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I've noticed some strangeness when importing my *.ai files in Affinity Designer.  You can do this test to see what I am seeing:

 

1. In Illustrator, sketch a rectangle and color it 100% K (in a CMYK file), then make it 60% transparent.

2. Save a PDF compatible *.ai file.

3. Open your *.ai file in AD.

4. Note inside "Layer 1" you have "(Group)" and inside that you have "(Curve)"

5. Note the "Opacity" slider in the "Color" tab is set to 100%.

6. With "Layer 1" selected in the Layers palette, decrease that "Opacity" slider (the one OUTSIDE the Layers palette) to say 50% and you can see your object lighten but the "Opacity" slider snaps back to 100%.  Do that again when you have "(Group)" selected and the same thing happens.  But do that when you have "(Curve)" selected and your chosen value sticks!  Strange.  Very strange.

7. Note that you can also change the separate "Opacity" slider that resides inside the Layers palette.  And only "(Group)" shows 50% (the value you set in Photoshop), while "Layers 1" and "(Curve)" show 100%.

 

All this is very confusing to me. 

 

First of all, why not just import than single object as a single object?  Why create two objects "(Group)" and "(Curve)"?

 

Next, what is different about the Opacity slider in the Color tab, which sits just millimeters away from the separate Opacity slider inside the Layers palette?

 

Sorry if my questions are confusing but I myself am confused.

 

Thanks.

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Can't answer the rest of your questions but the Opacity slider in the Color tab affects only the color that your are currently using.  The little circle to the left of the slider is a toggle for Noise, which again will be applied only to the current color.

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LilleG and MEB, thank you for explaining the difference between the two Opacity sliders.  Coming from Illustrator I was a bit bewildered by it.  That's because in Illustrator when I think of changing the Opacity, I simply open the Transparency panel and move the Opacity slider, affecting my currently selected object.  The only other Opacity slider I normally use in Illustrator is the one in the Gradients panel, which let's me create a gradient that fades from a color to nothingness.

 

The reason I was confused in Affinity Designer is because I've been conducting compatibility tests on my *.ai files, resaving them with PDF content in Illustrator (which I normally don't do because file sizes are massive) and then opening them in AD.  I noticed a couple transparency oddities on the conversion of one of my *.ai documents and that led me to the Opacity sliders in AD.

 

I understand the situation now though.  It's a learning process.  Thanks for your help!

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Opening from Illustrator can be less that optimal. I opened a file which I had named objects and organized into layers and groups and when it opened, it had no names and the organization was gone. Also be aware that symbols come over rather oddly as well. Wish the Illustrator format wasn't proprietary  :(

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