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Apps: Designer Platforms: All A new vector flood tool has been added to Affinity Designer. This is denoted by a paint bucket icon in the Tools Panel (on iPad you can find it nested with the gradient fill tool, on Windows it will currently need to be manually added via Customising the Tools Panel). This tool allows you to automatically fill areas created by overlapping / intersecting shapes and open curves in your document. This tool requires you to make a selection first of the curves / shapes you want the tool to consider. You can then choose a colour from the colour or swatches panel, and tap within any enclosed area to create a new shape with that fill colour. While in the tool you can also drag swatches from the swatches panel onto any area. There are two insertion modes to this tool you can select from the context toolbar: Inside. This will attempt to create the new shapes / fills and place them inside existing shapes where possible. In-between. This will break fills and strokes apart in existing shapes, and insert the new fills in-between. The difference between the two is shown below. While using the tool you can hold Cmd (macOS / iPad) or Ctrl (Windows) to make new selections (also combining with Shift to add / remove items from your selection). You can also click-drag the tool to quickly fill many areas all at once, a simple example is shown below with some text: The tool works with any type of fill - solid colour, gradient or bitmap. The options in the context toolbar for min, max and stretch to fit are relevant only to gradient and bitmap fills, and refers to the method used to scale the fill to the new shape. For bitmap fills you can select a bitmap fill swatch to use, alternatively you can create bitmap fills on the fly by dragging a texture file or asset directly into the active colour in the toolbar. Below is a video showing that in action with using assets to create bitmap fills: Texture Fills.mov For bitmap fills if the texture has any transparency then the fill will be added as an additional fill to the shape. This allows for overlay style textures to be easily added on top of an existing colour fill. We will look at a way to make this behaviour optional. Finally it's also worth pointing out that when you are in the tool you can also drag swatch from your swatches panel directly into any area in your selection, to quickly add multiple different colours to areas without having to select them first. We would love you to try this new tool out and let us know what you think or if you encounter any bugs or unexpected results.
@Ash Affinity Designer 2.10 - Create 3D objects I know it might not be appropriate here, but I would really like to have the function Create 3D objects. The features introduced so far in Affinity Designer 2.04 are really good, but comparable ones were introduced in Illustrator and CorelDraw about 10 years ago.
Having used V2 for a short time I have a few comments on the bits I have tried. PROS The startup assistant screen is better now (almost as good as the Serif Plus one) The Export preview is much better (as good as the Serif Plus one) The Layers panel seems more versatile. The style picker seems quite good but not much different to Paste FX and styles that we had before. The Shape builder is handy (also a feature from Serif Plus range) but not much different to the boolean tools we already have. Vector Warp is nice. (also a feature from Serif Plus range) Knife tool is good (also a feature from Serif Plus range) CONS No bitmap trace (also a feature from Serif Plus range) No Mesh Fill (also a feature from Serif Plus range) No gestures for touchscreen users No flood fill tool (also a feature from Serif Plus range) No Blend/Morph tool No AI tools No 3D tools No Android support I know I bang on about SerifPlus products. But they were made by this company and had many of these features over 10 years ago. I know the Affinity range is built on a new engine and has to accommodate Mac and iPad now. But we have been waiting for 8 years for Affinity to catch up with features, they and most other software have had for years. I'm hoping we see some of this appear in updates very soon.
Hello everyone, I really wanted to make friends with affinity designer today. Is there still no "live paint bucket" alternative? That was the end of the test run for me after two minutes. I need the function permanently... No, a pixelated workaround doesn't belong in my project. I would really appreciate it if someone tells me how blind I am and gives me a keyboard shortcut :) Warm greetings