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Hi there to all you experts.....

I've been using AP and AD for quite a long time and have designed quite a few book covers.

I have a problem with editing an existing text layer that has effects applied to it such as 3d, outer glow and gradient overlay.  I've applied the effects to the layer and then when I come back to it and open up the effects by clicking on the little fx icon on the right hand side, I can access the fly out that pops up, but when I try to select the actual effect within the fly out, I cannot.  This happens randomly from time to time and I wondered if this is probably a bug.

Can anyone help?

Thanks so much.....

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Hi Rory Mole,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

What happens when you click over the layer effect name in the pop up? Does it get highlighted and the settings on the right change accordingly, nothing happens (it doesn't even highlight)...?

Does this happens consistently with the same files or it's totally random and sometimes work and other don't with the same file?  If with the same files can you please upload one of them for us to take a look? What OS are you using?

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Hi there MEB,


Thanks for your response.

This is what I do normally.... 

  1. I make sure I have the move tool selected
  2. I then click on the layer that has the has already got "layer effects" (fx) applied to it.
  3. I then click on the fx icon on the right hand side of the layer and the layer effects pop up menu opens.
  4. I then try and select one of the effects on the left that are already applied, but cannot select any of them.  I can only tick the check box on the left to on or off, but can't actually select that effect.  

This happens after I have worked on the effects for a while and it can happen at any time.  
I then have to close AP off altogether and then open it later on and only then it works.

It happens with different files after I have worked on them in the effects panel.

Not sure if my explanation helps.

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