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  1. Windows 10, Designer (also happens with the Beta but that's by-the-by). I was experimenting with shapes and noticed something strange, see attached image. The image shows three different ways of doing the same thing (I've also attached the afdesign file). On the left I have: * a black rounded rectangle with a white triangle inside it at the bottom-right; * the same as above but rotated and made smaller. In the middle I have: * a black rounded rectangle, a copy of the same rectangle as a mask for a white triangle at the bottom-right; * the same as above but rotated and made smaller. On the right I have tried to use compound layers but got the same result. I can't seem to get rid of the very thin black line around the shapes. Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong, or is this just expected because of how vectors work? Is there a way I can stop this from happening without 'cutting' the shapes up (or making the black rectangles ever-so-slightly smaller)? lines around shapes.afdesign
  2. I am testing the possibility to do comic book lettering in Publisher Beta. There is couple of methods how to create balloons and one of them is to combine 2 shapes (ellipse and tail) into 1 shape or rather create the non-destructive compound shape for future modifications. It works perfectly in Designer but I cannot find how to combine shapes (destructively or non-destructively) in Publisher. Are those functionalities dedicated to Designer only? I assume when the commercial version of Publisher is out and all three apps in suite are communicating it won't be a problem.
  3. The resulting svg <path>s aren't the same when using destructive boolean operations vs non-destructive boolean-operations, but they should be equal. See attachments. For some strange reason it looks like the way the curve is calculated during svg export is different. Given test-file has no complex shapes at all, they are a circle and a rectangle. Svg path-data after destructive Add: "M123.032,25.006l124.594,0l0,60.104c35.593,0 64.49,28.897 64.49,64.49c0,35.593 -28.897,64.49 -64.49,64.49c-35.593,0 -64.491,-28.897 -64.491,-64.49l-60.103,0l0,-124.594Z" Svg path-data after non-destructive Add / Compound path: "M123.032,25.006l124.594,0l0,60.104c35.639,0.046 64.49,28.925 64.49,64.49c0,35.593 -28.897,64.49 -64.49,64.49c-35.593,0 -64.491,-28.897 -64.491,-64.49l-60.103,0l0,-124.594Z" Steps to reproduce: - open afDesigner file in attachment, merge the shapes using boolean add, export svg with given exportsettings (see attachment) and look at the svg - open afDesigner file in attachment, merge the shapes using non-destructive boolean add (holding Alt + boolean Add click), export svg with given exportsettings (see attachment) and look at the svg - compare the svg <path> of both files afDesigner destructive add.svg non-destructive add (compound).svg tryout.afdesign
  4. Hi, One of my favorite features in AD for Mac/Windows is compound shapes, with the possibility to apply boolean operations without loosing the geometry of the original shapes. I have not been able to do the same on iPad. However, if I modify on the iPad a drawing created on the Mac, I see that compound shapes are correctly handled on the iPad, (I can move the individual shapes and I can even move existing shapes into the compound by dragging the corresponding layer into the compound "group"), but I do no see, for example, where I could change the associated boolean operation (e.g. from Add to Intersect). Am I missing something? Thank you for your help. Dahu
  5. I need to do this so I can make a pixel layer to add some texture without the various shapes showing lines/edges. I';ve succewssfully done this with the rest of the image as you can see in the attached photo. But those were all single shapes. I made this alien's body in 4 different shapes but I want them completely merged. I thought I could group them and add new pixel layer... but no matter where I place the pixel layer... it's just not right. How do I merge these 4 shapes into 1 shape? Not just group them. I feel like it's an obvious answer....
  6. So I'm overall loving the way Affinity handles masking but one thing slightly puzzles me. We can make a compound path but when we use that as a Layer mask you can no longer edit the nodes. Am I doing something wrong here or is this currently a limitation? Ideally I'd prefer not to combine my shapes for ultimate control but it seems it might be necessary. p.s. to the Devs, Designer is a beautiful piece of software and is a joy to use, even with these kind of limitations. Looking forward to 1.7
  7. Frank Jonen

    Live Boolean accuracy issue

    The boolean result doesn't match the elements used in the operation. Engine: Metal OS: High Sierra 10.13.2 Zoom level: 82532.6% Colour Depth: 8-Bit
  8. Hello guys, I was wondering if it is possible to do non desctructive boolean operation and yes it is possible. My only regret is that is very hidden. Wouldn't it be possible to create a "compound" group directly in the "Layers"? Say you select several shapes and you have the option to create compound group with a default boolean operation which you can change for every object afterwards? Other thing, it is really hidden that you have to alt-click a boolean operation to make it non desctructive. Would it be possible at least to add something in the tooltip and even better indicate on the boolean operation there is more that one op? You could fore example popup a menu if you click and hold on the boolean operation. Cheers, DrM0lek
  9. Hi, with the current version of Affinity Designer for OS X (from the Apple Store) I encounter some strange problems with Compound (Live Booleans). For some reason simple things like the "Add" method produce strangely broken results, also moving compound elements around in the hope the problematic merge resolves makes Affinity Designer looks up on a regular base (starts busy looping and doesn't seem to return back to normal). Interestingly the very same shapes can be merged w/o problems with the normal boolean operation. I attached a test case which triggers the problem for me. If required, I can also provide a process "Sample" generated with Activity Monitor during such look up situation. Affinity Designer: 1.6.0 (latest) Mac OS X: 10.10.5 (Yosemite) Hardware: Mac mini (late 2014) with Intel Iris TestFileBug,1.afdesign
  10. Hello! I'm new around these parts (first post) so I apologize if this question has already been asked and answered. I did some searching, but I couldn't find anything regarding this. My question is: How does one merge or combine a self intersecting path/curve (to make a compound path) in Affinity Designer? I design type and it's desirable—crucial really—to overlap a shape/path within itself for maximum flexibility and ease of manipulation while working. Unfortunately, when it comes time to combine the final artwork I'm left with compound holes where the paths intersect themselves. :( I've attached an example of what I'm referring to. I've tried all of the options that can think of (Geometry, Create Compound, etc.), but none seem to work. I'm assuming that this is just the way paths combine in AD, but I'm desperately hoping that there's another technique that I'm missing. Also, I love AD thus far. Great work! Thanks for your help! :D
  11. I have a simple shape (collection of lines drawn with the smart pen tool) and a line drawn vertically down this shape. I simply want to just trim off the surplus part of the shape. When I select both the shape (curves) and the line (again, all drawn using the pen tool), press ALT, and then select 'Add' on the geometry option something strange happens. The long way around this is to simply draw the end segment I want, but I want the shape to be nice and clean without worrying about snapping to all the anchor points around it. What's the simple way of trimming off surplus curves to a shape?
  12. I have created a number of lines using the pen tool in line mode and wish to group them together using the compound option (holding down Alt and pressing on Add from the toolbar). When I do so, the lines completely disappear. This does not happen when I try to group shapes together, in this case it works fine. What am I doing wrong?
  13. 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?
  14. Hi all, I got a strange behaviour while working on multiple compounds shape. If I click on one of the stacked compounds on layer panel it starts to reveal its own shape. If you clone it they suddenly disappear. Anyone experienced something like that? It's really annoying because while you're working on multiples boolean operation you can't understand if done or not. The first image shows what happen after clicking on a stacked shape. The second image shows how it should appear (or duplicating the wrong one) Thank you so much
  15. Am I able to change how "Compound" adopts the properties of the lowest object when the Compound is created? The problem I am having is with my logo that I want to export as a .svg file so that I can print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo (SIL). However, when I export the logo file and then open the file in SIL the center butterfly is missing? When I try combining all layers it is of course by default adopting the lowest object which is a black circle, therefore, it is hiding everything this else. See attach. KAMM_ButterflyLogoBLACK.afdesign KAMM_ButterflyLogo.afdesign
  16. Hi, when I edit children of a Compound (live-boolean) object/group and select the parent object (the compound itself) then it sometimes shows an old (cached?) version of the children's path(s). This goes away once I edit (e.g. scale) the compound temporarily (and then revert back with "Undo"). It's a bit hard to describe in words. :D This does not happen all the time and I can't give clear steps for reproducing the issue (e.g. I couldn't reproduce it in a stand-alone test case; it just happens sometimes in my more complex files. Perhaps related to deeper nesting of the objects or something.) Basic Steps (sometimes triggers the issue, often it does not) 1. Select a child object of a compound group 2. Use Node tool to make some edits 3. Now select the compound object itself (in the layer list) Result Sometimes shows the old/ previous shape of the child (before edit) (blue line). regards, tokai Affinity Designer Version: 1.4 (Mac App Store)
  17. Hello there, Today I noticed that for some reason, the selection of a compound shape shows an outline that is different from the actual shape. But this only happen on a very particular region, one that have a round corner applied. To be honest, this is not a big problem for me, I am just curious about it, not sure if it is a bug, a mistake I did or if it works like this by software design (probably not). Here is a screenshot, look how the outline of the selection differs from the actual shape in the round corners. Maybe I am doing something wrong?
  18. I have several object that I have tried to release the compound paths. In this case I want the inner hole release from the ouster path. However the command to do so is always greyed out. And the create compounds does nothing, but hide the inner object. Release-compound-path.afdesign
  19. Merry Christmas :) I have a question if there would be possibility to add all 4 options to "Create compound" command and/or have an option to change default "Add" choice? I mostly use this feature to subtract one shape from the other so I always need to change it from "Add" to "Subtract" in Layers. It could be also great to have these options available in Preferences to be able create the custom shortcut(s). I mean: Create compound ➤ Add Create compound ➤ Intersect Create compound ➤ Subtract Create compound ➤ Xor
  20. Hopefully a simple question, what is create compound and why would you use it
  21. Hello guys. I would like to ask few questions regarding PSD import / export from Photoshop to Affinity and back. I use Photoshop CS6 in my PC and I have a plan to use Affinity Designer (or Photo later) to do comic book lettering. I use just few tools in PS like Shapes, Paths and Text layers, with some of blending options like Stroke, Drop shadow, Colour and gradient fill. I created one PSD file in PS containing layers with ballons and text for testing how it will be opened in Affinity Designer - option: Favour editable text over fidelity. Well, it looks quite good, but there are still some small issues. I create ballons as elipse (Shape tool) with the tail (Path) as non-destructive combination. AD export this combination as dectructed shape with no possibility to edit ellipse and tail indepently. Yes, still editable as curves but non destructive combinations from PS are gone. Is there something I can do in PS and/or AD to be able import connected shapes correctly? When I create ballon in AD as non desctuctive compound of Ellipse and curve, export it as PSD, then it is opened in PS as 3 layers (with clipping mask?) but the curve is not combined with the ellipsis as in AD. They look like separated shapes. Text layers are imported to AD as editable text, but some of settings are not the same e.g. I am missing “optical” kerning. Would it be possible to get this option in the future? When I export PSD from AD and open it in PS the text layers are rasterised and they are not editable anymore. Would it be possible to get this option in the future? Gradient fill of the Shape is imported/exported correctly but gradient fill as "blending option" of the layer tis imported to AD correctly but in export from AD to PS it is changed to simple colour. Some of my clients are quite OK to get flat 1 layer TIFF or high quality JPG, so there will be no issue. But some of them reqest to have editable PSD to be able do some minor changes by themslef (ususally text correction) if needed. They works with Adobe stuff on PCs so obviously I cannot push them to switch to Affinity’s products and Apple hardware. There are screenshots of my lettering test in Affinity Designer and Photoshop. Original file created in Photoshop: PSD opened in Affinity Designer: and PSD exported from AD and opened back in Photoshop:
  22. Hey guys - I'm new to affinity & vector objects. I'm compound two shapes and I'm running into a problem. My outline shape has a miter join and the shape I'm joining has a round join. But once I do the compound, the new shape has a bevel or miter join where I want a round join .. but I can't change just this these corners .. (I assume because its now a compound) .. Any ideas on how I can get these two points rounded?
  23. This is a feature I've grown to love in illustrator. If you have multiple shapes that have been 'combined' to make one object you can double click on it. From there you can click on a part of the combined shape and delete it without having to remove it by deleting one node at a time.
  24. After performing a boolean operation on a compound object, I am having issues changing the color of the resulting object. It seems like the program is creating an extra copy of the compound object when performing the operation.