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  1. I've been drawing some leaves and they have an outline and a fill. Overlaid on top is a group of curves to represent the veins in the leaf. These use two strokes a thicker dark one underneath a thinner light one (with no fill). Now I need to scale the leaves. I thought I had set Scale with object on everything but it appears not to have been set on the lighter stroke. So how to update all the curves (several hundred of them) without selecting each one and modifying the setting? (As an aside Select same in the Beta doesn't provide an option to select just these as the double stroke in Appearance is not a match option). Selecting an individual curve allows it to be updated by clicking the stroke with in the Appearance panel. Selecting a group and toggling the checkbox has no effect on the stroke Scale with object setting. Selecting multiple curves and then going into Appearance only shows a single stroke setting and not the two that they all possess. Selecting a curve, copying it and then selecting the group and pasting the style doesn't appear to update all curves either.
  2. A bug: I save regularly using CMD + S on my keyboard attached via Bluetooth to my iPad Pro 2022. Affinity Designer clearly shows SAVING every time. If I save my changes then immediately go to the Home Screen of Designer, there is still a M for modified next to the title of the thumbnail of the file. Only if I save the file from the Save / Save as options from the thumbnail, the M is removed. V2.0.4 on iPadOS 16.2
  3. Hey everyone, today, when I open a document that I was working on yesterday perfectly fine, I get the following error message: What does »link« mean in this context and how can I fix it? How can I see which links/objects have been removed? Edit: I used no linked images/objects to begin with, only a couple of embedded screenshots and symbols. Thanks!
  4. This post comes from my frustration about having to rework a significant part of a project because of problems with the Appearance panel. I have posted about this previously but thought a new thread would be better. The Appearance panel, in my recent experience, is an incomplete design and implementation. I'm guessing that it was introduced to satisfy some requirement but it wasn't completely thought through from both a UI/UX and a functional perspective. In the normal use, we can create a curve and then over in the Appearance panel we can add an extra stroke. Fine. Note that without the curve selected the Appearance panel reverts to the regular Stroke panel properties. We can then duplicate that curve. Selecting either curve shows the stack of strokes as expected. Selecting both curves (with identical attributes/properties) will only show the "base" stroke/fill properties and the new stroke properties are not visible. There might be a good reason in the code for this but from a UI point of view this is very unintuitive and unexpected. Because the new stroke properties are not visible, any changes to the properties of any additional strokes or fills can only be made if a single curve is selected. In my case there are hundreds of strokes that need to be changed so this isn't a reasonable possibility. The problem which started all this was to draw a leaf and then scale it to fit into another illustration. For context, there are many leaves and each leaf has many veins. The veins are drawn using two strokes in Appearance, one thin light green and and outer one (underneath) that is dark green. Scaling it produced this result whereas I wanted the veins to scale proportionally with the leaf. In this case the upper stroke completely covers the lower one. I also have some issues with the Paste Style operation. It seems to work some of the time. As an alternative to the above method I was expecting to be able to select a single curve, set its attributes, copy it, select the other objects and then Paste Style to have all the strokes in the Appearance panel be copied to them. This nearly works but I'm seeing different stroke widths appearing on the strokes above the base stroke. The base stroke in my testing appears to remain set at the copied source value. Any strokes above it seem to get set to random values. Again, because you cannot select multiple curves, and access the additional strokes, fixing this is not possible without editing individual curves. So then, as an experiment, I thought I'd copy my leaf object with a group of curves and paste it as a New From Clipboard document in case that would reset something and allow me to continue. The stroke widths changed. Subsequent scaling/resizing of the object only scales the stroke width of the base stroke - as expected. I'm guessing that this is a completely unrelated issue so won't discuss this further as it is a distraction from my getting my problem resolved. In my particular instance all of this would have been avoided if the Scale With Object checkbox had been checked in the new stroke before I used it to draw the veins of the leaves. It was set in the parent group and the base stroke but not the top stroke that I added. I've been unable to figure out a way to select all my curves and then apply that setting to them all without it causing problems. All I want to do is scale the leaf down to a smaller size without the strokes looking fat and out of scale. I can't see any reason why this isn't checked by default. The situations where you would not want this checked seem (to me at least) very niche. Alternatively, Preferences could have a default setting for this if my expectations are wrong or biased. Back to the UI and user expectations, checking Scale with object in the stroke should really be setting it in all the Appearance strokes too (IMHO). If I had two strokes in Appearance with one checked and the other not checked then what is the point of having it checked in the Stroke panel? In addition to this inheritance seems to be a bit hit and miss. If I collect the curves together in a group or layer and then check Scale with object shouldn't that be applied to all objects within the group? I'm sure I'm missing things and there may be a way to do what I want but after several hours of research and experimentation I could not discover how that could be done.
  5. Hola, llevo un tiempo buscando la forma de deformar objetos en affinity designer, hoy he visto que desde designer puedo editar la capa en Photo mediante "deformación de malla" y volver a pasarla a Designer, pero me la transforma a pixels, hay alguna manera de hacerlo manteniendo el objeto en vector, por que a menudo necesito curvar algun logo o forma y me resulta muy extraño no poder hacerlo manteniendo los nodos. y tener que salir a ilustrator para hacer esto me fastidia la verdad. Lo utilizo para adaptar y cortar logos que van pegados en superficie curva y engañar a la vista manteniendo la forma del logo. Gracias
  6. If there is one thing I do often, then it is converting objects to curves. I use the keyboard shortcut for this constantly in the desktop version of Designer, but it is not possible to configure a shortcut for convert to curves in the iPad version? I hope you can add this - that would be very helpful. It is a pain to go to a menu for this every time. 2.0.4 on iPadOS 16.2
  7. Two issues encountered using Designer 2.0.4 on iPadOS 16.2 on an iPad Pro. Using a mouse connected to an apple adapter (wireless mouse with dongle attached to USB port of adapter) nothing happens when I click the numeric fields for hole radius, start angle and other shape fields. If I use the Apple Pen or my finger, the input value dialog is shown. If I regret activating this dialog I cannot close it clicking the X symbol on the dialog top, I have to select OK or click outside the dialog.
  8. Below is my list of written tutorials I have done over the years. The first few were done using early versions of Affinity programs but they should still be ok. Some menus may have changed or tools look different but the basics are the same. Also most are for Affinity Photo, but some could be done in Designer. Plus the "Beginners Look at Affinity Photo" ones will pretty much be the same in Affinity Designer and Publisher as all 3 programs have same basic functions. PhotoPlus and Affinity Photo – make a fake Starry Sky background https://www.dropbox.com/s/3la5z4amc11wcgx/starry-Sky-PhotoPlus_and_Affinity_Photo.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Silk Embroidery Effect https://www.dropbox.com/s/9h4mpso7i77z1oq/Affinity%20Photo%20-%20Silk%20Embroidery%20Effect.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Silk Embroidery Effect V2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/6usbza25vidgmck/Embroidery%20Tutorial%20v2.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Vintage Cabinet Frames https://www.dropbox.com/s/bj2dsmwmy0juazk/cabinet-frames.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Fake Evening Sky with Rain and Lightening https://www.dropbox.com/s/mlcdnducotitp1d/Fake_Evening_-_Lightning_-_Rain_-_Affinity_Photo.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo - Art Projects Shows 2 ways to make a blank canvas on an easel have what might be a painted image on it, from a photograph. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8fx18c77t2dnulb/Art-Projects-sept2018.pdf?dl=0 Infrared V2 – Affinity Photo 3 ways to make fake Infrared images I Needed a project to use in the Affinity Publisher beta, so I thought I’d update an old Serif PhotoPlus tutorial to an Affinity Photo tutorial. It basically shows 3 methods to get Infrared style images. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0c0mgqfrbrdv4q5/Affinity%20Tutorial%20-%20Infrared-v2.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Convert German Video – Film Strip Image in 3 parts pt 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/iewleyt95a8qhdk/Photo_Film_Strip_-_German_Tutorial_pt1.pdf?dl=0 pt 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/2j35gkvxr9emcq6/Photo_Film_Strip_-_German_Tutorial_pt2.pdf?dl=0 pt 3 https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yvxubgne0kqct4/Photo_Film_Strip_-_German_Tutorial_pt3.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – False Water and Reflection https://www.dropbox.com/s/4sm0qqikvp0hs0a/affinity-photo-false_water_and_reflection.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Chinese Painting Styles in 2 parts pt 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/uvqn9hf9mo2xwbr/Chinese_Painting_-Pt_01-_affinity-photo.pdf?dl=0 pt 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ovc317ncjjosd0/Chinese_Painting_-Pt_02-_affinity-photo.pdf?dl=0 Affinity Photo – Beginners Look at Layer Masks https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0lsf9e7kdymdyd/A-Photo-%20Beginners%20Look%20At%20Layer%20Masks.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 1 – Better Cloning https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1d283mn7icltzc/ACTIV8-issue1-BetterCloning.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 2 – Spheres https://www.dropbox.com/s/igufcf3unu4z84b/ACTIV8-issue2-spheres.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 3 – Affinity Photo - Select Tree - Replace Sky – 2 ways https://www.dropbox.com/s/lx0ko7f2xjqsg3r/ACTIV8-issue3-replacesky.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 4 – Tri-Fold Image https://www.dropbox.com/s/1iyp59mr3bzjlri/ACTIV8-issue4-TriFold-image.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 5 – Emboss With Lighting https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5r6tiz3c7k7o1s/ACTIV8-issue5-emboss-with-light.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 6 – 3D Text https://www.dropbox.com/s/gif1x6xrtfrp2z8/ACTIV8-issue6-Three-D-Text.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 7 -Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher – A look at Styles This written tutorial, mainly aimed at beginners of any of the Affinity Software made for PC and Mac. It may work the same on iPad version but I don’t own one so can’t confirm that it will. It looks at what Styles are, how to make some Gradient Styles and some Styles made from images. Then how to Export and Import your newly made Styles. After that I do a basic overview of a couple of video tutorials I have made in the past. Using the Mirror Filter and the Equation filter to make new images, to then make Styles from. Lastly, another overview of a recent video tutorial, which looks at using the Vector Crop Tool in Affinity Designer to grab sections of an image to then make Styles from. The end of this PDF tutorial has interactive links to all the video tutorials and links to the downloads of all the Styles I have made in these video and written tutorials. https://www.dropbox.com/s/82szaatnflaw8fk/ACTIV8-issue7-Styles.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 8 – Affinity Photo – Make Sketch Image With Just The Channel Mixer A while ago I made an Affinity Photo video tutorial about making a sketch image just using the Channel Mixer adjustment. I thought I’d up-date it slightly in this written tutorial, which can be done in Affinity Photo, Designer or Publisher. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6etmt3am6ljprwn/ACTIV8-issue7-ChannelMixer-Sketch.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 8a – Affinity Software – 4 Creative yet simple ways to use Blend Modes This is a written tutorial update of a video tutorial I did in Feb 2018. They are fairly basic edits and will work best with an image that has a white background. So, I will use one I got from Pixabay, as are the other images used. Links to the video and image are in the written tutorial. The video was done in Affinity Photo but this will be done in Affinity Designer but I see no reason why it can’t also be done in Publisher. https://www.dropbox.com/s/sluebvjl86nuk8e/ACTIV8-issue8-Four-Uses-for-Blend-Modes.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 9 – A Beginners Look At Affinity Photo part 1 Looking at opening images and saving your edits. Plus, file formats also a look at the Layers Panel and Colour selection Although tutorial is for Affinity Photo all will work pretty much the same in Affinity Designer And Publisher https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ztaxn4siom7evd/ACTIV8-issue9-Beginners%20Look%20at%20Affinity%20Photo%20pt01.pdf?dl=0 Activ8 issue 10 – A Beginners Look At Affinity Photo part 2 Looking at opening and setting up a new document other than an image. The Brush Tool and changing the Brush Tips. Then looking at the different types of Pixel and Vector layers you can make. Layer Masks and their use. Plus, a quick look at Text and Shape layers and the Glyph Browser. As with part 1, most (if not all) of the information in this tutorial will work just as well in Affinity Designer and Publisher as all 3 programs are so similar. https://www.dropbox.com/s/kourodnfojwq26l/ACTIV8-issue10-Beginners%20Look%20at%20Affinity%20Photo-pt02.pdf?dl=0
  9. I really miss the keyboard support to set the transparency of a layer directly with the 0-9 keys as you can in the desktop versions with just a layer selected. It is even more useful on the iPad though, as changing the transparency of a layer is a somewhat cumbersome operation in the iPad versions.
  10. Hello! I recently emailed Affinity Support with a suggestion for a pattern tool similar to the one in Illustrator, and they advised me to make a post here. I'm a newbie when it comes to graphic design, but I have played around with both Affinity Designer and Illustrator, and the one thing I personally miss is the pattern tool in Illustrator. I love the interface in Designer because it seems to have a little bit less of a learning curve, but some kind of pattern tool would enable me to switch over completely, I think. Probably not the first one to suggest this, so I hope it's okay to post about! Thanks.
  11. Hello, I have a really annoying problem with Affinity Designer V2. When I'm working with any object when I switch between (mostly) Move tool and Node tool, it takes like 1 second to switch and the software seems lagged. I'm using the latest version 2. 0. 3. I'm sorry if this problem has been already discussed here. Does anyone of you have the same problem or is it just me? If so, could you recommend me some kind of an advice? Thanks in advance.
  12. Hi everyone, I posted something similar in the feedback forum a few months ago, but I've realised that the behaviour applies not only to grids but to all forms of snapping so I'm posting here now as a bug. It is currently not possible to snap when constraining the curve's angle even with snapping enabled when using the pen tool normally. I've recorded a short video to show this in action. Affinity designer snapping not working with constraint.mp4 I am using MacOS Ventura 13.1 M1 pro Macbook Pro Affinity Designer 2.0.4 Confirmed that this bug exists on version 1 of Designer. The only workaround seems to be to press and hold on the trackpad/mouse when drawing the curve and snapping will work, but this is really unintuitive and impractical for large amounts of drawing.
  13. I sometimes write in multiple languages, and when I use a font that doesn't support the language, Designer automatically chooses a similar font that supports the language I'm writing in. Is there a way to know what font Designer has chosen for me?
  14. Is there a way to insert bullet point as a special character (Character Map) into a text in Affinity Designer on Windows? I know there are some buttons to automate the bullet point generation in Affinity Designer, but they are too restrictive sometimes. In Adobe Illustrator, VectorStyler and Notepad++ on Windows, we can insert a bullet point into a text, by pressing Alt + 0149 keys. Doing this in Affinity Designer will just generate an outlined rectangle
  15. Hello. I bought and installed the "Affinity v2" suite, and I'm almost satisfied with it, except for a problem with the software crashing when I try to open a file. I'm on macOS 10.15.7 and, when I do: "Right click" > "Open with..." > "Affinity Designer 2" / "Affinity Publisher 2" / "Affinity Photo 2" on a file (PNG, JPG, SVG, PDF, etc.), the software open before crashing immediately. Now when I open "Affinity Designer 2", "Affinity Publisher 2" or "Affinity Photo 2" directly, sometimes it works fine and I can open my file, sometimes it crashes immediately (regardless of the file type I tries to open). I was therefore forced to reinstall versions 1 of "Affinity" (which work without any problems) in order to be able to launch my software. Do you have a solution to solve this problem? Do you need the crash reports generated by macOS? Awaiting your reply. Best regards.
  16. Sea of Clouds is another series of cities, bridges, mountains that immersed in the sea of clouds, It starts with Chongqing's Caijia Jialing River Bridge. Yes, I do love Chongqing. It is a very charming city, also known as the mountain city, fog capital, and bridge capital. I draw several illustations of Chongqing before. I hope you will enjoy.
  17. Is there visual tab stops ruler for text objects in Affinity Designer, as the ones in Adobe Illustrator (the hotkey is Ctrl + Shift + T) and VectorStyler? I think using Paragraph panel > Tab Stops fields to set the tab stops is not really intuitive
  18. Visual/ graphical tab stop ruler is required to make tab stop creation more intuitive in Designer, as the ones in Adobe Illustrator (the one with Ctrl + Shift + T hotkey), Publisher and VectorStyler: Tab Stop Ruler in VectorStyler
  19. Hey everyone, I wonder if this is a bug or a feature: Current behaviour: If I use the Rectangle Tool (M) and then switch to the Corner Tool (C), then work on one or more corners and release the mouse button, the tool automatically switches to the Node Tool (A) – is this a feature or a bug? Personally, I find this irritating and not really intelligible, because rarely I get the curve right with just one click and go. Expected behaviour: In Designer V1, the corner tool remained active after the rectangle was converted into a path object, which I would prefer. Can someone please check if it works the same for them and/or if it is a bug?
  20. Hi, When I use Designer V2 - it works fine for sometime (may be an hour or so - can't be exact on this) but then it starts slowing down and everything becomes really laggy. For example, the selection of any object, selection of a new tool from the toolbar by click or by keyboard shortcut, selection of a context menu button takes 3-5 sec or more! The files I am working on are not that heavy, in fact most of them are under 1MB (it uses many gradients and vector brush) but still it lags severely. It seems like the lag is slowly creeping in before becoming noticeable. I reminds me of some earlier version of Designer V1 that had similar lag (which version resolved it I don't remember now) . I am using Designer V2 on Windows 10 V 21H2. (19044.2251) and face no such issue with Designer V1. I have turned off hardware acceleration / Open CL after seeing some other threads on similar (but not exactly same) lag issue - however it hasn't helped. Please let me know if there's a solution that I can try or if it's a known bug when it would be fixed. Thank you.
  21. Infected This is my first drawing using Affinity Designer 2.0 (A revamped version of the colourful Lena which I have not uploaded!) It is really a test of the updates made to the Brush Dynamics in Affinity 2.0 Created a new set of inking brushes that makes use of interpolation and the new Distance options with the brush dynamics. I have found that the brushes are much smoother, faster and more responsive..I really like the ability of 'Distance' to allow for the tapering of the nozzle. Even though you have to adjust the direction of the graph! Affinity Designer 2.0 original 400 x 400mm | 300dpi Brushes inker | Comic Grunge and Concept Painter
  22. Hi, I've checked around the forum and I've seen this question come up before, so I'll mention it again. Can we please have the ability to have "Save History with Document" as a default in app preferences. I like to have my history saved with my work so I can backtrack if I don't like something in the future, and often forget to click it before I save. Thanks!
  23. I think I’ve probably ‘faffed about’ with this for long enough so it’s time to ‘release it into the wild’ and “go out and do something less boring instead” (as the song, which some members of a certain age might remember, goes). All done – except for certain stock images – in Affinity Designer and Photo. It’s just an experimental thing, not a real product. (You may need to click on the image and zoom in to see more detail.)
  24. Hello, I recently purchased Affinity Designer on my iPad, however, I discovered that the vector brush panel settings do not offer many options for modifying brushes. For example, there are no options for adjusting roundness or angle, while in the free app I used previously like Vectornator does have these options. I'm unsure if I'm just unable to find where are these settings, or if they dont exist. My goal is to create calligraphy designs. Thank you in advance for any responses!
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