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  1. conrad2k

    Dodge/Burn tool question

    Don’t know why I couldn’t find that! Thanks
  2. I have used the Dodge and Burn tools on the iPad version for a while and have always wondered how the little color wheel with a lock in the middle is used, and the gray target with the pen in the bullseye. What's that for? When I tap my Apple pencil, or finger, on them, nothing seems to change with the tool's performance other than they get a gray highlight around them. I've learned a lot from videos, but none seem to go through each tool with a detailed explanation.
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    Thanks, James! In this case, suggest that they be labelled differently since they perform different functions! UPDATE In my experiments, in addition to the Develop Persona, there are three ways to adjust highlights and shadows (Adjustment in the Studio, Layer->Adjustment, and Layer->Live Filter. They all seem to function differently. When trying to recover shadows in a severely underexposed image, only the tool in the develop persona works well. The Live Filter layer has more options seems to desaturate the image; and the adjustment layer in both the Layer menu and the Adjustment tab in the Studio go to +/- 200% but performs as the previous version of AP performed (muddy shadow recovery). Honestly, it seems that the new shadow/highlight algorithms were only applied to the Develop module. I find both the Live filter and the adjustments to be useless. If they are not for shadow/highlight recovery are you say, @James Ritson, they need to be relabeled and there unique purpose explained clearly.
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    As impressed as I am with the improvements to the highlights and shadows recovery in the Develop Persona, it seems that those improvements did not make it into the Photo persona.
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    Thanks for the improvements to shadow/highlight recovery. I tried it on a shot of Half Dome in Yosemite. Not a great shot, but the most underexposed shot in a bracketed set. In full disclosure after being successful with shadows/highlights, I gave it a touch of tone mapping.
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    Crash when exporting files

    I just had the same problem on a 10” iPad Pro with a pano that I stitched. It crashed when I selected Export -> share -> save image. It also failed to successfully a transfer the file through AirDrop. I tried flattening the file and had the same problem. I did succeed in using Export -> Share -> Copy to Snapseed. From Snapseed I was able to save the image, but that’s a little circuitous...
  7. I’m in exactly the same situation, though ON1 RAW 2018 is looking good.
  8. The newest release leaves this problem unaddressed.
  9. @rainwilds try the ON1 2018 beta 3. Not perfect but getting better and better. It plays pretty well with AP, though it can’t deal with AP’s complex PSD eformat when you use live layers. It wants to flatten the PSD to open it. And of course it can’t read .AFPHOTO files, which is why I want an Affinity DAM.
  10. Macphun is changing their name their name to Skylum, because they are going multi-platform. I think the Windows version is in beta now.
  11. There is growing interest in this since Adobe announced that LR 6 would be the last version with a perpetual license and that they would stop issuing updates to it this year. MacPhun (Skylum) announced a forthcoming (2108) DAM to accompany their Luminar product. ON1 RAW 2017 already has a DAM but it’s really a beta product ON1 RAW 2018 looks like it will actually be a useful product. AlienSkin’s Exposure X3 has a DAM/developer, as does Picktorial, ACDSee, etc. Then there is Capture One Pro 10 on the high end. It seems like the competition is growing and the window of opportunity is closing. Once the former LR 6 users settle on an alternative DAM with a perpetual license, inertia will probably keep them with the product that they choose. Once you go through the effort of migrating a catalog, it’s hard to think about doing it again! I would love to see Serif jump in with a DAM that plays well with AP before it’s too late!
  12. Interesting idea, R C-R, no matter how I fuss with the sliders, I can't get a similar effect in the images or the histograms. I have tried it on similar landscapes shot with a Nikon d610 and the Fuji X-T2, with comparable awful results. Have you experienced this problem on you images? My solution so far is to develop images in Lightroom to take advantage of their Shadow and Highlights algorithm, and then transfer to AP to take advantage of it's strengths.
  13. You are correct. I was just moving the sliders to the max left or right. The result below is less muddy, but still awful. This is how it compares to Lightroom. Can you replicate it R C-R? I forgot to mention that this uses AP's "normal" blend mode. I have tried others and "Screen" is not so muddy at +- 100%, but it does not definition in the clouds or the shadows that LR has by default.
  14. The Shadows/Highlights issue still plagues AP. I have attached an file that shows my concern. In the top left is the unadjusted image in Lightroom., the lower left corner is dark and needs to have the shadows lightened. Similarly the sky could have it's highlights pulled down a little. In the top right I dragged the LR shadows slider all the way to the right and the Highlights slider all the way to the left. Not my preferred processing but it looks better. In the lower left is the same image in AP with Shadows slider dragged left, and the lower right is the same image with the Highlights slider dragged right. The results are a muddy mess. I tried less extreme uses of the each slider in AP but could never find a point that brought out the Shadows and dampened the highlights as clearly as LR does. I had the same result with the Mac 1.6.6 beta 7. Will the next beta address this problem?
  15. It would be great to have Fuji’s legendary film simulations: Arcos, Provia, Velevia, Astia, etc. built into AP. I have found on LUT’s for Fuji film simulations on the web that can be imported into AP. Here’s a link: https://blog.sowerby.me/fuji-film-simulation-profiles/
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