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  1. Totally Brilliant Solution Old Bruce... thanks .....that solves the problem of dealing with a massive amount of video that needs to be edited....... I can just pick and choose what I want captured and then string all the images together in my video editor ,, and wall-a I have a video....And I can change it up ,, as the screen capture only captures the image and not the UI... if I want, I can command shift 4 + space bar to give me a capture of the whole UI..... brilliant . I have run up against the limitations of Procreate's video recorder.. if you choose a low resolution then the video is poor and if you choose 4 K video , the video might be so large after you finish the painting , that you cannot open it... happened to me..... so again Thanks Old Bruce.!
  2. One nice feature that I could really use when digitally painting in AP would be a way of recording the development of the painting as I went through the process of creating it , from start to finish. This would greatly simplify the making of Youtube videos on how I create digital paintings in AP. I know that Procreate has a built in time lapse recorder that seems to record every 20th or so stroke and comes up with a very nice yet abbreviated video of the creative process. This is probably the main reason one sees more videos featuring art created in Procreate than AP. I know there are other video recording options, like Quicktime etc. but these options record the entire process and produce huge video files and a large amount of time is needed to edit these movies. Procreate's time lapse recorder makes it simple and as I have stated, it does not record every stroke but does some kind of averaging.... by recording every 20th stroke or something like that. Thanks for considering this idea.
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    Beautiful Lady in Purple

    Yes, I can see that, will give it a go ..... just nudge it a few pixels and see if there is any improvement.
  4. Hi Gabe, Thought that you might enjoy seeing my latest digital painting. hhttps://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/81071-beautiful-lady-in-purple/
  5. Thanks for the clarification on these two tools. Will spend some time getting more familiar with the paint mixer brush. Do you know of or have any sample paintings done with the paint mixer brush? Thanks again Gabe,
  6. Thanks Gabe, I reply on the smudge tool a lot in creating my artwork. Question, how does the smudge tool differ from the blending capabilities within the paint mixer brush? The blending function within the paint mixer brush could be quite useful if more control could be programmed into it. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
  7. Hi Gabe, Thanks for your quick reply. So yes, I was able to replicate the artifacts from the smudge tool in both AP versions. 1.67 & 1.7.0.111 To keep it simple I created a white pixel layer and painted several brush strokes adjacent to one another using the basic round brushes for both version examples. Then using the smudge tool with the round light/soft brushes, I blended the different tones attempting to achieve a nice gradation. In both versions I got the artifacting or unbendable edging. With the 1.7.0111 the blending was really not satisfactory with the brush settings around "50" flow & "50" strength. To compensate I increased the strength to a higher value , which allowed to a forced blending but lost the necessary subtle approach that I usually look for. See screen captures. PS For some unknown reason, this upload will not accept a screen capture .png for an iMac ,, have to convert the file to a jpeg.
  8. I'm running AP version 1.67 and find the smudge tool works properly most of the time but does produce artifacts which cannot be blended out to a smooth transition. The only solution, I have found, is to add more paint to cover the anomaly generated by the smudge brush. Your thoughts. View screen capture. Even though in the screen capture the bottom layer is selected , actually the problem showed up as I worked the top pixel layer. After the artifacts showed up on while I worked the top pixel layer, I then ran through the layer stack to see if any subsequent layer was impacting the top layer's performance and that is when I took the screen capture with the bottom layer selected. Again the smudge issue is with the top layer.
  9. When using Affinity photo, as a digital painter, I rely heavily on the smudge tool for blending. Could the AP developers improve/enhance the smudge tool to match the blending functionality of the Paint mixer brush when the basic round light brush is selected? You might say , just use the Paint mixer brush , but there are other properties of the paint mixer brush that don't work for me. The paint mixer brush offers a level of complexity which I don't need in my workflow. Right now I just apply the paint and the smudge/blend it.. is so simple! Just need a more robust blender/smudge tool...like the Procreate app has... superb blenders! Thank you!
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    Paint Mixer Tool - Continuous line

    As a digital painter, I started out with Photoshop #3 a few decades ago. Simply stated, my approach to painting is and has been the laying down colours adjacent to one another and blending them together. I, along with many digital painters of that time, struggled with the fact that in PS #3 there was no blending tool for us (an opinion that was expressed throughout the forums of the day). At a time before Wacom was on the scene , it was hard to create digital paintings using a mouse and without the necessary blending options. PS's smudge tool was a complete disaster and did not offer any blending options. We had to wait several years before Adobe's release of release of PS CS6 in which Adobe attempted to address the lack of a workable blending tool. Adobe's solution was the Paint Mixer Brush Tool. Many of us at the time, felt that Adobe was playing catch up with Corel's Painter software which had long offered the mixing palette. Corel's mixing palette was simply designed and worked well. But for me there were other issues with Painter which prevented me from becoming a user of their software. So I stuck with Adobe and explored the Paint mixer brush tool . After much time invested in "trying to make it work" , I concluded that the Mixer Brush offering was " over thought and over engineered by the programmers of Adobe. IMO it didn't have the " pick it up and use it functionality"... You had to fight it to get it to do wanted. Fast forward several years and Affinity Photo comes on the sense and Yes, a great piece of software, indeed, thank you! But I was surprised that Affinity Photo had included their version of the Paint mixer brush. Granted its still in its early stages (version 1.7.0.111) Now, having spent several hours exploring the paint mixer brush, I see the same issue plaguing Affinity photo's paint mixer brush and did plague Adobe's offering. IMO , it lacks the " pick it up and use it functionality" but rather its more like " let's struggle and see what happens approach. I do appreciate that this is version 1.7.0.111 and can only get better. From a digital painter's perspective who specializes in realism, I find that the approach offered by the paint mixer brush doesn't work for me. I can see that abstract painters could find the Paint mixer tool useful in creating patterns of colour, though. I would be curious to know many people use the paint mixer brush regularly in their work flow? The one redeeming quality of the Paint mixer brush is how it blends with the basic round light brush. As of today when using Affinity photo, I rely heavily on the smudge tool for blending. Could the AP developers improve/enhance the smudge tool to match the blending functionality of the Paint mixer brush when the basic round light brush is selected? You might say , just use the Paint mixer brush , but the other properties of the paint mixer brush don't work for me. It offers a level of complexity which I don't need in my workflow. Right now I just apply the paint and the smudge/blend it.. is so simple! Just need a more robust blender/smudge tool...like the Procreate app has... superb blenders!
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    Paint Mixer Tool - Continuous line

    Hi Chris, Thanks for the quick response. Using the very latest AP version 1.7.0.111 tested the mixer brush with 1% settings on the basic brush selection and as you can see from the attachment, two categories, round and round soft worked well but the round light brushes just sputtered and did not generate a continuous line of colour. Your thoughts.
  12. AP Beta 1.7.0 release. SMUDGE TOOL / PAINT MIXER BRUSH SMUDGE TOOL As a digital painter my approach is all about laying down colours and blending them together. Currently, in version 1.6.7 , I use the paint brush and the smudge tool for blending. (Wish the smudge tool was better at blending colours) The smudge tool in Beta 1.7.0 performs about the same as in 1.6.7 which is adequate , but not fantastic .Using the smudge tool sometimes produces artifacts within the colour which can be eliminated with a circular brush stroke. PAINT MIXER BRUSH I'm trying to get my head around the paint mixer brush which holds a lot of promise for digital painters. I'm assuming that one should be able to paint a continuous line of paint but for some reason I can only get a start of a painted line then the colour falls off. I played with the different settings but no luck. Am I missing something here , or should one be able to put down uninterrupted strokes of paint and blend them? Thanks for this awesome software. See screen capture
  13. Hi GabrielM, Thanks for your quick response. And Yes the flickering glitch is gone. Also , version 1.7 now links the flip function to both images.! Well done! Fan of Affinity Photo!
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