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    John Rostron got a reaction from Petar Petrenko in Photo 1.8 and Filter Forge 9   
    Just thought that I would report that the plugin for Filter Forge 9 works properly with Photo 1.8
    Here is a fairly mundane wooded hiltop:

    And here is a Filter Forge Distortion filter applied:

    It now looks like a tugely wood (from Jabberwocky).I do notice some peculiar purple artefacts though
    John Rostron
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    John Rostron reacted to Fixx in Photo 1.8 and Filter Forge 9   
    That is sick, man... 😎
    Great that it works (I have not upgraded FF as latest version did not seem to have must have features)
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    John Rostron reacted to GarryP in Inserting an image inline   
    You're welcome.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from GeekyGal in Scale By Percentage   
    Use Document > Resize then, in either the width or height box, enter 18%. Ensure that the lock symbol is closed (which it is by default) to maintain the Aspect Ratio..
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    John Rostron reacted to GarryP in Inserting an image inline   
    I know you asked for written instructions but here’s a quick video that shows just the steps you need.
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    John Rostron reacted to h_d in Inserting an image inline   
    Without a link to the video it's hard to know what you're trying to follow, but this works for me:
    Flow in the text.
    Use the Place Image tool to choose and drop the image onto the page.
    Use the Move tool to resize the image and place it over the text frame in the position you want it.
    Do not select the text insertion point. Stick with the Move tool and keep the image selected.
    Pull down the Layer menu and choose Inline in Text.
    Your image layer should now be nested in the text frame layer, and will move as you edit the text.
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    John Rostron reacted to Anand Kumar in Affinity Photo - Macro Bundle 1 (15 Styles) | Architecture Edition   
    hi @John Rostron , i have removed the login procedure to all the download links i have posted on affinity forum and you can now direct download the resources without login.
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    John Rostron reacted to Multi4G in 4 Tricks you need to know - Affinity Photo Tutorial   
    In this video:
    - Make pictures pop with the Curves Adjustment Layer Trick
    - How to use the Pen Tool easy and fast for great results
    - Make a even Frame around your images with ease
    - Create a Mask for a Glow effect that works
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    John Rostron reacted to ch22 in What Contrast Negate blend mode is doing   
    I'm not sure how DR evaluated in the equation? 
    This is not  a real equation, but a kind of pseudo-code.  DR is the previous DR in the right hand side and the new one in the left side. For instance, the product blend mode would be obtained with DR=DR*SR (to be understood as DR_new=DR_previous*SR). Only the right hand side is to be entered into the AP box
    roundup(0.5-0.3*SR-0.59*SB-0.11*SB) Should that be 0.59*SG?
    Of course. I suffered from many mistakes in the process, I corrected a lot of them directly in the AP box and  I did not always reported these corrections in my text processor... and unfortunately I used this text version to prepare my post.  Sorry!  Actually, I did not dare to directly deal with color pictures. I began the work with grey pictures, where the code is far simpler. Not that simple to get it right the first time, but I succeeded fast enough to be reasonably confident  to tackle the color case.
    Now, I want to emphasize that my misadventures are not at all a condemnation of this Apply Image menu. Simply, in case of complex equations, better to have a true text editor at hand with a compatible copy and paste function!  
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    John Rostron reacted to Patrick Connor in Written Tutorials to download   
    I've fixed this for blueprint
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Vinit in 4 Tricks you need to know - Affinity Photo Tutorial   
    @Multi4G, you do provide some useful tutorials, but it would help if you gave a brief, on-line description of each technique in the covering message. Rather like @Vinit does here
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    John Rostron reacted to Blueprint in Written Tutorials to download   
    Below is my list of written tutorials I have done over the years. The first few were done using early versions of Affinity programs but they should still be ok. Some menus may have changed or tools look different but the basics are the same.
    Also most are for Affinity Photo, but some could be done in Designer. Plus the "Beginners Look at Affinity Photo" ones will pretty much be the same in Affinity Designer and Publisher as all 3 programs have same basic functions. 
    PhotoPlus and Affinity Photo – make a fake Starry Sky background
    Affinity Photo – Silk Embroidery Effect
    Affinity Photo – Silk Embroidery Effect V2
    Affinity Photo – Vintage Cabinet Frames
    Affinity Photo – Fake Evening Sky with Rain and Lightening
    Affinity Photo - Art Projects
    Shows 2 ways to make a blank canvas on an easel have what might be a painted image on it, from a photograph.
    Infrared V2 – Affinity Photo 3 ways to make fake Infrared images
    I Needed a project to use in the Affinity Publisher beta, so I thought I’d update an old Serif PhotoPlus tutorial to an Affinity Photo tutorial.
    It basically shows 3 methods to get Infrared style images.
    Affinity Photo – Convert German Video – Film Strip Image in 3 parts
    pt 1
    pt 2
    pt 3
    Affinity Photo – False Water and Reflection
    Affinity Photo – Chinese Painting Styles in 2 parts
    pt 1
    pt 2
    Affinity Photo – Beginners Look at Layer Masks
    Activ8 issue 1 – Better Cloning
    Activ8 issue 2 – Spheres
    Activ8 issue 3 – Affinity Photo - Select Tree - Replace Sky – 2 ways
    Activ8 issue 4 – Tri-Fold Image
    Activ8 issue 5 – Emboss With Lighting
    Activ8 issue 6 – 3D Text
    Activ8 issue 7 -Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher – A look at Styles
    This written tutorial, mainly aimed at beginners of any of the Affinity Software made for PC and Mac. It may work the same on iPad version but I don’t own one so can’t confirm that it will.
    It looks at what Styles are, how to make some Gradient Styles and some Styles made from images. Then how to Export and Import your newly made Styles.
    After that I do a basic overview of a couple of video tutorials I have made in the past. Using the Mirror Filter and the Equation filter to make new images, to then make Styles from.
    Lastly, another overview of a recent video tutorial, which looks at using the Vector Crop Tool in Affinity Designer to grab sections of an image to then make Styles from.
    The end of this PDF tutorial has interactive links to all the video tutorials and links to the downloads of all the Styles I have made in these video and written tutorials.
    Activ8 issue 8 – Affinity Photo – Make Sketch Image With Just The Channel Mixer
    A while ago I made an Affinity Photo video tutorial about making a sketch image just using the Channel Mixer adjustment. I thought I’d up-date it slightly in this written tutorial, which can be done in Affinity Photo, Designer or Publisher.
    Activ8 issue 8a – Affinity Software – 4 Creative yet simple ways to use Blend Modes
    This is a written tutorial update of a video tutorial I did in Feb 2018.
    They are fairly basic edits and will work best with an image that has a white background. So, I will use one I got from Pixabay, as are the other images used. Links to the video and image are in the written tutorial.
    The video was done in Affinity Photo but this will be done in Affinity Designer but I see no reason why it can’t also be done in Publisher.
    Activ8 issue 9 – A Beginners Look At Affinity Photo part 1
    Looking at opening images and saving your edits. Plus, file formats also a look at the Layers Panel and Colour selection
    Although tutorial is for Affinity Photo all will work pretty much the same in Affinity Designer
    And Publisher
    Activ8 issue 10 – A Beginners Look At Affinity Photo part 2
    Looking at opening and setting up a new document other than an image. The Brush Tool and changing the Brush Tips. Then looking at the different types of Pixel and Vector layers you can make. Layer Masks and their use. Plus, a quick look at Text and Shape layers and the Glyph Browser.
    As with part 1, most (if not all) of the information in this tutorial will work just as well in Affinity Designer and Publisher as all 3 programs are so similar.
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    John Rostron reacted to eobet in Apply button for Perspective/Warp tool are in opposite corners of the screen!   
    The perspective distort and mesh warp tool are under the same button and behave very similarly.
    Yet, the "apply" button for both are on the opposite extremes of the screen! (Perspective in a floating window in the bottom right, and Warp in the toolbar to the top left.)
    That's a pretty extreme UI consistency break.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from dmstraker in Conditional expressions in Apply Image   
    @dmstraker,  I have used a similar formulation in Filter > Distort > Equations and it does work. I would also like to see some scripting available in Photo.
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    John Rostron reacted to PedroOfOz in Slide scanner direct   
    Interesting images! 
    Scannography is an established art form ...  check it out
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    John Rostron got a reaction from PatrickM in Slide scanner direct   
    A couple more.
    From the front drive, a scrap of moss. You can see the long awns on the 'leaves'

    A scrap of Celeriac peeling from preparing lunch. You can see the cells. The dark lines are vascular bundles.

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    John Rostron reacted to SteveB523 in Radial filter equivalent to LR's   
    I agree with John; here’s my more wordy version:
    I don’t have Lightroom, but I’ve seen LR’s radial filter used in a Simon Foster class on the Nik Collection on Udemy.
    The radial filter appeared to be an elliptical shape on top of a layer that one could use to control aspects of the layer such as exposure, etc.
    In Affinity, one could simply create an ellipse of the desired size with no stroke and a white-black gradient fill. Then rasterize the ellipse into a mask, and apply yer mask to any adjustment layer or group of layers that you desire.
    if you want to use the ellipse to affect color, then no need to convert it to a mask - just use a fill of the desired gradient and adjust the blend mode and opacity as desired.  Olivio Sariikas recently released a YouTube video titled “Free Glorious Light Pack” that demonstrates that technique.
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    John Rostron reacted to Gnobelix in Placing Images   
    Hello @MiroGlass,
    Welcome to this forum.
    I do not know, if I understand your problem correctly.
    Watch this video from James Ritson, maybe it helps.
    Press F1 for help, or open this link or this link.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from drdancm in File Default Save As, Export Save As in Source Folder   
    I agree, but think that this thread should be moved to the Feedback for Affinity Suite of Products forum.
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    John Rostron reacted to FocusStacker in Affinity Focus Stacking Review   
    Peter, I saw the apple (looks well stacked), but what does this image (frost on a windowpane? crystallography?) have to do with focus stacking?  Is it microscopy?
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    John Rostron got a reaction from Callum in Multi image stitching?   
    Have you tried stitching a 2x4 montage? I have had success in the past with a montage of a room. For such montages it is important to have a good overlap between the images, both horizontally and vertically. Go for 35% or even 50%.
    One area where this will fail is a landscape where the upper row is all (or mostly) sky. Clouds do not provide sharp enough edges for the alignment algorithm to work.
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    John Rostron got a reaction from charty in Stacking night photos   
    The stacking algorithm fails because the mountains provide a firmer edge for it to latch onto than the more nebulous Milky Way. This has been asked before. My suggestion was to blur the edges of the mountains (and any other horizon) and hope that the stars etc are sufficiently well-defined for alignment.
    For just1 two images, I would suggest that, rather than a Stack, you just paste one image on top of the other, set the opacity to 50% and align them manually.
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    John Rostron reacted to Tony77 in Stacking night photos   
    Thanks John
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    John Rostron reacted to Fujial in Why wont AP record some steps in a macro   
    John - you're a star - it works perfectly.  I hadn't tried that approach.  Thanks for your prompt and helpful response.
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    John Rostron reacted to fde101 in Plugins for DESIGNER & PHOTO!   
    Only filters though, I suspect @thegary is referring to plugins that add functionality to the program's UI.
    This has been discussed at length on other threads around the forum; this thread is mostly a duplicate.
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