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  1. Realistically, if you're a novice then trying to get software not made for complex color seps to achieve something usable, is like learning a subject in a class that is being taught in a foreign language. If you knew how to do color seps, then you could mess around with software like this and see what's possible. If you don't know how to do color seps, your best option is to give the print to a shop that has it's own art dept, or you could try one of the various automated systems that "attempt" to produce a good set of seps, but with those, you pretty much always need to have some skills to edit the initial results that they generate. Having said that, Serif's older programs like DrawPlus and PhotoPlus are somewhat better equipped for this kind of work since they were created in a time when print was king and it was the beginning of the whole desktop publishing explosion. The Affinity products have different goals, and different features. I've spent time experimenting with all of these programs to see what they have to offer. I can get any of them to do basic seps. Complex halftone separations is a different story. Even if I could do it, the amount of time necessary makes it impractical. If you want to learn color separations, use software that is made for this task. The oldest possible copy of Photoshop or Illustrator are fully loaded for this work. I'm talking, vintage 1990's software. The next best thing is CorelDraw and Corel Photo-Paint. Not as good for this work as Adobe, but still having real tools specifically for color separations. Serif's Affinity programs will likely never stray into that territory. Not unless do it yourself t-shirt printing suddenly becomes very popular in the world. I may spend some time playing around with that rat print and see what I can get.
  2. I don't think I could find enough bad things to say about CorelDraw. It's the most unstable software I've ever installed on a PC. If Eastern European wizards are responsible for that mess, then I do not think it's something they should put on their resumes. LOL What I would like to know is how is it possible that Adobe software can be so fully featured, and so high quality, stable, and reliable. I have two gripes with Adobe. The first is the cost. And the second is that it is so demanding on a PC. Unless you have the newest hardware, Adobe software makes your PC feel like it's aging in dog years. Each update is noticeably slower. Other than that, you can't beat Adobe software. Otherwise, everybody would be using CoreDraw, which is the next closest thing to Adobe but still a million miles away.
  3. No. But the grass is greener in patches. But realistically, Illustrator just covers a whole lot more grass. Not everybody needs that level of features and functionality and that's where low cost programs are worth their weight in gold. Also, much of that list above is factually incorrect.
  4. Thanks for the reply. I’ve used DrawPlus for a long time but I find myself trying to use Affinity Designer on the iPad Pro in some different ways. I’ve never tried to sheer vertically in DrawPlus, I guess. I’ll have to give that a try.
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    Sticky nodes and elements (Designer on iPad)

    Snapping is not on. Screen recording won’t show the issue since you’d need to see how far the stylus has to be moved before the node, or object responds. It’s actually the same issue with the desktop version so maybe it’s not being considered a problem. But it’s different with different applications. If I grab an object or node, then move the cursor a just a hair, the object or node responds immediately in some other apps. In Designer, I have to move the cursor considerably farther before it responds. That’s the issue.
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    Brush tool bug

    Update. I took a few minutes to look more closely at this problem. This problem is the same on Designer for iPad, Designer for Windows, and also Photo for iPad. I’ve attached a video. Use a brush. Any brush. Switch to any other tool, then switch back to brush tool, and the brush is no longer the same characteristic. Click off that brush for a different brush, then back to the original brush and it will be back to normal. It doesn’t matter which tool you switch to and you don’t have to use the tool. Just click on a tool, then back on the brush tool and it will be different. The settings in the brush panel seem to not have changed at all, but the brush is still different. The video shows a drastic difference. This is me painting pretty much with full pressure on the screen with each stroke. Brush Problem.mp4
  7. Horizontal Sheer works nicely, but Vertical sheer is missing? At least I haven’t been able to find it. I think, either make the control to toggle sheer direction, (little H box and V box...just a suggestion), or maybe place a finger on the artboard, and the action for horizontal sheer becomes vertical sheer. That would be in keeping with the current methodologies in Designer.
  8. That is probably among the first things I noticed about Affinity Photo when I first tried to use it. The tool I need, is not available in the particular persona so I needed to change personas to get that tool. And if I remember, I had to dig into one of the drop down menus on the top left to find the option I needed. It was a lot of steps.
  9. +1 Yeah. I definitely agree with this one. It's like that on the desktop software too, and also in some other programs. I don't know why this isn't set up as optional but that long list of objects that automatically expands downward becomes a management issue with the rest of the layers.
  10. Shouldn't hiding the studios also hide the toolbar on the bottom? It's odd because I can do this weird thing, mostly accidental, where I put my finger close to the left toolbar, then drag outward. This causes all of the interface to hide, including that bottom toolbar. It's weird because, it wants to come right back. But if I do it carefully enough, I can hold it a little, then tap on the screen with my stylus, or finger, and when I let go, the UI stays hidden. It all feels like something that is broken rather than done on purpose. In order to bring it back, naturally I tried to place my finger at the edge of the screen and drag inward. It doesn't work. With some experimentation I realized that if I placed a finger on either side of the screen, then carefully dragged inward with both at the same time, everything will come back! Like I said, it all feels very messy, accidental, not designed this way on purpose, because it's not something that I can do repeatedly and it requires very careful finger work, timing, etc. But at least, hiding all of the panels/studios etc should result in a clean, empty screen and that huge toolbar on the bottom really should hide with it. I mean, it's a very large toolbar so...
  11. I posted these same problems earlier today as bugs. So, yeah I'm having the same problem(s)
  12. Having only 2 Gigs of ram wouldn't disqualify it. The iPad Pro 9.7" only has 2 gigs of ram. On the other hand, having only 2 gigs of ram probably SHOULD disqualify both of them. At any rate, Serif, like a lot of developers are probably not too interested in Android. But I will say this. Apps like Infinite Painter on Android have a ton of features and functions and it abolutely flies on my Galaxy Note 8 phone. But then, my Note 8 has 6 gigs of ram. It's way better on my phone than on my old Android tablet with 3 Gigs of ram. So the idea of using Designer on a non-iPad tablet is not a bad thing at all. Android does have some better functions. There's a cursor that is always visible which is one big advantage. And the Samsung S Pen has a user customizable button on the stylus. With a fast, newish Android tablet like the Tab S3/4, it would probably be a very good experience.
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    Using larger assets crashes Designer

    I'm guessing that apps like Affinity Designer are capable of asking a whole lot more than the current iPad Pro is capable of. I was impressed to import a huge Photoshop t-shirt template file into Designer on my iPad. It definitely struggled with it, but it worked. Tons of layers and special effects. But yeah, there must be a limit. Hopefully the next iPad Pros will be a lot more powerful, and of course have a lot more ram. If Apple comes out with like 4 gigs of ram, then we can be sure that they're just trying to stretch it out and get us to buy a new iPad Pro every year. I've already had mine for about 2 years and I don't have plans to update it. Well, I didn't, but I also didn't expect to see apps like Affinity Designer and Clip Studio Paint appear. Now I may end up getting a new one. If it's substantially more powerful.
  14. Just as the title says. I grab a bunch of layers and try any of the merging options and nothing happens. It just doesn't work.
  15. It's real simple. You grab an element, drag it and it doesn't move. I drag what seems like a quarter inch and then the element JUMPS to the new position, completely overshooting the intended location, then I start to move back and forth to try and get to the right position. At first I thought it was just nodes, but I realize that it's like that with everything. It also introduces a new problem. Many, many times if I'm working quickly, rather than grabbing an element and dragging to new position, it grabs the element and resizes it. At first I thought maybe I was just grabbing one of the points for resizing an object, but I began to test it and to watch it carefully and I'm not grabbing a handle. I also wonder if this might have something to do with the performance of my first Gen iPad Pro 12.9". Maybe things just aren't keeping up. But I've seen others complain about this as well.
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