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I do a lot of technical drawing and wish to add titles with lines pointing to the parts on the drawing. I have a lot of difficulty using the Pen Tool which in principle ought to be very easy.

Most of the time, after I draw one line and then start another, the first one disappears etc etc until all I have left is the last one. After much fiddling all of a sudden it will work but it is getting the right fiddle to get to that point and so far I am just perplexed.

John

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Hi John Bateson, 

This certainly sounds odd. If possible could you provide a screen recording of this issue?

Thanks

Callum

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What do you mean by a screen recording? Not sure I can do this anyway.

The original drawings are created from a CAD package and screens I compose from the parts of the drawings are saved as PNG files (see previously attached picture). These are then opened with Affinity Photo and saved as an Affinity file, to which I add text frames. It is when I add the lines to go from the test frames to the part that I hit these peculiar issues.

John

 

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Hi John,

Could you provide the file in question along with step by step instructions on how to replicate the issue?

Thanks

Callum

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are the lines showing up in the layers panel?

could be the stroke width is set to 0 pt

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The lines are showing in the layers panel, if I select one of them the line shows up surrounded by its bounding box, then disappears again when I select something else. This sort of indicates to me that it is hiding behind a layer or something similar but no matter how much I fiddle and reset I have found no sequence yet which resets this.

The line width is definitely set with a stroke width of 0.8 mm. One thing I have noticed is that when a line is going to be permanent, it seems matginally thicker when boing drawn, and then I know the system has reset!

JOhn

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Could  you post a screenshot of the layerspanel?

 


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Hope this helps - for this picture the lines went in straight away no problems.

What should I be looking for? In1948836583_CaptureAffinity.PNG.2fa10692111929f7e42effd71e5501d7.PNG the past I have relied on Affinity for the pictures and words, loaded these into PPX9 and then added the lines there - quite unsatisfactory though.

John

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Hi John Bateson,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
Select one of the lines that disappear when you click somewhere else, then click the stroke width dropdown in the context toolbar (see screenshot below). Make sure the line has a width applied. If the line still disappears can you please upload the .afdesign file using this link for us to take a look please? Thanks.

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That is what i thought, but the sroke is set to 0.8 mm


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In the screenshot everything looks normal.


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Some progress - maybe.

It seems that on all the lines that disappear the line width has been set to zero in spite of 0.8 being selected. If I select one of these missing lines by selecting an area and then click, the line width has been set to zero and setting it back to 0.8 makes the line always visible.

I also found, quite by accident, that if I had a line disappear, select TEXT and click on the drawing, but don't enter any text. Then select the pen tool and 'Hey Presto' all the lines become permanent!

Confused I am, but getting there.

John

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