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    Solly got a reaction from xam in Affinity for Linux   
    Oh my, things haven't changed much since my Usenet news use in the mid-1980's. The same words of wisdom apply—don't feed the trolls.
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    Solly got a reaction from xam in Affinity for Linux   
    Oh my, things haven't changed much since my Usenet news use in the mid-1980's. The same words of wisdom apply—don't feed the trolls.
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    Solly got a reaction from Kasper-V in Focus-merged dandelion seed head   
    Well done, sir!
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    Solly reacted to SrPx in Affinity for Linux   
    There indeed lies the major problem in this whole thing. I think I spoke about it earlier. You can be easily amazed about the vast quantity, and quality of all sort of developments , libraries and etc for network, scientific, database, security, etc in the Linux community, on its ecosystem. I mean, that kind of power, that complexity, perfection, attention to almost every sub field in those areas...the love to detail in many of those apps, IDEs, network utilities, etc, etc..!!... makes you realize they DO have enough programmers, and extremely talented. Now, apart from the holy three in 2D (Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus...and yeah, some more, but am talking this kind  of stuff) , there's Blender, and some more in 3D. I'm speaking in all these areas about OPEN SOURCE development, as, they don't need for example in those other areas, network, systems, scientific, etc, really to be all the time porting versions of apps from Windows or Mac. Theirs are often even better than the closed source commercial ones.   

    The comparison is even cruel. Between the effort, resources, events, money, and people's volunteer time, and code in the other areas, specially system, network, and what is dedicated to graphics production software at more than a hobbyist level.  Again, not talking about if some company of closed source nature decides to graciously divert some resource to port one of their commercial apps to linux. Not talking about charity, but the fact of how they DO have capable people inside the community to produce graphic software that could beat any commercial grade solution, and beyond. It is my suspect that simply, Linux community has an EXTREME minority of people REALLY interested in commercial grade graphics production. Look, I've had a majority of Linux users among the people I used to go out with (and a bit later, also the people I worked with at an intensive/stressful company, that meant spending most of my time among Linux people) life was strange, and... NOT A SINGLE ONE could do a simple graphic. They'd require my help in that even for the silliest thing you could imagine. Heck, they still do!.  And they came from quite different jobs and areas, they were simply gathered by a pair of friends of mine. 

    This is the root of the issue, in my opinion. You don't have to look for external factors, neither blame a third party which produces since always Windows (ie, Serif's legacy line) and Mac software. It's inside, both the problem and the solution. I am absolutely positive that all those brains and expertise, or heck, a 10% of it, would put together more than one Photoshop killer. If they really wanted to. So, no egg or chicken dilema, more of a wake up to the internal reality, and start to pull some strings from inside... There's already Blender, and Krita, as extremely good examples of what can be done with just a few decided programmers. (Krita's case is a really tiny group).
    Can you imagine 2D apps made with the quality and level of completion of, let's say, current Thunderbird ?  I mean, I've seen entire staffs using that as the main thing for all inside a company. Or firefox, or etc... I'd said before that Libre Office does not get well with my friends and family... but as someone has pointed out, graphic artists and any professional has a bit of (not always, you'd be amazed... some super experts in PS I know, get stuck with zipping a file or if you tell them to PASTE a line in a term window (console in windows)) higher stamina when issues or bad UIs make appearance. So, even something at the level of Libre Office would make a world of difference in graphics production. (maybe Blender is kind of comparable, here). But not only is not there even a decent small % of interest in going that route, it's way worse: The current few apps in that line, get even worse press from inside, the community, than from the expected "enemy", the other platforms. Which always shocks me to a great extent. 
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    Solly reacted to MEB in Serif's History and longevity (The next Great thing)   
    Hi Dennis Nisbet,
    This is not correct. All staff members you see here on the forums (look at the badge below the avatars) are Serif employees from the Support and QA teams, Management & Developers teams, Marketing teams etc etc. You are talking directly with the people who work on the software.
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly got a reaction from toltec in Affinity for Linux   
    I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no:
    Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way.  Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you.
    Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond.
    I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration,
    Solly
     
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    Solly reacted to Granddaddy in Will Affinity ever be able to call itself a true replacement for Photoshop untill.....   
    Most discussions of this question seem to ignore us amateurs. I'm an old guy restoring 100-year-old  photos from my family and friends, rejuvenating slides I took more than 60 years ago, and doing simple touchups and cleanups on current digital photos.
    I used Photoshop Elements for many years until I "upgraded" to version 14. I was dismayed to learn that Adobe had removed some features I had used for years. Some said they didn't want to upgrade those features to 64-bit. Whatever the reason, I paid more and ended up with less. So I went on a search for alternatives and tried Paintshop Pro and PhotoDirector. Suddenly last December I came across a reference to Affinity Photo, which I had never heard of. After a couple of weeks of use, and after watching many video tutorials, I stopped using the others. Affinity did things the way I thought they should be done. I resolved to learn the Affinity way.
    We could nitpick about details but I've been through too many software wars over the past 35 years to want to get involved in another one. I'm reminded of the wars at my university over WordPerfect vs MS Word and Windows vs MacOS. After a time user preferences determined who would use what and all the arguments were pointless except for those who wanted to control how everyone else worked regardless of their particular needs, skills, and preferences. I long ago gave up trying to persuade other people to just do it my way.
    Affinity Photo is a superb choice for amateurs willing to learn how to work with it. The video tutorials are excellent. The learning curve is certainly less than I faced years ago when I first started using Elements and had to buy a half dozen books to learn the basics. Photo editing, retouching, and restoring are enormously complex subjects, as are most skilled crafts. (I wonder how someone who decided to take up woodworking would make out if he simply purchased a Shopsmith and expected to suddenly make grandfather clocks.)
    I've read it is a poor workman who argues with his tools. I'll be patiently waiting for further developments in Affinity Photo as designed and written by people who have the right ideas about how editing can be done. Meanwhile, Affinity Photo meets all my needs and so replaces all the alternatives.
    (Of course I'd like a good DAM. I'm approaching 100,000 images on my hard drive. I can find what I want because I took the photos or scanned them and I can still remember the events and when they occurred. But I need something I can pass on to my descendants that would be comparable to the boxes of labeled photos my parents left me.)
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    Solly got a reaction from Alfred in Linux   
    I purchased my first personal computer system in 1983 based on the following:
    1. What specific needs did I have?
    2. What software best addressed those needs in the way I wanted to work?
    3.What equipment would function in a comfortable way for me (screen and keyboard in this case— Osborne vs. Kaypro)
    4. By this time the operating system had been determined.
    In 1983 I chose a Kaypro II system.
     
    Over the years I have chosen software and systems based on CP/M, DOS, Windows, Xenix, BSD, Linux, webOS, Android, iOS, and macOS. The OS is the last consideration when addressing getting the work out.
     
    For curiosity, the order is different—I may even start with choosing an OS to try, but I won't expect it to meet my work needs.
     
    Just a point of view from an old guy who started with computers in the mid 1960's with FORTRAN IV on a GE-215 computer.
     
     
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    Solly got a reaction from Alfred in Linux   
    I purchased my first personal computer system in 1983 based on the following:
    1. What specific needs did I have?
    2. What software best addressed those needs in the way I wanted to work?
    3.What equipment would function in a comfortable way for me (screen and keyboard in this case— Osborne vs. Kaypro)
    4. By this time the operating system had been determined.
    In 1983 I chose a Kaypro II system.
     
    Over the years I have chosen software and systems based on CP/M, DOS, Windows, Xenix, BSD, Linux, webOS, Android, iOS, and macOS. The OS is the last consideration when addressing getting the work out.
     
    For curiosity, the order is different—I may even start with choosing an OS to try, but I won't expect it to meet my work needs.
     
    Just a point of view from an old guy who started with computers in the mid 1960's with FORTRAN IV on a GE-215 computer.
     
     
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    Solly reacted to Patrick Connor in How often would we be expecting product updates?   
    @Grunta
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums
    There should be updates every few weeks, as often as enough issues have been addressed, so the first should be ready this week with over 50 issues addressed and some excellent improvements too
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    Solly reacted to Richard Liu in Why a separate develop Persona.   
    Let me take a crack at justifying the Develop Persona, henceforth DP.
    First, no RAW file is suitable for any purpose except for that for which it was intended, namely, to store the light intensity that impinged on the sensor when you pressed the shutter release.  At a minimum the image produced by simply displaying the RAW file must be sharpened, some contrast applied, maybe also a tonal curve applied.  The idea behind the DP is the same as the idea behind developing traditional, say, black-and-white, film.  By adjusting the time the film spends in the developer solution, you could make the negative more or less contrasty.  However, since you can adjust the contrast when you makes enlargements from the negative, you might want to produce a more balanced, neutral negative.  That way, you can produce many different kinds of enlargements from it, balanced, contrasty, etc.  Similarly, you want to produce in the DP a balanced, neutral result, which will then be, like the traditional negative, the single source of all enlargements.  So, you'll want to do just enough sharpening, apply just enough contrast and adjust black level, brightness, exposure and tone curve to spread the histogram between black and white.  (See Affinity's video on using tone curves in the DP for more on this.)  There is no hard and fast rule about how much to twiddle feature before developing, but I would recommend as little as is needed to obtain a pleasing, neutral result.  The more you do in the DP, the less you might need to do, but also, the more you might need to undo, later in the Photo Persona.
    Second, with practice you will discover how much to do in the DP so that you never need to return to the RAW file to produce both your cooked .jpg and your image for the Web and sharing, but can alway start with the developed "negative" instead.
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    Solly reacted to Kasper-V in Steam radio   
    Isn't it nice to have all the time in the world, a head full of daft ideas, and the means of bringing them into being? I'm old enough to call the bit on the left a wireless; my grandfather used to make 'em like that for his own amusement back in the twenties. He'd have been quite capable of setting up the steam generating set to drive it too!
     

     
    (You get better reception if you connect the headphones!)
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    Solly reacted to MEB in Arrow Heads?   
    Hi Dave,
    Welcome to Affinity Forums
    We do have them on our roadmap - which covers the whole 1x cycle of the app - so it will come before version 2.0 as a free update, however there no's specific eta. It's taking time because there's still a few issues to solve. Although these things may look simple from an user point of view, things are not so simple when they have to be implemented through code. Bear with us while we work on them.
     
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    Solly reacted to Marky in Winter Snow Scene   
    Winter Snow Scene.
     
    Made in Affinity Photo.
    I used just 3 images to produce this image.
    the foregrounstarted off as green grass and using blend modes, I managed to turn the grass white, with added grunge brush to make the light covering of snow.
    The lamp was a PNG image ready to go, with additional duplicate layers to add the snow to the side and shadow fall. Additional pixel layers to add glow to the lamp.
    Great thanks to Pedro for the fantastic snow brushes. The snow was done over 4 pixel layers with various size brushes and gaussian blur and motion blur to imitate snow fall.
     
    Thanks to Pedro Soares for the Snow brushes. http://blog.pedrosoares.photo/branca-leve-e-fria/
    Images:-  Background forest https://lumibear.deviantart.com/art/Fog-57-148088251
    Foreground  https://foxstox.deviantart.com/art/Grassy-Field-54931520
    Lamp from Pixaby, loads to choose from.

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    Solly reacted to acapstick in LEGACY: Official Affinity Photo (Desktop) Video Tutorials   
    DEPRECATED THREAD
    The Photo tutorials listed below have been refreshed and moved. Please see this new thread or use the Affinity site Photo Desktop tutorials webpage
     
    In support of our fantastic photo editing app, please use this comprehensive and structured set of videos for accelerated learning!
    The video tutorials are available on Vimeo and YouTube via these links:
     
    Vimeo - http://affin.co/PhotoVids
    YouTube - http://affin.co/photoyt

    We now have a specific Beginners Series of videos tailored to absolute beginners, with a more manageable pacing and focus on concepts and straightforward procedures. They all include subtitles to aid understanding.

    The tutorial set includes:

    Beginners Series
    Opening & Saving -  YouTube / Vimeo Layers - YouTube / Vimeo Adjustments - YouTube / Vimeo Filters - YouTube / Vimeo Exporting - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Introduction
    Discover Affinity Photo Getting Started Technical Benefits  
    Basics
    Document Setup Layer Concepts Layers Overview Live Filter Layers Scaling and Transforming Cutting Out Understanding DPI Accessing Help  
    Transforming
    Document/Image Resizing Canvas Resizing Cropping: Practical Cropping: Aesthetic Straightening Images Cropping: Golden Spiral Cropping: Options Aligning Images  
    Selections and Masking
    Making Selections Refining Selections Pixel Selections from Layers Quick Masks Mask Layers Exposure Merging Clipping vs Masking Vector Masking Using Adjustment Layers on Masks - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Correction
    Adjustment Layers Levels Curves Shadows/Highlights Split Toning and Selective Colour LAB Colour Mode Defringing and Chromatic Aberration Live Perspective Haze Removal FFT Denoise Removing Lens Flares Changing Eye Colour Graduated ND Filter Effect Salvaging Underexposed Images Dual Perspective Correction Perspective Skew Correction - YouTube / Vimeo (New: 20th April)  
    Retouching
    Cloning Inpainting Frequency Separation Liquify: Retouching Vector-Based Retouching Enhancing Landscapes/Architecture Vector Architecture: Worked Example Enhancing Camera Phone Photography Making Images Pop Revealing Sky Detail Bringing Out Water Detail Quick Inpainting Crooked Horizons - YouTube / Vimeo  
    RAW Development
    Raw: Discover Develop Raw: Developing Images Raw: Overlays Raw: Redeveloping Images Raw: Noise Reduction Maximising Raw Latitude Custom Tone Curve Raw Development Quality 32-bit Raw Development - YouTube / Vimeo Raw Colour Quality Automatic Lens Corrections Raw: Recovering Overexposed Highlights Raw: Exposure Bias  
    Getting Creative
    Lighting Creative Gradients Creative Black & White Sepia Images Brushes Blend Modes Blend Ranges Liquify Persona Sky Replacement Adding Borders Text: Branding/Watermarking Diffuse Glow Displacement Circular Bokeh Swirling Bokeh Simulating Ambient Occlusion Texturing with Blend Modes Creating Atmosphere Creating Light Beams Vector Lighting Simple Gradients Technicolor Emulation - YouTube / Vimeo Creative Painting Colour toning with shapes Infrared Emulation Radial Blur Regular Tone Mapping Compositing Landscapes Adding Extended Borders Creating Photo Collages Abstract Ideas #01 Abstract Ideas #02 Enhancing Low Light Trails Light Painting Compositing Tone Mapping Portraits HSL Tonal Separation - YouTube / Vimeo Orton Effect - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Design Aids
    Snapshots Modifiers Designer/Photo Interworking Pixel Accurate Design Placing Documents Useful Keyboard Shortcuts Non Destructive Inpainting and Cloning Layer Creation Behaviour Layer Nesting Exporting 3D LUTs LUTs for Tonal Adjustments View Points Global Cloning Subtle Toning Multiple Colour Formats Scopes Curves Picker Non-Destructive Dodge & Burn Flexible Defringing Edge Detection for Masking Split & Mirror View Batch Processing Clone Sources Pixel Art Resize Direct PSD write-back (round tripping) Freehand Selection Tool Undo History Importing .abr Brushes Undo Brush with Snapshots Quick Toggling Panels - YouTube / Vimeo Light UI - YouTube / Vimeo Brush Stabilisation - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Channels
    Channels Channels for Alpha Masking Channels: Creating/Storing Selections Editing Single Channels Channels: Greyscale Blending Channel Packing  
    Filters
    Live Filter Layers (Also in Basics) Apply Image Apply Image: Equations Equations Filter Dust & Scratches Filter Halftone Scanlines Effect Mirror filter Diffuse Glow Filter Defeating Filter Limits  
    Panoramas
    Panoramas Tricky Panoramas Panorama Distortion Correction  
    HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    HDR: Merging & Tone Mapping HDR from one exposure - YouTube / Vimeo HDR: Tone Map Presets HDR: Panoramas HDR: Preprocessing HDR: Advanced Editing HDR: Ghosts Removal HDR: 32-bit Editing  
    Focus Merging (Focus Stacking)
    Focus Merging Focus Merge Retouching Focus Merging Bracketed Exposures  
    Live Stacking
    Maximum Stacking Big Stopper Effect Light Painting Blending Stacking: Long Exposure Simulation Stacking: Noise Reduction Stacking: Object Removal Stacking: Exposure Merging Stacking: Star Trail Effect  
    Live Projections (360 editing, perspective projection)
    360 Live Editing - YouTube / Vimeo 360 Advanced Editing 360 Retouching 360 Multiple Views 360 Roll Correction - YouTube / Vimeo Live Perspective Projection  
     OpenEXR/32-bit
    OpenEXR Multichannel Import/Export OpenEXR Import Options Editing 32-bit 3D Renders OpenEXR: Using Alpha Channels & Association  
    3D Render/Texture Work
    Seamless Textures Clone Sources: Texture Creation Enhancing 3D Renders #01 Enhancing 3D Renders #02 Tone Mapping 3D Renders 3D Relighting with Normal Map Passes - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Colour Management
    OpenColorIO Setup OpenColorIO Adjustment Soft Proofing Printing on Mac Printing on Windows Wide Colour Profiles vs sRGB - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Macros
    Macros Macros: Equations Macros: Layer Behaviour Batch Processing with Macros  
    Finishing Off
    Sharpening Selective Sharpening Exporting Export Compression Efficiency  
    Plugins
    Installing Nik Plugins (macOS) Installing Nik Plugins (Windows) Installing & Using Nik Dfine  
    Projects
    Nature Portrait Supermoon Product Shot Retouching #01 Nighttime Architecture Workflow - YouTube / Vimeo Portrait Retouching Workflow - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Bonus Content
    Uplift Epic Skies (1.6 Bonus Content) - YouTube / Vimeo  
    Windows Workflow videos
     
    In addition to the regular tutorials, we've also got some workflow videos shot on the Windows version of Photo that cover using a variety of features to edit an image to completion. These tend to be released on a more informal basis.
    Hadrian's Wall Tiled Building Portrait Retouching Monochromatic Architecture Canary Wharf Banded Demoiselle  
     
    Please let us know about areas you think need covering, have problems with, don’t understand, or just tell us if we’re on the right or wrong track. Simply reply to this pinned topic.

    Have fun with Affinity Photo!

    Best wishes from the Affinity Documentation Team!
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    Solly got a reaction from LilleG in What do I buy?   
    Oh my. I guess most of the members of this forum have not experienced the era of fees required of each user on each workstation. Indeed, if one worked on two workstations of the same OS, it was two different licenses. The same three people working on three workstations required nine licenses! A big advance came with the hardware lock—a device that plugged into the parallel port that allowed access to the program. Now three users still needed three such locks, but the lock could be carried from workstation to workstation. Oh, if the lock were lost, one was required to repurchase the program at full price. Then there was the UNIX licensing daemon that required constant feeding every few months as subscriptions expired and required reactivation—those codes were very long and complicated. Those were sure great times. ;-)
     
    I am delighted with Serif's exceedingly reasonable pricing policy!
     
    Cheers,
    Joseph
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    Solly reacted to Kasper-V in Talking Heads, Stone Lion: Animation Project With Af   
    Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England. Two enormous carved lions, one sleeping, and one that looks as if you've just woken him up. I used Mesh Warp in AF to make all the different mouth shapes for speech and blinking eyes. The speech was poked and prodded in Audacity and GoldWave (it's a little creaky and a little sibilant -- but hey, who know what lion speech really sounds like?) I used Anime Studio (horrible software, but all I've got) to sync the mouth to the speech. 
     
    Here's a small copy of the original:
     
    And here's the finished product: https://youtu.be/8N4AjXh_GHY
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    Solly reacted to Aeros4 in Pine Grosbeak   
    This is my first Pine Grosbeak taken using a new Jobu gimbal with my Nikon D800e + Sigma 150-600 S combo. The gimbal makes it a joy to shoot fast moving wildlife.

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    Solly reacted to Aeros4 in Downey Woodpecker juvinile male   
    This is one of the many juvinile Downey's hatched this past spring. There is still a large size disparity between them and the mature Downey's. 

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    Solly reacted to Kodiak in AP • 2016 Village Christmas Event   

     
    There is this tradition of a village Christmas market in this
    country (Austria), like in many other European countries.
     
    This year again, I was asked to cover the event: "As usual,
    do what you want!" they said. So I did… as usual  :P
     
    The old farm (13th century) is now a village event centre
    for all kinds of social and cultural activities, and the market
    is but one of many.
     
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    All over the central place, tents present local productions of traditional
    seasonal treats as well as handcrafts from many private workshops.
     

     
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    An view of the site just before the pyrotechnics show
     

     
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    The little girl was told to never play with fire… right!
     

     
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    The whole place is brilliantly lit with such decorations
     

     
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    Sure, traditional season's ornaments are offered too
     

     
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    …and some other goodies
     

     
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    Here, all know Santa but it is a bishop that brings the gifts…
    surrounded by the now tamed bad forest spirits
     

     
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    Shot during the lantern walk, I proposed this picture (was accepted)
    to produce the poster promoting next year's event
     

     
     
    AP was used to remove wires, bins. price tags,
    and many other uninteresting visual elements.
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