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  1. So this question is not truly AD specific, but since I created my printed document in AD, I will kindly ask you to answer my question if you can. So I started by creating an A4 sized paper. I used text as well as other vector graphics I inserted from a PDF I made. Since AD is not very suitable for hand-writing with a tablet ( I tried Wacom Intuos, but the brush kind of smoothed out and it lagged), I used my iPad with GoodNotes and my Adonit Jot Touch (a capacitive stylus). I then exported my hand writings as a PDF (GoodNotes is vector, so should be now problem), inserted the PDF in my AD document and removed the background. I had the beautiful curves I wanted. Still everything was vector graphic. I also used standard text in my document using the text tool in AD. Now I exported as PDF and 300 dpi, which the print press required. Today, my print project was in the mall. I noticed something strange. The text which I made in AD with the standard text tool was sharp, but the vector curves (my handwriting from the iPad) was slightly blurred / pixeled. Now this is strange since even the photos and other rastered objects I had in this document are still sharper than my vector hand writing. Has anybody a clue, how this could have happened? I am just curious, whether there are some differences in vector graphics. Has anybody any experience with this? I have added some screenshots and photos. I just want to make it better next time. The photos are low quality but you can see the difference in the sharpness. The text is very sharp, the hand writing is slightly pixeled. Keep in mind that the handwritten text is about he same size as the text "Schau mir in de ..." below the red title. Please post any ideas on how this could have happened. I will talk to the print press on monday, but I had a similar problem with other print presses as well. (Text was pixeled / low quality, even though it was PDF). Sincerely, Walter
  2. Hi, I once made it that I could use a pixel brush to draw over areas of a specific color of a vector image that became transparent. But I can't remember how I did it? It's a very cool feature where a mask is created automatically. Can anyone enlighten me how to do it?
  3. Hi From time to time I get pixel artwork that I need to print out as shaped stickers, The problem I have is when I select the artwork in the Pixel Persona how do I then create an Object out of that selection? In Pixel Persona If I create a new layer and try to fill the selection with a solid colour using the fill bucket nothing happens, I can fill the selection with the Paint Brush though. Over in the Draw Persona I can't fill the selection or give it a stoke to create an Object. Is there a way to do this or is this a bug or feature not yet implemented? I'm using the latest beta of Designer download today. thanks Adrian
  4. So... I wanted to see how Affinity Designer's pixel painting feature set stacked up to Photoshop's with a little experiment. I had created this Bunny illustration in Photoshop CS4 (yes I know I'm a little behind the curve) and decided to take a crack at it in AD. I was excited with some earlier attempts at painting in AD so I thought a back to back comparison would really reveal it's strengths and/or weaknesses. The original image on the left is PS the recreated AD image is on the right. The other two images are from AD with a background added. Years ago I used to be an airbrush artist and I worked out a workflow in PS where I used the paths as "frisket" to created selections to "airbrush" inside of. The AD piece at right is done in a similar fashion. I created paths of the various objects, arranged them on layers and painted inside them using the great selection of brushes available. But with AD I was finding I could work a little more flexible and more "un-destructive" allowing for more freedom to experiment and play with ideas... for instance the whiskers are strokes that I can continue to tweak if needed, the high lights on the ears are also strokes that could be further refined and a lot of the "painting" are actually effects and not painted at all, so those would be adjustable after the fact as well... ...all in all I was very pleased with the outcome and more importantly the "workflow" exceeded my expectations. For me, truly this is the perfect workflow that I have been wanting for years, a real balance of vector and pixel that delivers on what it promises - finally! Now I'm not dis'ing Photoshop, and I don't want to start an Adobe bashing thread... I just thought a comparison of what I discovered in my working method might benefit others and also I wanted to thank the Serif team for offering all of us a solid choice!
  5. Just wondering if there is a way to get the noise feature to work on painted or pixel work? Can't seem to find it, don't know if it's buried somewhere or just not a feature... sure would be great to have it work in a similar fashion to the vector stuff.
  6. Would be awesome to not create ½ pixel shapes! It's really disturbing specially when making an UI, to have to round up every single fraction of elements. So have an option to only have integer pixels would be very welcome!
  7. Hi, I'm working on my first drawing in AD. I enjoy using pixel and vector tools in one app especially. Because I use Photoshop for pixel work I have some thoughts about pixel persona (apologize if it was pointed somewhere). 1. When I make mask for pixel layer it is not linked to this layer (I see it above). Maybe it has some pros but I can't see them. 2. I can't invert mask. It would be great to use Cmd+I for that. 3. I can't use black and white on my mask. In Photoshop black hides and white shows. Here both show and I need to change tool to Eraser if I want to hide something. 4. I can't make mask preview (Option click in Photoshop shows mask). 5. It would be great to have options for Layers panel (with invert, make selection, show mask, hide mask etc.). 6. Can I use Space+Cmd, Space+Option to zoom in/out? It doesn't work for me (or works sometimes). Best, Greg
  8. On the new outline view with split window feature. It is an awesome feature btw! Down the road however I'd like to see an option where the "pixel" or right side could be a vector preview, not a pixel preview. When you're really zoomed in and tweaking things, the pixel preview is not really useful.
  9. In a document with some "Draw personas" and some "Pixel personas" layers ( hm, what does "personas" stand for?) to me it appears to be difficult to select some objects by clicking on its visual in the documents page view. Yes, I can click through the "Layers" panel – but I wonder if I am doing any wrong when I try to select an(y) object just visually on its documents area view. –> Is it possible to achieve/select any object (= child layer) on a documents 'paper'/'screen' view? –> If yes: how? – Any keys to hit while clicking? It seems it helps/i need to switch "personas" to enable one or the other object selection in the documents view. – Is this intended?
  10. Hi, Is there a way to snap guides to the pixel grid? Seems like there should be a way to do this, but I can't find it. Thanks.
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