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  1. I'd like to see support for variable fonts in AD as well. Today was the first time it was a necessity, but I expect this will become an increasing need. There are now a significant number of variable fonts supported at Google Fonts and although the use of webfonts is somewhat unrelated, I expect this the use of variable fonts in the design sphere will become more prevalent being that they are now more widely available. https://fonts.google.com/variablefonts
  2. Select Same is a feature I've been hanging out for for quite some time, and thanks so much for adding it! However, aside from my general issue with it not being limited to selected artboards I did notice something unexpected with it today and thought I'd post the file here in case it is of any use. Basically I created a group of curves with strokes applied, each either yellow or white. This group is masked within a curve. If you select a YELLOW curve and then select Select Same > Stroke Colour and change the colour, for some reason it changes the colour of all strokes within the g
  3. For me, this is a use case that definitely needs to be addressed. I'm over the moon that Select Same has been released with 1.9, but as someone with multiple artboards each containing a variation of a composition it unfortunately means the current implementation has a big blind spot. Here's my use case: I get to a milestone with a composition, so I duplicate the artboard and get to work on the next iteration. I want to select all curves with a green stroke applied, but unfortunately this also selects all that apply across all artboards and so I either have to go through the previous pro
  4. I saw this in the email that got sent the other day. I haven't tried it yet, but performed a ceremonial powergrab upon reading all the same.
  5. +1 for this. On a 15" laptop the Lock Children checkbox also tends to get bumped off of the main toolbar in to a collapsed menu so it takes some extra digging to get to it. A shortcut would be great, or at least for it to be selectable within the Shortcut options.
  6. Hey! Sorry, realise this is an old post but wondering if there's a shortcut workaround for brush hardness? Currently not feasible to achieve the above with a trackpad, and can't set a custom shortcut manually as it doesn't appear in the list of available shortcuts in Preferences.
  7. Hey all! Does anyone know whether there's a way to select a Layer directly from the canvas/artboard? I often find myself Grouping objects just to be able to quickly move them around together freely, and then ungroup them again. It's two steps that would be really nice to not need to perform for such a quick task. You can move multiple objects together in a Layer, but as far as I know Layers can only be selected from within the Layers panel. It would be really neat if there was a way to select the parent Layer of an object directly from the canvas. Maybe even command + click on an obje
  8. Ah, sorry I missed that the OP sepcifically mentioned Affinity photo - I was looking for this feature in Affinity Designer. Not that this would necessarily be way off base or anything. My understanding is that the underlying codebase is the same, although I'm not saying there aren't reasons for them to have different UI flavourings. @h_d This solution does work! Would be nice for size of the text on the Artboard to update when incrementing the value in the font size input in the Character panel (using the up/down arrow keys) too - but I can live with the provided solution just fine. Thanks
  9. Wondering if this was ever considered? I often have the need to visually nudge font sizes up and down and so would be a welcome enhancement.
  10. @MEB Cool! Yeah of course understand that not everything can go in there, but quickly locating and unlocking locked layers in a complex comp can be a bit of a chore given that they aren't selectable from the canvas (due to being locked), so this would be really useful. Not entirely sure how you'd manage unlocking a layer beneath another locked layer on the canvas, but I guess unlocking the overlaying locked layer first would seem a reasonable expectation.
  11. @Gabe I saw this issue again today in the attached afdesign file, despite not having fractional values in any of the relevant layer positioning. I got around it by adding the adjustment layers to a containing group - but thought I'd add it here anyway in case highlighting the issue is of any help. mask-outline-issue.afdesign mask-outline-issue.afdesign
  12. Based on this topic, am I right in assuming that Lock/Unlock layer should be an option in the context menu? I was looking for this option in the menu today but couldn't find it, and it seems having it there would be a neat way to avoid fishing around in the layers panel.
  13. It seems when I set a shape to mask a pixel layer and some adjustment layers, there's a slight outline of the mask shape showing both on the Artboard and on the exported JPG file (despite no stroke/fill being set on the shape). Would seem to be something to do with the adjustment layers being used given that this doesn't happen with a mask usually. Is there a way around this? martell-ad.afdesign
  14. Thought I'd revisit this today to echo the need for it. I doubt this is a planned feature, but thought I'd elaborate all the same in the hope someone else chimes in. I have this basic composition: Currently the image is nested within a circle vector, but I'd like to be able to save a version of it without the circle vector masking it. As it stands this would mean I have to drag the contents of this vector in the layers panel out of the shape, save it, in this form: ...and then drag the contents back again. What I actually want in the UI is a means of simply deactivating the e
  15. @Gabe Just revisiting this because it's come up a handful of times when using Designer since. The problem I have is that all it takes is one very complex shape to be added to an Artboard and I end up with this issue whenever I want to use snapping to align two (other) paths. Basically, once you've added a complex shape to your artwork, you can forget having the ability to use snapping on any other objects. I thought there might be a way around this by locking the complex shape layer, but that does not seem to be the case. It would be convenient if there were at least a way to tell Design
  16. From my point of view, if I select any path with a brush applied, it should contextually show me which brush was used. It doesn't have to select it, but if I use a variety of different brushes for some artwork, it's useful to keep track of what is being used where. I also agree that if you switch tools from the brush tool, the selected brush setting remain sticky; returning to the brush tool should have everything as was previously shown and selected. Those would be my preferences, at least.
  17. It is, yeah - from Designer selected 'Edit in Photo'. I actually managed to overcome the problem by rasterizing both layers again, but all the same it seems like unexpected behavior.
  18. If I have two pixel layers in Photo, select the top layer and select Merge Down, the top layer effectively just disappears and I don't see the result of the merge at all.
  19. @GabrielM Apologies for the terrible delay in responding! You're right, I do - thanks for the tip! (Non) issue resolved for me.
  20. I've also been having some serious issues with performance lately, the beach ball of death regularly appears when even just moving objects on an Artboard. I assume in the below instance it's because I'm using a halftone vector which is somewhat complex, but interestingly it's not when I move the halftone pattern itself - it's when I move a simple path (?) Any advice on how to remedy this would be much appreciated! affinity-designer-performance-issue.mp4
  21. Just chiming in to say I've found 1.7.2 noticeably slower when dealing with even just a handful of Artboards, and there's just a general sluggish lag when moving objects or the view which just slows the process down enough for it to feel a tad uneasy. The occasional closing/reopening of the app improves things, I find (for a while, at least).
  22. @dominik Oh, thanks - yeah this is practically what I meant. As you say, it's just not quite as useful given that you lose the context of it's scale/positioning with other layers. Thanks all the same! This is better than nothing, for sure.
  23. Hey team, I can't find a way to do this but thought it might be something you'd consider as being useful. Currently if an object is nested inside a shape in the Layers panel, there's no way to actually toggle visibility of the contents masked by the shape (perhaps even opacity?). In my case, I would have found this useful a handful of times on each project just to get visibility of the contents being masked (particularly if this is an image/photo). The only way I'm aware of to do this is to physically drag all of the contents within a shape out of the shape and then back again.
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