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  1. The new Darken/Reveal option on the Crop tool does not seem to work in Windows; or I have not understood it. There is no tutorial that I have found that explains the new functionality which appears to be very useful.
  2. I hesitate to post in this august place, but I think one of my selection techniques has not been explicitly described before.. This video is aimed at real world outdoor photography which is often taken under less than ideal conditions; and where we need to cheat because there was not a camera there when we wanted one.. This image is a composite. It was constructed in Affinity Photo. The video is a workflow demonstration - it is not good enough to be called a tutorial. Outdoor activities can often be difficult to photograph. My pastime is sailing, and I now have a motorboat. It is surprisingly difficult to get images of your own boat at sea. So you have to use what you can beg, borrow, or steal. The video is about using a photo taken by a friend, taken from a moving platform(another boat) under less than ideal weather conditions. We take the image and transform it so it can be used in an entirely different context. I have used three techniques described in official Serif Affinity videos by James Ritson. They are "Bringing Out Water Detail" <a href="https://vimeo.com/202899215" rel="noreferrer nofollow">vimeo.com/202899215</a> "HDR from one exposure" <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar6CZvfyFvk&feature=youtu.be" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar6CZvfyFvk&feature=youtu.be</a> "Making Images Pop" <a href="https://vimeo.com/178575803" rel="noreferrer nofollow">vimeo.com/178575803</a> The first part of the video deals with enhancing the basic image, including two different applications of tone mapping. The second part deals with four different approaches to selection, to deal with different aspects of the image and how to combine them. I have not seen the use of the pen tool to create fine detail precise selections before, but maybe I did not look far enough. So far as I know, it is a first. The same problems apply to a lot of outdoor activities including windsurfing, climbing, motocross, horse riding. Wherever there is equipment, wild background, fine details (such as reins or ropes) then complex selection may be needed so you can blag an exciting picture. Please view
  3. build (windows) seems to go some way toward solving the problem.. I placed a picture frame on the master page Then I went to one of the spread pages. The picture frame was visible. I selected it, and placed a picture. This immediately became an unlinked instance of the frame. With the move tool selected, double clicking opened a control so the image could be zoomed or moved. The image does not change the master. However, the image does not appear in the Resource manager. Therefore it seems difficult to edit the image or even delete it. It can be overwritten by another place. So, as things stand, the only way to edit it is externally and then do another place operation. Not very transparent. Nearly there! The release notes are here See the forum posting at
  4. It is nice to relax and have a bit of fun in the midst of all this serious stuff. Thankyou. As an 'oldie'I feel a bit exposed when I raise issues like this. On the other hand I have been a loyal user of Serif software since 2002. I admire what they have attempted, and I consider it a duty to raise issues that I think will help them develop a scintillatingly good product range
  5. I suspect we both still use old money and ft and inches!
  6. I am a bit diffident about posting here. You guys are all so competent, it would probably seem trivial.. In the light of your comment I will think about it seriously. Thanks for the encouragement. If you have not picked it up, I am 77, and in envy of all you young guys who seem to take all the technology i your stride!
  7. Yes, ordering the pages is an issue. My printer friend, who is not particularly computer literate, offered me a simple practical solution. He makes up a simple physical booklet of the right size, then numbers the page pairs. It is difficult to explain, so I am planning to make a video of how it is done and post it on the Fans of Serif Software on Facebook. But I need the finished result to make it believable! My project is a 36 page booklet.
  8. Here is my summary of where this discussion has got to. Here is one workflow.... Create the document (as an A4 facing page spread) Select the Microsoft “print to pdf” as suggested by fd101 Set page size to A3 Set mode to booklet When asked, specify file location This produces a file that will produce double sided printing of an A4 booklet on A3 paper. In this case it is not necessary to hit the big print to file button, as suggested by Wosven (because the “print to pdf” printer will do that anyway). This is the method I am now using. However, the printer properties of the generic Microsoft "print to pdf" printer do not have options to manage thw workflow, the pdf printer used by Wosven may be more efficient. It seems to me that it is against the philosophy of Affinity to adopt an Adobe solution , as suggested by Thomaso, though that route looks feasible.(in my view pdf, although an Adobe creation is now an industry standard) In short, I think we should see the issue as a 2 stage problem. Stage 1, producing a file in a format suitable to pass to a Printer (or your own printer). PDF seems a practical option. [ My initial problem was that I did not see how to produce a pdf file when using the booklet output option. Pointing out that there is a pdf printer built into (most?) Windows 10 computers solves that problem. ] Stage 2 getting compatibility between the output from stage 1 and the printer. That is, as several people have pointed out, a matter of printer settings. However, the issue can be eased by knowing whether to order the pages for printing the “outer” pages first, then the “inners”; or printing each page 2 sided one at a time. Some printers will do either given the basic output from any of the pdf-to-file-printers mentioned in this discussion. It sometimes needs a little bit of experiment to sort out which sequence works. [I am now content that I understand the issues] In summary, I would suggest to Affinity that they produce some clear video tutorials on how to carry out this workflow. They should also look at the wording on their print page. “Print to File” on the big button means something different to the little print to file tick box. I think the time has come to close this discussion. I have learned a lot, and can only thank the contributors
  9. Yes, thats what I thought. It produces a .prn file, not a pdf, with no choice,
  10. I have had a look at the adobe reader version and it looks complicated. I have now got a workable system (I think!) so I may try that another time, but I have not clearly understood how the pages have to be ordered to produce a two sided booklet. However, many thanks for pointing this our
  11. Many thanks. I am going to try working via the microsoft print to pdf. But those tolls may comeinhandy.
  12. Hey thanks.I did not know such a thing existed. I have tried it and got the Argentine answer (i.e. 98% right, with a critical 2% missing). At present it is producing the right page pairs (I think), but my printer friend would prefer to have all the outers, then all the inners, if you know what I mean . I need to apply a couple of coats of thinking about it, but it is certainly far, far easier than trying to manually build the file. It avoids nearly all of the issues I have reported above. So thankyou again!!!!!
  13. I wish I knew! Are you using a Mac? I am on Windows.
  14. Fixx Thanks for the thought. .The owner of the printer has been producing print for local customers for some years but assembles his booklets manually(!!) I suspect he will be unwilling to play with the printer settings. In any case Publisher should be able to produce a pdf file compiled for a booklet - and it seems it is possible on a mac, but not on Windows (unless someonecan show me how). Lets see if Serif respond
  15. Mark You have indicated that there is a door there somewhere. All I need is someone to show me where it is! Thankyou
  16. Thankyou. It looks incredibly simple, except I do not have what you call "The PDF pulldown menu" . Where do I get that?
  17. By the way, the sketch image crossing the two pages does not copy easily. That is a separate issue which we solved by another means. For the moment,leave that to one side.
  18. So far so good -well almost! I am trying to produce a booklet based on a document of A4 pages, with a 2 page spread, starting on the right. Clearly this needs to print on A3 I have a friend who has an A3 printer. So the easy option is to get a driver for his printer. and install it on my computer It is an OKI C9000 . But if I try to download the driver for this printer it will cost $10 with no guarantee it will work. This would mean connecting my computer to his printer. The second option would be for him to load Affinity Publisher onto his computer, which he is not too keen to do. (I am working on it!) A third option, which we tried, would be to construct a booklet file by copying page by page from my document ( 2 page spread, start on right) to a new document that would produce the booklet result (two page spread, start on left and work out manually which pages go where!). It does not work. Let me explain. If you have text that flows from one page to another, then when you copy a page including such text (especially when it is not the first page), it copies the whole story, not just the text visible on the page. What we need is something equivalent to the image "copy flattened" - i.e. when you copy from a page in Publisher it would copy the text that appears on the page, not the whole story. There could be a workaround which involves isolating the text on each page manually, and breaking the flow links. That, however, would be slow, tedious and error prone. That is unless any of you bright guys can offer an alternative If this explanation is not clear enough, I will try to produce a video demonstrating the problem. Plse let me know. In the meantime I offer 2 screen grabs 1: The basic APub document page, showing the right hand page selected 2: What happens when you copy that page and try to paste the result on a right hand page. Note that the whole story has been selected and flows on
  19. Something horrid has happened. I would like to load an older version of my Affinity Publisher file.Is this possible?If so how?
  20. More useful advice. Much appreciated, thankyou
  21. Thanks both. Most informative. It is something I have never doe before and at my age (77) having difficulties getting my mind round it.
  22. I am producing a book on 2-sided A4 pages. In the past I have printed these and used a comb binder. I have been offered an opportunity to print on A3 sheets and stitch. It is an attractive option. Is there any software in Publisher that will arrange the pages for printing in this way? Likely to take a week or so.
  23. It had never occurred to me to select from the pages column. I will give that a try. Well, thanks to you guys, I have learned quite a bit; and I think I may have surfaced a few issues that deserve thinking about. Inanother post I have learned that Serif are considering issues relating to the promotion of objects from the master to the live page. It therefore looks like this is a work on progress, and we will have to wait for those bright lads in Nottingham to think it through. So, unless anyone has anything major to say, I suggest we pause this discussion.
  24. Interesting question! At the bottom of the layer stack there was a group called basic that I do not remember creasing. It contains objects like page numbers and also a couple of picture frames all originally created on the master. If I include this in the Group, the guides disappear. They do not disappear of I include everything else in the Group. I am slowly lurching (with my 77 yr old brain) toward an understanding, but I would say that this situation is far from transparent. It needs a couple of coats of looking at!
  25. The guides were created across a 2 page master page. When I grouped the layers that I had created for the left hand page, all the guides disappeared, My aim was to simplify the development process. That is all.
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