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  1. These are nice, thank you. However I've gotten good results with the Colour Sketch, a number of photos I've tried go to a black and white sketch devoid of colour. Any suggested tweak to the macro to keep the colours intact?
  2. So, it looks like I drew the curves using either the pencil or brush tool... then when curve was still selected I selected the Text tool... which seems to automatically convert the curve to text curve and wonk the ability to further adjust it's fill, stroke, etc. Lesson seems to be, to de-select curve before selecting Text tool.
  3. Interesting... the idea of going back through the history panel was helpful, though I had saved file previously before turning 'save history with document' on, so where this happened in history wasn't there. In trying to replicate this, if I draw an object and then select under the Layer menu > Convert to Text Frame, it turns my object into a text frame and cannot be turned back unless one goes through history to before that action (or issue an undo command). The interesting thing is, I know I did NOT select Convert to Text Frame, so I am still unsure how this object became a text frame. Once a text farme... you can no longer edit the fill.
  4. Hi, working in Designer Mac... I created a curve, say of a mountain range... using the pen tool. It looked good and I made some edits with the node tool, added a color, then selected the gradient tool and added some gradient shading. Odd thing is, when I went back into the file today to edit the gradient color... when I select the mountain layer, 1. there's not color, nor gradient available to edit. and 2. It shows in the layer's panel as a T (text) curve. There's no text in it and I really don't recall converting it. Is there any way to get it back to where I can edit the color and gradient? Anyone ever run into anything like this before?
  5. Also then, does setting or changing the Color profile in Document Setting change the way one views the colors on screen? If so, then what's the difference in setting color there vs viewing with a Soft Proof layer?
  6. Hi, working in Designer Mac, I've got an ad that I'm working on... my normal printer uses an ICC color profile of US Web Coated SWOP V2 and it looks on screen fine and prints out fine. Another print company that I'm sending the work to uses GRACol G7 GALCol2013_GRPC6 ICC and when I soft proof with this ICC profile the overall design looks like I put a light gray blanket over it. Question, can I use an overall color layer adjust that compensates for this? Or do I need to tweak each color as best I can? Thanks in advance!!!!
  7. Adding the snowflakes as Assets seems straight forward enough.... only thing I find not great, is the snowflakes on the light gray background barely show up... it'd be cool if one could control or set the background color somehow to 'see' the assets better. Just a thought.
  8. I can make a clipping path, put a color fill layer above, and then use Color blend mode to change the color, but I'd like to clean up the underlaying irregular surface without losing the clapboard horizontal lines and other details. i.e. make it look like a clean even surface paint job but again showing board delineations and details. Suggestions?
  9. Hi, see the attached AP photo file. Want to be able to show this as if it had a decent coat of paint on it. What's the best method of achieving a sample showing it as if it's freshly painted? It surely needs it, but the idea is to show how much nicer it'd look with a paint job. Thanks! House.afphoto
  10. Hi all, since a tutorial for doing this magnificent work hasn't been made, that I'm aware of, I wanted to point out this video of a similar design that covers some of the techniques for realizing a car in Affinity Designer. Take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_-ZViQZwWQ Perhaps it will help some of us looking to up our game and achievement with AD. :) Cheers – Timber
  11. bleduc - thank you! It wasn't apparent that there was a skew control via the cursor.... it's great to know! – Timber
  12. I've had two successful printing jobs now using SpotUV with Affinity Designer. The results are exactly as I envisioned and setup in AD. The key thing I needed was the suggestion above from MikeW to export as a PDF/x-4. Now one needs to setup the file as the printer specs, i.e., create a spot overprint color for the SpotUV, create a top layer for the SpotUV elements and duplicate or trace the object(s) one wants in SpotUV in this top layer and fill them with the SpotUV color. And export as a PDF/x-4. Many thanks and kudos to the wonderful Affinity Forums and members for help in this matter. Cheers – Timber
  13. On the issue of the Stock studio palette in Affinity Photo – Yes, it'd be great to be able to add other vendors/sources for stock searches! Yes, it'd be a great palette to have in Affinity Designer too! Yes, it'd be great to have the option to return more than 50 results as I find often what I settle on is not in the top 50 returned searches, if I go to the stock provider's website. All terrific ideas that would make this a truly useful and powerful Studio palette. Cheers – Timber
  14. It would be nice if the item selected would then highlight the color swatch used, if it's in the recent used color swatch palette. - Timber
  15. Great feedback Mike! I downloaded another font from Font Squirrel - "Milkshake" and can see additional Stylistic Sets with this font. Also from Mike I learned that some of the sets are grayed out unless certain character pairs are selected and can be modified with these sets. One could in theory have a stylist set on some characters and another stylistic set on other characters and character pairs. There's quiet a bit of options in AD when one has an Open Type Pro font with lots of options/alternatives. Very cool! Thanks – Timber
  16. Hi, I downloaded a font (via Font Squirrel - Lobster) to see if I could access the ligatures, alternatives and special features in Affinity Designer and I'm puzzled that in the Show Typography palette it shows selections, but some are grayed out. Can someone who has an Open Type font with a bunch of alternatives, and stylized sets, tell me if they are all accessible in Affinity Designer? Not sure if it's the font... or AD, at issue? See the screen shot below for grayed out selections.
  17. When i close an Affinity document, either Photo or Designer, if there have been changes, it prompts if I want to save it. That's fine and expected, but then after saving, it doesn't close, I have to select "Close" again. Seems to me the expected behavior would be to Ask - Save - then it would Close. Is this the way it should be? Does anyone else think the way I do on this? Not a big thing, but it seems counter-intuitive to tell it to Close twice. Cheers – Timber
  18. MEB, MikeW and Hokusai - again, thank you very much for the feedback and images!!!!! I'm resubmitting the files on Monday and I think/hope they will work for the printer. I will update this posting. It would be great to see both an auto-tracing capability added to Affinity Designer AND the ability to convert selections in Affinity Photo to paths! Both I think would be very useful in day to day activities and further these wonderful products. Cheers – Timber
  19. Mike is there any way you know of, in Affinity Photo, to select the background of the PNG, reverse the selection so that only the horse is selected, then save the selection and use that for the outline in AD? See attached screen shot of marching ants that really capture the outline closely. Until we get a trace tool in AD,,, don't have AI for tracing ;-( – Timber
  20. Hi Mike, you did the outline, fairly quickly, with the pen tool? Thank you! It makes me think it's not that difficult or an investment in time to do so as/when needed. The background fill was short for bleed and fixed in the current file. Good eye to catch that too. I am most appreciative of your advice and suggestions, I'm hopeful I can supply files that the printer can utilize. I'll post back later. Hopefully your contributions here will enlighten and help others trying to produce files for SpotUV needs from Affinity Designer. Cheers – Timber
  21. Mike, if I read your question correctly ,,, The only part of the (business card) design we're spec'ing to be SpotUV is the horse logo and the text - company. Everything else should be flat/regular. They have a 'flood varnish' option, if that means the glossing the entire side of the job, we don't want that. Just spot areas. So I'm still left thinking - seems the SpotUV overlay images have to be the same shape as the underlying objects - therefore if it's a placed png raster object from Affinity Photo, how best to create an outline of it's shape. A simple rectangle is quick to draw/outline, the horse logo pictured has a lot of detail to try and outline by with pen tool. Cheers – Timber Back2.pdf
  22. Thanks for the responses so far... still hopeful I can supply workable files for the printer to do SpotUV. I will try sending a PDF/X4 export file. Meanwhile, I think I see another issue... I'm assuming anything drawn in AD can be duplicated into the SpotUV layer and it's color fill simply changed to the specified SpotUV color the printer wants. Now, one of the images I'm using is a PNG file exported from AP, and placed into this AD file, so that it's has no background when placed. When I go to fill it with the SpotUV color, it produces a rectangle... so I'm thinking the SpotUV - if we get it to work - is going to cover the rectangle of the image and NOT the image's shape, the shape is where I want the SpotUV applied. You can see the text is correctly spotuv color filled at the top, just barely visible with the rectangle fill of the PNG image placement. How best can I produce an outline of the image so that I can fill it with the SpotUV color? Am I thinking this through correctly? See files attached. – Timber
  23. Good point, see attached screen shot, magnified, the forward ear of the horse has some cloned areas in to fill it in. Even though I cloned the colorized area... they appear black and white and not colorized. Yes... it's a rough pixelated image.
  24. Hi, I've been trying to prepare a file to send to states side printer Zoo Printing, they have an instruction sheet how to do in Illustrator/InDesign (see attached PDF). I can replicate the steps in AD - but their prepress department tells me my exported PDF doesn't have the SpotUV layer. I've gone over this dozens of times, the layer is selected by exporting. If anyone has wrestled getting files to work for SpotUV, especially for Zoo Printing, please advise. Thanks - Timber SPOT UV indesign Tutorial 1.pdf
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