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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. 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?
  5. Thank you. After a few wrong turns, I was finally able to get there.
  6. 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!
  7. Thank you. I had seen this Vid and it seems to need affinity Designer as an interim step in order to work.
  8. I found this Photoshop tutorial that uses the pen tool to create a path in order to facilitate power line removal: Remove Power Lines From Photos Simply follow these steps: Using the Pen tool, create a path that follows the powerline you want to remove. Then select the Spot Healing Brush tool and click on the Content-Aware option in the Options Bar. Change the brush size to about twice the width of the wire and in the Paths panel (Window > Paths), go to the fly-out menu (four-line icon on the top right) and choose “Stroke Path” and select the Spot Healing Brush from the drop down. This will stroke the path and remove the power lines! Watch the video tutorial here: https://photoshoptrainingchannel.com/remove-power-lines/ Is this doable in Affinity?
  9. IMPRESSIVE!!! You publish a tutorial, I'd buy it. What opacity, flow, and hardness did you use with your clone stamp?
  10. May have been a "quick job", but the result was VERY much better than I was able to accomplish. When I went across the tree, I left quite a bit more residual "debris" behind. Do you mind sharing what you did? Thank you
  11. I was sizing in Affinity when I received your reply.
  12. I should have said that I am trying to remove the power line from a complex background. I have a shot where the power line goes in from of a large oak tree with bare branches. I tried the inpainting approach and it left residual marks where the wires were in from to the tree. I tried to upload the image (13.8mb, JPEG) that I am working on, but I keep getting the error message: "Upload failed, There was a problem processing the uploaded file. -200"
  13. It looks like a good technique to remove the power line from complex background, such as trees.
  14. Big_Stan

    Noiseware crashes with AP

    Exchanged emails with Imagenomic this morning, I assumed from their reply that they have no intention to address the problem. "We are a small company and as such it's about all we can do to keep up with the constant Adobe/Microsoft/Apple update mess.Also, to put it into perspective, we've had about a dozen inquiries into Affinity Pro usage since it surfaced. We went down the Apple Aperture route and had a tiny installed customer base which hardly justified the development and support, now it's a dead end product. Finally, the vast majority of our customer base uses Photoshop and Lightroom mainly for these reasons:1. Quickly batch process images using the vast availability of actions, plugins and presets available for Adobe products.2. Retouch images with toolsets that are mature and have a large tutorial base.Affinity Pro has neither of the above so it's not an issue of how good Affinity Pro is or it's not a subscription service, it's an issue of what these customers need and is available.I've been using Serif's products for going on 20 years and so have no negativity toward them.Regards,George" I was hoping that somebody has a work a round. I was unable to make either of the two "fixes" that I found on the web work. 1. Export from COP as a PSD. You do however, need to change the Affinity Photo Preferences to allow Affinity to overwrite PSD files. 2. Convert the image to 8-bit color format to use the plug-in.
  15. As I continue to emigrate from Adobe I am running into minor, but solvable problems. I now have a conundrum, Noiseware seems to work with AP, however, when I hit "OK", AP crashes. I found these potential work-a-rounds on the web: "Edit With", PSD, Noiseware and Affinity Photo working in 16bit « on: May 12, 2017, 01:32:07 AM » Probably of limited interest, but Imagenomic Noiseware works as an Affinity Photo plugin with 16-bit PSD file. It crashes with 16-bit TIFFs, and I am having an issue round tripping TIFFs to Affinity anyway. So as C1 10.1 now allows round tripping of PSDs, you can now use "Edit With" to get to Noiseware through Affinity Photo. The stand alone version of Noiseware is Windows only, so this mostly of value to Mac users. You do however, need to change the Affinity Photo Preferences to allow Affinity to overwrite PSD files. I have searched AP preferences, but I am unable to find this option. I did raise the crashing issue with Imagenomic recently, but apparently only three people had raised it, so I am guessing that not many Affinity Photo users are also Noiseware users. And even less who are also C1 users, but it may be of interest to someone. Another writer posted: "Works with 8-bit color formats only. Crashes Affinity Photo when working with 16-bit images. Convert the image to 8-bit color format to use the plug-in." The 8-bit trick crashes AP too.
  16. John, Thank you, not exactly what I wanted to hear. Never had that problem with CS 6. I guess that in spite of all my wishes to abandon Adobe, if I want to continue to use Viveza, I am condemned to use it with Photoshop . I feel like the subject in the old Kingston Trio song about "Charlie on the MTA" Stan
  17. When I open an image in AP the color looks normal (see image 1). When I use the Viveza 2 plug-in, the image (as seen on the screen, has a purple cast, see image 2). When I hover the mouse over the image, it appears purple in the loupe for a split-second and then "flips" to normal color, but still shows purple on the screen. The adjustment sliders work, but the image is still purple. When I click "OK", the image returns to the normal coloration with the Viveza adjustments.
  18. Big_Stan

    NIK and MAC Photo version 1.6

    Thank you MEB!! NIK is now working again.
  19. Nope, I do not have a Beta, just using the retail version. It is getting weirder, I was finally able to get the plug-ins back, (I had to shut down and then restart, reload the plug-ins and then restart again) however, now NIK says my trial has expired. NIK works perfectly in CS6, just refuses to work in AP. I have owned NIK for years (even before Google bought them).
  20. Up until today, I have been successfully using Noiseware, Topaz, et al plug-ins with AF 1.6.6 and they suddenly vanished. How can I get them reloaded? Mac Pro, High Sierra 10.3.2, 10 GB Ram
  21. Adobe just presented you with a golden opportunity to grab a bunch of unhappy LR customers. In my case, the absence of a Digital Asset Manager has kept me from putting the extra effort into getting comfortable with Affinity (I use the Photo Persona from time to time and I am impressed, but I have never used the Develop Persona), I am just waiting for a DAM to finalize the divorce. Paraphrasing the words of Rhett Butler, "When are you guys going to give a DAM?"
  22. After not finding any definite answers regarding AP developing a DAM, I called their US help line and was connected to the UK. I talked to a very polite guy who did a magnificent job of obfuscation in not providing direct answers my questions. When I pressed him for an answer, he finally replied. Here is my paraphrase of his reply, He said they are thinking about it, but they have no immediate plans to deliver a DAM nor would he say if it was in the works or what was meant by immediate plans. When I asked him why they would not just say this as a posting, his reply was classic, They did not want to say this because they didn’t want disappoint anybody. I guess they feel that the customer cannot handle the truth. Bottom line, do not hold your breath waiting for an AP DAM.
  23. I was prepared to use LR as my DAM in the interim and wait for Affinity to show-up. But, from what you guys are saying, an imminent delivery does not appear promising.
  24. toltec, Don't be sorry unless you are the "guy" holding up the delivery. Seriously, if they don't get their act together they are going to miss a golden opportunity. As it is, they may be too late now.

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