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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. 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...


  4. 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. 

  5. 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?



  6. 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. 


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