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pisksix

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About pisksix

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    Buenos Aires Argentina
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    Object photography, Nature photography, Food photography, People
  1. Hi, I have read on Amazon.com that Adobe has already implemented a CR3 converter in Lightroom and Photoshop. I realize of course, they have certainly better resources than Affinity, so I am willing to wait. My question would be, have you got a timeline to implement it? or is the current Affinity Photo version meant to stay as is for the years to come?
  2. Its ok, I do not want to turn this into a painful experience. If you have the "preserve Alpha" box ticked, the painting over the mask does not work. Put it down for your next revision of the workbook; while I have no idea what "preserve Alpha" does, if it disable the painting on a layer mask, you may want to add a validation check reminding the user. I do not know if "preserve Alpha" is checked by default, or if I enabled it in another panel, but this was what the problem was.
  3. I would like to offer a little context before I proceed with the issue that I faced, and eventually solved after a little bit of fumbling. I have been an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for a "in house" developed custom business program of a reputable worldwide company. Part of my responsibility was to help, train and assist, each time we added, modified, or changed features. I wrote the release notes, and provided support to all users, old and new on how to perform the tasks. I learned that if you do not have the exact same configuration, your procedures or guidelines will invariably fall on the face, because they will work for you, but not for the others. I was at page 116: Manipulating an adjustment layer mask; The book illustrates the HSL panel, the context tool bar for the paint brush tool, and the color panel. The adjacent page is the typical before and after photos. I successfully completed each step until item 8; painting over with the brush tool did not produce any change. After verifying that I had done everything as shown, I tried again, and again. No change. Obviously, I did not fault the workbook. I was the culprit, not following the steps properly. Clear the board, reload the photo, and.... same! small incursion to page 33, to remind me of the subtleties of the color panel, and back to the grind. No progress. I knew this procedure was working for the person who wrote it, but he did not offer a full screen shot nor specified any other requirement before painting on the layer mask. Has someone from Affinity attempted to go through each of the steps of every tasks proposed in the book, as described? made sure they worked? this is key to the success of a "hands-on" manual. Another example, when I select the "selection brush" by default, it is in "subtract" mode. I have to click on "add" to get the selection going. Does Affinity have the "subtract" mode as default? A long story short, the experience and success of the book will be reflected from its accuracy. I will post my full review once I have done all the tasks successfully. Now experts, why did my painting on the layer mask did not produce the expected reveal of the HSL?
  4. There is definitively something strange about the Blur tool. I really have to paint a lot, with all settings pushed at 100%, brush size humongous, and stay on the same spot for a long long time.... since I duplicate the layer, I can evaluate the effect by switching it on and off. I am uncertain if it should take that much time. In comparison, the smudge tool works quite fast. Our perhaps I have too many pixels in my photos...
  5. It works now; however my first post was incorrect; I was not using the Apple Magic Trackpad 1.
  6. pisksix

    Introduce Yourself

    I have been using Affinity Photo since it was first made available in the App' Store. I never purchased any retouching software if excepted for what Apple provided with their various OS's. I started photography as a hobby, with a particular interest in food and object photography amongst other things. Although born in Europe, I have spent all my professional career working in various countries over the five continents. I am currently based in the USA, and as of this short introduction, temporarily in Buenos Aires Argentina. Although seriously lacking in the photo retouching world, I have been SME for the maintenance software of a major service company, with worldwide users. While being Subject Matter Expert, or Sustaining Specialist as they say, I have created tutorials, screencasts, written user's guides, provided assistance, and conducted video-conferences to teach users how to use new features of the software. I really like Affinity Photo, and their assistance to users. Cheers, Pisk.
  7. Hi, Thanks for the feed-back. Effectively, watching the video again, the presenter clicks the thumbnail, however he says "you right click the mask here" in the narrative. Had he specified that the right click needed to be done in the thumbnail... I will post your feed-back under the tutorial, it may be useful to someone else.
  8. Greatings, I searched Affinity Forum using "Mask" and "Refine +Mask" but did not get a hit about my specific question; In the Tutorial Video named "Refining Selections", after creating the Mask from the selection in the Panel, the tutor instructs to right click the Mask and select "refine mask" in the drop down list. This option is missing from the two version I currently use on my mac mini (1.4) and MacBook Pro (1.5.2); The Tutorial does not match the current options available in the drop down menu on right click. How do you "refine" Mask then? Pisk
  9. Hi, I experienced the same difficulty removing the effect of flash on my subjects. I first attempted to do it in the "develop" persona, and saw absolutely no change whatsoever. I drew boxes around the areas after zooming in. The boxes remained, no visible change. After a couple of attempts, I tried the red eye removal tool in the photo persona. Initially, it did not work, as I had zoomed to see the pixel' squared, and as I tried over and over, nothing changed. Then I increased the area size, to sample further away from the tainted zone, and it worked, but not perfectly. When you zoom out, it is acceptable though, even if the eyes look darker than usual. I am using the Beta 2 version of Affinity Photo on a MacBook Pro (retina, 13-inch, late 2013), OS is macOS Sierra vr 10.12.2 I was willing to share the photo with you, unfortunately, it is 33MB in its raw format, and I cannot upload it. I do not think the jpg version would be useful.
  10. Greetings, I am having issues to crop using the handles with an Apple Magic Tracpad 2. Sometimes it works, but only once and then it stops. Develop or Photo persona, same problem. The walk around is to crop using Apple Photo, and to transfer the cropped photo to Affinity. As anyone else experienced this issue with a trackpad 2? I have an old iMac and with the older trackpad, I do not have that problem. Regards: Pisk
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