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    pixelrain reacted to Mark Ingram in Affinity Photo Customer Beta - 1.6.4.104   
    Yes, it's a little bit different to how we've done it before, but I think it makes a lot of sense. Previously, once a beta had "ended", it was difficult to know when a new one had started. So now, any beta user can just continuously use the beta, without having to worry about switching over to the retail one at some point, and then watching out for when a new customer beta starts, and switching back to that. 
     
    The key bit of information which people might need to know is that the latest beta version and retail versions are exactly the same. 
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    pixelrain got a reaction from Máté in [APh] Lock Layers Transparency   
    Brushes have a "Protect Alpha" tickbox available is that what you're looking for ?

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    pixelrain reacted to TonyB in Affinity Photo and Designer 1.6 have launched!   
    What's New in Affinity Photo 1.6
     
    New light user interface option New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools New "Edit In" integration with Apple Photos  Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra Improved view pan/zoom performance and Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Align to key items  Text frame vertical alignment options  Fit frame to text Custom brush wet edges Outlier stacking mode Improved Photoshop Plugin support Improved Live Filters performance Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Numerous bug fixes and other improvements
      For more information about the Affinity Photo launch and how to buy go here. 
     
    What's New in Affinity Designer 1.6
     
    New light user interface option New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra  New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Improved view pan/zoom performance  Improved performance with large documents Align to key items  Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text  Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Added 'Unlock All' and 'Show All' commands Numerous bug fixes and other improvements  
    For more information about the Affinity Designer launch and how to buy go here. 
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    pixelrain reacted to silvenon in Jittery Lines When Using Wacom   
    I'm experiencing the same issue in Affinity Photo (probably Designer too). In Autodesk SketchBook it works fine, so there's nothing wrong with my tablet. I'm using a Wacom Intuos Pro S.
     
    The stabiliser makes the strokes smooth, but I can't draw like that because stabiliser causes a delay (that's how it works) so it's not an acceptable solution. Also the vector persona in Designer isn't acceptable because I want to draw with pixels, not vectors (also the strokes change a bit after they are drawn because of the smoothing algorithm).
     
    So currently I can't draw in Affinity software. 
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    pixelrain reacted to StuartRc in Texture Brush Packs x12 [Organics]   
    Organic texture Brushes Pack 1 Version 2.0
     
     
    I have been working on updating the original texture brush packs so that it complies with more recent uploads
     
    The original 11 brush packs(.zip) files have been removed and replaced with a single file containing all the original brush packs so that they are stil accessible
    Added a new set now containing 12 brush packs (120 brushes) also in a single file for download.
     
    Made significant changes to the original brushes
    a. simplified the nozzles by removing the intense pattern overlays and added 28 new additional png files to increase pattern variation.
    b. Reduced the initial size of the some of the original brushes.
    c. Adjusted the brush dynamics to allow for use of flow and accumulation in the general brush tab
    d. Where possible reduced the reliance on random size variation in brush dynamics
    d. Added sample 4 page PDF for download
    e. Removed original sample images (11) and replaced with just 4  
     
    enjoy!
     
     
    New Versions
    TB ORGANICS V2.zip
     
    OB 1 Set 1.pdf
     
    Old Brush Set
    ORGANICS 1 ALL V1.zip 
     
     




     
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    pixelrain reacted to kzidek in Affinity Designer Customer Beta - 1.6.0.82   
    The application does not freeze or use more memory than normal. It is fine and stable, but the line quality in Pixel Persona is unusable. I'm primarily focused on digital painting which I would like to completely do trough AD, but it is not possible yet. Images - AD (High Precision disabled + Star 03) versus Clip Studio and Rebelle side by side with tablet settings.



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    pixelrain reacted to StuartRc in Pattern Brush Packs [Isometric]   
    Making available new set of isometric Raster Pattern Brushes some of which were used in the creation of 'Tin Man'
    6 Packs (60 Brushes)
    Initial Brush Size to 100px
    Added 2 A4 sample sheets for reference [PDF]
    Enjoy!


    PB ISO PATTERNS Set 1-01-03.pdf
    PB ISO 01 P 01-03.zip
     
    PB ISO PATTERNS Set 1-04-06.pdf
    PB ISO 01 P 04-06.zip
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    pixelrain got a reaction from Alfred in [1.6.0.74] Wrong fill colour   
    Don't think its system colour profile related as it happens with anything other that default srgb used as profile in document, seems that the colour selector does that especially if you drag vertically in it.
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    pixelrain reacted to Alfred in [1.6.0.74] Wrong fill colour   
    Thanks, Mark. My new document in AD – where I originally saw the effect – had a non-sRGB colour profile (ROMM RGB: ISO 22928-2:2013) set for the document. My new document in APh – where I didn't see the effect – was set to sRGB IEC61966-2.1; changing this to ROMM RGB: ISO 22928-2:2013 makes the same problem show up (and changing the colour profile to sRGB IEC61966-2.1 in AD makes the problem go away).
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    pixelrain got a reaction from Mark Ingram in Color profile changing to yellow   
    Samsung monitors (others too), are known to have faulty .icc profiles attached to their monitor drivers; i should know, i own one. :P
     
    If you have a yellow tinted white in a color managed application that is the sign it is using a broken profile. If you see "good" white while on broken profile = there is no color management present in software.
     
    So what should you do:
     
    1. band aid solution: select srgb color profile in windows as default. Installing new video drivers will reset this.
    2. middle ground: uninstall manufacturer monitor driver and use generic monitor profile from windows, colors would stay the same if you change video drivers.
    3. and best solution: create a new custom profile using a hardware calibrator and use that as default in color managed apps or windows control panel.
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    pixelrain reacted to longstock in Q's re performance (MBP faster than a higher spec'd PC)   
    Hi, I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and have been quite happy with what I can achieve with it. I'm a photographer and I normally go through the workflow of Iridient X-Transformer --> Lightroom --> Affinity Photo on my PC. Affinity Photo is only used for stacking and tone mapping purposes using TIF files generated by Lightroom. More and more I am finding myself going through the same performance pain points where I am basically sitting there for minutes waiting for Affinity Photo to do something (which I will get into below). Last night I downloaded the trial version of Affinity Photo on my Macbook Pro and did a few tests. Turns out Affinity Photo consistently performs up to 3 times faster on the MBP using the same set of files.
     
    I am hoping someone with more experience here can give me some advice on how I could improve the performance of Affinity Photo on PC.
     
    Below are the specs for my PC and MBP:
    PC
    Intel i7-4790K OC'd @ 4.40 Ghz (with a large Noctua air cooler)
    16GB DDR3 RAM @ 2400 MHz with XMP profile 1 enabled (G.Skill Trident-X 8Gx2 F3-2400C10D-16GTX)
    Nvidia 1080 GPU (a Gigabyte OC model)
     
    Macbook Pro (Mid 2015, 15'')
    Intel i7 @ 2.5 Ghz
    16GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
    AMD Radeon R9 M370X + Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
     
    As you can see the PC's spec is significantly higher than the macbook's. It is winter here at the moment (<0C outside) and the system is well ventilated (has no problem in 144hz gaming) so there is no thermal limitation.
     
    The photos that I edit generally sit on a NAS. The PC is connected to the NAS via ethernet and the MBP via wireless AC.
     
    I have uploaded a sample of 4 RAF files generated by a Fujifilm X-T2 onto Dropbox. Here's the link.
     
    To test the performance. I always repeated the following steps and timed each one on each machine:
    Create a new stack in Affinity Photo using the 4 RAF files Set Live Stack Group blending to minimum Rasterize the Live Stack Group Tone map the pixel layer  
    Here are some observations I made from the tests:
    Affinity Photo loads up faster on the MBP than the PC. Creating a Live Stack Group is consistently quicker on the MBP. Live Stack group blend mode live preview is a lot faster on the MBP than the PC. Live Stack group rasterizing is significantly faster on the MBP than the PC (10sec vs minutes) PC tone mapping consistently takes 00:50 ~ 1:30 to process. MBP tone mapping consistently takes 00:20 ~ 00:22 to process. CPU heavy tasks will utilise 100% of the CPU on the MBP but only 60~80% on the PC in some cases. There is no CPU throttling on the PC at all (winter + large cooler) GPU utilisation never goes above 1% on the PC. There is very little disk/network bandwidth utilitsation during any of these tasks.  
    All of the above are true regardless of which renderer I use on PC and whether I have hyper-threading enabled or not.
    Having the RAF files on SSD's instead of the NAS made no differences either.
    I have tried the latest 1.6 beta and it made no differences in performance on PC using the same steps above.
     
    I don't understand why a PC with much better hardware is being out performed by a Macbook by 3 times as much and generally have a much smoother experience...
    I am getting to the point where I am seriously considering using the MBP as a photo editing machine but that would mean some significant investment into repurchasing software licenses and some new hardware so I could actually dock the MBP to my PC monitors and input peripherals and I would rather not have to do that. Any help is much appreciated!
     
    EDIT: more info on the spec's and additional notes on the observations.
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    pixelrain reacted to selstephen in First foray into AD   
    This is the my first foray into using AD.
    I guess I would say I'm a casual user but I absolutely love it!
    Initially started with hand drawing but have decided to start to vectorize them.

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    pixelrain reacted to Alfred in PDF export as vector (as vector as possible)   
    That almost rhymes if you read it aloud. :D
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    pixelrain got a reaction from AErrorbify in [AP] "Fx" Blend modes reset to default   
    The "blend mode" drop down selector in "Layer Effects" panel is very stubborn in this build; it keeps resetting back to the default value, no matter what i change it to.
     

     
    Affinity Photo CB 1.5.2.62
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    pixelrain got a reaction from AbapocaEcosy in Affinity Photo Customer Beta - 1.5.2.62   
    Is it just me or brushes / drawing with them just feels slower compared to non beta build ?
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    pixelrain reacted to Shiehallion in Why are the GIF files of Designer so huge?   
    I made a very simple file (see attachment DEMO-VERSION.afdesign). The GIF file exported by Affinity Designer is 315 kB (DEMO-VERSION.gif). If I open this file with GraphicConverter and save it unchanged, the file is only 39 kB (DEMO-VERSION small.gif).
    Why are the GIF files of Designer so huge?
    Besides, I noticed that the exporting took VERY long.
    Hinterleger DEMO-VERSION.afdesign


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    pixelrain reacted to Bento in [Fixed] Layer pixel alignment issues   
    I'll have to agree with my fellows here pixel alignement/snapping/whole pixel thing is really tedious
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    pixelrain got a reaction from AbapocaEcosy in [AP] Crash while customizing toolbar   
    Unhandled Exception (0x80131502) app crash while customizing toolbar; pretty sure last step was to move "assistant" icon to the end; guess he didn't like that :P
     

     
    And the dump.
     
    Affinity Photo CB 1.5.2.63
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    pixelrain got a reaction from ABraitle in Affinity Photo Customer Beta - 1.5.2.62   
    Is it just me or brushes / drawing with them just feels slower compared to non beta build ?
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    pixelrain got a reaction from MichaelPrips in [AP] Crash while customizing toolbar   
    Unhandled Exception (0x80131502) app crash while customizing toolbar; pretty sure last step was to move "assistant" icon to the end; guess he didn't like that :P
     

     
    And the dump.
     
    Affinity Photo CB 1.5.2.63
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    pixelrain got a reaction from Ron_S in Weird yellow tint in new images and when drawing greyscale   
    If you need an color profile aware application to test images; you can use the portable Fullscreen Photo Viewer; just unzip and run it. The color management toggle is the F12 key. If the yellow tint is there too = color profile problems. :)
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    pixelrain reacted to Sean P in [AP] "Fx" Blend modes reset to default   
    Hi Pixelrain,

    It was indeed! This was something I had spotted and has now been fixed (as you've seen) in the latest build! 
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    pixelrain reacted to Chris_K in [AP] Brush import error after dragging file in Photo   
    hi pixelrain
     
    Thanks for letting us know we shall get this reported
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    pixelrain reacted to Mark Ingram in Affinity Photo Customer Beta - 1.5.2.63   
    Click here to download the latest beta

    Status: Customer Beta
    Purpose: Stability
    Requirements: A valid product key, issued when Windows Affinity Photo version 1.5 was purchased.

    As this is a beta release, it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that you may be adversely affected by the application failing.

    We hope you enjoy the latest build, and as always, if you've got any problems, please don't hesitate to post here and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks once again for your continued feedback.

    If you have a general question about the software, please head over to the Questions Forum, or if you have any suggestions, please head over to the Feature Requests forum.

    Fixes
    Fixed Export allows decimal point pixel sizes Fixed can't reset specific text style values Fixed unable to drag and drop .abr brushes to import them Fixed Equations aren't flagged red if they are not complete and correct Fixed Coarse Histogram warning doesn't have a tooltip Fixed images copied from MS paint appear flipped in Affinity Fixed input fields are clipped on the right edge in Live Filter Layers Fixed text blend gamma default set at 1 Fixed Tone Mapping clipped text field Fixed Tone Mapping moving a preset doesn't work and causes it to be lost Fixed Ctrl start doesn't restore deleted Tone Mapping presets Fixed undo set brush source missing tooltip Fixed Channel Image Icons not constrained by width Fixed typing a value for Vibrance Adjustment doesn't always apply that value Fixed tooltip typo on the Character Panel Fixed macros set effect colour control not appearing for macros Fixed blend modes cannot be changed in any Layer Effects Fixed some Pantone Palettes showing spot icon 
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    pixelrain got a reaction from myclay in Tablet issues   
    If you frequently work with 8000 x 8000 image sizes you mentioned, you really need more RAM (lots of it) for a smooth experience; also, Krita doesn't work very well with integrated Intel graphics. 
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