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Non-destructive editing/warping?

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I'm loving Affinity Photo so far, I am looking forward to replacing the pirated PS at home with a legitimate app from a developer I don't hate....


So far, the first hurdle I've come across with experimenting with Affinity: There doesn't, as far as I can tell, seem to be a way to non-destructively warp text. I've been using Mesh Warp as it's the only tool I see for the job, but an equivalent to a Free Transform would be suitable in order to have feature parity with Photoshop in this area. I do a lot of stuff with text, and being able to distort it non-destructively is a small feature, but a make-or-break one in my book.


- Create Text, type in whatever.


- Use the Mesh Warp tool to change it.


- Text is no longer editable.


Am I doing something wrong? Is there a setting I can choose to make text still editable after deforming it?



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@Dave, a way to non-destructively perform raster transforms, so that one can go back to those transforms and mesh/warp distortions, and continue editing the original values without having to re-rasterize the results destructively would be VERY welcomed.


PS has some of this functionality in it's smart objects feature: if you convert a raster layer into a smart object, all transforms and some filters will then be applied non-destructively to the original pixel data. This is a VERY kick-ass feature for workflow. I use it all the time for swapping low-res assets for high-res ones when converting approved comps into production files...

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