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Question relates to Affinity Photo but probably is the same in Designer.

In photoshop, I believe I used CTRL-H for this....

When I'm moving an asset around, it's hard to see it because of the blue outline or box (or dots) around it, is there a way to hide these on something I've selected temporarily?

 

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There is normally a context menu for the tool selected and on that context menu is an eye Icon like this.

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selecting it will hide the blue box as you move an object.

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6 minutes ago, natv said:

Thanks for the reply. So I do see that 'eye' icon and it works when I'm moving an object. But that's the only time I see the eye, is there no way to hide the selection when doing other things?

I don't think there is 😞

I will add a feature request for an option to hide it while doing some adjustments etc.

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10 hours ago, natv said:

is there no way to hide the selection when doing other things?

What other things?

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On 6/14/2020 at 2:03 PM, walt.farrell said:

What other things?

Several. Fx selecting an object - especially smaller ones - in a complex drawing and previewing several layer blend modes - the blue outline is in the way, distracting.

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Maybe I'm misunderstanding the questions: if I want to hide the selection while I'm moving an object, I toggle on the "eye" icon. If I want to hide the selection temporarily to see my design without the selection getting in the way, I just press the spacebar (on a Mac, at least).

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3 hours ago, appearsharmless said:

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the questions: if I want to hide the selection while I'm moving an object, I toggle on the "eye" icon. If I want to hide the selection temporarily to see my design without the selection getting in the way, I just press the spacebar (on a Mac, at least).

It re-appears the second you do something - fx change layer blend mode. So it is constantly in the way when I - fx - preview many blend modes.

We need at setting that hides it like hiding guides until we chose to show it again.

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1 hour ago, Jowday said:

It re-appears the second you do something - fx change layer blend mode. So it is constantly in the way when I - fx - preview many blend modes.

We need at setting that hides it like hiding guides until we chose to show it again.

Hmmm... I can hold down the spacebar and use the down-arrow key on my extended keyboard to flip through and view the different blend modes without seeing the selection. That said, I'm definitely in favor of a setting that would toggle the visibility of selections on and off 👍

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14 minutes ago, appearsharmless said:

Hmmm... I can hold down the spacebar and use the down-arrow key on my extended keyboard to flip through and view the different blend modes without seeing the selection. That said, I'm definitely in favor of a setting that would toggle the visibility of selections on and off 👍

Yes, all I want is the smart way, not the hard way. Solutions like holding down the spacebar, using both mouse buttons simultaneously... argh, it is clumsy, uncomfortable solutions . And I can already hear my Lenovo laptop keyboard (bios) go beep like it is nuts.

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On 6/20/2020 at 5:06 PM, Jowday said:

Several. Fx selecting an object - especially smaller ones - in a complex drawing and previewing several layer blend modes - the blue outline is in the way, distracting.

The blue rectangle or the outline is also visible (and often in the way) when I adjust the layer opacity. I do that quite often.

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