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  1. Dear Developers,

    the more I work with Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher, the more I like them. There is a bit of a learning curve coming from other programs, but it seems worth the effort.

    However, I am not completely happy with two things in particular. Those are the main reasons why I don't use AD exclusively by now.

    Before I bought Affinity Designer, I was working with Xara Designer for many years.
    Recently, I made myself use AD more, but when I need something done fast and intuitively, I still go back to Xara. And here is why:

    a) Vector drawing
    I do a lot of Vector drawing for logodesign and illustration.
    While AD has some superior tools - just the corner rounding tool alone is worth the purchase - it lacks basic usability compared to Xara, at least for me.

    Affinity Designer:
    Lay out nodes: Pen tool
    Bend curves: Switch to Node tool
    More nodes: Switch back to Pen tool
    Adjust curves: Switch to Node tool
    Reposition node: Switch back to Pen tool

    Xara Designer:
    Lay out nodes: Shape tool
    Bend curves: Still Shape tool
    More nodes: Still Shape tool
    Adjust curves: Still Shape tool
    Reposition node: Still Shape tool

    This makes working way faster and I really don't see why AD would need two tools for that.

    b) Applying Colors
    Honestly, I hate the way applying colors works in AD.
    Fiddling around switching fill- and line colors to apply them just does not work for me.

    In Xara left-clicking on a swatch changes fill color, right-clicking on a swatch changes line color.
    I can recolor multiple objects with different colors in a matter of seconds this way.
    AD feels way more complicated and tiresome.

    This is my subjective view and of course I am biased from using other software for so long.
    But I feel adopting those things would benefit AD greatly.
    If only as alternative options, so people who like the current way would not be affected.

    Please think about it,

  2. 2 hours ago, Hilltop said:

    When you have a set up with facing pages and want to export to PDF, select 'All Pages' (instead of 'All Spreads') from the 'Area' dropdown in the 'Export Settings' dialog. This will automatically add bleed (taken from the opposite page) to the fold-side of the opposite page. Only make sure that graphics do not border the fold. 

    I tried that already. It gives me the same bleed all around as when I uncheck "Facing pages".
    But you are right, it *should* work like that.

  3. 1 hour ago, Fixx said:

    You can do this. If printer really wants pages as separate files you have to separate them in other software, though. Exporting one page at the time is not very practical with larger amount of pages.

    Using other software to split pages is couterproductive and not what I want to do.
    Flyeralarm is a major player in Austria, Germany and possibly other countries too. Eventually more people will have the same problem and it must be possible to do this in Publisher alone.

    On export I can chose between "Pages" and "Spreads". With facing pages exporting "Pages" instead of spreads should not give bleed in the fold.

  4. I need help regarding a catalogue I am making.

    The printers my client uses need the PDF in the following way:

    - Single pages (!!)
    - 3mm bleed on the outsides
    - NO bleed where the pages join (in the fold)

    Publisher gives me only two options:

    - General bleed which is used for every page
    - Facing pages with no bleed in the fold, but it also exports as double-pages

    I really hope I am missing something here.

    I need:

    1) Either different bleed settings for even/odd pages
    2) Layout as facing pages, but export as single pages with NO bleed in the fold.

    Affinity Publisher /Windows
    I hope I made myself clear enough, English is not my first language.
    Please help!

    Note: No, it is not possible to use another printing company.

    This is a diagram of how it needs to be:


  5. 3 hours ago, Joachim_L said:

    Apart from the bug with the ligatures, why don't you simply place the afdesign files or copy the element? Does this work in your case?

    Anyway maybe you can post your .afdesign file here, so that others could have a look at it.

    I have multiple of those drawings in one Designer-document, but I need them individually in different places in Publisher, so going over PDF seemed the most convenient way. I worked around it by unchecking Standard Ligatures. Just wanted to report what is most likely a bug.
    Can't post the complete file here, since it is the intellectual property of my client, but the detail I posted explains it well.
    When I just open the PDF it still looks good, only after importing the "ti" is gone.

  6. I am working on a technical catalogue.
    There are a couple of technical drawings that I had to refine in Designer.
    From there I exported each one of them as PDF and then imported them into Publisher.

    To my surprise, the text was all scrambled up in Publisher.
    I investigated and found that I had "Standard Ligatures" on in Designer. If I turn them off, the import into Publisher works.

    But it should also work with Ligatures on, shouldn't it?

    See here:


  7. Hi,

    from before using Affinity, I am used to having my spread origin (0/0) in the bottom left with positive values going up and right.
    Designer has it's origin on the top left with positive values going down and right.

    I'd really like to change that to the way I am used to.

    I know that recently it is possible to grab the intersection of the rulers and drag them down to the bottom. But the y-axis then gets negative values when going up.
    Is there a way to really (and preferably permanently) changing the origin to bottom left?

    Explanation: If I have two objects with different heights and give them the same y-value, they should be on the same baseline. I know I could do this with alignments and stuff, but I'd prefer it this way.



  8. 2 minutes ago, Trensharo said:

    Software like Designer Pro X have all the Bitmap, Vector, and Page Layout (and Web Export) features built into the same app.  Studio is not blowing away the competition, IMO.

    I got Designer Pro X 15.1 for $25.

    I did buy Affinity Photo & Designer for Windows, since I had them on macOS since launch and I like to keep some level of "App Parity" between the two platforms… but I am not buying Publisher because it is still missing too much - compared to Designer Pro X - which I still use for all of my page layout tasks.

    I am using Xara since 1997, back then called Art Studio / Xara Studio, up to the latest version of Designer X Pro. And I disagree with you.
    Designer has good, but very dated vector tools, subpar bitmap editing which is absolutely no match for Photo and none of the page layout tools of Publisher.

    Yes, I was using Designer Pro for layouting, even multipage catalogues, and it can be done. But Publisher has so much more functionality and possibilities for layouting. And all that for less than 50 bucks, since I was a beta tester.

  9. I just tried again, but somehow Displacement does not give me very good results.
    Either the effect is almost unnoticeable, or I increase the slider and it sort of "breaks".

    However, while experimenting I found a method that works for me:

    1) Do the displacement anyway
    2) Set blend mode of texture to Overlay. this gives a very light and bland image.
    3) Adjust levels and saturation until the result is pleasing.

    See example: 


  10. 6 hours ago, summersara said:


    Have you tried a Displacement Map? It's under the Filters menu>Distort>Displace.

    You'll need to add the Displacement map to the masked wood texture and put that layer above the metal sheet, as you'll need to click on: Load Map From Layer Beneath from the Displacement settings (the metal sheet is the map creating the displacement in the texture), you can then add one of the blend modes for a better effect.

    Hmm, interesting. I had tried exactly this already. But it looked very different from your screenshot, only a minor change from the original image.
    Maybe I missed something, will try again, thanks!

  11. Hi,

    I need a general pointer how to do this in Affinity Photo please.

    I have a rendering like the one below (metal_sheet), one each for every available color. Up until recently, there were only plain colors.

    Now there are two new "colors" which are wood textures. Sadly, the person who made the renderings is not available any more and I have to "simulate" it myself.

    I tried different blendmodes with either the texture or the rendering on top, but nothing is working really well.
    It needs to keep the same appearance (grooves and everything), but also the color should be as truthful as possible.

    Any ideas how to achieve this?



  12. Hi,

    this may be easy, but I can't find out how to do it.

    I made a checkmark with the pen tool.
    I used an acrylic vector brush for the stroke.

    How can I convert this to curves (an object, a closed curve) now, that can be exported as SVG in vectors?
    If I export now, I get a lowres raster representation of the brush.
    Tried "Expand Stroke" multiple times, but it does not seem to do anything?

  13. 1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

    Yes. Though once I'm back on a computer that has some different brushes applied I will probably try a shortcut. On Windows all the settings are stored in %appdata%\Affinity\photo\1.0\user and the raster brushes are in raster_brushed.propcol so I will probably just copy the file across and see what happens :)

    Gave this a very quick try.
    I only checked the Brushes in Publisher's Photo-Persona and that seems to work as intended.
    However, my shortcuts do still not work.


  14. I just was about to start a respective thread on my own. But basically everything I wanted to say is already here.

    The new Studio functionality is a feature that will blow other software out of their water and I love it!

    Only that changing the personas in Publisher is not really changing into those programs. But to guarantee a consistent workflow, things like colors, brushes and keyboard shortcuts *must* be synchronized to the "real" applications of Designer and Photo.

    I was playing around a lot with publisher today and was very surprised that my custom keyboard shortcuts did not work in Designer and Photo personas. Also I had made a custom brush that was not there either. Yes, I did import the brush and it worked, but consistent workflow this is not (yet). 

  15. 16 hours ago, Terry44 said:

    I have the same issue in the newly released Publisher   

    Unsplash Connection Failed but the other two works fine.

    Same here, just as in Photo. Hope this gets fixed soon


    I entered the keys from the link carl123 provided manually into the registry.
    After restart of Publisher, Unsplash is now working.
    Thank you very much!


  16. No luck with AP here too.

    @przemoc, I have no idea what TLS and stuff is.

    10 hours ago, przemoc said:

    I suspect there is some difference in how you setup secure connections in Win 7 and Win 10.
    There are no reports of Win 10 users having this issue, right?

    In practice you shouldn't use any TLS < 1.2.

    Do you mean that Serif has to change the setup or the TLS or would that be something that I had to do in my version of Windows?
    If the latter, how would I do that?


  17. 14 minutes ago, Chris B said:

    And both are connected to the same WiFi/Network? Possibly anti-virus causing a problem? Do you have one running that you could temporary turn off? 

    Yes, they are both on the same network.
    I already tried disabling my antivirus and the Windows firewall but it still did not work.

    Also the Unsplash website should not work if something on my PC was blocking it I guess.