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There are several different brush types in Affinity, and unlike I am missing something obvious, it appears to me that the raster brushes used in Affinity Photo can only be used with brush tools. 

 

It would be fantastic to be able to apply these non-destructively to vector paths. Essentially like a non-destructive version of Photoshops "Stroke Path" feature. This is something that for instance Macromedia Fireworks and Discreet Combustion were always able to do, but for some reason it was never added to Photoshop.

 

Possibly, the applications could also support adding multiple brushes (or strokes in vector terms) to the same path, opening up even more possibilities.

 

In addition to the obvious benefits, having raster brushes on vector paths would also allow the brush engine to be used more like a particle system, another long-standing omission in Photoshop's feature set that would be great to see in Affinity.

 

NOTE: There is a "Texture Line Style" setting in Affinity Photo's path stroke options, but this doesn't seem to work with the raster brushes, counter-intuitively not even with those in the "Textured" category in Photo's brushes panel. I assume that this requires Designer brushes (as these work when applied in Designer in the same place), but those are not available inside Photo as far as I can tell. As such, I find this a bit confusing, and it seems that I'm not alone. Some kind of note in the Stroke popup under the "Texture Line Style" that lets the user know that they need to use Designer to apply Texture stroke brushes would be useful.

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I am also looking for this. Very handy feature for working with lettering. In designer i can use only Texture Brushes - but their functionality is very limited.


Win10 x64 1907, 16G RAM, Core i7 + Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display
Win10 - Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 + beta 1.7.0.209, Adobe Photosop CS6, Corel Draw X7, ArtCAM 2015 R2
iOS 11.2.1, iPad Pro 10.5, 64GB + Apple Pencil
iOS 11.2.1 - Procreate 4.1.0, Affinity Photo beta 1.6.7.74 RC1

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