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Hello,

 

I bought a graphic template a while ago, it's made in Adobe Illustrator CS5+ but it doesn't play nice with Affinity Designer because of a feature called Variable Width Strokes.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/atv/cs5-tutorials/using-variablewidth-strokes.html

 

 

Is there any way to recreate this effect in Affinity Designer?  Designer does open the .AI file and almost everything looks perfect but when you start scaling, horror happens.

I really don't want to install a trail version of Illustrator every 30 ~ 60 days only to edit this specific template file. 

 

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Hi, Shmoo,

There is a similar function in Affinity. It is curve thickness pressure variability. See the attached for a simple example. The pressure graphs can also be formed while using a tablet & stylus. They can be saved as styles, and applied to any curve.

Don't know if the template can be sufficiently or accurately enough altered. 

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Hello,

 

I just tried to create my own strokes but the problem is when you open those documents in Designer, Designer converts all those Illustrator variable width lines (strokes) to 'curves'. Now they are all solid fills instead of strokes. When you turn off the fill and +1 stroke you'll get those 'outlines' effect.

 

 

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Hi Shmoo,
As you noticed we don't support variable width strokes from illustrator: they are all converted to curves (shapes) on import.  Affinity Designer does NOT (can't) convert/translate them to (our) pressure profiles so there's no way to do what you want other than create the artwork entirely in Affinity Designer if you want have pressure profiles applied to strokes.

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Bummer.. ☹️ 


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