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  1. 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?
  2. I'm sure you've been asked this many times since Affinity Photo was released: When I work on a photo opened from a particular folder I would like, when exporting the photo, to be taken to to the photos home folder (where it was loaded from). Instead Photo seems to go to the last folder exported to. So then I have navigate to the folder I opened the photo from before exporting. Any chance of that happening?
  3. Aha! I see. Is there a way to make the one I created as default?
  4. 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?
  5. If I open a JPG image (portrait mode) in Affinity Photo & then select Filters - Plugins - Nik Collection - Color Efex Pro 4 the image appears in landscape mode! I have tried rotating the image prior to applying the filter but it makes no difference. It works fine in Photoshop CC 2017 but not in Affinity. Any suggestions?
  6. Hi Folks I seem to remember there was a video tutorial on extending part of an image but I can't find it. To explain let's say I have an image: just a subject and backgroud, maybe a dog on a beach. However, the dog's head is too close to the top of the image for composition purposes. I'm sure I've seen a tutorial where you can drag the top of the image up (just the sand) without stretching the rest of the image. Any ideas?
  7. No, there is no difference when viewing the files. That seems to make sense. Thanks.
  8. I have an image that requires a very small amount of straightening. After straightening I need to slightly crop it to remove the blank edges on it's sides. I then export the image to it's original folder. Now since the file name & file type are exactly the same I would expect the usual warning to appear about 'Do I want to replace the original file...' but it doesn't! It saves the file in the same location - same file name - same file type. Slightly puzzled I compare the properties of each file (see attached). As you can see there are differnces: Original file: Saturation: Blank, Sharpness: blank. Straightend file: Saturation: High saturation. Sharpness: Hard So the question is: What is going on here?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Yes, I'd thought of that but t wasn't as neat as the other method. But following your suggestion I've just found the particular video I was thinking of: 'Canvas resizing'. At 2.18 it describes the method in question. Thank you. (Affinity Photo is excellent - I don't need the extortionatly expensive Photoshop any longer. Trouble is that I do need Lightroom. Maybe Affinity will sometime come up with a replacement for that.)
  12. Hi First off I'd to thank the developers for such excellent software. Here's a thing: I have a photo which I've straightened. This of course leaves a blank area on the edge of each side. Wishing to select a blank area on just one side I use the Flood Fill tool making sure to tick the 'contiguous' box. However each area on each side gets selected. I've tried it with the contiguous box both ticked & unticked but still no joy. Suggestions please.
  13. There are other ways around it I've found - add an adjustment layer & then Merge Visible prior to applying the filter seems to work - peculiar!
  14. The problem still exists on a duplicated layer, Rotating the image after applying the filter is of no use when applying something like a graduated filter. I've tried the filter with a number of other portrait images - still the same. I've also tried using the other filters in the Nik collection & all exhibit the same problem. After experimenting I find that if I rotate the portrait image to landscape & then Export it, now reopen the image & rotate it back to to portrait then flatten the image, it now works in any of the Nik filters
  15. Both AF & PS have the Nik Collection installed - that's it, no others.
  16. OK. Did a re-test - same image, same procedure but this time neither program has started since last reboot: Photoshop CC 2017: 1m 36s Affinity Photo: 47s
  17. Yeah, you're right. Unfair test. I'll try it again before I open either of them.
  18. I just did a speed test. In Windows File Explorer if I right-click on an image file (tiff, 12784 x 3595, 91MB) and select 'Open with' Photoshop CC 2017 it takes 1m 53s to open. If I do the same operation but 'Open with' Affinity Photo it takes 12s
  19. Hi I open an image, select the Selection Brush, move the tool over the area I wish to select & nothing happens! So I duplicate the layer. I have 2 layers now: Background (pixel) unlocked and Background (pixel) locked. Whichever layer I use, the Selection Brush does nothing but in the History it states: 'Raster smart selection brush end drag'. My question is: What is the Selection Brush for & how do I use it?
  20. Cancel the above query. I'm an idiot! I had 'Subtract' selected rather than 'Add'.
  21. I notice that defringing doesn't seem to work on 32 bit images, regardless of settings. However, reduce down to 16 bit and it works fine. Is this to be expected?
  22. Hi Here's a thing. I set my camera (Canon Powershot SX60 HS) to record both JPG + CR2 (RAW) and shoot. Load both resulting pics into Photo and look at the information bar at the top I find the following: Image_5391.JPG 4608 x 3072px, 14.16MP RGBA/8 Image_5391.CR2 4672 x 3500px, 16.35MP, RGBA/16 If I look at the image properties in Windows File Exlorer - Properties/Details I find: Image_5391.JPG Dimensions: 4608 x 3072 and for the RAW image: Image_5391.CR2 Dimensions: 4608 x 3072 (This is with no editing of the RAW file in Develop Persona) This has me puzzled. Any suggestions?
  23. Thanks. For a photo shot in 16:9 the only thing noticeable at the top & bottom (& sides) is a shaded border about 16 pixels width. Other than that it's fine. A photo shot in 4:3 exhibits nothing noticeable.