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  1. You might find Simon Foster's (aka Drippy Cat) free tutorials for beginners of help. My apologies if this is too basic - from what I understand you're new to photo editing so his free courses and/or his courses on Udemy might address your questions about a fundamental workflow.
  2. I'll add my recommendation to Drippy Cat's (Simon Foster) tutorials. He offers a series of beginner tutorials free on You Tube which will get you going and give you a sense of how his teaching style fits you. If you like his approach have a look at his Affinity Photo Basic Foundations course on Udemy - it's very thorough, aimed at a newbie (which we all were) and gives explanations not only of how (as in which button to press) but also why you do things in a particular order. Sections of the course are available for free preview. The courses are also on sale at the moment.
  3. Just clicked the link (on Safari) and it worked fine . Also it identified my country (Canada) right away.
  4. I doubt it can get much simpler than this :
  5. Here's a simple tutorial on how to do this:
  6. Hi SF, Think of the RAW as your negative (digital negative). When you open a RAW image you'll find yourself in the Develop Persona. There you can make a variety of changes like for example adjust your exposure, and contrast. There's a lot more you do there but for this example those are simple. When you then click on Develop (upper left) you'll switch over to the Photo Persona. There you can get started into doing whatever manipulation you like. Your RAW image always remains untouched. The analogy might be to say you've projected your negative (RAW) onto a print paper (develop) and now in Photo you're starting to work on that print. Your RAW image stays where it was when you put it into your computer. Now that you're in Photo persona any work you do will be saved onto a .afphoto file. If you decide to use Save As a window will ask you to confirm the file name and where you want it stored (first pic). On my example shot I selected Desktop. Put your image wherever makes sense to you. Start making any and all sorts of adjustments now and you'll get a feel for what Affinity Photo can do. When you've played enough you can Save your file again or delete it or export it as a jpeg, tiff or a variety of other formats. The important thing is that you can never alter your original RAW image. If your original was a jpeg, saving or exporting it with a new name is a good idea if you want to keep your original as shot. Another option you have when you open an image or develop a RAW is to select the Background image and duplicate it. The select your duplicate and do your work on it. Your original Background image will stay untouched. If you work with a duplicate (CMD J will duplicate your layer) you can uncheck the original Background layer which will have the little lock icon on it and it'll remain unchanged by your edits (second pic). I think you might find the tutorials by Drippy Cat and also Affinity Revolution will help get you started. It's a confusing process at first but I bet you'll be up and running quicker than you expect. I hope this makes a bit of sense. Ed
  7. The second half of this shows a simple way to add a border. Using a gradient might do what you want.
  8. Thanks R C-R. I think that's what happened. I got distracted and must have moused over and clicked to start the recording - it wasn't intentional.
  9. Just to update: I got rid of this by closing the file and starting over. Luckily this was simple (this time). Sure would like to know what I triggered in case I do it again.
  10. I'm working on an image and somehow seemed to have changed a setting to do with layer selection. Normally to select a layer I click on it and the layer highlights. Now every time I select a layer a little menu pops up that requires me to select or cancel (screen grab attached). This isn't the end of the world but I've got a number of images to process and this extra step is annoying. Can anyone help me get rid of this? To try to fix the problem I've tried Help, Preferences and Assistant. Am I missing something obvious? Thanks, Ed
  11. Hi Simon, I bought this course, have been through it once and found it very helpful. I left a review on Udemy. The workflow was very useful for me and I was particularly interested in the way you use various zones to correct or adjust an image in only the appropriate areas. The action on the NIK plugins was really good too. I've never used NIK before but downloaded them after watching that section. I can see there's enormous potential there and was particularly interested in the way you showed to control the changes in specific parts of an image. So, IMO this course is another hit and well worth the price of admission. Well done (again). Ed
  12. Simon, I watched the teaser videos you made and it looks like this course will be another winner. This seems like a course that would go well with your other Affinity Photo courses perhaps after the basics or concurrently with Tips and Tricks. Would I be right in assuming that the workflow you're teaching in this course would apply equally well to non-landscape subjects? Ed
  13. MEB - It would be handy if we were able to rename individual overlays like we can with layers in the develop Persona.
  14. Thanks R C-R that works. Can you explain what is happening there, as in what is preserve alpha doing that toggles the effect? I don't understand what the alpha is for in this situation.
  15. I've come across something that seems odd to me. I'm hoping there's a simple reason for it that someone could explain. When I apply Gaussian Blur as a live filter layer it creates an apparently transparent area along the edges of the image. When I do the same with a Gaussian Blur filter it doesn't happen. As a fan of non-destructive adjustments I typically only use live filters. To clarify what I'm seeing here are 2 screen captures. The first shows the live filter and the second a filter. Each one has Gaussian Blur set to the extreme to illustrate what's happening. Anybody know why this happens and how to avoid the effect with a live filter? Thanks.