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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Callum in Lost activation code...UPDATE: Found!   
    UPDATE: I found it!
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from firstdefence in Making double line of violin outline in Designer?   
    This has all been extremely helpful. Reading through the suggestions and starting with the basic stroke outline, I increased the width to how far apart I want the individual lines with Align set to Inside, expanded stroke with no fill, set line width to .6 pt Black, and done. No need to duplicate original line or Divide. Takes just a few seconds. Many, many thanks!
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Jowday in How to bend a logo? Help needed   
    @RM10, thank you for the positive words. No program is perfect and I agree with @Mithferion that Designer is a very capable vector program, albeit...as you said... requiring some imagination to utilize the program's strengths to work around some of its weaknesses. But then, in the 30+ years I've been in graphic design, I've found that to be true of literally every program I've used. The more time I spend with Designer, the more I like it and have been able to create some very rewarding projects despite its lack of some key features.
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    Ballyshannon reacted to Jowday in How to bend a logo? Help needed   
    So in short @RM10, no, it is not possible to design and construct a logo and bend it like you described. Affinity Designer is simply not made for this kind of work. The features are not in the program.
    Whatever is on the roadmap now (and has been for years) does not help now - and we don't know what it will be like when it is eventually implemented. Or when. The future is for the dreamers.
    Inkscape sports an impressive array of features for free, give it a shot. It is free but the user interface is not great.
    You simply purchased the wrong program for that kind of professional, creative and important work. Sorry.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Jowday in How to bend a logo? Help needed   
    @RM10, thank you for the positive words. No program is perfect and I agree with @Mithferion that Designer is a very capable vector program, albeit...as you said... requiring some imagination to utilize the program's strengths to work around some of its weaknesses. But then, in the 30+ years I've been in graphic design, I've found that to be true of literally every program I've used. The more time I spend with Designer, the more I like it and have been able to create some very rewarding projects despite its lack of some key features.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from RM10 in How to bend a logo? Help needed   
    Glad you got it worked out for your purposes RM10. I've been able to push limits and do some interesting and unexpected things with Designer, but bending an image isn't one of them! For a text logo, I would approach it the same as you did, recreating the letters and rotating each letter to follow the curve. I've never had to do it, so gave it a try using the text logo of a large local company, placing the jpg logo image on a page in Designer and recreating it using the Pen tool to outline it with individually placed nodes and tweaking the nodes. This logo is a bit more difficult to 'bend' since the letters are connected (I love challenges), but with a bit of quick node manipulation, it's close. Not perfect and can use more tweaking to smooth the corners of some letters, but you get the idea.
    Top image is original jpg. Bottom image was re-created in Designer. Took about 20 min. Thanks for posting this thread because it inspired me to push more limits in Designer.

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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from RM10 in How to bend a logo? Help needed   
    Glad you got it worked out for your purposes RM10. I've been able to push limits and do some interesting and unexpected things with Designer, but bending an image isn't one of them! For a text logo, I would approach it the same as you did, recreating the letters and rotating each letter to follow the curve. I've never had to do it, so gave it a try using the text logo of a large local company, placing the jpg logo image on a page in Designer and recreating it using the Pen tool to outline it with individually placed nodes and tweaking the nodes. This logo is a bit more difficult to 'bend' since the letters are connected (I love challenges), but with a bit of quick node manipulation, it's close. Not perfect and can use more tweaking to smooth the corners of some letters, but you get the idea.
    Top image is original jpg. Bottom image was re-created in Designer. Took about 20 min. Thanks for posting this thread because it inspired me to push more limits in Designer.

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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Noam in Image with white background I want to remove on Affinity designer   
    You're very welcome Noam. I hope it helps! It just takes some practice.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from firstdefence in Image with white background I want to remove on Affinity designer   
    To remove the background from objects like this, I use the Pen tool with a .2pt red stroke to outline the object via individually placed nodes, do fine tuning with the node tool for curves, etc, and remove the background by dragging the Image layer into the Curve layer. The Curve layer will be above the Image layer, so you drag the Image layer up into the Curve layer to join the two and you will see the background 'disappear'. At that point, I change the stroke size to zero. In the case of removing a white background, it's helpful to create a background layer with any color other than white so you can see the change. With this method, after the background is 'removed', you can still use the node tool for more fine tuning since this is basically a masking process and the complete image is still there with nothing being actually deleted or removed. Using the OP's image, I did this very quickly in Designer, so it's certainly not perfect but you get the idea in the image below where I added a blue background after 'removing' the white background. It took a little less than 15 min. Had this been a higher res image with more detail for an important project, even more precision is possible and would warrant investing more time to fine tune.
     

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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from firstdefence in Image with white background I want to remove on Affinity designer   
    To remove the background from objects like this, I use the Pen tool with a .2pt red stroke to outline the object via individually placed nodes, do fine tuning with the node tool for curves, etc, and remove the background by dragging the Image layer into the Curve layer. The Curve layer will be above the Image layer, so you drag the Image layer up into the Curve layer to join the two and you will see the background 'disappear'. At that point, I change the stroke size to zero. In the case of removing a white background, it's helpful to create a background layer with any color other than white so you can see the change. With this method, after the background is 'removed', you can still use the node tool for more fine tuning since this is basically a masking process and the complete image is still there with nothing being actually deleted or removed. Using the OP's image, I did this very quickly in Designer, so it's certainly not perfect but you get the idea in the image below where I added a blue background after 'removing' the white background. It took a little less than 15 min. Had this been a higher res image with more detail for an important project, even more precision is possible and would warrant investing more time to fine tune.
     

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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Alfred in Changing dimensions of multiple grouped images (Designer)?   
    I appreciate all the input regarding detail and some things obviously not being 'perfect' but please keep in mind this is still a work in progress, and the fact that I've never used Illustrator and have only been using Designer for a couple months. I'm still in the learning phase and the key spacing will be sorted out, as will other details such as the dampers. With SO much detail to consider, I can only do one thing at a time, figure it out and make tweaks as I go. The only overhead template I could find online isn't high res, so I'm having to find various views of this particular piano online to put it together, and there aren't many. But I appreciate the input. The final version won't be perfect since I don't have a real Bosendorfer Vienna Concert grand sitting in front of me (wish I did!), but I'm learning a lot. I'm actually going to take a break from this project for a while and return to it after Christmas.
    Merry Christmas everyone!
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from R C-R in Changing dimensions of multiple grouped images (Designer)?   
    R C-R, here's the project so far. It's been quite the task and still some detail work to do on a 'wound' effect on the bass strings, and getting the upper two sections of treble strings lined up with the pinblock pins and pegs. Right now I only have one string per pin on those upper two treble sections just to have something there. Also have to do some lining up of the middle section of triple strings with the pinblock pegs. Certainly not perfect, but it's looking better each day. So far, a week-long project. It was a nightmare to get the upper harp section designed so the strings are beneath both the main and upper harp, yet over the top of the upper harp bass string securing pin section. I had to actually create an optical illusion using shadows to make it work and look close to correct. Still work to do! I've also included a side view of the Bosendorfer Vienna Concert Grand, on which I'll probably do a little more tweaking. Been working with Designer for about two months now, learning a lot, and enjoying it.


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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from R C-R in Changing dimensions of multiple grouped images (Designer)?   
    R C-R, here's the project so far. It's been quite the task and still some detail work to do on a 'wound' effect on the bass strings, and getting the upper two sections of treble strings lined up with the pinblock pins and pegs. Right now I only have one string per pin on those upper two treble sections just to have something there. Also have to do some lining up of the middle section of triple strings with the pinblock pegs. Certainly not perfect, but it's looking better each day. So far, a week-long project. It was a nightmare to get the upper harp section designed so the strings are beneath both the main and upper harp, yet over the top of the upper harp bass string securing pin section. I had to actually create an optical illusion using shadows to make it work and look close to correct. Still work to do! I've also included a side view of the Bosendorfer Vienna Concert Grand, on which I'll probably do a little more tweaking. Been working with Designer for about two months now, learning a lot, and enjoying it.


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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from R C-R in Changing dimensions of multiple grouped images (Designer)?   
    R C-R, here's the project so far. It's been quite the task and still some detail work to do on a 'wound' effect on the bass strings, and getting the upper two sections of treble strings lined up with the pinblock pins and pegs. Right now I only have one string per pin on those upper two treble sections just to have something there. Also have to do some lining up of the middle section of triple strings with the pinblock pegs. Certainly not perfect, but it's looking better each day. So far, a week-long project. It was a nightmare to get the upper harp section designed so the strings are beneath both the main and upper harp, yet over the top of the upper harp bass string securing pin section. I had to actually create an optical illusion using shadows to make it work and look close to correct. Still work to do! I've also included a side view of the Bosendorfer Vienna Concert Grand, on which I'll probably do a little more tweaking. Been working with Designer for about two months now, learning a lot, and enjoying it.


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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from firstdefence in Symmetrical dashed line coupon boxes in Designer?   
    The size/length of dashes isn't the problem. It's an issue with how the dashes interact with corner joining and look of the corners or lack thereof.
    I found a quasi workaround by creating a dashed coupon box in InDesign using the Dashed 2/3 setting, copying and pasting into Designer, grouping the five elements (lines and 4 corners are pasted as individual layers), select the stroke option with dash line style, butt cap, miter join with miter set to 2 in order to maintain square corners, align stroke to center, and adjust stroke/dash size as needed. Dash settings are 1/1/0/0/0. As it's resized, the dashes still move around, but the corners remain constant and it just takes some adjusting to get the dashes to look evenly spaced. I don't like the look of the small snub-looking corners, but it's the best workaround I've come up with. Doing it this way, the dashed box can be changed to any color and respond to fx after re-grouping all layers within the original grouping.
    The first box below uses the settings mentioned above with a 7.8 stroke. Acceptable but still don't like the small snub-looking corners and can find no way to make the horiz/vert extenders a bit longer on each corner so they look like Illustrator or InDesign corners. For smaller coupon boxes, I can barely tell they're 'corners' when printed. For comparison, dashed box created in InDesign at bottom with 2/3 setting. InDesign provides three dashed line options... '2 and 3' (normal spacing), '4 and 4' (wider spacing), and 'Dashed Line'. I found it interesting that when selecting the basic Dashed Line option, the corners look exactly like the pasted-into-Designer version.
    I found that I can achieve more consistent results when eyeballing the spacing by resizing vertically and horizontally and not dragging diagonally.
    My file is included at the bottom if you want to check it out.


     
    Coupon box.afdesign
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from Stefan Johnsson in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Exactly. Corel Draw was able to warp text from the start MANY, MANY years ago. Basically Affinity is a good program but it's disappointing that any vector program in 2018 is incapable of warping text since it's such an important tool for any designer.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from souacz in Converting RGB to CMYK   
    I do high end magazine/publication layout, and always have to convert client-supplied RGB jpg images/photos to CMYK in Photoshop for print. It's usually not a problem other than watching for color shift, especially blues and reds. Blue skies turn purple and reds go orange, both requiring correcting.
    Personally, I always design client logos in 300 dpi CMYK from the start. That way, if they need it for print, they're covered. If they need it for web or other RGB based media, CMYK can easily be converted to RGB, usually without color shifts.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from souacz in Converting RGB to CMYK   
    I do high end magazine/publication layout, and always have to convert client-supplied RGB jpg images/photos to CMYK in Photoshop for print. It's usually not a problem other than watching for color shift, especially blues and reds. Blue skies turn purple and reds go orange, both requiring correcting.
    Personally, I always design client logos in 300 dpi CMYK from the start. That way, if they need it for print, they're covered. If they need it for web or other RGB based media, CMYK can easily be converted to RGB, usually without color shifts.
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    Ballyshannon got a reaction from GabrielM in Remove background in two separate places   
    I figured it out. After outlining the area of his glasses to be removed, I had to make sure the curves layer was on a separate layer and not nestled with the background layer, select both the background and curves layer, and use the Subtract function.
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