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  1. Try entering 99999 (or anything bigger than the actual size) for both dimensions and checking "A". The resizer won't touch anything that's already smaller than the set dimensions. edit: But leaving the fields blank does work, at least for me.
  2. New features have been added to 1.9.x several times now, see the change logs. So knowing what is actually being worked on would help people decide whether it's worth putting up with slow workarounds for a while because it'll be fixed eventually or whether they'd better stay with whatever they're using now. If you're 10 days away from being locked into the Adobe ecosystem for another year you need decide rather quickly . Again, I would absolutely love to make AP my do-it-all editor, both because of the non-destructive editing and because it's noticeably faster than PS, especially with HW acceleration off. I've been using it for a while now because the batch of photos I'm working on now doesn't need the PS-specific tools above, and I really like it a lot. But having to constantly reset all the tools every time I open a new photo gets old rather quickly if you're doing it 10+ times in one afternoon, and while I did find a way to partially get around the lack of "stroke path" (already requested in at least 4 different threads), it's not nearly quick enough to be practical for bulk retouching. I downloaded Designer and it turns out that it can stroke a path with a vector brush, but it can only change the hardness of a pixel brush... Which it can't apply to a vector path. Apparently there is a way around this, but it seems to be more or less the same thing as what I've come up with in Photo (using layer effects), i.e. very slow and with limited options. So I guess that's not the way to go either. Anyway, this thread is obviously not going to achieve anything and I have work to do, so this is my last post here.
  3. Not to users because the road maps aren't public. No 2.0 then? OK. I don't mind keeping the current features in 1.x as long as something actually happens at least to the tool defaults (which are by far the most annoying and already have been talked about several times) and the Node tool (which shouldn't take more than changing the modifier key and/or the shortcut add a node to something else so that they don't interefere with each other). My point was that I don't expect to get large feature updates for "free". I wouldn't mind spending more money on a new version just to get the features above, because I think that AP isn't far from becoming the next Photoshop even for professionals if/when it ends up being reasonably practical for bulk processing and retouching.
  4. I just mentioned this in a different post. The problem is that the Node tool uses the Ctrl + Click shortcut to delete a segment. So when you call is from the Pen, it sees Ctrl pressed and does exactly what it was told to do, i.e. deletes the segment. Shift + P to the "full" Node tool and it works just fine because you're no longer holding Ctrl. It's like they didn't even test it...
  5. It's not just about the features. Hobby photographers may be fine with things taking more time if it means not having to pay for Photoshop, but for people like I who edit for a living and get paid per photo the money saved on the software is less than what they lose by cutting their productivity in half because of all the extra steps and workarounds they need to achieve the same end result.
  6. So you want me to buy Designer and then switch back and forth just to get this one feature that would still be slower to use than what PS can do "out of the box" (3 clicks :right-click a path -> Stroke Path -> confirm)? I don't really need pressure changes, but I need to change the hardness, and sometimes the color, without having to go through several menus each time I need to use it. Doesn't work on Windows. It just deletes the segment you click on. Alt doesn't work either. And just left-clicking on the path completes the path to wherever you clicked. PS can figure out that you've clicked on an existing path and NOT connect the new node to anything else, just by (left-)clicking. edit: It turns out that the reason why it doesn't work is that Ctrl switches to the node tool that would, in theory, add a node by clicking, but Ctrl + Click is already mapped to "delete segment" in the Node tool, which registers the Ctrl that you're using to call it as a shortcut. That also explains why it works fine when you switch to the tool using Shift + P (so you aren't holding Ctrl while using it). I did read it. Ctrl + Alt + LeftMouse to change to a sharp node, Ctrl + LeftMouse + RightMouse to switch to a smooth node. How is that any easier, faster, or more intuitive than simply clicking (or Ctrl + clicking) on the node again? Did you read the whole paragraph? I know about this, but you still need to bring the handles at least close enough for them to snap in place, which takes time. PS can snap it automatically and it takes about one second to go from a selection to a cropped photo. Crop according to selection - Feedback for Affinity Photo on Desktop - Affinity | Forum (serif.com) For what could you possibly use 20 EV of adjustment range? And even if there were a rare scenario where it could be useful, how is that better than making the tool pretty much useless for everyone else who needs to actually make fine adjustments and not just switch between a couple of presets? Not to mention that you can still achieve more range by stacking multiple exposure layers. There's a reason why neither the Develop module nor other editors have such a huge range. edit: To be clear, I don't expect any more new features in 1.9. I'll gladly buy 2.0 for twice the price of 1.x if it comes with them. But they're also the only things that would make a new version worth buying to me. Saving tool settings is something that should have been working for a long time now, and I have no idea how the interfering shortcuts for the Node tool even made it out into the public version.
  7. I photograph and retouch rings and other jewellery. I've bought AP with the intention of getting rid of 12€/month Photoshop. However, while there are (more or less annoying and slow) workarounds for some of the missing features, there are a few things that AP simply can't do, which is rather infuriating because it means that I still have to keep paying Adobe to get them in PS. So here's a list: 1. A way to stroke a curve or at least to use it as a guide for a brush. Every now and then I end up with a photo that looks a bit too flat. To make the edges a bit more visible I create a path (curve) and then stroke it with a soft brush (20-30 % hardness) and then play with the opacity until it looks somewhat decent. AFAIK AP can render a curve but it does not have the ability to do that usng a custom brush. 2. Adding nodes to a path/curve without switching tools. I find AP's Pen tool to be more user-friendly than PS's version. but I'm missing the ability to add a node to an existing curve/path just by clicking on it without switching to a different tool. PS can detect when the cursor is hovering over a path to then create a node without connecting it to the end of the path. I'd therefore like to see the same feature in AP. 3. Double-click on a node to switch it from Sharp to Smooth and vice versa (like PS's Curvature Pen does). Yes, I know there's a keyboard shortcut for it, but it gets annoying when you have to do it every couple of nodes, and double-clicking on a node currently doesn't seem to do anything anyway, so why not use it for that? 4. Crop to selection, i.e. if the Crop tool is selected and a selection active, snap the crop box to it automatically. It's already possible to do this manually (by checking "snap to selection bounding box" and manually dragging the handles until they snap into place), so I don't see a reason why it wouldn't be possible to make this happen automatically. It would save people like myself who need to drop every photo like this a significant amount of time. 5. Fix saving tool settings. Even with synchronization enabled I still find myself having to switch the Inpainting Brush to sample from the layer below it every time I open a new photo. And before doing that I also need to Shift + J to get said Inpainting Brush instead of the Healing Brush. Why? 6. Limit the Exposure Adjustment layer's range. Nobody needs +/- 20 EV, especially when the minimum step on the slider is 1 EV. Make that +/- 5 EV or even less to get more resolution and make the slider actually usable. 7. Make the Noise Reduction more powerful. This is the exact opposite of the problem above. If I have a wristband or something like that with a lot of dust/scratches/fingerprints/etc., I use NR at maximum strength and minimum details to blur everything together on a new layer, then mask the edges and any details I want to keep to uncover the still-sharp layer below. Photoshop can get a decent amount of blur in one go, with AP I have to re-develop the layer 5 or 6 times to get the same result. All but 2 and 7 have been posted before (even 5+ years ago), and at least 4, 5 and 6 seem like they should be fairly easy to do, yet they're still missing. Why?
  8. Photoshop's Curvature Pen (added last year IIRC) does exactly this, and it can also add a new node to an existing curve/path without switching to a different tool. It's the one tool that makes me think about going back to PS because I use it a lot to make smooth selections and doing it AP's way takes 3+ times the time.
  9. Here's a thread about this exact thing from 2018: is Crop to selection possible - Page 9 - Affinity on Desktop Questions (Mac and Windows) - Affinity | Forum (serif.com) As someone in that thread pointed out, all that needs to be done is to make the crop tool snap to the selection if you press Enter/Return without changing the crop box (in PS it's Enter/Return to snap and preview, then again to confirm and crop). The cropping tool itself doesn't need to be changed in any way, just the input. And even the snapping is already there (Snapping - Snap to pixel selection bounds will do exacly this if you move the edges of the crop box near the selection), so all we're asking for is making this fully automatic. And at that point we could even go one step further and have an option to keep the crop a certain distance away from the boundary (i.e. boundary + [insert number] px on each side). This would be very useful when editing photos of rectangular objects (e-g- TVs) that just don't look right if there isn't a bit of background visible on each side. And FWIW, "Export selection" isn't the solution if it's not the final step. When I was editing the TVs mentioned above, I'd often have to remove lens distortion. The quickest way to do this was to select the layer with the TV, crop to selection, and THEN deform the thing to get an uniform gap on all sides. An extra step or two can be a big deal when you'd have to do it 30+ times a day (especially since there are already several extra steps in e.g. creating a selection from multiple curves)...
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