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  1. Designer 1.6.1.93 Surface Pen right click doesn't work at all, so I have no way to call right click menu with the pen. It slows down everything. Touches are still equal to pen strokes, this is NOT right, please make the app distinguish them from pen strokes, cause each touch paints things and it destroys the experience. Moreover touch can add more functionality by performing operations of for example Move/select tool while you're actually using any other mode, more convenient, more functional, isn't it? Thank you
  2. I used a number of different style vector brushes when I inked a design in Affinity Designer. When I went to convert the brush strokes to curves, only the solid standard brush strokes were converted and all specialized or non-standard brushes were gone.... I backtracked and selected a single stroke made with a non-standard vector brush and went to convert to curves or expand... and it was grayed out. Is there a way to convert these types of brushes to fills? I need to be able to use my vector line work made in Affinity Designer in other apps as vectors.... Is there a solution to this? Thanks
  3. Can Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer add strokes to raster layers like layer style strokes in Photoshop?
  4. Hello, during the last couple of days I spent a lot of time with Designer. I watched most of the official tutorials and read the relevant parts of the documentation. So far, I love AD, but the following behavior drives me nuts and renders AD almost unusable for me. I am trying to draw a brushed illustration using a Wacom. I have hundreds of strokes and want to clean them up: sort them into groups assign different stroke widths etc. However the selection process seems to be almost impossible hard. Please consider the following quick screen-capture: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_DsJZdXqWzY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> ( https://youtu.be/_DsJZdXqWzY ) It shows the following problems: Frequently, I'm am accidentally creating copies by dragging with ALT or CMD Pressing CMD-Z once will only undo the offset but not the duplication which leads to two identical copies of the strokes precisely on top of each other (it took me hours to actually notice this behavior and now I'm always using slightly transparent stroke colors) Trying to select a stroke by clicking with CMD+SHIFT is totally random. Sometimes I'm lucky but it feels like most of the time a random neighbor stroke is being selected. (SketchApp always shows the inner bezier-line as hover before clicking which makes it possible to quickly select the right element without trail and error) Trying to select several elements with marquise-selection frequently does more damage than help, because I just create more accidental drag-copies. Drag zooming with SPACE+CMD+Drag is super fast. But if I accidentally press CMD+SPACE+Drag (pressing in the wrong order) -> Yay, I just created another invisible copy and have to Press undo twice. I can't figure out the "Edit all Layers"-toggle. It should lock me into focusing on a single layout (without accidentally switching when CMD+selecting or dragging). But it doesn't seem to make any difference. The Isolate Layer-Mode (ALT+Clicking on a thumbnail) would be super useful, but sadly it is abandoned as soon as you want to select several elements. I have a hard time figuring out the precise working of the layer-player (Group vs. Layer vs. Component). Sometimes it seems to have an impact on the selection (esp if the toggles of "layer-items" are highlighted with a circle). The CTRL+CMD+Click context-selection frequently only lists a single "Curve >" icon, that can't be selected. I guess I must be using it wrong so I'm looking for advice from advanced users. How are you doing this kind of basic selection work? As mentioned above, I frequently work with Sketch, and selecting stuff seems to be million times more efficient and logical there. Thanks for your help. Any tips or pointers are very welcome. Tom EDIT: I finally figured out, that the "Edit All Layers" toggle is to be taken literally: After promoting many of by Groups into proper Layers, this already helps quite a bit. affinity-designer-problems-01-selection.mov
  5. Hey, Really love the software so far, it can do some pretty amazing things. I've been playing with it for over a year now, but have just recently made the jump to use it as my primary tool. So far no regrets! Few things do bother me, though. Here's one: I get that the "Scale with object" setting is part of the Stroke Studio rather than the Transform Studio (which is how I would usually accomplish this in Illustrator). So, when I want to scale a group in Affinity Designer, I first select it and then check that box. Usually that works well - all grouped objects get that setting no problem - but for some reason nested objects don't seem to respect it. Is this intentional? It requires me to go through EVERY nested object and set that manually. Any chance this can be changed? I find it hard to believe anyone would expect this behavior. Thanks!
  6. Ic3man

    Monster Swag

    I'm a member of a Music Production/DJ group called Ultimate Rejects (UR). This piece was made using vectors and alot of stroke work with customized pressure graphs. The hand to the left is making the letter 'U' symbol in sign language and the hand on the right is making the letter 'R'. The hands were difficult too draw by memory as I'm not a natural artist so i drew it on paper first and imported a snapshot into the project. The image on the cap is our logo. Paying for artwork for our albums and singles became costly so I purchased AD & AP in Oct. 2016 so I def consider myself one of the 'day ones' lol. ~ Joel - Self taught Graphic Designer.
  7. There are several different brush types in Affinity, and unlike I am missing something obvious, it appears to me that the raster brushes used in Affinity Photo can only be used with brush tools. It would be fantastic to be able to apply these non-destructively to vector paths. Essentially like a non-destructive version of Photoshops "Stroke Path" feature. This is something that for instance Macromedia Fireworks and Discreet Combustion were always able to do, but for some reason it was never added to Photoshop. Possibly, the applications could also support adding multiple brushes (or strokes in vector terms) to the same path, opening up even more possibilities. In addition to the obvious benefits, having raster brushes on vector paths would also allow the brush engine to be used more like a particle system, another long-standing omission in Photoshop's feature set that would be great to see in Affinity. NOTE: There is a "Texture Line Style" setting in Affinity Photo's path stroke options, but this doesn't seem to work with the raster brushes, counter-intuitively not even with those in the "Textured" category in Photo's brushes panel. I assume that this requires Designer brushes (as these work when applied in Designer in the same place), but those are not available inside Photo as far as I can tell. As such, I find this a bit confusing, and it seems that I'm not alone. Some kind of note in the Stroke popup under the "Texture Line Style" that lets the user know that they need to use Designer to apply Texture stroke brushes would be useful.
  8. Hey everyone, I've been trying to do more of my regular workflow in Designer and get away from Illustrator as much as possible - can someone point me to a tutorial or explain to me how this task is accomplished in Designer? In Illustrator, I trace over my original sketch layer with strokes that purposefully overlap each other. When completed, I select them all together and expand them to fills and then use the "live paint"option to convert them to separate pieces that begin and end where they overlap - so then I can deselect and use the white arrow tool to click on each overlapping piece I don't want and delete. I included a picture from Illustrator showing the overlapping technique and the individualized pieces. Im not sure what to call this technique, so its been hard to look up - any help is appreciated! thank you! Mat
  9. Will Affinity Designer ever offer the possibility to Outline Strokes (not only for strokes made with the "Basic" set of vector brushes, but for any other vector brush, too) and / or the possibility to Trace an Image? This is what I miss most in Affinity Designer, compared to Illustrator. I can't imagine working with vectors without having these essential tools. ☹️ Just would like to know if there are any plans to make this and when. Thank you.
  10. Hi all, I am considering to replace the usual suspects (PS, Gimp, Pixelmator, …) with Affinity Photo. During my evaluation, while creating sketches, I noticed that brush strokes begin with a noticeable straight part though I was drawing arcs of lines (see the video attached). It seems that Affinity Photo does something time consuming when the first pointing device event is detected before it continues to process subsequent events. Perhaps it does something like copying the layer's contents for undo? Interestingly, in a video posted regarding the delayed finalisation of vector strokes in AD, if you look closely at the strokes' beginnings, you can observe the same behaviour. My set-up: iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) 3,5 GHz Intel Core i7 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB OS X 10.11.5 (15F34) Wacom Intuos5 touch (driver 6.3.16-10) Cheers, geeknurse Affinity Strokes.mov
  11. Dear Affinity Team, i tried to build a cube (2D-3D), with a stroke pt of 5. All my shapes are in white so that I can put on the transparency mode with ex. an conical type. After configuring my gradient and exporting the file I can't see all my strokes of the cube. I tried different gradients and types, but with no big different's. Is there a way to the configure the gradient so I can see all my strokes with an white transparency? Thanks a for the support and greetings from Berlin Max PS: I tried to upload a jpg 3-4mb, but with an error file. -200
  12. It would be a great feature and would put Designer above other apps like Sketch if we had the ability to apply a different style (color, weight, dashed, solid, etc) of stroke to each side of an object, just like you can with CSS. I have never seen a design app that could do this and would be a welcome feature for any web designer.
  13. Hello, I'm a new user as of today. Running Windows7, 64-bit. Is there a way to apply a transparency to the Stroke of an object which is different than the transparency applied to the fill of the same object?
  14. I am really loving Designer! I can see myself using this more and more as my go to vector design program. However I still have to go back to Illustrator to do simple 3d effects, (revolve, extrude and rotate). Also, I haven't been able to figure out a way to have multiple strokes and fills on a single element. I use the appearance panel constantly in Illustrator and would love to have something similar in Designer. Thanks for helping many of us break or Adobe chains!!
  15. Hej, I am posting this here because I'd consider this or "something about this" as a bug or unexpected behaviour: When I export a path to SVG and the stroke alignment is not centered, the stroke will be expanded to a fully outlined shape in the SVG. I had an non-closed outline style path and the stroke alignment was set to "inside", yet, it was rendered as centered on the artboard. There might be something featuresque about this - but I think one would expect that paths without fill will also export to (not expanded) stroke paths without fill. ... however the stroke alignment is set - especially when it will render as centered on open paths anyway. What do you think? PS: Also maybe a feature request: It would be nice to have an option to exclude the xml definition and the doctype for SVG exports. Would be handy for embedding SVGs directly in HTML. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?><!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/1.1/DTD/svg11.dtd"> best wishes Steffen
  16. When posting my photos to my blog, I often add a small border. In Photoshop, I use the resize canvas tool to add pixels in whatever color I choose. I have benn able to add to the canvas in Affinity Photo Beta, but only as a clear background (if that makes sense). How do I add (for example), a 50 pixel gray border?
  17. FreeSpirit

    Importing issue.. Ai and Strokes

    Hallo Team, I have a Flyer which I made for a customer in Illustrator CS 6 as a PDF, I wanted to import it. The problem is after the import, the strokes seem to be offset.. I didn't convert the strokes to outlines before the import and If you need the file or more info please feel free to ask. The file isn't for the Public. Robert
  18. Hi! Not sure if this is a bug or if we're missing something here at our studio but we stumble into this problem every day when we try to resize artwork that contains clipping masks. The issue is that strokes contained in it don't scale forcing us to select the strokes one by one and manually set the weight of the strokes. Is this an issue you are aware of? Thank you, Edo
  19. Hi, See attached afdesign file and screenshot. When a photo is cropped, and then a stroke applied, the stroke correctly outlines the border of the photo, but it is half the width it ought to be, which is particularly annoying when using dashed lines with round caps, as in the example attached. Cheers, Oliver. cropped_stroke_bug.afdesign
  20. giantlobsterprd

    Yoga

    Fun with strokes and blending modes :)
  21. Has anyone been experience wonky bugs with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo since the last update? I've been having problems with line weights increasing when performing shape/path operations (divide, subtract, etc). And when pasting a style, my line weights are sometimes set to zero. I've also had a significant increase in issues with copy + paste style not applying styles consistently to other elements. That's a feature I used to use a lot, but now stroke weights change/disappear, etc.
  22. I am having problems with layers of different colours and strokes, ill try and explain say you have red shape with a black stroke around it, then you want to make part of it blue, and keep the black stroke of the original red circle without the blue colour overlapping the stroke, how can this be done? right now, i am making a coloured shape with a black stroke, then duplicating it and making the top layer just the black stroke, then between these layers i draw another shape making sure it hides behind the stroke on top. Surely there is an easier way to do this. I have tried dividing the shapes in the icons on the top right but then stroke then changes, I hope you can understand what i was trying to explain, and help me out
  23. Does anyone have a suggestion of how to efficiently set blending modes of a stroke? AD has the great feature of live viewing of the blending modes as they are changed but the blue line showing the path covers the stroke. Holding down the space key stops being able to change blending modes. So the live mode is useless. Again this program would be so much better/easier/friendly with a command to hide the bounding box and path indicators.
  24. Hi! Because I am writing a Unity plugin for rendering SVG files in game engine I am using Affinity designer as a reference because it does everything smoothly interactively in real-time which is great. I have implemented my own stroke renderer and it seems that I ran in the same problem which Affinity is facing right now. If I find a solution I would love to share it with you. Also if you find a solution It would be helpful if you can pm me. jaroslav.stehlik@svgimporter.com Affinity Designer. my SVG Importer
  25. I'm a veteran Illustrator user who recently purchased AD. I am now comparing "Stroke" features between the two apps. Here are my questions: 1) Sketch a rectangle and give it an opaque color, then sketch a second rectangle above it and give your second rectangle X% Opacity. Now tick / Enable "Stroke" in the Effects. Slowly move the Radius to the right and you will then suddenly see your X% Opacity become complete Opaque. Why? 2) In Illustrator I can put a Stroke on a rectangle and then make that stroke to be Centered or Inside or Outside. But AD is very different. When I sketch a rectangle in AD and then when I add a "Line" to it, I am presented with a large number of options, but the ability to move that Line to the Outside or Inside is mysteriously absent. So I was thinking to myself, well, maybe the developers of AD want me to use the "Stroke" Effect instead. And truly, when I apply a Stroke, I have the 3 options available (Center, Inside, Outside). But the disadvantage to using Stroke is that the corners are always curved. Why is that? 3) Stroke does not seem to be a replacement for Line. Try this. Sketch a rectangle but set Fill and Line to NONE. Now tick/Enable Stroke and expand the Radius. Nothing appears on screen at all! But as soon as I give it a fill color, then the Stroke magically appears. It seems a bit strange. If Line would give me the option to have Center or Inside or Outside, this wouldn't matter as I could then use Line instead. 4) Illustrator empowers me to add multiple strokes to the same object, and when I set those strokes behind the fill, I can then do some pretty interesting things. I cannot seem to find a way to do this in AD. 5) It seems that AD only allows me to add a gradient to a Stroke but not to a Line. This is unfortunate because I cannot seem to create a Stroke WITHOUT rounded corners. 6) Illustrator CC has some powerful new Corner features for Strokes. For example, I can sketch a rectangle and then give it a 5pt stroke and then I can grab any one of the 4 round tabs and drag inward to give all 4 corners the same roundness. Furthermore, I can use Illustrator's Direct Selection tool to draw a selection rec around only on of the corners, which will enable me to round that one corner independently of the others. How can I accomplish the same in AD? 7) Dashed lines and Arrowheads are very common in my work but such features appear to be absent in the current version of AD? 8) In Illustrator, I can sketch a line or Stroke a box and then have "Width Profile" that I can choose in the Stroke panel. This can be very useful at times. For example, in Illustrator, if I sketch a line that is 26pt thickness and then give it Width Profile 4, the 26pt thickness decreases linearly to zero, giving it the shape of a spike. Can such be done in AD? 9) Another tool I always use in Illustrator when dealing with Strokes and Objects is the CUT tool. I can't seem to find it in AD. How do I sketch a rectangle and then cut pieces out of it? Sorry for all the questions, but Strokes and Corners and Cutting are the biggest part of what I do in Illustrator, and such is what I intend to do in AD as well. Thanks.
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