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  • 2 months later...

I have only two days left   for the demo , and still on the fence about a future purchase 

Biggest shortcomings , no perspective / warp tools and no real vector brushes ( they are bitmaps stretched across a path ) 
Affinity designer is great , but these unimplemented features even after years since it's release and the radio silence from the dev.crew does not show confidence 
Thanks to this forum I found out about vectorstyler , WOW just wow 
Affinity needs to step up their game , once vectorstyler is more widely known it will be the obvious choice for many who look for an illustrator replacement 

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5 hours ago, gentleclockdivider said:

Thanks to this forum I found out about vectorstyler , WOW just wow 
Affinity needs to step up their game , once vectorstyler is more widely known it will be the obvious choice for many who look for an illustrator replacement 

Though Vectorstyler is feature rich, I find that the usability still needs some work. It also depends on what people are using the software for. Last I checked, you can copy vectors straight out of VectorStyler and paste into Designer so they work well together. I do more layout work than illustration. I use vector tools mostly for logos, icons, and more basic shapes. I like the workflow of Affinity better for this but I do sometimes need vector perspective/warp and it is a blaring omission! And though I don’t do much illustration it seems obvious to me that the lack of real vector brushes is a problem for those who do. Auto-trace is another missing feature that needs to be implemented. Everyone is just really hoping Affinity surprises us in 2.0 by filling these gaps. It would allow many to leave the Adobe environment forever. Serif, are you listening?

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20 minutes ago, Snow Creative said:

I was working on a photo today, and need to free-transform some type. I was surprised to find there is no free-transform tool! That's a pretty basic, necessary feature for a graphics program. 

There are some perspective and distort tools in Affinity Photo that might offer what you’re looking for but they rasterize vector images. There’s currently no distort/warp tools that can preserve curves.

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48 minutes ago, jhdesigns said:

There are some perspective and distort tools in Affinity Photo that might offer what you’re looking for but they rasterize vector images. There’s currently no distort/warp tools that can preserve curves.

Yes, that's better than nothing, but the vector distortion tool is what I was looking for.

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20 hours ago, Snow Creative said:

I was working on a photo today, and need to free-transform some type.

 

15 hours ago, Snow Creative said:

Yes, but I'm putting type on top of the photo. The type needs to remain editable. I'm working in Publisher, but this would apply to Designer as well.

Affinity Photo has some distortion options that will allow the text to remain editable but it all depends on what you need to do, for us to say for certain if it can be done or not

Do you have an example of what you want to achieve?

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On 6/11/2018 at 7:14 PM, Cristian Dragos said:

I was really hoping you guys wouldn't go the same path as adobe and finally give designers one tool to replace both Photoshop and Illustrator. I was really hoping AD would have been this tool. I'm not sure why you're focusing on releasing a publishing software in 2018 when the offline publishing industry goes down every year. It would have made more sense to me to focus on Designer and bring it to a similar level as Sketch because Adobe XD is still way behind and Windows users (like me) don't have a reliable alternative for doing UI design (which everyone does lately). I've tried to do it in AD but having over 20 artboards for a mobile UI design made AD sluggish and at some point almost impossible to work with.

Oh well you have your own strategy and hopefully in time will pay off.

Thank you for doing your best and giving us hope but right now I still can't give up the damn adobe beast and I'm using AD just for personal projects.

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Cristian

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35 minutes ago, Pligus said:

It would have made more sense to me to focus on Designer and bring it to a similar level as Sketch

I've been going back and forth between AD and Sketch for a while now. I've got an M1 Mac, so my version of Illustrator (CS6) no longer works, and I refuse to pay Adobe's endless subscription fees to get the new version. To be fair, Sketch doesn't have a distortion option for type either, so I still have to rely on Photoshop for this. Sketch is a really great tool, but it has its own shortcomings, especially when it comes to text formatting.

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This is the largest thread for this, so perhaps a moderator could merge these two in here as well?

Interesting reflection that users have been asking for five years about this feature now...

Also, this is in the desktop section, but naturally the iPad should get it too (I was using the iPad when I needed it).

Plus, it should be easy to modify a curve after you've applied the perspective... that's what's missing from the workarounds currently, I suspect.

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Why are you confused about my post @Thomas M. Braun ?

When I wrote it in 2018, the transform tools were just available for the first time in the first betas of APub, and since they are suited for vector work, it was logical to wait for them in AD. But since they were not listed in the official release note, it was important to mentionned them. You can ask questions if you don't understand something.

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I found this video on youtube where someone is explaining how to use free transform in photo and then move it to designer.

It seems that one user found some better solution and made this comment:

"Wow thanks ... that tip about saving the file from photo (with live filters) and bring it into designer .... I found out that if you save your live filter perspective as an assist ... you can just substitute the image your want to add perspective to. I am using an iPad apps and can’t jump back and forth.. but I just save the file as is affinity file and open in designer... I don’t play with the perspective grid when I apply the filter in photo ... open in designer add as an assist and then add assist ... and presto I now have perspective live filter when ever I need it. Go ahead and pass it on  I should say ...to make the live filter active again in designer, just double tap the filter and all options pop up thanks steve"

Does anybody understand what he means ? 

Is this some better solution then what the video shows?

I am rather new to AD so I have no idea what he is talking about. What is assist...?

Thank you .

 

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23 minutes ago, lou772 said:

I found this video on youtube where someone is explaining how to use free transform in photo and then move it to designer.

There are a bunch of threads already in the forum here about that topic!

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2 hours ago, lou772 said:

Does anybody understand what he means ? 

I did not watch the video but I think he means adding an Asset, not an "assist."

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2 hours ago, lou772 said:

Doesn't that live perspective filter imported to AD solves the lack of free transform tool ?

NO, since it's not vector based (still rasters all on export) and doesn't support all kind of free distortion transformations (warping etc.).

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This is not a software product or a common generic tool, it is rather a proof of the concept on its own by reusing some vector warping routines (algorithms). - So actually nothing that people without some programming- and in-depth SVG-knowledge could currently easily use in order to reuse/exchange SVG code with Affinity products.

Text for example isn't handled in an editable SVG text format, it has to be transformed/converted to SVG paths in order to be distorted in a good behaving manner. The SVG bounding box for to be loaded in SVG code has sometimes to be manually tweaked (as other SVG code too) in order to be handled and manipulated the right way by the actually used distortion routines. The to be loaded in SVG code also has to be kept in simpler form, aka too much nested groups and matrix transforms etc. aren't actually handled that well and thus can influence the mesh bounding box and handle points orientation for loaded in SVG graphics etc. - So the whole is more a personal playground for testing and performing some vector distortion operations with some vector related code.

 

 

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