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Good day,

I’ve just recently purchased Photo largely to use Distress Press by True Grit to rough up some of my images created in Designer. Is there a way I can import what I’ve done in there back into designer as vector files or do I need to use a third party to convert/trace the images as vectors? Thanks.

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity Forums, @MDaley74. :)

I’m afraid you’ll need to use a third-party utility for this. There’s currently no autotrace feature in any of the Affinity apps.


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Try Imaengine. The results you get will be very dependent on your source material, but it’s a fairly inexpensive app and you may well find that it suits your purposes.

 


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Thanks, I gave it a try and I’m unable to open any files because of some sort of extension issues. Will there be any autotrace options in any future Affinity updates?

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43 minutes ago, MDaley74 said:

Thanks, I gave it a try and I’m unable to open any files because of some sort of extension issues.

Perhaps you could explain what you mean by “extension issues”.

45 minutes ago, MDaley74 said:

Will there be any autotrace options in any future Affinity updates?

It looks likely to be in a paid upgrade (i.e. version 2 or later) rather than a free update to version 1.x, so don’t hold your breath!


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1 hour ago, MDaley74 said:

I gave it a try and I’m unable to open any files because of some sort of extension issues.

If you mean "file extension", e.g., .afphoto, then you'll need to Export your document from Photo as a PNG, TIFF, or JPG file. Then the other application should be able to handle it.

 


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3 hours ago, Alfred said:

Perhaps you could explain what you mean by “extension issues”.

It looks likely to be in a paid upgrade (i.e. version 2 or later) rather than a free update to version 1.x, so don’t hold your breath!

I tried importing via dropbox and it wouldn’t allow me due to extension issues and no further explanation.

2 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

If you mean "file extension", e.g., .afphoto, then you'll need to Export your document from Photo as a PNG, TIFF, or JPG file. Then the other application should be able to handle it.

 

I saved as TIFF each time with the same result. I got rid of the app in the end because it just didn’t seem all that convenient. I’ll just use my desktop version of Illustrator in the meantime until Affinity hopefully changes that. Thanks for the tips!

 

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16 hours ago, MDaley74 said:

Thanks very much! Is there a third party app you’d suggest?

Vectornator has an Auto trace function to convert image to vector, Also has text outline. I find Designer easier to use overall but probably because I seldom use Vectornator (even though it has many features that are currently missing in Designer.


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4 hours ago, DM1 said:

Vectornator has an Auto trace function to convert image to vector, Also has text outline. I find Designer easier to use overall but probably because I seldom use Vectornator (even though it has many features that are currently missing in Designer.

Depending on what you’re trying to convert, Imaengine might be a better choice than Vectornator. Or possibly a combination of the two.


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10 hours ago, Alfred said:

Imaengine might be a better choice than Vectornator.

I've purchased imaengine to have a play with. Free version didn’t allow saves and it’s not too dear so support developer. An interesting video though.

Edit. Works quite well. The eraser brush for vector (in Vectornator) is useful for quickly editing, in Designer we need to use break node which involves more steps. Imaengine does a much better job of outline than Vectornator. Be nice to see this added to Designer but for now Imaengine then open in Designer offers a reasonably priced workaround.


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On 8/20/2020 at 10:40 PM, Catshill said:

Serif DrawPlus also has an auto trace function.

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I gave up using Designer for hobby use - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. Currently I am slowly finishing a project I started in Designer.

Further... give up and please hire an UX (usability designer), Serif. It is how professional software is made in this century.

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1 hour ago, Jowday said:

Serif DrawPlus also has an auto trace function.

Not for iPad? Not in Apple store.


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7 minutes ago, DM1 said:

Not for iPad? Not in Apple store.

Not for sale. Old, discontinued program by Serif with lots of features (!) but thus not for sale anymore. And it was Windows only.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DrawPlus

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I gave up using Designer for hobby use - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. Currently I am slowly finishing a project I started in Designer.

Further... give up and please hire an UX (usability designer), Serif. It is how professional software is made in this century.

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