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I've noticed recently using Affinity Designer that I really could do with arranging layers into folders.

I feel the layer arranging a bit unintuitive in Affinity products also.

I find the layer folders in Adobe products really useful and think it should be easy enough to implement for all Affinity releases.

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9 minutes ago, doodledude said:

I've noticed recently using Affinity Designer that I really could do with arranging layers into folders.

I feel the layer arranging a bit unintuitive in Affinity products also.

I find the layer folders in Adobe products really useful and think it should be easy enough to implement for all Affinity releases.

Hi @doodledude,

you can do this. Create an empty layer and drag other layers into it :)
You can assign different colours, too.

d.


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9 hours ago, doodledude said:

the layer arranging

Select layers, Ctrl + G nested to group. 


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21 hours ago, dominik said:

you can do this. Create an empty layer and drag other layers into it :)

Hi @doodledude,

I want to add, if you create a new layer in AD it is displayed with a folder icon. It works the same way in APub.
After you add (or group as @Pšenda pointed out) the icon turns into a preview of the folder's content.

d.


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On 11/16/2019 at 7:55 AM, dominik said:

Hi @doodledude,

I want to add, if you create a new layer in AD it is displayed with a folder icon. It works the same way in APub.
After you add (or group as @Pšenda pointed out) the icon turns into a preview of the folder's content.

d.

Thanks for the advice. When I create a new layer I don't get a folder icon, I just get a black or blank square.

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5 minutes ago, doodledude said:

Thanks for the advice. When I create a new layer I don't get a folder icon, I just get a black or blank square.

Hi @doodledude,

we have to make sure to do the same thing. This is what I do:

  • Work in Affinity Designer
  • In the layers palette click on the icon (at the bottom) that looks like a page. Not on the one that has a checkerboard background. (If you hover over them you will see tooltips saying 'Add Layer' and 'Add Pixel Layer'. Do not choos 'Pixel Layer')
  • This should create a new layer with a folder icon.

Does this do what I am describing?

d.


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4 minutes ago, dominik said:

Does this do what I am describing?

Yes, but it changes to a preview (black square) after any operation (adding any content).


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1 minute ago, Pšenda said:

Yes, but it changes to a black square after any operation (adding any content).

This is true and I mentioned it in my above post already:

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After you add (or group as @Pšenda pointed out) the icon turns into a preview of the folder's content.

I personally think it is an advanced feature to see a preview of the folder's content instead of a plain folder icon :)

Cheers,
d.


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4 hours ago, dominik said:

I personally think it is an advanced feature to see a preview of the folder's content instead of a plain folder icon :)

Definitely yes, active/interactive information is always more useful than a passive icon. Although the preview in the layer panel is not yet optimal.


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Uhm, on windows,publisher beta 1.8.0.502 and designer beta 1.8.0.486, the preview of items show within the "Layer" thumb in the layerspanel.


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15 hours ago, dominik said:

Hi @doodledude,

we have to make sure to do the same thing. This is what I do:

  • Work in Affinity Designer
  • In the layers palette click on the icon (at the bottom) that looks like a page. Not on the one that has a checkerboard background. (If you hover over them you will see tooltips saying 'Add Layer' and 'Add Pixel Layer'. Do not choos 'Pixel Layer')
  • This should create a new layer with a folder icon.

Does this do what I am describing?

d.

Hi @dominik, yes I did as you instructed, but when I create a new layer (not pixel layer) it appears as a blank (or black in dark mode) square for me. I can't see any settings I have on that would make the folder icon not appear if it should do by default.

The layer1 & layer2 below are both newly created layers to show what I mean.

I'm using the latest designer version on Mac OS Catalina BTW.

Screenshot 2019-11-27 at 9.21.22 am.png

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20 minutes ago, doodledude said:

Hi @dominik, yes I did as you instructed, but when I create a new layer (not pixel layer) it appears as a blank (or black in dark mode) square for me. I can't see any settings I have on that would make the folder icon not appear if it should do by default.

The layer1 & layer2 below are both newly created layers to show what I mean.

I'm using the latest designer version on Mac OS Catalina BTW.

Screenshot 2019-11-27 at 9.21.22 am.png

Hi @doodledude,

this definitely looks different from here. I'm not at the Affinity computer right now so I can't provide a screenshot.

Since I am under Windows this may be related to differences between the two OSs. Can anyone confirm this?

d.


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Windows release version shows this
 

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12 hours ago, Pšenda said:

Although the preview in the layer panel is not yet optimal.

Out of interest, may I ask what you have in mind?

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