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  1. Hi, I'm placing an SVG file in Designer and try to convert to curves, but the menu item is disabled. This works perfectly with the same file in PagePlus X9. what am I doing wrong? Greetings, Sigurd
  2. I have recently switched over to Affinity Designer full time from adobe products after dabbling for a couple years. I'm rebuilding a document that I was originally done in Adobe illustrator. I'm exporting it as an svg file to be used with a program call Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) which I use to cut designs on a digital cutter. I'm having several problems opening the file in SCAL. First off, the file is more than 2x the size it was designed to be. Secondly, all elements are not visible when opened in SCAL. Thirdly, there is a dot that is appearing on the top right corner of the design which seems to be measured with the size but it isn't part of the design and can't seem to be removed. Precision for the size of the elements I'm cutting is paramount as are the missing elements. I print the document first after designating some lines as print lines and others as cut lines. After the document is printing I then cut the design out. This is a rather large problem that I need to fix, ASAP!! See photos below: The first shows the difference in scale with how it should look vs what appears when imported. Also, see the black dot to the upper left that appears? The second picture shows the preview of the file with text on it but, as you can see when its placed in SCAL the image has no text. The last picture shows the document in affinity designer with all elements as it should be. I hope i'm being clear, and I hope there is a fix that I am just missing when I'm trying to export.
  3. Hi guys, I created a logo with Affinity Designer and then decided to improve it by adding some outer shadow effects to the layers and groups that are part of the logo. I exported the logo as svg file but when I uploaded it to my site the shadows were not displayed and on top of that part of it got blurred. I opened the svg file with Affinity Designer to check whether it was a problem related to my browser or not but it happened the same. Then I checked that by deselecting the outer shadow effects the problem disappeared. Do you guys know anything about it? Probably I am doing something wrong. I am relatively new on graphic design. Find attached some files for more information. Many thanks in advanced! logo-design.afdesign
  4. Here’s a very quick tutorial that requires no images and may help others who use Affinity Designer with ZBrush to import vector/ svg shapes for extrusion. To bring in an SVG file to ZBrush’s Text 3D & Vector Shapes Plugin successfully I.e with no stretching of proportions and other potential issues….. 1, Make sure your document's porportions within Affinity Designer is square 2, If you didn’t create your vector shape in a square document - copy it and past it in to a newly created square document. NB: How the pasted shape is aligned is of no importance to ZBrush, nor is it’s size within the square document. 3, Select your shape in the document > now export your SVG >File > Export , using the preset SVG (for export) , Area = Whole Document. 4, Import in to ZBrush> ZPlugin> Text 3D & Vector Shapes>New SVG et voila. All should be harmony and joy. (At the time of writing using Affinity Designer 1.6 & ZBrush 4R8)
  5. Hi, new guy here. o/ I recently purchased and started using both Photo and Designer after having used Photoshop and Illustrator for many many years, not a heavy user but I know my way around it. Will take a while before I can switch completely, but I like the direction of both Affinity tools. Keep up the good work! First thing I tried with Designer is port some of the assets from AI and use Export Persona for exporting both PNG and SVG. While PNG works fine, SVG not so much. I've searched the forum, but wasn't able to find a concrete answer. Hence this topic. 1. Ability to retain width and height of the artboard as well as the viewbox. Checking off `Set viewbox` option in the export setting does set the height and width attributes, but it also removes the viewbox property, which is not ideal. For example AI handles this through `Responsive` setting in SVG export options; checking it removes width and height, otherwise both are always present. 2. Output SVG contains unwanted (unnecessary perhaps?) clipping elements and references and an empty artboard rect. In the below example only `<path />` is wanted and none of the other stuff. I imagine this is necessary if the slice is smaller than the artboard. But this is exactly what `viewbox` is for — to clip unwanted areas of an SVG. 3. Presentational attributes: `fill="#ebebeb"` instead of `style="fill:#ebebeb;"`. I do believe this was mentioned in one of the topics I found, but there was no clear answer to the issue. Perhaps something similar to AI SVG options where you can select how you want those properties to be exported. 4. Long-shot, but perhaps something similar to SVGO for minification. <svg width="100%" height="100%" viewBox="0 0 200 200" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xml:space="preserve" style="fill-rule:evenodd;clip-rule:evenodd;stroke-linejoin:round;stroke-miterlimit:1.41421;"> <rect id="Artboard1" x="0" y="0" width="200" height="200" style="fill:none;" /> <clipPath id="_clip1"> <rect id="Artboard11" x="0" y="0" width="200" height="200" /> </clipPath> <g clip-path="url(#_clip1)"> <path d="..." style="fill:#ebebeb;" /> </g> </svg>
  6. I cannot find the option for choosing the decimal precision. In Inkscape, you could set the amount of significant digits to 5, for intance, this resulted in the shapes' coordinates looking like this: 5 significant digits: 1.2345 12.345 123.45 1234.5 3 significant digits: 1.23 12.3 123 My whole web application is based around SVG (dragging around on a big SVG map,) so it will probably see a size reduction of at least 25% solely from dropping the three decimals in all coordinate numbers I know you can just do a regex find in an editor and search for \.\d\d\d and just delete all occurrences, but that gets tedious to do manually every time I want to export svg
  7. Hello there, I am drawing on a Wacom Bamboo Slate, which can export your drawings (and writing via a kind of OCR) to text, image formats and SVG. Here's Wacom's specs for the Slate: http://www.wacom.com/en/products/smartpads/bamboo-slate#Specifications The Slate's ballpoint pen is marketed as having 1024 levels of pressure which in theory seems a bit much for a ballpoint pen, but would be nice if it could reproduce the light and heavy strokes you have made on paper. My problem is that the SVG files exported from Wacom's Inkspace app are filled black shapes instead of strokes. The shapes are thicker than the original paper lines, losing most of the line width variance, and I cannot find a way to reduce the width as you would with a stroke. I am attaching an image to illustrate my problem. Any thoughts on how to convert these shapes into strokes so that I could make them thinner? Many thanks in advance! PS there may be an answer in the thread below ('line width is not yet fully supported in the SVG standard'), but I'd like to confirm if something can be done about this using Affinity Designer? https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/45452-how-do-i-import-paths-they-keep-turning-into-shapes/#comment-227169
  8. I am tryingto open an Illustrator File into Designer. it is this template file from a print shop. It seems fine in Illustrator. 3.5X2-SMART-V2.ai. When I bring it into designer is not working out: As Ilustrator into Designer: As SVG 1.1 into Deigner: As Svg 1.0 I can’t figure it out>. Any one Smarter can help me>>>. 3.5X2-SMART-V2.ai I don’t what to do!!
  9. Dampsquid

    SVG export problem

    Hi - please take a look at this thread... Post in iPad questions The question was around export of a design to SVG where a curve is a shape compounded from two with the subtract operation. There seems to be a bug here given it's not just me experiencing it. Thanks!
  10. It would be very handy to have an option to include invisible object in export to SVG and PDF. Main purpose for this is to improve exchanging working files with other applications.
  11. Hi all! I am writing you not as the usually nitpicky and potential Affinity-fanboy-who-lives-off-of-Publisher (I do currently live off of InDesign, so it would be only a matter of time, but things just may take a bit of a turn in my career path soon-ish), but as a prospective full-blown professional type designer and current type design teacher with some serious grievances to air; as you may guess, I recommend Affinity apps for most graphic design related tasks, and even though I vehemently tell all my students to familiarize themselves with type design packages (namely Glyphs.app, FontLab, RoboFont, etc.) and start drawing inside them right away, they are all more familiarised with all-purpose vector drawing packages when they begin studying type design, so, for those who may wish to go that route, I also make a point of explaining to them how to properly size their curves/paths in points, in order to correctly import them into Glyphs.app further on. Now, this usually works fine when using Adobe Illustrator, but when doing so with curves/paths drawn in Affinity Designer, some less-than-optimal results occur, as you can see from the enclosed screenshots. The result will always be the same (on both apps, mind you), either if I paste the curves/paths directly or if I export them into .EPS and import them into Glyphs (actually, Glyphs won't even let me try the latter – and gives me the enclosed error message, whereas .EPS content generated from Illustrator, whether pasted directly from the clipboard or dragged into Glyphs, will work just fine). If I export it from Affinity Designer into .SVG I will be able to import it into Glyphs.app without any missing nodes, but the scale will be way off, thus making the whole process needlessly complicated. I happen to be acquainted with Mr. Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, from the Austrian type design studio Schriftlabor and the Glyphs.app development team, and I can put you guys in contact with him in order to work on fixing this issue. As for the recently released FontLab VI, I don't own it so I can't get into the compatibility with it for the moment in any authoritative fashion whatsoever. I did give their very feature-complete and stable public beta a go, however, and it seemed the interoperability was even more broken, so maybe you should chime in with Mr. Adam Twardoch from FontLab Inc. on that issue as well (though I'm guessing that FontLab's even more advanced curve/path drawing tools and its focus on über-pros – their app is expensive as hell, after all –, combined with their still less-than-elegant usage of – ugh – Qt, may mean that they don't care much about those interoperability niceties and would rather force their users to always draw inside of FontLab from the get-go). As it stands, Affinity Designer in standalone form (I have yet to test InkScape as a bridging app, but… I'd rather not, as it's even more cumbersome than AI) is completely unfit for type design purposes with Glyphs.app and, as such, I can't recommend it to my students at all, which is a pity because the price bracket and the target audience of both packages seem to be very similar. Do you have any insight as to what may be going wrong here (a non-standard/reverse-engineered or even standard and well-documented .EPS and .SVG implementation, just a bit gone wrong, perhaps?) and could you provide us with a tentative ETA for its resolution? Now, for some explanation on what each of these screenshots mean… Here we have the original outlines, all nice and dandy, without duplicate nodes or anything: And here we have the result of copying said outlines and pasting them directly to Glyphs.app and, as you can see, the scale is indeed correct but we're missing one node: Now, if we try to export a file into .EPS using Affinity and import it into Glyphs.app, we get this error message: Surely we'll get better results if we try using Adobe Illustrator, right? By opening the .EPS file in AI and saving it back, also in .EPS format but with a different name, and importing it into Glyphs, here's what we get, and indeed the results are better, as we get the correct scaling and all the nodes (plus some extraneous ones on the same place where Affinity Designer defined the first/main/closing nodes to be): For the sake of it, let's try saving both .EPS files, in their respective apps, into .SVG format instead and import them back into Glyphs.app… The result on the right was from the file generated in Affinity Designer, and the one on the left from the file generated in AI and, as you can see, AD got the scale way off but finally all the right nodes, whereas AI gave us the same result: Interestingly, if we copy the paths from the .SVG file generated in AI from the .EPS file exported in Affinity Designer and paste them directly from AI into Glyphs.app, we get the best results yet: So, all things considered, it seems the best course of action is to export the artwork in Affinity Designer into .EPS format (and not directly into .SVG, because, as I've just found out and pointed out in the thread title, Affinity Designer seems to mess up with the scaling factor when exporting into .SVG), then opening it on Adobe Illustrator, then saving it into .SVG format and, only then, directly copying it and pasting it into Glyphs.app. It's an effective but extremely convoluted process, which forces you to use AI anyway and kind of defeats the whole purpose of switching to Affinity Designer… :\ For your reference and… forensics, I guess, I am also enclosing the files used in the course of this test: p (generated with Illustrator from the EPS generated with Affinity).svg p (generated with Illustrator from the EPS generated with Affinity).eps p (generated with Affinity).svg p (generated with Affinity).eps test.glyphs
  12. I only found this strange effect after quite a bit of chin stroking and hair pulling with something that was confusing the heck out of me. Workflow to re-create the issue (in Designer for Windows): 1. Create a new document containing an artboard (A5 landscape will be fine). 2. Draw a triangle that almost covers the whole artboard (don't go near the edges so you can see the effect better). 3. Give the triangle a Black stroke colour and a thick stroke width (16pt will be fine). 4. Go the the Export persona and export the artboard as "SVG (for web)". 5. View the exported SVG in a browser. All should look just fine at this point. 6. Go back to the Draw persona. 7. Select the artboard layer - NOT the triangle layer (but it does the same thing either way). 8. Change the Opacity of that layer to 90% (this is the thing I did by accident that was producing the strange problem). 9. Go back the the Export persona and export the artboard as "SVG (for web)" again. 5. View the exported SVG in a browser. The image now looks blurred. It's actually an SVG containing a raster of the triangle. You can prove this by editing the SVG in a text editor. Is this expected behaviour? (It took me ages to figure out what I'd done "wrong".) I did a quick search and only found the following related issue: * https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/63257-texts-rasterized-when-exporting-to-pdf
  13. Looking at the SVG output at the moment SVG's always get a 100% width and 100% height, meaning they always scale up or down to a parent-window (in a browser). But there are a lot of usecases we don't want SVGs to scale on websites and if we do it would be nice if we could set how the responsiveness would behave, so to wich windowborder the image would stick and if we want to keep the aspect ratio while scaling. These are all very simple SVG attributes that only have to be added to the svg when we need it. Browsers are doing the rest. At the moment there is no setting in the SVG settings to turn the auto scaling (100% width/height) behaviour off in the SVG, meaning we have to manually take these attributes out of the SVGs each time we export an SVG if we don't want autoscale. It would be a lot easier, faster and less time consuming if we could just set these settings once inside the SVG export options to save it with our own preset. So what I ask for in the SVG export settings dialog is: - A switch to choose between using document width/height (keep size) or 100% width/height (auto scale) - A listbox to choose the 'preserveAspectRatio' attribute in the SVG so we can set this to: - none, xMinYMin, xMidYMin, xMaxYMin, xMinYMid, xMidYMid (the default), xMaxYMid, xMinYMax, xMidYMax, xMaxYMax (as described here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/SVG/Attribute/preserveAspectRatio) These are important settings for exporting SVGs for Web and not very difficult to add to the dialog cause they only change 3 attributes in the svg tag. But they speed up the process of SVG exports a lot because these changes don't need to be made by hand in a texteditor after each export! Thanks!
  14. Hey everyone. I’m using both Affinity Photo and Designer on iPad Pro 12. I’m also using a Cricut. Does anyone know what the exact SVG export settings are for Cricut Design software compatability? I’m having problems importing files. Getting either blank files or clipping errors. Thank you very much. Screenshot of your exact SVG export setting screen would be extra helpful.
  15. Hello i would like to make suggestions for next release of Affinity Designer. Please forgive if what i ask is already sorted and operational at this stage, be kind to point to where i can be instructed about it please Requests: a- Make more Export profile available. i.e: Export for Web b- Please improve or standardize your SVG output, because those created with ADesigner are black or black when they are opened on other software. c- 3D fx/Emboss fx should be improved too, they are great but they often requires a lot of attention and tuning before it's okay, some standard 3D/Emboss profile/Preset would be of great help for those who like Auto things and the others will keep their By Hand stuffs. d- Clipping mask should be less hard to find or to do but more accessible, adding a button in the bar can be of great help. e- Please improve fonts loading on software start (we are not all using 37 fonts only ). f- the Place tool should be improved, it sometime loose the ration (even shift key pressed doesn't help to maintain it). g- Make it possible for noise to be added into a simple single color, it works on gradient but ... it should also be available for simple color. h- Accessiblity to Compound Path function need to be improved here too, a button in bar when 2 objects are selected should help. i- Artboard tool must show more options and sizes than what we currently have. j- the Pop-Up system used to display the name of a tool or a functionality should be improved to also show a quick description of what the selected tool can do. k- we should be able to round a sharp corners using the corner radius both in/out, sometime it's hard to get the correct curve because the tool make it possible in or out only, both sides should be great. l- Please make the bleed visible (red line or yellow doesn't matter) for with/without Artboard created. m- Color Picker tool should be able to pick gradient too and not just a single color, here couples of small buttons should be added in the bar and displayed when we select the color picker tool, enabling us to select gradient ON/OFF single Color ON/OFF. Well a long list but i've put everything here, those who know how to achieve this or that are welcome. @MEB you know Affinity far better than most of us here, your inputs are welcomed. To all, point me to where solution was brought and i will kindly jump there. Blessings.
  16. Searching for a doable workflow I am trying to develop a workflow in which I can create assets in AD (macOS or iOS), export them as SVG, and import them into Blender for animation. I have discovered, after quite a few failed attempts over the course of many months, that this is not as straight-forward as one would imagine. Breakthrough Yesterday, I stumbled across an old post that turned out to be a breakthrough for me. Apparently, while exporting the assets out of AD, a specific setting must be unchecked, as shared by @Dave Harris here: After playing around with the different settings, I settled upon the following combo that seems to work relatively well: This did indeed allow me to get them into Blender, colors and all. However, I did discover another problem. A New Challenge Here is an admittedly silly little project that I created in AD a while, just for fun: And this is what I got when I import it into Blender (after rearranging the layers for visibility): As soon as I saw this, my response was, "Ah yes, it did exactly what I told it to do, even if it was not what I had expected. Duhhh..." What I want to do What I would like to do is to get each of the letters of our names into Blender so I can extrude them into 3D objects and animate them - that is simple enough. But I also want the colors of each letter to go along with them - not so simple. Is there a way that this can be done? It seems that I will need to flatten out or convert the layer masks to something else before exporting them to SVG. This is where I am stumped. Finally... Kudos for the iPad app! I purchased the iPad app the very moment I received the email. The dev team really outdid themselves with this, big time! I truly enjoy using the Mac app for working, but I am actually LOVING it!
  17. When exporting a rectangle to svg without effects the result is as expected: <rect x="420" y="260" width="460" height="200" style="fill:#ebebeb;"/> But when we add an effect, like gaussian blur to that rectangle the svg-exporter automatically generates a wrapper-group around the element just to apply the effect: <g style="filter:url(#_Effect1);"> <rect x="420" y="260" width="460" height="200" style="fill:#ebebeb;"/> </g> This is what I would expect instead: <rect x="420" y="260" width="460" height="200" style="fill:#ebebeb;" style="filter:url(#_Effect1);"/> I understand wrapper groups could be a way to stack effects if we want to use more than one effect on an object (although even then svg allows filters to be chained via their 'in'-attributes), but that's not the case here because we just use a single effect. If we only apply one effect to an object, in my opinion the effect should go directly to the style-attribute of the element itself instead of creating additional groups and with that changing the hierarchy of the layout. Also when having more than one effect applied to an element the first effect should go in the style of the element itself. Adding these additional groups makes the svg output overly complex and large and in Javascript we now need to keep track of/set two different elements when controlling attributes both on the element itself as well as switching the single effect of the group above dynamically. I might be missing something here, but I searched through all of Designer and in the svg-exporter options, but couldn't find any setting to prevent these extra groups to be created on exports. I also tested this in the last Designer beta (1.6.5.112), but it has the exact same behaviour. Please add at least the first effect to the svg-element itself and prevent adding groups as much as possible. [edit] Please put svg effects directly to the graphical element or use svg effects chaining instead. Don't create additional groups/change hierarchy. Leave the structure in svg output 1 on 1 the same as created in Designer. And meant by the designer
  18. When exporting a file to SVG from within Designer, for each layer or group having an opacity set below 100%, Designer automatically adds an extra, redundant, group just to apply opacity to: * Adding a group without opacity set less then 100%: <g id="myID"> <rect x="152.01" y="85.967" width="142.705" height="84.033"/> </g> * But when opacity of the group is set below 100%: <g id="myID"> <g opacity="0.5"> <rect x="152.01" y="85.967" width="142.705" height="84.033"/> </g> </g> This results in larger and more complicated SVG-outputs then necesary, but most importantly: it breaks the structure and hierarcy as meant by the designer causing all kind of problems when using the SVG for styling and javascript usages: interactivity and animations. Because suddenly there is an extra, unexpected level in hierarcy and the ID is on a different level then the opacity. That way webdevelopers can't trust the ID anymore. Instead the opacity should be applied directly to the group like visually done in Designer, keeping the structure the same as in the GUI and so meant by the designer: <g id="myID" opacity="0.5"> <rect x="152.01" y="85.967" width="142.705" height="84.033"/> </g>
  19. No matter what I try some shapes simply go missing, and some remain but change position. Shapes are: just vectors have no layer effect applied - glow, blur etc. Grouped/ungrouped makes no difference. shapes are closed - no un-joined vertices. are not using any overlay modes such as soft light, overlay etc. I've also tried copying the illustration into a new document and exporting. I'm using this software professionally so things need to work. As it stands it looks like I'll need to sub to Illustrator and re-do a lot of my work.
  20. Hi, there is one thing I miss from Illustrator and it's the ability to attach scripts, or some metadata, to elements; layers or groups of layers. It's helpful when creating interactive SVGs. Of course it's possible by naming layer/group and edit the code of the exported SVG but it becomes repetitive when you open the SVG again and the code is stripped of the additional code. So the option to have some extra content in the code of an element and keep it intact on re-opening or saving the document, would be terrific. It does not have to do anything, just a field to type som extra attributes to the element and keep them throughout the workflow.
  21. When drawing elements to be cut on a laser cutter, setting up a document in mm is very helpful. Unfortunately, the common interchange file format for this kind of device is SVG. While the file format supports measurements in defined units, Designer converts to pixels during the export, which means that after import, the dimensions have to be recalculated. Therefore, it would be great to have the option to preserve the units from the document during export, such that a 50x150mm rectangle is exported just as such.
  22. I am trying to export SVG files from Affinity Designer and bring them into a range of programs for generating tabs / notches and then outputting for laser cutting. In Adobe Illustrator it is very simple - you set the document units to mm, design something with specific dimensions, and export your SVG. What comes out will be interpreted by other software, and by the laser cutter at the exact dimensions. With Affinity Designer, I've spent hours troubleshooting and digging through the forums and no matter what I do dimensions seem to vary depending on the DPI and all sorts of other options, and even slices of objects with the same height will export at different dimensions. It makes it practically impossible to predict what size your object will be. (as an aside, I thought DPI was completely irrelevant to vector - why is it even an option in a vector format?!) So is reliable scale something Affinity Designer just can't do? How are people delivering documents for print if they don't know how the printer will interpret the dimensions of their final files? I dumped Creative Cloud, bought the Affinity hoping to replace AI and now am faced with going back to Creative Cloud and getting stung with higher fees as a result of leaving. For my line of work this seems like really simple stuff...
  23. I am using Affinity Designer to create file to upload into Cricut Explore Air2, to draw embroidery designs on fabric. If I export a png file, the image looks perfect but the Cricut treats each line as an object and outlines it - not what I want. I want a line drawing. After hours with Cricut tech support, I discovered that by exporting my file as an svg, the single line problem was solved, however, the image broke apart into single strokes and scattered over the page. I tried grouping elements in layers and then grouping all the layers together and the file arrived partially intact and the rest scattered and chaotic. I am attaching 2 screen shots. the first is the png file that is plotted as an outline by Cricut. The second is the way the file looks when uploaded as an svg file. (I know why some of the circles are filled in and know how to fix that) If anyone can advise me, I would be so grateful.
  24. Derek Pollard

    Ordering of defs element in SVG export

    Hi, I’ve been looking into an issue with parsing SVG files exported from Affinity Designer and have noticed that the ‘defs’ element is consistently exported after the referencing elements. While many SVG parsers assume order independence, it is considered best practice to write the ‘defs’ element before the referencing elements are described in 5.3.2 The ‘defs’ element as follows: “To provide some SVG user agents with an opportunity to implement efficient implementations in streaming environments, creators of SVG content are encouraged to place all elements which are targets of local IRI references within a ‘defs’ element which is a direct child of one of the ancestors of the referencing element.” Could you please let me know if plan to update your SVG export to incorporate this recommendation in a future release? Many thanks, Derek testwithgradient.svg
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