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How to get a png to behave like glyph in Designer


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Hey there-

I'm new to Affinity products.  I'm working on a mock-up for a mobile app.  In Designer, I've grabbed some of the glyphs from the asset manager for the navigation bar at the bottom of the phone display.  I needed an image that wasn't in the asset manager so I found something that worked for me from elsewhere.  The image file is a png.

Now, I'm trying to figure out how to make it function like the included glyphs do.  For instance, while trying out different color schemes - with the glyphs - I just have to select the glyph and then choose a color.  That's not working with the png file.

Is there a way to convert the png to the same file type as the glyph so it will behave like one?

Thanks

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Well the PNG is a bitmap/raster image and thus treated slightly different for coloring here. In case the PNG image is all hold in a single color then you can use the color fill can tool () in the pixel persona to recolor it. Or alternatively you can trace and thus convert the PNG bitmap into a vector drawing with the help of some third party bitmap-to-vector tracing tool. The later (traced into a vector draw) would allow to set/change the color as you did with the glyphs.

Some online tracing/vectorization tools are:

A free app which contains a very capable Potrace based bitmap to vector tracer is InkScape.

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Thanks for the help.  I'll check into your suggestions.  One thing I've run into when trying to change the color of the png in Photo using the Color Overlay FX... the image gets a bit of a hue, but doesn't actually change to the color I've selected.  Must be a setting somewhere that I'm missing.

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Well FX Color Overlay works mostly for vectors/shapes and not for bitmaps/images. - Here is how to change the color for a bitmap image (PNG) via Designer and it's Pixel persona. Note that in this short example a PNG bitmap file is opened and that the Layers panel indicates the layer as a (pixel) layer.

 

 

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8 hours ago, v_kyr said:

Note that in this short example a PNG bitmap file is opened and that the Layers panel indicates the layer as a (pixel) layer.

Alternatively, if working with a Placed png file one would have an (Image) layer. At that point, with the layer selected, changing its Fill will change its color. That can be done from the Context Toolbar, or the Color panel, the Appearance panel, etc.

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