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  1. Recently updated to Affinity Designer 2 and I love it except for one thing. It's very difficult to identify groups now and groups within groups now (which I have a lot of). This was so clear in Affinity Design 1. Could groups not be made bolder making them easier to identify? Have pasted 2 images to show the difference between the two.
  2. Usually, I work with multiple layers: one is a trace-over background and then I have a group with design layers (line-work, fills and some other miscellaneous pixel layers). Something like this: I would like to have a 4th option in the Flood fill tool, which is: below, only within current layer/ group. This ensures that my trace-over layer will be discarded when filling, because it is outside of the design layer that I work in.
  3. Not sure if this is a bug or intentional design, but groups no longer show thumbnails. Example screenshot to demonstrate why this might not be a helpful change. The new visibility marks are also unintuitive.
  4. Greetings! I'm here to propose the addition of an Affinity version of the Illustrator option called "Knockout Group" that prevents elements in a group from showing through each other, so that, even if two circles are transparent, if I put one at the top of the other, the one at the top will be at the top hiding what's beneath, like this: Even though both circles are transparent, the green is still at the top and doesn't show the purple line that should be beneath. With that option I can achieve this! The clock at the top is not showing what's beneath, instead, it's showing the background (which is transparent but this image shows a white color). Thanks! If there's an option like this already, please tell me! I've been searching this with no luck, so I guessed that it's not actually on Affinity Designer!
  5. It's hard to split this one up into several topics, because it all has to do with one and the same thing: layers. I have been going back and forth between Photo and Designer today for a complex file only because I am missing a couple of features in various parts of the software. These features can be are either available in Photo or Designer and not in the other. The same is true for their various personas or between personas in Publisher. I would argue that these basic layer manipulation and organisation features should be available in all of the personas and apps. That way, information is always displayed consistently in the layers panel, regardless of switching personas or programs. To be more specific, I cannot promote groups to layers in Affinity Photo, neither can I add symbols in Photo. In Designer, I cannot create linked layers. In Designer, if I go to the Photo persona, linked layers remain unavailable. In Publisher, I don't have symbols unless I go to the Designer persona. Linked layers are unavailable. For instance, the workflow with symbols in Photo becomes quite strange (same is true for Publisher when switching from the Designer to the Photo persona), because the Linked layer properties appear/ disappear between the two. Leading to different ways of interpenetrating the layer information. 2022-10-24 13-58-05.mp4 For instance, I could unlink the vector shape and it would still remain linked in Designer. Back in Photo, it shows as unlinked, but it is linked again. Though I presume this is a bug, reported here: 2022-10-24 14-03-41.mp4 I do however presume that there is much more prone to breaking the same way as this. Just because the implementation differs between one program and the other for no apparent reason. Anyways, I really think that if I switch programs for the sake of accessing features in one program that's not available in the other, I should at least be able to see my information displayed in the layers panel and the studios (linked layers and symbols) so I can opt to proceed working with them as I would in the other program I switched from. Symbols, linked layers and promoting groups to layers are all such general concepts that they can easily be used throughout the entire suite. Why shouldn't Publisher have symbols in the Publisher persona? Please evaluate these inconsistencies. It should, hopefully also help in having a cleaner and more robust code for the entire suite.
  6. Description: When moving complex layer objects (groups, children and added FX/Adjustments) Affinity Photo will regularly softlock. Details: Repro: Create new document: Create a complex layer group (nested groups, children, fx and adjustments) Select a group and hold shift to move it: Notice: this works fine Now change the size of the image (use more memory) Move the layers around some more - this might not soft lock, if it doesn't, increase the document further (10000 dpi) Keep moving individual layers and groups around When I made a selection and then moved a group, the application soft locked.
  7. One workflow improvement is direct node selection with the Node tool. Currently, you need to hold down Ctrl to do this, or have the object selected. However, holding down Ctrl is redundant in this case, because you already switched between the Node and Move tool. This is the way it works in Illustrator: holding Ctrl toggles the Node tool to become the Move tool. In Designer, both the Move tool and Node tool gain access to Node selection while holding Ctrl and have object selection enabled by default. By differentiating between the move and node tool, the node tool would get immediate access to node level editing, which is what the name of the tool suggests. Node tool select across groups.mp4
  8. The expanded/collapsed state of a layer/group should save. It's annoying to expand many nested layers when reopening a file, especially when the layer is a mask:
  9. Sometimes it's useful to be able to apply a certain change to or involving a number of layers that for visual layering reasons one doesn't want to put in the same group (to tie this in with an earlier suggestion of mine, this can be important for snapping); symbols could theoretically do a lot of this, but they're kind of messy and inelegant to work with, especially for certain applications. What I am suggesting is to add another tab similar to the one used for layers, symbols, etc., this one being a list of special "groups" that unlike normal groups do not act as a layer (/influence the layering order) or appear as such in the layers menu. When one clicks on such a grouping's symbol in the tab, it is selected and the tab shows options for "add layer to group from layers menu" and "remove layer from group" (instead of its default option to create a new example of whatever these non-standard groups would be called, or the option when layers have been selected otherwise to create a group from said layers), and while this grouping is selected in this way, while one cannot reorganize any of the shapes involved layer-wise, it limits the context for most operations to just the layers grouped in this way, allowing for easier synchronization of certain effects.
  10. Double Click #26 of Affinity Photo Powerful Tools. Using double click makes it easier and saves you time. This is an Affinity Photo beginner tutorial and number 26 of the Digitally Fearless Power tools of Affinity Photo playlist. https://youtu.be/chftxH7U7To
  11. Hello, <deutsch see below> I have constructed a Bavarian flag (diamond flag) in the designer: - many rectangles 30 x 1000 directly to each other, grouping - Copy the group, rotate by -51° - Rotate both groups by +67° - Colorize half of the resulting diamonds in blue, the rest in white or transparent, so that the laser does not perceive it as a shape afterwards. This worked so well. I save this as a future base for Bavarian flags. Now I need a strip 170 mm x 40 mm of it. Rest should disappear or be finally deleted. For this I marked both groups and cut them to size with the cut tool. Here is the first issue: The rest still exists, it's just not visible. How do I delete everything around it completely? Now I want to punch a rectangle in this remaining strip. A font is then to be embedded in this rectangle. The punched rectangle must become transparent again so that the laser does not do anything here. Unfortunately, I fail completely. I can't get the transparent "hole" punched through the many individual blue diamonds. How can I punch out a shape from a large number of individual curve objects that actually affects only a part of the objects? Or did I go about it the wrong way? The important thing is that I can end up exporting an SVG that can only export the blue diamonds and partial diamonds and the font as curve objects. This is the only way I can tell the laser where to laser at all and where "nothing" is. many thanks I can also post partial results as files here. I just didn't know what I needed and didn't want to upload too much here. deutsch: Hallo, ich habe mir eine bayerische Flagge (Rauten Flagge) im Designer konstruiert: - viele Rechtecke 30 x 1000 unmittelbar aneinander, gruppieren - Kopieren der Gruppe, drehen um -51° - Drehen beider Gruppen um +67° - Einfärben der Hälfte aller entstandenen Rauten in blau, Rest in weiß bzw. transparent, damit der Laser das nachher nicht als Form wahrnimmt. Das hat so gut funktioniert. Das speichere ich als zukünftige Basis für bayerische Flaggen. Nun brauche ich davon einen Streifen 170 mm x 40 mm. Rest soll verschwinden bzw. endgültig gelöscht werden. Dazu habe beide Gruppen markiert und mit dem zuschneiden Werkzeug auf Maß gebracht. Hier ist das erste Problem: Der Rest exisitiert immer noch, ist nur nicht sichtbar. Wie lösche ich alles umliegende vollständig? Nun möchte ich in diesen verbleibenden Streifen ein Rechteck stanzen. In dieses Rechteck soll dann eine Schrift eingelassen werden. Das ausgestanzte Rechteck muss dabei wieder transparent werden, damit der Laser hier nichts tut. Daran scheitere ich leider vollständig. Ich bekomme das transparente "loch" nicht durch die vielen einzelnen blauen Rauten gestanzt . Wie kann ich aus einer Vielzahl von einzelnen Kurvenobjekten eine Form ausstanzen, die auch nur einen Teil der Objekte wirklich betrifft? Oder habe ich das Ganze falsch angepackt? Wichtig ist, dass ich am Ende eine SVG exportieren kann, die nur die blauen Rauten und Teilrauten sowie die Schrift als Kurvenobjekte exportieren kann. Nur so kann ich dem Laser vorgeben, wo er überhaupt lasern soll und wo "nichts" ist. herzlichen Dank
  12. I have of text objects that I want to group (first screen shot). When I group them, the point size changes (2nd screen shot). Is this a bug?
  13. Issue: The antialiasing of a painted group mask is broken. See my example screenshot below. Bug description: When using the a painted mask in a layer all works fine. Moving the same mask into a group results in destroyed stroke edges (broken antialiasing). Is this a bug or do I something wrong? Screenshot:
  14. I'm a fan of using groups to organise layers in Designer. However I've come across a situation where that doesn't work, because it seems that grouped layers have to be contiguous. I have a diagram where I need to show one layer behind others, to create a depth effect. I'm attaching a screenshot to show what I mean. In this diagram the "collars" around the frame contain multiple parts, two of which need to appear in front of the frame and one behind. If I try to group these parts (layers) together so that I can organise them the back layer gets promoted to the front, which kills the effect. Am I missing something? Is there another way to achieve the effect I'm trying to achieve? TIA.
  15. Hello. I am working on comic book lettering and using Groups to prepare the balloons for future slicing to PNG format (they are inputs for comic book composer we are developing). I try to keep it clean and organized by using simple naming code "LANGUAGE platform ###" e.g CZE mobil 001, CZE mobil 002, etc. Sometimes I need to split the ballon and/or add new one which messing up the order. I usually put there an extra letter (001a, 001b...) but I would prefer to keep numbers only. Is there any chance to rename all groups in 1 step by defining syntax I described above? I found the batch renaming for Slices is not possible but what about the Groups, Layers...?
  16. Hello Affinity. I have two group. I need distribute this group to 14 mm vertically. After that, when I click on artboard, two Groups align back... two-group-align.mov
  17. Hi everyone ! I am currently working in Publisher using Designer's tools. As you can see on the sreenshot, I have a tile here which is part of a group. What I wich to do, is to make is responsive the the text that is written (artistic mode), the red rectangles representing the margin I wish to keep. In other words from left to write: The first blue rectangle shouldn't be mofified The text, here "Skills and knowleges", would be anchored on the right. Then the last rectangle would see its size varying depending on the length of what is written in the title while conserving the margin (in red). I've tried in many ways, like using constraints but I don't manage to do what I want. The point is that this title is a text place holder in a master page (affinity publisher) and on the other regular pages I'd like to have different titles that will obviously not have all the same length. I'm not sure if I'm clear.. Thanks for you help in advance Have a lovely Thursday !
  18. Hi, I'm getting confused about how and when to use groups vs layers in AD. The question has been already discussed (previous discussion about groups and layers) but the answer seems to be unsatisfactory as it's full of personal opinions and the only video that seems to answer the question is not available anymore. So, if there is any solid, official answer to the question: what is the difference between LAYERS and GROUPS in Affinity Designer?, please post it here, so people like me, looking for it, will find it in the future. Thank you.
  19. Hi, this might be a silly question but I was wondering if there was a way to position a group of objects closer or further away from a central anchor point without changing the size like you would by holding ⌘ and scaling from the center except without actually changing the scale. For the image below, I would like to move all the inner spokes of the wheel inwards without changing their size. I realize I can do this manually one by one but is there a way to do them all at once?
  20. I just began working with the 10 day free trial of Affinity Photo. I am a professional photographer who uses Capture One Pro – formally used Lightroom — and have been using Photoshop for the past five years. I’m very fluent in Photoshop but I’m sick of Adobe and I’m very impressed with Affinity so far after just a couple of days. This might be a somewhat ignorant question, but the way the layers are laid out, the way Affinity has them viewed, confuses me. I cannot tell a group from a clipped layer from a mask from a clipped mask, if that’s even a thing. They all look exactly alike to me, even though I know there is a certain way to do it by dragging and dropping in a certain area of the layer or underneath to the left or to the right, but it’s all very confusing — yet I do see the blue bars that change positions: just not sure what they mean exactly. But even when I start to understand where to drag and drop to do a clipping (child) or put in a group or put underneath or above another layer, once it’s done I cannot tell if that layer is actually clipped or not. In Photoshop of course there’s that crooked arrow pointing at the layer that it’s clipped too. I really wish Affinity would have each look more different, maybe with icons, etc... If anyone can explain and demonstrate, maybe in a video or screenshots, how all the above actually works, that would be great. I have attached a screenshot where I have a Group on top, and then a levels adjustment that I put in there as a blue vertical line, then I have another levels adjustment that was an automatic child layer, and then I have a masked layer at the bottom. I know the mask says mask, and the group says group, but they all look so similar I’m not sure just by looking at them, if I were not to read what it says in the text, how would I know which is which? Thank you.
  21. One thing I really love about Designer Artboards is how content is grouped into "Artboard1", "Artboard2" and so on. The outcome of this arrangement is you end up with really clean layers that makes it easy to understand what you have "going on" on your canvas. Sadly that's not the case in Publisher when you have facing pages. Anything and everything on the left and right pages goes anywhere on the layers panel and the outcome is lots of chaos in your layers. I suggest implementing the same technique used in designer so that anything created on the left page is automatically grouped under "Left Page" and "Right Page" for content created on the right page. I have 2 simple pages to illustrate
  22. In AD sometimes when I read Layer it seems to refer to an object, other times a container in which to place multiple objects much like a group. Can you explain the difference between vector layers and groups as containers? Why would I use one instead of the other? Does one have certain properties and/or affects on the objects in them that the other doesn't? Any pros and cons? From reading the help I don't see really a difference. I appreciate it.
  23. Hi, I'm completely new to vectors/ Affinity Designer and enjoying using it but really struggling with one thing, subtracting text from multiple shapes. I want the black text in the first image to be clear, so need to subtract it from the white stripes, grey stripes, and white stars beneath. They are all in different layers/groups, and as you can see from the second picture multiple groups within layers. When I select the layers and text the subtract tool is greyed out. I've read a few other posts about similar subjects and it seems I have to convert to curves? But can't get my head around it or work out how to apply it all to my file. Been driving me mad all week so any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
  24. Hi community, I've found an odd behavior (bug or feature?) on my macos Affinity Photo 1.6.7. Sometimes when I duplicate (command+J) a group and I edit the contents of a layer within the duplicated group, for instance it's position or size, the changes are also affecting the original group. Am I missing something or there's a way to prevent this from happening? Thanks! Ale
  25. Hi all, I've started digging into Affinity Designer to design a board game and feel like it's behavior is inconsistent, or maybe I don't know how to use the tools. I am working on a board game, and currently working on cards. I have an Artboard that contains a layout for a card type, and within that board is the card background which is a Symbol, that contains shapes. I've pasted multiple instances of the card background Symbol onto another Artboard (for printing), which is where I overlay the card text and values. When building some iconography for the card, I have two icons that I Group together, and then make another Symbol. When I drag that symbol into the card background Symbol, it does not update the other instances of the symbol. However, if I ungroup the iconography symbol, the card background symbol updates with the icons, and the iconography Symbol updates in the Symbol browser as empty. I just don't understand the behavior. Can Groups not be symbols? I really need the Group to stay intact, because I want the distances of that iconography symbol to be persisted across all the cards. I've uploaded a movie to help with the issue. symbol-issue.mov
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