Simon Degay

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  1. I enjoy using AD more than I can say, but recently the lack of any distort tools has meant that I have been returning to Adobe Illustrator more and more. I don't want to do this, but I have no option. I really think that the lack of this functionality is one of the main things which is holding AD back when compared to other professional vector apps. The ability to move selection handles independently is fundamental when trying to create perspective (and many other things). I have been surprised that purely cosmetic aspects (interface) have been prioritized over the development of this fundamental area. P.S. I'm going to have a tooth extracted today, so I may be being more negative than normal ;)
  2. Great work. Very organic.
  3. Fantastic work Stephen :)
  4. Have you checked out this site Robert? https://freevectormaps.com/ They have some impressive clients, so I'm guessing the quality will be pretty high. They also allow you to download high res (watermarked) comps, so you could just trace your own copy in AD and it won't cost you a penny.
  5. I just hope we don't have to wait until AD v2 before getting the Distort Tool.
  6. Fantastic work. Great style. Is it intended fro a game or an app?
  7. Fair point My1. I'm sure the upgrade price for v2 will be worth every penny.
  8. C'mon guys, let's get things in perspective here. A copy of Maxon's 3D software (Cinema 4D) will cost you £3,150.00 (ex tax). A new Mac is going to cost you £1,500 - £2,000. Affinity Designer £50 Serif are virtually giving this software away. If it was any cheaper, they'd have to pay YOU. Just buy it. As a designer or photographer, it'll probably be the best investment you ever make. I promise you, you won't regret it. It's also worth remembering that by paying the full price for the software, you will be contributing to its future development.
  9. Quite right Alfred. My apologies. If mods want to delete thread or rename (maybe: Please please please Distort Tool) That's cool with me ;)
  10. I think this may be what you're looking for: https://github.com/guardian/image-fader-slider This JavaScript could be embedded in your own website, or you might be able to find a WordPress plugin to do a similar job. However, neither of these options would work for social media. The problem is that this effect is triggered by the visitor, and companies like FaceBook don't want to allow that degree of interactivity. I think your best option might be to create an animated gif which slowly loops between the two states. I've not tried it myself, but this looks like it might do the job: http://gifmaker.me/
  11. No problem. I get that it's not always easy to predict these things. I'm sure it will be amazing when it does arrive.
  12. First, let me say how much I love using AD. In particular, its vector drawing tools which are fluid and intuitive in a way that its competitors aren’t. They just feel ‘right’. However, for me, there is just one thing holding it back, and that is the lack of a distort function. It doesn’t have to be a dedicated tool (better that is wasn’t), and I’m not talking about full-blown warping; I just want to be able to grab a corner selection handle of an element or group and move it independently. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve grabbed a corner and tried to move it, before realising that I can’t. This is particularly frustrating when working with perspective. I realise that it’s on the roadmap and that integrating distort with things like symbols, styles and fonts probably involves an unimaginable amount of coding, but it is pretty much a staple in most vector apps. Maybe more important than UI updates. Like I said, I know it’s on the roadmap, but is there any kind of eta?
  13. Still happening in AD 1.6 beta for me. Would be a great fix if possible.
  14. I do think that there is some confusion here. This comes partly from the use of the word ‘colour.’ In some ways this word is quite ambiguous and not that helpful. Maybe it is better to talk about Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity. Oval, the example that you include in your post is wholly monochromatic. This ‘colour space’ can only contain black, white and various shades of grey. On your screen, black is created by a total absence of light, and white is created be a total abundance of the complete visible spectrum. Within the monochromatic ‘colour space’, Hue cannot be varied (as it will move the ‘colour’ outside of the monochromatic ‘colour space’), and because Hue is not used, Saturation is also rendered redundant. Luminance is the only variable, and increasing the level of variance between two ‘colours’/tones will, in turn, increase their contrast to each other. Your example does not lack legibility because of the decision to use a light background ‘colour’, it lacks legibility because of the lack of contrast between the background and accent ‘colour’/tone. Dark backgrounds with light accents work fine. Light backgrounds with dark accents work fine. It’s just a matter of taste. Paolo, once Hue is brought into the equation, things become more complicated. To come extent, working in a purely monochromatic ‘colour space’ allows for the simple inversion of ‘colour’ values. A polychromatic ‘colour space’ requires more attention. Simply changing the background ‘colour’/tone won’t cut it (it’s just lazy). Hue and Saturation also have to be considered when choosing appropriate accent ‘colours’. Simply put, wether you have a monochromatic or polychromatic UI, a dark background or light background, it is perfectly possible (through careful choice of accent colours) to achieve adequate contrast, and therefore legibility. The rest is, “A matter of taste”
  15. If you look at the HSL colour model in AD you will notice that HUE (colour) and brightness are independent. There is no reason that the overall colour of a UI should preclude the inclusion of contrasting elements. To some extent, this is made even easier by the fact that in some ways a light UI is the inverse (negative) of a dark one. Obviously, this is an oversimplification, and a certain amount of tweaking would be required. But there is no reason that colour should preclude contrast.