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2 minutes ago, v_kyr said:

How did Qui-Gon Jinn said: "There's always a bigger fish". - Meaning here in this context, there's always another app, which might do quite better!

Right but the one the Serif used to have in Drawplus worked really well and I don't really want to have to get out of the pond I'm in and drag the design to another pond every time I want to get to this 'bigger fish'. There is value in having functionality within the program one is using. 


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1 hour ago, R C-R said:

I think part of the reason for that is not all apps share a common exchange file format that can be used to switch between apps to do something in one app that another can't do at all or is much to tedious to do on a regular basis.

 

That's true in part or the whole depending on the applications involved. Mostly the "in part" part...

 

I usually use the PSD format between painting applications, layers and all. I usually use an export format that retains layers and what not with vector editing applications, which may mean exporting to the native format of the receiving application, an intermediary format or a PDF.

 

I have never owned a single piece of software that does everything I need. I've swapped files between applications for eons. While some may think it a tedious exercise, what are the alternatives? A redesign, a scale back of whatever little vision I have of the illustration, or ? None of which are acceptable for me. If one knows their applications, and what formats play nicely with others, it takes seconds to swap out.

 

And I have long needed to do this as regards drawing ease with say Adobe Illustrator. I hate drawing in the thing. And because of that, I am simply not efficient at it. So I will draw in something else all the way up to doing raster effects if needed, then export and open in AI to finish off. And sometimes, that is the file format I need to return to the client and so if nothing else, AI is used as a glorified file converter. Same goes with PS.

 

At least the other applications I use do play nice with others. By being at least familiar with other software has opened doors I may not have had the opportunity to go through if I was "single application" minded. Despite having application preferences, I consider myself a software agnostic.

 

And I have found the perfect way of avoiding what you call tedium. Paying the bills.


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Honestly If you need that functionality urgently now and yet look elsewhere or redraw the stuff by hand. I think this theme with a missing autotracer component started from the beginnings some three to four years ago and as you can see until today there is nothing like this included so far. So all related to that theme is always only a roundabout, people demand that feature and in turn you hear the common answer phrases. - Somehow looks to me all as a waste of time here, and forever the marmot greets (Groundhog Day).


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54 minutes ago, MikeW said:

 

And I have found the perfect way of avoiding what you call tedium. Paying the bills.

 

If ever you get really bored, you are welcome to pay my bills too :D


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1 hour ago, Phil_rose said:

I don't really want to have to get out of the pond I'm in and drag the design to another pond every time I want to get to this 'bigger fish'. There is value in having functionality within the program one is using. 

 

Thats the reason some programs become bloated, slow and inefficient. Trying to do every single function under the sun.

 

And it would probably be written by Microsoft.


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12 hours ago, toltec said:

 

Thats the reason some programs become bloated, slow and inefficient.

 

A good point well put! 


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An auto-trace feature would be great in Affinity Designer so as to achieve scaleable distress like effects for graphics on t-shirts etc.

For example I'd like to be able to import a black and white posterised image of a stone or metal texture for auto-tracing, then use the result

to knock out a distress like effect from a finished logo or whatever - the advantage of auto-trace is that it's scaleable for printing at any size.

I often used auto-trace in Illustrator to do the above, and would really like to see this feature in Affinity Designer!

 

I've quickly demonstrated my point further with the attached files below, except I had to use: https://convertio.co/ to convert

a posterised image from Affinity Photo to .eps format then opened in Affinity Designer. I combined all the curve layers of the resulting

.eps auto-trace effect with the pathfinder, then used the pathfinder again to knock the texture out of the shape, resulting in what

could potentially be a totally scaleable logo for print etc.

auto-trace_effect.afdesign

auto-trace_effect.png

texture.eps

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I also needed to convert a simple pixel-graphic into a vector graphic. This Youtube video made this pretty easy in Affinity Designer. A bit of work, and you have to be as exact as you could, but it works!

I hope I am allowed to post this here...

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I use Vector Magic, when used commercially it pays for itself very quickly.


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On 4/5/2017 at 4:02 AM, pruus said:

@ jea525: You could try some onine vectorizer: https://convertio.co.

Sad that Affinity doesn't have this but this is a great rec, @pruus! For a once-in-a-while user like myself, this fit the bill perfectly :)

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