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AD: Having issue with pen tool snapping and releasing compound paths...

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Hello all,

 

So I have done a some tinkering and then some searching and then some reading. I am trying to get down to the bottom of a few issues I am having that are different from my past life in working with Illustrator. 

 

So.... I am working with text right now. I have taken the text and converted it to curves. 'O' is one of the letters and I am trying to isolate the inner linework and the outer linework as separate paths. In illustrator, this 'O' would typically behave as a compound path, but instead I found out that I have to use geometry divide in AD. Is this correct or am I missing something. No biggie now that figured it out, but curious. 

 

The bigger issue I am having right now is with using the pen tool and snapping. So I have this letter 'O' which has been broken down into separate paths. I have the O linework selected as snapping candidates. I would like to create new linework using the pen tool that begins and/or ends directly on the intersection with the 'O' linework. I plan on then removing certain linework from the 'O' and then joining the curves of the pen tool with it to create a new object. The only problem is that I cannot for the life of me get snapping to work with the pen tool and the 'O'. I expected that the pen tool would snap to the outline of the 'O' when it is within a certain distance (like with illustrator), but it does not behave this way. I can only snap to essentially the midpoints, but nowhere else.

 

What am I missing here?

 

Thanks

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Is this correct or am I missing something.

 

That’s correct.

 

The only problem is that I cannot for the life of me get snapping to work with the pen tool and the 'O'.

 

Have you seen the dedicated snapping options for the Pen Tool on the context toolbar (see below)? These options do not cover every case you can think of, but improvements such as snapping to path intersections are promised for the near future …

 

Hope that helps …  :)

Alex

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Is this correct or am I missing something.

 

That’s correct.

 

The only problem is that I cannot for the life of me get snapping to work with the pen tool and the 'O'.

 

Have you seen the dedicated snapping options for the Pen Tool on the context toolbar (see below)? These options do not cover every case you can think of, but improvements such as snapping to path intersections are promised for the near future …

 

Hope that helps …  :)

Alex

 

OK yes thank you for pointing that out. I have had the chance to play with those settings and while they offer some very basic improved snapping, they are a pretty far cry from what they should be. 

 

Ideally, I would be able to enable snapping, select the snapping candidate, then use the pen tool and no matter where on the object I am electing to start and/or end drawing, I would be able to snap directly to the object at any arbitrary point. As it is right now (unless I am completely mistaken), you are able to snap, but only to select key point on an object's geometry. 

 

Hey, thanks for taking the time to respond, btw. I am having a lot of fun exploring this software more and more as time goes on. It is easily worth the asking price and I can't wait to see what they end up doing in the future.

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Hi Grindeddown,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Currently the Pen/Node Tool are not "path aware". Ben (one of the developers) is currently working on improved snapping options which i believe will address most (if not all, i don't have much details at this point yet) those issues. I also don't have an ETA for this but rest assured it's coming as soon as its ready.

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