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Henry Stahle

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  1. Thank you Walt, I am aware of that Dial thing, but since Surface Pro is a tablet, not only used on (or mostly not) on a table top, the Dial is no alternative to a well designed UI. The Dial was designed with Studio in mind, not Surface, I guess. Using Dial sitting in my sofa is no good idea... Surface, just like iPad, is depending on touch and gesture input. I got the keyboard attached to my Surface when writing this sitting next to my heavy duty desktop computer, so I can use all keyboard shotcuts and such. When I use it for art, I remove the keyboard to make the drawing and painting comfortabe and ergonomic good. Surface is a sketching and handwriting ideas tablet and is better of without keyboard for me. (Sometimes I use it as a laptop computer of course..:) When doing heavy work I sit at my desktop using my Cintiq and need no Surface Dial. Affinity Photo works great at my desktop with my Wacom input. There are some very good Surface software in the sketching / painting / illustrating line. Probably the coming Adobe Gemini will beat them all in functionality and workspace. I have tested the Photoshop Sketch for some time so I can understand what Adobe is going to offer. By consulting a large group of digital artists Adobe's developing team have found out what we need. And one thing is a good UI to work in! Sadly I have read some answer from the Affinity team that they are not considering a tablet UI design for Windows tablet. Only for iOS. So that is probably where I have to make a going-back- to-Adobe decision when the Gemini is out.
  2. Affinity Photo is not very user friendly working on Surface Pro. I have the latest Surface and really love to see a better UI for make things more easy for me as a Surface Pro artist. In Painter I can switch my interface from default to simple and get a very good workspace on the tablet. In Krita there is a shortcuts menu pop up to make things easy. Clip Studio is also good as well as Photoshop. The coming Adobe Gemini will make things easy on the Surface, Painter will probably make some new app that is good on Surface, as good as Sketchbook Pro probably. Now I can use Affinity Photo by using Radial Menu, that I highly recommend. It works right out of the box, it is just to install it and start working. I added a TAB toggle button on the menu (see my illustration) to get the full interface "clean" for sketchin and painting without the interface distraction. If you use Affinity on Surface and have not yet used Radial Menu, do it! I Think you will like it as much as I do. Microsoft has published the free code for the RadialMenu so someone that knows programming can customize the code to the program desired. Is there someone in the Affinity team that can do it? Or someone else? It would be nice to have an Affinity Radial Menu for Surface while waiting for an UI like the one on iOS for Surface. (Pardon my English if it is bad..)
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    Affinity iPad for Surface?

    Hi all Surface Pro users, I just started using my brand new Surface Pro 6 and installed Affinity Photo the first I did , just to find out there is no touch or pen mode in Affinity Photo. Too bad! It's soo disappointing... Makes me want to go back to Photoshop again. (or not use Affinity products on my Surface Pro 6, probably uninstall AP again)
  4. Request: Changing layers thumbnail size and transparent checkerd background, please! The very tiny layer thumbnail is no good for a quick visual while searching for the right layer. I use to give all layers a name, but sometimes while I am cutting an pasting line art from layer to layer, it is just too hard to find out where to go... and the very ark background makes it impossible to distinguish the line art from the thumbnail background. Three different thumbnail sizes like Small, Normal and Large would be nice. A background like in ClipStudio would be even better (see attached file)! But both, it would be great! Thank You!
  5. I can confirm this, but from ClipStudio too. I was working on an illustration. Exported my line art with all flat colour fills. Saved a psd file from Clip Studio EX to Affinity Photo beta 1.7.0.258. All line art and flat fills were hidden on importing and opened in Affinity for some editing. They were hidden again before export. When I opened my psd file back in Clip Studio everything hidden was gone. If I make the export in a hidden group containing all layers inside the group visible, the layers are not gone, they remain. It seems like just hidden layers are empty, not hidden groups.
  6. Just like in Photoshop I find it so slow and irritating to move around from brush category to another while illustrating, painting and drawing in Affinity. In Krita there is a brush manager where you collect your favourites, in Painter too, in ClipStudio, in SketchBook Pro it is easy to drag brushes around to collect them in one single library, and now even in Photoshop (I have not tired it yet). Why not in Affinity? Or is there a way to manage to keep your favourites in one single place already, a way I have not found out about yet? Please, if someone knows a way to do it, to manage my favourites in one place, tell me how. If not, please developers, make a manager like the Brush Box (found on Gumroad). It will make workflow soo much better Henry
  7. Hi, just my very first test. Loaded a RAW file, Canon 5472 x 3648 px file, and clicked develop at once in the RAW persona. It took a little more than 33 sec. until the photo was developed. I did the same in Photoshop, the RAW file converter opened and I sent it to PS and it opened. It took 13 sec. Affinity Photo was 20 seconds slower than PS (latest version)..! Now, that is slow. (The Affinity Photo 1.6.5.135 was 4 sec. slower than this latest beta, so it got a bit better.. I am on a Win 10. PS: This pic is from the same series of photos the I tested in Affinity and PS was developed in another program. Nearly instant loading and development in that program. I like that. As a RAW converter, Affinity Photo is very slow. Besides this I like Affinity Photo in many other respects. Use it every day, not often PS.
  8. In ClipStudio, Krita, Photoshop, ArtRage, SketchBook Pro, Infinite Painter and other software, I can fill my line art using the paint bucket tool on an underlying layer. I do it without any selecting, just click and fill. It is quick and precise. The flat fill is easy to mask using the clip layer function, just like I did in Clip Studio in my small illustration. Affinity still has not got the fill underlying layer function like the other illustration software I use. I do not use Affinity often because of this. Or, is there a quick fill function in Affinity Photo, just like in the other software, a function I have not yet found? I wish there was...
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    Slow loading RAW, slow development

    The latest beta, 1.7.0.209, takes about the same time as before for me on my old i5 Win 10 computer. From opening the raw file to the stop developing (see picture down) it took about 30 sec. In Photoshop it was about 4 times faster making the same process, just opening and developing the raw file. In CameraBag Pro and Canon Photo Pro 4 software the raw development was instant. I am not in a hurry, I am just a hobbyist, retired since 5 years, I have got all the time in the world. But slow performance is no fun when I am developing 500 pics (for a photobook) or so from our winter vacation up in the mountains.
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    Slow loading RAW, slow development

    OK hifred, it was a bit quicker in ACR on my computer this morning, when I made a new test, even in Affinity. Still, ACR + PS is a quicker way. My other RAW developer, Canon DPP 4, is nearly instant in loading and developing. It is a simple software compared to the two others, but still a good RAW converter for a Canon user. Very useful. Affinity Photo is just great for photo editing and illustration. I love it. A little slow thou, just like me. But I am old. Not new like Affinity software.
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    Json export to Spine broken

    Thank you, this was a simple solution that I did not think of since Photoshop handled it right. That means I have no real use for keeping my CC subskription any more... Many thanks!
  12. Hej! I have used Affinity Photo or Designer to export picture slices and data to open in Spine. Now it seems to be a bit broken since the slices becomes a bit randomly placed inside Spine. When I do the same thing in Photoshop (using the Spine script downloaded from Spine site) everything is correct. One reason for me to use Affinity instead Photoshop was the export persona for picture slices for my interactive apps. Now when it is something going wrong in Affinity I had to return to PS. So, please have a look at this export function. This is the Affinity export in Spine This is the Photoshop export in Spine
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    Json export to Spine broken

    Hi Callum, I just made a test again and I get the same result as you can see from this screen snip. I attached a half size psd file and a text file from the json code, top one from Photoshop, the bottom one from Affinity. It will be interesting to hear if you get a correct result from my file. By the way, I got the latest version of Spine, Photoshop and Affinity Photo and Designer. Floating rock Small.psd json.odt
  14. Yes, it is depending of the order of releasing the brush and spacebar. I have been working all day illustratin using my Wacom Intous with no problems at all. But, using the Chris K provaction, the program crashed. Crash confirmed!
  15. Nothing unusual happens. The program does not crash my Win10 x 64, i5 8GB ram. It works just fine... :)
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    Brush Manager

    Thank you carl123, I really find it helpful!
  17. Just an example, a photo shot with my small Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. Just to test VSCO using the Canon RAW file CR2, directly from the SD card reader. No problems.
  18. Android OTG, on the go, I have been experimenting the recent days on using my Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, for my On The Go photography. Last year on vacations in Crete and in Croatia, I have used it by transfering photos via one of my cameras wifi, using the hotels wifi. It is OK to do so, but it takes some time. I even had to sit in the hotel lobby because of slow wifi in the flat. Nex time I will use the cheap OTG adapter, 10 € only, working just fine with my Trancend USB 3 SD card reader and my SanDisk USB 3 Ultra memory stick. The Android tablet is easy to carry around. I do not use my Windows Surface tablet that much traveling abroad, is a bit big and a little clumsy, and also expensive.I lock it up in the safety box if there is one in the hotel flat. There was none in the flats we rented last times. So, that is why I carry around my Galaxy Tab. It is not cheap, but it is not expensive, like the Windows thing. And the size is just right. I have this small OTG adapter, so i can read my camera RAWs picts from the SD card. I can transfer them to my external memory on the tablet, develop my Raw files in Photoshop Experss, Snapseed or VSCO, share them on my social media and even start up making the book. My wife makes a great job each vacation, by designing a book every time we are abroad or at home on vacation. As we mostly are hiking and trekking, we meet some very nice people, see some interesting places, great scenery and so on. So, photography means a lot to me and us. A lot. The Adobe Photoshop Express is a good RAW editor, it reads my RW2 or CR2 files without converting them to DNGs first. Lightroom another good app. Adobe wants me to pay a CC subscription to use all features in Lightroom, the one I need for using RAW files, I have to pay 49 Euro per month for that. I don’t know… that much? The Adobe stuff are the best there is on the Android, yes. I can pay if there is nothing like the Adobe stuff. There is. It is free and cheaper. Snapseed is great and free. Really great. If the RAW files are in the right directory (Google Photo) there is no problem. Snapseed do not read any DNGs outside that folder. I can not do without Snapseed on my tablet or phone. I use it a LOT. VSCO is another favourite, it also reads my RW2 or CR2 files without converting them to DNGs first. Good exposure is needed in VSCO, there is very little chance of rescuing deep shadows, dark or underexposured photos. VSCOX even filters and corrects videos (beta)…! The raw2dng converter makes life easy for me OTG. If I want to use Snapseed, that I use most of the time, this app is a must. Snapseed likes DNG. I like Snapseed. That’s it.
  19. This beta fixed the LensFun issu that did not fully support the lens of Canon PowerShotG7 X Mark ll. Thank you! Everything worked smooth installing this beta on my Win10 (latest upgrade)
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    Affinity Photo Workbook

    I like the book and I am working it trough. I like it, high quality print and binding. Good examples to work and learn by. The package was broken and the book fell out of the package when I took it out of the postbox, but the book itself was OK. So over here in the darkness in the damp and cold west coast of Sweden, there is some light in the dark, the new Affinity book! Henry
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    #affinityphotoillustration

    Hi, I just started a new hashtag on Instagram: #affinityphotoillustration. I decided to do that because I am working on a picture book / app starting to use Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop. I will show some of my illustrations, all bitmap, no vectors, done in AP. It would be nice to see more illustrators using AP presenting art under the same #affinityphotoillustration tag. To get to now about you, to learn how you use this software and to get inspired from each other. See you on Instagram!
  22. Working on a scanned hand painted gouache picture A4 size 300 dpi. Using 6 layers. Two of them text layers. Nothing extreme. Was going to show my partner the design, zoomed in a bit, moved the design using the mouse and the space key when the crash came. Just like that! I had not saved for a couple of minutes. I had to redo the last changes. Not much work, but irritating ... Will ask my partner to step over to my desk later to have a look, hoping it does not crash again. Sometimes I miss Photoshop. I never had any crashes there. Too many crashes in Affinity Photo 1.6.1.93 now, to many ... random crashes ... To many ...
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    Raw developing shadows grey out

    This is done in the new beta .96. Some improvement I guess, but far from ACR. This photo exposure is extreme and really puts the RAW converter on test. Since Affinity is in a Photoshop competition, this must be improved! The Affinity Photo file is the left one. I tuned the exposure compensation all the way up in AP and also a little shadow fill, this was the best result I got. In ACR there are a lot more steps and exactness to use when developing the file, the result is also much more vibrant and has more contrast.
  24. I read a Swedish photo mag review on Affinity Photo. The Raw development was compared to the one in Adobe Raw. In a heavily underexposed photo the shadows are greyed out if turning the exposure and shadows compensation up. I examined in Adobe Camera Raw as well as in Canon Digital Photo Pro. I took this well under exposed photo in my kitchen to get an extreme contrast. I used the same methods in all three raw editors. Just turning up the exposure compensation and shadows compensation. Adobe Camera Raw is quick easy to handle with best result, DPP not far behind. Affinity Photo's result was awful as you can see, it still can not handle my Canon file correctly (CR2 from my favourite pocket camera GX7 Mk II); resulting in heavy vignetting and no lens correction while using wide angle. Too bad. (Sometimes I really miss Photoshop.) A fix coming for these issues?
  25. They keep on crashing, both both Designer and Photo 1.61 (Win10). Still, I want to use them... so keep on debugging..
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