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Chris Heath

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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?
  15. Designed to help you create balanced asymmetric designs and patterns, the third class in the Golden Ratio series has just been released on Skillshare. Note: Permission to use the Affinity Designer logo has been obtained. Premium Link: If you already have a Skillshare Premium account, use this link: skl.sh/2D0QUPx If you want to sign up to Skillshare Premium to watch any class, use the same link skl.sh/2D0QUPx. At the time of writing, sign up and receive the first two months membership free. Cancel any time during the first two months. Free Link: Alternatively, the first ten people to use the following link will have free access to this class: skl.sh/2SrPnX1 Note: This free-access link is set to expire at the end of November 2018. With an Affinity Designer file and examples included with the class, you can get up to speed with the golden ratio and learn how easy it is to introduce a sense of harmony and cohesion to your work; no matter how simple or complex. Learning to apply the golden ratio to your work couldn’t be easier. The class is 33 minutes in duration and an Affinity Designer template file is included. To make the creation of these patterns easy, we will be exploring Affinity Designer’s Donut and Pie tools. We will also play around with the Cog tool; one of Affinity Designer's parametric shapes. The cog tool is so versatile, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been using it. So Now There are Three Want to know more about how you can make the most of the golden ratio, check out all three classes: – Asymmetrical Drawing & Lettering with the Golden Ratio skl.sh/2JZ4h2Y – Create a Vintage Style Logo from Concentric Circles and the Golden Ratio skl.sh/2P7B08J – Concentric Radial Patterns & Infographics with the Golden Ratio skl.sh/2D0QUPx Note: All three classes feature Affinity Designer.
  16. My latest class on designing a vintage style logo with concentric circles and the golden ratio is now on Skillshare. All the examples presented in this class were drawn in Affinity Designer. For the first two days, this class will be free or until the class reaches 20 students whichever comes first. You may need to set yourself up with a free Skillshare account in order to see all the lessons. Here is the link: https://skl.sh/2P7B08J
  17. Thanks BobsDaubs I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think about the class. I'm always looking for things I can improve. Kind regards Chris
  18. Now on Skillshare here: http://skl.sh/2GjWV8q Note: I have renamed this class. It was "Create a Space-Themed Illustration". This class covers a range of easy to master skills, from cooking, to 3D rendering, to digital painting. Part 1 – The Pancake Moon In Part 1 of the class, you will learn how to: make pancakes in your kitchen using Affinity Photo, make equi-rectangular projection texture and bump maps out of the pancake's cratered surface using Cheetah 3D, wrap the texture and bump maps around a sphere, and render your pancake moon. We will be using Affinity Photo to create our texture and bump maps, and Cheetah 3D to render the pancake moon. Part 2 – Painting a Starry Nebula With Affinity Photo, you will learn how to: use shapes to create stars and simple lens flares use the standard set of Affinity Photo brushes to paint star fields and a nebula composite your moon with your starry nebula, and fine tune the lighting of your moon. Here is the permanent link to the class: http://skl.sh/2ooIWa9 Note: This link requires a subscription to Skillshare. Please use this link if you already have a subscription, or you are intending to sign up to Skillshare. I'm not sure what the current deal is, but Skillshare sometimes offer free access to all their classes for a limited time. Links to other space-themed classes by the following Skillshare teachers are available from this class. But wait, there's more... Free Access Link: http://skl.sh/2ogF9L2 Note: This free access link is limited to the first 12 people who use it and is valid up until the 28th of February 2018. It only provides free access to this class. You may need to sign up, and it's free. It's best viewed on a desktop browser or tablet. I hope you enjoy the class. Disclaimer: I have no affiliations with Serif nor Cheetah 3D. This is not an official Serif nor Cheetah 3D class. Permission was obtained for using the Affinity Photo and Cheetah 3D logos for the purpose of class promotion.
  19. Thanks - This works perfectly. I also like the options, e.g., adding it to the Apple (System) colour picker which makes it available to other apps.
  20. Add me to the list as well. I’m also supplying graphics for industrial control systems that only accept *.bmp files.
  21. In this class, I’ll show you how to design a Victorian period-inspired monochromatic brick pattern. For those with a Skillshare Premium subscription, or who want to sign up, please use this link: http://skl.sh/2z5HyvL The Affinity Designer files I used can be downloaded from within the class. For those who don’t have a Skillshare subscription, here is free access to my class for the first 10 people to take this offer up, or the 8th of November, whichever comes first: http://skl.sh/2zzQNVv
  22. Thanks Alfred I'll try to track down who to contact at Serif. Or if someone at Serif sees this, please let me know who to contact. Background: My tutorials are design focused with half the focus on drawing by hand, and the other half on reproducing the hand-drawn image using vector drawing tools. None of my classes set out to be a "How to Use Affinity Designer" tutorial; so not using Affinity's brand assets isn't a problem for me. Someone suggested I identify Affinity Designer in the title of my classes, so I thought it wise to make enquiries. I noticed that there are third-party tutorials on YouTube that use Serif's branding, and at least one on Skillshare, but as to whether they have permission to do so, I have no idea.
  23. Hi I’m putting tutorials together on Skillshare about designing with grids, and I use Affinity Designer as my vector drawing tool of choice. Some teachers feature the software they use, e.g., Ai in the title and/or cover image for the class. What is Serif’s views on the use of the name ‘Affinity Designer’ and logo in third party tutorials, and are there any usage/style guide requirements? Chris
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