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Davide.Barranca

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  1. Hi, is there any documentation available about the new "Huge macro and batch processing improvements" for the recent 1.7 release? Thanks! Davide
  2. Hi, I'm facing a quite strange behaviour. I've recorded a short screencast showing it: the forum doesn't allow me to attach a mp4 file, so please see it here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23243188/Affinity.mp4 in words, it goes as follows: I've created a live (non-destructive) boolean, subtracting two rounded corner rectangles. In the video, the "Highlight" Compound Group: it has a lighter gray fill, and it's a part of a slightly more complex group with constraints – a button for an interface I'm building. As soon as I duplicate the button group, the boolean is not visible anymore. It's there, in the layers palette, but it is impossible to successfully apply a fill – it has no effect whatsoever. I've several different groups with subtract non-destructive booleans, and they all behave the same. Please note that storing the group in the Assets palette and then dragging it back on the canvas has the same effect (boolean becomes transparent). Thank you, Davide Barranca
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    Non destructive boolean disappears when duplicating the group

    Thanks for pointing me to that – I should have definitely checked in advance (that's the downside of working by night...)
  4. Hi, Affinity Designer 1.5.4, macOS 10.12.2. I've a shape like this: I'm trying to apply an Outline fx, using a Linear Gradient, black to white, set in Screen blending mode. I would expect the values from black to mid-gray not to influence the shape color, and the ones from mid gray to white to make it lighter, such as this (mockup created using a toroid shape): Instead, the result of the fx is like Normal blending mode: in fact it seems all gradient outline blending modes work as normal. Do I have wrong expectations? Thank you, Davide Barranca
  5. Hi, on a regular basis I check Affinity Photo to asses how close it has become to a viable alternative for Color Correction / Prepress production jobs. People in this business (including friends and colleagues of mine, worldwide) tend to use an established set of techniques, which in turn require tools – not many, to tell the truth: we could be using Photoshop CS4 and do 99% of what's needed to get the job done. FYI, what would make legions to operators switch to AP (but AP still misses) in my opinion are: 1. A proper set of Channel Blending tools, namely: Apply Image working on the open image's own channels: e.g. apply the Red to the Green, Lighten mode, 50% opacity. We use Channel Blending on ~80% of all images we work on. Calculations is handy too, but Apply Image would be OK. 2. A proper automation system: Macros are the first step, scripting is the second (I know there already are topics on this so I'll just mention it). Production doesn't only mean batch processing, but also dedicated script that can automate hundreds of steps based on each image's features. The two above are, I would say, mandatory for people in my business. Which includes also savvy retouchers. A delightful extra, instead, as follows. The AP team already gifted us with a true gem: Curves in RGB, Lab and CMYK – at the same time. What would obviously follow (at least for a color correction twisted mind) is a Channel Palette displaying at the same time R, G, B, C, M, Y, K, L, a, b, 10 channels. This, combined with Apply Image working on channels would make us drool and set on fire existing subscriptions. I'm sure the engineering team has its own, well defined, priorities: my intention is to put to your attention what are the needs of some professionals in the imaging business. Thanks for your attention and best regards, Davide Barranca
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    Photoshop Apply Image Functionality Needed

    FYI, I've added some extra comments and feat. requests related (mainly, but not exclusively) to the Color Correction / Prepress business here: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/25530-color-correction-prepress-missing-tools/ Besides automation and Apply Image, the 10 channels palette would be a game changer IMHO. Thank you –Davide
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    Photoshop Apply Image Functionality Needed

    I'm afraid the missing Channel Blending feature (Apply/Calculations among channels of the same image, not involving saving duplicate copies) is a sad show stopper for anybody who does Color Correction and Prepress. It's such a crucial and established technique that not being able to use it (or requiring so many time consuming extra steps, which is equal to: not being able to use it in production) is a wall I can't work around, alas.
  8. As a Photoshop panels/script developer myself, I'm *eager* to see Affinity showing interest into this kind of extensibility. Latest OSX and latest PS combined have proved to be a pain in the neck in some production environments (talked about that very recently with a colleague of mine who is consulting for a large printing company), and we start hearing some feedbacks about the speed and performances of Affinity Photo. Alas, unless at least some basic scriptability isn't in the features set, we're out of luck. Back in the pre-release days, I know that scripting has been discussed (and still wasn't top priority) - it would be nice to know from somebody in Affinity whether it's possible to expect that coming in the next couple of major versions or not at all. It would be a crucial bit of information for professionals who are taking into consideration a switch in the mid or long term, at least on some production environments. (clearly it's too early to discuss *what* kind of extensibility - language, features, etc - even if I'd personally vote for JS) Thank you in advance! Davide Barranca
  9. Hi, as far as I can get (unless I miss something) there's still room for new features in the Apply Image area, which in PrePress is paramount (second only to Curves). For instance Apply Image: channel on channel (example: one document open, apply the Red channel from layer A on Green channel, Soft Light, 50% opacity). It would be astonishing if you could borrow channels from on-the-fly conversion to a different colorspace. E.g. a RGB document: Apply the "a" channel from Lab to the Composite, Overlay (being the a of Lab calculated without the need of duplicating the document). Besides, Calculations in PrePress is often very useful too (New Alpha channel which is the result of, say, Difference of Green and Blue). Thank you, Davide Barranca
  10. Hi, there's a Plugin for PS (Windows only) called Curvemeister which allows to Curve in different colorspaces. E.g. the document is RGB, the Curves dialog shows the usual RGB Composite + R, G, B channels and L, a, b, and C, M, Y, K (which channels are calculated on the fly). In PrePress it's quite usual to switch carelessly from one colorspace to another to exploit each colorspace peculiar features. The multi-colorspace Curving could be implemented, say, only when the document is converted to Lab (so that you're already in a device-independend space, which saves you a conversion). Thank you, Davide Barranca
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