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  1. That problem occurs with font that don't have proper data (dunno the tech term) for positioning Thai floating vowels and diacritics — not only Arial, but a couple of old Mac Thai system fonts. If you use modern Thai fonts, things work as they should. You can get a bunch at f0nt.com (that's a zero before the "n"). See the sample comparing Arial with circular below.

    It's not a black-and-white issue: some fonts look fine until you want to typeset something like ปิ้ง, where the diacritic needs to be shifted from its normal position to keep from overlapping an overhead vowel. When I used to do Letraset and bromide typography, the mai ek needed four different positions to look good; I haven't found a font that handles ปู่ the way I like, with the ่ over the stem of the ป.

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  2. Thank you, Sean P! That did the trick, where a curve was concerned — so far, even text with no fill doesn't show the Paste Inside result, but that's a minor point. The Paste Inside topic in Designer Help shows that relative placement is preserved, and I should have picked up on that. But it might be worth adding to the Help explanation that the pasted object won't move: normally, cut and paste puts the object where you're pointing at the time of pasting. Once again, the quick help from Affinity is a lifesaver. I just hope you can keep selling enough licenses to add all the features people are still waiting for, and leave Adobe in the dust.

  3. I've tried to create the equivalent of a vector pattern fill for text by using Paste Inside to fill characters with parallel lines. I've followed the very simple instructions in Designer Help: 

    1. Create the lines
    2. Select them
    3. Cut them
    4. Select the target character(s) or curves made by converting
    5. Choose Edit > Paste Inside

    This worked one single time, when I was just dabbling to see if I wanted to go this way. Since then, it hasn't worked at all: with lines grouped or ungrouped; cut or copied; targetting text with or without fill, curves made by converting text, or objects drawn directly. What usually happens is that 

    1. The lines disappear when I cut them
    2. The target shape shows a selection box when I select it;
    3. Paste Inside
    • deletes the selection box, and
    • the cut lines reappear where they came from, only to disappear if I click elsewhere, while
    • the Layers panel now shows the lines or group of lines as a sub-layer of the target; they continue to show there if I Edit in Photo, but you can't see them in any view of the document
    • sometimes Print > PDF will show the lines where they began; sometimes they disappear

    What doesn't happen is lines appearing inside my text or other object.

    Could this be a layer-displaying problem connected with the way the UI appears on top of system dialogs? Any help greatly appreciated!


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  4. Many, thanks, Chris B! You've saved me from the losing another little piece of my mind by stopping a bunch of rush jobs, doing a clean install of the OS, reinstalling the app, and finding out all I've done is throw away some precious hours. Funny that it doesn't happen with Photo, though — and I thought Affinity was first and foremost a "Mac thing" itself. And I really appreciate getting such a quick reply! Once you know the solution is grin and bear it, you can get back to full spead ahead.

  5. Lately — probably since I upgraded to Mac OS 10.12 — UI elements, most often the Toolbar and Context Toolbar display, above system dialogs. Example: when I choose File > Save As, I often can't see the Save button, because the UI is hiding it. (See screenshot attached). This happens whether Toggle Full Screen is on or off, ditto Windows Merge All. The View > Dock Tools is greyed out, and the problem began when (I don't know how) the Tools panel, Toolbar and Context Toolbar became free-floating. Are my preferences causing this? If not, will reinstalling the app solve the issue? Reinstalling the OS?


    Many thanks for any help!

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  6. Okay, I've already bought Affinity Photo and Designer, so there's nothing to gain from me here. But I'd really, really, like to see this feature. Sometimes, it's just plain essential. Designers who talk about the superiority of hand tracing have not, I suppose, ever tried to make a 256-color hand tracing of a large photograph. Adobe Illustrator does this amazingly well; Vector Magic well enough. And there are valid reasons for doing it — how else can you get a totally sharp, almost photorealistic image that still has a non-photo feel?

    For the full-time designer, having to turn to another app for just one process may be only a minor irritation. For someone who has the occasional rush job, but spends 90% of her/his time on other things, getting the whole job done in one app is enormously better. If Serif can produce a tool 90% as good as Adobe's Live Trace, it should be in the app.

  7. Hi, Dave,


    Oops! I didn't experiment long enough. Sometimes Thai text works flawlessly in both artistic and frame mode, in Photo and Designer. Sometimes it works in one and not the other. Sometimes I have to paste from a word processing application; sometimes nothing at all will produce correctly composed text. After I upgrade to OS X El Capitan, I'll post an update.

  8. Right now both Artistic and Frame text tools mishandle Thai language text. Thai has a number of glyphs that go over or under the preceding glyph, like these two which spell the word duu, meaning to look: ดู In Designer, typing those two characters gives ด ู, which is an unreadable garble.


    Bizarrely, Affinity Photo handles Thai artistic and frame text okay, so the workaround isn't a hard one. But why make any workaround necessary?

  9. This thread's getting old, but I was stuck on this, and now I find (AP v. 1.4) it's really easy:

    1. sample the white background with the eyedropper in the Colour tab, and set that to the foreground color
    2. choose Select>Select Sampled Colour
    3. click on one of the yellow patches. I left the tolerance to 25%, and that selected all the yellow except for a few anti-aliasing pixels on the edges
    4. use the flood fill (paint can icon) to recolor selection to white
    5. repeat steps 2 to 4 on the pale yellow anti-aliasing pixels that are left around the areas you've recolored white
    6. set the foreground color to a suitable grey for anti-aliasing the black type
    7. repeat steps 2 to 4 on the yellowish-grey pixels where the yellow met the black type

    I ended up with a clean (as far as my old eyes can see) post-6462-0-26282600-1452317554_thumb.pngversion after about two minutes' work.

  10. Hi UncleMonkey,

    Those filters are only available in Affinity Photo. Since you appear to have both programs, you can do this: open the image in Affinity Photo and apply the Detect Edges filter, then go to menu File ▸ Edit in Designer..., to continue your work in Designer.

    Thanks, MEB, and sorry! I didn't make my problem clear. I got the file to Designer the way you describe, but once it's there it behaves like any other raster image: I can't find a way to select or manipulate the edges Affiinity Photo detected. I was hoping there was a command I'd missed that would convert them to vector art.

  11. Working with vectorized images that typically contain way too many paths, I'd like to be able to

    • Drag swatch A on top of swatch B to replace all visible instances of fill A with fill B
    • Click on swatch A to select all objects using fill A

    If there's already a way to get the same result, my apologies: I'm an infrequent user, and can't seem to keep up to date with the ever-expanding capabilities of Affinity Designer & Photo.

  12. Wow! What can I say? Terrific! Thanks a million. Beautifully organized. Just the right amount of info for a first plunge, and just the right amount of reasons why. Adobe should offer you $$$$ to write tutorials, but I figure I'm probably through with Adobe—there's something liberating about Affinity, and this tutorial is a huge plus. Hope you're back in the pink of health! Thank you, Mike!

  13. +1 for showing user FontBook collections! The FontBook categorization does everything I really need, and of course it lets me look at all fonts if I choose that. Which I just about never do… hundreds and hundreds of them, and I never want a Chinese font for Thai text, and so on. If Affinity is a seriously Mac design environment, it makes sense to use OS features wherever they're up to the job. As CartoonMike says, one can of course use the Format>Character>Show Character menu, or even remember ⌘T… but as long as there's that Font pulldown, why not let it reflect user preferences?

  14. I'm trying to break down the character 道 (dao, as in Dao De Jing) into its component pieces to illustrate how characters are formed. I can convert it to curves, no problem: result is 5 closed paths. But I can't find any way to ungroup those paths. I've tried clicking with the Move and the Node tools plus every combination of Shift / Ctrl / Option / Cmd I can think of, and either all five paths are selected, or none. The Ungroup item in the Layers menu is grey, unavailable. At the moment, it looks as if I'm going to have to delete paths one node at a time—and there are well over 100 of them. Aiyaaah! Am I going to have to rasterize and erase pixels? Anybody who knows an easy way to do what I want—select the 首 only, for example—please help! Thanks!


  15. As a Pages '09 user, I really like the optional Fonts>Show Fonts feature and the way it lets me see all the many hundred fonts on my Mac organized into collections I've defined myself. When I'm doing Thai text, the dialog box shows all my Thai choices together, for example. When there are 57 irrelevant choices listed between Circular and EQ Feel Good, comparing the two is tough; when you have a menu you can define yourself, it's easy.

  16. As a really disorganized worker with no thought of improving, I'd love to have Undo labeled to show what command I'm undoing. As things are, it seems I have to keep trying to edit text to see if I've undone the conversion to paths, or fool with the Move tool… you get the idea. And when I've been messing around mindlessly, I'd love to be able to Revert from the File menu. If I had a choice of versions, as in Google Docs, that would be wonderful.

  17. This subject (trace function) was already discussed a couple of times in different threads. It's being considered but it's not something that will come soon. The consensus is that it must be as good (or better) than what the market offer nowadays, otherwise there's no point in spending time developing it.

    This obviously requires some time, but it's being looked at.

    Well, better is always better, but for my purposes, vector conversion 90% as good as Illustrator produces, integrated into the application, would beat perfection achieved through external steps.

  18. I admit, I am horribly new at this.  I am not a graphic designer.  I am a teacher who is trying to make decent graphics for assessments.  A graphics specialist showed me a "point and recolor" function in A. Illustrator.  He used a png file and was able to "reinvent it" quite easily.  Is there a tutorial on how to manipulate inserted files?

    Sounds as if he was using the Live Trace / Live Paint feature in Illustrator. This outlines areas of similar color in a raster image, and fills the resulting shape with a solid color, using adjustable parameters for number of colors, size and smoothness of paths. It's one of the features I use most, because it will let you make an easy-to-manipulate drawing with sharp boundaries from a photo—great for simplifying, like creating a silhouette profile. Unfortunately, I can't see any sign of this function in Affinity Designer… nor of Photoshop's somewhat-similar smart lasso and extract tools in Affinity Photo. Fortunately, you can get pretty good conversions online, for example at vectormagic.com or (for free) autotracer.org. At first glance, neither site offers the precision of control you get with Illustrator, and autotracer left some gaps in the .svg output. But vectormagic will give you two free conversions (more if you're a sneaky cookie manipulator, I expect), and unlimited conversions for $7.95 a month. Seems pretty good to me.