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  1. I tried your suggestion and it works.  However, I was trying to mask based on color. In my Photoshop days I used Imagenonic Noiseware to selectively apply denoise to a specific part (color) of an image.  According to Imagenonic, Noiseware will not work correctly with any other product than PS.  My goal is the create a “backdoor” that will replicate the color selection capability in AP.

  2. I am trying to use the “Color Picker Tool” in order to make a mask of a specific part of an image. When I select a sample and then adjust the Tolerance slider to include all of the desired tints I also end up having much more area in the mask than I want (from other parts of the image). For example, in the attached image I selected the green background and increased the Tolerance slider to 35% in order to include most of the background (there is still a small spot to the left of the beak that was not included).  As you can see the bird (and a bunch of other stuff) is now included in the mask.

    How would I go about deselecting the extraneous areas? 


  3. Stokerg,

    Thank you for your response, even though it arrived three weeks after I posted the problem.  

    While I was trying to get Affinity Photo to stitch a satisfactory pano, I rediscovered Hugin for Mac.  Hugin has a problem with a routine called "PTBatcherGUI", but when I posted the problem on the Hugin forum, I received immediate "fix" suggestions and now, "all is well in pano land".

    I use C1 for my raw processing, and since neither AP nor Hugin automatically round trip with C1, there is no  advantage to using either stitcher; except Hugin produces a better pano.  If AP produced a pano with fewer artifacts, there would be a definite work flow advantage to using AP rather than the convoluted way that I am now doing it.

    Thank you again, I just got anxious to stitch my pano.

  4. I have started doing panos again.  In the past I used Lightroom and Hugin to create my panos and I was generally pleased with the resulting images. Now that I have dumped Lightroom and since I am having problems getting Hugin to play nicely with C1, I decide to give AP a try.

    Fortunately Thomas Fitzgerald published a tutorial yesterday on how to create a pano using C1 and AP. However I am not happy with the resulting pano, the image seam boundaries have very noticeable luminance problems. 

    The C1 part of the process seems to be working fine, but when I stitch the panorama with AP I see different sky brightness at the seam boundaries.  In the “busy” portions of the foreground the artifacts are visible if you know where to look and you zoom in to 200%.  However, the blended sky is different matter.  The luminance artifacts at the image boundaries are very visible at a “fit on the screen” setting.

    I have attached my test bed image.  The image is too big to upload so I cropped it to show two of the worst artifacts, they are at the sky line just in from the left and the right respectively.

    Here is the link to the tutorial: https://blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2020/5/video-stitching-panoramas-with-capture-one-and-affinity-photo?utm_source=Thomas+Fitzgerald+Photography+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2ded712fbd-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e0e9f78b2f-2ded712fbd-254217577&mc_cid=2ded712fbd&mc_eid=3ea2b17dfa


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    The good news:  I am able to digitally sign document, it has a very good OCR, and I have used it to create downloadable pdf forms.

    The bad news, their tutorials are amateurish and they omit many steps. By trial and error and with much frustration I have created a few "Crib Notes" as reminders.  I have also used Foxit tutorials (much better) to help me get over some of the rough spots

    The best news, I believe that are running good sales now..

  6. I have been reworking some of my old images to improve my skills and keep my spirits up and I think that this isolation in place has finally fried my brain.

    I have an old image of a night skyline of Washington, DC and I want to insert a full moon into the image above and to the left of the foreground building (Lincoln Memorial).  Back in my CS-6 days  this was not rocket science, but doing it in AP is driving me crazy.  Can somebody out there point me to an AP tutorial on inserting a moon into an image.  I would like to accomplish this before our Governor rescinds his "stay home order".

    The skyline was shot at 75mm and the moon was shot at 135mm, so I will have to shrink the moon about 50% in order to keep the scale correct.

    I have attached the skyline and the moon images




  7. Several years ago I created a watermark brush and I was very pleased with the result.  I was able to change size, opacity and color.  Since 1.8.1, I can still change size and opacity, but I can no longer change color (black to white) regardless of what I do the watermark is black.  If I go to the color tab and select the white circle and then paint the watermark on the image, the resulting watermark is still black.  Blend mode is set to normal.  There is a little circle just to the lower left of the color selection and it has a red diagonal line through it and no matter what I push, the red diagonal does not go away.  

    Bottom line, after several years of satisfactory performance, I am now unable to change the color of the brush.

  8. Does anybody have experience with Neat Image Version 8.5?

    Back in my PS days, Noiseware was my "go to" noise reduction plugin. Using Noiseware I could denoise by preset, tonal range & color range, as well as by noise frequency.  I have Noiseware, sort of working with AP, but the preview window looks weird.  Since Imagenomic explicitly states the they do not support AP, I am in the market for a good Noise Reduction plugin.  I shoot at fairly low ISOs and my shots are not too noisy.

    Up til now I have not been particularly impressed with the Topaz AI products ( I like to do my own thing and not let the machine do the heavy lifting)

  9. I just switched from a 5,1 Mac Pro to a 2019 iMac with Catalina.  I am using C1, AP and other common S/W and I am not experiencing any problems. In fact, I have found that my post processing seems to be running smoother and faster. I did have an issue getting Noiseware installed as an AP plugin, but that is a known problem (Imagenomic told me that they do not support AP and while it may seem to be "working", it may not be fully functional.) 

  10. I have been unsuccessfully chasing this topic for several weeks. 

    Is it possible to use Noiseware with Affinity Photo on a Mac (10.15.1)?

    Prior to going to Catalina, I successfully used Noiseware and Affinity Photo with Mojave , the preview colors were a little squirrelly but Noiseware worked.  However, now that I have gone to Catalina, I am unable to get AP to recognize Noiseware.

    I downloaded the Noiseware installer and Noiseware was successfully loaded into my Applications folder (see screen shot 1).  I then went to AP Preferences and, as you can see, Noiseware is in the “Plugin Search Folders” just below the Topaz plugins.  I then restarted AP, expecting to see Noiseware under AP Filters.  As can be seen in Screen Shot 3, the Topaz Lab plugins are there but Noiseware is not listed as a Detected Plugin. 

    When I open "About this Mac" > "System Report" > "Software", I don't see Imagenomic listed nor is Noiseware listed. So, while Noiseware appears in my Application folder is not being shown in my System Report. As far as I can determine, Noiseware is a 64-bit app.

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  11. This morning I opened an AP photo and selected Filter > Plugins > Topaz Labs > Topaz DeNoise AI.  At that point I received a "pop-up" that said "Updates Available", I clicked "Yes". At that point I expected to see the update downloading on my Mac., but I did not, see screen shot 2, followed by screen shot 3. This is likely a Topaz Issue, but because they are so slow to reply to requests for help (my last request took 14 days before I received an answer), I am hoping that somebody on AP forum has a suggestion.  

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