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50% Grey Layer


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Considering how often it is suggested to make a 50% grey layer, it seems like there should be a short cut to do this rather than making it several steps to create one.  At the very least, on the fill dialog there could be a button for "50% Grey".

(count the number of times the Affinity WorkBook instructs you to make a 50% grey layer!)

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Although there's no default shortcut for a 50% grey fill, you can easily add one. Go to 'Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts', choose either 'Draw' or 'Pixel' from the first dropdown list and then choose 'Miscellaneous' from the second dropdown list. Put a tick in the 'Apply to all' checkbox to use the same shortcut for both personas, click in the 'Set Fill to 50% Grey' box and press your preferred shortcut key(s).

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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 2 for Windows • Windows 10 Home/Pro
Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 2 for iPad • iPadOS 17.3.1 (iPad 7th gen)

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Thanks Alfred, but those directions don't quite work.  Yes, I've accomplished making a 50% grey short cut but it didn't fill the pixel layer.  Following those directions and activating my shortcut key seems to set the primary color to 50% grey and then you still need to choose Edit; Fill.

So this is still a multi step process:

1) Create a Pixel layer

2) Use your shortcut to set the primary color to 50% Grey

3) Edit; Fill; (or Shift-F5) (assuming the dialog has "Primary Color" selected)

4) Click Apply

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It's only two steps for a Fill layer filled with 50% grey ('Set Fill to 50% Grey' and then 'New Fill Layer') but for a Pixel layer filled with 50% grey it does currently seem to be more tortuous than strictly necessary. :(

 

 

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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 2 for Windows • Windows 10 Home/Pro
Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 2 for iPad • iPadOS 17.3.1 (iPad 7th gen)

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