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Hi everybody

I'm quite new to Affinity Designer, been using it since a few days on iPad Pro and I am looking for a feature of some kind of a workaround.

I would say I am quite proficient in some graphic design programs and from the mobility point of view it would be more than awesome if I could achieve the same results on Affinity Designer on my iPad.
I watched all tutorials related to pencil and brush tool but couldn't find what I was interested in so therefore here is my question:

Is there a way I could create curved guides and snap my brush strokes to them? 

For now all I could find are the vertical, horizontal and isometric modes but I would like to snap my brushes to rounded and curved guides (e.g. tight spiraling, multiple encompassing circles, undulating). 

Any tip that would get me there would be appreaciated, I'm not afraid of using complicated workarounds but for the moment I can't think of any. 

Thanks in advance and stay safe!

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9 hours ago, Keequog said:

Any tip that would get me there would be appreaciated, I'm not afraid of using complicated workarounds but for the moment I can't think of any. 

Not sure about built in curve guides but it is certainly possible to snap bush strokes to curves. There is an excellent description of options in built in help file. Just search Curve Snapping or download my PDF version and check out pages 297-301. It’s searchable too. 🙂

 


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Thanks a lot for the prompt answer DM1!

I downloaded your .pdf just in case but I also looked trough the built in help file. 

Unfortunately I just cannot set it up. 

On 5/22/2020 at 2:27 AM, DM1 said:

There is an excellent description of options in built in help file

About the excellent description I would say only that it could be done better. 
Anyways, I've set up a layer where I drew a curve, the duplicated the object several times,  distributed and aligned the new objects. Then I created a new layer and tried all the snapping jazz from the menu.
My brush strokes simply refuse to snap to the "guides".

I have attached a screenshot of my project and one of the settings panel. What am I doing wrong?
 

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Not sure about built in curve guides but it is certainly possible to snap bush strokes to curves.

The result I am looking for is somewhat similar to this. This is the Ruler tool in Manga Studio.

 

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I see what you mean. Manga - pretty neat.

I’m fairly sure AD is limited to snapping individual nodes or groups of nodes to another curve’s node, and doesn’t offer the sophisticated features shown from manga. Maybe one of the mods or a member with more drawing experience can clarify further.

In AD you can for example draw a curve. Select the curve, and holding two fingers on screen, drag the curve to duplicate. Then rotate the new layer. This sort of simulates the last manga drawing feature shown. If you use. Power duplicate it will retain the movement and apply it to following copies. Not the same but I guess different app, different feature sets. 


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6 hours ago, DM1 said:

I’m fairly sure AD is limited to snapping individual nodes or groups of nodes to another curve’s node

That would be more than enough for me. I don't mind setting up my own "guide curved lines". I don't manage to make my brush strokes to even snap to another sole curve though.

I am working on a project where I want to draw several hundred parallel curved vector brush strokes. For this projects it is essential that all brush strokes are following the same curve.
In theory, drawing my desired curved path then duplicating it a few times and after that drawing over the new copies (having snapping enabled with the curve drawing preset) should do the trick.
Unfortunately it doesn't. Hence my confusion. What am I doing wrong?
 
Oh, and I do not wish to praise Manga Studio, there are reasons I am not using it and chose Affinity Designer instead, I just brought up the feature as a example. 

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1 hour ago, Keequog said:

it is essential that all brush strokes are following the same curve.

It states in help file that it only works with pen and node tools. Maybe that’s the issue?


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11 hours ago, DM1 said:

It states in help file that it only works with pen and node tools. Maybe that’s the issue?

Unfortunately the pen tool also doesn't snap to other paths (either on the same layer nor on different one). 
So I am stuck aligning manually each brush stroke. Kind of counterproductive but I always wanted to charge more for my work. Now it seems the right time to bump the prices. 

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@Keequog I notice when drawing you are not using any controller stabilisers, which might  make it easier to follow closer to your guide lines, have you tried drawing with stabilisers turned on?


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