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  1. I would like to be able to configure layer visibility for each slice independently. This would help iterating export of many slightly different designs.
  2. Hello All, I have a very large image with lots of large layers, (over 100), they were all rendered in my CGI application to a standard scale, as 32 bit PNG, regardless of the size actually occupied by the subject. I'm now combining them into one image, and lining them up. In many cases the layers are 90% or more 100% transparent. But to select with a click and drag, I have to go around all the blank bits I cannot see, which is messy and prone to errors. Can anyone please tell me of a quick way to crop down to the part in a layer that actually has useful non-blank pixels in it? I suspect that this would also release a LOT of memory, and make working with this image more pleasant in general! Thank You, Nick
  3. This is a problem I've experienced occasionally over various versions of AP. It's random, but today it happened three times. Not sure what's causing it, and I can't seem to pinpoint — let alone solve — the issue. My workflow is to use TIFF files saved from my RAW developer of choice, DxO Photolab 4. I open those TIFFs in AP, add a number of layers, then re-save it as a TIFF by pressing "Cmd-S"; on the first save, it presents me with the option of "save with Affinity Layers", which I always choose. After that initial save, as I'm working I save periodically by pressing Cmd-S. Here's the problem: on occasion, AP will save that file and collapse the layers into the background pixel layer. When this happens, the file size shrinks from, say, 250mb (or more) down to 80mb (or less). The problem is that it doesn't necessarily include all the layers, leaving me with a file that often doesn't reflect some of the time-consuming edits I've done. I've been trying to diagnose the problem by deliberately triggering the behavior, but as yet haven't been able to. I'm not opening the TIFF in any other application other than AP, at least until I'm finished with it. The collapse always happens when I've used AP exclusively to open and save the file. Running 10.14.6 on an iMac; AP version is 1.8.4, but this has been happening over all versions in the last year. (I'd rather not save as a native AP file, because my DAM solution (digikam), along with some other apps, doesn't recognize Affinity files. It would also require a convoluted save process and increase the amount of space to keep both the TIFF and the AP file. This is an internal AP problem, not one of an interface with any other app.)
  4. I’m using the Magic Keyboard with my iPad Pro, lots of issues but I’ve worked around them. However, one issue makes the app almost unusable. When renaming a layer using the Magic Keyboard, some characters aren’t working on input. I can capitalize the character and it’ll work, but that’s not ideal. See the video. So far I’ve found that the issue only happens in Designer when renaming a layer. iPad Pro 12.9” 2018 iOS 14 Designer 1.8.6 IMG_0070.MP4
  5. Hello, Fellow UI designer here, just wanted to suggest a few tweaks to the layers panel, 1. Add an even smaller thumbnail setting and maybe even a no thumbnail setting (Not for me but I think some people might like it). The UI is already scaled quite bigger than I'd like and wastes a lot of space from the actual view window. 2. Add the ability to copy paste things from the layers panel, for example: If I hold down CTRL and drag a layer it should let me make a copy of it. It's different than duplicate because it allows me to put the copy anywhere I want directly. 3. Lock icon in the layer itself, it's annoying having to click the layer and then going up and click the lock icon, I already use the shortcut to lock thing but still, annoying. Maybe make the icon appear alongside the checkmark icon as you hover the cursor on top of the layer? I hope you address this in the upcoming updates! Thanks.
  6. I opened a PDF into Affinity Designer and saw something I didn't recognize or understand its purpose. There is a thin blue line between 2 layers. I can't select it, right click on it or any other number of alternate keyboard modifier key clicks. I also can't see any difference that it might be making to the document. It's not like everything above it is locked or invisible or indicating a clipping layer. It also seems to be attached to the layer above it as it moves when I drag layers around. Please can someone educate as to what it's for. Hopefully it's some awesome hidden feature I know nothing about, and not just a glitch from the PDF.
  7. Is there currently a way to select a bunch of layers/objects and collect them all into a new layer with all of those selected layers/objects nested inside or underneath the new layer? I very often find that I want to organize projects as they get unwieldily and if I could select a bunch of layers, right click or hit a button/menu that could move all of those selections into a new folder for easy naming that would be so handy. Does this ability exist now and I haven't found it? Cheers.
  8. It would be very nice if you could collapse all layers at once in the layers panel. Layers become very difficult to work with when you have many of them since selecting objects expands the parent layer, so you have to scroll back up and manually collapse them yourself. Perhaps you could have it so that layers are only expanded for as long as the item within it is selected? That way, after deselecting an object, the layer expansion goes back to its previous state, which is ether expanded or collapsed. Am I making any sense?
  9. Hello! A friend asked me to add a Bigfoot and Santa hat to her photo. It was a fun project. What I found was that by the time I got the three layers in place trying to fine tune each layer just right the program stalled out on me. I would click on the Bigfoot layer to adjust it (like adding snow flakes) and it would stop and would not let me continue. It would be in thinking mode for a very long time. I finally just saved it as it was. I brought it back as an unedited photo and added my last few edits. It made it a very low data file of course, but because it was just for small prints on cards I was willing to let it go. Why couldn't I add the details I needed? Is it my computer, iMac 10.15.5? Thank you! Janelle
  10. I have a substantial issue I am hoping to resolve. I do a lot of architectural retouching, and I often copy-paste small elements all over an image, often from one side to another. I always have to distort/perspective/warp these objects to make them match up. Every time I move or distort an object on a layer, the layer increases in size by the amount of change. So if I copy/paste a region of pixels, then move it across the image to the other side, Affinity thinks the now transparent pixels somehow still have content, and increases the layer size accordingly. If I Command-Click the layer, the selection edges include the now empty pixels. Also if I try to use a distort filter, the handles encompass the entire expanded layer. This makes it nearly impossible to do accurate distortion. I have tried and tried to isolate just the actual pixel content, up to and including selecting the non-transparent pixels and creating a new document. Affinity refuses to accept that the transparent pixels are empty, and includes them in the entire operation. So if I move a 100x100 pixel selection across the image by 4000 pixels, I now have a 4000 pixel layer, that Affinity refuses to trim or crop. Even after I carefully select everything in the mask layer except the white, hit delete, and Command-click the layer again, it still shows the selection bounds including every other location where I moved the content.
  11. I’ve spent two hours trying to find this function on the iPad version of a Affinity Photo. Where the heck is it?
  12. I have an image as a background layer and I have drawn a rectangle over the top as a semi transparent overlay. How do I merge the layers so I can then crop the combined image. Group, save flattened, all still mean I have to crop the overlay and the background individually. Oh and, I cannot find "new layer from background" or am I misremembering. Any advice welcome.
  13. Since my files have lots of layers, I was wondering if there is a way to find out how many layers does my file consist of with out counting layers one by one ? Appreciate your assistance very much in this regards.
  14. Hi all, I am collaborating with a friend, but he only has access to Inkscape. All the layers in the affinity export are groups, but don't show up in the Inkscape layers panel, which really is a bummer. Anyone have any experience in exporting Affinity designs to be readable in Inkscape in a usable manner?
  15. Hello, I have a situation where I have ~650 layers, all well named that I need to search through quickly to hide/show for different permutations of an image. Is there a way I can either sort the layers alphabetically to find them more easily or search for them. Thanks.
  16. I have a document, canvas size is 1920 x 1080 with a number of layers, each containing a photograph larger than the canvas size. The photographs are all in varying dimensions. How does one export each layer to a separate file where each file is the photograph in its original size? All options tried to date, using the Export Persona, will export to a file size matching the pixel size of the original photo, but the viewable part is masked to the canvas size (1920 x 1080). Only work around I've found is to select a layer, copy it, use File --> New From Clipboard and then export that document to a new file. A bit tiresome and awkward for a multi-layer document. FWIW, I can't get a macro set to record the above steps.
  17. <RESOLVED! - look at next post> I will start from usual - love Photo Designer. Love it and use it on daily basis. It is one of a things that make my work in it so much less fluent: this is when I click on group - exactly what I expect, group is lighten up on layer mennu, just as it should. but I need something deeper. So I clicked more (on screen, because I see my object and I want to move it to another group, or see where it is hiding. Aaaaand... nothing, no idea. Sometimes it gives pale blue hue to parent group, but not always. Even if - it is bit too delicate to see. Should it or should it not open hierarchy and expose an object will be debatable (I wish it was, but think some people can disagree, but stronger feedback will be welcomed. Thanks!
  18. As I found in this thread, very useful feature of both designer and photo is off by design. And when it's off it works partially, just enough to work as broken. I understand there is group of people who wants this off (I imagine huge imported technical documentation or something like this) But as a user more focused on UI /UX /illustration with quite managable hierarchies I propose to turn on this by default. Just a thought.
  19. Adding a mask to a layer/group will multiply the end result's opacity by itself, since the mask inherits the opacity; so a 50% opacity layer/group will look like 25% opacity if a mask is added. In the attached file, the right layer and group are given a mask, and as such they look half as opaque as on the left (because 50% * 50% = 25%). (And the more masks you add, the less opaque it will end up being (so long as the opacity is not 100%), because each of them will inherit the opacity) Alpha Bug.afdesign
  20. I had already created this topic here a few months ago: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/112705-keep-layer-structure-when-copying-to-new-file/&tab=comments#comment-610032 Now I want to start a new attempt. I'm still looking for a way to create smaller sections from a very complex graphic that retains the layer structure. In short: I need the possibility to export or copy/paste an artboard or a slice as a full new Affinity Designer file, with the layer structure preserved. I've had this possibility since FreeHand and Illustrator, unfortunately Affinity does not offer such a feature. Greetings, Claudia
  21. Hi, I am an old time Photoshopper but am new to Affinity Photo and am having an issue with merging layers. The merge visible button is active but the merge selected button is disabled. I am sure I am making a silly mistake but have not been able to figure out what I am doing wrong, snapshoot of the issue is attached. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
  22. Hello, I have a web layout that I've created using Affinity Designer and I want to export it as a PSD with layers (preferrably editable where possible) so someone I'm working with who only has and knows Photoshop can make changes. However, when I export the layout no matter which preset I choose (even PSD preserve editability) it always exports flattened to one pixel background layer. I'm opening the result in Photoshop CC 2018. What do I need to change so that it will export my document to layers?
  23. Affinity Designer I find unlocking a layer challenging when I have hundreds of layers. For unlocked layers, Find in layers panel works a treat. But for locked layers this option is greyed out (I guess because the layer cannot be selected) and I have to scroll through all the layers looking for the one I want to unlock. What's the smarter way to do this? Thanks in advance.
  24. Hi Support Sorry for the large video file - I haven't figured how to reduce it yet. Can you check the video to see what the problem is. Affinity Designer 2020-09-17 15-41-48.mp4 The problem I'm having is that layers go missing mysteriously if I embed a pixel layer. I was doing it fine when I started (you'll notice that there is no problem with the ships body that has a pixel layer embedded in the vector layer) on the file but this seemed to happen as I progressed. I don't remember having this problem before. Is this a known issue with the update? - I tried looking but the closest I saw was the application crashing when users started to use layers (which is not a problem I have).
  25. Hi! I have created a cartoon character that I want to use and reuse many times. It is made in about 20 layers. I would like to "flatten" all the layers into one so that I can replicate it many times without having it be such a heavy file. I cannot find any videos on Serif or online to tell me how to do this. PLEASE HELP! THANKS!
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