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Layers panel orange line on left? Cannot add border style.

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My first big project on Affinity Pub v1.  Using Mac.  I created a master page that included picture frames and applied it to one of my pages.  Now when I try to apply an object style to the frame nothing happens.  And I have the orange marks to the left of the layers.  What is going on?  How do I fix it?


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try turning off hardware acceleration in settings>prformance

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The orange lines (which are green in v2) simply mean the object is on a master page and not on the document page (the actual page). The dashed line means that you have modified the master page object on the document page - in your case, you modified the master page picture frame by adding a picture to it. So the orange/green lines are nothing to worry about.

You can't apply an object style on a document page to a picture frame that is on a master page. You can do that only on the master page unless you use Edit Detached which is probably best left for a later time as that is getting more complicated. Just go to the master page and apply the object style to it there.

If you really want to apply the object style to the picture frame on the document page rather than the master, then choose Layer > Master Page > Edit Detached. Make the changes and then click Finish in the bar at the top of the window.

Good luck

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17 minutes ago, minimejdh1 said:
  1.  I dragged the master page on to the page spread.  Correct?
  2.  Also if I am working in spread view, is there any way to create and apply a master to just one page?  Thanks.

One: yes. Or when you make a new Actual Page you can have the Master Page applied automatically.

Two: In the Pages Panel have the Masters and the Actual Pages visible and drag the Master onto the Actual Page, left or right and wait to see the Blue Outline show only on that one page.

Still Two: Or you can click on the single Actual Page you want to apply the Master page to and have it highlighted with the Blue Outline and right click and choose Apply Master.

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