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  1. @AnnH I think you will find the discussion at the link below useful. It has references to many free materials, video and text, and others, with some suggestions, e.g.: start small, practice much. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/53381-how-to-start-in-affinity/
  2. It seems there should be a way to communicate directly, but I don't know how. I don't want to post a long piece here before editing it for coherence. I'm still short of an outline. Let's look into direct messaging via this forum, or you can use the email in my earlier post. Or I may have a piece worth posting in a week if other responsibilities don't prevent. I'm working my way through Simon's new course and may look at his earlier ones after the Foundations one. One thing I have found by looking at video tutorials by different people (I think the Affinity series is all by James Ritson) that they often do a similar task in rather different ways. Also I have looked at Photoshop books and Adobe help since the basic mathematical operations are the same even though details differ. Only one I found has the deep and broad perspective to be useful for Affinity; that is by Margulis, but though interesting to read it is at, at least, journeyman level and I am still mired in apprentice level after a couple of years reading and viewing tutorials. Practicing more would help, I know.
  3. Simon, I have been thinking about how to learn image editing software since I started using AP in the initial release. I completed your Solid Foundations but continue to be frustrated by a lack of materials that fit my learning style. Your recent YouTube video on patching the big frame image gave me some ideas that I would like to share (not now in final text form, may take a few days since it could reach several pages). If you would like to contact me directly, you can use lcorwin34 {at} gmail.com; if not I will probably post to this forum. I bought the new course at the site discount but have not yet explored it.
  4. Just added this so I get mail if there is an answer.
  5. My images in Photos/exported PDFs are all pre-HEIC. Does this mean that one should not install High Sierra until Serif deals with this, or can old and new coexist? Please say more.
  6. On Quick Inpainting Crooked Horizons, this is useful but refers to tilted horizons. I have some truly crooked horizons from wobbly iPhone pans, and if there is a solution for those that doesn't involve hours of nudging I would be interested. On Using Adjustment Layers on Masks, I'll save this for when I understand more, but for right now, what do you mean by 'to matte' in this context? ('Brush over the hair to matte it," 'hair is a little thin from the matting.') Not a paperboard border, not a non-specular surface, ... ? @James Ritson
  7. Though I came to this thread trying to find out what is meant by Matte, I would like to echo the OP's plea for more app feedback. I and other newbie contributors have often wasted time trying to do something that is not permitted for a variety of reasons, but nothing happens from the app. A little window with a hint of the error if possible would save some frustration.
  8. Thanks. I have achieved the most consistent results by using Merge Visible plus Rasterise to Mask. There still seems to be some inconsistency with how the layers behave for me; for example I found that just selecting a layer changed the displayed image appearance even though the check boxes were not touched (the change was sometimes irreversible if I remember correctly).
  9. I want to mask some overexposed sky behind trees in order to replace the sky from another layer. (I will hand retouch the mask when I get it.) After selecting the image, I add a threshold adjustment layer and set the threshold to differentiate the sky. The image looks like what I want my mask to be - sky white, rest black. But with the same layer selected, invoking the menu Layer..Rasterise to mask or plain Rasterise apparently does nothing - there is no change in the threshold image image. If I option-click on the adjustment layer thumbnail, the display is all white, not the thresholded image. Threshold layer is above the pixel layer on which it is based. Moving or nesting it does not change much. Can provide screen grabs of studio if you think it will be helpful.
  10. This is only a step, but the following video is by someone who has LR and AP integrated. You might be able to reach the maker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyfZHa8E0Xg
  11. I’m beginning to realize that healing and cloning (also mask painting) require different settings. I recently viewed some PS videos on brush behavior and found that, beyond the size and hardness, there are a bunch of settings including opacity, flow, and blend mode that affect the new pixels. Could someone suggest the principal useful settings for a few common situations? And related mouse brushing technique: single, overlaid (back and forth continuous), or repeated strokes. Help discusses the options but not much about how to use them. If this has been discussed here, please provide link.
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    Panorama bug plus crash

    Some additional info: I repeated the stitch on the three trees/sky files above, and it behaved pretty normally, displaying the progress bar and taking a few seconds to do the full render. But when I checked 'inpaint missing areas' before the same step, my activity monitor memory pressure display went from green to yellow to all red. I could not call up the force quit function and did a hard reset after about 10 minutes.
  13. LenC

    Panorama bug plus crash

    I have been having panorama peculiar behavior for the first time and crashes today. When stitching two panoramas the progress window displayed but the blue bar was not. On stitching a third the program more or less locked, consuming much CPU activity and overloading memory, unresponsive for several minutes. After forcing quit, the UI came up looking rather different. Similar behavior on rebooting and retrying. What information can I contribute to helping solve the problem? Each lockup consumes a good deal of time to stop and reboot. I'm attaching the three most problematic files, though something happened with the earlier ones that affected the progress display. AP 1.5.1, OS 10.12.3, Mac mini late 2012 8 GB
  14. Wonderful, exactly what I was hoping for! I didn't think to look for this since it wasn't mentioned in the PDF help I was looking at. Rotation is behaving correctly now. Will post a note elsewhere if issues recur.
  15. Transform is almost the answer. Mousing the slider to rotate the image is too coarse; needs a modifier key to reduce the rotation to (say) one tenth the default. Also on first tries the panel behaves unexpectedly: does not always rotate around the selected point; canvas drifts rather than rotates; selected (duplicate) layer twice disappeared.