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vzfy

I have a few questions about things in Affinity Photo.

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Hello! So, I've been working on designing the interface of an app I'm looking forward to create and I've ran into some problems. The first one is every time I go to move a layer to a higher position, it gets turned into a folder with the layer above it. Is there a way to move layers up and down, without grouping layers? I'd like to reorder them in the way they show up on the page... ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Thanks!

 

Also, I was wondering if there's a way to add a stroke/ fill to an image that I placed. I'm not sure what they call the image, but it has no background.. It's like just the symbol I want, but without the white background. Is there a way to add stroke? Thanks!!

 

Riley

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Hi vzfy,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

 

1) While dragging the layer, mouse-over to the left until the blue horizontal marker changes position and touches the left side of the Layers panel. This will place the layer as a sibling of the other layers rather than a child of one of them.

 

2) I'm not sure if i understood you correctly but there's a couple ways to go about this:

 

To fill the image/symbol (assuming it's a transparent PNG) press and hold ⌘ (cmd) and click on its thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a selection around the symbol then go to menu Edit ▸ Fill... select Custom colour and pick the colour you want, then click Apply.

 

To create the stroke:

  • the simplest way is to select the image/symbol layer, click on the FX icon on the bottom of the Layers panel, put a tick on Outline and make sure its selected to change its properties, give it a radius. make sure the Alignment is set to Outside and pick a colour.
     
  • alternatively, press and hold ⌘ (cmd) and click on its thumbnail in the layers panel to create a selection around the symbol. Go to menu Select ▸ Outline... give it a radius and set the alignment to Outside. Now to fill it with a colour go to Edit ▸ Fill... select Custom colour and pick the colour you want, then click Apply.

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