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  1. There aren’t any silly questions as far as I am concerned. These beautiful Affinity apps do have a learning curve, and the most beautiful part (I think) is that the Affinity moderators and technical support staff are here to answer anything and everything with such helpful pointers. Many other people with several years experience also reply in these forums with helpful solutions. So ask away in these forums if you need help! I have learned so much this way!!
  2. Again, I would like to thank toltec and firstdefence for their graciousness in carefully demonstrating how to solve the issue at hand in this topic. I have learned that the best way to use these three lovely Affinity applications is to follow the advice of the Affinity technical staff and persons with long experience and demonstrated ability to help, when I need sorting. Meanwhile, for fun, I have attached a screenshot of one of my favorites from President Ronald Reagan. With the added comment that Affinity Publisher -- in my opinion -- is not a pony. It is a future winner of the Grand National. And now back to work.
  3. And precisely what gave you that idea? Or where? I wrote "book" not "booklet." Publisher is doing a splendid job so far. On a BOOK.
  4. I am using Affinity Publisher beta v. 206. Knowing that we are advised to use it with caution for finished products. It is working beautifully. I am adding borders to the selected illustrations — which I have already spruced up — using Affinity Photo. Then saving the new images both as JPEGs and as .afphoto files, so I can go back later if I still need to adjust something. As a former long-time user of InDesign and Pagemaker, I am alreadly extremely happy with Publisher. It will get better and better!
  5. Thank you both toltec and firstdefence! You are so kind to sort me out. Stupid me. I placed the image directly on the workspace, rather than creating a document and placing it there. So no wonder Clicking on the background layer didn’t do anything useful. Tomorrow I am going to regroup with your very thorough instructions. I am rewriting a book with many illustrations ranging from printed copies of ancient drawings from the 1300’s, paintings from the 1400’s to 1700’s, and 20th Century photographs. I want to create a uniform border size and color to tie all these disparate images into a cohesive pattern, so this very elegant solution is a Godsend. Then all I will need to do is crop and export to jpeg. Thank you again so much!!!
  6. I quoted you here rather than duplicating your elegant "how to" above. Same issue, however. I am most definitely in the Needing Borders Department, so was glad to find this information. First, I am on MAC Sierra, so the steps may be slightly different, but I have found a few additional steps that I needed to make in order to use the Pixel layer, Select>Outline procedure. I highlighted the background layer containing the image, made a new pixel layer, and then clicking on the Image itself (not the thumbnail in the layers panel, which didn't work) went to Select>Outline. Nothing. I had to first go to Select>Select All and then Select>Outline in order to get the blinking lines. The Outline Selection popup worked, except that Alignment Outside would not create an outside border of blinking lines. (Screenshot missed those on left and top, but they are there.) Instead, it stopped at the edge of the image. Edit>Fill turned the whole image to a blank canvass. I was able to use Alignment Inside, or Centered. Edit>Fill worked perfectly. But I also found that I then had to go to Select>Deselect in order to stop the blinking lights. I have no clue how to use "Outside." (First image below is "Inside") losing part of the image. Help?
  7. Old proverb: "Patience is a virtue." Old response. "Virtue is its own reward." When Publisher is ready it will be even better than it is now! We are all waiting in pleasant anticipation!!
  8. jmwellborn

    page numbers

    I know. Use them. I believe I said “then you have,” when I could have said “then you use.”
  9. jmwellborn

    page numbers

    Yes. I definitely think it is in an infant stage. It would be nice if eventually we could have something like the old Pagemaker/InDesign feature. You put a page number marker (i.e. LP or RP) on each Master Page where you want the respective document pages to show a page number ). Then you have menu options for the numbering itself that are set to work with those markers. Things like "starting number" (i.e.1 or 23, or 49, or whatever) and "style" (i.e. i, ii, iii, or 1, 2, 3, or I, IV, XI, etc.) so that a document can be numbered alone, or as a part of a sequential group of documents each continuing on with the page numbering of the one before. Probably describing this as clearly as mud, but hopefully the Affinities will understand.
  10. Thank you so much for responding!! No, it was a single layer. I looked at your excellent video and saw that you were working with the background layer. I haven't a clue how the whole thing happened, but perhaps after I accomplished the mesh warp, I should I have added a new pixel layer before I tried to crop? Anyway, Photo was extremely obliging. When I opened it today, it presented me with the original untouched jpeg, with the invisible message, "please try again." However, I did use your method with a jpeg of a different subject, and it worked beautifully. But just to be sure, I saved the corrected image first as a PNG, then opened it, and cropped.
  11. I tried all this using the mesh warp tool on a jpeg of a watercolor in a frame, which was hanging on a wall. It worked perfectly up to the point where I switched to “Destination.” The water color and frame were straightened. There were areas of the jpeg depicting portions of the wall (outside the newly straightened framed watercolor) that then needed to be cropped out to delete oddly shaped white spaces. Tried to pull in guides.. Couldn’t. Selected the crop tool, set the crop. And clicked on Apply. Nothing. I tried to maneuver the crop tool a few times, but Apply did not work. Clicked on Photo HELP, and immediately got the technicolor wheel. About 3 minutes later, the wheel stopped, but each time I tried anything (including File>Close) the wheel returned. Eventually I had to use Force Quit to close Photo. (MAC Sierra). Do you have any idea what I missed? After completing the straighten should I have Saved the JPeg first? Then opened it again and tried the crop? It was an experiment. But what a mess!
  12. jmwellborn

    page numbers

    There is a Publisher tutorial about page numbering that shows how to get this working correctly, but I had to watch it several times with my nose pressed to the computer screen before I caught the trick. It was toward the end of the tutorial and very brief. For facing numbered document pages you first make a text block on the LEFT Master Page of a 2-page spread, and then use Text>Insert>Fields>Page Number for page number 1. Which is counter intuitive. Shouldn’t page 1 be a right facing page? Then you drag a copy of that text block over to the right Master Page and deposit it where you want the number to appear and the next number (2) pops in. At least that is the way I remember doing it, although I am not at my MAC (Sierra) right now. Sounds odd, but why not look at the tutorial to check. If this IS the way then your facing document pages will all be correctly numbered. The first single page will be 1. The first and following facing page spreads will be 2-3, etc. I will check this tomorrow and get back here if I need to correct this. That is, if one of the technical support people at Affinity haven’t provided you with a more elegant way to do this. Page numbering is working beautifully for me. Cheers!
  13. jmwellborn

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    I will. Just a passing thought on a cold winter day. Alfred is quite right. Thank you both.