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  1. Hi everybody, I don’t know how you feel about this matter, but there is one annoying aspect when drawing shapes that become very small in one dimension, for instance, rectangles having at least one very short side. And this is the disappearing of the middle handle at small zoom levels. You will have to zoom to make this handle appear again, but by doing so, you will often lose the overview of your design. So you will have to stretch your shape a bit, zoom out, look at the entire canvas, zoom in, make further adjustments, zoom out … well, this is somewhat annoying. So what about adding “smart shape handles” that would provide a solution to this problem? I imagine them working like so: when the middle handle of a shape’s bounding box disappears at a certain zoom level and you approach this bounding box with the cursor at the respective side, an additional control area, as shown in my mockup, will pop out, presenting all three handles. As long as the cursor is inside that control area, the three handles would be visible, and the area would collapse, as soon as the cursor would leave it. What do you think? Alex
  2. Hey! Hope you all are doing well! First Thanks for all that you all do and are working towards! Thanks for providing the community with a great and constantly improving program. After using Affinity Designer, there are a few things from utilizing a tablet and the program that I think would benefit user experience and workflow. - Tablet Options When utilizing a tablet. Having some availability options to change and set keys with the tablets through the app would be great. Also, shape/pressure options within the application as well. I suppose more enhanced support when it comes to tablets. - Expanding stroke. When utilizing this, it seems to over compensate on the strokes causing bigger unproportioned (To the original stroke) shapes and makes it difficult to combine/merge the layers to one full layer. -Dividing shapes. When using this, If there could be an option with how many duplicates it makes. It divides and cuts out all the parts, but it does it by doubling up the parts and i end up having to shift around layers to get it to its original state to start working again. Hope this one makes sense. Ill attach examples. Again thanks for what you all do and are developing there at Serif Labs!
  3. Hi, Even if I use the whole pixels options, this sometimes fails, and I found some patterns: 1. For text for example, if you enter the font size, the width/height/x/y become decimals. This only happens for the ARTISTIC TEXT TOOL, not the FRAME TEXT TOOL. 2. When resizing an object either by hand, while holding down SHIFT, or when entering a WIDTH or HEIGHT value and having the "lock aspect ratio" enabled. That also results in decimals. It's really annoying for web, where you have whole pixels. Whole pixels is extremely important when working on something for the web, where everything has to be pixels perfect. Thank you, Chris
  4. Hi, First time poster, I'm learning Affinity Designer and am very happy with the results so far but ran into something unexpected. I'm trying to merge some shapes and having different results. I've created two sets of shapes, shown below, and tried to merge them with the "Add" button (first one below): When merging the (overlapping) ellipse and rectangle all works as expected -- the border is merged and is around the merged objects. When merging the hexagons things are not working as expected: there are still some lines that are "inside" the merged object. It get much worse when I have 10+ hexagons added together. I can edit the lines and try to remove some of the inner lines but it is too much work and some of the nodes, when deleted, mess up the whole figure. How can I merge the shapes and get rid of the inner lines? The hexagons were created by using the pen tool, snapping to the first point and closing the curve. thanks in advance Rafael
  5. I would greatly appreciate an option to import Photoshop Custom Shapes (*.csh) in Affinity.
  6. I think I may have mentioned this before without getting any feedback, but I would really like to have a tab/place to save symbol/shapes we create. A lot of software programs have Shape Libraries where they can save and categorize shapes. This makes it so easy to grab a shape and insert into the picture and save a shape we created while drawing a picture.
  7. Currently use Apple Motion in conjunction with FCPX for video production and animation, and would love it if there was some way to export the vector data as Motion shapes. It's currently possible through Illustrator using a script, but I feel it'd help massively if I had this inside of Affinity Designer. Something similar to this video
  8. I'm trying to create a hand drawn circled effect...like if you see something you like on paper and want to highlight it. this works great if you use a brush to outline an ellipse but the problem is I'd like the ends to touch...better yet if they could cross paths. How can I create this? Also, for when I want to leave a gap, how can I change the point when the brush starts and ends? e.g if I want the gap to be on the bottom or the left?
  9. Using iPad Pro 12.9 2nd generation running iOS 11.0 and Affinity Photo 1.6.5 Text, shapes and vectors are rendered in very low quality while working on the document. This, of course, does not happen in the desktop version (Photo or Designer). This is a huge disruption as it is a mayor distraction while working; what you are trying to accomplish is not being presented faithfully on screen. When the document is exported it’s apparently rendered appropriately, yet I can’t see this while working? I’m EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED and you have now idea how much I regret buying this software, and I’m seeing pages upon pages of other bugs being reported :-( Wasn’t this supposed to be desktop quality software for a pro tablet? Attatchments: first photo shows working environment, second photo shows exported file.
  10. Hello everyone, new to the forum and have used Affinity Design in a very basic way for some time now, and I can't seem to figure out how to cut out part of a shape. I have 2 letters surrounded by a circle to make a logo, but want to cut out part of the circle so one of the letters has space around it. I have attached a picture with a circled "W" that shows what I want my logo to do where one part of the w doesn't connect to the circle. Then you will see my logo with 2 red circles where I want to separate the white circle from the end tail of the letter b. I am ignorant about a lot of the graphic design terminology so please forgive me. I just don't know what to do.
  11. Green button is made of elements with default constraints and its effects behave normaly when grouped. Blue button is made of elements with custom constraints and the bottommost element crops its effect when grouped. It happens with all effects. I also noticed some issues with aligning shapes with custom constraints. Looks like constraints need more of dev's attention...
  12. Hi, If you divide two overlapping shapes, you get three juxtaposing shapes (two shapes, and one other for the previous intersection). When you merge these back into one shapes in Adobe Illustrator, the merging is clean. But on Affinity designer, it creates a lot of points inside. https://i.imgur.com/e1hq0oB.gifv Is their a workaround for this ? Deleting this inside points manually take quite some time. Of course, the problem is even greater if you merge more shapes. Should I open a Feature Request ? Thanks for your help ! Note : I'm testing trial of Affinity Designer, (Win 10 x64), I'm pretty new to it.
  13. Hi, When I divide two overlapping shapes, there is a thin blank line between the resulting shapes, showing they are not consecutive. There is a thin blank space between the shapes, and it is visible at export. https://i.imgur.com/wQhEXZK.gifv How to handle this problem ? Thanks for your support ! Related thread (but different): Merge two juxtaposing shapes after a divisions create a lots of inside points - Questions - Affinity | Forum
  14. Can you change a shape type? For instance if I've created a circle, could I then change this to a square, thus keeping the same dimensions? If not I think this would be a good idea.
  15. Hello Affinity team! I've had some problems with merging curves layers and in the result I asked this wonderful community for help. At first I thought I must be missing some tools and someone here will guide me to the light, but seems like it's the software that misses pretty important tool. Please, get familiar with the thread I started: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/46069-designer-simplifying-closing-single-curve/& Issues: - dividing curves when hitting "Add" - no easy solution to merging curve that overlaps itself 2 ideas emerged: - breaking curves in innocuous places and then hitting add, - creating rectangles in divided areas and then removing some of the nodes. It's something and working for now, but it's pretty time consuming, and for someone facing deadlines on the daily basis can be a deal breaker. Suggestion: - getting "Add" tool to merge singe curve that overlaps itself, - or creating another tool that will do so.
  16. Draw a rectangle (or other shape). Click on Fill, Gradient, Radial. Fill image suggest the gradient should radiate from the centre (which is what I wanted). But it radiates from the left of the shape. Edit: Next day, and now it's working fine. Strange. I was also told you can move the centre. True? How? Thanks. Edit: Later the same day, it's not centred again. Tried all sorts of stuff and sometimes the radial returns and sometimes it goes away. Can't yet isolate exactly what the sequence is. Edit: Later again. Switching back and forth between 'None' and 'Gradient' seems to affect it. For example switch to None empties shape, as expected, but switching back to Gradient does not fill the shape. The current colour (on the screen right) could be involved too. In clicking back and forth, the Gradient end colours change too. Later again again, now can do it predictably. Clicking on Colour and setting a solid colour, then switching to Gradient allows for correct setting. Clicking on None and back to Gradient no gradient added, but default is back to Linear. Click on Reverse activates gradient. Now set Radial gradient and the centre is on the left, not the middle. Ole. Edit the next day again: Here's a repeatable sequence in detail: Click on shape tool near bottom on left toolbar and select ellipse Draw the shape on the image Click on Fill colour box on top toolbar Click on Gradient tab Leave Type as Linear. Click on an end node, then the colour box and set to 50% grey The drawn ellipse then has a correct linear gradient across it. Now click on the Fill colour box again and change Type to Elliptical. The drawn ellipse is incorrect as the centre of the gradient is at the edge, not at the centre. Now reset history, going back to the beginning. Repeat steps 1 to 6, except for step 5, where you change the Type to Ellipse. Now the drawn ellipse is correct, with the centre of the gradient in the middle, not at the edge. It seem switching to Ellipse type does not reset the centre correctly. Example attached. Note Ellipse gradient set, and shape drawn has gradient not centred. Same effect with Radial fill.
  17. If i click on two shapes and press the "Add" button, it combines them fine. (see eg1) if i hold Alt and do the same thing hoping it'll keep the original shapes in layers when combining, it does that but gives me something completely different to the first attempt not pressing Alt. (see eg2)
  18. I'm about to pull my hair out. I just dropped a sizable chunk of change on this program only to have trouble doing the thing I need most: import vectors I drew on my iPad (in Autodesk Graphic) into a program that has the Combine Shapes feature. I've been exporting in both SVG and PDF format from Autodesk Graphic, and when I open it in Affinity, it's just a shape. If it's not possible to save paths in one program and open them in another, I'm probably going to put a hole through the nearest wall. PLEASE tell me this is somehow possible.
  19. Hello, Simple request - when we chose text tool, mouse shows if we're about to make text area or simple text input. The same behaviour should come with shapes, For now users often have to make sure what shape we're gonna make.
  20. Hi there! I need an advice in the following task: I want to have the exact same corner, that I have on the left side of this L-shape, on the inner (right) side of the shape. Can you provide a simple way to achieve this? Cheers, Robin.
  21. They are pretty simple and fast to accomplish in Illustrator mainly due to Shape Builder tool. Anyone can upload a tutorial on this ?
  22. Good day! Having played around with Affinity Designer the whole afternoon creating curves and shapes, I would like to share some thougths. - It often happens to me that I add a node accidentally, because it just takes a single click. I would prefer a double click instead of a single click for adding a node, which is something I do far less often than trying to select a curve or a node or dragging the path. - When deleting a node, the curve is distorted significantly. It would be great if you could apply an algorithm that tries to adjust the neighboring nodes such that the shape is preserved as much as possible without the deleted node. (I know that this is not possible exactly mathematically, but when adding a node and then deleting it again, I would expect to get back almost the same curve.) I often simplify curves by deleting nodes, for example when drawing with the pencil tool and the curve is a bit shaky and has too many nodes. But deleting the superfluous nodes does not produce a smoother curve, rather it ends up more like a series of nearly straight lines. Or I try to place a new node along the curve in a better location and then delete its neighbour (effectively moving a node along the path). As it is now, this always requires me to restore the path to its previous shape. - In the help I read this: "The curve will automatically reshape because of the deleted node, but you can retain the curve's original geometry by pressing Alt+Delete key instead." This does not work on my Version (1.5.3 on Windows, Swiss German Keyboard Layout). Alt+Delete does not do anything. In my opinion, the current behaviour (automatically reshape) is not useful. Make a shape preserving node deletion the default. Then Alt-Delete could be used for something else, for example to create a straight-line segment. - While talking about keyboard shortcuts: There are some keyboard short cuts that do not work for me. I have a Swiss German Layout. For example, the [ and ] keys do not work. On my Keyboard, I need to type them with the AltGr key, which is the same as Alt+Ctl. This gets confused with Keyboard shortcuts like Ctl+Alt+[ which I cannot press at all. When trying to redefinine a function to [ and ] in the shortcut editor, it is recognized as AltGr-ü and AltGr-¨, which is insofar correct as it is the typed key combination, but it does not work. Keys defined this way show no reaction. (Letters and numbers do work, though) - The "Smooth curve" function sometimes produces unpleasant results. For example, I draw a circle and convert it to a path. This gives me a perfectly smooth path with 4 nodes. After clicking "Smooth curve" I get a path with 12 nodes. While I admit that it is still smooth, it goes as against my experience that the smoothest paths I create are usually those with the fewest nodes. Also, when drawing a line with the pencil tool which seems a bit shaky, "Smooth curve" will just add more nodes! - A "Simplify curve" function might be more useful. Successively reducing the node count while trying to keep the overall shape as much as possible. Either apply it on the whole curve or a selection of adjacent nodes. - When designing free form curves, a good strategy is to place the majority of nodes so that their handles extend vertically or horizontally. (This trick I learned from typographers https://theagsc.com/blog/tutorials/so-whats-the-big-deal-with-horizontal-vertical-bezier-handles-anyway/ ) It would be great if there was a way to restrict the handles to these directions. In the help I learned that by pressing Shift, the directions are constrained to multiples of 45°, but it seems this only works when laying out the curve with the pen tool. When editing it with the Node tool, pressing shift just fixes the handle direction (which is also useful). Nevertheless, I really like the program! Best regards, Andreas
  23. I need the ability to draw across multiple artboards. Currently, even if I arrange artboards next to each other, when I draw a shape across two or more artboards I can only see the part of the shape that fits in the artboard the shape was started in. The same thing happens with text. In the picture I am including I drew a rectangle across two artboards but it only shows on one. I also wrote test across two artboards but it also shows on only one. I am also requesting a way to set up the spacing vertically and horizontally between two or more artboards. For example, set the artboards to be right next to each other at 0" or to be separated by a specific value such as .5" or 3pxls or anything like that.
  24. Hi there, I'm trying to create a simple speech box with a dragged out triangle for the "Speech" bit, so I've basically got a rectangle with a triangle attached - how do I get rid of the line where the two join so I have effectively one image with a bit blown out a bit in a triangle shape rather than what looks like two shapes stuck together?
  25. Hello out there Learning a new program isn't always that easy, but sometimes you hit a brick wall and voila: I need to ask you out there. :) I can't figure out how to convert a line into an object (or shape), to further use this geometry to subtract it from another object (see attached pictures). You can convert shapes to curves, but not the other way round? The thing is, its easier to draw a line, adjust the thickness (stroke) to your liking and then convert this into a shape to, let's say, subtract it from something. Since I've stumbled upon the fact, that I can't precisely arrange things in AD, due to some odd snapping behaviour (or my lack of understanding these). thx for any help, Bo
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