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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  5. @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.
  7. After holding down the two finger modifier, if your next action is interpreted as a tap, you get polygon selection. If your next action is interpreted as contact-and-dragging, you get lasso selection. Need to be sure your Pencil doesn't bounce or your finger isn't tentative. I must admit I prefer the on-screen keys: Preferences > Interface > On-screen modifier keys: On > Done. Select the object first with the Move tool then change to the Node tool, or alternatively select the object by tapping it with the Node tool. Click the little arrow to the right of the context-specific options at the bottom of the screen (I'm using a Mini, so possibly on larger screens this might not be necessary) - it reveals the Constrain and Ignore Snapping on-screen keys. When no nodes are selected, they have selection functions instead. For Lasso selection, hold a finger on the Ignore Snapping key and then drag a lasso selection with the Apple Pencil or your finger. Raise the Pencil or finger first (tends to be moderately intuitive as you've finished drawing your selection), then take your finger off the Ignore Snapping key. Notes: The Constrain key allows multiple cumulative rectangle node selection areas. Once you have dragged your selection, the keys do what their labels suggest.
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    finger modifiers when using nodes

    I find it easier to enable the on-screen modifier keys. Preferences > Interface > On-screen modifier keys: On > Done. Select the object first with the Move tool then change to the Node tool, or alternatively select the object by tapping it with the Node tool. Click the little arrow to the right of the context-specific options at the bottom of the screen (I'm using a Mini, so possibly on larger screens this might not be necessary) - it reveals the Constrain and Ignore Snapping on-screen keys. When no nodes are selected, they have selection functions instead. For Lasso selection, hold a finger on the Ignore Snapping key and then drag a selection with the Apple Pencil or your finger. Raise the Pencil or finger first (tends to be intuitive as you've finished drawing your selection), then take your finger off the Ignore Snapping key. Notes: The Constrain key allows multiple cumulative rectangle node selection areas. Once you have dragged your selection, the keys do what their labels suggest.
  9. @bfritts, Frankentoon has some great examples of these types of thing in Affinity Designer: using only the Pixel Persona and raster tools in Affinity Designer to create a cartoon digital painting vector outlines and flat colours, raster texture and volume another detailed tutorial example of mixing vector and raster tools vector inking (free chapter of a paid but inexpensive illustration ebook) (Disclaimer: No affiliation, just a fan and occasional customer)
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    Affinity Designer for iPad - 1.7.0

    @Pbernardon/Pascal, use a Recolour adjustment and adjust Saturation (intensity of output colour), Hue (which output colour), and Lightness (for increased fading). Sepia is not a single preset, sepia formulations varied and the exact effect will depend on how you wish to replicate exposure to light, temperature, contact with covering material, and other factors (for example, if my understanding is correct, well protected sepia photographs tend more to a darker reddish brown hue, less protected photographs tend to be lighter and more yellow). See the first minute of this example on YouTube using the desktop version of Affinity Photo (credit: Drippy Cat), but the same effect can be reproduced easily with the iPad version of Affinity Designer. Yes! Especially now that Affinity Designer runs on the new iPad Mini.
  11. If you purchased the earlier version directly from Serif, the new version is under your Serif/Affinity Store account (this is different from your Affinity forum account). https://store.serif.com/account/ If you purchased the earlier from the Apple/Mac App Store, you'll need to upgrade from there instead (Apple doesn't release their customer information to Serif). Note: app store updates are staggered (not all servers update at the same time), so the new version might take several hours to appear in the app store for you. From Serif (Patrick Connor): ALSO In the Mac App Store go to the updates tab and press CTRL+F5 or CMD+R (as this is basically a Safari window and may need refreshing) I think another user also posted that restarting their Mac helped show the new version in the app store.
  12. 1.7.0.367 is the first very new shiny public release of 1.7.0, so there were no previous notifications - earlier versions before .367 were opt-in beta test versions (see the Beta sub-forums to participate in beta releases). If you purchased from the Mac App Store or the Microsoft Store, you'll need to download/install from the appropriate online store. Note: store updates can sometimes lag several hours behind the new version being available from Serif. If you purchased directly from Serif, head to https://store.serif.com/en-gb/account/ (or https://store.serif.com/en-us/account/ if you prefer that particular spelling variation). Login with the same email and password you set up when purchasing. There is a Forgot password? option if you have forgotten your Affinity Store password (note: the store password is different from the password for this forum) Click on Downloads & product keys. Scroll down to your Download button. (Might be a good idea to make a note of your product key while you are there). Download 1.7.0 Technical tip: While some browser and OS combinations allow running an executable installer directly from a download, this is a BAD idea. Always download completely first, then run the the completely downloaded file (usually in your Downloads folder) from the Windows File Explorer (or macOS Finder). The Windows download for Affinity Photo is a fairly large 351.71 MB - make sure your installer has completely downloaded (I suspect the Mac download will be a similar size, more or less) - this might be between you and your Internet provider if large downloads do not complete (I'm in a rural area, this once used to be fairly bad, but is much better in recent years). A partially downloaded installer might result in errors when trying to install. After the download is complete, try restarting your computer before installing. Check your anti-virus is not trying to block the installation (a decade or so ago, there were a couple of brands that were notorious for blocking software installs). I don't know if you need to be online when you are installing, but it wouldn't hurt (in case extra pieces need to be downloaded by the installer).
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    Everything

    Hello, and welcome! I believe the Affinity Store version is identical to the Microsoft Store version, only the registration and update processes are different. Note: Part of the reason you are probably having trouble is that, unlike FireAlpaca and Medibang Paint, Affinity Designer is, at its heart, a vector program rather than a paint (raster) program. There is a Pixel persona, which is more like your paint/sketch experience, a raster/paint environment within Designer. You could use only the Pixel persona, and create only pixel layers to paint onto, which would be more like FireAlpaca or Medibang Paint, but you would be missing out on much of the power of the Designer program. Choose between Personas by clicking on the Persona icons at the top. Here's a tutorial example of only working with the Pixel persona (credit: Frankentoon). Oh, yeah, Personas - think of two artists working closely together, one cuts out pieces of paper and pieces of string and pastes them onto layers (the Draw persona), the other one (the Pixel persona) paints on those paper shapes or onto transparent layers (your previous experience). Each artist uses different tools and has different ways of working. You've only ever worked with the Pixel persona in your paint programs, now you are also dealing with its more technical sibling, the Draw persona (draw as in using a pencil with various shaped rulers, or even scissors with paper, more or less, not draw as in freehand sketch). From a painting viewpoint, you might start by thinking of those vector objects as permanent selection areas - you are firstly creating your selection areas (vector shapes, pieces of paper), then manipulating them or painting onto (into) them - it's not exactly true, but it's one way to start thinking in vectors. If you've made good use of the curve snap, panel material, and panel tools in FireAlpaca and Medibang Paint, those are a couple of baby steps into vectors. Working with vectors, the Draw persona, can be incredibly powerful once you've got your head around it, then combine it with raster tools - see a similar approach in video here (both examples by Frankentoon (Enrique Figueroa) - I'm a big fan of his work, tutorials, and brushes - hmm, the Gallery is broken for me at the moment). A few starting points: Affinity Designer official (Serif) tutorials (for the desktop version, not the iPad) The Affinity Designer Workbook (available in print only, no ebook)- information and project-based tutorials for the desktop (not iPad) version The free vector inking chapter from the paid but not expensive Advanced Illustration ebook (yes, Frankentoon again) 2 hour, 42 minute tutorial on YouTube There are several Affinity Designer courses on paid platforms like Udemy, Skillshare, etc Points you mentioned: The undo equivalent is Ctrl+Z or Edit menu > Undo, or use the History Panel to pick any point to undo to (you could multiple undo with a single click) or use the History slider. No, there is no undo button. The gradient fills are very powerful (not just linear or circular, multiple colours, and you can edit them at any stage of your artwork, not only when you first create them). You still have "normal" layers in the Layers panel (they are labelled "Layer"), but it also shows each object on that layer - instead of "painting" on a layer (remember, you can still do that), a lot of the time you're sticking many paper cutout shapes , or strands of wool or wire, "onto" (into?) the layer, and you can still have access to any one of them (you can also paint on them). Colouring "normally" - you could create a new Pixel layer, change to the Pixel persona, then paint as "normal", as shown in previous links, or you can learn to do it the vector way: first you create a coloured shape with your vector tools (it's like a selection already filled with a base colour), maybe change it to a gradient or other fill rather than a flat colour, then maybe paint onto that shape. Sketching: Probably use the Pixel persona for that.
  14. http://www.modbook.com/ Admittedly, it's a third-party modified MacBook + Wacom digitizer Frankenstein's monster. On the plus side, it should run the Mac(desktop)OSX versions of Affinity products.
  15. I'm not sure if you can do the equivalent of "new from clipboard" on iPad to get the dimensions automatically, but you can follow up the Paste operation demonstrated above with: Document icon > Canvas > Clip Canvas to get a document the size of the newly pasted content.
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    Affinity to Adobe Animate

    Can Adobe Animate handle SVG? That should work from Affinity Designer. Otherwise, you can use raster artwork (PNGs and slices are your friends) - you'll be limited to cutout animation, mesh deformation, and element switching, but you can do a lot with that.
  17. Possibly "free or (not free but) cheaper(-than-the-instructional-videos-already found)"? English is a painful language at times, but its complications, subtlety, and ambiguity do make for great wordplay. Here's a start, perhaps: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=digital+portrait+painting&safe=active&hl=en&tbm=vid and also: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=affinity+digital+portrait+painting&safe=active&hl=en&tbm=vid
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    Pattern of cats

    Yes! Many, many ways. How will depend, as formerly suggested, on your software knowledge, artistic skill, and envisaged output. For example: Take a photo of a cat, draw on (raster or vector) antennae, as per My Favorite Martian. Ta-da! Alien cat. Paint green spots or stripes on a photo of a cat, maybe using @Wosven's fur brushes, painting on another layer above the photo and experimenting with blending modes: Ta-da! Alien cat. Your green cat with purple ears is a good example of this technique. As per @Alfred's instructions for the astronaut cat, merge a cut-out photo of a cat's head with a photo of an octopus, or a close-up photo of an ant. Ta-da! Alien cat. Paint it as original art. Use your own pencil sketch of an alien cat and @Pariah73 's painting tutorial.
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    Pattern of cats

    Yes! Affinity Photo (iPad version): All official (Serif) tutorials Basic Operations tutorials Placing images Layers Studio Paint brush tool Affinity Designer (iPad version): All official (Serif) tutorials Basic Operations tutorials Placing images Layers Studio Paint brush tool
  20. @stklauz - This link should find many of the final Affinity update/release note posts (not including the many beta releases), including dates released, although not in exact order - based on date of last comment instead. The full forum, including these posts, is here. This post lists current releases and links to most of the previous release notes for the current sub-number releases. The feature request posts already number in the thousands, you can find them here and add your contribution to any feature threads that particularly appeal to you. You can sort any sub-forum by number of replies or number of views.
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    Looking for books recommendation

    For those new to working with vectors, Vector Basic Training is hard to beat. More about general vector graphic technique than specific software or graphic design. Haven't read it myself, but I've heard good things about The Non-designer's Design Book for introducing non-professionals to design principles.
  22. Not exactly true. While Adobe abuses a metadata field to include vector path information, this has never been a standard feature of the JPEG standard or accepted implementations. It's an Adobe-specific customisation (which is why "Save for web" from Photoshop strips out the path information for compatibility). ITU T.81 - the standard on which JPEG files are based ECMA TR/98 - the generally accepted implementation of the JPEG standard for .jpg/.jpeg files (JPEG/JFIF) For completeness, here is a starting point for JPEG/EXIF, another implementation using the JPEG compression standard, mainly used by some cameras.
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    Drawing / Sketching help

    Video regarding point 3: Pencil tool: shows drawing without fill and turning on the fill later, or drawing with a fill (see from about 2:00 onwards, talking about sculpt). Sorry, don't know about setting to no stroke (0 width? no colour?), don't have my iPad with me. (from the general list of Affinity Designer for iPad tutorials)
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    Fur and hair brushes

    Agata Karelus (gagatka) has a hair pack and a fur pack (both pixel-based) and a couple of free sample brushes on Gumroad. You can also see some of them in use in her artwork.
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