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3 minutes ago, PixelPest said:

That´s a normal behaviour afaik. If you want to snap to that path you can align the stroke to the inside or you take another parametric shape like a donut:

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Cheers

Thanks this helps a lot!

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2 hours ago, tomflendrig said:

As you can see in the video the pen tool won't snap to the stroke.

Actually, it is snapping to the stroke. It is just that the stroke is center-aligned on the curve, so it won't snap to the outer or inner extent of the stroke thickness.


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3 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Actually, it is snapping to the stroke. It is just that the stroke is center-aligned on the curve, so it won't snap to the outer or inner extent of the stroke thickness.

yeah so my question should probably be: How can I snap on to the outer or inner extent of the strokes thickness?

(but the solution PixelPest gave actually solves my problem so this tread can be assigned as solved)

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Hi tomflendrig,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
There's no way to snap to the stroke outlines themselves. It's the path that's the reference. The only thing you can do (when possible/applicable) is to expand the stroke so it's converted to a path but this may be undesirable in most cases.

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17 minutes ago, MEB said:

The only thing you can do (when possible/applicable) is to expand the stroke so it's converted to a path but this may be undesirable in most cases.

A workaround for that is to duplicate the curve, expand the stroke on the duplicate, & snap to that. Disabling the "Only snap to visible objects" snapping option & making the duplicate invisible (& maybe locked) should allow snapping to the outer or inner edge without anything too undesirable from happening.


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4 hours ago, MEB said:

That's way too much work if you are dealing with various objects in daily use (besides all duplicates it creates) but yes you can do it.

Yes, it is a lot of extra work, but what alternative is there if a user wants to leave shapes with center-aligned strokes unchanged & still be able to snap the Pen Tool to the edges of the stroke?

Besides, the expanded stroke duplicates can be created temporarily for snapping & then deleted afterwards. It is just a workaround.


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