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  1. 1) Duplicate Layer, hide original 2) Apply B&W Adjustment - adjust for light tinted area 3) Merge Visible to create B&W pixel layer 4) Delete B&W Adjustment At this point you have: B&W Pixel Layer Duplicated Layer Original (invisible) 5) Drag B&W Layer below Duplicated layer 6) Select Duplicated Layer and add a mask 7) Select black brush and paint away the stain I didn't take much time with this - the results can be much better.
  2. My first computer came with a whopping 4K. My first embedded systems project was on a platform with only 128 bytes of RAM (code in ROM). Excellent suggestion. The Community edition is almost the same as the Pro version. There isn't much you can't do with it, and the license allows you to develop commercial software with it as well. Back in the early 80's I worked at a place with an account system running on a Northstar CP/M machine with an 8" Shugart floppy. I don't remember the Northstar's model, but it was the one that came in the solid walnut case. Interesting. When I was in the Navy, the boat I was on had an IBM magcard machine, basically an IBM selectric with a magnetic card storage system and an editing system limited to backspaces.
  3. For those of you who have looked at Blender before and given up due to the bizarre UI, rejoyce! 2.8 has a totally new UI and, wait for it, now uses the left mouse button for selection. Old UI: New UI:
  4. Ha! That never occurred to me! Thank you. I do in places, but they're near places where a softer brush was needed. I was sprinkling pixels where I didn't want them. Now that >|< has explained how the circle works I understand what was happening and can compensate.
  5. And now for something completely different: the song that made PBR famous: https://youtu.be/4N3iVHxP8FQ
  6. I've noticed that no matter how soft I make a brush, it manages to drop pixels outside it's displayed 'circle'. Worse, the larger the brush the wider the 'broadcast' area. I'm touching up a very fine mask, and this is driving me crazy. Can anyone help?
  7. I think your poster looks nice. I like the original graphic better than images. I thing it gives a 'farmers' market' feel to the poster. I don't like the word 'Craftsbury' being included in the graphic, and in a different font than the remainder of the name.
  8. I like cased web addresses. What's easier to read, craftsburyfarmersmarket.com or CraftsburyFarmersMarket.com? It's much easier to pick out the words that comprise the URL i the later example.
  9. Apparently it is. Having tasted it in my youth I find this a bit surprising.
  10. That's not what I'm seeing - perhaps this is a bug in the Windows version. I start with one Light Source, set to red: I add a 2nd Light Source, set to blue: I select the 1st Light Source and press Remove, expecting to be left with the blue Light Source, but as you can see the only remaining light source is red:
  11. Sorry if I wasn't clear. I was referring to the Light Source in the 3D Layer Effects panel: I have found no way to hide a Light Source other than delete it. Further, if I have 2 Light Sources I am unable to delete Light Source 1. If I first select Light Source 1, then press Remove, Light Source 2 is removed rather than Light Source 1.
  12. Multiple Light Sources are nice, but hard to play with. I'd like to be able to turn on/off each Light Source to see it's effect. As it is now my only alternative is to delete it, and there's no way to delete the first light source without deleting the second. If Light Sources are implemented in this fashion elsewhere in AP they should be changed there as well.
  13. Udemy.com has a number of inexpensive courses, some of which are quite comprehensive. I've taken some of Simon Foster's AP courses and find them to be excellent.
  14. Or the Layer menu: Layer/New Layer. Well, there's Affinity Photo.
  15. He only has one AP course that's over 3 hours (Complete Guide) which is what I'm looking for at this early stage in my training. It looked a bit basic, but going over things especially from a different perspective is good training. It sounds like his approach is more artistic than technical which is appealing. The deal-sealer was the sale price of $10.99! I won't have a chance to start the course in earnest for a while, but when I've finished I'll come back and comment here. Thanks for the pointer.
  16. I took a look but didn't find anything for Affinity, but AFAIK Udemy doesn't have a good way to find all courses by a given author and I didn't spend a lot of time poking around.
  17. I second that. Simon's courses are second to none.
  18. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
  19. I am following a tutorial which involves creating image adjustment groups. The process involved duplicating the image layer, grouping it, adding live adjustment filters to the grouped layer, and then adding a mask to the group. This worked well, but I wanted to get rid of the image in the layer and just have the effects apply to the image below. I named this group Soften. When I disabled the Pixel layer within the Soften group, the effect disappeared; it was only visible when the Pixel layer within the Soften group was visible. In my experimentation, I tried copying the adjustment layers from the Soften group and placing them immediately above the original image layer, then copying the mask from the Soften group to each adjustment layer individually. This, of course, worked as expected. I then tried placing both adjustment layers in a new group, Soften 2. Things continued working as I expected. I copied the mask from the adjustment layers to the Soften group, removing them from the individual layers and everything continued to work. Here's how the layers look now (New Base is the image I'm working on). If I delete New Base from the Soften group, it works just like Soften 2. It seems to me that this behavior is incorrect. If New Base is not visible in Soften, then it should have no effect on the result produced by that group. This is causing problems because, for mask visualization purposes, I add a Fill or Pixel flood layer to these groups so I can enable the layer to visualize the mask. This Fill or Pixel flood layer (I've tried both) causes the effects from the layer to fail.
  20. Been there, done that. At one time I had to build those horrid DB-25 cables - I mean the 25-conductor version, not the cheap printer-only kind - if I look closely I can probably still find some burn scars on my fingertips. Ain't USB grand?
  21. I've got two monitors as well so I tried to reproduce this. Here's what I tried: I mapped the tablet to monitor 1, moved AD to that monitor and tested it floating and full-screen. I then repeated this on monitor 2. I then mapped the tablet to both monitors and repeated the above on both monitors, then with AD maximized across both monitors. In all cases AD performed as expected. I've got tablet software version installed on Win 10 Pro with fairly recent Nvidia drivers. What version of the tablet software are you using?
  22. IOMega? Yeah, adding a new SCSI device was always an adventure (or nightmare, depending on your particular experience). I had a SCSI scanner, but fortunately it was an HP and weighed as much as a small truck, so it didn't go anywhere. I think the worst were GPIB (IEEE-488) instrument cables, an HP invention that became a widely used standard. The way HP built things you'd think they were German! Their stuff lasted forever, you could tow a car with those cables (perhaps literally). I used that thick, foamy 3-M double-stick tape for decades, until the invention of stick-on Velcro. I still use it today to hold my WiFi router, a 16-port Ethernet switch and a power-strip to the side of a bookshelf. I've also got my cable modem Velcro'd to my desk, as is a holder for pencils, glasses, rulers and such.
  23. Your problems are different than mine, but may be related. In my case, when I switched tools the tool's cursor would not appear. I see you have Windows Ink disabled at the tablet level, as I did. Disabling it at the OS level did the trick for me. Here's how: https://www.top-password.com/blog/disable-windows-ink-workspace-in-windows-10/
  24. I didn't think I did either, but it seems one of the Win 10 updates changed things, or perhaps it's enabled by default.
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