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  1. I need to test this with some more files, but I may have encountered an issue. A lot of vector files are available as both EPS and AI files. AI is supposed to be supported for AD, but so far, they tend tend to appear with rasterized elements instead of keeping the native vector format. If I do an external conversion to PDF, AD has no problems opening it as vector elements. Still trying to nail it down, but has anyone else observed this rasterization on import?
  2. That was helpful. On the iPad, you can't really use the Layer menu to Convert to Text Frame, but double tapping with the Frame Text tool on a shape does convert the shape into a custom shaped text frame. I didn't know about this. The text frame is even editable with the node tool, although doing boolean operations with other shapes makes for some weird results so far.
  3. Near as I can tell, this is not possible on any iOS app - taking a text block and flowing it inside a shape. SVG has a proposed spec for this, but I think it's only implemented in Inkscape. Unless there's a functionality I missed in AD?
  4. Hi, I am trying to figure out how to use Affinity Photo to intelligently reduce the number of colors in an image. So, for example, if I were to go from a regular 24-bit image down to an 8-bit, or even 4 bit, what's the most optimal way to do it, while maintaining as much of the fidelity of the original image as possible. Ideally, I'd like to have each color now as separate layers (akin to channels, but I don't need the shades of each channel - the layers will be 1-bit images). Anyone done this before? What I can find online seems to point to using a different program...
  5. Has anyone figured out how to use emoji in Affinity Designer? If I type it in, I can’t see it, even if I am using the Apple Color Emoji font.
  6. Okay, that thread explains what is internally different between Image and Pixel layers (which is mostly programmatic), but for AD users, this is rather confusing. What's even more confusing is why exactly does this output happen when applied to Image layers - it doesn't make mathematical sense. Note that in these operations, nothing is destructive. Why couldn't this conversion be handled akin to the SVG export option, where items are rasterized as needed? I do appreciate the tip, though. Maybe this is a suggestion for the future.
  7. Okay that did it. Thank you. So, I am a little confused, hopefully someone from Affinity can explain this. What's the difference between a Photo layer and a rasterized layer in Designer? Why can't they work the same way with regards to filters and layer options? What can you do with a Photo layer than you can't do with a rasterized layer?
  8. Could you not use SVG Files for the cut lines?
  9. I am trying to recreate a pencil sketch effect in Affinity Designer. The way it works is to duplicate a photo layer, apply a desaturation on the top layer to -100% via HSL, then invert the image, before using a color dodge effect to the layer. If I do this in Affinity Photo, this should result in a blank image, where the top layers cancel out everything in the bottom main image - which should be correct. But in Designer, the same edits produce a different effect. I’ll attach the screenshots. Anyone else see this disparity?
  10. Is there a way to use a shape to select other shapes? So, for example, if I drew out a shape as a template to work with, and I'd like to choose all the objects below that shape and move them to a group? Or conversely, all objects not overlapping with the current shape? (Affinity Designer on iPad)
  11. Wow, this is going to be laborious as heck. Maybe there's a way to use the original shape as a "mask" to pick out the extra nodes.
  12. Exactly as it says - I'd like to be able to put any number of arbitrary objects along a path, and distribute or align them in that manner. Type on a path is already possible, this just extends it to an arbitrary group of objects.
  13. Indeed, I am looking for the creation of a number of open paths, not closed shapes, which is what the Expand Stroke and Divide solution would provide. And yes, I do intend to use the vector image as a way to guide a plotter into the area, so closed shapes won’t work. I wish I could use vector arithmetic to open up shapes or use shapes to cut up open paths. Maybe those will help.
  14. Yes, it’s supposed to, but it doesn’t work that way. Take for example this PDF file, which was should preview properly, but if rendered in Affinity Designer, doesn’t work. Design.pdf
  15. Removal of unnecessary nodes to a path can require selecting a whole bunch of discontinuous nodes. This is quite tedious (on the iPad, selection can also result in inadvertently selecting the control handle instead of a node, specially when they are close to each other). An automated removal would be helpful.
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