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Why In can't convert to curves or expand arrowheads?


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By the look and from information in the help files, they talk about arrowheads as "styles" not curve add-ons to the stroke. The arrowhead itself looks vector when zoomed in. You cannot create the barbed arrowhead shape with the pressure settings and even if you create a flat based arrowhead and expand the stroke the results are not what you would expect.

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The workaround would be to trace over the shape and create the arrow, then save it as an asset.

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11 minutes ago, firstdefence said:

By the look and from information in the help files, they talk about arrowheads as "styles" not curve add-ons to the stroke. The arrowhead itself looks vector when zoomed in. You cannot create the barbed arrowhead shape with the pressure settings and even if you create a flat based arrowhead and expand the stroke the results are not what you would expect.

I think you know whats coming...
The workaround would be to trace over the shape and create the arrow, then save it as an asset.

thank you very much for your help!

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Just now, Affitoom said:

thank you very much for your help!

You're welcome, not a good answer and the SVG workaround is good but this needs sorting ASAP.

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As a side note, The beta app Vectorstyler will create strokes with arrowheads and can expand the stroke and the arrowhead.

Be aware vectorstyler is still in beta so it's a bit clunky but it has some useful features that can be used in tandem with Affinity Designer.

 

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49 minutes ago, firstdefence said:

As a side note, The beta app Vectorstyler will create strokes with arrowheads and can expand the stroke and the arrowhead.

Affinity can too, when the stroke is aligned to the centre. As a side note: Is the alignment not useless on the shown example anyway? I can see no difference after I change the alignment, except when it comes to expanding the stroke.

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22 minutes ago, PixelPest said:

Works here:

When the stroke is aligned to centre, but not to inside or outside.

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50 minutes ago, Joachim_L said:

When the stroke is aligned to centre, but not to inside or outside.

 

41 minutes ago, PixelPest said:

Ok:

You’ve changed the alignment of the arrowhead but it’s the stroke alignment that matters here.

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7 hours ago, PixelPest said:

Doesn't make sense or do anything on open paths.

But it also does not seem to work on closed curves unless the stroke is center aligned -- if aligned to inside or outside arrowheads disappear when the stroke is expanded. 

Also, while it does work with center alignment, the stroke is expanded into multiple curve objects -- two if there is just one arrow end style & three if both ends have one. Might it make more sense if it expanded into a single curves object?

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