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  1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions; I should have enough to work on for now! PS: JimmyJack, where can I see this 'pretty cool interactive version'?!
  2. Is there a way to zoom in on a selection as if using a magnifying glass over the selected object? Leaving the background at its native resolution, that is. I created a donut shape, selected it, inverted the selection and used a live filter to blur the background, as shown. But I'm curious whether it's possible to zoom in on just the area inside the donut - and how I would deal with the donut if such a method exists? Maybe isolating the subject, saving it, then placing the image on the blurred background?
  3. Thanks for confirming, Peter. Using AP without hardware acceleration is rather unpredictable (crashes on complex processes) so if you find any answers do post here! Happy New Year Peter (me!)
  4. This issue occurs in Windows 10 Pro (x64) v2009 (build 19043.1415) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 GPU. System is fully updated with latest Studio Driver from NVIDIA. Earlier versions of NVIDIA driver also suffer. I'm relatively new to AP (v1.10.4.1198) so have only started to use brush tools recently. Finding the blur brush tool not working I did some searching and discovered reports of issues with hardware acceleration going back quite a long time. HSL dialogue also seems to suffer. It was reported that disabling HA cures the problem, which indeed it does; but then other processes become decidedly less friendly (i.e. slow!). I've not found a topic that addresses directly the GTX1050, hence this post. Since this seems to be a long running affair, is it something we have to live with or can we expect a fix? I really don't want to go back to Lightroom or Photoshop!
  5. Alfred, you haven't wasted my time at all. I've learned a great deal in the process! But I still can't upload the d****d screenshot.
  6. Well, I'm puzzled because I've been very careful to place the file in the right area. I'm dragging a 1.00 MB PNG from Windows Explorer. So I've just tried again and notice that left-clicking on the file and dragging shows a thumbnail with an arrow and 'move'. I've not seen that before. Alternatively, clicking 'choose files' just takes me back to the beginning of the conversation! Is that a Windows issue or a Firefox problem, or a Forum glitch? I don't know. Anyway, I'll have a look at the tutorial and let you know if it gives me the answer. Many thanks for your help so far.
  7. Sorry about the file size Alfred. I didn't notice it was a BMP rather than a PNG! I'll be more careful next time. OK, so I have filled the ellipse (and applied a Gaussian blur to see the effect) - but it's the opposite of what you say should happen; that is, the oval is now solid white while everything outside is visible. When I try to drag a screenshot, or choose the file to show you, it just fills the browser window and I lose my reply. Any idea what's going on there? Sorry to be a pain.
  8. Thanks for taking the trouble to explain, Alfred. I get the layer move now, but I think I must be misunderstanding the mask procedure; having repositioned the shape layer, how do I get to the point where anything outside the blue ellipse is invisible but the part within the shape is showing? I suppose what I'm asking is how to make the shape into a mask? (Or is it already a mask and I just don't know how to use it?) (I can't upload an updated screenshot - the attachment pane here doesn't seem to be working.)
  9. MickRose, I know yours is an old post, but it's exactly what I want to do. The problem is, I don't understand what you mean by "In the layers panel drag the shape slightly to the right of the photo." Could you explain in a bit more detail for novices like me? I can use the shape tool to create an ellipse and move it around over the area of focus, but can't do anything with it! What do I do next? Affinity Photo 12112021 115545.bmp
  10. Both methods work nicely and simply. I think the keys I was missing are: 1. Convert to curves, in firstdefence's method. 2. The double arrows (skew) hidden between the rotate and linear arrows, in walt.farrell's method. Both will be put to good use in future; thanks to you two again.
  11. Oh, that's very cute! I'm about to try both methods - will report in due course. Many thanks for your interest.
  12. Is it possible to edit a shape - rectangle, say - to create an irregular quadrilateral? I can anchor one corner and 'push' the shape into any parallelogram, but it's always constrained, whereas I want a rectangle in perspective form, i.e with four unequal sides. Can it be done (reasonably simply!) in Designer? Can two or more corners of a rectangle shape be anchored at once? Suggestions (polite!) very much appreciated.
  13. Resolved! Many thanks to all of you, especially Dan C for making that excellent video! I can't believe how I missed that Stroke setting when it had already been suggested; another lesson learned. Can I make 'no stroke' the default, or will the last setting be maintained until I change it?
  14. Thanks for the replies, but I'm a bit confused. I can't see a node tool in Photo so maybe this refers to Designer? Also, I have checked Decorations in Character panel (Photo) - no stroke selected. Two helpers ask for a screenshot; I have already uploaded a snip which is shown with my original post - is it not visible? Rather than any outline it shows a sort of black edge pixellation. In response to Dan C I tried to upload the whole afphoto file, but the browser crashed for some reason and I have had to type it all over again! I suspect my problem is something to do with resolution/sizing, so this is the method I used: 1. Create new A4 document (for printing) from templates 2. Place selected image (original size 3456x4608 px) in doc and resize (bounding box handles) to suit 3. Create layer mask and paste new sky 4. Select Artistic Text tool, white swatch, 24pt Bodoni and type text within image This is when I see black (also some grey) edges to the lettering This morning I tried a different method: open file in photo at original size, select and enter white type, go to print, choose 'Fit to printable (A4); result perfect. So what happened with my original method (which I prefer because it gives me more control)? I will try again to upload the problem file. Willow_Oak__Bedgebury_2.afphoto
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