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  1. It’s a little bit different than the typical “Save As...” command. But you’ll find that there’s a lot of detail and control in the Export dialog, as well as in the Export Personna.
  2. Easy. Create your Square or Rectangle shape. Choose the Gradient tool, and select the Conical type. Adjust your gradient angle and modify your color stop points as desired. You might have even more control over your gradient than you have in Autodesk.
  3. As @DM1 said, these are not the files we need. Please attach and upload a sample of your raw files so we can help you with your question.
  4. Ahhh, got it. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the thought process in your workflow. Very nice. 🙂
  5. For your project, is there any significant advantage in your workflow to using a font versus using the Polygon tool and creating them manually?
  6. For one, AP is a much newer product than Photoshop. Additionally, AP doesn’t need to cover absolutely every feature contained in Photoshop. The argument could be made that Photoshop is bloated and overly complicated. Therefore, it’s bound to have features and tools that a slimmer tool does not. The developers of Affinity Photo are very in-touch with their core customer and what we need, and often they will also address our wants. If you feel this is a must-have feature, then hop over to the Feature Requests parts of this forum, and let the developers know about it.
  7. @kirkt thanks for sharing the detail on the technique. I’ll come back to this thread as an excellent reference if needed. This illustrates very well something that is very common for those newly adopting Affinity Photo: While many of the features and capabilities in Affinity Photo have virtual equivalents in Photoshop, some features or tasks actually require very different approaches. With some exploration and better understanding of the software, we can usually find methods that work very well, and sometimes even better than the methods in Photoshop. Thanks again.
  8. Awwww man... I’m really sorry to hear that. BUT... I’m glad you have plenty of projects to keep you busy and fulfilled. 🙂
  9. I apologize if my earlier comment was distracting from the real point that the original poster is discussing. This isn't about the definition of destructive and non-destructive editing (I was simply addressing a different aspect of non-distructive editing, not providing a definition. There are several different factors that contribute to non-destructive editing, not adjustment layers alone. 😎). This is really about how to approach our processing in our workflow — via either the Photo Persona or the Develop Persona. There's a measure of overlap, so I can see why some might struggle with it. I do not struggle personally because I only ever use the Develop Persona for initial work on raw files. I rarely perform any healing there, use of gradients, etc. My needs there are extremely basic, and then I finish the image in the Photo Persona, where I have more tools and more control over more complex processing.
  10. Gotcha. That’s certainly one valid way to look at “destructive.” While I doubt the developers will ever abandon or restructure the way the Photo and the Photo personas work relative to one another, they have mentioned that they expect to provide the ability to work non-destructively on raw files. However, there is no timeline given as to when this will happen, and we’re unsure where it sits in the priority stack.
  11. The Develop persona is not truly destructive. It has no way to write to the file, nor can it recover previous adjustments. While not fully featured like true raw developer software, its benefits are very simple in allowing the user to work with raw files, albeit in a limited way. Hopefully this tool will get a lot more attention in the near future.
  12. Do you also have one of these for Affinity Photo, as well?
  13. Really excellent job converting this over, @DM1. Thank you very much! I’m sure this will be a handy resource. I didn’t realize you’d been working on this since 2018.
  14. This is correct on both counts. If there were a way to deactivate dithering, it would help reduce file size for this candidate of image. However, I do not know of a way to do so in Affinity Photo. One thing you could try before saving the file is apply a Posterize adjustment layer. This *might* reduce the palette size, thereby also saving file size. Let me know if this theory works at all.
  15. The short answer is “Yes.” However, the Designer and Photo interface will not be as detailed as what you see in Photoshop, and it won’t offer as many options. In Designer and Photo, when telling the software to export an image, you should see a switch to use “Palettized” colors. Once this switch is activated, you now gain access to two important options: You can choose the Palette of colors you want — Automatic, Web, Grayscale, etc. Automatic seems to be a palette generated from the colors contained in your image. If you choose an Automatic palette, you can then also choose your Colors — how many different colors you wish this palette to posses. The range will be from 256 down to 2. You can watch Designer/Photo calculate the expected file size based upon the options you choose. The savings can be significant. But as always, you must choose a desirable balance between file size and image quality.
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