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  1. When previewing Affinity Designer files in Mac OS or in an asset manager the previews are too small, in fact too fuzzy to discern any good detail. I have thousands of Affinity Designer files and this lack of detail in the preview (for instance by pressing spacebar) makes it necessary for me to open the file to see what's there. Contrast this with an SVG file where there is live drawing of the file in the preview. So what I am doing is converting many of my AD files to SVG (especially logos or simpler files). But SVG is a subset of AD functionality so this is limiting for me. What I notice that Adobe Illustrator does is save a PDF alongside the file. I realize this takes up more space but it really does help. Is there or can there be an option like this?
  2. what do the stock art owners have to do with this? For the most part, the stock art is fine if it opens in Illustrator, and it's grouped nicely and laid out in smaller artboards. Nothing wrong there.
  3. this is always a big issue for me. I buy a lot of graphics stock art - objects that are places very closed together, and when opening in AD directly and becomes incredibly tedious to re-group, especially when there is no lasso select tool in AD. However, one quick work-around: open the file in Illustrator and save as SVG. Then open the SVG in AD - this works for me. The only issue is that are often issues between EPS, AI and SVG files. For instance SVG is the common design language that both AD and AI read with good fidelity. But AI has different shading and coloring that is specifically only to AI.
  4. Right now it is painstakingly slow to install LUT folders, especially if you have a lot of them. I have over 100+. So for each folder containing a LUT theme, I have to 1. go to adjustment layer 2. create new LUT category 3. rename the LUT category (why can't this at least be accomplished when I create) 4. click on import the LUT items 5. go to the LUT folder, open the folder, select all, then click import, then wait up to a minute 6. Repeat all this for the 100 other folders! Why can't there be a batch method with all the nested LUT folder that I have? Also, once the LUTs are all installed, why can't I rapidly scroll through the LUTs on an image just like the way I can rapidly scroll through blend modes? It would really help me, and I'm sure other designers, to have a less painstaking method to install large LUT libraries, and a more rapid creative visualization method to view all the LUT looks?
  5. Very often I am unable to subtract the top layer and punch a hole in the bottom layer. 95% of the time it works but a few times it doesn't. Please see the attached AD file - trying to carve out a simple "A" - can you please tell me what is going on or if this is a bug? I am using AD on Mac OS 11.6, AD ver 1.10.1. I am on an M1 Mac. Why won't this work.afdesign
  6. Oh yes it does, even better than on Intel - not knocking the performance on Intel but just saying that on M1 you will feel 2x or a 3x boost. You should get the 16Gb version though to get the maximum performance gains.
  7. Here is one. I have other examples but I prefer a dropbox link direct to you. But this is a perfect examples. AdobeStock_125449396 [Converted] copy.ai
  8. Very often I cannot open an AI file in Designer because there are lot of hair thin lines that form where the layers are joined. If I open the file in Illustrator I don't see these lines. Also if I export to PNG from Illustrator then this problem is solved - but then I have a raster layer. This problem persists even if I create a PDF file in Illustrator and place in Publisher. The interpretation of curves leaves these unsightly lines. I go through the layers in Designer to see what must be causing this but I can't see the issues. About the only thing I can do is painstakingly move the vector paths around in certain layers - but this would literary take me hours for super complex files. Please see attached. This is from a bearded man graphic - see the line around the mustache.
  9. It would be great if Affinity Photo could create a gradient map from the colors in a selection. The use case for this would be to do an expert level recoloring or color matching from another image. The gradient map should be created from an analysis of the darkest values/darkest tones to lightest values/lightest tones. Affinity Photo can already do color analysis of the current image or other an imported image. It would take a few extra steps to create this. This is something I do using a plugin for Photoshop called Infinite Unity - please see below:
  10. wow awesome thank you so much Affinity Jedi. I did create a blurred mask for a LUT using your example. See my first Photo example - Blurred LUT with mask file. But please also see the mask with gaussian blur effect. I am not able to get the inner circle - the mask cutout - to blur without blurring the outer circle. The use case for this is to blur out the composite luminosity masks that I'm creating. Still, being able to blur adjustment layers using sliders is a big step forward for me to come out of the Photoshop closet! mask with Gaussian blur effect added.afphoto blurred LUT with mask.afphoto
  11. Please let me know if there is any update on this topic. today I really couldn't complete a project in Photo because there was not good way I could find to feather/soften a mask. I have tried sorts of strange ways such as Merge Visible on a mask view and then blurring that, then rasterizing again to mask. While that helped a little bit I was stuck another mask that I couldn't blur further. Photoshop has this at its most basic - Density and Feather properties for each mask. I can get by without Density - that's simply adjusting the opacity of the mask layer - and so the mask needs to be on a separate layer. I wish for instance to be able to apply the Gaussian blur layer effect to the mask layer - that would actually solve my problem. But there was no blur effect at at even when I took the level to 1000px. What I was able to was to use Refine Mask and finally there was an option to feather the mask - but only destructively. Once I hit Apply the mask would feather nicely but if I wasn't happy with the result I would have to undo and start over - no refinining/slider capability as in Photoshop. Please see mask example Photo document attached. mask with Gaussian blur effect added.afphoto
  12. I've been using the "R" key to rotate the Close Brush tool - but it rotates in large steps that make it unusable for the fine clone matching I wish to create. In Photoshop I am able to use Option + Shift + <left backet> or <right bracket> - and while this is a painful finger twister they do offer the fine controls. I would really love that in Affinity Photo - without the finger twisting - perhaps a much finer control by pressing the "R" key.
  13. Hi Affinity - support for variable fonts seem to be the only major feature missing from Publishers. I have many static fonts but there is often a style I cannot get without the variable sliding bars that I use in Adobe. It is really a joy and flexibility to use and hopefully it will make its way to Affinity products soon.
  14. I really would love to have variable fonts working on Publisher. Right now I have to go into Illustrator to work with a variable font for a title. Then I save as an AI file then paste into Publisher. The Adobe ecosystem supports variables. I believe other programs do as well and I have many fonts that are variable and cannot do a thing with them in Affinity.
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