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  1. Raymond Larabie

    [Fixed] Improper Greek all caps

    Yes, the same font. I tried it with a few Windows core fonts but I was working on a specimen for Steelfish which you can get free. 1001fonts.com From what I understood from the explanation in the link, the rules are different when applying a capital at the beginning of a word vs ALL CAPS. For example, in Title Case, a word starting with ό would start with Ό...the tonos accent being on the left. But when you set a line in ALL CAPS, the ό would be replaced with Ο (no accent). While there was discussion in the type design community of using the [case] feature to make the tonos vanish in ALL CAPS Greek, I don't think it ever caught on. I'm not even close to being an expert on Greek but if you need convincing that the tonos shouldn't be showing up in all caps Greek do a Google image search for Greek newspapers and you'll see what I mean.
  2. The all caps feature in Designer doesn't capitalize Greek properly. I didn't test it in the other apps. For example, in AI, when I set the phrase βοτανολόγος στραγγαλίζει μαργαρίτα to capitals (TT), it appears as ΒΟΤΑΝΟΛΟΓΟΣ ΣΤΡΑΓΓΑΛΙΖΕΙ ΜΑΡΓΑΡΙΤΑ. When I do the same in Designer, it appears as ΒΟΤΑΝΟΛΌΓΟΣ ΣΤΡΑΓΓΑΛΊΖΕΙ ΜΑΡΓΑΡΊΤΑ. See the extra tonos? They look a bit like quotes in front of some of the vowels. They're supposed to disappear when setting all caps. Here's a page which explains the case conversion rules for Greek.
  3. Raymond Larabie

    Working with channels

    That works really smoothly. Thanks for the tips.
  4. Raymond Larabie

    Working with channels

    Excellent. The spare channel thing is kind of handy. There doesn't seem to be a way to bring in a channel from elsewhere. But I can work around it. Cheers!
  5. In Affinity Photo how can I copy a channel over another one? For example: I have color photo and I want to copy the red channel over the green channel. In other words, red and green channels should be identical. I tried making the layers editable, selecting all and copy/paste but it doesn't work. Or can that only be done through channel mixer? Can I copy a channel from another image that way? The reason I'd want to do this: I have a bracketed color photo and I'm trying to maximize detail by grabbing a single channel from one photo and pasting into another.
  6. Raymond Larabie

    Vanishing node handles in Designer

    @randamon Yes! That's exactly what happens to me. I didn't record it because it happens pretty infrequently and I haven't figured out a pattern to it. I don't know how to trigger it to happen again. It happens once or twice a week. I'm using the current release of Designer in Windows 10, 64 bit, 8 GB. The docs I'm working on are relatively light...not many layers and no overly complex geometry. Always different fonts.
  7. Can anyone recommend a good 3rd party image scaler for Windows. I find the raster image output from Designer to be not so great. There's a problem with thin lines appearing on overlapping shapes. There's no lossy dithering, dithering control, lossy png or gif controls and no sharp reduction option. I already use A Sharper Scaling for upscaling so that's not a feature I need.
  8. When customizing the top toolbar, I'd like to have horizontal mirror, vertical mirror and 90° rotation buttons available—the same ones that are in Designer.
  9. This is a tough one because I haven't figured out how to reproduce it...it just happens one in a while. When I go to edit nodes on a shape using the node tool or create a new shape with the pen tool, the mode handles, which normally look like circles, are gone. I can still grab and move them but they're not visible. When I close Designer and restart it, the node handles are back. Am I accidentally hitting a key combo that hides the node handles? Has anyone else had this happen?
  10. Raymond Larabie

    Eyedropper doesn't work on text selection

    That's a little quicker; thanks. I wonder if this type of color picker tool is something most people prefer? Maybe it's just me that doesn't like it. I'll get used to it. But I still don't understand the logic of not letting me keep text selected when I use it.
  11. Raymond Larabie

    Eyedropper doesn't work on text selection

    Why would I want that to happen? I love Designer but the color picker behavior is pretty annoying. There are always extra steps involved. For example: I want to pick 2 colors for a gradient from a photo. I use the color picker tool to select one color. I select the gradient tool and choose the gradient target to edit. I select the chosen color from the palette tab. I deselect the object. I use the color picker tool to choose the second color from the photo. I select the gradient again. I select the other gradient target. I select the chosen color from the palette tab. So many steps. Ideally the color picker would follow the same rules as the swatches. Select gradient target. Use colour picker on photo. Select other target. Use colour picker on photo. Done. I find myself developing the habit of avoiding the color picker and relying on the swatches more but I'd prefer a color picker that works like the swatches. Something I did recently that was a chore: I wanted to make a gradient to precisely match a sky, horizon and ground. So I've got about a dozen gradient targets set up, I try to use the color picker. Oh, I can't. I need to color pick each color, and add them to the swatch. It's a snow scene so they're all close to white...hard to visually tell apart. Then apply them all to the gradient. But, looks like I need an extra target and to move a couple of others. Now I need to add more colors to the swatch. If the color picker worked like a normal color picker, I could have simply selected the targets and picked them off the photo. Easy. Anyway. I love Designer but the color picker tool is the pits.
  12. In Designer, make artistic text with two lines and set it to black. Create a red rectangle. Select the second line of text. Use the eyedropper to pick up the red. All the text changes to red.
  13. Raymond Larabie

    Ugly looking PNGs

    It used to be a common bug in graphics applications. Some applications used to force the first and second palette indexes for PNG to black and white. When PNGs were a new thing, I remember seeing this problem a few times.
  14. If you just want to create prepared nut fractions, I think the simplest way is to make them directly in font software like Font Creator. There's less learning curve that way. Copy the numerals to a new font. Scale the target size. Copy the numerals to empty glyph locations. Offset vertically. Make a bar. Copy and paste to make your nut fractions and put them in the A-Z, A-z locations for easy access. Even if you can get all that OpenType stuff working, it's hard to get a nice visual balance for nut fractions without aligning each one by eye. And this way you can change the bar width as needed. I don't recommend importing from vector applications into font applications unless it absolutely can't be avoided. The way vectors work in fonts isn't the same as how they work in drawing apps. With fonts, you're usually dealing with a coarse grid of about 700 units tall for a capital letter and fonts require extrema points on each curve. The points and handles are forced to snap to the coarser grid, causing all kinds of distortion. I'm not saying it's impossible to import from a drawing application but I find it takes more time to clean up the mess that it would have taken to redraw it in the font application.
  15. This isn't a bug but a change that could improve workflow. In Affinity Photo, I can open the channels tab, click Composite red and see the red channel represented in monochrome. If I hit ctrl-M to open the curves dialog or ctrl-L for levels, it's set to edit Master (RGB). But since I already clicked the red channel, it means I want to edit the red channel. I can manually switch from master to composite red. But it's an extra step I need to do every time I want to tweak curves on a channel. Part of the workflow I'm used to involves hopping from channel to channel, making tweaks to the curves, clicking reset to see how it looks. I suspect that it's a rare case that someone would select a composite channel and want to edit Master (RGB). You can't clearly see the effects of what you're doing except on the other channels anyway. The ideal situation would be to have all those things synced: click on a composite channel and that channel gets automatically selected in curves and levels. It would also be handy if clicking reset on the channels tab switched curves and levels to Master. I think this behavior would make the channels, curves and levels easier for beginners to grasp. It would certainly make my workflow quite a bit faster.

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