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  1. Thanks to @Yolanda and @anon2 for the recent clarifications to the Cheat Sheet, Task 4. You feedback is appreciated Here is the latest version: Layers Panel Cheat Sheet 3.2.pdf
  2. Thanks @anon2. The crop icon AD uses to indicate a vector mask confuses me. I think there are a few things about layers that are not intuitive or easy. I will update the cheat sheet.
  3. Hmmm, to address this question: Task 2 I called "Crops" because it a.) added the crop icon beside the layer when the task was executed, and b.) behaved the same as using the Vector Crop Tool. For Task 4, I now see that the right-click "Mask to Below" pre-step is also performing the crop action and adding the crop icon beside the layer. In order to do Task 4 (use above layer rectangle object as a mask) the pre-step is now: "In the Layers Panel right-click on the rectangle and choose 'Rasterize to Mask' in the drop-down menu". Then proceed to drag onto the layer below, otherwi
  4. @ashf I appreciate your feedback. I see you are referring to my original (first) post in your comment. I admit my first attempts to articulate the layer behaviour in Affinity Design was not perfect and I have since updated the descriptions and the entire explanation into a single handy sheet. Please see my February 19, 2021 post. The attached PDF contains the same information as the inline PNG. "The first example" you are referring to is now in the "Task" column labelled "2. Rectangle Crops". I hope that makes more sense than the original description. I made the "Task" labels
  5. Thank you @Patrick Connor. I appreciate the updates. Please thank that team for me as well!
  6. Hi, I noticed the Drop Zone (green dotted area) for 5. Rectangle Below was not correct. Below is the corrected version and downloadable PDF. I also took the opportunity to make it clearer. Don't mean to spam ya'll but hey, it's free! Layers Panel Cheat Sheet 3.1.pdf
  7. Hello! I made an updated version of the "Layers Panel - Visual Summary", now called the Layers Panel Cheat Sheet. The procedural flow is now horizontal, so hopefully it's easier to understand. The link to the PDF version is below. Enjoy! Layers Panel Cheat Sheet 3.0.pdf
  8. Thanks for the great tip. I too am starved for vector patterning tools, but this works quite well especially with snapping and symbols. Followed the simple guide laid out by @dominik for the Data Merge Layout tool in Affinity Publisher. Results are very encouraging!
  9. I like the idea of different select behaviours depending upon if the user is drawing left to right, as opposed to right to left. You could have a similar function with the lasso depending upon whether your drew it clockwise or counter-clockwise.
  10. @prophet Indeed! Colour tags give you 7 "selection sets". I would wish for more, either with named sets or more colours.
  11. I wanted to thank the Serif team for adding what I called "Select Object by Trait..." (listed as #6 in last year's post) to Affinity Designer 1.9. It definitely helps speed up the workflow. I certainly appreciate the added functionality; great job!!! Hopefully we can see a few more of these remaining 8 features. I listed them here again and would love to hear people's thoughts on them. Most of these suggestions can span all the affinity desktop products, but some are Designer specific: 1. Organize Assets, Swatches, Brushes, Style Libraries with
  12. @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
  13. @kirk23 since posting this idea a year and half ago, I expanded upon it with a few UI visuals. Check it out here:
  14. @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.
  15. @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!
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 f
  19. 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 real
  20. 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.
  21. 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 D
  22. 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
  23. In Affinity Photo 1.8.3.641, 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. Exa
  24. 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 P
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