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    h_d got a reaction from Chris B in 1.9.0.211: Couple of observations on the export preview   
    Hi,
    A few niggles (and a bug) with the new export preview.
    1) It is overlapped by floating Studio panels:

    (They can of course be dragged out of the way, but it would be neater if the export dialog and preview were modal.)
     
    2) The preview overlaps the export dialog:

    (I think that may have been mentioned before, but I'd also point out that it's made more awkward by the fact that it's not possible to reposition or resize the export dialog itself. On a 15" laptop screen I can't get any decent magnification on the preview window without completely obscuring the export dialog.)
    3) While displaying the export preview, keyboard shortcuts affect the image that is being edited. For example, if I display the export preview and press Cmd + in the hope of enlarging it, the image I'm editing is enlarged but not the export preview. Worse still, if I press Cmd-w in the hope of closing the export preview, the main image closes (with a save dialog if there have been edits since the last save). This leaves me with the export preview and export dialog active, but no image open:

    If I then click the Export button in the export dialog, I get a save dialog for an Untitled image. If I click Save, Photo Beta crashes immediately. This is repeatable behaviour.
    With apologies if I'm going over old ground...
    H
     
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Ulysses in Data Merge in Publisher   
    I watched the video you referred and the process of setting up an Excel data file described there seems almost identical to what you do with Affinity Publisher. It requires a .csv or tab-delimited text file with a header row. The only major difference I can see is that you don't have to go through the shenanigans of typing an @ character in the header for linked images. If the data file is in the same directory as the images, then just the image name seems to work. Otherwise, as hinted at but not really explained in the video, you can include full paths, which could be quite cumbersome.
    This is a grab of a dummy .csv file I've been using to try it out, created in a text editor but the principle is the same as in Excel:

    (I would stress that this is dummy data, not real names and passwords )
    I wouldn't want to add more about the data merge process here as it's still in beta and it may change/improve before release. But generally speaking I've been pretty impressed.
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    h_d got a reaction from TDNT in How to use gradient tool, the BASICS?   
    Here's one way of approximating a graduated ND filter. I'm sure there are others.
     
    1) Create a new pixel layer above the background layer. I renamed mine to Gradient.

     
    2) With the Gradient layer active, select the Gradient tool and drag it from the bottom to the top (hold down the Shift key to keep it vertical). This will give a white-to-gray gradient on the upper layer, and your boat will be temporarily obscured.

     
    3) Change the blend mode of the upper layer to Colour Burn .

    4) With the gradient tool still selected you can now start refining the effect with various settings. For example, you can move the top and bottom handles of the gradient slider up and down to make the gradation more or less defined. You can even drag the handles outside the image, although if you bring them too close together you will get a noticeable line. If you click once on either of the gradient handles you can then change its colour in the Colour panel. Changing the grey to black will give a very strong result. Other colours may get you some pretty nightmarish results:
     

     
    You can tone the results down by adjusting the Opacity of your Gradient layer:

     
    You can also experiment with different blend modes, and you can refer back to the original image by temporarily hiding the Gradient layer:

    Once you're happy, save this file in .aphoto format (so you can edit it later) and then export to your preferred final image format (.jpg etc).
    Hope some of this helps!
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Suggy78 in Editable/Custom Tripod Caps   
    I suspect it may be a question of creating a circular logo and then importing it into the 3D Vista 360 panorama image. But as for size, image file format, colour profile, transparency - I'm in the dark and 3D Vista isn't very forthcoming about the details in their tutorial.
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    h_d reacted to MEB in 1.9.0.203 Crash when clicking Presets button of Crop Tool   
    It wasn't fixed for this build (1.9.0.206) yet.
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    h_d got a reaction from telemax in Easy way to make lettering show images?   
    Not easy if you want to edit the text afterwards, but if it's a short phrase you could:
    Create each letter of the phrase as a separate layer of artistic text and adjust alignment and spacing as required'

     
    Place the images in the document and then clip them to the individual letters:

    (Cats from Unsplash).
    IMO this makes it slightly easier to adjust the images to fit the letterforms, while retaining the ability to edit the individual letters of the text.
     
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    h_d got a reaction from K Marie in Transfer to New Computer   
    Hi @K Marie and welcome! It may depend a bit on where you bought your software from, but generally the procedure is pretty seamless. When you start up your new Mac you'll be stepped through the transfer process which will include options to duplicate application files, user settings and files, passwords etc. It's all handled by macOS Migration Assistant. Your Affinity licences should cover multiple Macs (as long as they're for personal use). 
    The only thing I've found is that the migration process can be quite slow - two or three hours seems common, especially if it's running over wifi, which it will need to if you're moving to a laptop, as they don't have built-in ethernet. So give yourself plenty of time 
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d got a reaction from sfriedberg in [Publisher] Need help on adjusting text leading   
    It sounds as though the paragraph style is set to align to the baseline grid. Try unchecking this setting:
     

    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d got a reaction from Raptor65 in Publisher clipping mask - repositioning/resizing masked content   
    If you're using standard squared-up images then placing them in a rectangular Picture Frame gives you a lot of control, including the ability to add a stroked border. 

     
    You can even convert the frame to a curve, giving you the option to modify its outline, while retaining the resizing and movement controls: 
     


    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d reacted to LogosByDim in What is this blue line in the layers panel?   
    Oh I figured out the meaning behind the horizontal line beneath layers. Here it is for those who also want to know.

    The blue line beneath each layer indicates the color of the "selection lines" that appear around the object when selected with the Move Tool.
    Here is an example where I changed the color of the layer to dark red using: Right-click a layer → Properties → Click on the current color to change it.

    Only layers will have such a line beneath them.
    Thank you @MattP for the explanation, it just took me some time to figure it out. 
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    h_d got a reaction from robinp in Lightroom replacement possible ?   
    We sort of have that already. From the File - Open dialog, look down the sidebar for Media - Photos and that will give you access to the images in your Apple Photos library. 

     
    However, it's pretty clunky - sometimes it will initially only display my Photo Booth library. On top of that, if you open a file in this way, and then close it (even without editing),  the next time you run File - Open you start deep in the normally hidden Photos.library directory structure, and heaven knows what damage you could do to the database if you start messing with that.
    I also don't know what the effect would be in Apple Photos if you opened an image in this way, edited and saved it.  Photos doesn't recognise .afphoto documents, so you'd have to manually flatten it to retain .jpg format. Even then I don't know what effect it would have on Apple Photos, and I'm somewhat reluctant to experiment with it. And I don't even want to begin to think about a workflow for raw files...
     
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in Lightroom replacement possible ?   
    We sort of have that already. From the File - Open dialog, look down the sidebar for Media - Photos and that will give you access to the images in your Apple Photos library. 

     
    However, it's pretty clunky - sometimes it will initially only display my Photo Booth library. On top of that, if you open a file in this way, and then close it (even without editing),  the next time you run File - Open you start deep in the normally hidden Photos.library directory structure, and heaven knows what damage you could do to the database if you start messing with that.
    I also don't know what the effect would be in Apple Photos if you opened an image in this way, edited and saved it.  Photos doesn't recognise .afphoto documents, so you'd have to manually flatten it to retain .jpg format. Even then I don't know what effect it would have on Apple Photos, and I'm somewhat reluctant to experiment with it. And I don't even want to begin to think about a workflow for raw files...
     
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    h_d got a reaction from firstdefence in How to make background white?   
    Alternatively you could use the Selection Brush (or Flood Selection Tool) to select everything except the gemstone, then a Levels adjustment to lighten the background to white while leaving the shadow with a slight grey tone:

     
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    h_d got a reaction from Studio Ryan Coover in Can Affinity open Adobe Illustrator CS6 files?   
    Hi @Stuido Ryan Coover and welcome! You can also export InDesign documents as .idml files and import these into Affinity Publisher. Again, it's never going to be a perfect process and there are bound to be rough edges. You certainly can't open InDesign docs directly in Publisher, and any apply sales person who says you can is fibbing.
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    h_d got a reaction from jmwellborn in Can Affinity open Adobe Illustrator CS6 files?   
    Hi @Stuido Ryan Coover and welcome! You can also export InDesign documents as .idml files and import these into Affinity Publisher. Again, it's never going to be a perfect process and there are bound to be rough edges. You certainly can't open InDesign docs directly in Publisher, and any apply sales person who says you can is fibbing.
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    h_d reacted to SPaceBar in Incorrect filename in .pdf export   
    Hi @h_d Thanks for sharing this issue. I've just had a look and it has been logged so I will add your information and pass it on to the development team.

    Cheers 👍
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    h_d got a reaction from max1josef in Publisher: How to let field "filename" always show source filename in exported documents   
    Worse still, the name of the exported .pdf is inserted into the Filename field in the original .afpub document, until you close and re-open the .afpub.
    I think this is a bug, or at the very least unexpected behaviour - I'll report it in the Beta forum as it persists in build 1.9.0.850 and it's unlikely to be fixed for the present release builds.
    One get-round is to insert the Title field (although you'll have to type in the .afpub extension). This survives the export to pdf:

     
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d reacted to MEB in 1.9.0.203 - Persistence of tone mapping before & after slider   
    Thanks for reporting this @h_d. Issue logged to be looked at.
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    h_d reacted to anon2 in Pattern Layer Dialog Usability Issue 1.9.0.203   
    Could the dialog remember the last entered values, please. It could also offer a presets facility.  It has quickly become tedious having to change the values away from 32 x 32 every time.
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    h_d reacted to MEB in 1.9.0.204 (Intel) - dark divider lines when combining fx and live filter   
    Hi h_d,
    Thanks for reporting this. I've logged the issue to be looked at.
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    h_d got a reaction from IPv6 in 1.9.0.204 (Intel) - dark divider lines when combining fx and live filter   
    Hi,
    This probably something of an edge case as it's not often you'd want to blur and sharpen the same image, but here goes...
    Open an image, apply a Gaussian Blur layer effect (I set the blur to around 0.8px and checked Preserve Alpha):

    Apply a High Pass Live Filter. Adjust radius to bring out contrast. A black border starts to appear around the image, increasing in thickness as the radius is increased:

    Set blend mode of live filter to Soft Light (Overlay, Hard Light, Vivid Light will also work):
     

    Close live filter dialog, zoom in and out of image. Transient rectangles with borders of various thicknesses come and go across the image:
         
    Select the image layer and Merge Visible:

    Yikes.
    I've attached the .afphoto doc. It appears to happen with any image, in both release (1.8.6) and beta versions of Photo. I'm running macOS 11.0.1 Big Sur.
    Cheers,

     
     
    yikes.afphoto
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    h_d reacted to ColinG in Fuji XT20 Lens - XC14-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ   
    I guess that is the strength of outfits like Adobe or Phase One. That is not to decry AP, it is great software. What is strange though is that ON1 2021 recognises the lens and does an auto adjust and I thought they used Lensfun.
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    h_d reacted to Patrick Connor in Mac OS Version Compatibility   
    @RoyN
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums  
    1.8.6 is compatible with High Sierra, this release ADDS compatibility with 11.0 Big Sur without removing any earlier compatibility
    h_d's info is correct, and both these are true. The Mac App Store version has a lower OS compatibility requirement due to sandboxing issues in Lion 10.7 and Mountain Lion 10.8, meaning the Affinity Store version requires macOS 10.9 or above.
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    h_d reacted to MEB in 1.9.0.203 : Styles only affect pattern layer   
    Thank h_d. Issue logged to be looked at.
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