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Mark Oehlschlager

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  1. Have enjoyed many of the Lockdown videos, but have noticed there are no contributions from book or publication designers using Publisher. Are there no Publisher users worth highlighting, or is it just easier to interest folks with photography and illustration?
  2. @Smileyyy I'm not a video editor, but I've read very glowing reviews of the editing software, DaVinci Resolve, as a terrific alternative to Adobe Premier, After Effects and Audition. Check it out.
  3. @JET_Affinity Plotting points is tedious and more in line with an engineering mindset. Some tasks are suited to careful, surgical point plotting, but for digital illustration which assumes an artists mindset, there should be direct intuitive drawing and painting tools. Natural, direct, efficient, intuitive. As for your complaint about excessive points, that's a software engineer's problem, not an argument against a painting tool that creates freeform vector shapes. Consider the problem Serif had with excessive points for expanded strokes.
  4. @Kuttyjoe I don't see how a flood fill paint bucket would be an advantage here. In the tutorial, the artist was not filling existing vector shapes; he was outlining new shapes with the pen tool before filling them. A Blob brush would enable him to "paint" in the new custom freeform shape with fill directly applied.
  5. Just got done watching the "Lockdown 2020" video: "Speed and motion: illustrating a car in Affinity Designer with Chris Rathbone". One thought occurred to me: when it came time to block in the color, shadows and highlights, having the equivalent of Adobe Illustrator's Blob Brush would be more intuitive to work with and more efficient. The Pen Tool makes sense for line work, but a Blob Brush that "paints" freehand shapes would be better for painting areas of flat color. (https://youtu.be/iMlJrYE8Xo0)
  6. @Jowday One of my pet peeves as someone who started designing for print is the conflation of dpi and ppi. Dots per Inch has always meant the ratio of literal dots of ink per inch applied to a paper substrate, where a high-end image setter could image a printing plate with a resolution of 2400 dpi – not to be confused with the 300 ppi resolution of the raster art being processed. It seems that the definition of dpi was appropriated as an analogy for explaining pixel density of electronic displays. The other pet peeve is the insistence of web and app developers who've never worked in print to refer to the pixel dimensions of an image or screen as the "resolution" of that image or screen. Without a ratio of pixels to inches, nothing is resolved. There is no resolution described or implied by the simple pixel dimensions 800 x 600 px. We simply have dimensions expressed in abstract and relative units. But language evolves. Persistently misused terms become accepted standards.
  7. @anon2 Thanks for the tip on the hack. I'm really rooting for Serif to succeed with Affinity, but there are so many bugs that need quashing, I don't know if they'll ever get past the current development stage.
  8. Just tried to reproduce this Photoshop tutorial in Affinity Photo 1.8.3 and discovered that combining a Levels adjustment layer and a Color Fill layer with Color blend mode within a Layer Group kills the effects of the Levels adjustment and the Color blend mode.
  9. @Bwood This feature my be relevant to your need: https://sparkleapp.com/docs/galleries.html
  10. @Bwood Affinity seem to have their hands full just quashing bugs in their current suite of three apps. I don't think they have the bandwidth to add a new application to their workload. Unfortunately. Dominik mentioned Pinegrow and CoffeeCup. I have found that Sparkle is a terrific app for designers who want to build responsive websites without having to touch a line of code. If all that you need is to produce attractive websites or landing pages for yourself and clients, and are not required to colloborate with a web development shop, I think you would be thrilled with Sparkle. Here's a link to descriptive documentation.
  11. @Gabe FYI: Just experimented with setting my Photo UI Style to "Light". Under those conditions, there is no problem with Visibility or legibility. The problem is unique to the "Dark" UI Style.
  12. Hi @Gabe Restarting Photo did not clear up the problem. I'm running the 1.8.3 Affinity Suite on an iMac running OS X 10.13.6 (High Sierra). My Affinity UI is set to a Dark theme. Dark and Light themes are not an option for OS X High Sierra.
  13. I was familiarizing myself with the Metadata panel when I discovered that the Detail Category tab has a visibility problem: Whereas all of the other category sub-panels display white text knocking out of a dark ground, the Detail Category displays a barely legible light grey text on a white ground. See screenshot below.
  14. UPDATE: I now see in the online Help files that one removes a ruler guide, not by dragging the guide to the rulers as in other apps from Apple and Adobe, but by dragging the ruler guide beyond the edge of one's artboard or canvass. Okay. So, first zoom out to see the edges of one's artboard, then drag the guide beyond to the pasteboard. Still, when one is zoomed in on a document, it would be nice to be able to remove a guide either dragging to the ruler, or by being able to select the guide and hit the delete key, or select a Delete Guide contextual command with a right-click.
  15. I'm currently running Designer 1.8.3 on Mac OS High Sierra. I've discovered some inconveniences in creating and managing layers. Inserting New Layers at Specific Locations in the Layer Stack: Often, I'd like to insert a new layer just above the layer or object I have selected in the Layers panel. Presently, however, a new layer always ends up at the very top of my layer stack, which can be far removed from where I want it, requiring me to scroll up and drag the new layer back down. : Please add the ability to insert a new layer above or below a currently selected item in the Layers Panel. Collecting Selected Layer Items in a New Layer: Often, I would like to quickly collect items in my Layers panel into a single sub-Layer. Presently, the only way to accomplish this is with a hack: Group the items, then go to Layer > Promote Group to Layer. Converting Groups to Layers and Layers to Groups: Presently, it's possible to select a Group and go to Layer > Promote Group to Layer, but there is not a useful and complementary Layer > Convert Layer to Group. Having the two complementary commands available would be useful. Moreover, in the interest of efficiencies, it would be nice if both of those commands were available as part of a right-click contextual menu. Thanks for your consideration.
  16. @haakoo Thanks, but neither of your suggestions make a difference. It's a bug.
  17. I'm currently running Designer 1.8.3 on Mac OS High Sierra. Discovered that I cannot delete guides using the drag method (i.e., dragging the guide off the artboard to the rulers). Moreover, in resorting to the Guides Manager, I find it difficult to identify which guide, in the long list of guides, is the guide I wish to delete. Two requests: Please fix the bug that prevents one from deleting a guide by dragging it to the artboard rulers. Please add a feature wherein one can select a guide directly, have it highlighted by color, and delete it by striking the Delete key on the keyboard, or right-clicking on the guide and selecting Delete Guide.
  18. @Murfee Glad to hear of your experience. Mine is not great. Still broken.
  19. @PhilipPeake Perhaps. However, I'm running High Sierra. Avoided Mojave and Catalina in order to maintain the functionality of my Adobe CS6 apps. Or maybe you're suggesting that Serif are chasing the latest Mac OS changes, and that those changes are responsible for breaking application features running on the older OS.
  20. Hi, @MEB Yes, I can recreate it from scratch. Here's my setup: iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 Mac OS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) Affinity Photo 1.8.3
  21. I sometimes wonder whether all the broken features (e.g., this Snapshot function, the Zoom tool and contextual bar Zoom controls, etc.) are an unavoidable by-product of trying to develop an integrated suite of applications, further complicated by attempting to make them run on three very different OS's (Mac OS, Windows, iOS). How is it that the code for long established features, basic features even, get broken with every point upgrade? Not being an app developer myself, I can't imagine. Frustrating for everyone involved. I'm sure the Serif staff would rather focus on getting to parity with, or surpassing, the Adobe products rather than getting hung up on fixing all these broken features and then testing on three different platforms.
  22. I just discovered that the Snapshot functionality is broken in Photo 1.8.3. One can take progressive snapshots of one's work using the Snapshot Panel, but one cannot restore to previous states using the Restore button in the Snapshots Panel. Interestingly, if one invokes the Edit in Designer command, one can use the Snapshot Panel in Designer to restore an earlier snapshot. Please fix. Thank you.
  23. Just installed the 1.8.3 releases of the Affinity Suite. Currently using Designer to produce some simple architectural plans, and discovered a bug with the Styles panel: I'm unable to add more than one line style (solid, dashed, dotted, centerline, etc.) to the Style panel in succession. After some experimentation with all three of the Affinity Suite applications, I discovered that one is only allowed to add successive line styles to the Styles panel IF the line styles also have fills applied. Please address this bug in the next beta release, so that fills are not required in order to save line styles to the Styles panel.
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