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    Tutorial for node functions

    What DM1 said, and see the Help under the Node tool for all of those icons (leftmost 5 are snapping, rightmost 4 are about transform. Note: you're missing a couple of transform icons that may not show up in portrait view). Accessing the help on an iPad: go back to the gallery and tap on the question mark in the top right corner. Type node into the search box i the top left corner, and tap on Node Tool, scroll down to see the icons and their explanations. Not sure if this will paste properly (note: if you hold Ctrl, or Cmd on a Mac, and rotate your mouse wheel, you can zoom your browser for a better view): Action—Manipulates the curve(s): Break Curve opens the shape at the selected node. Close Curve joins the start and end nodes to create an enclosed shape. Smooth Curve modifies a line or shape, by adding and removing nodes, to make it more aesthetic. Join Curves connects two separate curves together to make one curve. Curves need to be both selected with the using either the Node Tool or as you draw. Reverse Curve lets you draw from the opposite end of the curve—The start node becomes active, ready for further drawing. Transform—Transforms the selected node(s): Transform Mode—when selected, creates a bounding box around the selected nodes, allowing them to be transformed as a grouping. Enable Transform Origin—displays a movable transform origin about which the selection box can be rotated. Hide Selection while Dragging—when selected, the selection box is temporarily hidden when transforming. If this option is off, the selection box remains visible during transformation. The selected behavior persists across all objects unless it is manually switched. Show Alignment Handles—when selected, displays alignment handles at the center and edges of the selected object. Hovering over these handles displays a floating guideline across the page. You can drag the handles to position the center or edges of the selected object in line with this guide. Transform Objects Separately—when selected, where multiple objects are selected, they can be be resized, rotated and sheared independently of each other instead of transforming the bounding box. Selection Box From Curves—when selected, the selection box encompasses and includes all curves that extend outside the array of currently selected nodes. Cycle Selection Box—after reshaping, rotating, or shearing the shape, this option resets the selection box to vertical. Snap—Controls node snapping: Align to nodes of selected curves—aligns any moving node you drag to any other node on the same or a different curve. Snap to geometry of selected curves—will snap moving node to the same or different curve's path or node. Snap all selected nodes when dragging—will snap multiple selected nodes, when dragging, to a "target" node on any selected curves. Align handle positions using snapping options—will snap a control handle to a curve's path (or node) or shape's geometry. With global snapping's Snap to Grid enabled, you can also snap control handles to grid. Perform construction snapping—allows control handle snapping: inline with adjacent node. to 90° from inline. to reflected angle with adjacent control handle. parallel to adjacent control handle. 90° to parallel control handle. to logical triangle. These options are independent of the global snapping options.
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    Affinity iPad mini 5

    Oops, sorry, my advice was assuming you were working with .afbrushes (Affinity's own format). I have not tried any .abr (Photoshop-format) brushes. Ignore my post, hopefully others will have relevant advice.
  3. I don't think there is a web-based version of the iPad-specific documentation (at least, not yet). However, when you're in the gallery view on the iPad version, there's a little question mark icon in the top right of the screen. Tapping that will open up a help system very similar to the online help in your link. See this thread for a summary of feature differences between the desktop and iPad versions (very few). The full feature list here also lists "(for desktop only)" after any features that are not available on the iPad.
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    Affinity iPad mini 5

    I've found the best way to get brushes into Affinity Designer on the iPad (and I'm using an iPad Mini 5) is: Download (or move or copy) the unzipped brush set to an "On My iPad" folder (cloud folders never seem to work properly - maybe a result of a slow and inconsistent internet connection?) Make sure Affinity Designer is on gallery view (not working on an open document) Navigate to the appropriate "On My iPad" folder in the Files app (don't import directly from Affinity Designer) Tap once directly on the icon for the downloaded brush set file (not the name) It should switch automatically to Affinity Designer gallery view. Wait very patiently until the "Brushes Imported" notification shows up on the screen (always seems to take a minute or several, especially if I'm watching it) - Affinity Designer (and the iPad) seem somewhat frozen while this happens (no doubt working furiously behind the scenes) Note that there are two types of brushes, vector-based and pixel-based. Vector-based brushes will only work (and show in the brush lists) in Affinity Designer in Designer persona. Pixel-based brushes will work in Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer in Pixel persona (and will only show in the brushes lists in Pixel persona). Use pixel-based brushes on a pixel layer.
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    Vector selection and delete pixels

    You can use a vector shape for clipping. However, this is a non-destructive operation similar to masking (no pixels are erased, if you change the vector shape later it will hide/reveal areas). In the layers panel, drag the image onto the vector shape, you need to line up the drag so you see a blue line across the middle of the vector shape layer. The clipped image can then be exported with transparency (in the appropriate formats e.g. PNG) outside the vector shape. Note: unlike this example, don't use an outline on the vector shape if you don't want an outline on the final clipped area.
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    Apple Pencil

    Designer (Pixel persona) or Photo? Have you enabled the Force Pressure setting in the options at the bottom of the screen?
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    Can I draw shapes about center?

    Place-and-hold two fingers on the canvas. Draw the shape with your Pencil or another finger. Press-and-hold three fingers to get a constrained shape drawn from the centre (Rectangle tool draws a square, Ellipse tool draws a circle). Works well in Designer, in Photo I found it worked better if I set touch to gestures only (gallery > Settings cogwheel icon > Tools > Touch for gestures only).
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    Drawing with AD

    Hi @hannabygrace, I'm a big fan of Frankentoon's tutorials (mostly for desktop, but most of it can be translated to iPad). If you want to use a purely raster approach, similar to Procreate, see https://www.frankentoon.com/post/little-warrior-artwork-break-down (desktop version, so some interface features will vary, but it shows what is possible). However, one of the key parts of Affinity Designer is its vector features, which are definitely worth exploring. There is no Procreate equivalent (except a microscopically tiny taste in the Quickshape features). So also see https://www.frankentoon.com/post/affinity-designer-ipad-alligator (for iPad, as the noted in the link). Key hint: create any filled areas as "flat colour" vector shapes, like cut-out pieces of paper that you can then paint onto.
  9. TGA - a vintage lossless format with optional transparency. Produces larger (less compressed) files than PNG. Its main advantage is that it is an extremely simple format technically (I know, I've written code to support it, decades ago), making it easy for game programmers and others (e.g. raytracing, animation hobbyists) to write their own handling code, something that was particularly important in the early days of game design and graphics, as there were no (or very few) standard libraries available for image handling. Still used in some legacy, open source, and home-made code for its simplicity, and often supported as "another lossless format with transparency" in commercial software that supports a very long list of image formats. From the graphics user point of view (as opposed to the programmer), usually no real advantage over PNG in modern software.
  10. There is https://affinity.help/publisher/en-US.lproj/index.html ... which is probably the same as the Mac help - as @walt.farrell says, this is the official documentation. Searchable, but quite concise and more a "reference manual" for the software than a "tutorial manual". @Folbo, do you have any examples of any feature missing from the help, or is it mainly a matter of wanting more how-to tutorial-style documentation? More tutorials in various forms will no doubt appear in due time, but from their prevalence it seems videos are quite popular for learning to use any software. If you don't like video tutorials, no doubt more static tutorials will appear: here, for example, is a step-by-step static tutorial over at TutsPlus. I suspect that, if a project-based tutorial workbook is planned (and I have no knowledge if one is or not) similar to those for Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo, that it might take time to complete, since it probably had to wait until the official release (and users comfortable with the release features). Update: Yes, a workbook is planned, but will be a while before it is ready.
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    Product not listed.

    If you want to talk to people, show off your work, or see other people's artwork, go to the forum (forum: place of public discussion). You can have a forum account if you purchased your Affinity product through the Microsoft or Apple Mac stores (they do not share their customer information with Serif). You might have a forum account even if you don't have an Affinity product, if you want to ask questions before purchasing. Your forum account identifies you as an individual in the discussions, but is not linked to any purchases. If you want to purchase something directly from Serif, or download your purchase, go to the Serif store (store: a shop, a place where merchandise is kept). You will have a store account only if you have purchased something directly from Serif, and the email and password do not have to be the same as your forum account. If you purchased your Affinity product through the Microsoft or Apple app stores, you will not have a Serif store account, but you might have a forum account. For example, you might use a business email (for keeping your tax information separate) to purchase an Affinity product (store account) and a personal email for talking on the forum (forum account). Each account will have a different password. Even if you use the same email for both, your store account and forum account will (probably) still have a different password (you could use the same password for both, but it is not a good security practice).
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    context toolbar tooltips?

    @DM1 Heh I didn't realise it was an option, thank you! Went looking for it (for other thread readers, Home/Gallery > cogwheel icon in top right = Preferences > General > Automatically update help), and it was turned on (I have delved through the Preferences before, but I did not remember that one).
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    context toolbar tooltips?

    @LionelD - hmm, not sure if it's just my copy, but two of the icons seem to be missing from my iPad help file: Show Alignment Handles—when selected, displays alignment handles at the center and edges of the selected object. Hovering over these handles displays a floating guideline across the page. You can drag the handles to position the center or edges of the selected object in line with this guide. (Note: this is documented under the Node tool in my iPad help) Transform Objects Separately—when selected, where multiple objects are selected, they can be be resized, rotated and sheared independently of each other instead of transforming the bounding box. The above information is directly extracted from the online desktop version help at: https://affinity.help/designer/en-US.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Tools/tools_move.html?title=Move Tool
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    Product not listed.

    @DelineatoR Probably redundant, but posting just in case it is one point of confusion: Your Serif Affinity Store account (purchases, product keys, downloads) and your forum account (questions, answers, discussion, tutorials, shared artwork) are two completely separate systems and not connected. You can have completely different email addresses and/or passwords, for the forum and for the store account.
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    context toolbar tooltips?

    Go back to the Home/Gallery. Tap the little question mark in the top right area. In the top left search area, type in Move. From the quick results, tap to select Move Tool.

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