problems with the Creative Cloud. I have had 3 different occasions where I couldn't start any of the apps and had to deal with the pain of getting it all to work again. Sometimes that took days. I even had an issue one time where Creative Cloud was interfering with my Backblaze backup cloud service, actually erasing files. CC can be great when it works, but can be a frustrating, maddening experience when it doesn't.
     
    Anyway, back to the savings, $450 for Affinity, $3,800 for Adobe. If I can dump Adobe I pocket almost $3,400 over the course of 10 years. Even if I had to buy each Affinity app yearly, at full price, that still comes out to a savings of $2,200 over the course of 10 years compared to Adobe.
     
    So, when I see people on the 'fence', hemming and hawing over deciding to buy Photo, or Designer, or the iPad versions, I just shake my head in disbelief!!
  25. Like
    Scungio got a reaction from Callum in Upgrade Pricing Policy   
    Yeah, I really don't get how people are on the fence when it comes to buying Affinity Photo and/or Designer. Or how they could possibly be against paying full price for the next version of each app.
     
    This is just my example of paying for Illustrator and the Photoshop/Lightroom plans. The Illustrator single app plan that I have costs me $21.19 a month. The Photoshop/Lightroom plan costs $10.69 a month. So, I pay $31.88 a month here in the USA, and that comes out to $382.56 a year.
     
    Over 10 years that would be $3,825.60. 
     
    Now, I took advantage of the introductory pricing that Serif offered on Designer, on Photo, on Photo for iPad, and as soon as Designer for iPad is available I will buy that too.
     
    I paid $40 for Designer, $40 for Photo and $20 for Photo [iPad]. Say Designer [iPad] has introductory pricing of $20 too. That is $120.
     
    Hypothetically say Serif has a new version for each of those apps once every 3 years and I upgrade to each app at the full price. I am looking at less than $450 for 10 years, compared to $3,825 for Adobe's apps over 10 years. And with Adobe I am probably never going to have an Illustrator that works on my iPad, never going to have a Photoshop that works on my iPad.
     
    I am one of those Adobe users that has had problems with the Creative Cloud. I have had 3 different occasions where I couldn't start any of the apps and had to deal with the pain of getting it all to work again. Sometimes that took days. I even had an issue one time where Creative Cloud was interfering with my Backblaze backup cloud service, actually erasing files. CC can be great when it works, but can be a frustrating, maddening experience when it doesn't.
     
    Anyway, back to the savings, $450 for Affinity, $3,800 for Adobe. If I can dump Adobe I pocket almost $3,400 over the course of 10 years. Even if I had to buy each Affinity app yearly, at full price, that still comes out to a savings of $2,200 over the course of 10 years compared to Adobe.
     
    So, when I see people on the 'fence', hemming and hawing over deciding to buy Photo, or Designer, or the iPad versions, I just shake my head in disbelief!!
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