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John Rostron

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    John Rostron reacted to stokerg in Nottingham sunrise   
    Managed to grab this snap on my way to the office this morning.  Taken from Nottingham train station, on the way to the tram stop.  I've attached the original .heic so feel free to do your own edits.  All i did was straighten it slightly, used the Inpainting to remove a bit of a cut off crane and then used the Auto levels, Contrast, Colours and White Balance.  Pretty happy with the results to say it was very quickly shot on my iPhone X. 

    IMG_8710.HEIC
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    John Rostron reacted to JovialJay in How to Create Macro to Only Change DPI of Image   
    Wonderful John. Thanks so much! Those work as expected!
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Jose P in Macros to resize to a fixed maximum or minimum   
    Some time ago I created a set of macros to resize an image to a fixed maximum size, as described here. Recently @DanThePhotoMan asked about resizing to a fixed minumum size here. I have revisited these macros and created two sets, one resizing to fixed maximum size and the others to a fixed minimum size. They are all based on the following sequence for the maximum set:
    Layer > Unlock
    Layer > Rasterize and Trim
    Filter > Distort > Equations        Enter the following in the x and y fields, substituting your own maximum size, then Apply
       (x/MAXSIZE)*max(h,w)
       (y/MAXSIZE)*max(h,w)
    Document > Clip Canvas
    Layer > Rasterize
    Select > Alpha Range > Select Partially Transparent
    Edit > Fill> Inpainting
    Select > Deselect
    Where MAXSIZE is from the following pixel sizes: 640, 800, 1000, 1280, 1600, 2000.
    The set to resize to minimum is similar except that it uses min(w,h) instead of max(w,h) in step 3 (Equations).
    There is also a pair of macros to resize to an arbitrary size (up to 4000px). This macro pauses to allow you to enter a parameter a. It is convenient to enter this parameter in the form of MAXSIZE/4000, where MAXSIZE is the maximum (or minimum) required size. For example, if you wanted to resize to 3000px, you would enter 3000/4000, which evaluates to 0.75. (You could enter 0.75 if you wanted.)
    Note that the resizing algorithm in the Equations process is not defined.
    Here are the macros as a library (.afmacros) file.
    Resize.afmacros
    John
    @Traveler @Gnobelix @affwin @firstdefence
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    John Rostron reacted to shushustorm in Macro: Remove stray pixels and center   
    Hey @John Rostron!
    Thanks for your detailed reply!
    Unfortunately, things are more complicated.
    Some more things that I maybe should have specified to begin with:
    - The two dots are on the same layer.
    - I don't know the colors of the dots.
    - I only have that one layer within the file.
    So
    - No layer jumping needed, which makes things easier, but also
    - Selection by color doesn't work.
    - I have to get rid of the pixel data depending on adjacent pixels. I'd have to read where islands are located, look for the biggest island and set the other islands' alpha values to 0. (Maybe there is an easier way to do this, one that might work as a Macro, but I couldn't think of it).
    Once the stray dot(s) (there may be more of them and I don't know where they are located, or if there are any at all) are gone, the rest should be as simple as including the commands
    - align to middle horizontally
    - align to middle vertically.
    That should work as well and be independend of any actual numerical input from the file, which would be important, because I'd have to run that Macro over thousands of files with different "green dots" and "pink dots".
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    John Rostron got a reaction from shushustorm in Macro: Remove stray pixels and center   
    Just a few thoughts on this problem.
    Is the 'pink' spot on a separate layer? If so you can:
    Select the pink spot layer, Use the move tooI (V) Use the Transform Panel to move the spot to the centre, I was able to do this by first:
    Select the background layer and unlock it. Set the Transform Panel position to the centre dot, Copy the X-position from the background layer (in the Transform Panel), Move to the spot layer and pasting this into the Transform panel X-position. Then the same for the Height and Width. This worked, but it will not necessarily work in a macro because a macro remembers the actual values that were copied and pasted, not the instructions to do so. If your background image is always going to be the same size, then this does actually work OK.
    You need to be careful when selecting the different layers. I tried it with just two layers and there was no problem, but you need to ensure that you are selecting the right layers in ther dialogue box that pops up.
    If you have your image as a layered file, I will have a go at creating an appropriate macro for you.
    John
     
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    John Rostron reacted to blurpderp in Help with a macro   
    Hey John,
     
    I gave this a shot and it worked like a charm!! Thanks so much for the suggestion and how to!
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    John Rostron got a reaction from blurpderp in Help with a macro   
    It might be easier to focus on the 600 player images and to add a background to each. One of the quirks the Affinty macros is that when you copy and paste, the image pasted is the one that you used when you recorded the macro. You can turn this to your advantage by loading the background image into the clipboard. Ensure you have the Transform Panel visible before you start recording. You will need to know the coordinates of where your image is going to be. Then, record the macro:
    Paste the background image from the clipoard, Move the new pasted layer down one (Arrange > Move to Back), Unlock (Click on the lock icon on the top layer), Clip Canvas (Document > Clip Canvas), Set the current selection, click on the top layer and select 'Select layer one above current', Position the top layer using the Transform Panel, Merge the two layers (Document > Flatten). This works as a single macro, but I have not tried it as a batch job yet.
    John
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    John Rostron reacted to carl123 in Is there a way to do a conical warp in Designer?   
    I don't think so in Designer but you may want to look into the Equations Filter in Affinity Photo if you need to do this a lot
     
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Paul Mudditt in Panorama delete People   
    Hello @Jojo2022 and welcome to the forums.
    You can load your images into a stack, making sure that the [Align Images] box is ticked. Then choose the Median option for the blending mode. This will remove most if the extraneous material.
    John
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Chef41 in Publisher setup for creating an A4 booklet consisting single sheet of A3 folded width-ways   
    Personally, for my newsletters, I produce a 4-page A4 document and ask my printer to print it as A3 folded.
    John
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Dan C in Photo crashes with Topaz Sharpener AI   
    @RichardMH I have re-installed Topaz Sharpener AI (version 2) and tried it after disabling use of the graphics card. It worked fine, both as a  standalone and as a plugin. Thanks for your suggestion.
    I had not thought to look for that option since when I tried out Topaz Gigapixel some time ago, it explicitly stated that it required a graphics card.
    I now consider this matter resolved.
    John
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    John Rostron reacted to RichardMH in Photo crashes with Topaz Sharpener AI   
    Have you played with the preferences in Sharpen AI? You can even do all the processing in the CPU.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Dan C in Photo crashes with Topaz Sharpener AI   
    I have downloaded and installed the latest version of Sharpener AI and it still crashes - both as a plugin and as a standalone. I am  fairly certain that it is my underpowered graphics card. So, until it can afford a new card, I have uninstalled Sharpener AI.
    Thanks to @Dan C and @v_kyrfor help .
    John
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    John Rostron reacted to walt.farrell in StarXTerminator plugin   
    Sorry, but I don't understand how How Affinity Photo could possibly know how much longer a Plug-in operation would take. 
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    John Rostron reacted to thomaso in Editing   
    If you have edited the opened JPG with layers and select menu Document > Flatten you can Save it as JPG – but with this way you can't choose any options like compression rate or colour profile, thus the saved result will have a larger file size even if the content is pretty much the same. Thus you will achieve a wanted result with Export more easily than with Save, at least regarding the file size.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from PaoloT in Midjourney   
    Midjorney may be a excellent standalone program, but I cannot see it being a competitors to Affinity. Your final question does not therefore  seem to follow.
    John
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    John Rostron got a reaction from AdamStanislav in Midjourney   
    Midjorney may be a excellent standalone program, but I cannot see it being a competitors to Affinity. Your final question does not therefore  seem to follow.
    John
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    John Rostron reacted to v_kyr in Photo crashes with Topaz Sharpener AI   
    Hard to tell if APh is mainly involved here, since there are a bunch of crash reports on it's own for Topaz Sharpener AI v4.x, like for example ...
    Topaz Sharpen AI crash while processing Topaz sharpen 4.01 crashes ... etc. See also this GitHub Ghist which might be something to try out for Topaz Sharpener AI (instead of Topaz Video Enhance AI ) too then ...
    Fixing Topaz Video Enhance AI Crashes or Opening and immediately closing ...
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    John Rostron reacted to v_kyr in Photo crashes with Topaz Sharpener AI   
    Your DMP-file "58cf67f1-59ef-43e4-a168-741ef2364a88.dmp" shows that the "tltopazadjustaips_x64.8bf" plugin crashed at some point due to an access violation read exception ...
     
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    John Rostron reacted to Rob L in "Don't Tell, SSSHHH"   
    Hi to all,
    New here. A trip to Gannet colony. Tried the trial DXO then some adjustment in Affinity.
     
     

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    John Rostron got a reaction from imanudden in What is "Make and Expand" button on Affinity Designer   
    Hello @imanuddenand welcome to the forums.
    You do not say which Affinitty app you are using. There are various solutions to your problem, including the "If I were you I would not start from here" ones.
    However, assuming you are using Photo and you wish to fill out the greyed pixels to black, then you can use the Threshold adjustment. Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Threshold and move the slider to the right (probably all the way) until all the grey pixels are black.
    John
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    John Rostron reacted to Alfred in What is "Make and Expand" button on Affinity Designer   
    Adjustments including the Threshold adjustment are, of course, available in both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.
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    John Rostron reacted to thomaso in What is "Make and Expand" button on Affinity Designer   
    This topic is rather about vectorizing (… "Image Trace" + resulting curve in the screenshot).
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    John Rostron reacted to PixelPest in What is "Make and Expand" button on Affinity Designer   
    In the title it says:  What is "Make and Expand" button on Affinity Designer"
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Alfred in Help: Enlarging Photos w/o Losing Quality   
    You could try BenVista PhotoZoom. The classic version is cheaper than Topaz Gigapixel (the pro version is on a par in price). I have used Photozoom 7 and found it works as well as  Gigapixel for half the price.
    John
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