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  1. Hi @RichZep! Thanks again for your reply! Yes, I'm using a layer mask. I applied a field blur to the entire photo, masked it and using my brush to reveal the blur (in the background trees). So I used a large brush to cover the big areas but when I went to brush around the detailed area, that's where the brush became "hard" and really shows the strokes. Yep, I think I was trying to do something that can't be done - the way I'm trying to do it. I'm sure there's a better way though and I'll keep looking. Your explanation and suggestion(s) are excellent and I'm going to give those a try! You've been very helpful and just one more reason I'm glad I invested in Serif instead of the "other" apps. I hope you have a great day!
  2. Hey thanks for your reply @Dan C! For the sake of illustration, I used a big brush, about 400-500px, 100% opacity & flow on the trees in the background. Since the "softness" of that huge brush won't get the detail around the dog's head, I decreased the size to 18px to work around the head. In my 2nd post in this thread (above), you can see I blurred the background but when I tried refining my brush around the tall grass between the dogs, it's clearly masked. How do I get a smaller brush to act like the larger brush in terms of softness? Or am I asking the impossible? Apologies, I'm still learning everything so I may be requesting a workaround that's not possible. Yellow #1 is the huge brush, yellow #2 is the smaller brush:
  3. I double-checked and "wet edges" isn't checked. Thank you for your reply too, I really appreciate it.
  4. Hey @RichZep I think I understand. In the attached screen capture, the upper part of the background was done with a large brush, 100% opacity/flow, 0% hardness. When I got to the tall grass between both dogs, all I did was decrease brush size but, as you can see, it's very noticeable. How do I decrease brush size to get my detailed brush work done without having to deal with the hard edges? Thanks for your help!
  5. I know it's user error, just can't seem to figure it out. In my example, I used a big brush on the right side set to opacity/flow 100%, hardness 0%. The darker middle line, same settings just a smaller brush. Why do I get such strong/hard lines when I have a small brush? In a photo, it's very obvious I used a hard brush when compared to the surrounding softer area. I'm just not understanding. TIA for your help - this is a great community!
  6. Yeah I realize this is an old discussion but I don't want to start another thread with the same question(s). @carl123 what is actually happening when the macro gets to "fill" line? Thank you for a great resource!
  7. Hey @Murfee!! Thank you SOOOO much!! I used the Inpainting brush, just like you said, and it worked perfect! I wouldn't say the selection is perfect but, for my use, it'll work. You wouldn't happen to know of another good selection tutorial, would you? Thanks again! The Husky is Sky. We met her at a dog park last year. She has her own IG @skyhusky13 🙂
  8. I realize it's user error and I'm only following tutorials the best I can. This is the tutorial I followed: https://youtu.be/coJ0jypAE2k I copied & pasted my selection then selected the original background layer and added an elliptical depth of field blur. As you can see, there's a nasty halo around the dog and I really don't know how to fix it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 🙏
  9. OK so I may have just created more confusion for me than I even realized. 🤦‍♂️ 😁
  10. Right-clicking on my background layer, I'm just curious why there isn't the CTRL+J hint for Duplicate (Windows ver). Not a huge deal... just curious...
  11. @carl123 Yeah, lots of confusion on my part. Thanks for posting that capture - that definitely makes more sense. @MEB thanks for logging this
  12. Thanks again, anon2. So basically, I decided (just for testing) that I wanted everything in the photo that's originally red to have a yellow color. I chose red, noted where red is located in the horizontal spectrum, then moved the slider slightly left until yellow occupied the space where there was originally red. Is this the correct functionality?
  13. Thanks anon2. So what you're saying (correct me if I'm wrong), is to move the handle and keep an eye on the outer part of the ring until the desired color falls in line with the inner ring? If that's correct, I understand that but it's still confusing why there's a spectrum of colors in the horizontal slider bar. Thanks again.
  14. Is this something I need to reach out to support? Or, is your role here to log issues like this?
  15. Here's a video. All I did was select green and try to get my slider to change green hues to orange. You'll see orange move away... 2020_04.01-21_20.mp4
  16. Thanks for your reply. In my OP, the green color was selected and, in the Hue Shift bar, orange is under the "h" in Shift. In my post now, I did 2 things: selected green and moved the Hue Shift control slider to the left, under the "h" in Shift. As I start moving the slider, the entire bar (hue shift spectrum) starts shifting. As you can see, orange (in the horizontal hue shift) has moved center-right. What's even more confusing, even though my slider appears to be stopped on cyan, the color wheel outer ring is purple. Where does THAT come from?! Isn't there a way for me to pick red, yellow, green, cyan, etc, then with the hue shift slider just move it to the color on the hue shift spectrum that I want?
  17. I'm not sure I completely understand the HSL adjustment > hue shift slider. I selected "green" and want to move the control dial over to the "orange" part on the left but when I drag the slider, the entire color bar shifts. How do I set my color to orange, or any other color I choose? TIA
  18. Super! That may have been the step I was missing (Current Layer and Below). I appreciate your help GarryP!
  19. Thanks GarryP. I was trying to InPaint and/or Clone on the background layer with no luck. If I turned OFF the 5 layers above the background layer, I could see the InPainting stroke and make corrections. Seems like no matter what I did, I couldn't get it removed because I'm not sure which layer (or how) to work with.
  20. Apologies.. looks like learning curve is taking me a bit longer... I realized, after adding those adjustments, that I want to remove that line on the left. Either InPainting tool or Clone, I'm not picky LOL I can't seem to grasp how to do it. No matter which layer I select, I'm not getting the result. I'm sure the answer is obvious and I'm over-thinking.
  21. Hi Callum, I only have this one KB. I saved my work, re-launched AP and all the keyboard shortcuts worked again.
  22. I'm on the trial, only using this 2-3 times. Just now my keyboard stopped working in the app for Win 10. I couldn't ctrl+1 to zoom in, Z wouldn't zoom, ALT wouldn't do anything. Basically all shortcut functions stopped working. I saved my edits, re-launched the app and it's all working fine now. I saw there were issues of non-responsive keyboards in the past. This is a fresh install and I was under the impression that bug was fixed? I didn't do any customizing, basically I was just following a video tut and doing some simple edits. Any ideas? I went ahead and purchased since it's a killer deal but I'd really like to log this keyboard issue with the devs.
  23. I'm going through your free Five Steps course now and I'm enjoying it. I'll look a little closer at Beginner to Pro later tonight. Thank you and have a great weekend!
  24. When I press "C" or select the crop tool, it defaults to Mode: Custom Ratio - a value that I input when I was exploring the app a couple of days ago. Is there a way to make the default behavior as Mode: Original Ratio? Thank you.
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