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  1. Ah, OK, thanks Dan. Yeah. shapes might work as well, although both solutions are slightly more cumbersome than just being able to draw with a brush snapped to grid, as using different features then converting to selections or masks, to fill, all takes more clicks which slow down my workflow. Please consider an option to make the brush and marquee tools snap to grid if possible. Thanks for your help. Appreciated.
  2. Cheers Walt, that's something I hadn't considered. I'll have a play with the Pen tool, and see if I can get a workflow going that way. Shame that brushes and marquee tools won't snap to grid. The snapping manager is complex enough that it would be a useful option to add to that list, without effecting those who prefer those tools not to snap.
  3. Hello, I hope this isn't a dumb question, but I've searched the video tutorials, and the forum, and can't find an answer to whether I'm doing something wrong. I've just upgraded to Affinity Photo 1.7.1. I want to create a simple 2D grid, then snap the selection tool, and / or the brush tool to that grid, to allow me to quickly block out areas in an image, before I then paint in the areas I've blocked out with detailed imagery / photo samples. The bitmap image will be used as a texture map in 3D applications, so it's vital that I can block out areas precisely - to the pixel - to aid in UV positioning in the 3D application. The grid creation tools are wonderfully comprehensive, and the snapping manager seems to be equally comprehensive, but I can't seem to get either the brush or the selection tools to snap to the grid I've created. The rectangle and gradient tools are working fine with the grid, so I think my grid and snapping manager settings are correct. In fact, I think I had this same issue when I first tried Affinity Photo a year or so back (v 1.6.x), and ended up returning to PS because I couldn't get a nice workflow going. Is it correct that the rectangular marquee tools and brush tools don't ever snap to grid by design? Or is there a way to make them snap to grid that I'm missing? Or is there an an alternate way of working within Affinity Photo to produce the same results? Basically, I want to quickly block out a single layer with solid colour shapes (not always rectangles), with the corners of these shapes at grid positions, that I can then select with the flood select tool as discreet areas within the image to paint inside. Thanks.
  4. Thanks MEB. Selections snapping to grid are a feature I would be using a lot, so I'm glad this is a supported feature, even if it's currently a bit buggy (I'm using the windows version).
  5. Ah, OK, that might be a workaround. Thanks. Will have a play with that.
  6. Ah, thanks, I missed that heading. So there's no snap to grid for brushes and selections? That's a real shame, as I think that's a showstopper for me
  7. Tried the different selection tools, but none snap to grid. I can get selections to snap to document edges (although that doesn't work with the freehand tool), but nothing else.
  8. Seriously? According to the in-app help: "Snapping causes images, brush strokes, lines, shapes, and selection areas to align to nearby grid lines, guides, margins, or spreads, or any combination of these." I genuinely don't think I can work without snap to grid!
  9. Hi, I'm just starting to use Affinity Photo, and I can't seem to get the Snap to grid function to work. I've got a grid visible on screen, and I've enabled snapping, and got all the boxes ticked in the snapping manager including 'snap to grid'. Then when I paint with the brush tool, my brush paints exactly where the cursor is on screen when I click without being snapped to a grid position. I've tried changing the screen tolerance from minimum to maximum, tried zooming in to the image, and tried moving the cursor really close to a grid corner when clicking, but it brush tool never snaps to a grid position. Same with the select tool - I can't seem to coax the select tool to only snap to grid boundaries when making a selection. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!
  10. Thanks. Yeah, that's a little better, but I suppose I what I really need is to be able to play around, dragging the controls and judging by eye, but be able to see the scale as a percentage or proportion while I'm doing this, in addition to seeing it as a pixel size, so I can easily apply the same scale operation to other things of different sizes later. Trying one scale, undoing, trying another, undoing, etc. is much more cumbersome.
  11. Ah, thanks, R C-R, I'd completely missed expressions. They're pretty handy. It still doesn't seem to do quite everything that I need (unless I'm missing something). If I want to scale something down to 80%, say, I can type in *.8 in the transform panel, which works. But it then updates the transform panel and shows the new pixel value, so I can't visually see anywhere on screen that I've currently got my selected object scaled to 80% of its original size. Plus, if I'm then not happy with that scaling value, and want to just try a bit smaller, and see it at 75%, I can't type *.75 in the transform panel, as this scales to 75% of 80%, rather than 75% of the original size. So I'd have to cancel the operation, and restart, which is a bit cumbersome. A realistic workflow might be that I need to scale something in a layer by an arbitrary amount, that I'm judging by eye (so just dragging the corners), then when I'm happy, I want to then scale some other, different sized elements on different layers, by the same amount. So if I can see that in the first operation I've scaled by 72% (which I judged by eye), I can then do a 72% scale on some other objects that I need to match. As far as I can tell that's not easily possible.
  12. Hello again! I've spent some time evaluating Affinity Paint and gone through a fairly long list of features I use a lot on Photoshop, and been really pleased that pretty much everything I need is present in AP, often in a superior form, so I'll definitely be buying the software. I've spotted a couple of minor issues, which I'll mention here for the benefit of any other PS users looking to make the switch, and I have a couple of questions about features I can't find. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I use it more. The main problem I've found when importing PS files is the slightly different way AP handles adjustment layers and layer effects. While AP matches PS in terms of all the actual layer types and effects, I find that they're calculated slightly differently in AP, and there are slightly fewer control options for layer effects. This means that when I load in one of my existing PSD files created in PS, they don't look identical. (I mainly make video game graphics and comic strips, so I tend to make heavy use of layers with graphicy-looking glow effects, shadows, adjustment layers for shading, etc.) I guess a lot of the calculations in PS for exactly how 'outer glow' and 'brightness / contrast' etc. work are done fairly idiosyncratically, and you're not able to duplicate them exactly, AP might even be calculating them in a better way. It's not a problem when creating new work, but does mean it's slightly awkward for me if I need to go back to an existing graphic I've created, alter it a little, and re-export it, which is something I probably will have to do from time to time. Not a showstopper by any means, but something PS users might need to be aware of. Also, I'm not convinced the all the blend modes are working exactly as they should in AP. For example, if I create a new layer with an 'outer glow' effect, say red in colour, and set that to use 'add' blend mode, this red glow should be visible against a dark background, but should have no effect against a pure white background. 'Add' should only make things lighter, and you can't make white any lighter, but in AF this produces a red glow against a solid white background. Two little things I cannot find: When transforming a selection, there doesn't seem to be any display anywhere of the scale as a percentage value if I'm scaling. I can see the new pixel value of the scaled selection as a tool tip, and I can edit the target scale size in pixels in the Transform window (which are both great), but I would love to both see and edit these values as % as well. I regularly have to make selections 10% bigger or 5% smaller, or whatever, so being able to do this without having to perform a pixel calculation in my head would be a big help. There does not seem to be a quick way to duplicate a layer from one open document to another. This is a feature I use many times a day in PS. I tend to have multiple documents open and regularly need to copy layers from one doc to another. In PS the right click / duplicate option on a layer brings up a dialogue to both alter the copied layer's name, and select the target document (from the ones open), whereas in AP the option just duplicates the layer in the current document. I can copy and paste the layer manually from one document to another, but that's a few clicks more, so this feature would be a neat time saver. It does feel as if the software is developed primarily in the 'docked' mode for viewing documents, which I guess is perfect when editing photos. I tend to use the float mode as in video games I'm working on lots of separate pieces of images (textures, references, etc.) which I need scattered around the screen. Switching into float mode feels a bit unfinished, as documents aren't centred properly in their windows (I need to manually scroll them around to see their contents), and I can't drag selections from one floating window to another. Not massive issues, but slight niggles to do with the feel of using the software, and the number of clicks needed for regular operations. Anyway, generally the software seems pretty great, and I look forward to using it more.
  13. Hello, I'm a long time Adobe Photoshop user who is looking into whether Affinity Photo could be viable replacement for PS. I'm going to start using the 10 day trial today, but I wondered if there is a list anywhere of obvious or known 'gotchas' that are going to trip me up, or which may be stumbling blocks to switching. Or if other users who've made the switch from PS have any tips or advice? As well as looking at using Affinity Photo for new work, I also have many years worth of PSD files for various projects that I need to regularly access and occasionally modify, so PSD file compatibility, as well as editing features, is a concern for me. I've browsed the forums already and there doesn't seem to be an existing thread covering this subject, although I did spot one issue: Text in PSD files can be imported, but will always be rasterised when exported to PSD - so I guess that means I cannot use Affinity Photo to fully manipulate PSD files with text in them. Any advice, or pointers to existing resources, are most welcome. Thank you.
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