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abarkalo

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  1. Burning sage. I really want Publisher this month.
  2. I really love Photo for iPad but this bug makes it impossible for me to do real work: When I use the smart selection brush on an image on iPad Pro and then I pan zoom around the image the selection is gone and the interface is non-responsive. I have to force quite the program and start over and just remember to not move the image - not ideal. Just like in the desktop version I need to pan/zoom around the screen in order to get a better initial selection before I refine. I have the latest App Store version. Also the latest 12.9" iPad and pencil. I don't have the iPad beta, although I did send a request for Test Flight - wondering if this was fixed in the beta version.
  3. Yes I work with a LOT of artboards as well and it would be great to have a Collapse All Layers and a shortcut key that is assignable for this. Just to be clear, I don't want to flatten layers at all. I just want to tidy up the view in the layers panels so that I can easily move the order of the artboards. What's really great about Designer is that you can select a layer/object and if you have "auto scroll to show selection in layers panel" then you have a tremendous navigation benefit, but then you have to clickety-click so many times to see the artboards all collapsed.
  4. Just an idea - but wondering if it's something of interest to others: Now that 1.6 Beta has Used/Favorite font categories - which I love - it would be great to have the ability to organize by user-created categories. For instance, I would organize into Headline, Body, Distressed, Geometric, Grotesk, Typewriter etc. I know that Font Book has categories but the problem is that it doesn't pick up fonts that I installed under RightFont, and it certainly doesn't pick up rented fonts under Typekit or Skyfonts. But I care about these font categories really in Affinity Designer, or Photo (but more so Designer) and for sure the upcoming Publisher. The idea is that once they are installed, however you installed them, then they are ready for use in Designer, so that should be the program to handle this. Alternatively, RightFont can also do this but they don't have Skyfonts integrated yet.
  5. Yes, I see the fonts used but when I open the document I get a message that a font is missing but I don't know where that is - I have many artboards.
  6. I just deleted a note where I was wondering about advanced ligatures, old style numbers and other typography features in OpenType fonts. I realized that it's in the Typography flyout on the Text menu. Anyway, happy it's there and also accessible in shift-CMT-T (maybe dock that in later versions?). Here's a helpful video of what can be done - great stuff
  7. Yeah you got me there. Photoshop's UI is really dated, and something more like hue vs hue in Resolve, or Resolve's highly precise eyedropper, ramp and matte refinement would be great. Still, if Photo can make incremental improvements here then I would be happy for now.
  8. Yes I agree that it is never a good idea to put actual design document in any DAM. However with template, mockup and element files it is a completely different matter. I want to find these design elements quickly by their tag, name and other metadata. I use Pixave for Affinity templates and Lingo for SVG, TIFF, EPS, JPG and PNGs. I greatly speeds up my workflow to quickly find and drop in templates/components. Here's one example: Someone sends me a Sketch file, and I don't want to continue editing in Sketch but want to import all the assets. I then use the Lingo plugin within Sketch. Then all the assets (I can pick auto or manual mode to import). Now all the Sketch components are in Lingo and can copy to the clipboard as SVG or PNG into the Affinity document that I'm working on. I don't have to deal with copy/paste from Sketch directly. All symbols are imported as well. I wish Lingo could would with Affinity but not as of yet.
  9. There is currently one product on the market (that I know of) that allows you to view thumbnails from Affinity Photo/Designer - Pixave, which you can get on the Mac App Store. Adobe Bridge doesn't allow you to view thumbnails, and you can't see a preview either. Lightroom is only limited to PNG, TIFF, JPG and RAW. Pixave handles more file types than anything I know of, and it previews Affinity quite nicely. It's the thing to use until Affinity comes with their DAM, which I'm really looking forward to.
  10. I would like to have an easy way to change ALL the specific hues in the photo, not just in a given area using the HSL adjustment layer. In Photo as in Photoshop I can use the HSL adjustment layer (Hue/Saturation in Photoshop). In Photoshop I can pick from 6 colors but I can extend or restrict the color range, or use the eyedropper tool to pick the correct starting point. In Photo, I can only manipulate the six set colors, and no eyedropper tool and seemingly no ability to extent/restrict the range. What I can do in Photo is select Select Sampled Color and then apply an HSL adjustment - but I just can't seem to fine tune as easily. In your Black and White adjustment layer you have a Picker. I would like something like that in Photo, or at least a method to duplicate what I do in Photoshop - see attached photo.
  11. The PSD displacement file didn't want to post- it got covered to a PNG - let me try again here . displace_jacket.psd
  12. HI Sean, Sorry it took me so long to get back with you. I tried this again in Beta 4 Affinity Photo and with the same result - I really can't get displacement to work there. In Photo and in Photoshop I save the channel with the most depth info - typically the red channel. I do a Gaussian blue of 1 pixel and I create spare channels and in Photoshop I save to a PSD file and in Photo to a PNG file as it says to do (and also there is an option to load layers underneath - which I also tried). Please see the results in both Photoshop and Photo. See the names of the files to see the result. Also I rasterized fonts in Photo and created a smart object in Photoshop. Please lmk what I'm doing wrong. I can't get this effect to work and this is a much needed technique for me. Alex displace_jacket.psd
  13. Hi I would like there to be a shortcut for transparency. I need to switch back and forth quickly and also I can't always work in transparency mode with the grid. But it take few few extra steps to go to Document then Color and then check Transparency, and then to uncheck later on. If there was a menu item then I could assign a shortcut to it but it's not there.
  14. Right now I love that Designer allows for embedded but editable files. There is one huge advantage to this as well as disadvantages - there are different use cases. Sometimes I really want to customize an embedded image for the document. This is the case when I start with a template/mockup - I don't want the original affected. And I LOVE that you can just open up right within Designer and edit there. I call this embedded-editable vs "edit with" as found in InDesign etc. What I don't like right now is that if I want to save that instance of what I modified in the embedded file I just cannot save that particular instance so I may use elsewhere. I have to copy all the layers and start a new file and then paste. However the lack of linked capabilities makes life difficult - not just the case of modifying a logo all throughout the document. Let me bring up another case. If you paste a PSD or a Photo file within Designer, then it's great that you can edit the embedded file. But wait, there are a lot of tool missing in Pixel Personal and all you really can/should do is turn on/off layers - which is great but limited (for instance the inpainting brush, my favorite, is missing, as is the stamp brush tool). But what if I really want to edit that file. I have to replace the file and make sure it's aligned just right again.
  15. It would be great to occasionally do some inpainting or blemish removal of an image I have in Designer. Yes I do know that I have a full set of tools in Photo, but sometimes I just need to make a slight correction and it doesn't warrant this round trip.
  16. I absolutely love this feature in Photo but I wish it was in Designer. Please move this to the top of the list in Designer. Let me give you a real world scenario. I want to create a box and put the label I designed for it. Certainly I can create the box in Photo and create the sides and shade and add noise. But once I'm in Photo the vector looks pixellated and I can't create the effect I want with the inked-in look that I want (adding blend types and noise etc). So right now I am forced to do this type of thing in Illustrator.
  17. I have tried several times but I am not able to get in Affinity Photo the high quality of displacement maps that I do in Photoshop. In either program I select the color channel for with the best depth information and save the single channel as a new pixel layer. In Photoshop I save the channel as PSD, in Affinity in PNG of course. When I work with the same images then in Photoshop and displace the result is usually very good. In Affinity sorry to say I get a mess. I watched the videos on your site several times, and you show type over a rocky surface. I've been trying to work on a logo over a fabric with wrinkles and folds and the logo disintegrates, whereas it folds nicely in Photoshop. I have tried reloading other color channels (from saved PNGs) as well as selecting from the layer underneath. This is a very essential feature for me and I really would like to see what I am doing wrong or if there this is going to be improved later on please let me know.
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