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  1. 3 years later and still no angle to gradient in any obvious form. Is it really that hard? I can do this in InkScape no problem.
  2. This program is amazingly unintuitive. It's one of the main reasons I feel like I can't just jump ship from Photoshop or Illustrator to Photo or Designer. For example, simple things like filling a selection should be reasonably intuitive. I realize it's hard to target everyone's train of thought, but here's mine: 1) Open an image in Designer 2) Make a selection of what you want to fill 3) Use the 'Fill Tool' and draw in a fill within that selection based on whatever 'Fill Tool' options I've chosen. However, all that happens is that I get a line that looks like Photo's 'Gradient Tool,' but nothing happens. I go to Tutorials under the Help Menu, which takes me to a website, where I do a search for Fill Tool and I'm greeted with a myriad of things that don't apply. So, I go to Help... under the Help Menu and look up Fill Tool and I'm greeted with the list of information below (which is neither descriptive enough to be useful, nor simple enough in application to be effective). Considering the first two part of this list of information, where the fill tool allows you to adjust the fill, then I expect to be able to adjust from no fill to a fill and to apply the flood with a single click, but that never happens. Taking this a step further, if I have a selection made and try to paint with the vector brush inside that selection, the paint doesn't obey the boundaries of the selection. What's the point of the selection if it doesn't set boundaries? Search results for fill tool Fill Tool The Fill Tool allows you to adjust the fill and line colors applied to vector and text objects. Flood Fill The Flood Fill tool allows you to fill in areas of your page, selection, or object with a single click. Selecting colors There are various ways to select and apply color in Affinity apps. Swatches panel The Swatches panel stores a selection of color, gradient and recently used document color swatches for applying to objects. Gradient editing Customize gradients for object fills and lines. Keyboard shortcuts A list of commonly used shortcuts. Color panel The Color panel is used to apply color to objects. About Lines and Shapes Open curves and closed shapes can be created and are controlled by nodes and control handles. Artboard color and opacity Discussion of artboard color properties. Transparency Tool The Transparency Tool allows you to apply and edit transparency gradients to vector and text objects. Outer Shadow The Outer Shadow effect is used to add a shadow to edges. Transparency Find out about transparency and how it is applied to your design. Pen Tool The Pen tool is used to draw very precise curves and shapes. Pencil Tool The Pencil Tool allows you to create hand-drawn lines and shapes. Sampling colors Pick up colors from objects on your page or pixels on your screen. Transparency Editor The Transparency Editor dialog lets you customize transparency gradients for object fills and strokes. Move Tool The Move Tool allows you to select, move, rotate, and resize objects. Layer masking Layer masks allow you to selectively hide layer contents to reveal layers below the masked layer. Ellipse Tool The Ellipse Tool takes the hassle out of creating circles and ellipses. Corner Tool The Corner tool rounds sharp corners on closed shapes. Inner Shadow The Inner Shadow effect is used to add a diffused shadow to the inside of an object. Key features An overview of Affinity Designer key features. Color Picker Tool The Color Picker Tool samples colors from anywhere on your document or screen. Frame text Use frame text for paragraphs with a formalized structure and layout.
  3. This should support import/export of DrawPlus files, especially since DrawPlus was made by the same company. I can't currently open a .dpp file that I can in DrawPlus in any of the Affinity projects to carry them over.
  4. psiclone

    DPP Support

    I'm rewriting what I was about to say here, as I'm realizing there's little point. I'll look for better software elsewhere, where I'm not having to buy re-branded functionality every 2-3 years.
  5. psiclone

    DPP Support

    Then it seems that should be on your website, instead of listing: "Unsurpassed file compatibility The best PSD import engine available and full support for SVG, EPS, PDF, PDF/X and FH files means injecting Affinity Designer into your workflow is painless." I can appreciate the notion of having non-supported features rasterized, but that's not exactly full support or painless, if you need to work with to what you're importing beyond it being just an image. The expectation that provides isn't accurate.
  6. My guess is that it's likely related to something like this: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2875740/nvidia-explains-geforce-gtx-970s-memory-performance-issues-admits-error-in-specs.html Considering those problems, and the fact that copying puts the image or whatever into memory, then it may be going straight to VRAM rather than straight RAM. This may also be useful: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2765450/geforce-gtx-970-driver-problems.html https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nvidia-admits-to-error-in-gtx-970-specs-and-memory/1100-6424915/ https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/199684-nvidia-slapped-with-class-action-lawsuit-over-gtx-970-memory-issues http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3141196/gtx-970-memory-bug-fixed.html https://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-Responds-GTX-970-35GB-Memory-Issue Have you updated your graphics driver recently? If not, you may want to. If so, you might want to roll back to an earlier driver. Having said that, it may just be a hardware issue that can't be solved...assuming it's your card. I also noticed that you've overclocked your CPU. Try setting it to default speeds and see what happens.
  7. psiclone

    DPP Support

    ...and yet it supports a wide range of other formats from other software not made by this company. If you can't open your dpp files for whatever reason, then you can't export to another format.
  8. This isn't likely to ever happen for a couple of reasons. Making an app portable like that simply means it's very easy to copy to whomever without them paying for it. Also, when you connect a drive to a computer, you may find that it assigns that drive a letter or volume inconsistent from the path the file was saved to or open from before, potentially causing problems.
  9. I had to come here to try to figure this out...read a few replies and still going to determine how to simply fill a selection with color. This program is amazingly unintuitive. It's one of the main reasons I feel like I can't just jump ship from Photoshop or Illustrator to Photo or Designer. Simple things like filling a selection should be reasonably intuitive. I realize it's hard to target everyone's train of thought, but here's mine: 1) Open an image in Designer 2) Make a selection of what you want to fill 3) Use the 'Fill Tool' and draw in a fill within that selection based on whatever 'Fill Tool' options I've chosen. However, all that happens is that I get a line that looks like Photo's 'Gradient Tool,' but nothing happens. I go to Tutorials under the Help Menu, which takes me to a website, where I do a search for Fill Tool and I'm greeted with a myriad of things that don't apply. So, I go to Help... under the Help Menu and look up Fill Tool and I'm greeted with the list of information below (which is neither descriptive enough to be useful, nor simple enough in application to be effective). Considering the first two part of this list of information, where the fill tool allows you to adjust the fill, then I expect to be able to adjust from no fill to a fill and to apply the flood with a single click, but that never happens. Taking this a step further, if I have a selection made and try to paint with the vector brush inside that selection, the paint doesn't obey the boundaries of the selection. What's the point of the selection if it doesn't set boundaries? Search results for fill tool Fill Tool The Fill Tool allows you to adjust the fill and line colors applied to vector and text objects. Flood Fill The Flood Fill tool allows you to fill in areas of your page, selection, or object with a single click. Selecting colors There are various ways to select and apply color in Affinity apps. Swatches panel The Swatches panel stores a selection of color, gradient and recently used document color swatches for applying to objects. Gradient editing Customize gradients for object fills and lines. Keyboard shortcuts A list of commonly used shortcuts. Color panel The Color panel is used to apply color to objects. About Lines and Shapes Open curves and closed shapes can be created and are controlled by nodes and control handles. Artboard color and opacity Discussion of artboard color properties. Transparency Tool The Transparency Tool allows you to apply and edit transparency gradients to vector and text objects. Outer Shadow The Outer Shadow effect is used to add a shadow to edges. Transparency Find out about transparency and how it is applied to your design. Pen Tool The Pen tool is used to draw very precise curves and shapes. Pencil Tool The Pencil Tool allows you to create hand-drawn lines and shapes. Sampling colors Pick up colors from objects on your page or pixels on your screen. Transparency Editor The Transparency Editor dialog lets you customize transparency gradients for object fills and strokes. Move Tool The Move Tool allows you to select, move, rotate, and resize objects. Layer masking Layer masks allow you to selectively hide layer contents to reveal layers below the masked layer. Ellipse Tool The Ellipse Tool takes the hassle out of creating circles and ellipses. Corner Tool The Corner tool rounds sharp corners on closed shapes. Inner Shadow The Inner Shadow effect is used to add a diffused shadow to the inside of an object. Key features An overview of Affinity Designer key features. Color Picker Tool The Color Picker Tool samples colors from anywhere on your document or screen. Frame text Use frame text for paragraphs with a formalized structure and layout.
  10. Indeed...it's another tool I didn't know about. However, the accuracy even after a refine needs work.
  11. psiclone

    Stop Frame Animation

    I'm never clear on which of these (Designer vs Photo) are directly aimed at competing with Photoshop, but even Photoshop can do simple animated gifs, etc. I would think that's a feature that should be added.
  12. Very good. It would be less cumbersome for people who don't know this to just see a handle selection on the marquee as soon as they draw the shape, initially.
  13. Is there a way to adjust a selection? For instance, I may try to draw a circle around an image of a circle, but not get it quite right, only to find that I can't adjust it after the selection is drawn...causing me to have to keep trying to draw it perfectly and wasting a ton of time.
  14. This really needs to be improved. Photoshop and some other programs have the ability to detect the edge of objects in an image, such that if you had a very defined contrast between the object and a surrounding background, you can easily select just the object and/or flip between it and the background. This is extremely useful for removing backgrounds or objects. Ah...wait, I just discovered the flood select tool. That's what I'm looking for. It's not perfect and certainly could be improved in its accuracy, but definitely helpful.
  15. I'm so sad. There's a brush set I really want to buy and use, but they're .abr and while they can be imported into AP, they don't actually show up as anything but a solid line. I know they work in Photoshop, as other users have stated so. Is there any way we can give compatibility into older brush sets? I only have PS CS3, so I can't go any higher to convert them.
  16. What's the main difference in these two programs? They're both made by Serif, so I'm stuck wondering why I would use one vs the other. Should they not be combined?
  17. I own both, but I don't use either enough to really see the true differences. The thing that worries me most is why we have so much fragmentation along the Serif line. That's a big problem for designers.
  18. Wow! Such a huge benefit to all to draw upon (no pun intended) your experience. Thanks!
  19. I know this wasn't necessarily intended for the latest update, but I'm still seeing a need for this.
  20. I've already gotten past this problem in InkScape, but wanted to know how one goes about doing a selection by color (E.g. say you have an image with a white background) and making an image that has a blend of colors and gradient transparency be a solid color, while retaining the transparency. MY PROCESS: I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to do this in both Affinity Designer and Photo, so that implies to me it could be more intuitive. In Photoshop, I simply go to the menu and select by color, but instead of being limited to RGB (as in Affinity), or tonal selections, I could use a color picker to choose what I wanted on the image. This would then select all of that color in the image and I could either mask or delete that. I found the Transparency tool, but couldn't get it to work on the image and tried tonal selection which worked in general, but was much more difficult to figure out than simply picking the color I wanted (white). I know part of this is simply figuring it out the first time, as I would make quicker work of that process the next time, but it's not always that easy messing with various settings instead of having a color picker. THE POINT: So, while a color picker on the selection menu would be a feature request, my question goes back to, OK, so I've selected the color I wanted as described above and now want to mask that. I clicked on a mask layer and it worked, but now I want to invert the part of the layer that's not masked...which happened to be a blend of colors and transparency. It was at this point I got stuck, as I couldn't figure out how to recolor the rest of the image to be one color, but still retain the gradient transparency it had.
  21. Ugh! I just installed the new version 1.5.1 and started work on a project, only to find that the crop tool now grabs an image, rather than actually cropping. What am I missing?
  22. psiclone

    Ugh! - Crop Tool Now Grabs

    I understand that, but I was working on a photo, at the time, not a vector object, so maybe I missed something. I know that the Vector Crop Tool would imply you use it on a Vector object, but it wasn't a vector object to begin with, unless that's how a photo is pasted into it for some odd reason. It also doesn't explain why it would need to be rasterised in order for it to work. Every time I tried to grab a handle, it simply grabbed the photo and translated it. Once rasterised, it worked as intended.
  23. psiclone

    Ugh! - Crop Tool Now Grabs

    Ah...looks like I need to rasterize the image first. Very odd for a Vector Crop Tool to only work on rasterized images.
  24. psiclone

    not happy?

    One could also see this as an evolution on both sides. First, we had beta available for us to test and help Serif identify and work out bugs to get a functional program out to the public. Now that it's released, choose whether or not you want to pay for it. I, for one, am happy to jump at the chance to ditch Adobe and go for a good contender that offers a perpetual license for a one-time cost. If by "premium," you mean to say that it can't hold a candle to Photoshop, I can't really address this, as I've not gotten familiar enough with Affinity to say. That said, if by Serif asking us for feature requests means that we get their product to evolve into something we feel really is a true contender to Photoshop or some other Adobe product, and they act on those requests, then both sides win. Even if they add features and call it Affinity <insert product name here> 2.0 and sell it at the same price again or at an increased price, then we still win. It sure beats the heck out of a subscription. That said, as it stands for me, Photoshop is still on top (time will tell as I get more familiar with Affinity), but I've already found free alternatives to Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat that I find more capable. Photoshop and InDesign are really the only products left that I find are worth keeping, until something better comes along. I also only use my CS3 for now, as I don't and won't bother with subscriptions and skipped the later versions. As soon as I can ditch Adobe I will and it won't matter if they go back to perpetual licenses (which I know they won't). I would gladly pay a little more (or in this case, a little less) not to have to deal with Adobe again. The notion that people don't want to pay for premium is rather off. Sure, some won't pay more than they can afford or would otherwise pay and, for that matter, some would even steal it if they can. Most of us who pay and work professionally with programs like this would actually consider paying more, but we didn't set the price and are likely glad to see we're not getting shafted by paying a lot for a program that's likely to evolve greatly in the coming months/years.
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