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  1. Roberto1972

    How to flatten image

    Nope. Even after rasterizing I still have a larger image in which I can click to select the originally smaller image and move that part around. The marquee around the image portion I can move around is the exact image portion that plugins apply their effects to.
  2. Hi, When increasing canvas size, followed by cropping to desired aspect ratio and increasing image size I suspect to end up with a single background layer image without hidden extras. Not so, apparently: when applying a plugin effect the preview in the plugin contains larger (corrupted) area in which the "original part" of the image is clearly separated from added image area by boundaries/ visible transition edges. Flatten image, rasterize layer, merge visible, clip canvas, etc. all doesn't help. The only solution is exporting the image and load it back again prior to running a plugin on it. Any ideas how to truly flatten an image in Affinity Photo? In such a way there is no hidden larger canvas size or what so ever? One example of a plugin that I used is FilterForge but I noticed the issue with using other plugins as well. Roberto
  3. Roberto1972

    Photoshop plugins using color picker not working

    Possibly but I happen to have all my 64b plugins only FilterMeister originated. FilterForge is the only exception but the plugin is just bridging the image to a stand-alone so a (non-)working colorpicker in FilterForge doesn't count. Therefore testing colorpicker functionality in plugins not created with FilterMeister I leave up to others :-P
  4. Roberto1972

    Photoshop plugins using color picker not working

    Hi Sean, Below a collection of plugins that run in Affinity and which feature a non-functional color picker button. Bold font = commercial plugins; other ones are freeware. Martin Vicanek: Wireworm Richard Rosenman plugins : Barnsley Fern Fractal, Box Fitting, Carotid Funtion Fractal, Diffusion Limited Aggregation, Depth of Field Generator Pro, Evaluate, Fractal Flames, Fractus, Grid Generator, Halftone, Lens Corrector Pro, Lorenz Attractor, Particle Paint, Particle Play, Particle Tracer, Peter de Jong Attractor, Pinch, Scanlines, Sierpinski Triangle, Smart De-interlacer, Solid Border, Spherify, Superformula, Ultraflares. The Pluginsite: BW-Styler: YES, ColorStyler: YES, ColorWasher, ContrastMaster, FocalBlade, LightMachine, Plugin Galaxy (note: YES = color picker works but those plugins explicite use the OS color picker) Martijn van der Lee plugins: Camouflage, Harmonix, Nightvision, Old Movie, Snowflakes, SnowScape Xero plugins (out of business): Metagrad Roberto
  5. Hi, There are Photoshop plug-ins that feature a color picker. Technically, there are two options: OS color picker dialog or possibly the host's (image editor) possibly more advanced native color picker. At start up of a plugin the host may tell the plugin it features a native color picker. BUG: Affinity is misbehaving at this point: it tells the plugin it features a color picker and when the plugin eventually actually requests for it then Affinity doesn not give it to the plugin! Result: plugin relies on host to come up with a color picker so it does not enforce the OS color picker and nothing happens: no color picker and in the worst case the color is set to an extreme default like e.g. white. You can imagine if the color intended to be set was a 'foreground' color: white foreground on white background = seemingly blank preview image. In PhotoPlus it works fine. Frankly I don't think Affinity Photo actually HAS a color picker of its own nor uses the OS one: a quick browse through its own built-in tools and effects I can't find any dialog featuring a button for color picker access! Anyway, one way or the other, Affinity should either not lie to plugins or present them a native color picker dialog. Roberto
  6. Just setting the correct colormode apparently is not solving everything: here the Focus Magic plugin just doesn't start at all no matter which colormode I use: - first four or five identical error messages "memory is full" show up one after the other when clicking them away. - eventually an error message "An unhandled exception has occured..." -> crash In PhotoPlusX8 the FocusMagic plugin does not work either: when the 64b plugin is present in the plugin folder set in PhotoPlus then during PhotoPlus startup I get an error message: "Unable to enter Registration Wizard", followed by PhotoPlus closing down. When I remove the FocusMagic plugin PhotoPlus starts without problems. FocusMagic support tells me PhotoPlus is not supported while Affinity is. Affinity has got a registered copy of FocusMagic from them and Affinity should be in the position to fix the problem. Roberto
  7. Hi, It can be very useful to add document or project related notes within an Affinity Photo document itself. Attached an Affinity Photo file which allows you to add a "sticky note" layer to any AP document by means of copy-paste a whole layer group and additionally edit the related text layer. Toggling "notes" layer visibility will show/hide your document info. In the example you can see whether you like to download it or not. Document-notes.afphoto
  8. Hi, To developers working on improvement of compatibility of (Photoshop compatible) plugins: At https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FMML/conversations/messagesa discussion is going on including some discoveries. Perhaps someone is willing to look into it (messages with subject: 'Affinity'). Roberto
  9. Correction: I was wrong with my last sentence between brackets! LaunchBox loads ALL plugins found in all 'added' plugin folders; one can not select which plugin folder(s) to be used for loading the Filters menu. The only option to load plugins from specific plugin folders is making sure the other plugin folders are not 'added' (use Remove button). As a consequence it's a bit tedious regularly to add specific folders: requires browsing through a file explorer window. However, I sent the developer a feature request for being able to select folders from the list of added folders to be used for loading filters... so who knows later on :-P 64 bit plugins are ignored/ not included in the filters being loaded. Roberto
  10. Hi, Just wanted to let you know that AlphaPlugins LaunchBox successfully allows you to run your good old 32 bit plugins from within Affinity Photo, which is 64 bit. This also applies to Serif PhotoPlus (at least X8 works - which was my initial concern). Very affordable tool seeming to be the only practical way to still let you benefit from your precious otherwise trash banned 32 bit plugins! After installation issues (see below) were solved I successfully ran 32 bit plugins on backgrounds, layers as well as on selections. Majority of plugins should work (including AlienSkin ones, yeaii!) Installation: • Execute the installer. • Destination program folder: any folder you like (AlphaPlugins folder will be created in there, including program files). • Manual plugin folder installation: choose your 64 bit plugins folder (AlphaPluginsBridge.8bf will be added there during installation). • If your 64 bit plugins folder only has the 8bf added and no ini file then create the ini file manually: create text document named AlphaPluginsBridge.txt; change .txt extension to .ini • In the manually created AlphaPluginsBridge.ini file add a single line: the path to where LaunchBox is installed (e.g. C:\Program Files\AlphaPlugins\AlphaPluginsLaunchBox.exe ) and save the file. • Run Affinity Photo (from here I assume Affinity Photo already knows what your 64 bit plugins folder is) • Open image, go to plugins menu, run AlphaPlugins - AlphaPlugins 32bit Bridge... • AlphaPlugins LaunchBox will start: enter registration info or remain in trial mode • In 'Properties' menu (remove the default plugin folder and) add your plugin folder(s) containing 32bit plugins. • Select a plugin folder in this list and click OK (plugins will be loaded and main UI is shown) • Open 'Filters' menu; select (32bit) plugin and click OK: from here everything behaves like running normal plugins • When running AlphaPlugins 32bit Bridge... again from the plugins menu in Affinity then just go straight to the 'Filters' menu and select the plugin to be run. (only when you want the Filters menu to show plugins from an other plugins folder you need to go to the Properties menu and select an other plugin folder). Works like a charm so had to let know here :-) Cheers, Roberto
  11. Hi, I understood Affinity and FilterForge both finally got in touch with each other, which is awesome. Now I'd like to abuse this opportunity to let know that Harald Heim from thepluginsite.com emailed Affinity on Tuesday Januari 10th, also for the sake of Affinity compatibility of his plugins. Hopefully someone from Affinity reading this could double check if Harald's request came through. What I understood from some plugin developers they are mainly interested in (an NFR license and) how to make their plugins being recognized as a 'known' plugin in Affinity. Next to other technical stuff obviously. PS: I noticed some plugin developers and potential (even Photoshop!) users are held back from buying Affinity because there is no trial version available: somehow Serif managed to attract even Photoshop users as the word goes around online that Affinity has some very interesting features making it worth to use Affinity as a complementary product to the workflow of PS obsessed users :) . Who could have ever imagined that: being able to get any interest of the Adone-only community? Perhaps good to reconsider having an Affinity trial available? Roberto
  12. Hi MEB, Yes, it seems an ever lasting struggle to fully support 8bf plugins: looks like ALL image editors in the past until today are behaving differently when it comes down to running plugins. One editor has such issues, the other different issues and with some bad luck a certain plugin refuses to start at all. I suppose all image editor developers find individual solutions for specific issues. Guess Adobe is not fully clear with the specs or documentation. Somehow all plugins work with Photoshop but the reason for that must be that plugin developers focus on sole compatibility with Photoshop. The latter is also the one and only reason I never completely said goodbye to Adobe: always still have Photoshop 6 installed (and Elements but PS Elements versions never ran well at all on any of my computers). • 16 bit images without issues on Windows: it was not my post but when I heard from Filter Forge earlier this week they said: (I filled in an error report showing up when FF didn't start up in Affinity; later emailed them directly when I remembered the 'old PhotoPlus fix' and told them that fix worked for Affinity as well): 1) We don't officially support Affinity yet. We contacted Serif about a few technical issues that prevent us from adding Affinity support to Filter Forge, but haven't heard back. You can help us by nagging Serif about adding Filter Forge support from their side. (Asked them which exact issues so I could post them here on the forum): 2) Thank you for your assistance. You cam simply ask Serif to contact Filter Forge support: beside information on storing the plugin info and instructions on making Filter Forge a 'known' plugin, we will also need an NFR license for Affinity. ... so I'm sure with 'some technical issues' they also include the 16-bit thing. Filter Forge usually is constantly on top of things and they don't forget :-P However, there might have been a door opened recently for fixing the preview issue in plugins created with FilterMeister! Harald Heim from the PluginSite used to co-develop FilterMeister (actually most progress was thanks to him) but stopped years ago. Since then he used the FilterMeister framework for his own plugins and modified the original code (apart from additionally having moved the whole thing to Visual C). According to him his plugins don't have the semi-transparent preview issue but he didn't know where the change has been introduced in the last 8 years of coding. Now just the other day I accidentally discovered that I had his plugins installed from only one version back instead of the latest version: turned out all one version older plugins do have the semi-transparent preview issue while the very latest version NOT. So 8 years of time frame has been narrowed down a much shorter time frame. I contacted Harry to notice him about this but haven't received a reply yet. IF he figures out the cause he would inform Alex Hunter (FlterMeister owner/developer) about it BUT due to constant health issues FilterMeister development progress is incredible slow, so no idea how quickly the fix would be implemented. Alternatively perhaps Serif can do something with the info if Harry comes up with something useful. Roberto
  13. Last minute holiday wishes for everybody... May the Holy Spirit in us express tons of love, altruism, wisdom and creativity for the sake of a Holy energetic and fruitful community in perfect harmony and joy! ...During the Christmas days and days after, in our present as well as after life :wub: . Some will unfortunately somehow truly hate the following but since it is Christmas holiday, a nice opportunity to consider what it all is about anyway: Remember: out of our creator God's immense love for us the Father offered His only Son Jezus, perfectly Holy and innocent, to humanity to suffer (during His life on earth among rebellious people and) on the cross as payment for all our sins and is eager for us to make the best of our given fresh new start and welcome us in Heaven. Heaven is a perfect place where evil spirits can not be. Heaven is a heavenly place which every soul loves to be: way exceeding earthly happiness. The evil one is trying hard to keep us from the promised eternal good life (God commanded Satan to serve His created people who God does love but Satan refused because he finds himself too great to serve weak people) but Satan isn't a match for those who just and only trust in Jezus as savior: He teached us how to follow a life that pleases God by keeping the ten commandments and tried to explain us how and why by means of parabels because we cannot yet understand the actual truth (like an adult can't explain a kid everything exactly the way it is). Those who trust in Him will be saved even when unintentionally sinning over and over again or when intentionally sinning but truly regretting their sins. Just do believe, do trust and honestly try follow His path and you will be saved, no matter whether you succeeded following the suggested path or not (and all people won't): it's all about good non-selfish intentions, awareness in good and bad and trust in Him to be there for you to rescue. Out of love and respect in return the Father WILL cleanse you from your bad properties and give you a rebirth as a new person with a clean spirit in Heaven. If it makes no sense -which unfortunately more and more often happens in modern world- don't ignore it just like that; the stakes of assumption are too high. 'Not knowing' is no excuse for those who do know there are Bibles, Korans or whatever. It's not like the rules don't apply to you because you ignore them. And those who really don't know are the ones who knowers have the responsibility to inform them (mostly the case in ancient times). Do at least read or listen (audiobook) the Bible: reading it a couple of times it likely will all make totally sense. Only THEN make a decision. Christianity is NOT just a religion like other religions which pretty much all are based on assumption, invention or human philosophy. Christianity is the ONLY religion based on many documented (initially orally) prophecies that turned out to come exactly true (in the past times), 1:1 contact between God and people and additionally Jezus expressed 'super natural' wisdom and performed many wonders for proof, backing up His teachings. What can be done more to convince people? Repeat it over and over again live for every new born human? No, God decided to stop the campain of evangelism and let believers (at first actual whitnesses of Jezus' life) take over the spreading of the message with the help of written documentation (scriptures, Bible texts and the Holy Spirit working from within people. Assuming the Bible is all made up makes no sense: there is no old written material nearly LIKE the Biblical texts. Gossip and made up stories for entertainment are different (and more exciting to read). Besides, it hardly exists in old texts because ink and perkament were simply too rare and expensive for wasting on entertaining stories. Everybody, believer, those who doubt or are true atheist (non-believer) will know eventually anyway: once one passes away Jezus will guide him or her into the spiritual world and the diseased will experience overall understanding, immense love and timelessness. Many people having been there by near death experience as one can learn from their stories. God created with the help of the Holy Spirit, Jezus was already there with the foundation of the Earth. God is always actively at work on earth and in the Heavens: forming, braking old, creating new, giving life and fighting Satan. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one: they all have one unified will and goal like a person is one with having one body, one mind and one soul: they all act in sync (in a healthy person). Eventhough God will not fight Satan for ever. When the time is there and there is no need for evil (and the resulting destruction and suffer) anymore He will end all evil, period. In the mean time as many as possible souls will be added to Heaven for the sake of God's plan; not for the sake of the individual but the individual may be thankful for his creation and join God's Kingdom where the individual enjoys eternal pleasant life where God enjoys to SERVE and treat very well His children who trust in him as a child trusts his parents and feels comfortable in their presence and under their protection. To believers may God bless you with a fruitful new year and keep up the faith! To doubters and non-believers: Have a great new year and PLEASE do have a look at the Bible for your own sake and if you are willing to believe but find it hard simply ASK, do ASK God for support (yes, praying is just talking to God directly); God is everywhere and will hear your prairs. If your intentions are real then he WILL answer your prairs. Sooner or later once He replied you will KNOW it's from Him: a 'very unlikely coincidence' an odd dream or any form of reply that you definitely will recognize. God hardly ever corresponds 1:1 these days but the ways He does sometimes requires more time to prepare circumstances for a strategic moment in order that YOU recognize it an answer from HIM! Often He waits with replying until you are desperate for a reply or when you're relatively down under the current circumstances; he wants you to find Him and a reply to a desperate or unhappy person has so much more impact and lasting effect. He never will leave you on your own when you ASK for Him, that's a promise if you trust or genuinely want to believe in Him. However, the more you get attracted to God the more Satan is interested in you so there will be suffering for the time being. God will always supply you with means to resist him but you always have a choice still to choose. Only after this earthly life, when God decides your intentions where genuine, then Satan won't be able to touch you anymore under Gods protection. Wouldn't that be awesome?? Living an extremely pleasant life for God among good people only and all served by God for eternity! ^_^ Merry Christmas to all! Roberto
  14. Hi Alfred, This evening for the very first time I had a good look at the menus in Affinity Photo. So far I hadn't much time so Affinity check out hadn't much priority. I was pleasantly surprised with the menus: they are different from PhotoPlus but turned out very logical and intuitive! From this point it feels like I can go straight ahead with Affinity Photo without many problems... just by having had a good look through the menus :-P If I did this before I am pretty convinced I never would have needed to search for how to rotate a layer: instead I would go straight to the correct menu and block. Adding custom toolbars and I likely would forget about PhotoPlus quickly :-) ... oh, and plugins to show a correct preview as well of course. Roberto
  15. Roberto1972

    Customisability Affinity UI

    Hi Paul, Hmm, odd: if I remember well someone from Serif once told they never had the intentions of competing with PS because Serif is too small (man power, financial resources). Rather they aim at the lower budget majority: starting from scratch (more powerful foundation allowing to make optimum use of new technology), powerful multi-platform software (easier to maintain software, bigger audience) for affordable prices (bigger audience). If PS users actually consider to switch than that would only be a big bonus :-) But now you mention the UI (and menus) are like Aperture/PS then I'm confused. Therefore I just had a good look at the Affinity Photo menu structure (didn't get to that yet due to lack of time playing with Affinity) and compared Photoshop menus (online images) with Affinity Photo menus: I must conclude Serif arranged their very own menu structure and it only marginally reminds of the (after so many years still messy) PS menus. The menus in Affinity Photo are highly arranged and intuitive, which I'm used to (and impressed with) in Serif menu structures. Besides, the menus also look prepared for sharing with complementary Affinity products which opens exciting doors. The menus in Photoshop are very patchy: in all those years they refused to re-arrange the menus despite the fact that in the mean time a lot of new features have been added. They choose to squeeze the new features in the existing menus, leading to a lot of inconsistency and counter-intuitivity. Inconsistent menus work perfectly if very familiar with (pro's/regular users are) but annoying when you need features one hardly ever uses or for those who use image editors on a less frequent base. Not everybody using an image editor is a full-time photographer or artist. There are many uses for image editors and those not making money with graphics or spending all their time on image editing likely aren't willing to pay Adobe$ for the software. Instead having an affordable powerful image editor is a delight to use if the menu structures are well arranged and intuitive. Also stimulating for starters: speedy progress motivates to stick to. Anyways, I agree with you the UI is 99% where Serif want it going forward but I doubt that Serif is aiming at a more PS-like UI. IF they hope to attract PS users then it likely will only be based on having a solid performing image editor containing as many as possible features that the majority of PS users already use. Roberto