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  1. @Dan C - are there any plans that you know of to introduce Shift Edge into the Refine Mask dialogue? Ideally it would need the Refine Mask/Selection feature to preview 'live' too... which I don't think it does (unlike Photoshop's). I assume the team have looked at the Refine Mask feature in Photoshop given it - at first sight - looks like the same thing. The 'quick n dirty' tasks is when it comes into it's own. I've had a play with expanding the selection in combination with the technique @JimmyJack explained, and got to a much better place. It's not a fast workflow though.
  2. Thank you @JimmyJack. I see what you've generously shared with me there. Really good technique for subtler mask edge work. Thank you, much appreciated. Got me closer to my goal than anything. I'll see if the client will accept it. They knew they were asking a bit much. Bottom line: I'm trying to push an awful image to a place it just won't go satisfactorily. I'll offer them fine (tedious) manual mask painting if they'll fund it, but suggest their money would be better spent getting a pro to reshoot it. Thanks for your help.
  3. Thanks @GarryP. Don't mind the question at all. This is creative work so there's often no right or wrong to the path to the desired result. In PhotoShop, you can preview Refine Mask without the overlay. I find it especially useful when feathering masks. The more subtle end of mask work. Red overlays do not always communicate the nuances of graduated/feathered masks well. A black and white view of the mask often does this the best. It's the way to work when there's graduation/feathering mask work I find.... mostly. Sometimes, however, you need to see the feather in combination with the original image. - - - - - - - - - - EDIT: Uh-ho ! ! ! ! ! ! In Photoshop the preview is "live". I think I've just registered that it isn't in Affinity Photo (It has to be 'apply'ed to see it). So you "apply" a feather mask refinement... uh-ho.. too much... gahhhhh, can't do a minus feather!!! Un-do.. start guessing... loads of back and forth here that isn't necessary in Photoshop. See attached... in theory I'm testing a feather setting of 0.4px. Because it's not 'live' can you judge how the feather will play out? If you're going to end up simply with a softened halo effect? Can you judge how big a feather to make it without ending up with an unfortunate dark edge instead? Utter blind guessing isn't it.. and you see how the black and white preview won't help here will it? Of course this is where Shift Edge in Photoshop wins hands-down. Is that available in AF Photo at all? I've not been able to find it. - - - - - - - - - - How do you do this Garry? So summary: A red overlay is not great at helping communicate feather on masks Affinity's refine mask appears not to be 'live' ???
  4. Thank you @h_d. That does indeed work. I suspect the logic is that when it's not nested it will be treated in isolation... Thanks again for taking the time.
  5. See screencapture I'm working on a landscape with a badly under exposed foreground. Supplied as a jpeg... ( oh-yes, they don't have a raw one ) I've got an adjustment layer (levels) and have created its mask on the adjustment layer itself (as in: I've not manually added a mask). I'm attempting to refine the mask that's on the adjustment layer. (Menu: Layers > Refine Mask) The Refine Selection dialogue box does not appear to show the current state of the levels adjustment, it shows the original as though there is no adjustment applied. Yes, it's an utterly awful photo, but "needs must, please-please help" pleaded the client. I know I could have done something acceptable in Photoshop by now (done, dusted)... but I'm trying to move to and master Affinity Photo.
  6. Layers > Refine Mask The dialogue I get is called "Refine Selection" - I assume this is just an Affinity inconsistency and means nothing? I want to preview the original without the red overlay. The options I see in the drop down list next to 'Preview': Overlay (Red devil) White Matte Black Matt Black & White Transparent Is there a setting somewhere I'm not seeing that will let me do this? The red overlay is great for many cases. Where you have a really dark image though, it's not.
  7. Is there a 'shift edge' or equivalent for selections/masks? If, yes, where is it ? Shift edge is something found in Photoshop. Photoshop's Shift Edge expands or contracts the mask by +/- pixels. It's available in the Refine Mask dialogue box in PhotoShop. Because it's in the Refine Mask dialogue, it means it can be experimented with at the same time as other subtle adjustments to the mask. I mostly use Shift Edge in combination with Mask feather adjustment. The amount of feather dictates the amount of shift. Shift Edge is really great for avoiding the halo effect when feathering the mask edge on levels adjustment layers. This is when you've got photos with the common problem of under-exposed foreground + over-exposed sky. How do you achieve this in Affinity Photo if there is no Shift Edge? (as I suspect might be the case)
  8. O-o-o-oh, for flippin 'eck, @Alfred. It was staring me in the face!! I was totally focussed at the top of the screen on the Colour Studio... duh, doh. Though I did uncheck "Aspect" at the bottom... and those two buttons totally passed me by. Thank you again @Alfred, what would I do without you, mate? I'm cooking wi' gas now! ---- ---- Started before my first cuppa this morning, brain not yet functioning - one of those days where you wake up with a new idea about how to do your project and crack on before you're fully awake. That's my excuse and sticking to it. Can you tell I feel a chump? ---- ---- I was just editing my last post when Alfred sorted me out. I was recording that when choosing the gradient tool, the bounding box disappearing is normal. It had thrown me though, and sent me off down a rabbit hole.
  9. Interesting... just checked in the Desktop version of Designer. In there, it behaves exactly the same... just going to double check the help on this.
  10. New attached... questions the same... If I next select the gradient tool, the stroke gets deselected and we end up at the 1st screenshot Thanks @Alfred
  11. Really struggling with this one. Questions: (Designer - iPad) How should you apply gradients to line / stroke? ( The only way I was able to achieve the illustration below was by selecting a gradient in the swatches panel/colour studio). How do you then amend the gradient? Every time I select the gradient tool, it deselects the line. Thank you illustration below should make it clear what I’m trying to do.
  12. Sorry @Alfred, I quite like the 'flat' illustration contrasting with the more 3D logo. It's got individualism to it - an individual style. Flatter styles of illustration have been in more demand over recent years too. It's all taste of course, there's no I'm right and you're wrong. It's just opinion and all opinions are valid. Only the artist is right 🙂 If you'd like to make it more 3D Phil (@buko), try sticking a temporary pixel layer over it on a "multiply" setting and airbrushing some grey tints onto where you think it'd be in shadow. I sometimes do it the other way round. I cover the whole illustration in a 50% grey and erase where I think the light will catch it. Sometimes that's easier. Or even do both as two separate layers. One for shadows and one for highlights. Photo reference can help a lot with this, though you'd be surprise how 'thereabouts' you can be with it. Then you could either leave the pixel layer in place or translate it into vector shapes (just as @Alfred suggests) with opacity and gradients - again set to multiply. I find I use multiply a lot. Great illustration as is IMHO.. if you choose to experiment, I'd be interested to see where you take it. I happen to love these machines.
  13. Gah!!! Just drag it over the existing gradient path - snapping on - and job done!! Discovered answer by accident almost straight after posting this! I spent ages messing with it, searching and reading before posting too. Sometimes the way.
  14. Is this something that can’t be done (yet) in the iPad version of Designer, or have I just not twigged it? I scaled a set of objects, some of which have gradients applied. The online help (which I believe is Desktop only) explains what it is - a "gradient correction path". It says the gradient correction path can be deleted - leaving the original in place I assume - see attached. Totally fine if I have to delete and reapply the gradient. Totally understand the app is at version 1, so there’s a big mopping up job yet to do.
  15. I've just learned something.. er, two things. Tapping the right hand (studio menu) anywhere where there's no icons toggles the last studio panel you chose to view. It looks like intended behaviour to me and strikes me as quite handy. I'm always dropping into the Layers Studio and back out again, and back in again. Being able to touch the menu in this way (with less precision needed) is great. Also, I think there's "hot corners". If you use a Mac desktop you'll know what those are (no idea if there's the same on Windows). Bottom left and bottom right. If you gesture by dragging left/right off/on the edge of the screen, you hide or reveal the UI. I like it... you may not. It looks intended behaviour to me. If you're in the habit of resting your hand there and dragging it left and right, you'll be triggering the unhide behaviour. Not sure what to suggest other than being aware you're doing this and perhaps trying not to. I beleive it's left and right.. so up and down and diagonal may not trigger it. Do you scribble a lot with a pixel brush?
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