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Gregory Chalenko

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  1. Sure, it works, but a possibility to do it in one click would make it much easier and more intuitive
  2. Now I only wish we could create a grayscale layer from any item in the channel menu: not just current layer RGBA, but also from Composite RGBA, from Pixel Selection and well... from Spare Channels.
  3. This is a really neat workaround, I haven't thought about duplicating the image first. Creating a grayscale layer from the context menu is also a great function, I haven't noticed it before. I guess, the reason why it's not quite obvious, is that it's available only for the current layer channels, while creating of a spare channel is present in every channel's menu. Thank you Kirk!
  4. I've been thinking a bit more of this comprehensive Selective Color Corrector idea, and here are new mockups. First image - adjustment of all colors in HLS, second image - adjustment of midtones in RGB, and finally, adjustment of shadows in Lab:
  5. I've never used other Serif software, but if you say it wasn't like this before, then I think it wasn't a good decision to limit the channels functionality, regardless of how much performance gain it provided.
  6. I'm pretty sure there was a reason which had to do with efficiency, but indeed, it would be great if they found a way to make working with channels more streamlined for the user, regardless of how the software deals with them internally.
  7. Wow, after happy exploring of AP for a few weeks and recommending it to everyone I know, this came as a surprise! Never expected to find a limitation in such a seemingly basic functionality. I think a possibility of viewing and editing any channel directly is essential, and if I were to choose which new feature has a priority, this would be the number one by a large gap! Dear developers, Affinity Photo is an amazing software, winning in many areas, but this one thing makes it inferior for any more or less elaborate work. If you put aside everything else and implement seamless channel workflow, you will definitely win professional community.
  8. Hi guys, I find the Selective Color Adjustment extremely useful with its possibility to adjust not only selected hues, but also tones. What seems weird in it though, is that regardless of the current document color mode, it operates in CMYK primaries. Surely, this works, but wouldn't it be more intuitive to have RGB sliders as an option? How about a more general selective color tool, that would allow hue range selection like in HSL Adjustment, but also with similar tone selection for shadows, midtones and highlights? It could offer a choice whether you want to adjust the selection in HSL, HSV, Lab, CMYK or RGB. Wouldn't such a tool be more straight forward than variety of different tools for the same purpose, that can only be applied one on top of another, distorting the input color for every next one? Think of it: HSL, Selective Color, Color Balance, Split Toning and Shadows / Highlights are all essentially selective color tools, but for some reason each of them lacks some functionality that others offer. I understand that they are important to make transition from Photoshop easier, but Photoshop is a very old software with legacy of limitations and concepts changing over time. Affinity Photo, being a new application designed from scratch, can be more streamlined and logical, while also supporting older Photoshop approaches for those who need them. Why can't we have one adjustment layer where all the tuning based on hue and luminance can be made in one place using same consistent logic? If you care about a possibility to separate adjustments into steps, you could just apply this tool several times, and each instance would adjust different things, but using same simple idea. P.S.: speaking of HSL, I think it should use Lightness slider instead of Luminosity, because Lightness is what L stands for in HSL.
  9. Hi guys, Has anyone had an experience of using Affinity Photo in visual effects industry? Texturing, digital matte painting etc? At a glance, considering the OCIO tools and full support of 32 bit color depth, it seems to be better suited for the pipeline than Photoshop. It would be interesting to hear impressions of those who have used it on actual projects. Did it do the job? Were there any shortcomings? Unexpected difficulties?
  10. That's a cool approach! Exactly same principles as in Blackmagic Design Fusion, the node-based compositing software
  11. I agree that without deconvolution it's impossible to do it properly, but with a larger radius of the source Unsharp Mask it can be close. What about dark halos? Unsharp Mask produces both bright and dark edges, so both bright and dark ones need to be addressed.
  12. I would say, to try and revert the result of Unsharp Mask, you first need to know how exactly Unsharp Mask works. What it does, is it subtracts a blurred copy of the image from the original and adds some amount of it back to the original: Original - Blurred + Original = Unsharp Mask From this we can reverse engineer the operation to restore the original. I leaved the amount of Unsharp Mask out to avoid over-complication of the formula, so let's say, it was applied at 100%. Solving of the equation: Original + Original = Unsharp Mask + Blurred 2 * Original = Unsharp Mask + Blurred Original = (Unsharp Mask + Blurred) / 2 As you can see, you can't get the original restored with 100% precision, especially if the Unsharp Mask used a small radius, but you should get a fairly good result, if you blur the sharpened image that you have and average the blurred copy with the sharpened image. The radius of the blur needs to be tuned in every case individually. You can try playing with the opacity of the blurred layer as you average it with the sharpened image.
  13. The more I use Affinity Photo, the more I see how an [x] closing the document would be much more convenient to have right next to the file name in the tab, which would be the result of implementing the first item of the OP's list.
  14. If something like this was available in the Levels, it would be good. Although, I'd still prefer seeing fractions of percent or even range from 0 to 1 instead of percentage, rather than 8bit or 16bit steps.
  15. I definitely support number 1 and 4. 1. The tabs are indeed too far apart, and one needs to look for the proper one, especially on a wider screen 4. There is no reason of blowing a 600x400px image onto the entire 2K or 4K screen
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