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  1. Request number one has somehow been addressed in Affinity Designer Windows Customer Beta - 1.9.0.791. Not yet perfect though but I must applaud Team Affinity for taking corrective measures. It is now possible to select multiple objects consisting of different colours (fills and strokes), and then right-clicking to select the command "Add to Swatches" - my favourite being "From Both as Global". Global colours are created and are instantaneously applied to the selected objects used to create the global swatches! . But I must hasten to add that am still not able get favourable results when attempting to add global colours by clicking on the "Add current colour to palette as a global colour" button on the Swatches panel. All the same, well done Team Affinity👍
  2. Thanks for sharing your insights Pšenda. Am still of the opinion that the second Alignment tools (refer to screenshot B) are mundane and do not offer enough options for aligning artwork. I strongly feel that these tools need to be reanimated. Like I said before, given a choice most users would not want to repeatedly dive into a dropdown list to choose an alignment option. Team Affinity kindly please take a moment and observe CorelDRAW's Alignment model. The last selected object will always act as the anchor. Selected objects always align to the object which was selected last. Let’s also take a look at Adobe Illustrator's "Align to Key Object". This is a very powerful Alignment command which offers unique alignment options. It greatly increases flexibility in the area of object alignment. There is also Inkscape with a plethora of advanced alignment options. The above are just some of the few examples out of many that Team Affinity can emulate or glean from and then implement in their own way. I am positive that this will make aligning artwork in Affinity a breeze.
  3. Why are the alignment tools not in sync? Scenario: Select two or more objects and from the Align dropdown list choose for instance align to “Last Selected” and click on Left alignment command. This will perfectly align as intended. (Refer to screenshot Alignment ‘A’) Separate the objects and reselect the objects then try to click on Left alignment command (Refer to screenshot Alignment ‘B’). Illogical alignment will take place. Rather than syncing with the command from the other Alignment tools, Objects will align to extremes i.e. align left will align to the object which has an extreme left side, align right, top, bottom, ditto. Align Centre and Align Middle will average the distance between the objects before settling for an alignment position. From the above indicated it’s clear that the two Alignment tools are detached from each other either by design or it was unintentional… Ordinarily when it comes to aligning artwork most users would choose not to go into the dropdown list to pick an alignment option. What if Serif were to sync the two? What if Serif were to extend Align functionality by introducing “Align / Distribute to Key Object”?
  4. I suggest this painless workaround: select the two objects from the art board, group them and immediately ungroup. You will see that the two objects are now next to each other in the layer hierarchy. You can then go ahead and clip.
  5. I have a couple of requests: 1. When creating a global color swatch, the resultant global attribute should immediately be applied on to the object(s) used to generate the global color swatch since the object(s) will still be selected. Unfortunately, the current norm is that I have to click on the newly created global swatch to apply the global color on to the object which I used to facilitate the global swatch. Imagine if you use multiple objects (fills and strokes) to create multiple global colors, it becomes quite a challenge to sort out the mess as one will be forced to manually apply the global swatches to the objects. 2. Could something be done in regards to the generic names that are presently being applied to newly created swatches i.e. Global Color 2 instead of something descriptive e.g C=65 M=90 Y=0 K=0. If the swatch is edited the name should also automatically update. 3. A merge swatches command should be introduced. 4. Please make it possible to be able to select multiple swatches all at once whenever the occasion to either edit or delete arises. 5. When adding a Document / Application palette, a dialog box should be presented beforehand in order for one to assign a descriptive name for the palette. Currently it is a two-step process.
  6. I just want to offer my gratitude to all participants of this vibrant forum. Special thanks also go to the Affinity Team for finding the time to respond to user requests and questions. Believe you me, this kind of humility from a dev team happens to be unprecedented. I participate in several graphic design forums but I must testify that this forum is the most animated. In some of the forums, it is common to find many unanswered questions. I have to say rarely have I stumbled upon an unanswered question in this forum. Reading content posted in this forum has taught me quite a lot during this COVID-19 lockdown. The civility, the patience, the eagerness to assist and the expertise... all elements I aspire to emulate. Keep on keeping on.👏
  7. Yes it's possible. 1. Create a new file 2. Before you create anything on the art board, go to stroke panel. 3. Tick 'scale with object' 4. Go to 'Edit' menu 5. Select 'Defaults' and then select 'Save' These settings become default and the next time you create a new document these will be effected. Remember that you can also use same process to edit and save settings for default font, font size, stroke and fill properties etc... You can effectively remove the annoying default fill colour in order to remain with the stroke only if you so wish. Assuming that one is currently using the later versions (1.7 or 1.8), they can also utilise the new template feature and save the settings as a new template.
  8. Just want to praise… I don't know if you have noticed that by simply clicking / selecting an object on the artboard or through the layers panel before creating objects (be it drawing, placing or pasting), the new object is placed immediately above the selected item. Note that this only works when the objects share the same layer. This helps in predetermining where exactly you want your objects to be in the layer hierachy. Adobe Photoshop has the same behaviour and Illustrator doesn't. We are probably doing this in our daily workflow and we don't take note of some these nifty mechanics from the Affinity team. I am just saying…
  9. Why do I get different units of measurement when creating a radius corner when using the corner tool vs the rounded rectangle tool? I mean the corner tool is using my desired unit of measurement and the rounded rectangle tool is using percentages (and I can't seem to change that). Any ideas? Please help.
  10. If I have previously created more than one group function to create my final group, I may want to select "Ungroup" more than once to get the job done. But it is quite a challenge to do this simple task in Affinity Designer. If you want to ungroup a group of objects which consists of two or more groups, then you are in for it. Try this: Create a group made up of nested groups. Select the group (and on the toolbar you will notice that the command "Ungroup" pops up since your selection has correctly been identified as a group) Ungroup the group (and on the toolbar you will notice that the command "Ungroup" has been replaced with command "Group"). Affinity is now reading the groups as just separate objects as opposed to groups… I know that in some competitor software groups are read as objects but they do ungroup correctly. You are now required to deselect everything and target individual groups to ungroup. Please Serif make it such that when I select a grouped object and then choose ungroup multiple times I am able to ungroup the whole group (inclusive of the nested groups) without deselecting my selection first. Note that this is standard practice in most if not all graphic design software. Alternatively you can introduce a "Ungroup All" button / command. I want to assume this would be a no-brainer for Serif to implement.
  11. GarryP thanks for the insight. Let me expound a bit on my "mask" theory. When you are working in Designer Persona you can apply a fill or a stroke to the "image" but as I explained before the colour is not being directly applied onto the image, but rather onto an invisible "mask" which happens to have no modal window. Colour applied to this "mask" is non-destructive. This can be confirmed by taking out the colour by selecting the No Fill / Stroke indicator. Compare this with the Pixel Persona where you can choose to apply a brush stroke directly on to the image without any mask being created thereby permanently altering pixels. I guess this is one of those under the hood technologies at work. This is only a theory…
  12. It appears that the moment you place an image into Designer a mask is automatically created on the image. So when you select the "image" and apply a colour to the image, you are actually applying the colour to the mask! It goes to follow that the Opacity which is being changed is actually of the mask not the image… You can confirm this by selecting No Colour slash mark and you will find that the image is completely unscathed and is displaying at full opacity.
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