Power Duplicate in Affinity Designer

Power Duplicate in Affinity Designer
At this point in the Affinity Designer tutorial, we have drawn the first in a group of lines that will create the paneling for our background graphic. We will use the Power Duplicate function to duplicate this line across the canvas. We want an 80 pixel space between the lines.

What is Power Duplicate
The Power Duplicate function will help you save a lot of time when duplicating and transforming several objects together. Using the Edit menu at the top of the workspace, you will first duplicate the object. Next transform the object as needed. You might need to rotate, flip, move or some other change to the object. The "power" of Power Duplicate is that Designer remembers what you have done. Now, for every subsequent duplicate you create, Designer will automatically create the transformation.

  1. With the line selected, click Edit - Duplicate from the Menu bar.

  2. The new line will be on top of the original line (see screenshot). Let's move the new line to the right 80 pixels.

  3. The new line should now be selected automatically. In the Transform panel, set the X value for this line to 160 pixels (see screenshot).

  4. At this point, Designer should remember what we just did and repeat the steps each time we click Edit - Duplicate from the Menu bar.

  5. From the Menu bar, click Edit - Duplicate.

  6. You should see a new line added to the right of the last line and the X value should be 240 pixels.

  7. Repeat the previous steps until the lines reach to the right edge of the canvas (see screenshot).

  8. Next, we will group these layers together and center the group on the canvas.

  9. If not already selected, select all of the line layers in the Layers panel. Right-click and choose Group from the pop-up menu. Name this group layer Panel Lines.

  10. From the Menu bar, select Layer - Alignment - Align Center (see screenshot).

  11. So that the Stroke Width for these lines will scale correctly if we resize the background for a new project, let's apply Scale with Object to this Group layer.

  12. With the Group layer still selected, check the box next to Scale with Object in the Stroke panel (see screenshot).

  13. At this point, the background graphic has a simple, generic design. We have a solid colored base with vertical lines creating panels. This would look good as a background for a product mockup or any project. Let's save this version before we move to the next step.

  14. Click File - Save As and save your image.

Now we can add some subtle wood texture to the background design, for those times when we need a little more.

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