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I didn't have this problem with the 2018 issue  but since I downloaded the 2020 there is the bloody cross hair again and I can't get rid of it, can't believe they havn't done anything about it, how are you supposed to be able to do any fine detail with that thing in the way ?

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2 hours ago, mick560 said:

I didn't have this problem with the 2018 issue  but since I downloaded the 2020 there is the bloody cross hair again and I can't get rid of it, can't believe they havn't done anything about it, how are you supposed to be able to do any fine detail with that thing in the way ?

Doesn't this option work for you?

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Affinity Designer 1.8.5 (beta 1.9.0.864)   |   Affinity Photo 1.8.5 (beta 1.9.0.864)   |   Affinity Publisher 1.8.5 (beta 1.9.0.863)
Affinity Designer for iPad 1.8.4   |   Affinity Photo for iPad 1.8.4

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I like to make screen recording videos of me creating drawings and paintings. To do this, I chose not to use Affinity Photo (even though I otherwise kind of like the program) and use a competitor that allows me to turn off the cursor/brush preview. Having the cursor/brush on during these videos takes away the "magic quality" when making these videos. Please add the ability in preferences to do this. Thank you. 

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hi dominik, sorry i didn't answer before, only just seen this,  thanks for your screenshot, i have always been aware of the option to tick the box but it didn't work for me, i finally sorted the problem by downloading the new 1.8.2. version and the crosshair doesn't appear now thank goodness !      it used to drive me mad, many thanks for your help, best regards, michael.

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On 4/13/2018 at 12:11 AM, aradnom said:

Adding to this.  If you're painting with a stylus the brush outline is super distracting.  Having the option to turn the preview off is a good start though.

Totally agree. I always feel Affinity Photo brush is even slower than gInk.exe partly because of that distraction.

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I'm having the same issue, it would be such a better experience without the white outline🙏😭🎨🖌️💚

In rounded brushes the outline is not a problem because you can still see what you are painting, but in more weird shaped brushes it becomes pretty annoying.

The improved version would end up looking somewhat like this:

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Maybe in preferences - maybe not. I have no.. ehm... preference. But there is another way, I always (since forever) toggled the visibility of the brush outline in Adobe Photoshop with the caps lock key:

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So, this feature with a custom keyboard shortcut for it would pretty much solve the issue. I would expect Affinity Photo to remember the last used setting so if I disable the outline I would have to enable it later. I think. Disabling/toggling is fast anyway if it does not.

Shortcut should be configured here:

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I gave up using Designer - a "professional" vector drawing program without advanced or semi-advanced vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion.

Further... give up and please hire a professional, educated UX (user experience designer), Serif. Professional software companies used them for decades now. You must too.

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Without wishing to sound the pessimist, this 'feature' request goes back at least three years and like a number of other utterly basic artist-specific issues in AD and AP (such as Affinity remembering which brush you are using after changing the state of the brush and size increments to the nearest whole number, rather than bonkers 4.9, 9.7, 15.6 and so on) it has been ignored. I've long since given up on Affinity as a tool, and as I've described in previous posts they certainly lost business in me being able to recommend Affinity to my company's design team. Although I can conceive of people using Designer for standard vector tasks, it's beyond me how anyone can use it for digital painting given the problems with the interface.

It's a shame as the brush engine is actually really nice: although it doesn't have the real world dynamics of some packages, it's in the same kind of league as CSP. The world is crying out for an all-in-one vector/bitmap solution for artists, but ironically you feel CSP is starting to move into the vector space more and more and of course their tools for drawing are incredibly mature now. Even Krita has come on pretty strongly in the same period but - for the artist - Affinity has been stuck, aside from some stability improvements and the excellent isometric grid options.

However, I am absolutely certain that this, like every other post on this subject, will remain ignored. This isn't even a goad to prompt the team: it's just a statement of rather sad fact. 

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Indeed the first post on this was by Paulo Limoncelli back in October 2016: if Affinity can ignore Paulo, I guess they can ignore anyone. It's really baffling 🙄

 

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