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  1. In addition to the method given above you can also: create your shape; duplicate the shape; add a Blur Effect to the duplicate; add a Transparency gradient to the duplicate from left-to-right; add a Transparency gradient to the original from right-to-left. See attached image.
  2. There are probably many ways to do what I think you want but they will all have different pros and cons. Option 1 – Group and Outline If you don’t mind part of your design being rasterised upon export then you could Group the whole design – or a major part of it – and then add an Outline Effect to the group. The group will be rasterised upon export and the outline will have rounded corners but if that’s not a problem then this could be the quickest method. Option 2 – Duplicate, Mass expansion/merging/addition with Stroke Take a duplicate of the parts of the design the outline is supposed to be around and then keep expanding to curves, merging and adding the shapes together until you achieve a shape which is essentially the silhouette of the original (see attached image). Then add a Stroke to this duplicate. Option 3 – Duplicate, Mass expansion/merging/addition with Contour Only works with 1.9 but get the silhouette as with option 2 and then use the Contour Tool to make the silhouette larger. Try each one and see which you prefer. You might get an idea for a different method while you are experimenting.
  3. You’re welcome. I too often have a problem using the right button thing but that’s probably because I’m not used to using it much. I think it is used on Windows machines as an alternative to using a modifier key on Macs which Windows machines don’t have. Probably not ideal but if we don’t have enough modifier keys then something else must be used. I think the Move Tool and Point Transform Tool have different ways of working as, if one tool did everything that both tools do, then that tool would get ‘bogged down’ with functionality and may be harder to use. As it is, you can think of the Move Tool working on the layers and the Point Transform Tool working on the points in those layers, which seems a reasonable split to me. Just something we need to get used to, but that comes with practice.
  4. You’re welcome. Getting the ‘hole’ is a bit trickier but you can try something like I show in my new video – watch for when I change the Fill Mode of the curve. 2021-01-21 13-55-38.mp4
  5. Welcome to the forums @Stych In order for people to see the effect of your manipulations it might be better if you can give both the before and after photos so we can see the difference.
  6. Welcome to the forums @holyroller93 In this case, convert the text to Curves and then, using the Node Tool, select and delete the nodes of the inside curves of each letter. My attached video shows the start of the procedure. Duplicate your text, use the procedure I mentioned on the duplicate, and then reposition the duplicate under the original text to create the background. 2021-01-21 09-54-36.mp4
  7. Welcome to the forums @Josh101 Try switching to the Point Transform Tool and dragging one the point to another – you will have to use it in 'Translate Mode' which is activated differently on different OSes (on Windows it’s hold the right mouse button while you move the point). See attached video (I try to show where you can find the Translate option on the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen but the document scrolls).. 2021-01-21 09-46-13.mp4
  8. If all you want to do is draw a circle to highlight something in an image then I would suggest using either the Circle Tool – with a Stroke – or the Donut Tool, instead of making a selection and then modifying it. Probably a lot easier. (You can also create a Style to make sure that your circles all look the same.)
  9. If you tell the software to export a document at a certain size – pixel dimensions – then it should produce an image of that size. I have never seen the Affinity software produce an exported image which is larger than the size set by the user. Can you give us an exact set of step-by-step instructions that we can follow to see if we get the same results?
  10. For the Affinity applications you need to have the commercial release installed to use a beta version – you can only see the new stuff if you already have the old stuff. Also, you can only install the beta version of the application you have installed – for example, if you only have the commercial release of Photo then you can’t install the beta of Publisher. If you want to try the software you can install a trial version of the commercial release – trials are available via the Affinity website https://affinity.serif.com rather than these forums.
  11. The easiest way is probably to add a Decoration to your header paragraph but there will be other methods that could be better depending on your specific circumstances. See attached image.
  12. It’s been a while since I had to assign drive associations but A: and B: (as in your screen-grab) used to be the associations for floppy drives. Could this be part of the problem? Do you have any other drives in your machine?
  13. Welcome to the forums @bobbb You cannot, as far as I know, convert a Mask Layer to a Pixel Layer in Designer or Publisher – I don’t know if it’s possible if Photo. (I’d be happy to be proved wrong as it sounds like it could be useful.) You cannot, as far as I know, Invert a layer in Designer or Publisher, only Photo. You cannot view Channels in Designer or Publisher, only Photo. I don’t understand what you mean about editing a mask “when it’s above another layer”. Can you give more detail?
  14. Welcome to the forums @Philipp45 The short answer is probably something like: “If you are getting paid for your work then it is commercial use, no matter how little – or infrequently – you are getting paid.” For a more comprehensive answer you will need to read and understand the full legally-binding terms and conditions, wherever they are.
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