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Workarounds for Distortion, Warp, or Perspective distort?

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I just came here because I was looking for something like a simple arc transform/deform thing. I'm UV mapping a tire, and need a company logo - and for this to look correct I need to arc the logo to match the curve of the tyre.. Something this simple, not possible in Designer!? 🤪

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No the Affinity products sadly don't have yet any plain vector based warp, perspective, or free distortions features. Thus one always have to tweak around with third party products as workarounds.


☛ Affinity Designer 1.9.1 ◆ Affinity Photo 1.9.1 ◆ OSX El Capitan

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Well well well, this thread (and many others) goes on and on and on. This week I finally made a career move away from my last few hands on tasks in Illustrator and InDesign to project management and project work in large and huge projects full time. Good stuff. For me Affinity was a fruitless wait since 2014. Also it was unbearable to see software developed like it is. The year is 2021. Not 1995.

Just imagine that these tools will not come to Affinity at all or in a form you don't like. Imagine if Affinity still rasterizes so much more than professional products. Imagine if all current issues and usability issues will not be resolved. Imagine spending the same amount of time on workarounds for years. How long will and can you wait?

There is no such thing as a free lunch. But time has a value.


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6 hours ago, Jowday said:

... This week I finally made a career move away from my last few hands on tasks in Illustrator and InDesign to project management and project work in large and huge projects full time. Good stuff...

Best of "luck" with your new endeavor!

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17 hours ago, MikeW said:

Best of "luck" with your new endeavor!

Thank you @MikeW 🙂

Take care and stay healthy! 


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  • Computer-, operating system- and software agnostic; I am a result oriented professional. Look for a fanboy somewhere else.
  • “When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.” ― Confucius
  • Enjoy waiting for Godot. 

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We're now at Designer 1.9.1 and STILL waiting for a vector type distort feature. Yes, you can take work into Photo and use Warp there, but that destroys the vector quality and limits you to bitmap, meaning you are limited in quality of output at large size. It's a severe gap that many users need filling urgently. Even very early versions of Freehand and Illustrator had it - because they knew how useful it would be to a graphic designer. Come on, Affinity!

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