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  1. For some days Designer files (.afdesign) have been trying [and failing] to load in Affinity Photo; since I can go around it just dropping them into Designer's Dock icon, I really didn't care that much, today I also got this: I mumbled something to myself and try to reset associations but instead they don't set, when I click to change for all files I get a QuickLook thing instead: I'm selecting Affinity Designer, of course, not QuickLook, I don't even know where that is. I think it must be a macOS thing since I don't remember having updated Designer recently, in fact I checked updates explicitly for Designer and they weren't any and macOS on the other hand is getting pretty sneaky with automatic crap. I'm going back to High Sierra but I haven't finished setting up a syncing solution to replace iClouds. What could I do to fix associations while I get ready to downgrade?
  2. vitaprimo

    Help doesn't work

    I'm trying to add transparency to an image but the transparency tool doesn't work. I go to help and search for transparency and when I click the results and it takes me back to the beginning. It's beginning to get annoying, now I have to go hunt for help online which takes my mind completely of what I was trying to do. :\ Not cool. I haven't updated in a while though, I cancelled automatic updates because Apple is not to be trusted anymore...oh well.
  3. I was browsing the hidden files on another computer and noticed a different modified time (the file is stored iCloud Drive) and immediately I turned off its networking and duplicated the file; it's just minutes away from autosave's last touch time. I got it back! It had missing some minor Export persona adjustments only and there's the fact that why would it be newer than the one on the computer where the actual work was done but I just figured that's today's [unreliable] Apple. As for my file, I'm completely ecstatic. Nevertheless thank you so much for your help, it made my day, thanks.
  4. Thanks and sorry for the delay. No, I've saved a million times over time the file, only on this last edit I hadn't saved for a really big period, over a day or so. It was really time-consuming and rather disorienting (y'know, when you work in a ton of similar objects but each is different enough to merit its own process and similar enough you just get lost jumping back and forth) and I was hoping to recover it, too bad it's gone. There's the autosave file in the location you gave me, it's huge, over 400MB whereas the master is 5MB. I renamed it to see my progress before it and it isn't too far behind, renamed it back and opened the master again and it was back on track, crashing the moment I opened it. Is there any way to get stuff from it? Does it support versioning so I could pick maybe the second to last? Thanks again!
  5. I was doing some very time-consuming repetition work for a UI and I was now jumping back and forth between the Draw and Export personas when Designer crashed. I wasn't sure if it had crashed because it just disappeared, when I relaunched the Dock icon started jumping confirming the crashed and Designer asked me if I wanted to open the recovery file. Until then the application crash window from macOS popped up, I ignored it since Affinity D was already open. Opening the recovery file crashed Designer again... and again... and again for the third time, only the second and third times the dialog didn't popped up automatically but until I reopened the file from the recents list. I'd really love to recover my work, it's a custom automation system UI, but the system interface composer is limited and I have to be careful about everything from up to a hundred versions of the same element to positioning using the whole canvas as guide because it lacks positioning aides except for a very unforgiving non-customizable snappy grid. It is a very powerful system but I guess graphic designers and software designers don't quite mix, well..except for graphic software designers. I don't remember when it was the last time I saved progress, or if I did at all, I mean, since I opened it this time; I've been working on this file for about 8 months, it's got about 20 artboards. Could the graphics card factor in? I set it to use only the integrated to keep the computer cooler, maybe my project is too big and needs the beefier card--could that be it? I don't even know what I'm talking about here so that's why I came for help. Thanks!
  6. Hey guys, I was doing some icons and logos that are meant to be have the alpha channel and I want to give 'em shadows except since they're basically wireframes it goes through and through, is there perhaps some sort of eraser or mask that when applied above something it acts like a window so you see right pass through it to the canvas/artboard?? ...and maybe thus eliminating the shadows from inside. This is what the shadows look like, they're way overblown here to figura out placement, color, all that, but they're gonna be super subtle, maybe it's not an issue in the end but I'll know and I'll go insane with nightmares someone in the news or something zoomed in and saw them. I tried "air"-brushing what I want gone (except of course for the dark/black frame) but I just know discovered knowing a little Designer will get you nowhere in Affinity Photo. This is not the first time I think if maybe there were some filter, I don't remember when or what was I messing up but I remember thinking it, so if you know anything, a workaround even, I'll be forever grateful! <3
  7. Why is the Pixel Persona missing? Don't have anything about that? :O
  8. Is there a way to convert embedded documents to curves in place? I made a huge custom grid of slightly shifted, broken objects but I wasn't aware of embedded documents when I started. I just opened another Designer document copied, pasted, shifted and repeated hundreds of times then when it was time to make it all one huge set of curves to apply effects, colors, alpha and other things I realized I can group them but that's it. On the layers panel there's one for each embedded document as usual but no obvious options to extract the documents. All the boolean operations are greyed out, consolidation is greyed out too. Do I have to start over? Or there's hope?
  9. Got it, thanks. I hadn't noticed I could mask that way. The bad is that it doesn't work with a group of objects and, if I consolidate the group color is added to the otherwise invisible spacers I'm using to center things out. So even though I learned new things *geekemoji* I'm still on square 1. I think I'll just use outline view as you pointed out. If Designer were as ubiquitous as [the annoyingly cumbersome] Illustrator, I'd sign myself up for a workshop or something in a heartbeat; I think I saw something on Pluralsight, though...not sure. Anyway, thanks again—to both.
  10. Thanks for your replies, cmd-clicking it didn't work. It's odd. I copied the artboard to a new file to upload without all the junk (I'm saving history and embedding everything in it) and at the same time was kind of wishing it would work again but it didn't. The mask is a group of elements, could that be it? The original object is the same and it works, though. Anyway, I'm attaching it here. Thanks for your help. forumupload.afdesign It's amazing how tiny how files get pre-export.
  11. I'm having a hard time select an object in an artboard but I can't think of the cause behind it. I duplicated this object which is masked from another artboard and that one is selectable. Also, on the artboard where the unelectable object is, every other object is selectable. It is not completely unelectable though, clicking it in the layers panel selects it, doing it directly with the V tool Move Tool doesn't. Here's a screenshot where it is selected: I thought maybe it was a glitch and it would go away by restarting Designer but it didn't. So it was me who did something and can't quite figure it out. Any ideas?
  12. Woaa! Thanks! I'll try that. Will it resize if I resize the main one? Well, I guess it doesn't matter if I group them, they'll snap right back into position. Thank you for your help!! I <3 this software.
  13. I don't know if this feature exists even if it's a thing to begin with, so I didn't know how to search; I have this object that's mean to be centered vertically --I'm like 90% positive-- but the object is asymmetric, and those extra bits and pieces of it make it really difficult to align among the other objects using the automatic tools; to compensate I draw a shape covering what's considered extra, the area that's supposed to run off the canvas/artboard if it doesn't fit, then opt-dragged it to the other side and made both invisible and grouped them so I could at least align more easily. Designer, though, outsmarted me and realized what I did and adjusted accordingly, apparently if humans can't see the invisible objects Designer will turn a blind eye too. (!) Even if it didn't I saw that resizing using another object as reference isn't that precise, I somehow though resize from one size or opposite corner would anchor down the other side so I could keep the reference. Since I figured I wouldn't make any sense trying to explain myself I made a quick doodle. The area in magenta is what I'm trying to mark as the working area, according to my made up terms, what's in cyan is supposed to overshoot the canvas but since it lacks matching content in the bottom it (Designer) would consider the middle where magenta meets cyan/light blue. Any advice? Thanks a million!
  14. Thanks for you help, I saw it earlier in the day but didn't had enough time--I'm going to try it right away. I did find something about closing nodes on each shape but it was very very vague and when I tried it, well, you've seen my results. If anything else fails I'm going to manually retrace everything with the pen as if it were a sketch and be done with it, maybe it's even better. It'd take much more time per import though. Thanks again!
  15. I've spent several hours now reading the help and searching online how to break apart objects but I haven't been able to come up with anything. The closest I've gotten is to opening the curves at the nodes but that automatically breaks other stuff and previously empty areas automatically are filled. I've tried just going with it and duplicate stuff to punch the areas empty again but it doesn't work, instead everything disappears except for what I'm trying to fill--I mean, void actually. See: This is the original: When I break it apart using the nodes areas get filed and and worst of all is that they are grouped in some weird manner that they move together even if they are "physically" not. I've also tried just using the pen tools to draw a line as some sort of a knife and cut at that point but the end result was the same. I think I've reached desperate status now.
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