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About MrDoodlezz

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  • Birthday 11/19/1989

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    Cartoons & comics, logo & brand design, photo manipulation & digital/analogue drawing.

    Also video games – lots of them. :)

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  1. Hey fellows, I'd like to agree here. This function would be great to edit existing files with many individual elements that look the same but are separated and would otherwise have to be selected individually. A small workaround to at least change colours universally could be to use the function of global colour swatches – however this would only work if you started building the document from scratch. Therefore I would also be happy if this feature would be implemented sometime. Cheers MrDoodlezz
  2. Ah, thanks for the citations, R C-R. Sorry for the question, I must have skipped that in my searching earlier. I really hope these options come sooner rather than later - they are extremely helpful to me! Cheers
  3. Hey guys, what happened to the construction mode? I was very happy that these options were implemented, but I can't find them in the current beta. Has the mode been moved to a new category or has development been paused or even cancelled? That would be a shame, because it already looked very promising. Greetings MrDoodlezz
  4. Hey guys, the alignment/snapping of the frame with objects on the canvas has been missing here for quite some time, if I remember correctly I already asked for it several years ago – because almost all tools have the possibility to constrain each other, except the Crop Tool. I would really love to see the option to align the crop frame to objects on the desktop soon – it would be incredibly helpful to save further steps and workarounds in the workflow. Cheers MrDoodlezz
  5. Hey sun1, that's exactly what I'm missing right now. I currently have to make changes to about 20 icons, all of which are created in standalone documents. I know that the artboards (which I love in general, but whose handling could be optimized as well) would be ideal for this, but instead of spending the next 45 minutes merging 20 + documents into one file with correctly named artboards, it would be easier and (exceptionally) more effective to arrange the windows to keep track of them. Maybe the next updates will bring something to clean up our workspace or our documents? Sun1, you'd add a few tags to the OP to make it easier/faster to track and find. Cheers MrDoodlezz
  6. Ah, sorry, I should have written in more detail: this time I was talking about the content, i.e. figures and elements within the Artboard-Symbol – the content (like you would expect from a Symbol) is mirrored for every Artboard-Symbol instance. But as you state that guides and grids aren't even though synchronization is active, I would definitely consider it a bug, but at least very, very inconsistent handling of Symbol-Children or what ever they're calling it.
  7. Right, that's exactly what I was expecting. But at least this way you could create a mass of Artboards in one step instead of duplicating and arranging them in Designer afterwards. If I understand correctly that's what Walt already mentioned above. You can create Symbols of Artboards. It saves the grid and guides as well, every time you place everything is there. Though there are other problems with this workaround: The synchronization of the already placed Artboards must be deactivated so that the other Artboards do not have the same content. However, if you want to make universal changes to the guides or the grid afterwards, this is not possible, since the Artboards are no longer linked to each other due to the previous deactivation of the synchronization. Times artboards being mentioned in this post: 8
  8. Hey Walt, thanks, I hadn't thought about it that way! Or rather, I didn't think it could work that way. Awesome, that's at least a workaround ... but as you already mentioned not as convenient as it could possibly be. Let's hope for something more organized at some point. Greetings MrDoodlezz
  9. Hey guys, hey MEB! Are there any news whether the option to copy the grid and margin when clicking on Insert Artboard will be available in the next version or not? Or maybe an option to directly place multiple artboards when creating a new document, which will be sorted in a certain order with defined distances? Because somehow it is quite tedious and not very practical, since apparently (or only for me?) the command to duplicate and align artboards (⌘ + J) does not work. For example, I'm trying to create a font table with single artboards for a clean export, but that's quite difficult, because the guides and margins defined at the beginning are not duplicated with them, so I have to redefine them over and over again - and as you may know fonts have quite a lot of glyphs! (We're talking about several hundred artboards … ) No matter if I use ⌘ + drag or Insert Artboard. Cheers MrDoodlezz
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    Creating a handwritten font with Designer

    Oh, didn't know about this one yet … gotta try it next.
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    Creating a handwritten font with Designer

    Hey, I didn't know the FontForge sub site yet. It's a bit too code-heavy for me, I can't quite comprehend it, especially from the point of "Workflow". I didn't expect it to suddenly be about programming. But that's not the point. I created my document after a video tutorial that follows this template, so it is also 1000 x 1000 pixels in size. Importing isn't the problem either. I already imported numerous glyphs, but at one point I thought there mus be a better, more convenient way. (And maybe with less coding involved? ) As I stated above and shown in the clip it's the way to get there until FontForge's file requirements are met and converting the line drawings + exporting from Designer is very tedious. I also tried BirdFont, but quickly returned to FontForge, as many features are missing from BirdFont or hidden behind cryptic icons.
  12. Happy new year guys! I am in the middle of creating my first font (handwritten) and use Affinity Designer for designing the digits. However, the process is very tenacious right now. Since I'm new to font development, this is my current approach and setup. I created a document with a growing number of artboards, one artboard for each possible digit, ligature, symbol, and so on. I created each digit using a stroke with slightly varying line widths at the beginning and end. The program into which the digits are imported works with PDF, SVG, EPS among other (to me unknown) file formats – that's okay, because I can output each digit with the export persona named accordingly. SVG is the recommended file format. But I do run into some problems: The exported digit-files MUST NOT be exported as a path with a stroke The exported digit-files MUST consist of a single shape. The exported digit-files (even if points 1. and 2. were taken into account) as SVG are created with a white box in the size of the artboard around them, which lead to another step of selecting and deleting something manually that actually wasn't created in the first place while designing the digit. (The document is set up with the check for Transparent background under the Colour dialogue) I would have guessed now I can select all contents of the different artboards via shift+click in the layers palette and convert them with a single click on "Expand Stroke" - but this is not possible, because the selection is automatically limited to the artboards and not to the children. SelectChildrenOverMultipleArtboards.mov Furthermore, I would have liked to use an action/macro to merge the multiple curves of single letters like A, B, E or F into a single curve - but unfortunately the macro palette only exists in Affinity Photo, if I see it correctly. Does anyone have an idea how to convert the files without all the unnecessary additional effort/tasks? Cheers and have a nice day MrDoodlezz
  13. Hey Cédric, I totally get what you mean. But that's like … not the way construction lines are supposed to work, correct me here. In an exaggerated sense: the graphic is finished and I start drawing in the construction lines afterwards. Right? I understand the tool differently, rather to lay a foundation on which the design then builds on. Like a grid, just a little more precise and individual. I guess you know what I'm talking about, at least it's often used that way. I really do hope so! Greetings MrDoodlezz
  14. Hey guys, about the construction mode … this works only with Pen and Node tool right now, right? I guess/hope other tools will follow? Right now I’d like to construct a figure based around circles, but I can’t get either the mode to work or the lines to show. Or am I just missing something in the menus? In any case, the tool is already very promising! Without the option to actually access circle shapes and align them to the design shapes, it's a bit limited in its usefulness for now. Cheers MrDoodlezz
  15. Oh well, thanks for your kinda snarky appearing reply. Great suggestion, and yes, I’ve already tried latest available beta before even thinking about a post. I just wanted to make sure that I understood this new tool, which has a different name, correctly and express how happy I am that this practical tool is finally being implemented after more than 4 years of working with Designer. Cheers