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I'm a new-ish Affinity Designer user, and I love it!  But I need help sorting out some mysteries, as described below. I've attached my file, "house plat 1st floor".

On my house plan, there's an odd section in the upper outline, in the heavier line above and to the right of the label "David's kitchen". What's going on? I tried a couple things to fix it, but was unsuccessful. 

In some places the heavier outline is straight, and in others it's more "freehand" looking. I'm gradually getting more control over drawing lines, but are there any tips on how to always have straight lines when you want them?

And finally...  Since the building is bilaterally symmetrical, I drew the rooms on the right side. Then I copied the right side, pasted, flipped the pasted image, and lined it up to match the right side. Voila! Rooms now appear on the left side also. But now I'm getting odd behavior because half of the artboard seems to have cloned itself, which I didn't expect. Is there any way to fix this? I was assuming the artboard was just the workspace, but maybe it's something else? 

That's enough for now. TIA for any advice.

[Note: I worked on this file in the Affinity Designer 1.7 customer beta. I posted these questions here b/c I don't think they're beta-related, but feel free to move the post if I'm mistaken.]

house plat 1st floor.afdesign

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12 hours ago, zenmom said:

On my house plan, there's an odd section in the upper outline, in the heavier line above and to the right of the label "David's kitchen". What's going on? I tried a couple things to fix it, but was unsuccessful. 

That's a partially pixel-masked object. You possibly created the mask with the Erase Brush Tool.

 

12 hours ago, zenmom said:

In some places the heavier outline is straight, and in others it's more "freehand" looking. I'm gradually getting more control over drawing lines, but are there any tips on how to always have straight lines when you want them?

When the Pen Tool is in its default Pen Mode, you need to be careful to not drag a handle out of a node when you click to create that node, or hold down ctrl to create straight line segments. However, the tool has two other modes specifically for drawing straight line segments without holding down ctrl: Line Mode and Polygon Mode. Change the mode in the context toolbar of the tool. The Pen Tool page of the app's help document has information about the controls in the context toolbar and links to other pages regarding drawing.

 

12 hours ago, zenmom said:

Since the building is bilaterally symmetrical, I drew the rooms on the right side. Then I copied the right side, pasted, flipped the pasted image, and lined it up to match the right side. Voila! Rooms now appear on the left side also. But now I'm getting odd behavior because half of the artboard seems to have cloned itself, which I didn't expect. Is there any way to fix this? I was assuming the artboard was just the workspace, but maybe it's something else? 

You've duplicated and mirrored the actual Artboard object instead of just its contents. An Artboard is a container object (based on a vector Rectangle object by default) that can be manipulated like any vector object.

I recommend you start from scratch so you learn how to use the Pen Tool correctly to make a drawing with true vertical and horizontal lines. Later, you can learn how to tidy drawings that have wonky and misaligned lines.

 

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43 minutes ago, >|< said:

careful to not drag a handle out of a node when you click to create that node

Set it to Polygon Mode, no handles to accidentally drag out 161126997_ScreenShot2019-02-08at11_36_45.png.46e93d33fefe5206b83d97720b1cb8b6.png 

Also use the Grids View > Show Grid and make sure snap to grid in checked in the snapping options View > Snapping Manager... 

If you are using a transparent background you will need to change the colour of the grid which you can do with the grid and axis manger... View > Grid and Axis manager... 

For floor plans I don't think a transparent background is necessary so you can change that in File > Document Settings... on the Colour Tab, just uncheck the box next to Transparent Background. 


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Just now, firstdefence said:

Set it to Polygon Mode, no handles to accidentally drag out 

I said to use Polygon or Line mode instead of the default in the very next sentence.

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1 minute ago, >|< said:

I said to use Polygon or Line mode instead of the default in the very next sentence.

Missed that my friend sorry, but it doesn't hurt to drill it home lol!


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Thanks for the answers, will work on remembering this. How do I get rid of the pixel mask? Will start from scratch on 2nd floor drawing...

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19 minutes ago, zenmom said:

How do I get rid of the pixel mask?

Left half of Plat - Select the layer that is Mask and either uncheck it or drag it to the bin


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