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    Writer with interests in: Art | Language | Photography | Healthcare | Wellness | Yoga | Dogs | Pets | Nature | Science | Travel | Food | Crossword Puzzles -- basically anything except politics, religion and taxes.

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  1. Wild Dingo

    Transforming Text

    A year later, and this is still relevant. I just produced a piece of art with 87,000 layers, pixel and text. (Ok, not 87, 000 but you get the idea). And i had to resize and was struggling understanding how to do it with text (so i wouldn't have to resize each text element individually after pixel and vector layers scaled). I had no idea that right handle was for including text in the re-scale! What a time saver. Thanks Affinity! Solved my issue in 2 seconds.
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    Texture Brushes Pack Fur Set 1

    Yup, I have the grass vector brushes. I will take a look at Monster Club! thanks!
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    Texture Brushes Pack Fur Set 1

    Thanks! I think these may work on human eyebrows.
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    Hey Toltec, thanks for the info! I appreciate it. Right now, the only reason I'm not moving to Affinity Photo is because I'm just focusing on my design skills right now. For the moment I put photography on a back burner (I know, blasphemer!) and just process my stuff in Lightroom. I haven't been truly using PS for a long time, just recently broke it out to see if I needed it (experimented with the features etc.). I've been an Adobe user since the 1990's working in PS, Illustrator, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, InDesign, and even Quark (yes I'm that old). I hadn't worked in either illustrator or PS for years (10+ years unwanted, unexpected sabbatical), so when I came back to those programs, well, things were very different from how I remembered. Yes everything is similar, I don't disagree. It's more about the UI and the ease of use. Like the move tool for example, it's tricky in PS if you're working on tiny shapes made in vector then have a transparent background. I swear I had to zoom in 10,000% (ok, I exaggerate) just to get the move tool to click the actual pixel and pick up the item. That's what I mean. And though I haven't really tried Photo, from Designer, I am guessing that UI experience will be more pleasant. It was just so nice to come back to the work market and find a sweet, clean design and possible photo solution for my work needs. This info is helpful and I have no doubt I'll switch later! Thanks!
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    Thanks for these thoughts! They're helping already. That was the first hurdle, i needed to rasterize the image so I can use the selection tool and delete. I overlooked having converting my image to raster layer. Thanks for that! I never really did photo stacking in macro, though I know how to do it. I'm a handheld gal. I breakout the tripod 2x year. But I won't lie and say Affinity Photo does not look attractive to me. I absolutely abhor working in PS and avoid it whenever I can. I don't know what it is, but it's not fun working PS. It's fun working in Affinity Designer. And yes, I understand they are different tools. I think it's just the seemless way Affinity Designer works, and the UI is so nice compared to Adobe products. Plus faster too!
  6. Hello, I am a hobby macro photographer, but by trade I'm a writer dabbling in graphic design. I've done hundreds of brochures, flyers, packaging, marketing materials but nothing that connotes original art. So this is a big step for me. I took one of the Affinity Designer courses and it really made a huge impact on my confidence to do design work, but I'm stuck at start already! I want to use this photo (or something similar to it from my set of macro shots) as a hero image for a web site and make it a composite image of the photo plus vector art and text. I want to keep the butterfly and tongue, but draw in the purple sage, or it can even be simple flowers. I'm really just experimenting right now and my color palette will be more muted than the vibrancy in the shots. But I'm curious if I need to do any of the pixel work I need to do on the photos in a photo program like Affinity Photo or Photoshop. The selection tool for example, seems to work nicely at selecting around the butterfly but it doesn't delete the pixels on the image, I have to erase it inside the selection. I started playing with it in Affinity Designer to see how much photo work I can do (like deleting pixels) but I'm still unsure how much I can work on a photo in Affinity Designer to achieve a mixture of vector and raster art. As a newbie, I would love some ideas on how to approach this project. For example: vector flowers, I"m assuming should be done in multiple layers around the tongue and other parts of the butterfly, but sit accordingly above or below the photo in layer panel. I do have a tagline that will go on this as well and these images are not full 16:9, they're from an old export, so they will resize and i'll have lots of blank space for text. Any input on how to approach to get me started, I would appreciate!
  7. I know exactly your frustration. I was there a few months ago. I didn't "need" all those other features like you do, so it's a bit easier for me to make the leap. But I was really panicking to find a solution myself after coming back to work and realizing that Fireworks is gone and I had no visual design tool for web or multimedia. I tried one other visual tool before Affinity and thankfully I didn't buy it. It was a decent tool, but very old, a little hard to use, not intuitive at all, the UI was hidious and very outdated and designing in it was clunky at best. So yah, I was in a heap of pain for a while and I know your frustration. Oy. yup, I noticed Lightroom slowing my PC too. I don't run it when other programs are open, other than browser or mail. Good luck with your tough decision!
  8. I do understand the desire for more precision in a design tool, but having been a long-time user of Adobe products for both my business and client business, I am happy to be rid of them. Honestly, I think Adobe's market is corporate due to price point, but also due to the complexity of their products. I can't tell you how many PC's i went through early in my career because of Adobe products crashing the heck out of them. They are quite bloated and I personally have experienced that it takes much bigger computer power than a computer used for average home-based business. I use the term average because the majority of people needing quick design tools likely only use a smaller percentage of the software's power so their PCs may be a lot less powerful and not suited to bloated software. I found the more I used a lot of Adobe products, the harder it was on my PC. My husband loves to joke about how many PC's I burn through, but this last one has been fantastic since not using Adobe. Still, I do use Lightroom (hobby photographer), but it will be a cold day in heck before I go back to illustrator. I plan on exploring Affinity photo a little later to see if it will rival Photoshop, which I think it will be in similar vein to Designer, missing some less important features. I also think Serif was correct to make it more lightweight for the first few rounds anyway for this niche market of home based designers. Plus, it really does look like Adobe is become more geared to interactive, multi-media, gaming and video anyway. I have to wonder how long they can keep serving so many markets. Then again, they've been around since the dawn of design by computer. Whatever you decide, best to you!
  9. I found your request interesting because I had the same thought today for font/text alignment. I was so used to having the ability to align the text to baseline or bottom if I wanted within the sized text boundary box. Nodes on a path makes sense too. I can't speak to the distribute as I haven't used it much.
  10. Wild Dingo

    Icon Pack

    Thank you for this! How did you do this? Did you place one at a time in an AD open doc then save them to the asset panel, then exported as an Affinity Design file?