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    h_d got a reaction from Chris B in Develop Persona Info panel - missing interface elements?   
    This is the Info panel in the Develop persona in 1.7.3 release build:

     
    and this is it in 1.8.0.163:

     
    The icons for Colour Model, Sample from Cursor and Sample from Location appear to have gone AWOL (although the tooltips are still there).
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d got a reaction from Old Bruce in Where is the file's name in RAW Develop.   
    It doesn't seem to be there by default, or in the Default Set for the Develop Persona. You have to Customise Toolbar and drag in the Status:

     
    Cheers,
     
    H
     
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in Apple Photos round-tripping   
    a) Developer version of Catalina and the associated version of Apple Photos (still at version 5.0, as it has been for some months with release builds as well). Probably can't say much more or Cupertino will start waving an NDA at me. 
    b) No - and I'm not currently in a position to do so.
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    h_d got a reaction from Chris B in Cropping overlay   
    It's quite possible that I ran a previous Beta at some point in the past and that I used the Golden Spiral cropping overlay.  I'm afraid I can't remember, though -  I was just a bit surprised to see it pop up as what appeared to be the default in 1.8.
    Case closed though, I reckon.
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    h_d got a reaction from Chris B in UI glitch in Channel Mixer adjustment   
    Hi @Chris B
     
    I'm not scaling the display at all:

     
    Just to confirm, I'm on a 2019 15" MacBook Pro.
    I've just checked and I get the same glitch in the release versions of Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher and Affinity Designer.
    The common factor: in all cases I have Preferences - User Interface - Font UI Size set to Large rather than Default. If I change to Default (a bit too small for my poor old eyes) the glitch disappears. This is Affinity Photo Beta with the size set to Default:

     
    Hope that helps!
    H
     
     
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    h_d reacted to R C-R in Apple Photos round-tripping   
    Doh! I had two browser tabs open, both on topics about issues with Catalina & Apple Photos, & I stupidly confused who was reporting what in each of them. 
    Sorry for asking again for what you already clearly reported. 
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    h_d got a reaction from phil_r in Apple Photos round-tripping   
    I know there's another thread about this, but it has got muddied with recommendations for other software, requests for DAMs, issues with opening images from the Media 'folder' in the Open dialog sidebar...
    So hopefully to get things back on track, this is my experience with round-tripping from Apple Photos 5.0 running in macOS Catalina (a developer beta) into Affinity Photo Beta 1.8.163 and back again.
    I am using a 2019 MacBook Pro 15" with Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU. All these tests were conducted on .jpg format originals.
    On installation, there are six standalone Affinity extensions, plus "Edit in Affinity Photo", all flagged with the BETA icon and available from within Apple Photos' editing suite:

    As far as I can see, Affinity Develop, Affinity Monochrome, Affinity Retouch, Affinity Haze Removal and Affinity Liquify all work as expected. Edits are saved when committed and are carried through to Apple Photos'  main display, with the "Edited" icon visible in the top right-hand corner of each edited image. Images edited with these extensions can be reverted to the original in An apple Photos' edit suite.
    Affinity Miniature is buggy, on my machine at least. When first launched, it displays the controls for "Elliptical" while the "Tilt" button is highlighted:

    Clicking and dragging on the control nodes over the image, and on the sliders to the side, frequently has no effect, or at least the response is unusably slow. Saving and returning to Apple Photos takes far longer than I would expect (up to the point I would almost consider a force quit) but does eventually save the image correctly.
    Edit in Affinity Photo works correctly, but only if the image is flattened before saving back to Apple Photos. 
    Clicking Save Changes when returning to Apple Photos, having edited and saved an Affinity Photo session with adjustment layers, live filters, layer effects, masks or additional pixel or shape layers leads to the following sequence of dialogs in Apple Photos:

    then

    Clicking OK at this point returns the user to the Apple Photos editing suite without applying any changes to the image.
    Similarly, any image which has been cropped during an Edit in Affinity Photo session will not save back into Apple Photos unless it has been manually flattened before saving in Affinity Photo. Same outcome as above.
    My impression is that previous versions of Affinity Photo may have "silently" flattened images before saving back into Apple Photos. This doesn't appear to be happening in 1.8. But of course my impression may be wrong.
    The alternative way of round-tripping is to Edit with Affinity Photo (not "in")  via the contextual menu (or Command + Enter) from Apple Photos' image listing:

    As far as I can see, no edits made and saved in Affinity Photo using this method are saved back to Apple Photos. During the Affinity Photos editing session, the file name in the contextual menu gives the original document name (not "Apple Photos Document" as when editing via an extension):
      vs    
    It does not display the Apple Photos' "internal" file name either (something like "C0C8960B-C98C-454E-8CF6-E922274D7D27.jpg"). And the original file (P1000554.jpg ing my case) does not appear in Affinity Photos' File - Open Recent menu or in its equivalent in the MacBook Pro TouchBar. It's as if the file was never edited at all.
    Hope this helps - thanks for a great product!
    H
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    h_d got a reaction from C.L. in Publisher - Sections for newbies   
    Hi @C.L. and welcome! This has been asked before (eg here) and the simple answer is that there's no easy way. You may be able to get round it by inserting page breaks or column breaks into the flow:

     
    or by cutting and pasting the overmatter into a new flow at the end of each chapter/section.
    But if it were me, I would organise my original text outside AFPub into separate files for each section or chapter, and then pull each of them as a series of new flows.
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    h_d got a reaction from BlueSailing in Problem Placing Images in Picture Frames   
    Like this?

     
    If you continue embedding large images (8x10, presumably inches, at 300 DPI) into your AFPub document, its size will balloon. No-one really seems to know how big an AFPub file (lots of pages, lots of embedded images) can get before it starts to cause issues with editing/saving/exporting, but better safe than sorry.
    There are (at least) two possibilities.
    First, in the File menu under Document Setup is an option to "Prefer Linked". With this checked, placed images will not be embedded but referenced, and the AFPub document will hopefully remain at a manageable size. The downside to this is that if the images are subsequently moved (to another folder, say), then Publisher will lose track of them and you would need to re-link them.
    Second, if you really do want to embed all the images (which removes the risk of them being moved), then you could resize them to the dimensions of your Picture Frames before Placing them. This will keep the AFPub file down to a manageable size.
     
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    h_d reacted to wibby baff in I have a broken glass negative that I want to digitaly stitch back together   
    Hello again h-d
        just some useless info. ,  My grand father ( I am 74) was a keen photographer and I was fortunate enough to inherit his half plate camera and plates ,some still unexposed.
              This shot is of some of my family and he (granfather) was behind said camera, all I have to do now is try to name them
    all the best
    W
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    h_d got a reaction from SillyWalk in Pages panel UI quirk   
    Hi,
    If I display my lists of Master Pages and Pages like this:

    And then click the disclosure triangle next to Master Pages...

    The Pages list (undisclosed) drops right to the bottom of the panel, even if (as here) I only have one master page set up. The first couple of times this happened I thought the Pages list had disappeared.
    Disclosing the Pages list bounces it back up to the top of the panel:

    Just seems like a slightly weird bit of interface: I would expect the top of the Pages list to be displayed immediately below the Masters list, even when undisclosed.
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d got a reaction from GarryP in I have a broken glass negative that I want to digitaly stitch back together   
    Hi @wibby baff and welcome!
    Here's one way:
    Open both images, copy and paste one of them onto a new layer in the other image.
    Set the Flood Select Tool to very low tolerance (around 2%). Use it to select the grey triangular areas on each layer in turn, and then delete them. Increase the width of the Canvas (Document menu) so that both sections of the image fit within it.
    Use the Move Tool to adjust the positions of the two sections so that they match up as closely as possible.
    Flatten and crop the document.
    Use the Inpainting Brush Tool in very small stages to clean up the inevitable "stitch line", and the Healing Brush Tool to clean up blemishes.
    I've attached my effort (RLtiff.tiff) and a screen shot. It's a charming photo!

     
    RLtiff.tiff
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    h_d got a reaction from A_B_C in Pages panel UI quirk   
    Hi,
    If I display my lists of Master Pages and Pages like this:

    And then click the disclosure triangle next to Master Pages...

    The Pages list (undisclosed) drops right to the bottom of the panel, even if (as here) I only have one master page set up. The first couple of times this happened I thought the Pages list had disappeared.
    Disclosing the Pages list bounces it back up to the top of the panel:

    Just seems like a slightly weird bit of interface: I would expect the top of the Pages list to be displayed immediately below the Masters list, even when undisclosed.
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d reacted to Florida in Is Snapping To Grid in Photo working at all?   
    Yahoo that's the trick. No idea why it defaulted to 3. Thanks!
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    h_d got a reaction from mpowell in Text color: Separate stroke and fill?   
    Hi @bassrun and welcome!
    Yes! Select the text and set the fill to black and the stroke to green in the Colour panel, then adjust the width of the stroke in the Stroke panel:

     
    I've pulled out the relevant panels so hopefully you can see the settings. You may need to display them using the View - Studio - menu.
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d reacted to brightspotinmyday in How do I cut Text or objects from another shape?   
    It worked! I made tiny rectangles which allowed the color to be continuous. Thanks, both of you!

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    h_d got a reaction from brightspotinmyday in How do I cut Text or objects from another shape?   
    If I understand correctly, you want solid red material in the counters (loops) of the letters "o" and "e" and in the swashes, and you want to cut the heart out on a cutting machine with the word punched out of it. I'd have thought you'd need a physical connection between the outer red area and the inner loops (like a stencil). I did this with some extra rectangles:

     
    Otherwise the loops are just going to fall out of the letters.
     
    To make the word transparent rather than white, select both the heart and the word (I used Artistic text, not Frame Text). Pull down the Layers menu and choose Geometry >Subtract:

     
     
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    h_d reacted to walt.farrell in Column Guides on document preset.   
    Thanks for the terminology correction, @h_d.
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    h_d got a reaction from walt.farrell in Column Guides on document preset.   
    It's rather charmingly called a 'Stationery Pad' 

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    h_d reacted to Patrick Connor in Metadata for images   
    A lot of work has been done for 1.8 changing the EXIF panel into the Metadata panel, where editable elements are editable and read-only elements are presented. We look forward to your feedback during the forthcoming beta cycle
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    h_d got a reaction from Dan C in Lens Profile Issue   
    Everything you could ever want to know about ExifTool is here. It's a command line utility (works in most OSs) and the learning curve is by no means shallow. It's well supported though and there's an active and helpful user forum.
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    h_d got a reaction from A_B_C in Special Characters cannot be disabled, if enabled in opened Publisher document   
    Plus one from me.
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    h_d reacted to AlanPickup in Elliptical Selection Tool   
    Thanks h_d for you mov file and I used an filled ellipse tool and got  your result, but still needed to do the cropping, although I suppose I could have exported to selection.
    Markw your method is exactly what I was looking for and works with cut as a new image and delete to create a frame without having to guess sizes in the transform panel, many thanks
    Both ways have given me further insight in using photo.
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    h_d got a reaction from AlanPickup in Elliptical Selection Tool   
    It might be easier to use the Ellipse tool, possibly with a semi-opaque fill, drag the ellipse into position using the Move tool, use the drag handles to get the precise shape you want. Then Cmd-click (Mac, ??Ctrl-click for Windows??) on the Ellipse layer thumbnail to create a selection.
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    h_d got a reaction from AlanPickup in Elliptical Selection Tool   
    Sorry if I wasn't clear. Hopefully this shows the steps:
     

    Screen Recording 2019-12-01 at 14.27.29.mov  
    The opacity of the ellipse layer needs to be greater than about 50% or the cmd-click won't work.
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