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  1. In AD sometimes when I read Layer it seems to refer to an object, other times a container in which to place multiple objects much like a group. Can you explain the difference between vector layers and groups as containers? Why would I use one instead of the other? Does one have certain properties and/or affects on the objects in them that the other doesn't? Any pros and cons? From reading the help I don't see really a difference. I appreciate it.
  2. Hi, I'm completely new to vectors/ Affinity Designer and enjoying using it but really struggling with one thing, subtracting text from multiple shapes. I want the black text in the first image to be clear, so need to subtract it from the white stripes, grey stripes, and white stars beneath. They are all in different layers/groups, and as you can see from the second picture multiple groups within layers. When I select the layers and text the subtract tool is greyed out. I've read a few other posts about similar subjects and it seems I have to convert to curves? But can't get my head around it or work out how to apply it all to my file. Been driving me mad all week so any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
  3. Hi community, I've found an odd behavior (bug or feature?) on my macos Affinity Photo 1.6.7. Sometimes when I duplicate (command+J) a group and I edit the contents of a layer within the duplicated group, for instance it's position or size, the changes are also affecting the original group. Am I missing something or there's a way to prevent this from happening? Thanks! Ale
  4. Hi all, I've started digging into Affinity Designer to design a board game and feel like it's behavior is inconsistent, or maybe I don't know how to use the tools. I am working on a board game, and currently working on cards. I have an Artboard that contains a layout for a card type, and within that board is the card background which is a Symbol, that contains shapes. I've pasted multiple instances of the card background Symbol onto another Artboard (for printing), which is where I overlay the card text and values. When building some iconography for the card, I have two icons that I Group together, and then make another Symbol. When I drag that symbol into the card background Symbol, it does not update the other instances of the symbol. However, if I ungroup the iconography symbol, the card background symbol updates with the icons, and the iconography Symbol updates in the Symbol browser as empty. I just don't understand the behavior. Can Groups not be symbols? I really need the Group to stay intact, because I want the distances of that iconography symbol to be persisted across all the cards. I've uploaded a movie to help with the issue. symbol-issue.mov
  5. Please check the attached video recording. As you can see I'm using Artboard groups to keep everything nice and organized. Now the problem with Artboard Groups is that when I want to move an entire group, it only moves the content inside the Artboards which doesn't make sense! The proper behavior would be to move all the artboards and their content at once when moving the whole group, otherwise what's the point of having a group, right? Affinity Designer 2019-02-15 01-25-32.mp4
  6. Hello People ! i'm just installing and testing the recent Beta of APhoto and i can just say OKAY IT WORKS REALLY OKAY ! But ... because there is still a But ... i think Blending modes needs to be arranged or organized according to what they are intended to do. What i mean is simply represented in the attached capture. Well i know this is from another software but also it is not bad to copy (and making better of it) something that already exist. Hope this won't bring up a long discussion or a troll in here but also to every one who ever think this can/could be a nice thing please leave your inputs to help the devs understand it and maybe implement it. Blessings !
  7. Hello. I am working on comic book lettering and using Groups to prepare the balloons for future slicing to PNG format (they are inputs for comic book composer we are developing). I try to keep it clean and organized by using simple naming code "LANGUAGE platform ###" e.g CZE mobil 001, CZE mobil 002, etc. Sometimes I need to split the ballon and/or add new one which messing up the order. I usually put there an extra letter (001a, 001b...) but I would prefer to keep numbers only. Is there any chance to rename all groups in 1 step by defining syntax I described above? I found the batch renaming for Slices is not possible but what about the Groups, Layers...?
  8. Hi, When editing my vector drawing I would like to use the selection tool to select, transform and move the complete eye including outlines and shadows. The tool only allows to draw a rectangle at 1 of 5 attempts (at the faulty attempts always a whole grouping is moved). As soon as I manage to draw a rectangle, not a single layer is marked, although the settings are set in the global settings (see screenshot). The selector "edit all layers" in Layers Studio is also on. I also tried, after selecting the main group, to reach the other objects and groups by double-tapping, but even in this attempt it was not possible for me to combine all the blacks and gray lines of the eye in one selection. I attach my complex AD file to you. How can I quickly select the eye including shades? This problem costs me a lot of time as I have to search for layers in hundreds of layers as a workaround. Instead of making a change in a minute, it takes a lot of effort. The app is really very good, but the Move tool is currently a showstopper when using it. Best regards Sandra Unbenannt_4.afdesign
  9. A few of things about applying strokes to groups: It would be nice to have this working, i.e stroke apply to resulting object, rather than each of the children. Why does applying a stroke to a group containing a pixel layer, essentially apply a fill? When attempting 2, there seems to be a performance issue (high CPU usage).
  10. Hey everyone! I am working a lot on patterns (literally hundreds) that I want to repeat on both x and y later on. For doing so, it would be very useful to be able to offset and repeat (wrap) curves and groups using Affine and being able to access Affine in Designer. Right now, it only seems accessible in Photo and trying to Affine curves or groups will rasterize them. Best wishes, Shu
  11. Struggling to get a gradient to appear across multiple objects within a group. Have experimented with removing sub-groups and changing stroke settings etc.. no difference. See attachment, the items should be mostly red, but instead, they're showing as just the Yellow. Have tried multiple restarts and on multiple laptops with different installs, (but both 1.6.1) -B
  12. I believe I found a bug in the way masks are applied to groups. I've attached an example afphoto file to show the behavior. Steps to reproduce: Create white background Create new pixel layer, fill with 25% gray Duplicate 25% gray layer Create two groups with the 25% gray layers First group Select first 25% gray layer Select "New Mask Layer" Use gradient tool to create layer from white to black, top to bottom Second group duplicate gradient mask from above Insert as mask for second group Toggle the two groups to compare (turn off respective other group) Expected result: the two images produced look the same Actual result: the image when using the group mask has an uneven gradient Here's the layer mask, looking as expected: And here's the group mask, looking uneven: group-mask-bug.afphoto
  13. High Sierra 1.5.5 Layer "Page 1" makes no issue, but when coming into the sublayer "3D Lack", which is again grouped containing curves i get the issue; The group in the export gets rendered as Image. Verified as Pixel in Preview and reopening in Affinity Designer tells me the same. Any Idea, what is wrong or what has to be changed. I worked around into ungrouping everything for my printing supplier. Cheers, Andreas PS:Hopefully PDF export will be prepress ready soon or the publisher fixing those issue! support-exportissue_R01.afdesign Page1-outputIssue_beidseitig_R01.2.pdf
  14. Hi. I have to work in different languages, so what I normally do is making layers for the different languages text, one for each language, and when i need to export I just choose the right one and lock the others. This is really a hard thing to with the layers system we have now. In my opinion will be a good idea to be able to group elements of different layers just for faster access and choosing but not to move them from the actual position, just to turn them on or off. That could be a great feature for me. Been able, for instance, creating a group and calling it (Languages) and drop there all languages layers in proper order for activating or deactivating, while the actual text still in the proper position. An other good thing could be the possibility to choose in what order new working tables would be created in the right menu as it is now goes in the wrong direction for and I keep making some silly mistakes when exporting or printing.
  15. When I use editorial brushes (healing, blur, clone) when group of layers is selected, layers of this group being flattened automatically. In complicated projects this feauture can spoil some block of work. I made complicated group and just forgot to select exact layer which I want to edit with editorial brush and after edit group was flattened what I didn't want to. Because this group meant to be editable.
  16. Hi! I did not notice if this bug was in previous versions (now I'm using 1.5.3.69), but now when copying the Artboard all Symbols turn into Groups. How i "fix" the problem for now: 1) I copy artboard 2) Delete everything from it 3) Copy all objects from the previous artboard. In this case, the Symbols do not turn into Groups. In screenshot two artboards: Original (with Symbol) and Copy (with Symbols turned into Groups)
  17. Hi. I'm using affinity designer 1.5.3.69 I found this behavior quite disturbing (I'm not sure if that's the correct word) When you resize/ scale single shape/ selection of shapes using corner handle, the default scaling method is "free scaling" instead of aspect ratio/ constraint proportion. But if you resize a group of items, or text, or image, the default resizing method is "constraint proportion/ aspect ratio". Thanks.
  18. I love Affinity Designer, please keep up the good work. It's coming along nicely, but I have run into some basic usability issues that significantly slow down my workflow. I think these would be useful for most users. Please add some form of vector trace - I am still keeping other vector apps for just this 1 feature. The Selection Marquee can’t select layers within groups - can this be added as an option or to the direct selection tool. With large documents, finding and selecting multiple layers really slows down the workflow. When ungrouping from a hidden group the layers don’t become hidden (which I would prefer) and I have to do that manually. Can they stay hidden by default unless I unhide the group and then ungroup, Can I change the highlight colour In Export tab When zoomed out with alot of slices. I can’t tell which slices I have chosen unless I have them all both selected and ticked. Please enable macros - this would be useful for many repetitive tasks making long shadows for example Again thanks for a great application. These are just suggestions (apart from number 1).
  19. Someone know if there is a shot way or shortcut to collapse all artboards and groups inside?
  20. Hi, When AD imports SVG files, it seems to transform any SVG groups into layers. I made several tests and searched the forums, but I found no conclusive responses to this: is there any way that AD would import SVG groups as AD groups instead of AD layers? Thanks in advance for any help.
  21. From single image file: Add a few adjustment layers above the image layer (Assistant: Add adjustment as new layer) Group the adjustment layers Drag the group down to the image so you get the little vertical blue bar (not the horizontal one) Group is copied just fine Now you can't open the group (no little triangle arrow) (see attached)
  22. I would love a way to paste an object inside a group. In the attached image, I want to paste the pink rectangle inside the group that contains three elements. I know that there are ways to get the same effect, but I want to keep the file as small and editable as possible.
  23. Hello, When I CTRL+Click in Designer (Windows) it always selects the deepest level in the hierarchy, so if I have a rectangle inside a symbol inside a group and ctrl+click it, it will select the rectangle. Is there a way to set the depth of this selection, so that it doesn't select the "insides" of symbols, or only selects up to the first child of a group? Thanks, Fernando
  24. 'morning folks, Would of y'all mind walking me through (or pointing me toward) creating a new Asset file? As a follow-up to the above, things I'm hoping to save are obvious I'm sure but I'll mention them anyway...Grouped-layers composing icons/logos I've created that I need to frequently use (duh). I'm sure your responses will answer all my newbie questions so I'll just wait to see them before posing any more painfully obvious ones. Thanks! -Christo
  25. AD family, This issue I'm trying to sort/figure out MUST be something extremely simple. My apologies for posting again on the same topic but my brain has not served me well on this one. Ive designed a simple image/logo made up of 8 or 9 layers, then grouped them together. My desire was then to duplicate the entire image (group of layers) which I successfully via the cmd+j shortcut. you can see the dups in the layers panel in 1 of the 2 screenshots I've attached below. Here's where Im hitting a wall...using the Move tool, I select/click the topmost grouped-layer in an attempt to drag the duplicates apart and play around with them. When I do this all 4 grouped-layers move around with each other as if 'locked' together. I took a peek at the Line view and could see that in fact all 4 duplicated groups had been moved, and were NOT stacked atop each other as I'd thought. Any/all guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks for bearing with the elementary questions. Regards, -Christo
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