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Hi,

Just want to clarify if what I've read in other posts is still current. Do guides, the ones you drag out of the rulers, not work as snapping targets for the brushes?

I've created a brush, it's an image brush, which stamps out a little image, it has a rotation jitter of 100% so as I draw with it, the image spins around, and it has both a size jitter, and is pressure sensitive for scale with my tablet.

I want to draw a square (or indeed a rectangle), whose proportions are exact, but whose edge has all the randomness generated by freehanding the brush pressure.

In Photoshop, all the way back to CS5, all I'd have to do is pull out the guides for the rectangle or square shape, and then draw roughly over them, the brush would track true to the guide, and I could concentrate on using pressure to work the brush size.

What's the solution to achieve this in AP?

Thanks.

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You can hold the Shift key whiile painting to restrict the brush so it paints a horizontal or vertical line. So you could just trace over the guides with the brush while holding the Shift key.

-- Walt

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6 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

You can hold the Shift key whiile painting to restrict the brush so it paints a horizontal or vertical line. So you could just trace over the guides with the brush while holding the Shift key.

Yes, but then I don't think I'd have the ability to use the pressure sensitivity of the tablet to change the thickness of the stroke / size of each stamp during the brushstroke. I'd just get a line with everything the same size.

*edit* oh, it does seem to be accepting tablet pressure, but as soon as the pen touches the tablet, it draws a huge long swipe of brushstroke, often off in a diagonal line. weird.

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17 minutes ago, mattspace said:

*edit* oh, it does seem to be accepting tablet pressure, but as soon as the pen touches the tablet, it draws a huge long swipe of brushstroke, often off in a diagonal line. weird.

Touch the tablet and begin the stroke before pressing Shift.

Or (I think) press Esc before touching the tablet.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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8 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Touch the tablet and begin the stroke before pressing Shift.

Or (I think) press Esc before touching the tablet.

ahh yes, ok that seems to be a workaround (though it's not as accurate as snapping to the guides would be).

Still seems like a "this person has never done the work the tool is designed to do"-level weird design choice, to have raster brushstrokes not able to interact with guides (or any vector shapes?). In a Vector illustration app like Designer, maybe I could understand it (but it would still be a bad idea), but in Affinity Photo... 🤷‍♂️

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