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  1. Does designer V1 have the ability to copy and paste layer effects from one object to another without having to manually open the effect box for each new object?
  2. I have been trying to create a style in publisher using add from selection which will be font and character style independent. However, I cannot for the life of me work out how to just make is copy the style without changing the font to match. I would like three artistic text forms to have the same colouring in layer effects applied but leave the font information alone, That way it can be applied to artistic text with other font styles. Is there any way to apply styles with such adaptive abilities? Much like the default object styles which come with publisher?
  3. Hi, I'm used to the Photopea program that when I turn on a shadow on an object (via Layer effects) with parameters so that this shadow looks like the outline of an object of a certain thickness, in the mentioned Photopea the shadow had beautiful smooth edges. If I do this in AP, the edges are jagged, see screenshots. Yes, I can use the outline of an object whose edges are smooth, but I would like to move this outline, just like when I set the offset and angle in the shadow. Is there an easy way around this or should I ask the Affinity team to fix the jagged shadows?
  4. After playing with the TARDIS acronym, I developed a magic square style layout with the word TARDIS written bidirectionally on the outside of the square. Then using Affinity Publisher I created a table with eh letters written into each cell. I chose an illustrated caps font and saved the finished product as an SVG. This I later imported into Publisher and using an upscaled image of a wormhole from Pixabay as a background, I placed the word square with a white square behind it onto the page. I added a shadow to the white square and ran the auto levels on the background in studio link Photo persona. This was done on an A0 size document. Rotating the square slightly in an anticlockwise fashion seemed to give it a subtle artistic flair. Then using the rescale option in Publisher I created subsequently smaller versions A1, A2 and A3. The resultant landscape poster is shown in JPG form. This is A3 size. This reduced viewed version created in Photo. I would definitely have this on my wall. I have ordered the A2 poster version from Vistaprint. Looking forward to seeing the final product. This has a new logo to avoid breaching any BBC logo creation rules.
  5. I purchased Affinity Photo months ago. Ever since then, I have been having a few issues with the software. The issues I'm having with the software are the layers are blurred or something like that for a few seconds when I use Effects. When I used the text or a specific type font or do anything with the text, like change the size of the text, duplicate the text, and move the text, the transparent canvas would show up (some of the transparent canvas would show up). Also, when I open up a file, the layers, adjustments, layer effects, and live filters become blurred for a few seconds, then go back to normal. Now, I'm going to tell Affinity support about the issues I'm having, but I just want to post it in this forum to see if anyone else is having the same issues, as I am. Also, if someone could help me solve these issues.
  6. Here is a parody song I knocked up based on Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield. Anyone who remembers the early days of British microcomputing will probably understand the reference. Image created in Affinity Photo using G'Mic filters. Layed out quickly in Affinity Publisher.
  7. Loved the recent updates serif have been pushing for Affinity Designer, but I do have a very minor proposal for scaling with regards to layer effects. Currently how they work is that the scaling will only apply to a specified layer, opening the panel with another layer selected will reset the toggle making the scaling independent between layers. This actually worked very well, no issues, but one drawback I find is that when working with an artwork with multiple layers and multiple effects there is a need to constantly check the toggle for each layer in order to make sure that the visuals stay the same in the event you find the need to resize. The initial thought I have is maybe a global toggle that will apply to all layers would be a really awesome timesaver. But come to think of it, maybe it would be an even easier implementation if the panel saves the state of the toggle for every new layer after that? That way it's still independent for each layer, at the same time, if I am starting on an artwork and need to scale effects I could just toggle the option on the first layer and wont need to toggle each time a layer is created.
  8. I'm using designer for Vector graphics (Illustrations / animations) online. So I was surprised to see some features generate base64 images inside the SVG fileformat while a lot of times it shouldn't be nececary; Why does the 'Outline' Layer effect use rasterisation on vector objects? I would expect this to generate another vector-shape while exporting to SVG that is slightly larger than the object Why does 'Color Overlay' layer effect use rasterisation on vector objects? I would expect this to change the color of a shape fill, or intelligently generate an overlay vector-shape while exporting to SVG. I'd say that could work? Why do the color-changing Adjustment layers rasterize while exporting to SVG? I would expect the fills and stroke colors to be changed according to the adjustment color results while exporting to SVG. For example: changing the levels in an Adjustment layer on top of a white rectangle should only change the color of that rectangle while exporting to SVG, but now it generates a base64 rasterimage within the SVG. Perhaps even blend modes could be calculated during export to SVG (by some intelligent way of slicing vectorobjects and stuff), although a lot more work for the developer Although I personally don't really need thisone, this would definitely be a huge step forward in creating artful graphics and a step ahead of Adobe ! I'm working with a lot of SVG files on a daily basis for illustrations and animations online. So I'm always looking for ways to keep images as sharp and small in filesize as possible and optimize. It would be great if, where possible, effects could generate vector-outputs if possible. So affect vector-colors (intelligently calculating where needed) instead of generating base64 images inside the SVG. Thanks!!! And keep up the great work. This program is briljant!
  9. 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.
  10. Hi all, I create a rectangle of 100 x 100 mm in Publisher. I fill the rectangle with a solid colour and give it a layer effect, e.g. a Gaussian Blur of exactly 50 px. I create a second rectangle of 50 x 50 mm and fill it as well. Now I copy the first, larger rectangle, click on the second, smaller rectangle and execute the command "Paste FX". The Gaussian Blur is transferred to the smaller rectangle, but its radius is only 22.8 px. Now I can enlarge the smaller rectangle, but the radius remains at 22.9 px. This makes absolutely no sense to me. Either effects are scaled or not, but what is it? I want an effect to just transfer as I created it, without scaling. Is that possible? Regards, Felix
  11. Using Designer 1.9 on a Mac and a PC I would like to be able to tab through the numeric values in the Layer Effect window. For example: Adding a Shadow to an asset. 70% opacity <tab> The expectation is that the courser would go to the next field, in this case "radius" However, the tab simply functions as an enter for the Opacity setting and I have to physically click in the next field to change the numeric values. Additionally, a feature I would like to see, is the ability to copy a Layer Effect and paste it to another object in my illustration. Currently, right clicking on a layer and selecting copy simply copies the layer itself. (if the feature to copy a Layer Effect exists, I have not found it.)
  12. Hi, In Photoshop I used to be able to apply FX to a layer i.e a drop shadow then if I wanted to I could right click on the layer with the FX applied and select "Create Layer". This would create / convert the non destructive FX on that layer to pixels using clipping masks and layers. I found this feature really useful as I could remove parts of the drop shadow layer using masks giving me complete control of the FX. Can i request this feature to be added or do you have plans to add feature to Affinity Photo already? See screen shots attached as to where this feature is in Photoshop. Thanks, Oliver
  13. Hi , as of today the layer affects panel has stopped Working on mac, won't let me choose effects on the panel, a restart gets it too work for one time choice, then back to not working again, this is happening in publisher too, so weird.
  14. Affinity Publisher newbie here. After working in Publisher with an image that had changed from "image" to "pixel", I found I was no longer able to draw a thin rule around it in the way it can be done with a text frame or image frame. There's always the Outline layer effect, but it does the job only partway. With Outline there don't seem to be controls for how the corners are drawn—they are always rounded. But is there a way to alter the corners using some other controls in the program?
  15. It would be great if there are options for copying, pasting, disabling and removing layer effects by right clicking on a layer. I know layer effects can removed by clicking on the fx icon and unchecking the boxes. What do you think friends?
  16. With Affinity Designer, I'm making a visual health cue of a bipedal figure, separating the torso, arms, and legs so that each section can independently show a health status with a color. This means several copies of each section's image layer with a different color (green means 100%, red is 25%, etc). I've isolated each section with a layer mask so I have to decide between adding a Layer Effect>Color Overlay, or Adjustment Layer>Recolor (or HSL) to each group of layers, or to each individual layer. Also wondering if it's more efficient to add the layer effect or adjustment layer to the group layer or to each layer individually. I just want the program and my computer to run as smoothly as possible, been noticing the fans getting a little louder after adding a Color Overlay Layer Effect to each group. Just want to know if that's the best option or if there's a better one that's less taxing to my pc. I'm on Windows 10, with an Asus ROG laptop which has an Nvidia GTX1070 with 6 or 8 GB dedicated graphics. I've attached a pic of how I've organized the groups. I opened the 100% group so you can see what's inside each group, and all the other percent groups are organized the same.
  17. Question: Is there a way to rotate object effects (i.e. a drop shadow) with the object they are attached to in AD? Example: To clarify what I mean, let's consider this example: I have a rectangle with a 45° drop shadow. Now, when I rotate the object by let's say another 45°, I'd want the shadow to also rotate with it (resulting in a 0°/90° drop shadow, depending on direction). Similar to "Scale Effect with Object", just for all the angles of the enabled effects. Related (2nd) Problem: At least it would be expected that when I embed a file that I created in AD into AP and then rotate the embedded picture there, the effects should rotate together with the picture frame. I'd actually even say this could be considered a bug, since it's so counter intuative. (edit: seems fixed in latest version of publisher)
  18. Hi Affinity Team, It would be great to have Global Colours available in Layer Effects. For example when adding outer glow, I often use the same colour as the object on which I am applying the effect (e.g: outer glow) but it doesn't automatically change with the colour of the object, neither does it change when I update the Global Colour which I selected to apply to the effect (e.g: outer glow). In fact selecting a Global Colour in the colour palettes of Layer Effects is not available. It's a big waste of time when I have to go back and manually change the colour of the glow (or outline, shadow, overlay, gradient...) because I decided to change a Global Colour.. Thanks !
  19. Hi, i have just tried the Affinity Photo trial, please move this topic if i'm posting in a wrong section. I have two problems with AP during the limited time i used it, first of all, the patterns break when loading a PSD file, i'm not sure if this has been addressed elsewhere or if there's a workaround for this as i'm very new to the software and i couldn't figure out a way to get it working, short of recreating the pattern and trying to apply it in a similar way as it was looking before. Was this an issue with my particular instalation/software/hardware configuration or is this an issue you are aware of/working on resolving? The second issue i had goes a bit deeper, so in... Affinity Photo's biggest competitor... you can apply multiple layer effects of the same kind to the same layer, allowing you to create for example two outlines or a gradient glow/shadow. I didn't find anything of that nature in this program, furthermore PSD files i opened with AP that had multiple layer effects applied to them broke, not permanently, just didn't display properly. You know what i mean. Maybe that option is already there but i was just not able to find it, and then why would imported files break if that was the case? Is this also something you are working on resolving? Overall i was very pleasantly surprised with the program, the workflow was pretty similar to what i'm used to, might even consider giving it a shot past screwing around with a few files and effects on a trail version but those two issues just sprung up on me during the first time i tested it and they are a pretty big deal to me. I don't know if that's an official statement but i've read many times in reviews and recommendations of the program that it is able to properly interpret complex PSD files without issues and breaking patterns and layer effects are a pretty big issue in my workflow.
  20. I have made a closed vector path in Photoshop. Applied an inner glow to the path. I can copy the path as SVG and paste into AD. The path gets pasted but not the effect applied to it. So...what tricks are there, if any, how to preserve vector layer effects when importing/pasting from Photoshop. Thanks
  21. Hallo, why does the emboss layer effect only work at a certain opacity of the brush? Or have I overlooked a setting?
  22. Again I had a task where I had to use Live Filters in combination with Layer Effects and encountered a display problem. At first I thought it was caused by my Win 7 system and the built-in graphics card. When I tried it on a Win 10 system, I got the same result! Since the error occurs systematically on Windows systems, I assume that there is a calculation problem in the Live Filter matrix. But I would be interested if this error also occurs on OSX systems with Metal GPU! Tested on: - Microsoft Windows 7 Enteprise x64 (6.1.7601 Service Pack 1): HP EliteBook 8760w / 32,0GB RAM | Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QM | NVIDIA Quadro 3000M / 2GB DDR5 - Microsoft Windows 10 Enteprise x64 (10.0.17134): HP ZBook 17 G4 / 64,0GB RAM | Intel(R) Xeon(R) E3-1535M v6 | NVIDIA Quadro P4000 / 8GB GDDR5 APhoto_Filter_Bug.afphoto APhoto_Filter_Bug_2.afphoto
  23. Hi All, first post ever here, but I'm sure I'll have more in the future. I'm really enjoying the use of AP and AD, and soon Publisher (have it, but haven't had a chance to play around yet). I looked for some posts which might cover this question, but I wasn't completely satisfied with piecing it together. First the story: I realized at the end of this project (my first going full AD native file stuff, and not using AI at all) that I can't save a .AI in case the client needs to get edits down the line. I understand the reasons behind that. I have been given an idea of saving a PDF and renaming it .AI, but I haven't played with that yet, and I'm having the same problem saving in PDF as what I will outline below. Now to get to my main question: Is there a way I can get this gaussian blur effect to not rasterize when I'm exporting to svg? I've added the SVG and the PNG as reference. I had to remove the gaussian blur so it wouldn't rasterize the circle. Also, I apologize in advance for the use of horrible fonts, that's what the client insisted on. I couldn't get her to budge on some much better alternates.... *shudder* ---- Basically, I have the SVG so they can be placed by the client at any time she needs, but she really likes the organic brushstroke look of it blurred. I don't remember running into this kind of a problem exporting to PDF from AI when I've done layer effects before. Am I just doing something wrong in export? Kind of an aside, but I feel like the export options are pretty un-intuitive and also would really benefit from a preview. Also, a batch export would be great. Instead I have to select every art board and export individually. It's fairly tedious. Overall, I'm super super happy with all Serif products. Thanks in advance! Logo_RegularReverse.svg
  24. Ability to apply colour swatches to layer effects, such as the pictured Colour Overlay. Right now you can only use sliders and wheels on these. This is particular useful when used in conjunction with global colours. You can apply a global colour to a large number of layer effects, and change every single of them instance just by editing the global colour. I use this a lot in illustration, rather than paint any drawing in it's 'final colour', I have the brush set to black and the layer with a colour overlay effect attached to a global colour. If I later want to change the illustration colour I just edit the swatch. Thanks!
  25. I have attempted to lay out my Higher Functioning Autistic Spectrum Communication Guide on Affinity Publisher. The results are interesting. I love the control this package gives me over typography and the excellent column guides facility. I hope you like the results although I still have a lot to learn. Added a slight edit to give the poetry a separate demarcation on page two. I used the rectangle tool with reduced opacity and placed the rectangle behind that particular column. I was surprised to find that the 'send to back' function actually sent the rectangle behind the layers which were on the Master Pages and not just on the current page. So I had to send it back one layer instead. I'm used to a slightly different functionality on PagePlus but I'm sure I'll adapt. Aspergers Information.pdf
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