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  1. Yes it is. And now, reading the tool-tip, I see purple outline mentioned. I clearly misunderstood what the setting meant. Thank you, thank you. I now remember checking that box.
  2. I just opened my test doc myself, and for me, as well, it is just what I wanted, plain regular black. However, when I saved it to send you, it was magenta and bold, so the magenta doesn't save. Might I have changed some 'select' options? The magenta bold appears as the text is typed, or when it is moved or adjusted in any way. And the color doesn't go away when any other object or text is selected, adjusted, created, etc. Thus the document gradually changes from the desired black to magenta. It is quite annoying. I did this in the middle of working in a document, and I simply want the behavior to stop. Previously, my text was black, plain, etc. as I wanted as I typed it, and ordinary light blue was the select color for my text objects.
  3. How would I have done that? I didn't knowingly use magenta at all. I was (I thought) simply creating text using the settings of plain (or italic) text with black text color, adjusting only the point size. ( I am actually using 9 pt). And how would adding a stroke (if I did) carry over into a newly created document? I do mean bold as in "bold text". Im' attaching a newly-created doc to show what I mean. magenta text test doc.afdesign
  4. I'm a complete newbie to Affinity and Designer and vector drawing. I've been working with simple shapes and lines and text while exploring Designer. Once GarryP helped me get started, things were going well until yesterday when my plain and/or italic text turned bright bold magenta. I did not change the color that was the default in the text-color box. I do not know what I did to make this happen, whether creating new text, or moving previously created text. I cannot get rid of this color, or the bold. New text is bold magenta, despite the color box's being black. Moving previously-created text turns that text magenta. Close that document and create a new document—the new text is magenta. Opening Designer preferences, resetting text styles to factory, still magenta. Clearly I have inadvertently changed some basic setting, but what? Where should I look now? Thanks.
  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you SolarDude and GarryP for your precise and thoughtful help. It is exactly what I needed to get my foot in the door of this new way of drawing. Now I hope I can play to my heart's content. It seems the trick to getting my text in my box is (1) to create the text box somewhere outside my rectangle, and (2) to move it in afterward. I was selecting the text tool, then clicking in the rectangle (steps 1 + 2 combined) which usurped the original rectangle — then I was lost. I guess there is something that I will have to learn about the philosophy of breaking down what I am trying to do into more discrete steps. I do have a new question GarryP about your video. How did you get your tool bar at the left to group your tools so conveniently? I looked in Preferences, but did not see where/how I could modify that toolbar. I like your grouping very much instead of the long vertical toolbar. Thanks again to both of you for your help,
  6. I am an absolute newbie in drawing digitally (though not drawing physically). I set myself what I thought would be a simple beginner, teach-myself project using Designer. Your tutorials seem to start with an assumption of more basic knowledge (or jargon) than I have. I think my issue is a basic misunderstanding of layers, or deciding or managing the sequence of actions. Sorry to feel so stupid, but I am missing the "logic" of the process. [Maybe what is needed is a video tutorial at this level of (mis)understanding and decision-making.] My project: I want to draw some simple rectangular shapes and add text within each that I can center vertically and horizontally in each rectangle. I would like a different fill color in each rectangle, and different stroke-width outlines to my rectangles. I would then like to connect my rectangles with lines of different stroke widths and/or colors. (Result, sort of like a simple mind-map.) I'm fine with drawing, shaping corners, and filling the rectangles. Then I go astray. Adding text makes the rectangles disappear. Changing the color changes the color of the text. I cannot automatically align the text in the rectangles. I assume that my issues have to do with managing the layers in the layers panel, but maybe the text-alignment issues do not. Adding a text layer seems to make my "rectangle" layer disappear from the layers panel. I cannot seem to figure out what where it went. Should I add my text in the same layer as the original rectangle instead of its own layer? if so, how do I do this without making the fill and/or rectangle disappear? Art text? makes the text path curve around the shape of the rectangle, or something unexpected like that. (I still lose the color of the fill.) Text box? How do I fit it in the rectangle or not lose the fill color? How do I use the opacity sliders for the layers? For example, setting the opacity to 0 in the text layer simply makes the text gray and disappear, not let that layer show the rectangle's color and shape behind it show through, etc. When, or why, do I add new layer? Could someone kindly start me off with a very basic, step-by-step beginner's workflow to practice with to achieve my result? Or explain the logic behind sequencing the various processes to achieve my result? Such as: Step 1. select rectangle tool at left, draw and shape rectangle. Step 2. color fill rectangle? or should I add text and align? Step 3. set stroke around rectangle Step 4. add new layer???? select text tool and type text??? etc., etc.
  7. In a long text document I have a number of different image types I wish to caption. I want to be able to automatically number these — for example: Figure 1. Lorem ipsum. Figure 2. Alice went down. Chart 1. Latin alphabet. Chart 2. Characters in Alice. Map 1. Holy Roman Empire. Map 2. The rabbit hole. Question 1.) I am trying to create named text styles for these: Font, size, style, automatic numbers (presumably based on whether I name my style Figure Title, Chart Title, Map Title), etc. How do I get the word "Figure" or "Chart" or "Map" to appear before the automatic number? It seems no matter what I do, the sequence is: 1. Figure. ; 1. Chart. ; etc.. I do not see where or how to add an automatic field with the necessary label before an auto number, then to be followed by individual identifying text in each caption title, terminated by a period. I would usually be adding longer explanatory text after the period, but in a different style such as Caption Body. That is, my actual caption (title + body) might be: Map 2. The rabbit hole. Map and cross-section showing the various locations Alice entered, including citations for actual chapters in Carroll's book. Question 2.) If I am able to create these styles, then what is the procedure to create a "List of Figures", "List of Charts", "List of Maps" — with page numbers — (in addition to my TOC created by Heading styles) at the beginning of my long document? I would presume this might be in the TOC creation panel, based on searching for the 3 text styles I created when adding the image titles. The longer explanatory text, being in a different style (Caption Body), should not appear in these lists of image titles. I have not found this addressed in the manual. I think my answer is already in there, but I do not see where/how. I need help with some sort of step-by-step process; I am clearly missing something. Thanks for this very interesting program.
  8. My icons were in color when I first opened Publisher 1.7.0.140 on my MacBookPro, OS 10.13.5 I ticked the monochromatic iconography box to see what it was like. Now I cannot get back my color icons, box ticked or not ticked, even after restarts. Just looks like Phil's above. Unticking the box, with or without restarting does not help. The three Personas at the left are in color; just the tool icons are monochromatic.
  9. My original question concerned the creation of a classic text outline of a long, complex document automatically, using the headings I designate. Text styled in Heading 1 (Topic I) Text styled in Heading 2 (Subtopic A.) Text styled in Heading 2 (Subtopic B) Text styled in Heading 3 (Sub-Subtopic 1) Text styled in Heading 3 (Sub-Subtopic 2) Text styled in Heading 2 (Subtopic C) etc., This helps to keep a long document in a logical or reasonable order, especially when you have to research and/or create the pieces out of order. Have I explained what I need to explain before I place this added information? Have I used the correct heading level for this information? Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but I find this an extremely useful aid. I don't need the A, B, 1, 2: etc. added—- just the text of the headings themselves will do, and the automatic indentation helps immensely. I would love to have this “outline” of my material automatically generated from my headings as I work on the document. It would be outstanding if it dynamically upgraded if I move material in the document (that is, be automatically upgraded if, say, I decide to switch topic A and topic B in my document) and, even more so, if I can decide to move or switch topics A and B in the outline and the switch of the topics —- with all their content —- would occur In the document. I would also love to be able to plan ahead —- create proposed headings (topics) without additional content—- to guide my work and organize my thoughts and remember my intentions. I know I can use Find to locate my headings, but my hope was an aid to the logical creation and management of the document in the first place. Perhaps you already have this in TOC? That is, can I set a TOC to be a temporary, dynamically-created and -updated screen or panel, uninfluenced by any numerical pagination issues, to be used as this running outline? Then, when I have finished the layout of the document and its final pagination, I create and style a finished TOC? Searching for the word “outline”in the forums brings up all issues with artistically outlining shapes and letters, so maybe my terminiology is wrong, and the tool I am seeking is there under a different name (such as TOC)? If not, I hope you will consider this tool. Thanks.
  10. Thank you Walt, for your precise instructions. I think you have opened the door for how this works. I appreciate your help so much. Elegant.
  11. I have a long text document in linked text frames. I have added figures I want to number and caption and be able to list in a Table/List of Figures. I want to group the captions with the Figures, and wrap the original continuous text around these groups of (figure(s) + caption(s). Attempts to add a Text box or frame for the caption breaks the continuous text, adding the caption content to the original text. How do I achieve my desired result? I guess I mean a box of editable unrelated text within existing text, that will travel with (or be grouped with) its image, not the original text. I seem to be missing something I should be doing.
  12. Thanks jmwellborn. I had discovered the lighter version(s), and do find it easier to navigate while I am learning.
  13. Thank you Aammppaa and Old Bruce. Sounds as though it will suit my needs well. I appreciate your replies, as some of the discussion in the forum gave me doubts. It is what I had hoped it would be, and I am enjoying my exploration.
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