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  1. I have indesign files, but also old Quark files. Is there going to be that capability in the future for Quark (even older versions)? Thanks.
  2. I too can't get them to work. First, their status shows up (in preferences) as Unknown. But when trying to use them, I always get the message: Cannot Proceed. IPC Memory in use or Image size is too big for the system. I no longer have my Photoshop CS3 installed, but I have Photoshop Elements 15 and they do work on the same image in there.
  3. There are a few things that do not behave as what I've become accustomed to (from being a long-time Photoshop user) and had to launch PS just to get it done quickly. I really have big hopes for Photo though.
  4. Well, I don't need page layout in AP since that will be what Publisher is for. But I still want a text tool in AD and AP. Many times I do a logo and need a text tool for that, so I wouldn't want it removed completely!
  5. I agree with these comments. I too feel that as much as iOS apps have a great market, it is still difficult to manage photos in a professional capacity (you first have to import the photo into the iPad for starters, which is not the same as a connected drive). iOS is great for people uploading camera shots to Pinterest or Facebook, but I can't imagine sending a client job to a print house from my iPad, let alone trusting it for color accuracy or even zipping the file. So I still see the need to offload it to desktop to complete it. That said though, it's not a criticism of Serif or their reasonings. I respect that, and I can imagine so much to do that they would want to target both but have to choose priority. iOS is a big market. I feel Publisher is the app that will let us truly move from Adobe as long as we can rely on its output (and that it covers the needs of a professional designer...trapping, color, etc). I think what Serif has accomplished is amazing at the very least, and I applaud their successful efforts. I know I am anxious for Publisher, and I think I probably share that with everyone else, hence this topic.
  6. I'd like to bump this post to clarify what is the best way to handle resizing, per my previous post questions. Thank you!
  7. Oh, and thank you Ben in advance. Am looking forward to an answer on this as I want to know the best way to resize in AP for best results.
  8. Thank you. 1) When you say "best advice is to use standard DPI, you mean 72? and if so, then why would the 2x and 3x be finer res when the original was only 72? I'm trying to understand how AP is handling this scenario. 2) Let's say you want to create a new image and your target is a 600x200 standard image, and a 1200x400 enlargement of that image. When you launch AP, what do you enter as the settings to begin the image (and at what size)? 3) If you already have an image done at 600x200, and then want to engage the 2x retina, what do you do in AP to get the best quality? 4) RE: your comment "the document DPI will be used to determine..." Does that mean that the images are "fluid" and not committed to pixel size until final export, meaning the pixels won't suffer the enlarge (pixels stretched) /reduce (pixels discarded) damage?
  9. +1. I'd say there are two schools of thought on the library/catalog subject. Some people like having their assets imported and stored in the app. Some people would prefer the app simply read your folder structure, with no import, like Bridge (or Lyn) does, so storage is not proprietary. I have become a person who prefers to take advantage of the OS's Finder and folder structure than use a proprietary storage. Here's why: over the years I have had many, many apps that held my content in its own proprietary format. That's fine, but only if the content is still mirrored on your hard drive. Unfortunately some didn't maintain the assets outside of the app itself. Some of these apps have since gone out of business / apps no longer work with OS. Some were difficult to sync both ways with what was already imported in them versus what was in your actual folders, so you may have new stuff in the app but not in your folders, or forget to sync, etc. Some import-type apps are just convoluted and you have to be very careful NOT to accidentally delete your original photo/asset because it will also delete it from your hard drive. Plus, some were only valid back then because at the time, they provided a feature that the OS didn't have, which is likely redundant now. So to me, they were just short-term solutions, and were risky and problematic in the long run. I used to use a photo asset app which was great for display, but unfortunately it stored the data plus has now become extinct. I lost all that data and had to painfully re-assemble what I could salvage, and some of it is just gone. But what I did salvage is now in folders. I'm finding these days that I can replace those apps via Apple's OS, which includes doing my organization in Finder using folder structure (which I did before anyway), and not via an app...because Finder's way will always work and be compatible in future OS upgrades. So an asets app based on that principle is a good thing by working in conjunction with Finder, not trying to replace it. For a little example, I used to use a proprietary app to organize my document types, which were then dependent upon that app. Now, I am taking advantage of Tags, so I tag the documents accordingly, and put the tag labels in my sidebar. I also had an app that was good for organizing my apps, for those little apps I'd forget I had that did such and such. I've now tagged them too. Now if I want to look at x, y or z, or a category, or whatever, I just press the tag in the sidebar and up comes all the stuff that used to depend on an app to do. It's really a breeze and it's future-proof. And by tagging my apps by category, it makes a quick launcher too. Not to veer from the DAM subject but this is just an example of using the power of the OS in conjunction with an app, which is what I'd prefer the new DAM to be.
  10. Thanks MEB. I figured this was just a well-edited promo video. In your promo videos (for both AP and AD) there are segments of intriguing things that I would love to see as their own videos, this being one of them, because they rush by so quickly in the promo. There really isn't another tutorial available which covers this exact thing.
  11. When you mentioned Image layer versus pixel layer: Is an Image layer like a smart object layer? In other words, other than raster, what is the significance / benefit of an image layer? For resizing? Thanks.
  12. I didn't see anything in the preferences to choose which disk to use, or if you can actually assign a different hard drive for that duty? Thanks.
  13. OK, now I'm getting somewhere, thank you very much! I now see using Source gets the mesh around the object instead of the whole document, hence my thinking it was the pen tool. That solves that question. Now the only thing is in the video it looks as though they are affecting the whole glass at the same time rather than point by point to warp the shape because it doesn't look like any points are selected when they are doing the warp.
  14. Thank you. But how do you draw the mesh around the object (i.e. drinking glass) to begin with? When I use the mesh warp tool, it draws a white outline around the area I drag to, but when I release the mouse, there is no selection. Do you draw something first with another tool? In the video, it looks as though the outline was started with the pen tool and then built upon. When I use the pen tool to draw the selection which looks like what is in the video, it vanishes as soon as I switch to the Warp mesh tool.The tool looks like the node tool (white arrowhead), but I can't come even close to whatever it is they are doing. When I use the warp mesh tool, the history says "warp mesh" but there is nothing happening on my document. There must be something I am missing here.
  15. Thank you for your reply, I see now. One thing I am really liking with your app, BTW, is the way it automatically applies and shows processing after having painted the area / selected, etc.. That's a really nice touch. Here's what I'm trying to understand with the mesh: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ In the main video on the AP page (video is "fastest smoothest...) I am referring to the drinking glass starting at :47. This mesh is being done in the Photo Persona. It shows making mesh nodes around just the glass, not the entire document, which looks as though you are working with a mesh in a 3D app. This video segment runs by very quickly, but in the history I can see it is using Warp Mode and Add Mesh Node. I thought maybe they are making a selection with the pen tool then switching to the node tool to outline an object. But when I move to the warp tool (as is engaged in the video), my pen selection is gone, so I don't think that's how it's done either. I also thought perhaps they were using Source in the Liquify Persona to get the mesh to be around an object in the document rather than around the whole document. But in the video I can see they are doing this in the Photo Persona. I'm not doing any actual project requiring this yet, but am wanting to learn all things Affinity and use your videos as tutorials, and this one has me baffled. I'd really like to know what's being done. Thank you!
  16. Ahh, Live Picture...yes, that was quite an app. When I saw the Affinity Designer video where they zoom in to the tiniest degree, that reminded me of Live Picture. Even though it was a photo editor, zooming in it was just like that because it wasn't pixel-based. It was ahead of its time, liquefy, masks, layers. I remember the demonstration at MacWorld where they zoomed all the way in to an area where it revealed text that was sharp and clear. When they zoomed out, it was not even seen. I no longer have the computer that ran it, but I sometimes think of resurrecting it. I had mentioned the zoom in another post as it was an instant reminder. But back to Affinity, I have recently bought both apps and really love the direction these are going. Your hard work shows...Kudos! They are fast even though my computer is not new. There is a fluidity that I don't witness with PS or AI, and the parts that are non-destructive are very welcome. I had read somewhere that resizing a document only commits it upon export, though, so it stays non-destructive until the end? (I still have my PS version 1 box too).
  17. Hi, I've been playing with my new purchase of AP to become familiar. I really love what you've done here, but have a few things that I'm getting used to that need sorted. 1) I have an image with a colored background, and select that colored background (let's say blue). I flood select that blue, but find there are little sections of variant blue that are not being included. In Photoshop, I would use shift or option then lasso those areas to either include or exclude them from the whole selection, so that I can then fill it with the correct blue. In AP, I know I can increase the selection or refine but if that didn't eliminate those errant little exclusions, I've also tried the selection brush tool, which seemed to work. So I fill the area with one shade of blue. When I reselect that background I find those little exclusions are really still there and really weren't removed by the selection brush. Plus any extra areas I included via the flood select tool (that I thought I filled with the correct color) don't get selected when I reselect that main color, so apparently they didn't get filled when I thought they did. So I think I may be approaching this incorrectly. 2) In the synopsis video showing how to change the shape of a drinking glass, how do you get the mesh to be around that glass? I thought it was the warp tool but if I had an image and applied the warp tool, it is around the entire document not an item within it. But even if I move it, it still doesn't look like what is in the video. Thank you!
  18. I just got the email about AD's anniversary—congratulations! I just bought it with the discount, thank you. Last week I bought Photo so I am really looking forward to getting into them. I'm a long time user of the Adobe...Photoshop from version 1 and Illustrator 88. So that says a lot about the quality of your products. I think you have done a wonderful job, and even on my not-so-new Mac they are very responsive (I hope they stay that way)! Kudos! Although I know AI and PS well, I find your apps are very welcoming and fantastic to use with streamlined and intuitive ease of use. I have not done the subscription thing so I am still at CS3 which will one day not work on the OS...but better than that, your products will give me added features that have surpassed my CS3, and give me the opportunity to leave Adobe. BTW, when I see your video of zooming in to the nth degree in AD, it reminds me of how Live Picture was with their non-pixel approach.
  19. Hi, I am a new purchaser of Affinity Photo. I read that its documents are maintained as non-destructive, so when resizing, an image can be resized without destructive downsampling, etc. I came from Photoshop so I know what this is; but my question pertains to quality and the way Affinity Photo handles documents. See below: If you are making an image that you eventually want to be enlarged, or even 2x while retaining high quality, does this mean in this app you can create the document as the smaller size then resize up when needed because it is not based on originally-assigned size in pixels? Or is it better to make the document the target larger size and then scale down? I'm just wanting to know how AP handles its documents, because from what I read somewhere it sounded like the final size and quality are determined upon export or resizing via the menu, where it stays flexible until that time? Thank you!
  20. Thanks. So Affinity just has top-notch resizing capabilities by default (resizing like PS smart objects)?
  21. I had resized via the 2x in trying the demo and it did a great job, which made me think they do behave like a smart object, as you said. So is this the case, that they don't lose image quality when resizing with Affinity? I had always relied on Photoshop for that, so this would be really good to know.
  22. Hi, I've been a Photoshop user for a couple decades, but am interested in Affinity Photo. When resizing upward in PS, making an image into a smart object can help with the quality. I read a post here about resizing where it was said to make the original 144 (it also said to use points not pixels) before enlarging in Affinity. I've been trying the demo, and just for fun took an image that was about 1000px and ran it through the 2x. It did a really great job, even though my original image was 72dpi not 144 as mentioned as a requirement in the post. Has the "ability" of smart object more or less been built into Affinity where the enlargements are just that good, did I just get lucky, or is its regular resizing expected to be comparable to non-smart object enlarging in PS? I ask because the result was surprisingly impressive, since in PS smart objects is the way to go if increasing size more than just a small amount. Do the 2x or 3x presets have extra enhancements built in versus entering your own sizes rather than double-size? In other words, the 2x did a good job, so is that quality expected when using custom sizes? Thanks!
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