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  1. @SrPx Have you tried the rotate canvas functions in Affinity Designer to "spin the paper" so to speak, and take advantage of the natural arc of your drawing arm? It can really help one get a nice smooth arc with those long, perfect curves, without the need for the stabiliser, just like drawing on a sheet of paper in the analog world. The three rotate functions are located in the View menu, just under the Zoom functions. If you set up some convenient hot keys for the rotate functions, it can be quite a pleasure to use Even better, map those hotkeys to a Microsoft Surface Dial and it's a really slick experience! I ended up purchasing a Dial to try it (yes, a Dial trial) and I love it. It snaps angles, 6 steps in 90 degrees. Seems good enough to get those long, perfect curves we yearn for :-)
  2. @kirk23 since posting this idea a year and half ago, I expanded upon it with a few UI visuals. Check it out here:
  3. @anon2, thanks for helping clarify this odd behaviour with a great example. I hope Serif's team will address this bug soon as it makes things confusing.
  4. @Sabina Beg I appreciate that feedback. There are often many repetitive tasks that, with a bit of automation can make them way less tedious. I too often have to pick apart someone else's Legacy PDF or Ai file to resurrect some data for a client project. It happens more often than one would think!
  5. I disagree. The project I was just working on needed ICO files each with a single icon. Also there seems to be quite a few online converters that to this very task, so it must be fulfilling a need. Still I am not denying the need for the many-to-one functionality...
  6. I was referring to mainly to the task of converting a bunch of slices/exports into a bunch of individual ICO files, not the process of bundling a bunch of slices into a single ICO file. Yes, @Pšenda it would be a much more involved task to add that "many-to-one" functionality, but a good first step solution would be to implement the one-to-one conversion.
  7. I noticed this post was started in 2015, so I am hopeful this export file format is just around the bend ☺️ I just started going down this rabbit hole yesterday of finding an ICO export tool because it is missing from Affinity Designer. Affinity has the lovely Export Persona all ready to crank out batches of icons, so I also +1 this feature! A few words of caution for people needing to convert assets to ICO files in 2020. Be careful with online converters. Read the "Terms of Service" carefully to make sure they are not reserving the right to publicly post the resulting ICO files they generate for you. Also some companies claims the use of your files forever and wherever. I did find one online converter that seemed to be protecting your conversion, but still I did not trust it. Remember, once it's out there, its out there. So the next stop was a local app. After digging around looking at top 10 lists of image converters, I discovered that many of the apps that did convert to ICO only did them in an uncompressed format. So, for example, a 256 x 256 PNG file that was 10K in size, would convert to an ICO file that was 240K! Apparently there is a PNG (Vista) conversion option in some apps that I assume is compressing them. The result is apparently not backwards compatible, but so what? Would it matter if the ICO doesn't display on an OS older than Windows Vista? I would prefer the leaner file sizes. My tests with the smaller file size ICOs concluded that they were compatible with my end use. The software I ended up using was IcoFX version 1.6.4. Very slow converting the files, in comparison to other software, but it gives you small files and plenty of resolution and transparency options. Yes, shocking that ICO is still a relevant format in 2020, so please Serif, make our lives easier!
  8. Thanks @BeauRX your advice is noted! I updated the PDF version to illustrate the different indentations in the Layers Panel and made notes to call attention to the different indentation levels. Unfortunately indentation is not consistent with Masks. In other words, a Mask thumbnail can exist at either indentation level 1 or level 2 but the results seem to be the same, unless someone more knowledgeable than I can refute my claim with an example. Hopefully adding this to the summary and the PDF does not make masks more confusing than they already are, but currently this seems to be the reality. So here is the updated summary illustration as well as the updated PDF downlaodable below! Affinity Layers Guide - Understanding Masks, Moves, Crops, Clips, Adjustments v2.1.pdf
  9. I am hoping someone from Serif can comment on these ideas, perhaps let me know; are there plans to implement any of these ideas in 1.9 or 2.0? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Cheers, Dave.
  10. After using Affinity products professionally for quite some time and observing the development team’s patience and openness to new ideas on the forums, I have a few “unsexy” suggestions to enhancements to take the tedium out of repetitive tasks and keep designers organized. I am truly impressed with Affinity’s products. In gratitude for that, I am inspired to create this Wishlist with some new ideas, and to chime in with some support for the classic, already-suggested ones. Thanks for reading/listening! Most of these suggestions can span all the affinity desktop products some are Designer specific. 1. Organize Assets, Swatches, Brushes, Style Libraries with an edit mode, using an interface like the the "Presets Manager" in Shapes, to allow for re-arranging, renaming, moving between categories. 2. Stoke Pressure Profiles can be saved on an application level. Organize and manage, with an interface like the "Presets Manager" in Shapes. It’s all about efficiency, and not having to reinvent the wheel (stroke!) every time. 3. Layers Panel – Select objects and groups and rename them with a multi-rename tool. Instantly get organized so you and even other people can understand the layer groups and objects in your Affinity document. Interface would allow the user to add a numerical counter as a prefix or suffix when renaming. Handy before using Export Persona to create some basic naming conventions. 4. Sort Layer Groups or artboards in the Layers Panel alphabetically, ascending, descending. Yes, it will change the arrangement order, but properly organized groups can make complex file layers much easier to navigate. Handy for PDF Exporting where the order of pages depends upon the artboard order. 5. Save selection sets that can select items spanning multiple artboards and also within groups. Often similar objects need to be adjusted or moved, but they are on multiple artboards or nested in other functional groups. This can quickly solve that problem. 6. Select by object trait (stroke color, stroke thickness, fill colour). A handy way to quickly select and adjust objects with similar properties. Otherwise selecting these can be a nightmare in complicated projects. 7. Select and replace non global identical colours. Does your client want all the red elements blue? What would they look like in teal or taupe? Play rapidly to your heart’s content. 8. Search Assets Panel ACROSS BOTH categories and subcategories, results displayed as filtered choices. Do you have multiple categories/libraries and need to find the right icon fast? This can save you time. Currently a search has to be made within each asset category, which can take some time if you have multiple asset categories. 9. Handy Show Grid checkbox in Isometric Studio Panel. True, you can use a keyboard shortcut, but it would be nice if this button was upfront. Handy when you are working in Isometric view you have to turn on and off the grid to see the artwork uncluttered. Chances are you have the panel open to constantly switch planes anyways… I hope this helps to add votes for the unsexy underdog features. 😊
  11. I appreciate everyone's feedback. I updated the PDF to more accurately reflect the row indentations in the Layers Panel. PDF below. I also added a summary page that looks like this: Cheers! Affinity Layers Guide - Understanding Masks, Moves, Crops, Clips, Adjustments v2.0.pdf
  12. In Affinity Photo, if you are creating vector shapes with a transparent color as the foreground and then switch to the Paint Brush Tool, the transparent primary color in the inkwell icon will switch to white, but the brush will retain the transparency from the previous mode, so when you try to paint, the brush will not paint white but be "off". You have to click on the small Transparency circle in the bottom left corner of the inkwell tool for it to display correctly. Display error is consistent on both the Tools Panel 2-column inkwell icon and the one in the Color Studio. Examples of the inkwell icon/tool:
  13. Yes, it feels missing coming from the Photoshop world. I am not sure why they decided to eliminate the "Default Foreground/Background Colors" button, but nice to know it's only a hotkey a way! Affinity Photo choose to use the inkwell icon's corner real estate with a transparent mode button. When in brush mode, setting the primary color to transparent essentially just turns off the brush, which admittedly is not very useful, but it retains a consistent tool "look" to how it functions for vector objects. If anyone has any insights as to how the Paint Brush Tool with transparent as it's Primary is useful, I would love to know. Also be cautious! As of Affinity Photo, if you are creating vector shapes with a transparent color as the foreground and then switch to the Paint Brush Tool, the transparent primary color in the inkwell icon will switch to white, but the brush will retain the transparency from the previous mode, so when you try and try the brush will not paint white but be "off". You have to click on the small Transparency circle in the bottom left corner of the inkwell tool for it to display correctly. Definitely a bug.
  14. Hi Andrew, Perhaps the key it not set in the keyboard commands. Go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen, then click on Preferences... at the bottom of the menu. In the pop-up window, click on Keyboard Shortcuts. Make sure the two top left drop menus are set like in the image below (Photo and Miscellaneous). Scroll down in the main area to see Set Fill to Black and White. To the right there is a box which contains the corresponding shortcut. If the box is blank, click it so the cursor is flashing in side, then immediately click your "d" key. That's it! To save your Keyboard Shortcuts hit Save in the top right of the pop-up window to save them for later installs or resets. Click Close in the bottom right of the pop-up window and test your new shortcut!
  15. @dubtronics I just created a handy Layers Guide to help navigate some of the eccentricities of Layers and Masks. I posted it in the Tutorial Forum here: Hopefully it can help you attain mastery of wrangling layers.
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