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  1. Yes, I agree that vector plus blur is quicker than messing about with selections when there's little contrast between object and background. You can come and see the final result from 6 March at The Small Print Company in Derby.

    Re Carl's suggestion, I'll give it a go although I note in the sample image the young lady is standing in front of a brick wall, my backgrounds are a bit more challenging.

    Thanks both



  2. OK, I found this in a forum related to "the other lot"

    The term you are looking for is a "difference mask".

    Basically you align the two layers, set one to difference, and use the result to create a mask (you will have to tweak contrast, add some blur, etc.).

    However, it is a very bad method for masking. You will get quite crap/inaccurate results from doing it I'm afraid (image noise, shadows/etc. from the object, some pixels on the object being too similar to pixels in the original background, etc). Could be sufficient for just a garbage matte or just locating differences.

    This type of masking you typically only see in webcam applications where it tries to remove the background in realtime (quality not important, and works with any background as long as it's different enough from the object).

    I was thinking "difference" and missing the "mask" bit. So that would do what I was imagining, but in the view of the poster, not very well. And of course it will work in Affinity too.

  3. I'd like to mask / select a foreground object by blending a photo of the scene without the object and one with the object present. It seemed intuitively clear that some sort of blend mode like difference would do this, but difference doesn't give priority to the foreground object so you get a cocktail of the foreground object and what's behind it.

    Any bright ideas chaps?



  4. My publisher files are in a folder called iCloud Drive > Affinity Publisher Beta

    I know this because I can find the tagged ones by tag and I can also open the folder by using "Show in Enclosing Folder". However unlike Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo the folder doesn't appear in iCloud Drive.

    I'd really like an Affinity Publisher folder and for it to be visible as my file management revolves around tags and iCloud Drive rather than folders.

    I uninstalled Publisher and reinstalled on my previous iMac to no effect. Now on a  2019 iMac running Catalina.

    Happy to play with Terminal to fix it.

  5. I have Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo folders in Finder, but nothing any more for Publisher 

    My files in this folder show up in searches by tag and I can reveal files in this folder by using Show in Enclosing Folder. But they don't appear in iCloud in finder.

    a search using terminal gives (extract)

    drwxr-xr-x    4 davidedge  staff    128 17 Jun 07:27 iCloud~com~seriflabs~affinityphoto

    drwxr-xr-x    5 davidedge  staff    160  4 Oct 12:42 iCloud~com~seriflabs~affinitypublisher

    drwxr-xr-x@   3 davidedge  staff     96 17 Jun 06:21 iCloud~com~seriflabs~affinitypublisher~beta

    I'm running Catalina and have a 2019 iMac


    Any ideas, UNIX gurus?

  6. Thanks Sean

    I wonder if the following pieces of misbehaviour in printing have the same root cause:

    Orientation - Automatic - it gets this wrong. But if you go in and change it to automatic - ie just activate the control, it gets it right.

    Scale 100% - it gets this wrong, but it's fine if you activate the control and set it to 100% manually

    It's a pesky thing because you can't guess from looking at the screen what's going wrong.



  7. Hallo Hangman

    Apologies for not getting back to you earlier. The problem arises because of a couple things; all of the other problems stem I think from these:

    1 - it always attempts to print the whole of a multi-artboard document - Affinity have confirmed this is a problem in a separate thread.

    You don't seem to have this problem, so it must be some other aspect pf my setup. Probably stemming from this:

    2 - Orientation - Automatic - it gets this wrong. But if you go in and change it to automatic - ie just activate the control, it gets it right.

    3 - Scale 100% - it gets this wrong, but it's fine if you activate the corneal and set it back to 100%

    So thanks for your offer o help; but it does seem that there is something that Affinity have now got onto

    best regards, David

  8. Thanks Hangman

    Some of the problems are because I'm using dartboards and in some cases it will simply not allow me to print a single artboard. Hence even when you select Print selection or Print Artboard X it just reverts to print whole document and hence the red overlay because the whole project is bigger than A3.


    So the workaround is:

    - save the document, close and reopen

    - you can probably now select a single artboard

    - overtype the displayed 100% scale with 100%

    - set the document model to tiled not single

    That now does what it used to do.


    The uploaded file is a TIFF with Affinity layers for compatibility with my DAM (Capture One). Can't see a repeat upload being any more successfully.



  9. Further investigation reveals that if I overtype the "100%" scaling default with "100%" it then does scale to 100%. However the image is now printed top left on the sheet instead of being centred as it was formerly, and I also need to fiddle with margins. Is there a way to centre it automatically?

  10. I have an image 284mm x 400mm and wish to print it on A3 paper. I have chosen A3 borderless (307 x 430) and Fit type Scale 100%. I'm using an Epson 3880 and the document is at 360dpi for Epson. This is how I have always printed with Affinity successfully as it lets me print close to paper borders without worrying about printer margins.

    In 1.7 the preview is red and the image is cropped however.


  11. Similar problems in

    Scale value resets to 100% after printing and Range doesn't reflect what you set.

    When you tab after selecting All / Even / Odd / Current the number of pages doesn't change - so if you select "odd" in a six-page document the preview changes to three pages; but you can't get back to six.

    It forgets the document model.

  12. When 1.7 is released it will be the complete 1.7. Ditto 1.8, 1.9. What Dave means is 1.x versions will be "complete" when they start 2.0.

    Photo and Designer have contained substantial enhancements in the dot releases - no reason to believe Publisher will be different.

  13. I'm certainly not writing you off and will buy a licence as an act of faith. There's a fine line between making a noise about what we're needing to recommend Publisher as highly as the other two apps and sounding critical. I suppose part of the problem is we're sitting here comparing the very fine 1.6 apps with a 0.9 version that's numbered 1.7. No doubt if you had done Publisher first we'd be sitting here moaning about the early versions of Designer. Comments notwithstanding the overall impression is "Here's a pretty solid start", as if Henry Ford had started with the Escort and we're moaning about the lack of satnav.

    Have a good weekend, relax and groove on Monday.


  14. Yes, quite so. Like others I'm thrilled with Photo and Designer and use Designer and Pages for print output. My concern is that while I can produce a lovely electronic-image-of-a-book in Publisher I can't print it which defeats the object. As I have to do manual imposition, that's easier in Designer than Publisher, especially when I sometime use wacky folds - Publisher's never going to cope with that. Patently users producing telephone directories, business cards, novels and brochures have different needs!

    I wish my chums in Nottingham all the very best with this (you've never heard a Derby person say that before) and when it can print books without needing separate imposition I'll be there (as will Rahel no doubt).

    I'm not complaining; merely highlighting that it doesn't do book imposition (and could with twenty lines of code). Yet. And I understand that users of the other software don't think it works terribly well either! And finally I accept that Serif need to put resource into making this bombproof for the majority of use cases, not me. So happy to wait.


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