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    Wosven reacted to Medical Officer Bones in 1bit / bitmap mode colour format?   
    Hi Andy,
    I am a bit shell-shocked after reading this, although I do appreciate the honesty. It does mean I can't use Photo for a very important part of my work. Simple as that. I also think it is somewhat short-sighted, since 1bit bitmaps are used in the printing industry for all sorts of jobs.
    I noticed the other day that Publisher now retains placed 1bit high resolution tiffs in the exported PDF, which is great. But when switching to Photo, any high resolution 1bit image is converted to a greyscale version. That just won't do, I am afraid. But at least Photo keeps the 1bit information intact when switching back to Publisher.
    Reading between the lines, I think the reason for the lack of 1bit (and 8bit indexed) support is that the core of the software would have to be adjusted, and that this would be far too fickle and too much work. Which I understand.
    Like I said, it means I just can't use Photo for my comics work without jumping through hoops. For anyone looking to edit 1bit files and looking to migrate away from Photoshop, have a look at PhotoLine, which supports 1bit bitmap editing with layer support (something even Photoshop doesn't support).
    The good news is that I discovered today that Publisher does now support 1bit high resolution images in its PDF export: I layered one of my 1200ppi 1bit files on top of a 300ppi colour file, and it retains these fine when I viewed the PDF output. So that is great.
    Now, I don't want to shut Photo's door entirely behind me for 1bit editing. Andy, perhaps you could implement a layer limitation which enforces the use of only 1 colour? Or perhaps a live layer effect that automatically converts to indexed/1bit?
    This idea is based on this Krita developer's work as seen here (see attachment for example):
    Which would solve the lack of an indexed mode as well. Allow your users to add a live layer effect to convert the layer automatically to 8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 bit, with a control palette.

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    Wosven reacted to Jhonatan S Silva in Pot Plant Character Design Using Affinity Designer IPAD - Video on Youtube   
    Hey there,

    It's always a pleasure to share with the Affinity's community how I design my pieces to make the games.


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    Wosven reacted to MikeW in Publisher "keep with next paragraph" missing?   
    Use the Story Editor in ID. All text is available in it. Easy to correct such things.
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    Wosven got a reaction from thomaso in Publisher "keep with next paragraph" missing?   
    When you do this (applying those options on 1 of your 2 frames), there's a conflict between styles and different options between frames. 
    On such error in ID, all the text would disappear (all paragraphs staying together in the overflow part since they can't be together in the same frame). How can you have all the paragraphs together in the same frame if it's not of sufficient height to contains them?
    Prhaps at some point the last valid rule is kept and the other are ignored.
    Applying this type of rule to a frame don't seems usefull. I would apply rules to specific paragraph styles (mainly because I need standardized styles applied and knowing how they should interact, usually with the same set of rules for headers, different ones for body, etc.).
    Perhaps APub should handled user's errors in a different way: all text should disappear if you set the rule "keep paragraphs together" when there's not enough room in a frame. But it can be confusing (it happens when I set no-breaking rule to some paragraph in ID by error, and it's always a pain to correct: enlarging the frame, selecting and disabling no-break style, etc.).
    On your example, the last rule applied seems to be "keep with previous paragraph"+"keep paragraph together" => the last line of the paragraph in Frame_1 run away with the other paragraphs to Frame_2
    [edit] I suppose rules are applied one after the other, and this is the result. [/edit]
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    Wosven reacted to Stratos Agiani in Creative Sundays 001: Mixed Media Abstract Poster with Affinity Photo and Designer   
    Sundays are always good for experimentation and blowing off some creative steam, without client deadlines and briefs.
    So for this Sunday I created a poster for one of my favorite Electronic Music producers: Chicane. 
    Chicane has released a few albums that have been my creative companions for many many years ad I always go back to them when inspiration is needed.
    Here you can see the poster and some screenshots with details.
    Got any questions? Let me know. I would be more than happy to answer them
    Cheers from Greece

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    Wosven reacted to a-p-s in Publisher "keep with next paragraph" missing?   
    @Wosven: My Headline style is called "Name" (confusing I know, but that's copied from the actual project where this makes sense ). So I have indeed the setting on the headline, which is your "intertitre".
    Weird why this works for you, but not for me...
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    Wosven got a reaction from thomaso in Publisher "keep with next paragraph" missing?   
    Read again my previous post and screenshot
    (your options are for the wrong paragraph style, your headline = my intertitre)
    [edit] Unless Abstande mean Headline, but the headline/intertitre was behaving -- following the next paragraph --  for me after setting this line to 1 [/edit]
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    Wosven reacted to Aammppaa in Help with sparks and fire and smoke   
    Fire is generally bright - often very bright! Your fire falls in the mid range of values in your image.
    Fire is also a light source, so to paint it realistically you need to light everything that the fire would illuminate, and cast shadows across the object too.
    Fire is also translucent, as is smoke.
    Painting realistic fire is very hard!
    Painting realistic fire into a daylight photo of a complex subject like a deer is very very hard!
    Also watch some tutorials…
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    Wosven got a reaction from Alfred in Help with sparks and fire and smoke   
    First, I would say it's more difficult to add fire and smoke on this image, it would be easier on one taken at night.
    Perhaps you can find this tutorial helpfull:
    Few minutes ago, I would have said I don't have in mind images of fire in daylight... and i just remembered Notre-Dame... You'll find a lot of pic about the flames and the smoke searching for this.
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    Wosven reacted to kpatart in Animations made with After Effects and Affinity Designer   
    Hi guys, 
    I wanted to show some work I made using Affinity Designer and After Effects. When I started learning how to animate, it was hard to find info on how to make designs in Affinity Designer and animate them with After Effects.
    After some experimentation, I figured a decent workflow. As you can see, I'm not limited by the lack of integration between the two software suites. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help.
    Trampolining.mp4 Run.mp4 qDxDyRuLqRegTung.mp4 Robot 3d faux.mp4
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    Wosven reacted to wigglepixel in Where to set the current language for the spell checker in Photo, Designer and Publisher?   
    Ah, now I get it! Thanks!  
    So the spelling language could actually be set to the base style once per document so we have the same language throughout the whole document. Except for when we change a style to not inherit that language from the base style, but set to a different language for that style.
    And when we have set a style to a textframe, or only to one or more characters, words or lines inside it, even then, we can still override the spelling language in the Character-tab for only a selection of text! So if we have a textframe full of Dutch text we are still able to select a word or a line and put that piece to be spelling-checked in Spanish... 
    So if I would like to create some textframes and have them all on Dutch spelling check, I just change the language of the base style to Dutch and make sure at least some style is selected when creating the textframes (like the 'Body'-style) and everything is checked in Dutch.
    And if I would like to have a different body styling per textframe I would just copy the Body-style to a new style and even that style still has dutch as a language, because it's still inheriting from the base-style, which is set to Dutch.
    Wow! That's actually very powerfull! I like it! 
    Thanks for your help!
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    Wosven got a reaction from wigglepixel in Where to set the current language for the spell checker in Photo, Designer and Publisher?   
    I can't remember if by default the applications are installed in our language or in English (at the beginning, it was English, but usually I keep the official releases in English for screenshots and helping if needed in the forum), and the Bêtas in French.
    In APub, you can have the Base paragraph style (and different Base styles, or paragraph styles) in the languages you need for spellchecking (I don't use Paragraph styles in AD or AP, but you can find a Language > Spelling option in the Character panel).
    The system/app/styles's language settings are and can be different.
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    Wosven got a reaction from ericGa in Auto-hyphenation not working   
    I didn't test a lot, but I don't have good result with French hyphenation.
    And some parameters are in millimeters, this means that hyphenation is dependant of column width, it would be easier to use percentages for all purpose hyphenation and specific ones (for example, for books I'd rather have at least 1 third of text on the last line, no less, on magazine, no hyphention on the last word and if possible more than 1 word on the last line unless I've got narrow columns, etc.).
    I hope people who know better will help with some examples as we had for QXP or ID, to better understand and fine tune hyphenation.
    I'm fond of straightforward options as "(no) hyphenation for capitalized word", "(no) hyphenation for last word"...
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    Wosven reacted to Seneca in Auto-hyphenation not working   
    I wouldn't be so sure about that.
    Before concluding that they themselves don't know what it means maybe it would be more appropriate to ask the Affinity team to shed more light on this feature.
    I'm not sure why you'd want to hyphenate spaces. Only words are hyphenated. inDesign doesn't break long succession of spaces either.
    Maybe a better way to convey the meaning of  the extra space at the end of each line would be to say the distance at the end of each line that is considered acceptable.
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    Wosven reacted to Frozen Death Knight in "ALT" or "CTRL" - FAST Color Picker Shortcut + Fixed Position Option For Color Triangle   
    No icon appears when I hold alt, but I don't need it since I have a crosshair in the middle of my brush at all times. I don't think too much about the colour picker icon not appearing since I've done it a million times in Photoshop, but I agree that it would be a nice quality of life change to tell the user that the picker is activated. Again, doesn't affect me, but it is a UX issue that can and should be solved.

    I was asking ForestHymn. Let him speak for himself. As for the issue of having trouble colour picking with a large brush size, have you tried activating the "Always show brush crosshair" by going into Preferences -> User Interface? With the crosshair you can always see the center of your brush regardless of brush size, and it makes it easier to determine where you colour pick as well without the need for the magnifying glass by just holding down alt and tapping on your screen.
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    Wosven reacted to fde101 in Working with Pantone colors - palette annoyance   
    I think the bigger and more obvious "fix" would be to allow more than one copy of the swatches panel to be opened at once, each showing a different palette.
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    Wosven reacted to Hangman in Working with Pantone colors - palette annoyance   
    Hi ericGa,
    The colour palettes are one area where I personally feel a major overhaul is needed as the way they currently function is relatively unintuitive, cumbersome and restricted. I'm hoping now Publisher has been released and once the dust settles on the bug front that some focus is placed on refining areas which are currently not so strong across the apps, colour palettes being one of them. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the suite of apps and use them daily for commercial work, I just feel now is a time for some further refinement so they can go from being amazing to even more amazing :-)
    With regards your issue I agree, the current behaviour makes little sense, you select a Pantone colour by clicking on it and for some reason, a new Document Palette is automatically created and the Pantone colour added as a Global Colour, why? If you click on a second Pantone colour that behaviour is not repeated!
    To add additional colours to this newly, if unrequested palette you can return to the Pantone swatches and then select another swatch, then select your document palette from the drop down and click one of the two icons to the right of the Palette name, the first adds the selected swatch using the Pantone Name, the second icon adds the colour as a Global Colour but it is crazy having to switch between the Pantone Swatch and your Document Palette constantly to add colours to your Document Palette one by one.

    Improvements I'd Like to See to Colour Palette Functionality in All Three Affinity Apps
    I would like to see the ability to Shift and/or Cmd/Ctrl-click multiple swatches from any of the colour palettes, right click and select 'Add to Palette' with the option to select which palette you'd like to add the swatches too and once added for those colours to retain their correct name, e.g. Pantone Colour Name. Global colours added to a palette should retain their default name if for example a Pantone or named colour, rather than being called Global Colour 1 etc., which is meaningless and simply results in you then having to laboriously rename the global colours by their actual name, again, why? When importing an AD, AP, APub, PDF, EPS or SVG file into any of the three apps, for a default document colour palette to be created that includes the colours used in the imported file, so if you for example import a PDF or EPS file that has been generated in InDesign or any other software, a new document colour palette should automatically be created that includes the imported colours and lists them correctly by name/Pantone Name. I'm pretty sure Illustrator and InDesign do this but it's a long time since I used either. These would be my ideals for starters, I think there are many other improvements that can and will hopefully be made to the colour palettes over time...
    Anyone else have suggestions they'd like to see?
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    Wosven reacted to DesignSurge in Make Linked images have inverted colours   
    I can see that my original post isn't very clear, so I will add a bit more detail.
    The idea is that I am testing out how viable it is to convert PDF's into AP files and save the images as linked instead of embedded.
    I have tested this out with two PDF's generated from InDesign files. One PDF contains CMYK .tif photos and saved as PDF/X-1a, the other contains CMYK photoshop .eps photos and saved as a 'press quality' non flattened PDF.
    When opened in AP and according to Resource Manager, the images are all CMYK .jpg - I assume this is because both PDF's use JPEG compression when being exported from InDesign, hence AP sees them as .jpg instead of the original format? I am not manually changing file extensions or anything like that.
    Within AP Resource Manager I used the option to make embedded photos linked, which then prompts for a folder to save them in (as in point 3 above 'Images saved as .jpg into a folder').
    At this point when images are saved they are also inverted.
    So, now I have just done another quick experiment. I saved a PDF containing CMYK .tif images from InDesign but this time I made sure JPEG compression was turned OFF, when opened in AP the images are still .tif and when selecting 'make linked' they are saved into the folder without being changed to negative.
    There is the bug - When using AP to open a CMYK PDF that uses JPEG compression and then changing images from embedded to linked, the .jpg images saved become negative.
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    Wosven reacted to Stratos Agiani in Abstract Posters with Affinity Designer / Photo   
    Hello Everyone. I am Stratos from Greece and these are a couple of abstract posters I created in order to decorate our offices. So far I have created 5 and these are the first two that will go out to be printed.
    Fan fact: almost half of all posters were designed on an iPad while on the go ;-)
    Love Affinity software so far and we are transitioning from Adobe and Corel to Affinity, fast and surely :)
    Kind Regards 
    Stratos Agiani

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    Wosven reacted to Patrick Bandau in New to the forum   
    My Name is Patrick. I am new to the forum, but I am a AD-User since 2017.  The artwork posted in this forum is really amazing! 
    Here are some of the illustrations, I did in AD. 
    Have fun watching them :).

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    Wosven got a reaction from ericGa in Auto-hyphenation not working   
    Keep the score to 0 or 1, or there won't be hyphenation.
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    Wosven got a reaction from Uncle Mez in Smarty Studio : Our Project (made with Affinity)   
    In fact, you work only for Bêta testing?
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    Wosven reacted to jmwellborn in ?????   
    It has been a long and exciting day for many of us, and no doubt tempers are flaring and people are becoming a bit short.   Here is what I hope is an extremely basic few steps to get you started, at least for your letter to Amazon.
    Open Publisher, and choose from the very top horizontal menu FILE and under that NEW.  You will then be given a menu of options including the size you want your document to be, the measurement (i.e. inches, pixels, picas, etc.) whether you want it to be facing pages or single pages, the number of pages you want, and whether you want it to be portrait or landscape configuration.  You can also set margins, if you wish.  When you click on OK, you will get a blank white page on your desktop.  If you want to have a text ruler (which is often handy) you then go up to the top horizontal menu to VIEW, and be sure that Show Text Ruler has a check mark beside it.  If not, click on that.  To write your letter, you then choose the Frame Text Tool which is the little icon in the vertical group over on the left of your screen which shows as a square with the letter T inside it.  With that tool selected, you then click on your blank white page, and draw a rectangle across and down the page.   When you release the tool, you will have a rectangle outlined with a thin blue line and the text ruler above it.   Still with the Frame Text Tool selected, you can then go up to the context toolbar, which is just under the three colored icons for Publisher, Designer, and Photo, and you will probably see a box with "Arial" in it.   You can click on the downward arrow in that box, and you will reach the list of your fonts in your computer.   You can adjust the type size and weight (regular, italics, etc.) there too.   As soon as you have chosen the font you wish to use, just start typing in the box.   If you have more to say than will fit into the original box, you can enlarge it by dragging the various blue dots around the edge of the box.   I know you will figure that out really fast. 
    We don't all learn in the same way.   And we can all become professionals at something or other -- given enough time.   I hope you may find this helpful.   And reach Amazon!!!!

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    Wosven got a reaction from AKAMERA in ?????   
    Everyone is a beginner at some point. When at school there weren't PC or Amiga or Mac for student, we had to learn buying books (it was the beginning, they described all the menus and features without being Bibles, easy to buy and read for the 3 mains apps: QXP, Photoshop & Illustrator).
    And when we can have a computer and those apps, and better, someone that can give advices, it was better.
    It's the same today, but there's Internet, forums, video, etc. to learn. It should be easier. But we need to spend time reading documentations if we want to learn a new app.
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    Wosven reacted to Friksel in ?????   
    Yeah, but the difference here is: Serif created 47 free videos and a complete interactive help for Affinity Publisher alone. Also there are already a lot of youtube videos out there by '3rd parties'. All even available far before the launch of softwareversion 1. I think that's pretty great and I am surprised to see a dislike on the way Affinity explains the software, because they are doing a very great job I think. I'm also sure there will be a Publisher-book out soon. But in reality using software is not only reading a manual; it's also (intuitively) look for things, google stuff you need and practise practise practise.