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  1. Sorry, I meant, handle PSDs and layers more like Photoshop, at least to the point they're directly compatible. I love Serif and I've been using their stuff since Photoplus 5? 6 at least, and I have a big dislike of Adobe, for various reasons, so I would prefer not to give them any more money. The reason I posted this was Photoplus used to handle layers and psds pretty much exactly like PS, and I could rely on it to give me the same results. Photo, while it's got a lot of really sexy stuff, just isn't there as far as this area is concerned, though the font handling is better. I still have PPlus 6 (and 8, but 8 is slightly flakier) installed but I would really prefer to use Photo with all it's nice new additions. There are other packages which I could use, Gimp, Krita, etc, but I really like what Serif have done, and don't really want to have to jump into something else that I'm less familiar with just to do this stuff which used to work so well in previous versions. Honestly, I would be happy to pay more for Photo, just for this. It's a no-brainer at the price it is.
  2. This is going to be a bit of a rant, and I'm sorry, I'm trying to be polite about it. Make it more like Photoshop. Like it or not, you're competing with PS and I and just about every artist is going to have to import and export PS files if working with others. Every time I hit something that doesn't come in 100% like Photoshop, like layers not working like PS or whatever, it makes me annoyed, and pushes me to abandon Photo just a little bit. An artist trying Photo for the first time is going to try bringing in their PSDs to see how compatible Photo is and they're not going to bother trying to fix layers not working because they work slightly differently in Photo, they're just not going to buy it. I don't have the time or the energy to keep trying to fix things, if I find a problem I report it, but "That's how it is designed to work" is not a good come back when I'm spending an hour trying to figure out why something basic isn't working as I expect. The really annoying thing is Photoplus used to handle PSDs/Layers almost exactly like PS, and that's what I loved about it, so to see Photo go backwards in that regard is very disappointing. I used to recommend Photoplus to just about everyone I talked graphics to, but I don't feel I can do that with Photo just because I know they'd try it and inevitably hit the same caveats I'm hitting. I know they're trying to do something better, but we're in a reality where Photoshop is the dominant package, and I need to be able to work seamlessly with others.
  3. At the moment there's no direct way to scale a picture by a percentage. You can use multipliers in the numeric fields, but that's no good for macros where I want to scale a bunch of different sized pictures by 50%. Could we have this please?
  4. But in these cases it is isn't it? They're not using the combinations stated in my request for anything are they?
  5. But this breaks Photoshop loading/saving and seems like a bad design decision, for the reasons stated.
  6. Hiya, Group layers currently don't display adjustment layers within them unless there's another layer beneath them covering the whole area. This is bad for your psd import as all the adjustment layers in groups will not be displayed. Please fix this, it was driving me mental. Also, there is currently no way to draw a layer from outside a group in to be the bottom layer of the group, it always ends up as the child of the bottom layer of the group. Please fix this too. Test.psd
  7. Which means their import of PSD doesn't work properly. Not a good implementation choice. Thanks for letting me know.
  8. Okay, If I add a white fill layer set to Darken under the adjustment layer, that makes it work, or if I move the adjustment layer above the image layer in the stack, that makes it work, so this seems like a bug.
  9. Hiya, I'm having some difficulty with groups and adjustment layers and their masks. I have a base image, and then a group layer with a masked image and adjustment layer with a mask inside that group layer. Only the masked image is showing up. I set this up easily in Serif Photo plus, but when I try to do the same in Affinity Photo, it doesn't show the adjustment layer. Is this a bug or how is it supposed to work? As you can see, if I drag the adjustment layer outside the group, the adjustment layer works, but inside the group, it doesn't. Does anyone know what's going on? Thanks, Mike
  10. So currently the various selection tools work like this: Selection Brush tool: Drag to Add Alt to subtract (I have to press ctrl-d to start a new selection) Flood Select tool: Always starts a new selection RMB THEN LMB click to add Alt to subtract. Rectangular Marquee select tool: Drag to add or move marquee (Never got move to work!) Drag+Ctrl+Alt to add??? Drag+Alt to Subtract Drag+Ctrl to move layer with selection (never got this to work!) Click to start new selection Ellipse Marquee select tool: Drag to create or move marquee Drag+Shift to constrain Drag+Ctrl+Alt to add Drag+Alt to subtract Drag+Ctrl to move layer with selection Column/Row Marquee select tool: Drag to create/ move selection (Never got it to select more than 1 pixel wide, not really seeing the point of this mode, but oh well) Drag-shift to select range Drag-ctrl-alt to add Drag-ctrl-shift-alt to add range Drag-alt to subtract Drag-ctrl to move layer with selection Freehand select tool: Click to create new selection Drag to create/move marquee Drag-ctrl-alt to add Drag-ctrl to move layer with selection Click-shift to select with straight edges. That is just such a mess. Could you please make the selection modifiers consistent with each other. How about: Always just clicking clears or in the case of the flood selection tool, clear and then starts a new selection. Ctrl-Click/Drag always adds to a selection. I don't need to move the image when I'm in the select tool. Hit v and I'm in the move tool, it's simple. Dragging inside an existing selection always moves the selection (or make this a MMB or RMB operation for clarity) Alt-Click/Drag always subtracts from the selection. Shift-Click/Drag always constrains the select tool. In the Brush tool, that would disable the snapping to edges. In the Flood selection, it would set the tolerance, in the shape marquee tools, constrain the aspect ratio, in the Column/Row tool it does either a single column select or the range select (I vote the single column, since I would very rarely use that and it seems more like a constraint to just select a single column) and the free hand tool would select with straight edges. If you must be able to move the image and selection, make it a RMB operation in all tools. Now, because the buttons are separated, you can do combos: Ctrl-shift drag would add to the selection with a constraint. Alt-shift drag would subtract from the selection with a constraint. Ctrl-alt drag.... Maybe that could be your move. I'd be tempted to say you need one for dragging from the centre of the circle/box instead of the corner, but maybe THAT could use the RMB instead. What do people think? Cause this current UI is an inconsistent mess to me and I find the RMB-LMB click sooo weird for the Flood select tool.
  11. Solved it. I had to load the modified alpha from the channels palette to another selection and make that a new mask.
  12. Hiya, I'm using a curves adjustment layer to adjust the mask of a layer (making some transparent parts more transparent etc) but when I merge the adjustment layer down to "bake" the adjustment to the mask, it seems to just disappear without being applied to the mask. Anyone know if this is a bug or if there's a way to do this?
  13. Hiya, I would like to be able to use the Export Whole Document to export my artboards as individual jpgs, with the design document name suffixed with the artboard name. Is there a way to do this? I can't seem to find it. I can save individual artboards one at a time, but no way to save them all in one go as multiple files. Say I have a file called Pictures.afdesign with artboards Ab1, Ab2 and Ab3. I would like to export them as Pictures_Ab1.jpg Pictures_Ab2.jpg Pictures_Ab3.jpg Is there a way to do this? Thanks
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