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Dale

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  1. Hi LMB, welcome to the forums.

     

    It's not been added to the release version yet, but auto-alignment of layers, which can be used to stitch panoramas, has been added to the 'customer beta' version of Affinity Photo.

     

    The customer beta is a test release featuring new developments before they are included in a Mac App Store update, and it's available for Affinity Photo owners to install and use from further down the forum

     

    Cheers, Dale.


  2. Hi Lianne

     

    It sounds like either Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer alone would meet your needs; you can create multiple layers, add stock imagery, add text, change fonts, apply blend modes etc in either of those apps. Affinity Photo is closest to GIMP and PS, but Affinity Designer is a powerful design tool up to the task.

     

    If you want to be able to manipulate text and other shape outlines to their fullest, e.g. having text flowing along a path, you would need Affinity Designer rather than Affinity Photo. If you need to be able to warp photos you would need Affinity Photo rather than Affinity Designer.

     

    If you were to end up owning both it absolutely would not be a pain to transfer artwork between the two apps, they're designed to work this way and are 100% compatible. In fact they're compatible in ways that other suites lay awake dreaming about.

     

    Hope you're willing and able to share your book covers once you get started with Affinity!


  3. Hi M4rck3, not all those formats currently support all the things you're asking of them, to maintain layers, groups, layer and group names, and for objects (or layers) with effects to remain as vectors. Some of this could improve over time and some is just impossible due to the nature of design and file formats. For instance if you blur text or a shape it is not going to remain a vector except in Affinity apps.

     

    The only way to guarantee someone gets exactly the same file as you intend is to use the same app and the same file, e.g. for your clothing company to use Affinity Designer to open your Affinity Designer file. No single standard format like EPS or SVG will support everything that an afdesign file supports. My best recommendation for you is to use PDF especially if the clothing company wants to use Illustrator. Illustrator can open PDFs, so if you avoid using raster effects and stick to clean vectors and text they should be able to import your PDF file in Illustrator.

     

    If you are having problems exporting your design to PDF and it opening properly in Illustrator let us know, maybe give some specifics or share a file that the devs can look into for you. Lastly, Pantone is still on the roadmap M4rck3, sorry there's no ETA been confirmed yet for when this will be added to Affinity Designer.

     

    Best wishes.


  4. I've chosen a Huion 610 Pro and am still setting it up. It has brush size buttons at the left of the tablet area along with buttons for the brush tool, zoom +/-, undo, erase brush, and hand tool.

     

    The two buttons on the side of the pen can be configured, as can 16 shortcut spots at the top of the tablet. Am sure it's similar to Wacom and other tablets. Doesn't have a stylus wheel but the thing was a very good price so I gave it a go.

     

    Anyone want to share other setup tips? Maybe we can compile ideas into a tablet guide?


  5. We’ve heard that the guys over at Smashing Magazine are looking for independent contributors to create a set of tutorials for Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. All authors at Smashing Magazine get paid, so it's not just for kudos.

     

    If you have good experience as a writer and using Affinity apps, this could be for you! There's more information about what Smashing Magazine are after, and contact details, over on our blog post.

    Best wishes, Dale.

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