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  1. combey

    Vector brush

    Hi, Just bought a copy of Affinity Designer. So smooth and lovely to use, especially the bezier handles! I'm using the software with a Wacom Cintiq and have found the Vector brush is rather unreliable. Although the line drawn seems to respond perfectly to the pressure applied, when it is is turned into a bezier curve the shape doesn't seem to match. Sometimes it's close; other times it is completely different, showing no change in line width at all. The similar function in Adobe Illustrator works absolutely fine. Is this a known bug? Having the pressure profile graph is fantastic, but I wonder if this could be resizable to make even finer adjustments possible? Steve.
  2. I'm trying to find a better way of working with parallel lines and monolines. I had to create recently an infinity symbol (see attached). Working with Symbols wasn't going to help. If I could wrap my head around it, I probably could have "gridded" it with circles. In the end what I did was to create a custom vector brush of three lines (see graphic), and try to work with that. But it wasn't easy or optimal. Corners were tough (see graphic) and I couldn't really get the shape I wanted because of that. But the main issue is that a custom vector brush is basically made from a raster image, then repeated or stretched. First, it cannot be expanded. Second, the output is not pure vector. So in effect, it's pretty useless to me. What I'm left with is basically a decent graphic within AD that I can export at high resolution and then vectorise using Ai or VectorMagic. As these traces are always problematic, I'd then have to place the vectorised content over my original, lower the opacity, and manually go node by node. Human/eye error would surely be noticeable in the end. So is there a better way of doing this? "Basic" vector brushes output vector only content, but there is no Basic brush that has three lines (or more, or less), which is a shame, because that would be great. Anyone have any better ideas? I like intricate parallel lines a lot, and I'd like to do more with them, but I need to find a better method.
  3. Is anyone else having issues editing the size and opacity variance in the vector brush editing tab? I use the vector brush and it lays down the stroke fine. I try to edit it in the Brush Editing menu and when I make changes to the size variance and opacity variance it shows up fine in the preview box above the sliders but the changes don't happen to the brush stroke on the page. I posed this question before and someone from Serif said I must be using the pen or pencil tool, which won't work ( I wasn't using either one by the way). I have tried this 20 times with the vector brush tool and still nothing. I don't know if this is connected or not but "open recent" under the "file" menu is always blank even though I have done several projects with the program. Do I have a setting somewhere set wrong? It just seems that the program isn't operating quite right. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  4. Hi there, I have recently downloaded the Affinity Design Trial to see whether i am tempted away from Adobe Illustrator. One of the main techniques i like to use on illustrator is using the pen or brush tool to trace over key areas of pictures i have inserted. I would take my time to trace over these key shapes and whenever i finished a section, the tool would auto smoothen out the lines. However, although Affinity Design has this function, it is no way near as smooth as Illustrator (You can see this in attached image). I do not know whether there are any options that adjust these tools to make my lines consistently smooth like Adobe have achieved. All in all, if i could solve this issue it would definitely confirm me leaving Adobe to join Affinity. I was set to buy the software until i came into this problem. Look forward to any useful responses, JT
  5. Hi, I have a problem, when I draw with tool Vector brush on my tablet (Wacom Intuos 3). The drawing result is different, than preview. Please, check my video. Paint (pixel) brush tool works correctly, so problem is only with Vector brush. (I try drawing on the same tablet with Vector brush in Adobe Illustrator and no problem.) Brush bug.mov
  6. Query - and a possible feature request if I'm right about this - something I noticed when using the Vector Brush Tool in Af.Designer with daub brushes at low opacity (c.10%) to build up the depth of colour gradually with multiple strokes. 1. If I make say 7 overlayed distinct strokes at 10% opacity, raising the brush between each one, then I get (presumably) 70% opacity where they overlay each other. 2. If on the other hand I make 7 strokes without raising the brush - in fact one stroke but with roughly 180 degree changes of direction back and forth over the same area - then I only get 10% opacity. Where the same stroke crosses back over itself there is no increase in opacity as of course there would be if this was a real paint brush. I can see that the constant opacity would be essential if you were filling in a shape and wanted uniform colour despite overlapping / overlaying but it would be useful to have the option of building up opacity where a single stroke passes back over itself as it would in reality. It would also reduce the number of strokes recorded in the Layers which rapidly build up to frightening levels if I do a lot of choppy, ‘expressive’ brushwork. Is there any way to build up opacity by running one vector brush stroke back and forth over itself ? I had thought this option might already be available within the “More” options brush control panel or could be modified by changing the Blend Mode but if it is already there I haven’t been able to find it. You might be thinking “Why is this fool using vector brushes at all when this sounds like something he ought to be doing in Pixel Persona (or indeed in Af.Photo if he had any sense) ?”. Well, because I generally prefer to stick with pure vector work where possible. (Note : Pixel brushes seem to work in the same way - i.e. no increase in opacity where the same stroke crosses back over itself.) Perhaps this “build-up opacity when re-crossing self” behaviour could be available as an an option ? Pretty minor I know and not really worth the trouble unless it’s something you could do easily. [if I haven't missed this feature then please shift this topic to the Feature Requests section.]
  7. See topic title. Affinity Designer 1.3.2 App Store build. Adjusting the Pressure graph has no effect whatsoever on the stroke. Controller set to "Brush Defaults" is also affected, though that's probably identical to "None" for the brush I tested it with.
  8. Dear Affinity Support Just wanted to say congrats on a fantastic application. Keep up the great work. Is there anyway to vary (e.g. 0-100%) the line smoothing when using the Pencil and Brush tool? For instance I would like to use a lower percentage when rough sketching freehand with a tablet, then increase the percentage when 'inking' in a final line on top of the sketch with trackpad, mouse or tablet to get a clean and smooth finish. At the moment I'm using the pen tool for the 'inking' stage but would actually to prefer to carry this out freehand (albeit with a bit of smoothing assistance). Many thanks P
  9. Hi! I have a Wacom Bamboo. Vector brush to use not the apryeo control. The bitmap is well pressure control. Is a bug? Is not it? (I'm sorry I did not speak English well because Koreans)