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  1. 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"
  2. It looks like a good technique to remove the power line from complex background, such as trees.
  3. 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 fr
  4. 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 Li
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Thank you MEB!! NIK is now working again.
  9. 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).
  10. 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
  11. 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, T
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Chris, Thank you. I do not know if have read all of the angst regarding Adobe's new pricing plan for LR, but they have now gone completely to rental only. And, their new pricing could make a "sailor blush".
  15. 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?"
  16. Yes, but doing it this way I'd have to with back an forth frequently. Oh well, I guess you are all telling me that it is impossible to lower the mask opacity the way it can be done in PS Select & Mask.
  17. Exactly. With a lower opacity it will be easier to see the edgers of subject. Right now I select the quick mask, paint, and then switch the mask off to see where I missed or where I over achieved. Having the ability to reduce the opacity of the mask (make it more transparent) is useful when you have a image with a complex background and where the color difference between the subject and the background is not that distinct. In wildlife photography the animals/birds are camouflaged. Everybody loves to show tutorials where the subject and the background are very different, but fr
  18. Yes, but if I were able to lower the opacity on the "red" overlay mask it would be easier to use. Perhaps I should have been more specific, Is there a way to lower the opacity on the red mask?
  19. If you had watched the video, you would have seen how they adjusted the opacity to assist the selection process. I know how to use the Affinity Quick Mask tool, however, the Photoshop Select & Mask tool is MUCH easier to use.
  20. Starting with CC 2015.5, Photoshop has provided the Select & Mask tool that has made extracting a subject from a complex background relatively easy. Here is a link to a demonstration of the PS Select & Mask tool: http://appnationconference.com/video/yAz9jZJiiTzk Does Affinity Photo have a tool that provides a similar capability as Select & Mask?
  21. I've owned Affinity Photo for some time now and after an initial exposure, I went back to PS because Affinity is very similar to PS it is not quite similar enough. For example, in Photoshop I can create a layer mask and paint with a black brush to paint out an effect and if I make a mistake (e.g., sloppy painting) I can change the brush color to white and then cancel the effect of my sloppy painting. When I use Affinity photo, I can select a black brush in a manner similar to what can do in PS and black reveals but in the case of Affinity white also reveals. I'll make this speech short, How
  22. I shot this pic (RAW) and the afternoon sun was "filtering" through the foliage, creating localized areas of green color cast. I was able to "get rid" of most of it via some LR tweaking. However, some green still exists on the bird's back and his (it is a male) tail feathers. I tried using the Adjustment Brush but I was unable to fully eliminate the green without introducing other artifacts. The RGB values on his black feathers are: 20, 19, 22 and in the green cast area on his back: 19, 23, 16 Suggestions appreciated.
  23. When working on a stack In Photoshop it is possible to create a layer mask on one image in the stack and then select “Add Layer Mask” and copy that mask on to the next image in the stack and so forth until all of the images are masked with the same mask. This technique is valuable when trying to auto-align stars in time lapse photography of the night sky. For example, in a single 10-second exposure a star will move ~ 2 pixels and if one uses 15 exposures for a median noise reduction stack, the star’s track will create a 30-pixel smear. If one did not first remove the static foreground from
  24. I am unable to post the link to the video. "Landscape Astrophotography Noise Reduction with Image Stacking in Photoshop CC or CS6 Extended" The presenter is Ian Norman, Lonely Speck www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rydg7JGTAbw
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