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Doren Sorell

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  1. I think I get it. I believe I was confused because in my example, with only Adjustment Layers, the results via the clipped (Masked Position) didn’t differ from the nested/grouped variation. But I think it’s merely because there was not a pixel or image or vector layer within that “group,” correct?
  2. Ok, so .... I'm pretty fluent now in Photo, but still slightly confused on one thing (at least for this exact moment: lol): I understand that Adjustment Layers come with their own embedded Masks. But -- not sure what the big difference is when I have a stack of Adjustment Layers that are effecting everything below and I put them in a Group for organizational purposes (like this, so I can have all my grading and toning in one place (in the purple group)): And I like it like this most of the time, because if I need to remove ALL the adjustments from the entire Group from one particular area, which happens sometimes, I can add a mask to the whole Group and paint black on it. But here is when I'm stifled: why does it also let us put all those Adjustment Layers in the masked-child position (when the short vertical blue line appears directly beside the thumbnail, as opposed to the blue horizontal shorter line that appeared below and to the left of the group icon), and then they are reversed in order (which I understand why), and then "stacked" to the right of the Group icon when it's collapsed, like this (first closed and then open): If I don't need to place a mask on the group itself for any reason, I don't mind the Adjustment Layers to be like this, in what I called Masked Position (more indented, stacked to the right when group is closed, and visually in reverse order with how they are being applied), as opposed to what I call the Grouped Position (first picture above), where they are less indented, and only stacked inside and not visibly seen when the group is collapsed. I do know that in certain instances both those Positions I just mentioned can have a slightly different effect, but in the above example they do not. Any other advantages or differences that I'm not understanding or aware of? Is one better than the other in this instance? Also, when I try to Ungroup them via the Arrange toolbar (when they are in the Masked Position), they all get deleted, which makes no sense to me. Unless I'm doing it wrong. LOL Anyhow, thanks in advance.
  3. Fantastic to know! Thank you.
  4. Hello All: I have been a professional photographer for many years, and for the past six years have been using Photoshop. I started using Lightroom then as well, but when I started tethering I went to Capture One Pro ... which totally beats Lightroom in my opinion. Since Adobe seems to be ... um, overly hungry with their subscription model, I wanted a better platform. After trying out Affinity Photo, I have fallen in love and just bought it. I do have some suggestions and requests. Not sure if I should put them all here but will attempt to make my initial list in this post, but if anyone knows if it's better to post these individually, or in a different manner, please let me know. It would be size to add an Invert Selection button in the Refine dialog box ... thus making it easier to flip the selection after clicking Refine. When opening a file while in full screen mode, it would be nice to have a dialog box telling us that a file is indeed is opening (similar, maybe, to the box that comes up when saving). I know when one is not in full screen, we can see it say on top that a file is "...loading." It would just be since to have that in full screen as well. Maybe a "Pin Edges" feature in the Liquify Persona. Add the feature similar to Photoshop's Content Aware Scale, where we can stretch or add to the canvas and have Affinity [AP] add content. I feel that the Tool Bar on top is just too thick. I like having it there, and being able to customize it, but I tend to hide it until I need it, if I need it, because I like to work in full screen and have as much real estate as I can. Maybe having the ability to change it's size -- make it narrower -- would be nice. Maybe, when changing the size of the brush in all Personas with the slider, to have a preview of the brush on the canvas showing how the size will look. In Liquify, even though I love the Slide feature of seeing the before and after, maybe adding just button to toggle directly from Before to After -- that would be a great addition. And maybe it's me but I feel that whatever size the brush is, especially if it's quite soft, it paints wider than the brush limits show. Thusly, I tend to make the brush smaller than I think and it works pretty darn well ... but thought I'd bring this up anyhow. Also, using a Wacom tablet, which I do, and using the method of holding the Option+Command buttons as I move my pen left and right to make the brush bigger/smaller, and up/down for softness/hardness, I noticed that the size is much bigger than what it turns out to be when I let go of the buttons. But maybe that's a Wacom thing? Not sure. Maybe add a temporary way to rotate canvas and add keyboard shortcuts for it. There is a way to do it, and I've added shortcuts, but it's only in, I believe, 15 degree increments, but it would be nice to have full range. Please, please, please ... add a shortcut (or a way to add a keyboard shortcut) to change the Flow on any of the brushes. I know we can change the Opacity with any of the number keys (or combinations thereof) but in Photoshop if I pressed Shift plus a number, it would change the Flow, which I used all the time. This would be great to add to AP. Maybe there's a reason I'm not aware of, but I wish the Adjustment Layers and Live Filters, in all areas, would be in alphabetical order so it would be easier to visually find. A great feature, like in Photoshop, would be to see thumbnails of recently opened files when you first open up AP. And I think I've read here on the forum that there might be a bug with the thumbnails in the Layers Panel not always showing up right away, sometimes taking their sweet time becoming correctly visible -- as in, I place a mask on a layer and the mask is just plain black for about 10 to 60 seconds, sometimes more, before showing up as all white. Same goes for all Adjustments, Filters, Group Icons, etc ... yet sometimes it's instantaneous, which I think is how it's supposed to be, given all the tutorials I've watched. I do have an older iMac (2013) but I've read that it's a bug so I thought I'd bring it up here (and I have 32 GB or RAM, on a 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 755m 1024 MB ... so I think I'm pretty okay mostly, and plenty of storage on my Fusion Drive (yes, don't worry, my next iMac will have an SSD!!.) Maybe I'm missing something, but if I have a mask on a pixel layer, and then try to resize or move the pixel layer behind the mask, they seem to be locked together, and I have to Undo and move the mask off that layer, then resize or reposition the pixel layer, and then move the mask back. In Photoshop, there was a chainlink between the mask and layer that could be unlocked if one needed to do what I just explained. That would be a nice feature to add to AP. Unless it's possible and I'm just not aware (please let me know if that's the case and how to do it). It would be great to be able to resize any of the Adjustments Layer dialog boxes, since sometime dragging the sliders makes it hard to change the value in smaller increments. And finally, even though I have finally figured it out, and it all now makes sense to me, I really wish that Groups, layers that are Children of others (which in essence are Groups too), and Masked layers visually looked different from each other. Meaning: They all have that right-pointing arrow in a black circle on the left side to press which opens them up, making the triangle in it point down. But -- Groups have that icon; Parent layers have that icon; and so do Masked layers ... thus all looking quite similar and hard to distinguish. I know (finally, after 10 days of trial and error and asking and researching) that Groups/Childed Layers are indented differently than Masks (not as far right as Masks), and I know now that a vertical blue small line to the right of the thumbnail I want to add a mask to is how it looks when adding a mask, and adding a Child (or clipping/grouping to a layer) is a horizontal line that doesn't go all the way to the left, and of course a horizontal blue line that goes all the way across the Layers Panel will merely put the chosen layer in the normal un-grouped and un-nested stack. But it would be great if they visually looked more different or distinct from each other. Anyhow, I hope that made sense, and would love to hear if others feel the similarly. Anyhow, thanks for your time, and if there's a better way to get Serif this info please let me know, or if any of the above is incorrect I'd love to know the corrections. Thank you.
  5. Got it. And that does help. Yet -- there is no indication that a layer is clipped/child to another layer. Yes, I know can see and understand that an Adjustment Layer has an Adjustment Badge, and same goes for the visible Mask Badge (which is great to now know), but how do I visually distinguish a Clipped Layer? And which "blue line" -- the vertical small one that comes up right beside a layer's thumbnail or the shorter blue horizontal line that shows up beneath and to the right of the layer -- is a clipped layer? And if one of those blue lines indicates a clipped layer, what does the other indicate? Sorry if I'm utterly lost. I'm sure the answer is quite easy. I am just trying to wrap my head around it ASAP before my trial is over, because I am leaning toward buying the software and leaving Adobe. :)
  6. Thank you for your response. Ok ... so that’s a little clearer. I still don’t think visually it’s clear enough, but a little better understood. How about a clipped layer? How can I visually distinguish that? And when moving layers what is the difference between a small blue vertical line right by the thumbnail as opposed to a horizontal smaller blue line right underneath a layer?
  7. I just began working with the 10 day free trial of Affinity Photo. I am a professional photographer who uses Capture One Pro – formally used Lightroom — and have been using Photoshop for the past five years. I’m very fluent in Photoshop but I’m sick of Adobe and I’m very impressed with Affinity so far after just a couple of days. This might be a somewhat ignorant question, but the way the layers are laid out, the way Affinity has them viewed, confuses me. I cannot tell a group from a clipped layer from a mask from a clipped mask, if that’s even a thing. They all look exactly alike to me, even though I know there is a certain way to do it by dragging and dropping in a certain area of the layer or underneath to the left or to the right, but it’s all very confusing — yet I do see the blue bars that change positions: just not sure what they mean exactly. But even when I start to understand where to drag and drop to do a clipping (child) or put in a group or put underneath or above another layer, once it’s done I cannot tell if that layer is actually clipped or not. In Photoshop of course there’s that crooked arrow pointing at the layer that it’s clipped too. I really wish Affinity would have each look more different, maybe with icons, etc... If anyone can explain and demonstrate, maybe in a video or screenshots, how all the above actually works, that would be great. I have attached a screenshot where I have a Group on top, and then a levels adjustment that I put in there as a blue vertical line, then I have another levels adjustment that was an automatic child layer, and then I have a masked layer at the bottom. I know the mask says mask, and the group says group, but they all look so similar I’m not sure just by looking at them, if I were not to read what it says in the text, how would I know which is which? Thank you.