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Big_Stan

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  1. After you watch the video, I look forward to you showing me an easier way to accomplish the task.
  2. AlainP, Thank you for your inciteful comment. However, this is not a joke. Unless one owns Photoshop 6 Extended or a cloud version of Photoshop, I know of no way that star alignment and noise reduction stacking can be automatically accomplished except in Affinity Photo. Of course, one can always manually align the stars, but with a Milky Way shot, manual alignment becomes a long and tedious process.
  3. What would this look like using Affinity Photo? Process images in Lightroom and then export layers to Photoshop EDIT (right click) > Open as layers in Photoshop Duplicate Stack > (Select all layers and drag to New Layer Button on bottom of the layer palette (see black square with lower left corner bent up) Now there is the original set PLUS a duplicate set Right Click & choose Convert to a Smart Object. Rename as “foreground” > hide (click on eye icon to hide) Hide all the sky layers EXCEPT one > Click the one visible layer and Click Add Layer Mask (see square w/ black c
  4. I'd really appreciate it if somebody with better AP skills than I have would translate the following set of image processing instructions from Photoshop speak into Affinity Photo speak. I generated the text from a YouTube video: . Process images in Lightroom and then export layers to Photoshop EDIT (right click) > Open as layers in Photoshop Duplicate Stack > (Select all layers and drag to New Layer Button on bottom of the layer palette (see black square with lower left corner bent up) Now there is the original set PLUS a duplicate set Right Click & choose Convert to a S
  5. I created a written set of instructions from the video. The goal is to change these from Photoshop speak to Affinity Photo speak. Landscape Astrophotography Noise Reduction with Image Stacking in Photoshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rydg7JGTAbw Process images in Lightroom and then export layers to Photoshop EDIT (right click) > Open as layers in Photoshop Duplicate Stack > (Select all layers and drag to New Layer Button on bottom of the layer palette (see black square with lower left corner bent up) Now there is the original set PLUS a duplicate set Right Click & choose
  6. I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to adapt the procedure shown on the following link to work on Affinity Photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rydg7JGTAbw My goal is to write a procedure to accomplish Landscape Astrophotography Noise Reduction with Image Stacking.
  7. Thank you, success at last. Although I hope in v1.5 it will be more reliable.
  8. I am having a problem getting the Sky Replacement to work as shown. Everything works as demonstrated until I get to the point when the narrator says, "click drag the mask and offer it to the sky layer as a child layer." I am unable to achieve consistent results; occasionally I will succeed and and get the results like those shown on the screen, however most of the time I am unable to create the "child layer". What is the secret to reliably creating the child layer?
  9. Prior to saying sayonara to CS6.6 (I am experiencing an issue between my keyboard short-cuts and PS and Adobe has left me hanging; they no longer support my version of PS) I was working on setting up my Wacom tablet and pen to work with PS. Aaron Nace at Phlearn prepared a few PS tutorials that addressed setting up the tablet options to maximize utility of the tablet. There is just enough difference between Affinity Photo and PS to invalidate his instructions. Bottom line, an AP/tablet tutorial would be greatly appreciated.
  10. I got the pen settings to work but I am unable to save the setting after I quit Photo.
  11. I am beginning to use a Wacom tablet w/ Affinity Photo. I found several tablet related tutorials for Affinity Designer but was unable to find a tutorial aimed at photo processing.
  12. Thank you very much. You guys really beat the support I didn't receive from the other guys; they merely said they no longer support my version of PS and I should post my problem on the forum. Never heard a word back. Again, Thank you!!!
  13. I am ready to leave Photoshop CS6.6 and do all of my photo-editing work in Affinity Photo. My problem is that PS and Sierra are not playing nicely; for example, under Yosemite if I wanted to go back/undo I would press CMD-Z and the action would be applied. However, under Sierra, PS does not recognize the command and in order for me to undo I had to go to Edit > Step Backward. This is annoying but no big deal. However, I am using a Wacom tablet and I am no longer able to program the Pen settings or the Express Keys using Key-Strokes. Bottom line, how do I set the pen settings so tha
  14. Thank you, I should known it sounded too good to be real.
  15. PS CC has a tool identified as focus area selection. It is supposed to be able to identify/select "any pixels it thinks are in focus". Does Affinity Photo have a similar capability?
  16. What is the difference between "view at 100%" and "view at actual size"? When I select view at "actual size", the 1 inch grid on the screen measures 1 inch, however, when I select "view at 100%", the 1 inch grid on the screen measures slightly more than 2.5 inches. Which view option shows the image as it would appear on a print.
  17. I used to have the same problem in photoshop. In photoshop I changed the brush color from pure white to an slightly grayer color. If you were painting out, the color would be lighter than black, sort of middle gray
  18. I assume that the tutorial instructors are working from a script (at least I hope they are). Why not include a down loadable link to the script along with the video. When I find a video that peaks my interest I frequently start/stop the tutorial in order to capture the instructions being presented.
  19. I am confused regarding the scale shown on the screen and the zoom slider. After resizing my bird image (5:1) I selected "show ruler" and "grid" and adjusted the zoom until 1" on the ruler and the grid were exactly 1" on the screen. At this point I assumed that the zoom slider would both show 100%, nope the zoom slider showed only 30%. Adjusting the zoom slider to 100% resulted in showing a grid marked 1" as measuring 1.625". Which dimension should I trust? This has serious implication when trying to predict print image quality; at 1" equals 1" the quality of the image is amazingly good b
  20. I was searching Wikipedia and found the following quote regarding the white halos I encountered with using the Lanczos filter for image resampling, "When using the Lanczos filter for image resampling, the ringing effect will create light and dark halos along any strong edges". BTW, I was able to "push" the resampling to 5:1 and using the clone stamp tool at about 60% hardness I was able to get rid of the halos and achieve satisfactory results. Using the defringe filter did not seem to contribute to removing the halo.
  21. David, Have you looked into the video tutorial called "Soft Proofing". Don't know if it will satisfy your need for Soft Proofing information.
  22. I just used Lanczos 3 (non-separable) to resize a high quality image of a bird perched on a wire with a very bright blue sky behind it. I had previously tried resizing the shot with Perfect Resize 10 (Genuine Fractals) and was disappointed with the results. Resize 10 claims to be able to do a ten-fold resize, the best I was able to achieve was a marginal 2.25:1, the resampled pixels looked wavy and warped. The results with Lanczos 3 were truly amazing! I had one issue, after resizing (4:1) and viewing at 100%, while there were no warped pixels, there was a noticeable white halo (fringe)
  23. In Photoshop I am able to create custom preset brushes to perform specific tasks. For example, I made a custom watermark brush that resides in my brush catalog and I use it to watermark images; I select the brush and just "click"on the image where I want the watermark appear. In addition, I made a Comatic aberration brush (also in my brush catalog) that I use remove coma from stars in my Astrophotography pictures. Is there a way to perform this type of action in Affinity Photo?
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