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Chris Heath

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  • Birthday 09/20/1964

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  1. Hi Lee I've exported something from the Assets hamburger menu. It's hard to tell what is being exported, so you may have all my assets! Thanks for looking into it. I am using AD 1.10.5 on Mac OS Catalina V 10.15.7, Late 2012 iMac 27" Cheers Chris
  2. I have this problem with a number of apps. I think it's caused by Mac OS waiting for external hard drives to spin up.
  3. It looks like this might be an Artboard problem. It seems to work fine if I first copy and paste the assets to a new document (No Artboard), and add them to Assets from there. To be on the safe side, I'll also save the new document as a backup assets file.
  4. On adding assets made up from vector shapes and text to the Assets panel, any text in the asset gets stretched. Sometimes the stretch is small, sometimes it's large. This means the stored assets are of little use. Recording 2022-07-06 at 2.49.36 PM.mp4
  5. Exporting to Keynote would be really useful. Every now and then I try to import vector files into Keynote, but with no success. I know there is an Illustrator plugin for this, but I don't have Illustrator. Being able to export from Illustrator into Keynote, or at least to cut and paste from Designer to Keynote, means that I can apply Keynote's animation tools to the imported vector lines and shapes. It also streamlines slide production.
  6. I would have thought it would be straightforward enough to implement using ellipses. Here is my take on Apple’s rounded corners. https://www.designbygeometry.com/ios-icon-mask-corner-curve-study/
  7. In Affinity Designer, you can use Symbols to create editable seamless patterns. You can have many instances of the same symbol laid out however you like (brick pattern, half-drop,etc). Anything you add to an instance, modify, or delete from within an instance of the symbol is immediately reflected in every other instance of the symbol. Basically you can watch the entire pattern change in real-time while making changes to one instance of a symbol. Here is an example of using Symbols to creating a border pattern. https://www.dropbox.com/s/rpyz31gnizqke3o/C02 L02 Symbols NZ HB.mp4?dl=0
  8. I know a number of people have asked for an arc tool over the years, but so far it hasn't appeared in Affinity Designer. It's an essential tool for drawing geometric patterns, e.g. Islamic geometric patterns, along with gothic tracery, arches, etc. Here is a video to show the functionality of the arc tool. Functionality: Snap the centre of the arc to any point on a line or curve, the end of a line, or intersection of lines/curves Snap the circumference to a line, the end of a line, or intersection of lines/curves by selecting the end point of an arc, extend the arc snap tangent to curves using the arc tool, draw a complete circle ==== VIDEO OVERVIEW BELOW >>>> arc-tool-hb.mp4
  9. Thanks Englebert You can also photograph something like some Apple skin and turn it into a planet texture. cheers chris
  10. I was asked to reproduce a geometric quilt pattern in Affinity Designer by someone who wasn’t sure where to start. This tutorial is 1 hour and 20 minutes long. It says it’s longer, but that’s because I forgot to delete some clips at the end. I’ll get round to fixing that later. The pattern is made up of pentagons and pentagrams, and consequently correlates well with the golden ratio. If you are having problems with creating geometric patterns in Affinity a Designer, this tutorial explains how some of these problems come about, and how best to resolve (well - work with) them. Here is the link to the tutorial on Vimeo.
  11. An Arc tool would save a lot of time when trying to do simple geometry. Hopefully it's on its way. For now I'm making circles, converting the circle to a curve, adding points then breaking the curve at those points. However I have to make sure I don't move the arc because it's no longer centred.
  12. I cut and paste some symbols from Affinity Designer into Affinity Publisher, but could not detach them in Affinity Publisher. Does anyone know if the Symbols studio is going to be included with Affinity Publisher?
  13. It was a problem between screen and keyboard at my end. Thanks for your help Mick. The only thing left for me to figure out is how to create the custom leader text style.
  14. It took a while to make Tabs work in Affinity Designer. Perhaps it's a better way of doing it, but it's so different to what I am used to. It would be nice to have the option of setting all distances from the left-edge as well as what is the default of setting the distance of the current tab from the previous tab. I am mocking up an existing client's form so I can edit it as required for documentation purposes. The text needs to be black and the leader needs to be grey. The leader needs to be thinner than Affinity's default tab leader. How can I modify the line weight and colour of the Tab Stop Leaders?
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