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    Me too, please. The Colour Picker Tool (ie the pipette/eye-dropper tool) has presets of various sizes available, so it seems strange that the sampler doesn't have an equivalent.
  2. > bottom: click this icon to place a sampler and readout the color under the sampler. > BE AWARE! - the sampler will be placed at the top left corner of the document - > you can then drag the sampler to the desired location on the image. > The top left corner is where every new sampler is created, unlike PS where the sampler gets placed on the location you click. @kirkt There's a small trick here you might be missing. Instead of clicking on the colour sampler icon to have the sampler appear at the top left, the tool has another option. Drag-and-drop the sampler onto the image. You'll be given a small loupe tool which can aid your initial positioning (although I sometimes find it actually gets in the road and makes the task fiddly). Release the mouse button when you have the sampler in position. The sampler's position can then be fine-tuned in the normal way by dragging (or by going back and drag-and-dropping from the Info panel again if you find the loupe tool useful).
  3. Hi owenr. I enquired about a month ago if this feature existed but, after trying it, wasn't really satisfied with the Develop Persona response for my use, which is the old "scan all the old family photos from 40-60 years ago and stick them up on a web gallery for sharing" project. On Sunday evening (remarkable timing, eh?), while following another topic, I came across a post about the Blend Options and dug in a bit. I had a lightbulb moment when I realised I could do what you have illustrated here. What I did though, to warrant this me-too post, is I came up with a macro (attached below) which generates the same layer grouping you have done in your sample file. The only serious problem with it is that I can't currently set two different colours. Both layers were recorded with 0/255/0 green and I have to manually set the second to, for example, 255/0/0 red. The other slight difference from your solution is that I set my Blend Options parameters to show shadow clipping in the range 0-1% and highlight clipping in 99-100%. I hadn't realised that it would accept values with decimal places and simply used integer values. However, since my images are 8-bit/channel, that threshold corresponds to the top or bottom (1/100)*255=2.55 levels - and I think can happily live with that for my current project. (I can see how you'd want better granularity with 16-bit/channel images.) Hopefully my sample macro will allow anyone to recreate their own version with different threshold values, if you like the convenience of a macro and other values suit you better. I haven't bothered with the 1.6 beta, but I hope it will allow improved parameter capturing when producing macros. Fingers crossed! SHOW Highlights & Shadows 1%.afmacro
  4. Handy keyboard shortcuts to access channel controls for Levels or Curves adjustment layers? Ooh, yes please!! Please! PLEASE! I wouldn't complain if they weren't set initially (cmd-1, cmd-2 and cmd-3 are already set by default to View 100%, 200% and 400%, as far as I can see) but having the option apply my own choice of modifiers would be great. And if we could get that, being able to control the display of the corresponding Histogram channels in a similar manner (by adding, say, the Opt modifier to whatever a user chose for the adjustment layers) would be the icing on the cake!
  5. When you're in View > Customise Tools… mode, your tools display will change to something like the screenshot below. (On my Mac, I've deliberately made my window very small for this - yours will look slightly different, but the left hand region should be similar.) The Number Of Columns setting is in the lower left corner, as highlighted: After setting your new view, click the Close button that is located to the right of the columns pop-up menu. Cheers, Gary
  6. Record a macro with your USM and save it to the library. Then run a batch job, applying the macro to your chosen images. See these two short videos for more details… 1 Macros 2 Batch Processing with Macros
  7. Hi SigsCreations - I saw your request and recalled seeing this first video recently - it should give you a basic answer for bitmapped patterns. When searching it out, I came across the second one which looks like it might be useful too. 1) Affinity Photo - Seamless Textures 2) Affinity Photo - Clone Sources: Texture Creation Cheers, Gary
  8. Hi MBd - I know that one, but thanks anyway. (My last version of Photoshop was CS3 (from 2007, wow!), which finally gave up the ghost something like three or so years ago. I suspect the Levels trick was old even when CS3 came out.) I agree, it's a really, really useful trick – and I share your frustration that it's missing from Curves.
  9. Hi jhoy Great, thanks very much. I hadn't thought to look there. I've not picked up a serious camera in a long time, so the total time I've spent in the Develop Persona up until now is vanishingly small. Also, the majority of the images I'll be working with over the coming weeks will be produced from my scanner – not even a camera. Pity there are no keyboard shortcuts or even just the ability to record the required clicks in a macro but, apart from that, it looks as if it's what I was looking for. Right - onwards and upwards!
  10. No idea if this will work or not, but I noticed it earlier - and it'll cost you nothing to try… Preferences > Miscellaneous > Reset Fonts Worth a shot, especially since you've described having used the font with Affinity Designer projects in the past…
  11. Hello All. Long time lurker, now trying to get a bit more serious with the current production version of Affinity Photo on my Mac. Apple's Aperture has a "Show hot and cold areas in your photos" viewing mode. It's a convenient way to highlight areas at the extremes of exposure, allowing you to pull back adjustments just enough, for example. Is there a similar viewing mode available in Affinity Photo? I've had a look and I don't think there is anything close to this - but I'd love to be proven wrong! Here's a quick with/without example. On the right, the red indicates areas which are blown out and the blue shows areas of near total darkness. Cheers, Gary