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  1. When I use layer blend modes, I can chose from a list of modes ... that is nothing new. Is there a description available, of what those modes actually do??? And I do not mean this mode lightens up etc. I want a more mathematical view like: For the sake of explaining lets assume we are talking about RGB colors, so rgba values. The function F_Mx is the function for blend mode Mx, it takes the pixels color values C_b(P)=(r_b, g_b, b_b, a_b) which is the color value of the pixel below the current layer and C_c(P)=(r_c, g_c, b_c, a_c) which is the color value of the pixel in the current layer, i.e. F_Mx(C_b(P),C_c(P)) = <insert formula here> This would help me very very very much, to wrap my mind around it, the blend mode names are in itself not explanatory enough (and yes, I am in the Asperger spectrum). Cheers, Frank
  2. Wait! The Update from 1.6 to 1.7 was available via the Apple App Store and - I assume this - is free?!?! I bought it yesterday via the Serif page, because I was notified that the update was available. I also purchased the update for Designer. Does that mean I just threw 90€ out of the window or was this legit. UPDATE: I reported this to Serif and they will refund my direct purchase. You guys are the best! Thank you very much!!!
  3. I kept the old plugins folder from Google that was in the Default Folder, but replaced the NIK Collection by the new one. Now the old plugins start the new tools, works fine on my Mac. The new tools did not seem to be able to be installed into a directory of my liking, but only as plugins for specific apps (none of which I have). Edit: No, sorry, you are completely correct. I have the same effect ... now looking into it.
  4. Is there any update on the status? I think the suggestion that GJN made is pretty good (adding a second ring that shows the maximum extension of the brush effect). Cheers Frank
  5. Hi all, I am really annoyed by this. I am using a standard blurry brush for painting in mask layers for instance, but when I try to apply the effects at the edges of areas this effect is really getting in my way. The attached image shows the effect of painting with a soft circular brush on a white layer. The brush itself is seen as the circle in the image which lies inside of the effect it produces. I cannot imagine that it is really intended to be this way. Is there any way of limiting the effect to the inside of the brush cursor, so that one can anticipate the actual brush effect? Cheers Frank
  6. Hi all, I have a licensed Affinity Photo on my MacBook Pro and I am planning on replacing the MBP by a newer one and maybe selling the older one. Is it enough to simply detach the whole MBP from my Apple-ID and thus void the license or do I have to take further actions in order to make the license from that MBP available again to me? Kind regards Frank
  7. I evaluated Pixelmator when it first came out and I still have it on my iMac but I barely use it. It is - I must admit - a software that is quite beautiful. It also offers a lot of functionalities and is as a editing software certainly good, but IMHO it bring you only 90% of the way and is lacking some of the more important features that I usually need like frequency separation or wavelet transformations. Last time I checked it, the liquify capabilities did not convince me, but it could be, that they have gotten better with some of the updates. I was looking for a replacement of GIMP and did not find it in Pixelmator and I only used it to tweak the colors in my pictures, because it has some nice tools for that. Now I completely switched from GIMP to Affinity Photo and there is no need for either of them anymore. Cheers, Frank
  8. I bought Pixelmatr myself. It is a very beautifully designed piece of software, no doubt, and it works fine, but I never really switched to Pixelmator and kept using GIMP simply because there were some really important things that I could only do with GIMP and not with Pixelmator (like wavelet transformation or the less sophisticated frequency separation). Once I tried and then very quickly bought AP, I never went back to GIMP again and do not really feel the need to open Pixelmator. Cheers Frank
  9. I just learned, that the answer is very simple. The extension is only part of the AP Beta, but not yet of the release version, so it is likely to be a matter of time. Case closed. Thanks. Cheers Frank
  10. I am using Affinity Photo since it was available (yes, I bought it and I am very pleased with it ;-) ), I just updated to El Capitan, but I do not have the extension in Photos. Well, it makes sense since I did not run any installer after El Capitan installation, but is there a way to bring the Affinity Photo extension to Photos without re-installing it? It is not the most important things, but it would be nice to have it there as well. Cheers Frank
  11. Maybe I am experiencing the same effect. When I am editing a photo, then after some time the RBBoD (Rotating Beach Ball of Death) appears and AP is obviously starting file IO as far as I can see, because everything else on the Mac is still running smoothly. This occurs even when I haven't done much. Sometimes it is annoying, when I simply want to change a little thing in an image. After some time AP comes back and reacts normally. ... so, I am interested in more information as well. Cheers Frank
  12. I think you might have also include the liquify persona, so basically the warp tool ... just a thought. Cheers Frank
  13. I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the presentation... Cheers Frank
  14. Aperture is end of life and sooner or later one has to look for alternatives. I wouldn't spent to much effort into it.
  15. ... But they still work as stand alone programs, so not all is lost.
  16. Affinity Photo just got a great review in Germany's most influential computer magazin c't (Issue 19/2015). It was compared to Photoshop and is considered the first serious competition!! Congrats guys. ... BTW: you might delete this post. I know it is not meant to be posted here. Cheers Frank
  17. BTW: I would so much appreciate it, if AP would provide a mechanism to use scripts or to interact with the Mac OS X Automator. Generating the layers is a dumb and boring work. The best would be to have a wedge filter generator, but might be asking to much ... GIMP has something like that though.
  18. When publishing it online you scale it down dramatically, so I don't bother. If one could get "closer" to the image and zoom in, then I would simply spend a bit more time with the beauty retouching, maybe activate some lower frequency wavelets, and take better care of the edges of the affected areas. The image is 8688px x 5792px large, that is far too big to put it online. When I upload the pics I scale them to a width of 1800px and a jpg quality of 90% that is usually a good set of parameters.
  19. Well, as you wish :-) I cut out the face and made it an uncompressed JPG in a before and after version. Note: I did of course some retouche before the filtering, but just a quick one. Before: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l98363jl8vk0uv1/2B2A0334korr_before.jpg?dl=0 After: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2qv0d043yrq8q9g/2B2A0334korr_after.jpg?dl=0 Cheers Frank
  20. I went to the north sea coast with a friend (and model) in order to take some pictures, test my new camera, and really have a lot of new material to put Affinity Photo to the test. Here are two examples: 1. I used DxO Optics Pro for the RAW development of two separate versions of the image, one for the background and one for the foreground, that were combined using AP. Due to the distance there is not so much to see of the frequency seperation, but it was my first real result with AP. https://instagram.com/p/6cqf6Gp5Ef/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/FHBPhotography/photos/ms.c.eJwNyMERACAMArCNPBDQsv9immcItoBNNREWf4y7MzhXzANwrAaq.bps.a.897152580336984.1073741829.240183202700595/1019849258067315/?type=1 2. The next one is a lingerie picture where a lot of skin is visible. What I usually do is, I do use the frequency separation to create a wedge filter, i.e. I separate 1px as high frequency from the image, then from the remaining residual image 2px frequency, then 3px and so on. In this example until I had 1 thru 15px frequency wavelets and a residual layer. I do NOT use the entire image, I select the skin using the selection brush and copy paste the skin only into a new layer and apply the above precedure. In the resulting 15 wavelets and 1 residual layer I deselect all wavelets and then start from the small frequencies and add them again until the result looks good (here 1-7 are switched on, 8-15 are off). I add a mask layer and delete the ugly colorful edge effects with a soft brush from the mask. Here you go ... https://instagram.com/p/6kJ0sdp5GH/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/FHBPhotography/photos/ms.c.eJwNyMERACAMArCNPECguv9immcIMUQPtR108Yclwpn2zgNupQaV.bps.a.897152580336984.1073741829.240183202700595/1021510681234506/?type=1 What do you think? Cheers Frank
  21. If it is not automator, it could be a simple scripting language (like GIMP has Scheme scripting).
  22. No, I got you in the first place. :) I have the same issue with not having either such a picture or a description that matches a German keyboard. :( I was only pointing out, that the only thing inside Photo was the list in the help section which unfortunately isn't very helping in that respect.
  23. I looked at the video again and I have to agree, what he is doing is actually nothing else than removing high frequencies, so basically applying a low pass filter which again is nothing else than blurring. THAT is actually not what frequency separation is capable of. So, I totally agree.
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