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  1. Pen tool was ALWAYS crashing on me. Always when working on something longer it will crash at some point. Very annoying. I was trying to find a way to replicate the crash and finally I did. Although I am sure that this is not the only iteration when pen tool is crashing AP, here how you can replicate it: Make new document, choose pen tool, place few random nodes and then catch the last node with CTRL, keep pushing control and WHILE MOVING that node hit space and keep it pushed while still moving mouse. It may take couple tries but you will crush Photo. Basically ctrl+space and moving mouse. I really hope pen tool will get fixed one day... Its one of the most used tools when it comes to my work... I am talking about latest stable version on Windows 7.
  2. Can anyone give me any tips on how to achieve lines similar to the style done in the show 'Ed Edd n Eddy'?The line widths are all over the place. Would this be done with a specific brush or by manually altering the line widths?
  3. Hi I would find it really helpful to be able to draw lines and circles that are tangent to either 1 or 2 existing circles. I have a link here that shows what I am talking about - it is a program called AutoCAD https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=autocad+snap+to+tangent&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=UpkJWsC7CebG8Aft1I-oAg#gfe_rd=cr&kpvalbx=1 Thanks Rob
  4. Hi everybody, I have been wondering for a while how we could improve the options of the Pen Tool to allow for a little more precision and ease of editing in some instances. When you create glyph shapes, for example, you will have to work minutely on your curves, and therefore most font editors will allow you to use nudging and snapping for each of the four Bézier Control Points (BCPs) that standardly define a segment of a cubic Bézier curve. (Not to speak of other vector drawing apps.) I must say it is really fun to work with the Pen Tool, but there are just a few missing features that would make, in my opinion, a more than welcome addition to this tool. In a way, most of these missing features have to do with the asymmetry between anchor points (on-curve BCPs) and handles (off-curve BCPs) with respect to nudging and snapping. In my opinion, we should be able to nudge and snap handles in just the same way we can do with anchor points. I know, the current implementation is somehow based on this asymmetry, and it is difficult to add nudging capabilities for handles (off-curve BCPs), when there is no persistent active state for a handle (off-curve BCP). Currently, you cannot select (highlight) a handle in order to make it available for nudging. I have the impression that the developers are a bit reluctant to sacrifice the simplicity of the current Pen Tool implementation in order to care for nudging and snapping. So I have been wondering for a while how we could save this simplicity, while adding some useful options that would simplify precision work. And here is an idea that came to my mind. What about a new global mode (Control Polygon Mode) that would enable “equal treatment” of all BCPs with respect to nudging and snapping? There could be a button on the main toolbar to enter this mode, and the mode itself could be indicated on the canvas by drawing out the entire control polygon, once a point is clicked. Entering this mode would imply that all BCPs, anchor points and handles alike, would now be available for nudging and snapping. Furthermore, there could be an option of selecting and nudging a line segment of the control polygon, thereby changing several control points at once. Also point transformations could be performed in this mode. Sure, there would have to be some visual clue about which points are linked (in the case of smooth connections), but I have the impression that these problems could be overcome. I don’t know what you think of this idea, but I have the impression that it could solve some problems with missing modifiers, persistent active states, and so on. Maybe you will have even better ideas … so I’d be happy to hear what you think … Thanks, Alex
  5. it would be usefule to have a text along path feature also in affinity photo. see https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/15865-how-to-write-text-along-a-curve/?p=72069
  6. Just had the same error three times in a row. I have a JPEG in Designer. I select the pen tool and start tracing around the JPEG. After six or seven inputs (working on the JPEG layer), I left click and hold on a node to adjust the curve. Program crashes. I've just reloaded, rasterised the JPEG and created a new layer to start with using the pen tool on. This seems to have stopped the crashing.
  7. Hey! So I've been using Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro 12.9 second gen for 2 days now. The first day I only did some sketches to test all the brushes and settings and the second day I wanted to do a new concept art piece on it. Within my workflow I tend to make masks with the Polygon pen tool and then paint over those. At first everything went great and I was really enjoying the hell out of this awesome piece of software but then the crashes started to happen. Every time I tried to make a Polygon selection, mid way putting the points down (~5 points) it would crash. I tried quitting the app, reopen it, reboot the device but nothing worked. I even tried to lower the resolution of 3000x1800 to something smaller but then it crashed while resizing. At this point I was only ~7 layers deep, and unable to continue to work in this document. I exported it and continued in Procreate, which bums me out because I really need the advanced tools that Affinity photo offers. I hope I gave you enough information about the bug, if you need anything else, please let me know. Please guys, I really need this amazing software! Cheers, Mike
  8. I need to trace objects to outline them (dishware). The client then wants me to send a jpeg with the lines converted to paths. How do I do this or something comparable to convert to paths?
  9. I can't find the way of setting the brush style of a line drawn using the pen too. I can set the stroke color, width, cap, and the pressure.. and I can set the style as 'Solid Line Style' or 'Texture Line Style' -- but there doesn't seem to be a way of choosing which 'texture' is used..? Selecting the drawn path and then choosing a brush doesn't do anything.
  10. both in Affinity Photo and in Design the pen tool is causing an instant closing in the software, causing all work to be lost, the automatic save does not work in front of the problem of the pen tool. Ps. Crtl+s always
  11. I was wondering if it is possible to draw more than one path with the pen tool on a curves layer. for example if your producing cutouts and the object is not completely solid? When i close the path and then go in to draw a second path, this is then rendered on a separate Layer. So with a complicated object this will result in multiple layers. is there any way i can get them all on the same layer so when i make the path into a selection it makes life easier? is there keyboard shortcut I'm missing? Any help would be great...
  12. I do have some quite significant problems with the pen tool. I have to cut out complex forms and use the Pen Tool to create the outline. Within AP it often happens that points close to each other are not set (instead the last point gets pre-selected). Effectively a new point can't be set within a certain distance to the last point (so constant zooming in and out is required to set nearby points!). Not always beeing aware of this since I'm setting hundrets of cornerpoints the curves closes unwanted and a new curve starts. This is very annoying since I have to go back in history or even delete many points since I did not instantly realise that a new curve has been created. Comming from PS where I never experience these problems it is a serious hurdle in AP and one of the reasons I still get back to PS for this task since the workflow is far less error prone and it takes up a lot less time. In PS you can't accidently close a curve, getting to close to the last enterd point will add a bezier-curve instead of a line what is not a big deal. Maybe someone can have a look into this and improve the handling of the pen tool to make usage more efficient. As well the history function sometimes fails when working with the Pen Tool (experienced that in other situations as well). Cheers, Timo
  13. Probably on my top 10 most used features in Illustrator is the stroke width tool, which allows you to adjust the width of the stroke at each anchor point. This can somewhat be achieved using the Pressure tab within the pen line settings, but it isn't nearly as precise. A couple of solutions might be: Add a stroke width tool to allow anchor points to be adjusted. Within the pressure panel, display a point on the graph for every anchor point from the shape. And allow these to be adjusted only vertically on the graph by holding shift, so that they stay on the anchor points. Create a new panel in the pen menu that allows for a numerical value to be entered in for stroke width. Thanks for listening.
  14. I have a photo that I outlined with the pen tool to attempt to clean up the lines. So, now I have my outlined created with the pen tool and I got rid of the background. How do I fill in my outline? I just want it to be filled in black. Attached is the file I am working on. Thanks, T10Pro new deer logo.afdesign
  15. How do I make these keystrokes on a US keyboard?
  16. HI, Can we use the pen tool in affinity photo Ipad to make a selection ? If so please provide information on how to do that. I couldn't find any tutorial online.
  17. MODS: I'm not sure where this falls under so please feel free to move this thread. I come from working in Sketch. After doing tuts and trying out both Affinity Designer and Illustrator, I chose Designer because it felt easier to pick up. For a beginner, it's not as intuitive as Sketch but still feels better than Illustrator (great job!). I do have one huge gripe though and that's the Pen Tool. I can't change node functions between a Smooth Node to Sharp Node on the fly as I'm drawing. If I created a curve and need a immediate sharp point, I must backtrack and alt click. In Sketch, it's simply holding the command key and clicking. Even Adobe Illustrator is much better in this regard. This video starting at the 3:50 mark illustrates what I'm talking about. There's a lot of back tracking work if you look closely. Is there anyway to improve on this workflow? The pen tool kinda feels like an engineer built it for an engineer to use. (Do please educate me if I'm wrong!) https://youtu.be/UDVuI0BPFgo?t=229
  18. Hi all, I need help making a proper square or any shape with perfect sharp corners/strokes. I can’t find out how to do so - am I missing something or is this a limitation of Photo’s engine? Please see the attached screenshot. Anything drawn has round corners, even the Pen tool and the Pixel brush! The only way I can get sharp corners is to import a vector object but even then it’s borders lose opacity and it doesn’t look right.
  19. Hey there, I'm coming from Photoshop and there's one thing I struggle to understand in Affinity Photo. It's regarding masking or rather a specific masking process with the pen tool which works naturally in Photoshop and I thought was a basic feature. I added a simple example to show what I'm talking about. Just to be clear, I don't need an alternative method on how to do this. I simply want to know whether it's possible to get done with the pen tool or not. So, let's say I want to mask the yellow rectangle as seen in the image with the Pen Tool. In Photoshop I draw two paths, make a selection and mask it. As result I get my desired yellow rectangle, as simple as that. In Affinity however I'm not able to get this done no matter what I try. It appears to be the case that it's only possible to apply one single path or curve and turn it into a mask. Every additional mask overrides the previous one. That's why I would like to know, am I missing something here on how to do it properly or is it really not possible to perform this action?
  20. Can someone explain or give a link to Affinity how to put text on a path. I have not been successful in trying to put text on a circle or similar shapes. DonS
  21. Thought Enrique (Frankentoons) might like to see a use I have made of his eBook resources - thanks again, Enrique! Here is the post where he announced it... https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/34700-free-ebook-for-designer-by-frankentoon/?hl=frankentoon For fun, I create coloring pages for family members using Affinity Designer and Photo. Each coloring page is Tabloid size as I have found it fits high-chair tray-tops nicely and provides error-room for straying crayons. :lol: I make a colored copy for a visual sample, and a minimally colored one for the kids to use their crayons. Each set I do takes several days to create. Below is one set I did a few months ago using Frankentoon eBook resources and additional *animals (this one has no shadows/shading as it was busy enough for kids). The kids responded they really liked having their own "Gigi" in the forest. Color Sample: To be colored version: * Disclaimer: since it is not for resale or publication, I use Google images as a guide for animals/people/subjects. I pen-tool and modify each and every one to fit my concept and I don't claim complete originality.
  22. I was following the "For Beginners Too" video tutorial when I found a problem performing non-destructive (using the ALT key) compounds of two or more vector layers where one (or more) layers includes a "pen mode" closed-drawing (smart mode) vector: the layers fail to combine properly. If I repeat the procedure but use a destructive compound; I've had no problem. I've tested against regular shapes without a pen drawing and that seems to work perfectly, destructive or not. But, trying to compound a pen-mode shape layer with any other regular vector shape or another pen-mode layer has bad results. It doesn't crash the program, rather the resulting boolean shape which is wrong. And, on a side note: the Divide button doesn't gray out (the other compound buttons do gray) after the compound. Did I use the word "compound" enough?
  23. So far the app is a slam dunk, but I've noticed issues when trying to use/manipulate the control points with the pen tool. It seems as if there is no way to reset the starting point or manipulate the control points without accessing node first. One way to alleviate the curve reset issue (I've seen this in apps like Skribl and Graphic) you tap the main point to bring the control back to it. As for manipulating the points I think it just needs to be added in where we can also grab the points while in pen Tool. It's almost perfect though and I love that the feature to use the area outlined with pen tool as a select tool. Once these are sorted out, I'll be more excited to use this app primarily for building catalogs.
  24. Is there a way to convert a Pen Tool path you make into a selection. There is a selection from layer I can do, but I would like to just convert the path into a selection, without having to create extra layers.
  25. Hi there. I have been using the pen tool on Affinity Photo for Mac for a long time and often use the ability to create tapered lines using the pen tool. I cannot see anywhere on the ipad version where I can change the line thicknesses over distance. Am I missing something? Also when I import a file that does have varying vector stroke thicknesses, every shape and line I create in the ipad app afterwards has the exact same line profile which I am powerless to change. Is this a glitch? Or is there a section were I can change this in app? Please help!