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simonlayfield

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  1. 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 object? It doesn't look like there's a default binding for that... I couldn't find anyone else asking for this on the forums and so perhaps there's no demand for this feature, but thought I'd sound it out all the same. Grouping just to adjust the overal position of multiple objects seems like unnecessary legwork if it worked the way as described. Thoughts?
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. @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.
  5. @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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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 effects of a vector mask (not toggling the layer off, which would in turn hide it's contents). Something like this: I guess it might just be me that thinks this would be worthwhile. For simple compositions like this it's not a big pain to move layers around, but if you were to have a large number of nested layers, it's a bit of a chore just for the sake of briefly bypassing the mask.
  9. @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 Designer to 'ignore this shape/layer when snapping'. There are other ways to align objects of course, but snapping is by far the most convenient from a workflow perspective for aligning/resizing objects to match and it's a shame that the snapping feature falls down so easily, especially given that it's highly unlikely for anyone to actually need to align to arbitrary nodes within a complex shape path. I'd hazard a guess it would in most cases be the bounding box you'd need to snap to. Like I said, not a show stopper, but a bit of a niggle.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. @GabrielM Apologies for the terrible delay in responding! You're right, I do - thanks for the tip! (Non) issue resolved for me.
  14. 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
  15. 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).
  16. @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.
  17. 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. Happy to be overruled on whether it's worth this being a feature - I just thought it was something worth mentioning because, as I say, it would have been useful to have a slightly less 'action heavy' method of checking the contents of a shape on the Artboard. Thanks!
  18. Noticed this has also been posted here, in case it's addressed there any sooner.
  19. Yep I've noticed this a few times when nudging objects in to position. +1 for this.
  20. I'd be keen to know if there's any plan for this experience to be enhanced. I can't quite work out from this thread if it's a bug or if this is expected, but if you need to retroactively find the name of a brush used on a path it's basically...well, it's a serious challenge. Here's that experience in a video: https://www.loom.com/share/febf4dfd5e0d478e8309cdb4351b5cba Am I missing something? Is there a way of knowing which brush was used on a path either by name, or by seeing it selected in the panel (which isn't ideal if you have to rummage through a large number of brushes to find the one that's selected but hey ho - better than nothing).
  21. I'm struggling with this issue as well and it's probably the biggest speed bump I've hit with Affinity Designer since day one, given that I can't export commissioned print work to the required spec. I could write a longer post airing my frustration, but I don't want to clog up the forum with extraneous ranting. @Sean P Is there any way of knowing when a fix is likely to be implemented and released?
  22. @Lee D Are you able to confirm whether this bug is affecting bleed when exporting a PDF? I can't for the life of me get the bleed area to show to when exporting from Affinity Designer, and I'm sure it was working before. Include bleed + crop marks selected on export, but PDF shows artwork clipped to Artboard and crop marks aligned to the edge of the artwork, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, MacOS (App Store) Thanks.
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