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  1. Thanks for the suggestions! The table seemed elegant, but my first attempt has the picture frame elements floating above the cells, rather than inside them. Nick
  2. I'm looking for a way to get a set of square images in an array 4 across and 2 high, preferably with a small gap between them. End destination is Publisher, but it's perfectly acceptable to arrange the elements in a Photo image file. Desktop versions. Any clues please? Nick
  3. Wow, the video is super helpful, thank you! It's probably easiest to find a font with numbers in circles for the label end...
  4. I looked at pen and node help / tutorials, and found nothing relevant, so I'm probably thinking of the wrong commands. I want to add a key to a diagram, with a line leading to the part I am describing, so I want attach something to a line. I drew the line with a pen tool, no problem, but I can't see how to (for example) attach an arrowhead to one end, or a circle to the other, (which I will put a number in). If some kind person can tell me the command I should be able to find a tutorial on it, Thanks Nick
  5. Hello all, I'm trying to find tutorials on setting up an index, and I keep finding index for tutorials instead! There seem to be a LOT of text format styles that go into an index, and I'm hoping to find some templates or presets that give a nice coherent look with a minimum of tweaks and twiddles. The same applies to a table of contents, which is next on my list to tackle. Also the sheer number of elements you can adjust for a style is a bit baffling to me as a beginner - I plan on digging deeper into this, but for now I'm looking for a shortcut.
  6. Thanks Thomaso - I was thinking something similar about getting out of my depth with a complex template. Though perhaps it would still be useful to see some good examples, even if I do not use much. Nick
  7. Hi All, I've not worked with any publishing software before, and I'm really struggling to get going. I suspect the problem is that I keep expecting it to be like a word processor, when perhaps something like PowerPoint (spit, snarl!), is a better comparison. I have a fairly clear idea of where I want to get to - the final product is going to be a fairly technical booklet, produced as A4 landscape, probably about 80 pages. Most pages are likely to have 3 columns of text, or two portrait images side-by-side, or one portrait image and some text beside it. It will be sold as a PDF E-Book, and will be printable by the customer. I have a big pile of photo images, and another pile of my CGI renderings, so I'm well covered for graphical elements. The best tutorial I have found so far is the Page Layout video by "Andy" on this page: https://affinityspotlight.com/article/learn-how-to-use-affinity-publisher-fast/ And I'm wondering if it would be sensible to buy a template - the "Lynx" one here looks to be a fairly good match for what I want. https://creativemarket.com/SlideStation/4712748-Lynx-Publisher-Brochure-Template#fullscreen (By all means, recommend templates of your own if they are a good fit). So... Any other recommended tutorials for me? Is buying a template a good idea? Anything else that will get me thinking about it the right way? I'm expecting that once I get my head around it, the other tasks like contents and an index will make a lot more sense to me. Thanks, Nick
  8. Thanks all, I attach a screen grab with the layer selected. I don't see a "replace" in the context menu?
  9. Hi Lee, I'm creating the images in Lightwave 3d. The actual files are PNG 32 bit with a transparency channel. I'm not sure if your information on on layer orders is relevant to my issue? I'm happy with thje way the layers combine - in fact, that's pretty much why I want to simply replace one pixel layer with a new version, preserving everything. Sorry if I was not clear... Nick
  10. Hi All, I have an affinity photo file with quite a few layers, carefully aligned. Most were made in CGI, with transparent backgrounds, and adjustment layers. Quite complex by my standards! I now have new versions of 2 of the layers, and I'd like to replace the existing layers with new versions in the exact same pixel position. The new files are the same size in pixels, exactly. Is this possible please? I have tried right clicking in the layer stack, but cannot see a 'replace' option. Thanks, Nick
  11. Transparency tool would be handy indeed, but for some reason it's not in Photo... But I got something that seems to work using a mask, so thanks for the pointer to that... Nick
  12. I have an image I want to use as part of a more complex composition. I want to select it all, with the top of the image 100% selected, and the bottom 0% selected, so it will fade from top to bottom when I put it over another element. How can I do this please? Thanks, Nick
  13. H-D, thanks for that, lots to think about! I can control the lens flare to any required size, so that is not a problem. Nick
  14. Sorry, I don't understand what am I blending with, and how does putting it over another layer change transparency? I hope I'm no being thick here...
  15. OK, here's an odd one. I don't know Affinity Photo in much depth. And I'm hoping to use it for an image sequence that's going into a video. The image as rendered is a lens flare. I can produce it either with, or without transparency - but as it's an optical effect, if I turn on transparency, the whole thing is 100% transparent. What I would like is to start with an image with a bright flare on a black background. And then make the darker areas transparent, keeping the bright areas opaque, (with a soft border), in such a way that I can run it over a folder full of images. Is it possible to take the luminance/brightness channel, invert it, and apply it as transparency? Or some other trick? Clues for the clueless very much appreciated! Nick
  16. Hi All, I have an image sequence which consists of a series of images which are thick white lines, the rest is transparent. I've attached an example. What I would like to do is apply a texture to the images, such that only the non-transparent parts are affected. I got something a bit like what I was after by selecting the non-transparent parts and applying Perlin noise filter, but I'm after something more flexible. For example, having an image underneath, which would use the white lines as a mask, so the image only showed up in non-transparent parts. Or to put it another way, apply the transparency channel from an image sequence to the colour channels of a different image. I'm way out of my depth here, and suggestions or things to explore would be very welcome. As I said it's an image sequence, so once I have something working, I'll be looking to batch process a folder full of images in one go, ready to be assembled into an animation. All clues very gratefully received! Nick
  17. Brilliant! It also sounds like I need to hunt down a proper tutorial on stacks, if they are this powerful... I'm actually trying to leverage the image processing power of Affinity to do clever things with animations that seem confined to highly expensive rent-dont-buy applications, and this looks like just the trick. Thanks, Nick
  18. OK, so I know how to process a folder of images. But what I want to do is to process image sequences, operating on images with the same number. An example will probably make this a lot clearer. I have two image sequences, A-001 to A-0100, and B-001 to B-0100 What I want to do is take each B-nnn image, and paste it onto the corresponding A-nnn image, in screen mode. There are other operations, but they all come down to combining the matching images from image sequences. Is this possible in Affinity Photo please?
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