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  1. Callum, thanks very much for responding. I appreciate it. "...have the layer rasterised" — The image is a photograph on a black ground. It's already a bitmap when I open it in APhoto, no? One rasterizes vector images, no? There's only one layer. "...provide a screen recording" — I don't know how to do that but I do know how to use the "wand" and the "lasso". I've attached the image in question—an open book on a black bg. I want to eliminate the bg. so I just have the irregular shape of the book. I've successfully done this on about 6 of them just like this one. I can't (don't know how to) use the wand on this one because of the B+W image (bottom center) abutting the blk. bg. The wand selection enters the image and I can't seem to get the "wand-subtract" setting to eliminate the inadvertent selection of portions of the image. With the magnetic lasso, I can switch to manual mode right before the problem area, trace the edge of the page across the problem area manually (sort of :-/ ) and them resume "magnetic" right after the image. When I close the selection, I get the marching ants around the book spread. I choose "invert selection" to select the blk. bg. I hit "delete" (as I do, successfully, with the wand) and nothing happens—the bg is not deleted. How do I get the bg. to delete? Why is this different that the wand "delete"? Is there a technique with the wand—that I'm unaware of—that I could use to solve this? In the end, of course, I just want a fast, non-manual way of outlining the spread (pretty well) and ditching the bg. I can do it, except in this case, because the wand can't distinguish the blk. in the image from the blk. bg. Thanks very much. I really appreciate your help.
  2. Errka Petti, thanks for responding. I'm sorry but, unfortunately, I'm afraid that I don't understand your response . . . Could you please explain in more detail. thanks, lettergothic
  3. Because of black in an image abutting the black background—which I want to delete, I can't use the wand to select the black background. In situations where I can use the wand, however, I select the background, hit delete, black disappears and I've got the desired checkerboard. However, when I select the object w/the magnetic lasso, invert the selection and hit delete to get rid of the b'ground—nothing happens; it doesn't delete the black b'grnd. How come it doesn't delete the b'ground like the wand selection? How do I delete the b'ground with the lasso selection? Thanks again, as always. lettergothic
  4. Thanks all, for responding. I got it selected—with a single click on the first point. I can't explain why it wasn't working before. However, for whatever reason, all of my experiments confirmed that one click closes the lasso selection and produces marching ants. Two clicks—like it says at the bottom of the screen—causes the selection to disappear, every time (for me). A double click is a double click. I don't understand why it's returning the opposite of the stated result. Any ideas? Now I have another problem :-/ In this situation (because of black in the image abutting the black background—which I want to delete), I can't use the wand to select the black background. When I can use the wand, however, I select the background, hit delete, black disappears and I've got the checkerboard. However, when I select the object w/the mag. lasso, invert the selection and hit delete to get rid of the b'ground—nothing happens; it doesn't delete the black b'grnd. How come it doesn't work like the wand selection? How must I delete the b'ground with the lasso selection? Thanks again, as always. lettergothic
  5. Hi, When I've placed the last node before the starting node in a magnetic lasso selection, I move the crosshair to hover over the first point—expecting some sort of color-change that indicates that the selection is closed—but I get nothing, If I just pull the cross-hair off, it sets another point. If I click on the initial point, the selection disappears and can't be command-z'd or reselected—just gone! So, 1) How do I close the magnetic lasso selection and regain use of the cursor w/o setting more points with every move? 2) Can I edit point placement by clicking and dragging selection nodes after closing the selection? 2a) Can the nodes be "nudged" with finer control than possible with the mouse? How? I've experimented and can't figure it out. "Help" file is no help. Thanks, lettergothic
  6. Hi, I found it! It was hidden under a non-brush icon, the pixel tool. The article said to select a foreground as a replacement. I'm not trying to change something from red to green. I'm looking to get rid color-casted dirty white. If I select white, would that produce a blinding white which wouldn't match the rest of the relatively uncasted dirty white bg? thanks lettergothic
  7. Hi, In the "Help" article that you referenced, it referred to the Colour Replacement Brush Tool. I went through every brush tool on my toolbar and popped every triangle and I couldn't find any tool called a Colour Replacement Brush Tool. Where has it been hidden? thanks, lettergothic
  8. R C-R, Thanks for responding. It's set to "new". lettergothic
  9. v_kyr, Thanks for responding. One layer only; no other selections made. It's frustrating . . . Thanks, anyway, letttergothic
  10. Magnetic Freehand tool: Example: I'm selecting an overhead shot of a magazine lying on a flat blk or wht bg so I can delete the bg. In my example, the magazine is a dark color on a wht bg—a clearly defined hard edge. Sometimes the selection works as expected but, many times, the tool has an annoying habit of leaping over a clearly defined outer edge to pick up a much less defined edge in the interior of the image—not what I want. - Is there a key command or something to temporarily override the lasso's automatic behavior and allow me to set a point manually on the other side of the "problem zone" area—and then revert to automatic placement ? - Is there some way to adjust the sensitivity of the tool (by hue, value, saturation, for ex.?) ? - Is Command Z the best way to backtrack, point by misplaced point? Thanks, lettergothic
  11. Outlining an object: When I use the Flood Select wand to select the background of a simple image, I hit "delete, I get checkerboards and export as a PNG. Done. When I use the Magnetic Freehand tool (because the wand doesn't achieve the desired selection) to select the the same image referenced above, I drag points all the way around and close the selection by clicking on the beginning dot, choose "invert selection" to get the background selected and press "delete" — however, in this case, no checkerboards; no transparent bg. — why does deleting the BG work with the wand but not the lasso? — how can I get the "delete background" to work with the wand? thanks, lettergothic
  12. lettergothic

    tools panel docking

    View>Dock Tools only works for the tool bar, for me. How do you get Panels, like layers, adjustment, history, etc. to snap to the edge of the window? When I move the AF window, colors, brushes, etc (the top tab-set) move with the window, but all the others are just left floating on the screen. I would like them to snap to the window edge and not overlap vertically. I have no trouble docking and organizing panels/panel sets in Quark, Illustrator or Photoshop but I can't seem to discover how it's done in Affinity. Thanks, lettergothic
  13. Yes. I made a mistake . . .
  14. Thanks, Walt. I neglected to mention that it was an Af Photo question. I guess that I assumed that people would be outlining photographs in Photo. lettergothc
  15. I'm zoomed into an object, trying to outline it w/the magnetic lasso and having problems. 1) How do I scroll the page in order to advance my edge selection around the object w/o deselecting what I've done or having the mag. lasso dutifully create a path out to the scroll bars and back? 2) Is there any sensitivity setting for the mag. lasso's edge detection? Not infrequently, it selects the wrong edge no matter how carefully I try to trace the edge. 3) When the lasso does a bad job of finding the correct edge, how does one sequentially delete mistaken anchor points, to back-up one or more anchor points, and give it another chance to find the correct edge? I originally tried to use the Flood Select tool but I just couldn't adjust it to confine itself the area outside the object w/o picking up all sorts of random areas inside the object. Thanks, lettergothic