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  1. Not to stir-up the pot again, but have you seen this PS tutorial by Jesus Ramirez? It is a two part video, in part one shows an approximation that is compatible with AP. I translated it into AP and it works. In part two he shows how create a Z-map. It looks like a great deal of work, but the result was impressive. Before I go to the effort of creating an AP translation, does anybody thoughts regarding it working in AP? https://photoshoptrainingchannel.com/blur-backgrounds-shallow-depth-of-field-effect/
  2. Yes, achieving a "realistic looking" DOF is my goal. There are numerous PS tutorials that show how to accomplish DOF with various degrees of sophistication (subtlety). I tried to modify a couple of the PS tutorials to work in AP with no success.
  3. Ok, laying semantic aside, when are the AP guys going to get around to implementing a "depth map" capability. It has existed in PS for several years and if I am interpreting "verysame" correctly, many people have been asking for this capability in AP. Being able to realistically reduce background clutter in a photo is an important capability. Right now I am trapped into retaining PS in order to implement a depth map, I'd like to finally cut the San Jose umbilical.
  4. Disappointing, I was hoping not to have to keep CS 6 around just for the blur feature.
  5. Thank you. How do they expect to compete with PS if they won't address long standing problems? In any case, if the lens blur doesn't work, do you have any information regarding Gaussian blur
  6. I have seen several PS tutorials for applying a lens blur with a gradient and was wondering if there was an Affinity Photo tutorial that covered a similar process.
  7. Thank you. Just after I pushed the send button, my brain started to work and I remembered how to do, exactly as I used to do it cs6. I am truly having a dumb day.
  8. I have two variants of the same photo; the first image is of a Barred Owl against an extremely cluttered back ground. In the second image, I masked the owl and applied a heavy application of Gaussian blur to the background resulting in a sharp owl against a very blurred background. My goal is to merge the two images and blend them, in order to adjust the amount of blur in the final image. I used to be able to accomplish this in CS6, however I cannot make it happen in Affinity Photo (1.6.7) Is there an Affinity Photo tutorial that describes a method to accomplish my goal?
  9. Grab the selection brush tool and "paint" the model. Then go to Refine and adjust feather & smooth to your satisfaction. I usually go for a 2 to 3 px feather to avoid a "sharp" demarcation between the model and the background. Next go to Filters > Shadows/Highlights and adjust to your satisfaction. This will lighten the model and leave the background dark/subdued in order to reduce image clutter. I usually make this kind of an adjustment in LR or C1 where I have more control and I can apply a clarity adjustment and add some "punch".
  10. Thank you. After a few wrong turns, I was finally able to get there.
  11. Here is the PS tutorial to make the custom brush: How to Create a Watermark Custom Brush in Photoshop The best way to watermark your photos is through creating a custom Brush. This may sound complicated but you will see in this episode just how simple it is. You will want to start off with your logo on a plain white Background. If your logo is not grayscale, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Your goal is to have your Logo be black and the Background white. You can also use your signature by scanning (using a scanner) a white piece of paper with your signature on it. Make sure that your logo is high enough resolution to show up well on your photos. We recommend the Image Size between 500px – 1000px. That way if you need to Scale your logo down you won’t lose quality. Once you have a document sized 500px – 100px with a white background and your Logo centered it is time to turn it into a custom Brush. Simply navigate to Edit > define brush preset. Give your brush a name you will remember and that’s it! As a bonus we show you how open the Brush Preset Manager and move your Logo (watermark) to the front of the brush list. That way when you right click with your Brush Tool, your logo will be the first option. Using Your Custom Brush Using your logo as a custom brush couldn’t be easier. Hit “B” for the Brush Tool and right click. Choose your logo from the list. If you followed our steps with the Preset Manager it will be in the front. Choose a Color and place your logo on a New Layer. You may Size the brush the same way you would Size a normal Brush. Open and close brackets “[ , ]“ will make your brush larger and smaller. As a bonus try using a Color from your image as the brush Color. This way your logo will be less obtrusive. You may also use blending modes to make your logo blend with your image. Watermarking Future After you create your custom brush there is no need to follow those steps again. Your custom brush is saved in your Photoshop preferences and can even be exported. The next time you want to add a watermark simply grab your Brush Tool, select your logo and click!
  12. Thank you. I had seen this Vid and it seems to need affinity Designer as an interim step in order to work.
  13. In Photoshop, I was able to create a custom pen that placed a watermark on an image. To use the watermark pen, I would go to the pen menu, scroll down until I found the watermark pen, select it and then click on the image and my watermark (my name) would appear where I clicked. 1. Is there a way to create a similar custom pen in Affinity Photo? 2. In Photoshop it is possible to create a digital watermark, can a digital watermark be created in AP?
  14. Big_Stan

    Affinity Photo and Noiseware

    Seems to be working now. The only issue that I have discovered is that the Noiseware preview is inverted, you have to stand on your head to see the preview correctly. After clicking OK, the image is displayed correctly.