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  1. When you're also working with / coming from PS, it can be frustrating to work in Affinity without certain features in the fx panel. The basics might be covered, but there's so much more you could add and fix. So here are my wishes and suggestions for the fx panel (all apps). Sorry for my English btw.. Just read it with some thick german accent and it'll make all sense. Short version: Just copy most from PS. Long version: - A cancel button Whenever you're trying out several effects but come to the conclusion, that it wouldn't work out, you've to reset them all manually or go the steps back in your protocol. A simple cancel button would be a big time saver. - Resetting effects to default As soon you change any effect in the panel, there's no way to reset them to default. A simple reset button, maybe above "scale with object" would be nice. - Effects as layers Often it's handy to create new layers out of effects, like drop shadows e.g.. Also it helps seeing all effects in a dropdown, so you could turn on/off all single effects without going into the fx panel. Leading to the next point. - Turn off all effects for one layer As it says, would be usefull to turn off all effects at once for a single layer. The kinda new feature to turn off all effects at once is great, but being able to turn off single effects layers in the panel gives you a nice and quick control. - Fill opacity In adition of the fill opacity in the fx panel, I'd like to have it also in the layer panels top, just under the layers general opacity. Would be a nice quick access. - Pattern overlay Patterns within the fx panel would be nice and it's kinda an obvious wish. It's just more easy that way to give several layers the very exact pattern with it's tweaked properties by copying that fx. Also a propper patterns panel in general would be handy. I know, there are assets and styles, but asside from adding, deleting, there are no functions. A patterns panel could add some functions like, idk... changing sizes, colors with one click or something. - Bevel / Emboss profiles Would be cool to be able to save your own profiles in addition to the presets. (and that's actually a general wish wherever possible) - 3D shadows Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I know, you can only control the lightsources, but not the shadows, like their opacity. Would be a better control over the outcome to add the shadow behaviours as well. - Color Overlay noise in % I wish you could see the color overlay noise in % as well, just like in the color panel. Sometimes you wanna go with exactly the same ammount, so you don't wanna guess. Actually, make that wherever you can give color a noise, in all apps. - Gradient Overlay 1) You click on color, swatches, gradients but where are they? It would be nice to be able to grab gradients from your swatches, also to export them. 2) This one is actually more general. I wish you could get rid of the first and last gradient anchor (keeper?) as well. When you wanna make a gradient from one color to transparent, let's say blue to transparent, and if the last anchor was for example black, the gradient wouldn't be a clean blue to transparent, even if you set the last anchor to 0%. So you have to change the last anchor to the exact same color like your first. I hope you get what I mean. It's just a little more work than needed. When you could get rid of a 2nd anchor or the first, you'd just have one and there wouldn't be any dirty transition to transparent. 3) Reflected and diamond gradient styles would be helpful. Often I just want to mirror a gradient and always have to do it manually. Can be annoying the more colors you have and to mirror them precisely. Then there's also the mesh gradient, but yeah... probably a bigger construction site. ... So, that's that. Realisticly, people who really think about switching from PS to Affinity, especially for work with long time experience in PS (like myself), won't be too pleased by the current status. Often there are just some more annoying steps to do the work or it's even simply not possible. So an fx panel on a PS level would make things easier, faster and fill my cold black heart with warmth and pleasure. 🤘 I'm sure there's more to add and fix, but feel free to add anything. (V2.5.3., Win11)
  2. When I warp text and add FX, the FX only show up in the original outline of the text, pre-warp. Please help! I am working on a MacBook with the recently released update-- 2.5.2
  3. If I add a stroke effect to a group that contains a transparent object the layer effect is broken. Steps to reproduce 1. Add a dark rectangle for contrast 2. Add an ellipse shape on top 3. Set the ellipse to a screen blend mode and give it 30% opacity 4. Group the ellipse and apply a layer effect to the group 5. Set the effect to outline, make the colour white and set the stroke position to the inside of the object 6. Notice how the entire object is filled when the outline width is shifted beyond 1 px. 2024-05-16 21-50-40.mp4 Stroke fx broken with transparent object.afdesign
  4. Hey folks, I've noticed a problem in Affinity Photo 2, affecting both iPad and desktop versions, where changing a layer's fill opacity via the FX options from 100 % to anything between 100 and 0 % doesn't hide the layers contents as expected. Instead, the contents remain visible 100 % at all times. This seems similar to a previously mentioned, but seemingly solved issue with the 3D effect in Affinity Designer, indicating a possible consistent rendering issue with layer effects and fill opacity settings. To reproduce the Bevel / Emboss visibility issue, follow these steps: Open Affinity Photo 2 on either an iPad or desktop and create a new layer. On this layer, draw anything using any colour of your choice. Apply the Bevel / Emboss effect to the drawn layer. Reduce the layer's fill opacity to 0%. Expected Outcome: The layer contents should become invisible, leaving only the Bevel / Emboss effect visible. Actual Outcome: Despite reducing fill opacity to 0%, both the layer contents and the Bevel / Emboss effect remain visible, suggesting that the expected change in visibility does not occur. I'm looking for insights or workarounds from anyone who has encountered this. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers Dennis
  5. When I add FX to objects in a wrap group - I get similar artifacts.... frustrating if I'm making a mockup and I need to match an object and here's something like this....
  6. In Designer v 2.2 I can't activate "Scale with object" until a FX has been activated previously. The check mark un-checks itself. This should not be more than a little nuisance but I have found that it could occasionally generate an error on which the check mark can show as active and be in reality inactive after trying to check it repeatedly. To reproduce it: Make an object Open FX dialog Click on "Scale with object" (It un-checks intermediately) 😐 With some degree of frustration, click a second time (It repeats the uncheck) 🤯 You realize is not working. Now activate an FX (For example, inner shadow) and later activate "scale with object" (Now it remains active) 😀 Sometimes (Not always and with no logical pattern) the scaling ends being inactive despite the check mark showing that is active. I can't assure you that the steps will work always. Sometimes the issue happens after three clicks, other after two, sometimes does not happens… I can't say what the combination is, but I've been able to make it happen multiple times in the last two days. It seems that the check don't remain activated, but the status of the activation itself is preserved. On former versions of the app, you could activate "scale with object" before choosing an FX. Reverting to this behaviour should solve the issue.
  7. I cannot put an inside outline on a layer that a topaz plugin has been applied to. Doesn't matter if its photo, denoise or sharpen ai. Please see attached files. bug report on layer effects and topaz plugins.afphoto computer info.txt
  8. I have many many text FX and layer styles created in Photoshop that I'd love to import and use in Photo. Problem: When I navigate to a target folder with the PS styles I want to import, all of them are greyed out and non-selectable. Is there a way to import and use already-created layer / text FX / styles from PS into AP? And: Is there a way to create a REAL DROP SHADOW effect in AP? No, the Outer Glow does not do the same thing as a genuine drop shadow capability … close, but no cigar. Thanks for any input regarding how to accomplish these goals.
  9. In this Affinity Photo V2 tutorial iPad version, I create a colorful graphic using power duplicate, blend modes, FX, adjustments and more. I also did an iPad version that you can find on my Youtube Page. https://youtu.be/3iBa4Gz5dGM
  10. I ran into an issue where, if you duplicate symbols after applying an effect from another layer/ symbol/ group, the symbol is no longer duplicated as a symbol. Instead, it becomes a group. The bug is displayed towards the end, in the screencast, I also show that this wouldn't happen otherwise and that it is caused by the layer effect, not by the disabled symbol syncing. The bug part starts at 1:10. 2023-01-12 12-55-34.mp4 Steps to reproduce 1. Create a symbol 2. Duplicate the symbol 3. Disable syncing symbols 4. Add an effect to either a copy of the symbol or to an altogether different object 5. Drag the effect from to another copy of the symbol 6. Duplicate the symbol (from step 5) in the layers panel 7. Notice how the copy of the symbol becomes a group Also note that at 1:10 in the video, you'll see me dragging an effect of the symbol to the other symbol. Designer for some reason sometimes won't accept this. That's another bug, which since the two are related, I also report it in the same bug report. Workflow in which this occurs I have outlines applied to my symbols and to align them over other objects, I sometimes turn off the effect. It is then easier to re-enable the effect by dragging it from another symbol. I also tend to copy symbols if they are rotated, so I can preserve their rotation.
  11. In this Affinity Photo 2 tutorial for the desktop, I show one way to make holograms using live filters, halftones, different types of blurs, masks from selections,HSL filters, glow FX and more. I also did this tutorial for the iPad. Check out my YouTube channel for that version. https://youtu.be/ENdlHsLpGZY
  12. Hi. I found when I copy layer effects from one object to another, the effects will resize. Is there any way I can persist the effects parameters? Thanks! This is what I did to test: draw a 200x200 rectangle apply an outline effect to it with radius of 20px copy the rectangle draw a 100x100 rectangle edit → paste fx the 100x100 rectangle will have an outline effect with 10px radius
  13. Easily take Affinity Photo shapes to the next level. Don't settle for the default shapes this Affinity Photo beginner tutorial shows how to change the shapes and add effects (FX) and blend modes to create unique graphics. This is number 41 in my Affinity Photo Power Tools playlist. the link to this playlist is below. https://youtu.be/JZrGgtn3RAA #madeinaffinity #affinityphoto #affinityserif #tutorial #photomanipulation #graphicdesign #affinity #digitallyfearless #AffinityiPad #iPad #shapes #fx #3D #blendmodes
  14. I would like to have the FX panel to be able to be toggled on or off as a whole in each layer you have them on, so you can just click it on or off without going inside and disabling each effect. This would obviously be good in all the Affinity apps.
  15. This is something that I feel is kind of missing from the effects board. While having both overlay color and the fringe option - one still feels like its missing. The "Fill-Effect". Having a Fill-Effect would be a huge improvement when thinking of a more non destructive workflow. This would be especially helpful for artists that work with outlines and want to reduce the layer count while still maintaining a non destructive workflow. This fx could come with modes like these: - Símple Fill-In which searches the outlines of and object/lines inside of the outest outline and fills the spaces that do not yet have any pixels in them. - Fill the whole image (fills the whole layer with all the outlines similar to overlay color but also fills any gaps inside the main outline of the layer) -> This could help creating black versions of objects for more simplified artstyles, masks or sillouettes) (- Fill the whole background behind an object - including outlines) An export fill option would be super helpful here btw - so you are able to just click a few buttons and fill out the whole object without having to fill out each single space on your own. This would give artists the option to create a backlayer quickly while keeping the outline layer separate if they want to. Also, if the artist would change an outline the object would still be filled perfectly which would safe a lot lot of time not having to erase background of add new background to the outline. Please consider adding this. It would make so much so much easier. Greetings, Chris
  16. This is a feature/update I would love to see come to life at some point as it would allow for a lot more detailed styles to be used created and would offer an advantage over adobe. A newspaper effect would also be a sick and unique addition to it.
  17. I love to see how far I go with creating a painterly look beginning with a photo. The original photo (below) is actually a montage of many images found on the web - vases, flowers, draperies, figurines, etc. were are separate images. The resulting combined painting was created solely from Affinity Photo's default filters & layer blend modes, and without using any brushwork. Ultimately, the document contained 22 layers. Original Photo/montage
  18. I have designed myself into a corner that I can't figure out how to escape. I made a candle shape with thick lines that overlap in such a way that they obscure underlying shapes. It looks great with a white background, but I actually want the white lines to be transparent in the final export. I have tried expand stroke, but that just separates the white lines from the underlying shapes and using those as "cookie cutters" still doesn't yield what I want. Conceptually, a "flatten all to new curve" would do what I want (assuming I could specify to ignore white). I tried some fx masking, but still couldn't get there. Any thoughts on how to leave only the visible blue shapes in a new object?
  19. I made a commission for someone and it looked fine on multiple monitors. But going to print, the colors changed a lot. The eyes suddenly became purple. I narrowed this particular issue down to the way color overlays are handled. I feel rasterizing the document will fix this, but this is a serious problem. I disabled color management in printer and chose software handling, with the color profile loaded from the manufacturer. Relative colometric. The deep purple was made a lot lighter, but then the totally colorless gray eyes were turned purple. I also had issues making prints on other printers. Can anyone tell me what's going on? EDIT - This is happening in Designer, not Publisher. Can this be moved?
  20. It would be great if Serif would come back to the FX panel and upgrade it. I think it's okay but it could be so much better. It's been 7 years now with the same fx and no update. I would like to request that if you could look at making the outer shadow effect not just apply to the original shape its being applied to, but also increase its radius when an outer bevel is applied.
  21. I have a strange problem I hope someone can help me with. I make a new document in CMYK Iso Coated v2 300% (ECI). I add a text box enter a word and make the fill of the text a CMYK define global color. I export the document with to PDF (Press ready) default settings and a prefligt check results in a CMYK document. I now add the Inner Shadow effects on the text (I change the shadow color to a predefined global color CMYK 100% black). I export the document with the same PDF settings, and preflight says the document contains RGB art work? What happens? Is FX in AFfinity rendered in RGB and not CMYK? Is there something I am doing wrong? Attached is the document. First page is with Inner Shadow FX and second pages is clean text. Color space changes using FX.afpub
  22. An easier way for beginners to use the pen tool for tracing or masking is shown in this Digitally Fearless Affinity Photo Tutorial. https://youtu.be/jsj5iAzL0cQ
  23. Pattern Layer Effects Affinity Photo 1.9 beginner tutorial Add FX to the new Pattern Layer. In this Digitally Fearless beginner Affinity Photo tutorial I not only show how to create a layer pattern, but also away to apply and add effects to it. https://youtu.be/S-2foNdXXHc
  24. One thing I have missed for a long time is the ability to copying and pasting individual Layer Effects. What I mean is that I have a set of Layer Effects which I have spent a long time tweaking saved in a Styles Group. And I have another set of Layer Effects which I've also spent a long time tweaking saved in Styles. I wish there was a way of copying some elements from one style and combining it with elements from the other style. When copying and pasting styles and effects they overwrite other styles and effects already applied to an object. Especially gradient outlines and overlays in the Layer Effects panel are a nightmare. There is no way of copying them as far as I know, and so the only solution is to make new gradients from scratch, which is enormously time consuming. It would be an enormous time saver to be able to copy, say an outline gradient from one object and an overlay gradient from another object - and of course other effects as well - on an individual, effect by effect basis. I envision an "effects palette", where you could pick for example the 3D effect settings from one object, the overlay gradient settings from a second object and the outline effects from a third object, apply them all to the object you're working on, and when you're happy with the result, maybe even be able to save the settings of this "palette" as a new style or as an "effects palette preset", where the individual settings can be tweaked further, enabled, disabled and combined with new effects picked from other objects and/or styles.
  25. Create Marbles My Latest Digitally Fearless Affinity Photo tutorial - Easily create marbles. https://youtu.be/YHECNTQ4SgI
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