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  1. Hi, since downloading AP 1.5 on my mac with OS Sierra, I have not been able to retouch live filter layers, such as gaussian blur, etc. When I create a Gaussian blur live filter layer on top of a pixel layer and I try to use the paintbrush tool to remove parts of that layer, nothing happens. I tried with other live filters (not all of them) and I get the same results. I used to be able to do that with no problems before so I know it is not a problem with my technique. Has there been a change in the properties of live filters?
  2. I did not know that a mask was in fact a colorless alpha channel. Thank you for that. :) The thing is I don't remember having to uncheck the "protect alpha" checkbox in the previous version of AP in order to use the paintbrush tool on an adjustment layer. Is that a new feature of 1.5 and it works the way it is supposed to then?
  3. On my systems is says "Protect alpha" and I am using Affinity Photo 1.5.1 on a Mac with OS Sierra. The check box is right next to "Wet Edges". And "protect alpha" definitely blocks everything (opaque and alpha).
  4. I don't think I explained the issue clearly the first time. When I create an adjustment layer or a live filter layer on top of a pixel layer, and then I try to use the paint brush tool to erase parts of the effect of that adjustment or filter layer, the paint brush has no effect at all unless I have protect alpha turned off. This is a different behavior from the previous version of AP and it seems odd to me because it means that the "protecting alpha" option is protecting everything not just the alpha channel. I should point out that I am using OS Sierra and you seem to be using El Capitan. I don't know if that matters but you should check it out. Hope this clarifies the issue and question I am having. Thank you for your help.
  5. Hi R C-R thanks. I just figured out that if I have "protect alpha" turned on it disables the the effects of the paintbrush tool. I don't remember this being the case with the previous version of AP but it could be that I did not notice it before. Most importantly, I want to bring this to your attention in case this is not a deliberate feature but rather a bug in the software that needs to be corrected. I would appreciate it if you let me know either way. Thanks again, and congrats on some great enhancements to AP!.
  6. Yes! That works. I will be looking forward to the release on AF 1.5. Thank you for your help!
  7. Hi, AF is crashing every time I try to upload a Raw file. There is no message popup. It simply shuts down. This started happening after I upgraded to OS Sierra. I am using AF 1.4.3 on a MacBook air with plenty of RAM. The raw files are Fuji RAF. By the way, What are your recommendations for setting up the RAM usage limit in AF Preferences? Any clues as to why it is crashing? Thanks.
  8. I am happy to hear that this won't be an issue with AF 1.5! I am not comfortable working with Beta versions. How do you switch the RAW engine in 1.4.3 to use Apple Core Raw Library? By the way, what is the expected release date of 1.5? Thanks!
  9. OK, I did upload the file as you requested. Number is DSCF0220.RAF. All the RAW files from my FUJI XE2S do not load. Affinity crashes before opening those files. I don't have problems with JPEGs. Thanks.
  10. Hi, Is there a way to create a custom "filter" in AF made up of several adjustment layers? I know you can save presets for adjustment layers individually. I am talking about saving a preset that involves several adjustment layers and possibly filters. For example, I came up with a workflow that creates an effect that i want to be able to reuse but I see no way to save it, except for saving each adjustment layer individually. Thanks!
  11. Hi, after watching the Viewpoints tutorial, I tried to use that feature but for some reason when I create more than one viewpoint, I can only change viewpoints through the View menu. The viewpoints on the Navigator tab show up with their names but they are greyed out and I cannot change them from there. Do I have to do something special to activate them or is it a bug? Thanks!
  12. Thanks MJSfoto1956! I had been reading about Luminosity Masks and was a bit unmotivated to try it on AF due to the apparent complexity of the process. What you suggest is so much simpler and if it works just as well as the more complex process, it is definitely a big incentive to experiment with it.
  13. Thanks for the input. Silver Efex is pretty cool but I think Google is no longer updating it so at some point it may become obsolete.
  14. Hi! I was wondering what would be the equivalent of improving the "structure" of an image in AF? (Some NIK plugins for instance have a specific adjustment called "structure"). I am not really clear technically what it is that improving structure does to an image but it seems to be somewhat different from "sharpening". But maybe that is just my perception. Here is an explanation about the differences between Clarity, Structure and Sharpening that I picked up on a photography website. I don't know if this explanation is correct but if it is, then improving Structure would require a somewhat different approach and possibly a different tool than improving Sharpening. What are your thoughts on this?
  15. Thanks Fixx! Your explanation is much more useful than the tree example. It does sound from what you are saying that Clarity also boosts texture. As far as Structure is concerned, I have tried experimenting with Structure in Silver Efex Pro for example and I can see what it does but I can't quite figure out technically what it is.
  16. Thanks Alfred and Callum! Callum, yours is a good idea until the Macros feature is added to AF.
  17. Hi, I don't know if this question has already been addressed in this forum. If it has, please let me know where. I am looking for techniques that you might know, using adjustment layers and filters within Affinity, that can be used to create painterly effects, like the ones you might achieve with dedicated software such as "Impression" or "Snap Art". I know that at some point Affinity Photo may include creative filters in its program but in the meantime I would love to know some work arounds that can achieve similar effects. Thanks!
  18. Thank you Callum or posting that information! I am going to try it.
  19. Is there a way to crop an image in Affinity Photo based on what you see on the canvas? In other words, to determine how I want to crop an image, I use the navigator and the zoom and move around the picture until I find exactly the frame I want. At that point, if I want to crop my image exactly as I am seeing it, I have to go back out, turn on the cropping tool and play around with it until I hopefully find the same frame I liked. Is there a way to crop an image directly based on how I framed it when using the navigator? By the way, I would love to see Affinity implement a cropping system like the one in Photo in Mac which allows you to see exactly what the cropped image would look like if it is cropped and if you like what you see, you can do the crop right then and there.
  20. alecspra


    Thanks! it works.
  21. alecspra


    HI MEB, Thank you for your response. I tried what you suggested and I can't see any guides connected with the ruler even though I have the Show Guides turned on. I tried turning Show Guides on and off and it makes no difference. Any ideas of why that may be happening?
  22. I found this very helpful explanation of the difference between Brush Flow and Brush Opacity. It is about Photoshop but I believe the same principle applies to Affinity Photo. http://jemorris.blogspot.com/2011/04/photoshop-brushes-flow-vs-opacity.html
  23. Thanks RCR and Crabtree! What RCR says confirms what I thought. There is no way to modify the angle of the elliptical gradient except by extending the end point of the gradient until you get the angle you want. It would be nice if an angle option was added to make things easier though.