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  1. carl123, Using the Layer > New Live Filter Layer > Noise > Denoise seems to work somewhat. However, I noticed that if I use the Filter>Noise>Denoise instead of the Layer > New Live Filter Layer > Noise > Denoise approach, the result is much better. Don't understand why there should be a difference, but there definitively is. Besides, using the Filter>Noise>Denoise approach also provides the "Split View" option, which the New Live Filter Layer > Noise > Denoise approach does not. And with the Split View it is much easier to see the effect of the various adjustments. Thanks for your help. This is great.
  2. v-kyr, thanks for your suggestion. Can you tell me what the FFT filter does and how it should be used? I was looking for it in the Affinity Help text, but could not find anything. Nor could I find it in the Affinity Photo Workbook. And when I open it in the app, all I see is a black window with some settings, changing of these does not seem to do anything. And the brush associated with it seems to only work on the additional window, not on the actual image. I fully understand your suggestion about using the "repair/healing tools". However, since the "noise pixels" are all over the image, using these tools would not work well. Thanks.
  3. Many of my pictures in my library are old and originated from slides/film. After I scanned them in to my library they require lots of tender loving care. Here is an example: The original/fixed picture is already better than the original. But as can be seen in the close-up view below, the picture is full of: "Noise" Little red dots "Bad pixels" My question: Is there a way I can fix these issues with Affinity Photo? Here is the close-up view I appreciate any suggestions anyone might have. And if the problem can't be fixed, so be it.
  4. I don't know if we do this on the Affinity Forum. But thanks to all the help I got relative to my question, I put together a brief "how to" for anyone who does have the same question in the future. Here then is my process to: How to Cut/Copy/Paste individual Elements of an image: Open image. The Layers Panel shows Background (Pixel) which is the opened image. With the Selection Brush Tool (Tools Panel) select the item of interest in the image. Use "[" to reduce size of selection brush, and Use "]" to increase size of selection brush When a pretty good selection is achieved use Refine option In Refine Selection use: Preview When satisfied, set Output to New Layer Click Apply In Layers Panel Unlock and Select the Background Layer (the original picture) Select Pixel Layer in Layers Panel (which is the selected item) Select Move Tool (V) in tools panel In Document View click on the item (the item should now show a Selection Frame around it). The Selection Frame shows Handle Points which allow to size, move, and even turn the item. With the Selection Frame showing, one can: Copy and Paste the item onto the same picture (i.e. duplicate the item). Copy and Paste the item onto a different picture. ....hope this will be useful to other Forum Members.
  5. Pšenda, Thanks for the reference to the Photo Workbook. Since I really am still a newbie and only got the workbook a week ago, I have not made it to that chapter. But now that you pointed to these pages I followed the description and finally managed to perform the process successfully ... And many thanks to Smadell, R C-R, and Thomaso for trying to help me with my challenge. I do appreciate it, and my learning curve, thanks to you all, looks like that of a jet with an after-burner going full power.
  6. Pšenda, Thanks for trying .... but as you say: ....I can easily select the figure using the Flood Fill Tool, but how do I copy/duplicate the content of the selection? When I hit Edit>Copy while looking at the Background image, absolutely nothing seems to happen. And when I hit Edit>Paste, again, nothing seems to happen. So how exactly do I select the "Selection of the figure" and how/where do I paste it to create an independent object/item? Thomaso, I don't quite understand what you mean by saying "click-drag on image for tolerance". As I mentioned above, I can easily select the figure by using the Selection Brush Tool. But once I have it selected in great detail, I need to be able to copy just that selected part of the image. And that's where I have problems. So I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me a little more "step-by-step" instructions to copy the selection and then create an item I can further use.
  7. I am having some difficulties finding the answer to what I would consider a simple process: I am starting with a picture with a somewhat unique figure Now I would like to: Cut out that figure and paste it a couple of times so that it looks like there are actually several figures: When I use the Clone Brush tool, I end up with some background which should not be there. I managed to select the figure, but when I then copy and paste it, the figure is not a selectable item. In short, I can not select it and move it to a new position. It would be great if I knew how to cut out that figure and then work with it in a new layer. For example to: Size it, so that when I want to clone a whole bunch of items I can create the proper perspective. Colour it. etc. I am sure it can be done with Affinity Photo. Just I don't know how. In the Affinity Photo Workbook there are several samples where cloned items are used. It just never tells me how to create the cloned item in the first place. Any suggestions and thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.
  8. Hi Lisbon, I took some time to follow your detailed instructions. As a result: I learned a lot, Managed to fix many of my pictures of native masks, Thanks for the detailed and very clear instructions. I truly appreciate your help. .....Tahunga
  9. Hi smadell, many thanks for your great and detailed suggestions. I had a quick look at the video and will try the process described in it. It sounds quite good. As you say, I never expect the picture to look perfect in the end. But as an Affinity Newbie I am still more interested in learning techniques than in making my pictures perfect. ....and then I have a completely unrelated question: Is the dog in your profile picture a Newfoundlander? I used to have one of those magnificent dogs a few years ago.
  10. I have a question for Mac Affinity Wizards: Here is my picture which ended up with a "blotch" (probably a branch of a tree) in the foreground. Since the blotch does not block out all details 100% I figured that with a good effort it should be possible to remove it. I gave it a try by selecting it, then invert the selection, and finally add an adjustment Layer (Brightness/Contrast Adjustment). As a newbie in the use of Affinity Photo I was proud with this effort. But it really is just the start. I did try to remove the edges left by my selection using the inpainting brush tool. But that did not work at all. So the question is simple: What might be the ways to remove such a "distraction" from an image? Thanks for any help.
  11. mrqasq, You are absolutely right. But a) that is often not possible, b) I like to use other's suggestions to work my brain cells, and c) I have the tool (Affinity Photo) so why not learn how to use it?
  12. firstdefence, your advice sounds also very interesting. But as I am a Newbie, and you are an Affinity Jedi, our level of understanding is about as far apart as you and I are in our physical locations. Google Earth thinks that is about 7,800 km (or 4,850 miles) as the crow flies. I actually looked up the concept of the frequency separation filter in the Affinity Photo Workbook and find the concept quite interesting. But I will need to do a lot more studying before anything useful comes out of it. Thanks for trying to help.
  13. Hi Lisbon, thanks for the suggestion. I am amazed what I can learn from all you helpful Forum Members. Unfortunately I am still challenged by some things which don't seem to work as you suggest. Specifically: A: Following your suggestions I managed to cover most of the reflection, but although I "unclicked" the mask to make it inactive, it still seems to limit my paintbrush action to within the selected area. B: But even though I deselected this area and have the mask layer de-activated, my painting still seems to be restricted by where the mask "used to be", and therefore I seem to get clear borders. And although I find the step of adding noise very intriguing, it didn't seem to do anything for me. Which tells me that I am still doing something wrong. I will just have to try and try again ...
  14. Andy, thanks for your suggestion. I will have to try that approach. My first attempt "went South" as I am using a VPN protected connection, and my VPN today ran via a server in Iceland. YouTube immediately thought I was in Iceland and as a result the video came in Icelandic (i.e. not the voice, but all the text and some of the pictures). 😁
  15. Hi Bruce, as you can see from my attached picture, I tried to turn off the mask layer, but it still seems to be active. The reason for me to try and turn it off is that at the end of my editing process I wanted to refine a couple of areas by using the Clone Brush. But with the mask still being active, the clone leaves edges.... hope this makes sense.
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