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It's mildly annoying to be unable to control the stroke pressure exactly in Affinity Designer; wanting to somewhat align how thick the stroke is on two objects along a certain point is pretty much impossible. However, I've realized that there's a preexisting design paradigm for controlling properties of objects that exist within shapes but which have their own node points: that of the controls used for gradients by the Fill tool.

As such, I'd like to suggest that, either via the stroke options in the context toolbar or as a tool in the regular toolbar, there should be a way to control the stroke pressure of a shape with a node-based system, operating as follows:

With this tool active, each selected curve or other shape has a line surrounding it, representing the stroke's path. This line has nodes along it, each setting what the stroke pressure should be at that point along the line; this is shown as the width of the node's square shape perpendicular to the line, and can be adjusted either by placing one's mouse just to the side of the node and "pulling" on the symbol that pops up or by clicking on the node and manually typing in a value for the stroke pressure. By default, curves have just a start and an end node, which for closed curves is represented as a "fused" node, where half the node is the start-size and half the node is the end size; an arrow symbol might also be useful for matching this to the existing stroke pressure control system. As for how this works with shapes that have an inner portion cut out or distinct shapes that have been combined via the add operation, I feel that if a shape contains multiple distinct stroke portions, those should be controllable separately (admittedly, this is functionality Affinity doesn't yet offer even via the already-extent stroke pressure control method), and thus should have their own line with nodes.

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 Hi All,

I'm pleased to let you know we have now added a Line Width/Pressure Tool and improved stroke/curve drawing and closing to Affinity Designer - available now in the 2.5 beta...


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