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  1. Apple's own full-screen mode has some huge disadvantages. When using multiple screens, the other screen will be blanked unless you enable some options in the Mission Control preferences. The latter option has some side-effects that caused me to disable it again in the past. Of course, I want to be able to use the second monitor while painting in AP full-screen, e.g. to see a few photo references to inspire me, or whatever. Currently, I always use a fully zoomed AP window instead of a real full-screen mode. This has the disadvantage that the window title would still be visible. When painting with quick strokes, I could accidentally click one of the buttons of the title bar, or move the window around. This would be quite annoying, because it breaks the flow of painting. Photoshop CS5 implements its own full-screen mode (can't tell about newer versions). It works much better than Apple's. Please also consider to implement an option in the settings for a better full-screen mode. Another issue of AP's full-screen mode is the fact that it keeps a ribbon at the right-hand side and at the bottom for no apparent reason. An accidental click on the ribbon would move the canvas half the screen across, probably a bug? Anyway, please remove the ribbon and provide a clean full-screen mode with no UI elements that could possibly come in the way when painting.
  2. When sketching, drawing or painting in Photoshop, I usually do so in full-screen with all the UI turned off. In Affinity Photo, I can do this as well (hit TAB to hide the UI), but there are a few issues that would prevent this from being the same experience as in Photoshop, the most important one of which being the fact that AP toggles tools rather then just selects a new tool when hitting a keyboard shortcut! For instance, if I hit B in Photoshop, I can be absolutely sure the brush tool is now active even though there is no UI that would tell me so. In AP, I can never be sure until I actually put the pen down! AP kind of remembers the tool that was used most recently, and if the current tool is the same as the shortcut, it switches back to the most recent tool instead. Sounds like a neat idea, but is totally annoying and confusing when in full-screen mode. So PLEASE add an option in the settings to disable this behaviour!
  3. When sketching, it's a common technique in Photoshop to draw straight lines using the brush tool: * To draw a straight line from A to B, put a dot at A, hold down shift and put a dot at B. This works in Affinity Photo, cool! * To draw a horizontal or vertical line, put the pen down, THEN hold down shift and draw the line. This is not implemented in AP. Drawing straight lines like this in Photoshop is fast and works neatly in the workflow when sketching, because you don't have to change tools at all. Professionals use this technique; see youtube vids from the FZDSCHOOL channel, for instance. I never use Photoshop's line tool altogether, because it would always create a new layer and has other issues that totally break the workflow. I'd like to see AP adopt the behaviour of Photoshop to allow for drawing horizontal and vertical lines using the shift key. Moreover, AP could improve on this and also implement fast ways to: * draw an arc of a circle starting from the centre (i.e. a compass tool) * use the same compass tool to intuitively pick up a length somewhere on the canvas, then duplicate it somewhere else * a fast way to draw a line that's parallel to something else on the canvas, e.g. by putting a dot to define A, putting another dot to define B, then putting a third dot to define C and cause Affinity Photo to draw a straight line through C whose length and angle are copied from AB. To summarize my request: I'd like to see some means that allow me to draw on a pixel layer just how you would be able to with a pencil, a ruler and a compass. The way this is implemented should allow for fast sketching, in full-screen and with all UI hidden, and by using keystrokes and clicks only, without any dialogs or the need to create new layers, rasterize or other things that would break the natural flow of sketching.
  4. I have assigned the command Document > Flip horizontally to the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Shift+M. Start Affinity Photo. Click the brush tool. Paint something on a new layer. Add a Curves Adjustment effect layer. Hit Cmd+Shift+M. Nothing happens. Hit Cmd+Shift+M again. Nothing happens. Hit the shortcut a third time. Now the document is flipped. Strange enough, if you let go of all keys between the attempts, the document is never flipped. It works only if you hold down Cmd+Shift and then hit M three times. Once it flips, it will flip again if you hit M again. When you let go of the modifier keys, the game restarts. :) AP 1.4.1
  5. AFAIK, HSB is just the same as HSL except that B extends only up to L/2, and S=0 is fully white instead of grey. In general, I find HSL more intuitive than HSB, because intuitively no saturation should be grey, not white. Why do you think with HSL you can't create a set of shades for a base colour? Simply use L as you would use B... However, I would very much like some way to open Apple's colour picker instead of Affinity's, e.g. by holding the option key and clicking the colour bullet.
  6. +1 for the repetive texture feature. (The other two suggestions sound a little obscure to me.)
  7. @Genji_Kell Die Funktion zum Auswählen aller Ebenen befinden sich in AP im Menu "Select" (heisst bei dir wahrscheinlich "Auswahl" oder so), Item "Select All Layers". Ist bei mir auf Cmd+Shift+A gestellt, bin aber nicht sicher, ob ich das nicht via Prefs umgestellt habe. In AD hingegen gibt es anscheinend die Unterscheidung nicht; Cmd+A markiert alle Objekte und somit auch alle Gruppen a.k.a. Layers aus.
  8. Thanks for the reply. Does this imply you were able to reproduce the crash?
  9. There is another bug. When loading a keyboard shortcuts file, any item that was cleared when saving the file does not clear the shortcut. For instance: 1. Assign the key B to the paint brush tool 2. Clear the marquee tool's key, i.e. set it to no key, i.e. hit the X button. 3. Save this as a keyboard shortcuts file. 4. Change the marquee tool's shortcut to M. 5. Load the previously saved file. The key B is the paint brush tool alright, but M is still assigned to the marquee tool! Unassigned keyboard shortcuts should override assigned keys when the file is loaded, otherwise you'll end up with conflicts and unwanted shortcuts!
  10. I tried changing the keyboard shortcuts. The preferences window seems somewhat confused as far as tools which are grouped together in the toolbox are concerned. Sometimes it resets the shortcut of one of these tools when I try to change the shortcut of just one tool of the group. Anyway, that's a minor issue. The bigger issue is that now AP crashes as soon as I hit the tool assigned to G. It's perfectly reproducable: Load the attached shortcuts file, create a new document and hit G twice. Crash. Reset all the keyboard shortcuts to their defaults, and no more crashes. AffinityShortcut-2015-01-07.affshortcuts.zip
  11. In AD, assuming there is a hierarchy of layers (grouped objects) like this * A * Aa * Ab * Ac * B * Ba * Bb * C * ... * Z Let's say all the layers are currently visible (checkbox checked in the layers panel) except for Ab. If I want to hide A and its sublayers, I click on A's checkbox. The Ab checkbox remains unaffected, so Ab will still be invisible when reenabling A. So far, so clear. However, if I want to hide all layers except B, I have to uncheck A and C through Z. It would be great if I could hold down some modifier key, let's say the command key, and uncheck A to uncheck all the layers, then simply check B to make B visible alone! Like the previous example, the checkbox in sublayers should be left alone. So should the checkbox in superlayers. For instance, if I command-click Aa, it should hide Aa, Ab and Ac, but leave A itself shown. It should also leave Ba and Bb unaffected. The same should probably also apply to Affinity Photo...
  12. This isn't true. The BSD core in OS X is quite small and has got nothing to do with the UI. On the other hand, Apple's API is huge and includes UI stuff, Quartz for rendering, etc. etc. Native applications on OS X generally use very little of the POSIX API, if anything at all. Unless the developers of Affinity had portability in mind from the start, the task of porting it to other Unixes or in fact any other OS may take quite some time.
  13. @JimGoshorn: 'A way' is no good. I think it should be the OS X standard way. @brandbrilliance: Where do you click the name? In the titlebar? Doesn't seem to work (tried Apple Preview and TextWrangler)...
  14. @mallow: Even in Photoshop, I always use flow for pressure control and set opacity manually using the shortcut keys 0-9. This technique was also suggested by Feng Zhu in one of his youtube videos on channel FZDSCHOOL. (Btw, check out his stuff, he's one of the greatest concept artists I've ever seen!)
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