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  1. Raymond Larabie

    Designer export rasterizer hairline glitch

    Correction: don't use Welfare Brat for testing as it has zero sidebearings. That's a really old font that needs fixing.
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    Leading Override "pops"

    Yeah, I can't replicate it either if I do it from scratch. But I've got hundreds of files that have exactly this problem. Maybe because they were originally imported from PSD? In the attached a test file. Switch to the text tool, click the text and select all. Manually enter 45pt for text height. Visually, the text looks fine, looks like the leading has been automatically adjusted. But look at the leading override and you'll (I hope) see it still remains at 179.8. If you use your scroll wheel adjust the leading override number, the leading pops to 180 or so. pop-test.afdesign
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    Designer export rasterizer hairline glitch

    Here's a test with a white background and the Designer file. I tired with the text grouped and ungroup and got the same results. The original text was 85% opaque, so I had to do the remove overlaps trick (switch to opaque/normal and group)...maybe that has something to do with it. But either way, as you can see from the work files, it's just a normal 100% layer. edit: to make sure the group/ungroup had nothing to do with it, I made a new text layer, 100% opacity/normal and got the same results. You can also see the hairlines when you ctrl-zoom with the scroll wheel. These hairlines don't appear when exporting from other applications. Other fonts to test this effect: Color Basic and Welfare Brat. unsteady-oversteer-test.afdesign
  4. To recreate this, install my free font Unsteady Oversteer. The lowercase has blocks with a slight overlap. This slight overlap is a common technique type designers use to prevent hairline gaps with rasterizers. When exporting a bitmap like PNG, the overlaps are rendered as thin lines. Type in lowercase at 100 pt and export a png at 1500 px wide. You can even increase the overlap with negative tracking but no matter what you do, those hairlines are still there. The effect is less noticeable when the overlaps aren't perfectly vertical. For example, script fonts usually have angled overlaps so it's less prominent. If you export large script type as bitmaps, you can zoom in and see a little pixel fuzz where the overlaps occur. If you can't see it, try importing into Photo and playing with the curves/levels. It's a major problem with the project I'm working on now and the only workaround I could find is converting to curves and removing overlaps for each character.
  5. Raymond Larabie

    Leading Override "pops"

    In Designer, if you have artistic text with two lines, select all and change the point size. The leading override value doesn't get updated. If you try to adjust it with the scroll wheel it pops to the new value.
  6. More of a request than a bug perhaps? When I import a PSD with a white background into Designer, the white layer is interpreted as blank. That's a wonderful feature and prevents wasteful, blank white bitmap layers. But when a blank layer is a different color, it's kept as a pixel layer. The ideal situation would be to detect solid rectangular layers and replace them with colored rectangles. I don't think you need to go as far as detecting all blank rectangles but if it's the bottom layer and it's a solid color, then it could be replaced with a rectangle of the same color.
  7. Raymond Larabie

    Close doesn't "know" a file is in the process of saving

    Along the same lines: if you ctrl S and shift-ctrl-alt-S so do a quick save and export. Sometimes the save hasn't completed before the export windows comes up. After exporting, hit ctrl W and it asks if I want to save...even though I supposedly saved before exporting. This happens only with saves are quick enough not to bring up the progress bar. Minor text edits don't trip the change flag. If I save, then make certain types of text changes like individual glyph tracking* then hit ctrl S to save, nothing happens. When I hit ctrl W it asks me if I'd like to save changes. Several times I was able to save, make a individual glyph tracking changes, try to save (nothing happened) close the file (never asked if I wanted to save). I reopened the file and the changes weren't applied. * I don't remember the exactly kind of adjustment that was made when this has happened. Just last minute tweaks...most likely tracking. Perhaps it's related to the other bug I posted recently about mixed tracking? Perhaps adjusting the tracking on a single glyph doesn't register as a change?
  8. Use the artistic text tool to type a word, hit enter and type another word. Select the second word and set the tracking to 10%. Select all the text (ctrl A) and set the tracking to 0%. Select the second line and you'll see it's still 10%. You need to select all, change the tracking to something else and set it back to 0%. Even if you type 0 and hit enter it doesn't work. You actually have to change it to a different value then back to zero. If tracking is mixed it should show up as blank or grayed out in the tracking box so you know there's mixed tracking.
  9. In the character tab in Affinity Designer, when I use the scroll wheel to adjust point size, holding shift adjusts by 10 points, holding control adjusts by 0.1 points. Perfect. Baseline, shear, tracking, scale and most of the paragraph tab settings work just like point size except for the ones that are limited to integers. No problems there. For leading override and paragraph leading, shift adjusts by 0.1 points and control has no effect. It's the opposite of how everything else works and it drives me crazy all day long. Having no 10 point adjustment means I need to type values manually or scroll until I sprain my finger. Please make leading override and paragraph leading work exactly like point size adjustment.
  10. Raymond Larabie

    Introduce Yourself

    Hi everybody. I'm Raymond Larabie, a Canadian typeface designer living in Japan. I run Typodermic Fonts and have been in the font business over 20 years. I use Affinity Designer primarily for creating font specimens. I also use it for testing OpenType features while developing new typefaces. I use Affinity Photo mostly for fun, and projects for friends. I use a combination of Affinity Photo and Exposure X for my Instagram photos of Nagoya shops and street scenes. The reason I tried Affinity Designer in the first place is that it's one of the only drawing applications with good OpenType feature support.
  11. When I have several documents open and I use the glyph browser, the used tab doesn't show the fonts used in the currently selected document. I need to click one of the other tabs, then click the used tab again to make it update.
  12. In Designer, if you open a file and ctrl-s (save) then ctrl-w (close) in rapid succession, a dialog box will ask me if I'm sure I want to close without saving. But the file is still in the process saving in the background. If I tell it not to save, then try to close again, it closes without asking and the file has saved successfully. This doesn't occur with longer save processes when a progress bar appears. The progress bar seems to lock out the ctrl-w close command. The problem is with saves that are a few seconds but not long enough to bring up the progress bar.
  13. DXF import/export is very important in my work.
  14. Raymond Larabie

    Script font overlap transparency issue

    Oh yeah, that works!
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    Script font overlap transparency issue

    I was unable to reproduce that fix using the layer transparency settings. Is there another way to do it?