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  1. Hi I use Photo predominantly for restoration of old photos & I find it as good, if not better than Photoshop, except for in one area. Photoshop's Dust & Scratches filter seems to be far better than in Photo. It maybe because I haven't learned to use Photo's filter properly yet. There isn't a tutorial (as far as I know) since it's a fairly basic tool but I get consistently better results with Photoshop. Would anyone have any suggestions?
  2. Err... How do I delete this stupid post? Within 5 minutes of posting I realised how to do it in Affinity in a quicker, less involved way.
  3. Hi Ignore this post. I'm an idiot! I'm not sure if this is the place to ask this question - if not, apologies. I tend to do a lot of vintage photo restoration for which I've used Photoshop in the past. However, I now find that I can do much the same using Affinity Photo. However, there's one part of the process I still use PS for because so far I've yet to find an equivelent method in Photo. The photo (Pic 1) attached is typical of a 1920s faded, discolored old photo. In PS I would first add a Threshold layer & in it's dialog box drag the pointer to the left until just a small area of black was visible. I would then click on this black area with the Color Sampler tool (leaving a target marker (1) on the photo. Then I'd drag the pointer to the right until just a small area of white was visible & click on this white area with the Color Sampler tool (leaving a target marker (2) on the photo. Now I delete the threshold layer & add a Levels layer. Using the black dropper in the Levels dialog box I click the target marker (1) for black & then using the white dropper in the Levels dialog box I click the target marker (2) for white. (see Pic 2) Next I add a black to white Gradient Map layer which results in Pic 3. (This is where the where the cleaning up begins - easily done with Photo). My question is: How can I achieve the same using Affinity Photo?
  4. Yes they were ver. 1.6 files. However, they eventually opened & I've had no problems since. I rarely save as afphoto & of course, on the one occasion I needed to it crashed. Now all seems fine.
  5. Hi Since the new version arrived there seems to be far less tutorials available In particular there was one on using the perspective tool (I know because I've viewed it before). It's now missing or else hidden away somewhere. Any suggestions?
  6. Hi Folks Had a few crashes in the latest version of Photo (Windows) but only one sent off an auto crash report. Crashes happened when loading afphoto files. I load these by right clicking on the file in File Explorer & selecting 'open with'. This only happens intermittantly. No other apps running. Can't reproduce it. Has happened 2 times today, 2 times yesterday. See attached for details. Photo crash report.pdf
  7. It worked perfectly for me. Thank you.
  8. I've been using Affinity Photo since it was released & it's excellent - so much so that I've finally discarded Photoshop. However, one thing has bugged me since I've been using it & that is the export feature. If I open Affinity Photo & then select File/Open & select a photo, when I later go to Export it the export location is the same folder where the photo is originally stored. That's all well & good. However, that's not the usual method I & many others employ. Normally I find a photo using File Explorer, right-click on it & select 'Open with' then select Affinity. When you do it this way, later when exporting, Affinity seems to have no idea where the photo was located, so I have to manually select it's home location. This is a pain. No other software I use does this, Photshop for example takes you directly to the photos home folder when saving. Is there any chance that Affinity could do this?
  9. Aha! I see. Is there a way to make the one I created as default?
  10. Err... I'm a little ignorant - forgive me. So, I have an image open. In the Layers panel I click on the Adjustments icon & select 'Gradient Map'. In the Gradient Map window I adjust the colors to what I want & then click on 'Add Preset' & name it - say 'B & W' I then close the Gradient Map window & in the swatches panel palete a little gradient symbol appears. Later I open another image & want to apply the 'B & W' gradient map I created. How do I go about that?
  11. No, there is no difference when viewing the files. That seems to make sense. Thanks.
  12. The problem with that method is that it stretches, thus distorts the entire image. The method I used is shown in the tutorial video 'Canvas resizing' at 2.18.
  13. Ah, that's interesting. So Affinity Photo only has the option to export TIFFs and so converts TIF's to TIFF's I wasn't aware there was a difference. I must look into the just what the differences are. So I assume that also explains why sharpness & saturation values differ. Thanks for spotting that.