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  1. (Also, I'm in fact still eagerly waiting for exactly the opposite: a roughen effect à la Illustrator… )
  2. Live roughen vector effect! That's what I'm missing the most, despite its clunky modal UI, and although there are a few somewhat usable workarounds in Affinity. On the other hand though, the Roughen effect made me use Ill-frustrator more often that I would have ever wanted, including complex multipage layouts, simply because there's no such thing as a live Roughen effect in InDesign. In general, the Affinity suite has a major advantage and potential here over the Adobe design apps due it ist universally exchangable document format. In other words: What's available in one Affinity app is still seamlessly and "losslessly" available in the respective other two apps.
  3. No news. But "Roughen" is probably my #1 Illustrator feature that I miss in Affinity. There are several workarounds/workflows that can simulate a "roughen" effect though. I've posted quite a few in the past years: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/search/&q=roughen&quick=1&author=loukash&search_and_or=and&sortby=relevancy
  4. @thomaso already gave some great ideas. Keep in mind, though, that transparency and blend modes rasterize on PDF/X-1 or X-3 output, and adjustments, effects and filters will flatten and rasterize in any other otherwise vector format on export. So use with caution. This is probably the main reason I'm still keeping Illustrator CS5 handy: The live Roughen filter. I've been using it on live fonts very often, for exactly this kind of effect. Here's an example that I've uploaded recently in another thread and in different context, using Gill Sans and Bodoni Poster as fully editable text with Roughen filter applied and with an old cardboard scan as an overlay in Multiply blend mode. You can't do something like this with Affinity (yet; I hope it will eventually arrive!): ^ The content is upside down because this was a part of a vinyl LP gatefold sleeve inner spread on a print ready layout with a die-cut form. (Also still desperately needed in Affinity: overprint preview! On the other hand, we already have seamless canvas rotation preview with was a p.i.t.a. in Illustrator.) Anyway… There are two somewhat usable methods how to roughen a font outline in Affinity – other than using an already roughen typefaces like Caslon Antique, Block, Averia and the like: dashed stroke outline stroke outline pressure Stroke pressure is quite a promissing feature which has the potential of a Roughen filter, but it has a few bugs, causing ugly artefacts on vector export, so use with caution.
  5. Actually I was wrong here: The pressure profiles goes from the curve beginning to the curve end, regardless the node count. So if you need a more roughen effect, you may need to break the curve into pieces. And merge it into a single vector object afterwards.
  6. Yeah… my #1 missing Illustrator feature is the live Roughen vector filter. Stroke pressure. The more nodes your shape has the better, because the pressure profile is "node-to-node". Here a couple of examples I have posted in 2021: Also works with a dash stroke:
  7. We can't know if it's a "problem" to add it, but I definitely support such an option. See, everyone has different needs. For lots of the design work that I create – e.g. record covers, posters, flyers – I, for one, would love to have a Randomizer tool that would distribute each object slightly off grid and rotate it by a few random 0.x degrees. Slightly unprecise just like in the "good ole days" of graphic design where we would use Letraset and photocopies of images and Ulano film etc. and paste them all onto cardboard. But as it stands, in the overly precise digital domain I have to do all that manually, object by object. It takes a lot of time, but that's ultimately the time I need because I want it to have that look. Suffice it to say that I usually don't get paid for that extra time, haha. (Here's a recent example of a flyer/poster for one of my bands done in Publisher/StudioLink, manually "randomized".) Correspondingly, my most sorely missed Illustrator feature is the nondestructive vector Roughen filter.
  8. Not at all! I'd be just fine with the reliability of CS5(.5) because that's what I'm still working with. As noted, save for a few relatively unimportant spots where Illustrator CS5 wil predictibly crash on Mac OS El Capitan (which is what I'm mainly working with, for too many reasons that I won't go into here), it still does exactly what I need it to do. Same for Photoshop and InDesign CS5.5. Some of their tools are still very "20th century", but having been working in the digital domain for more than 25 years, I can deal with that. Heck, I made layouts with AI CS5 that look like this: The file is 66 MB without PDF compatibility (would be a few hundred MB with PDF embedded) and it takes a few minutes to load. It contains a full size vinyl LP gatefold sleeve layout, the corresponding CD Digipak layout with a 16-page booklet, and the record and disc labels layouts. All text is still "live", and all of it has my favorite Illustrator "killer feature" applied, the Roughen vector effect. Plus many other effects, filters, transparencies, you name it, where needed. Here's a detailed view: It went to print simply by exporting each page to PDF/X-3 using the built-in PDF exporter. The flattened PDF/X-3 of the LP sleeve is 100 MB. It printed without hicks. The resulting product is here: http://munster-records.com/en/label/vampisoul/product/czech-up-vol-i-chain-of-fools Everything was printed exactly as intended. Frankly, for the next release I have split each packaging part into separate files because the file load and redraw times were a tad a too long indeed… When Designer (or any other competitor) is ready to accomplish such a project as well, then I'll be ready for a full switch. And yeah, the Roughen effect is a must! I'm definitely not going to join the CC rip-off. I'm a professional graphic designer, self-employed since 1988. Then it's ultimately not worth for me to even look at that. *** Alright, we're getting very off topic…
  9. The one AI feature that I've been using a lot and that I'm eagarly waiting for, is the live Roughen effect. I've done whole double LP covers and CD booklets in Illustrator rather than e.g. InDesign because I wanted live editable text with this fake "old scruffy offset print" look, exportable as vector. There are a few somewhat possible workarounds in Affinity but not the real thing yet. Speaking of which, the real and still too underestimated killer feature of Affinity is the universal and "app agnostic" document format, paired with Publisher's Studio Link feature. You can use all functions from the complete suite without ever leaving the app environment and regardless if you're starting off with an afpub, afdesign or afphoto document suffix. Essentially, the suffix only determines the default app to open the document. That's all. You can start a document in Designer because you may want to work in an artboard based enviromenment rather than with pages, but you can do all the rest in Publisher if you need its typographic features. (What you can't do is mixing artboards with spreads: it's either or.) Take that, Schmadobe!
  10. To a certain degree it's possible to mimic roughen edges with the stroke pressure function. It has a bug, however:
  11. Looking at my old layout again, here I have faked "cheap spot color overprinting": discogs.com/release/8103001#images/40830650 Detailed view at the source: That's the magic of unconditional object based "Overprint" attributes! Also enjoy the magic of live Roughen effect on text. (Even though it has its own quirks…) By the way, the fake yellowish cardboard is a linked JPEG set to Multiply blend mode on top layers above the rest: Don't even try to imagine what would happen if you'd export a PDF/X-3 from a similar Affinity layout. Even though internally within the Affinity document window, it would likely be a breeze to work with, unlike in AI.
  12. It's a mixup: The upgrade path from the 2003 "Adobe Design Collection" to CS3 was cheaper buying individual app upgrades rather than upgrading to the "CS3" suite en bloc. Same for CS3 to CS5. So I ended up with ID CS5.5, PS CS5.1, AI CS5, and eventually AC X. (Don't let me start on the p.i.t.a. installing the apps from scratch on El Capitan: I had to search and download the individual AI CS5 update packages on archive.org because Schmadobe's built in CS5 update mechanism is broken and the adobe.com download links are dead!) Interestingly, Bridge CS5.1 can suddenly sync them all. I only find out TODAY! I vaguely remember that it didn't work back in 2011 when I installed it first on Snow Leopard and later on Mountain Lion. But then again, if you need PDF/X-3, it just works! Sigh… I've done full complex gatefold LP sleeves and multipage CD booklet layouts within one single AI document, with the Roughen live effect applied to all live text and all vector objects, transparencies, overprint, shadows, fake "cheap lazy 60s retro" typography, fake 3D à la letterpress, fake "barcode sticker", fake yellowish cardboard, fake "cheap grainy printing" effects, you name it. The AI document takes about 5 minutes to load, 66MB without an embedded PDF "mixdown", and editing it was definitely a strain on my nerves. (For the subsequent release from the series I split the layout parts over several documents.) Applying or modifying saved text styles in AI CS5 makes you want to bang your head against a wall. But the PDF/X-3 export was flawless, GZ Media didn't complain, and the print result was perfect, exactly as intended: discogs.com/release/8103001#images/21843569 (the glossy shrinkwrap visible on the front cover photo is real though, not faked…) Sadly, there's no way do accomplish this in Affinity as of today. Unless you'd go "full pixel mode". Nah, forget it.
  13. @Sean P, a similar (same?) issue when using the stroke pressure to mimic a live "roughen" effect. What looks good "on screen" goes full havoc when expanded or exported for print to PDF. The top object is a simple stroke, bottom object the same stroke expanded. The more compressed the spikes are, the weirder it gets: Somewhat related UI issue: The "Swap arrow head with tail" button is blank on Light UI. Affinity 1.9.1, El Capitan, MacBook Pro 9,1
  14. Definitely! I was stunned how my 2008 MBP came to life after I upgraded it with a 2TB SSD last year. Imagine back in 2000, wanting to do some serious work with a Mac from 1988. Or even in 2013, wanting to do anything useful with my 2001 PowerMac. Apple's Intel switch was definitely a game changer! Also, the 2008 MBP has the silver keyboard, my favorite notebook keyboard ever. Great for typing. Not to speak of matte displays! My 2012 MBP was the last model to offer one. I hate all those glossy glass displays. High Sierra doesn't require APFS. On my 2012 MBP, when I switched to 2TB SSD in 2019, I started installing the OSs onto their designated HFS+ partitions from "bottom" to the "top": Mountain Lion first (skipped Mavericks & Yosemite which I've never used anyway), then El Capitan, then Sierra, then High Sierra, all of them installed without hitch. The Mojave installer reformatted its destination partition to APFS, I think. Catalina needs it anyway. But even Mojave runs fine on HFS+. From what I remember, the original Apple installer doesn't give an obvious option and converts to APFS right away. Recently I set up a 2TB USB 3 "clone drive" of the internal SSD using the same partition setup and cloning with ChronoSync. Even though on the internal SSD, Mojave runs on APFS, ChronoSync cloned it to its corresponding HFS+ destination partition and it's safely bootable. Only for Catalina, ChronoSync automatically reformatted the destination partition to APFS. But back on topic: As long as the "other program" works, it's still possible to switch back and forth to use certain special functionality. Copy/paste paths between Affinity apps and Illustrator works pretty well. So if I need to vector trace a bitmap image, Illustrator CS5 will do it, and then I'd simply copy the paths to Designer for further editing. Same for the broken boolean operations in all Affinity apps. One feature I've been using a lot in Illustrator – my personal AI "killer feature", in fact – is the Roughen live effect (auf Deutsch: Effekt > Verzerrungs- und Transformationsfilter > Aufrauen). I've been using it particularly on live text to give it a more "analog" or "cheap offset print" look and feel. Sadly, there's no vector equivalent in Affinity. Another pathetic workflow is Affinity's PDF/X-3 export. More on that here, incl. workaround via Adobe "roundtrip": Hm… what's wrong with Select menu > Deselect? You can assign it any custom shortcut you like. I prefer cmd-shift-A. That said, there are situations when Deselect does nothing. I don't fully understand why yet. Sometimes you have to click somewhere outside to fully deselect. Option-click in Affinity. Also useful is Select menu > Select Next/Previous. Assign keyboard shortcuts and you can quickly travel through the layers. Another useful aid for starters and "converts" is customizing and fully expanding the Tools panel, i.e. unhiding all the tool variants which you may often forget about, positioning them into sections that are logical for your workflow:
  15. Definitely. As long as Serif doesn't add any vector tracing tools. Doesn't need to be Ill-frustrator though. I've seen threads here with links to many affordable alternatives. Hm. Lemme think. Could it be that InDesign is obviously the best tool for what you're doing? And since you do it professionally, its subscription fee would be actually part of what you're charging for your work? Don't get me wrong. I'd like to get rid of Adobe apps as much as the next guy. CS5.5 doesn't work on Catalina and beyond. I never jumped onto their CC subscription ripoff because for the amount of work and turnover that I have with graphic design, the subscription fee simply doesn't add up. So, e.g. in Designer I'd love being able to accomplish anything I can do in Illustrator (I'm looking at you, vector roughen effect which I can apply on live typography!). Etc. etc. But Affinity is just not there yet. So we're keeping on asking for features. And bugfixes. Sometimes we get some. (Features AND bugs, haha.) Sometimes not, and so we have to resort to workarounds. Or we have to resort to the software that will do the job now without crashing or tedious workarounds, etc. It's really that simple.™ Er… not the point here whatsoever. That's something between you and the artist. Definitely! As I said: That's inevitable. Much like Illustrator or Photoshop CS5 were "just not feasible in many cases", so that I've completed a task in Designer or Photo instead. (Sadly, can't say that about InDesign vs. Publisher yet.) That's why we – being professionals – are using specialized tools. Right? Cheers!
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