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  1. I would probably use "Select Sampled Color" to automatically select black or white, but it doesn't seem like I can use adjustment layers to change the color of black or white. I guess that's because black and white aren't considered colors, so adjustment layers to change the color won't work on them. What method would you recommend for changing the color of black and white? Thank you for your help!
  2. Selection tools select areas that have clear borders and solid colors. But how about if I need to select an object that has both clear borders and also glowy parts? How can I take this into consideration when making a selection? Here are some examples of photos that have these characteristics.
  3. Thank you! Curves can be useful if I choose to apply an effect to the whole image. However, in this case, I only need to focus the effect on specific areas.
  4. Thank you! I tested this out on an image, and it works. It's a good method for creating smoother shadows on specific areas that I go over with a brush.
  5. This is what my tools look like. I tried the teardrop looking tools, but they apply a blur to the whole image. Also, they apply more of a pixelated blur, which looks kind of like a bokeh effect. I'm looking for more of a blending effect, rather than a pixelated effect. I don't want to blur the whole image. I only want to create a smoother transition between the light & shadow on specific parts of the image. Since I want to apply the effect to very specific areas, while keeping everything else the same, I need to be able to apply the effect with a brush.
  6. Thank you That is a useful tip. It looks like it's possible to also access the Flip function that way.
  7. Thank you! I tested it out. I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 50% grey, so I picked a middle gray and lowered the opacity of that layer to 50%. I set the layer mode to Overlay. It seems to work with dodge and burn, but I noticed that it also brightens the overall image a bit.
  8. Thank you for pointing this out! I will pay attention to this next time if the problem occurs again.
  9. I'm still using version 1 of Affinity Photo. I haven't switched to version 2 yet. All I did was select an area of the image, copy it, and then paste it. I have done this many times before and never had problems with it until this time. I just tried this again though, and the problem is no longer happening. Maybe it was just a temporary bug.
  10. I'm trying to find these tools, but I don't see any tools that have the same exact icons as shown in your image. My icons look different. Maybe this could be because I still haven't upgraded to Affinity Photo version 2. So, I tried to find the tools by looking for icons that have the word "blur" in them. I attempted to use these tools, but they apply a blur to the whole image. However, I only need to blur specific areas of the image. To do this, I have to apply the blurring effect with a brush, rather than applying it to the whole image.
  11. Thank you for letting me know! I tested it out, and it looks like the rotate setting for the clone brush will work for this purpose.
  12. Thank you! I will try to use dodging and burning to lighten and darken parts of the image. I just wish I could apply these effects on a different layer, in order to have more control when editing these areas. There doesn't seem to be a way to do this though.
  13. Thank you for pointing this out to me! :) My laptop screen is pretty big, but I still had to make the Affinity Photo window full-screen in order to be able to see this option.
  14. I need to make certain shadows from an image lighter, and make some areas of the image darker. I need to do this with a brush, because I only want to go over certain areas, without affecting the whole image. I want to Lighten & Darken specific areas from the image, but I want to avoid creating Dull Colors when I do this. What is the best way to Lighten & Darken specific sections from the image by using a brush, without affecting other parts of the image? Thank you for your help!
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