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    Waltarus reacted to smadell in How to adjust contrast of a mask (not the curves itself)   
    If I understand your question correctly, the problem is that Affinity Photo handles channel editing much differently to the way that Photoshop does it. And, editing masks is particularly troublesome.
    My understanding of this is that Photoshop allows the user to edit channels as if they were greyscale pixel layers. That means that all the pixel tools (all of the brushes, adjustments, and so forth) can be used directly on channels in the same way that they would when working on a traditional pixel layer. However, Affinity Photo is different, especially when it comes to editing the Alpha channel of a mask. Affinity will not let you directly apply all but a very few types of edits right to the alpha channel; AP treats the mask channel as alpha elements, only, and does not let you edit it the way you would a more typical greyscale pixel layer.
    You can, however, add a Levels or Curves adjustment to a mask. Add a Curves layer, for instance, and drag it over the Mask thumbnail in the Layers panel so that you get the vertical blue bar. In the Curves dialog box, choose "Alpha" as the channel to be manipulated (rather than the default choice of "Master"). You can directly adjust the mask in this way, and it is effectively a non-destructive layer.
    If you want to edit the Mask itself, however, in a more destructive fashion, you have to temporarily turn the mask into a pixel layer. In the Layers panel, right click on the mask thumbnail, then right click on the "Mask Alpha" in the Channels panel. Choose "Create Greyscale Layer" Drag this new layer up to the top of the stack. Now, add a Curves adjustment and adjust the greyscale layer as you'd like. Click the "Merge" button to change the pixel layer destructively. After that, right click on the pixel layer and choose "Rasterize to Mask." Drag this new mask into your photo, and replace the old mask.
    The video below demonstrates this. I took a photo and created a "Darks 1" luminosity mask. (I kept all this in a Group to be able to compare at the end.) After duplicating the Group, I created a greyscale layer out of the duplicated mask and applied a Curves adjustment. I merged this, rasterized it to a mask, and dragged it into the duplicated Group.
    Compare the New version and the Original version when I turn the Group on and off. Also, compare the masks when each is viewed in "Isolation Mode."

    Add Contrast to a Mask.mp4
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    Waltarus got a reaction from angelhdz12 in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    The ability to easily edit masks without workarounds, please.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Fixx in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    The ability to easily edit masks without workarounds, please.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from m2gdh in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    The ability to easily edit masks without workarounds, please.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Jowday in Organizing LUTs in Affinity Photo   
    Awesome!  Thank you, Jowday.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Nekodificador in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    The ability to easily edit masks without workarounds, please.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Tooslow in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    I guess another item for my wishlist would be full screen preview...  
    Not a big deal but it would be nice.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Wosven in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    The ability to easily edit masks without workarounds, please.
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    Waltarus reacted to Skar in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    Incorporate Haze Removal into Develop Persona (as in ACR). Often the first thing I do is "dehaze" which if I load my RAW file into AP, means exiting Develop, Haze Rem0val thyen back to Develop.
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    Waltarus reacted to Patrick Connor in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    As I've said before, we are not a democracy, we are a benevolent dictatorship. But hey, you guys shout and get temporarily suspended/banned if that works for you....
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    Waltarus got a reaction from debraspicher in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    I guess another item for my wishlist would be full screen preview...  
    Not a big deal but it would be nice.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from walt.farrell in Your Affinity 2020 wishlist   
    I would love it if the adjustments and brushes etc. behaved the same way on a mask as they do on a pixel layer.
    Here are a few links to where this has been previously discussed. In the last link, smadell's Explanation of the challenge we're facing and the workaround some of us seem to be using are awesome. 

    https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/97719-adjustment-to-luminosity-mask/
    https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/98463-luminosity-mask/
    https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/103114-refine-masks-with-paint-brush-overlay-mode/&tab=comments#comment-555475
     
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    Waltarus got a reaction from unni in Introduce Yourself   
    Hello all.  I'm new to Affinity Photo and to the forum.  I'm a former LR user and occasionally dabbled in GIMP and PS Elements as well as tried a couple of other trial versions. So far I'm blown away by how well AP is working for me and I'm happy to find that the community seems very helpful.  Looking forward to exploring some new techniques.
     
    Cheers.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Introduce Yourself   
    Hello all.  I'm new to Affinity Photo and to the forum.  I'm a former LR user and occasionally dabbled in GIMP and PS Elements as well as tried a couple of other trial versions. So far I'm blown away by how well AP is working for me and I'm happy to find that the community seems very helpful.  Looking forward to exploring some new techniques.
     
    Cheers.
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    Waltarus got a reaction from Jeff McFarland in Adjustment to Luminosity Mask   
    Thank you, firstdefence. 
    When I do that, the adjustment only affects the pixel layer underneath.  Obviously, that would usually be what you'd want but I would like to be able to increase the contrast in the actual mask itself.  When I click alt + the mask to reveal the b&w image, I can't seem to make any adjustments to it.  Is there a way you can do that?
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    Waltarus reacted to EdK in Affinity Photo User Guide - Download Added 9/17/19   
    Finally, it's done: The User Guide's essentials, Part 1 - Workspace & Part 2 -  Editing Basics
    This is a reference guide that includes links to all (as in every bit) of Serif's Affinity Photo text and video help material. In addition to the extensive use of links throughout its 71 pages, the footer at the bottom of all pages includes links to the eBook's Table of Contents & its Index as well as to Serif's official text and video tutorial material (the Index is a last minute addition - still a work-in-progress). No need searching Affinity Photo's Help menu and YouTube. If Serif produced it, you'll find links in this guide.
     
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    Waltarus got a reaction from pixelramen in Introduce Yourself   
    Hello all.  I'm new to Affinity Photo and to the forum.  I'm a former LR user and occasionally dabbled in GIMP and PS Elements as well as tried a couple of other trial versions. So far I'm blown away by how well AP is working for me and I'm happy to find that the community seems very helpful.  Looking forward to exploring some new techniques.
     
    Cheers.
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