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  1. Thanks firstdefence. I'm going to do some more experimentation with selection tools in general. I did manage to get 'Refine Selection' to display, but still don't know how. My image is an old relatively flat black and white shot. But I think I can learn a lot from trying the various methods advised above. If I draw a complete blank I might post it here. Thanks again.
  2. One final quick question. I just tried the 'Select/Refine edges' suggestion but 'Refine Edges is greyed out. My image is in black and white. Is that the reason, or should I have done something before the 'Select/Refine Edges' command? Thanks!
  3. Thank you all very much for all that great advice - Toltec, FirstDefence, Smadell. I'll give those methods a try. It's great to know there are so many alternatives. Thanks again!
  4. I have some people against some white walls and would like to be able to mask them and make the white wall whiter and cleaner. Can't seem to find out how in the tutorials. Can someone suggest a way for a relative novice? Thanks!
  5. Thanks to everyone who offered great suggestions. I tried the approach suggested by toltec and it worked really well. Much appreciated!
  6. Hello GabrielM. I'm afraid I don't have enough experience with Affinity Photo to understand all that. Any chance you could suggest a tutorial or tutorials that deal with those techniques. Thanks!
  7. I'm working on a colour photo and the subject has quite red-rimmed eyelids. I would like to use a soft brush and selectively brush out the redness in the eyes. Can anyone suggest the best way to do this? Thanks!
  8. Hello John, and thanks for replying so quickly. All the images I tried show as 'grayscale' when I checked. I don't know much about the whole colour space area, but I tried exporting some of them from Affinity to JPEGS and changed the colour space to RGB. And, as you suggested, I was able to use my Nik plugins on those images. I'll also take your advice and check out my scanner. It's an elderly Minolta Scan Multi II which I'm using with Vuescan software. I never came across this issue before, but maybe everything else I did was originally RGB. Anyway, it's great to find out what the cause of the problem is. I presumed that since the Nik software dealt with B&W images as well as colour that it would be happy with any B&W image. But it appears not to be the case.
  9. My Nik plugins are greyed out on some images but not on others. I recently scanned some old B&W negs to JPEG images and was trying to use my installed Nik plugins in Affinity Photo but they are greyed out. Other JPEG images I have in my folders work fine and all the Nik plugins are available for both B&W and Colour images. It seems that all my recent scans will not work with Nik plugins. I presume I've done something wrong but I've no idea what that is. The only thing I've noticed that seems new is that when I open those problematic B&W scans in Affinity Photo I get a window with a message saying 'Assigned Profile - Affinity Photo assigned your working profile, (Greyscale D50) to this unprofiled document' which disappears after a short while. I don't really know what this means or if it's significant in relation to the Nik Plugins issue. Can anyone help? Thanks!
  10. Thanks v_kyr. Thanks too for those links, which look very useful.
  11. Apologies to all who replied. I thought I was automatically notified if replies were made to this topic, but just now discovered I have to select 'Follow' the thread. So I just checked in to see why I'd heard nothing. 1. Walt. I've used the 'Soft Proofing'before and it does help, but I'd prefer to look at a print and want to try and cut down on ink and paper usage. 2. firstdefence. Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen that in tutorials for Photoshop users. I'll probably try that approach. However, I'm not really that familiar with Affinity Photo so hoped someone had already done the spade work and created a step-by-step tutorial. 3. R C-R. Thanks, but as I said above I'd prefer to be able to look at variations on actual paper. 4. v_kyr. What I meant was that the results I've had from mostly B&W prints (from scanned film original negs) have fallen short of what I could have achieved with the originals in a darkroom. If I had to put it simply I would probably have printed on a slightly harder grade of paper to get more punch. My inkjet prints seem to fall a little short of that 'punch'. But I've seen commercial inkjet prints that look great, so I know it's possible. And, I'm assured that the P800 can deliver the goods. 5. firstdefence. Thanks a lot for checking this out and offering the suggestion. If I go the soft proof route in the end I'll make sure to rename the layers. Apologies to everyone again for this tardy reply.
  12. Is there a tutorial anywhere on using Affinity Photo to print the inkjet equivalent of darkroom test prints? That is, using a small sheet of paper to get print variations on a selected area of an image. I want to make some A2 prints on my Epson P800 printer. My tests so far have not been what I wanted, although my monitor is properly profiled and I’m using the correct ICC profile for the paper. So, rather than continue to waste ink and paper, I was hoping to use a key area of my image and print a strip series of variations on e.g. an A4 sheet to decide on my best settings. Thanks!
  13. This is a very good idea. If Affinity don't do it maybe some third party could sell it as a plug-in on the Mac App Store.
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