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Dominique_R

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  1. Upon buying my Nikon D850 a few days ago, I had decided to fully switch over to Affinity, as I was so angered by Adobe’s reneging on their promise that Lightroom would remain “indefinitely” available as a standalone application. However, no matter how hard I worked to customize Affinity’s shortcuts to duplicate as closely as possible my Lightroom/Photoshop workflow, I am still missing some features, which are key for me, although they may not be for other people. The Develop module works fine, and I managed to customize it so that it works almost like Lightroom. And it reads the RAW files from the D850, which is more than my before-last version of Lightroom can do. The big thing that is missing vis-à-vis Lightroom is the ability to import a series of pictures, easily navigate through them, process one and subsequently apply to all the same settings. Maybe all this can indeed be done in Affinity, but how is not so far quite obvious to me. And that’s a big waste of time. The other big thing that it still missing is a decent library of lens profiles that could be applied automatically if the user so chooses. In Develop, you have to do everything manually, and some commands, such as Chromatic Aberration, take ages to execute, at least on the very large files produced by the D850. There are other poorly designed things, such as when you correct for converging vertical or general orientation under the “Lens” tab: why don’t the guidelines show automatically as in Lightroom (I did select “Overlay: Thirds Grid”, but nothing appeared), and why don’t you have the option to “Constrain crop” if you desire, so that you may choose to see no white space appearing around the corrected picture? This is easy to implement, and its absence is irritating. However, things get worse when I get into the Photo modu… I mean, “persona”. Even though I also did here a lot of Photoshop-look alike customization work, the buttons and controls are still laid out ever so differently, so that it becomes irritating to click on the wrong one out of habit, or wasting time looking for another. I know this is probably all a question of time and getting new habits carved in, but it is still a pain in the neck. I also have no simple and easy way in Affinity to place a thin black border around my photos once I’m done, and there is no function that does what “Save for Web and devices…” does in Photoshop. Plus, resizing the brush on the fly is realy less easy with so many keys to press at the same time. Once again, my things, my workflow, other people may well feel different. Therefore, I have decided to adopt a mixed approach: I will use the Develop module of Affinity, since I was no other equivalent option at this time and it works quite well. I will, at the end of this phase, obtain a TIFF file which I will then drop into Photoshop for the editing per se. It will be a little more cumbersome as Affinity and Photoshop are not integrated to work together as well as Lightroom and Photoshop, but it’s such a big relief to have all my favorite features at my fingertips again, that I will gladly suffer the little extra cumbersomeness.
  2. Thanks ! No result yet, then. Too bad. Can anyone tell if it was placed on the Requested features list, as suggested, or should I do it?
  3. Hi all, In Ligthroom, I can import a photo of a Colorchecker Passport (or some other such charts) previously photographed with any given camera under any given lighting situations (shade, overcast, etc.), and then create one or several camera profile(s) (and even camera/lens combination profiles), based on such profile(s) which I can then specify as default and/or select as needed under the Camera Calibration panel as an alternative to Adobe Standard or any other preset modes/profiles that come with my camera (such as, e.g., Camera Neutral, Camera Vivid, etc.). This is a very useful feature, especially when shooting the same subject with two different camera bodies, or two lenses of different makes. Is there a way to do the same thing in Photo, at this time? Many thanks in advance for your knowledgeable tips!
  4. I just did Ctrl-S and it seemed to work...
  5. Thank you, indeed this does it but it is quite long and convoluted, bearing in mind that I will want to do it on almost all my photos... So, I'd really prefer to have a less time-consuming method to add a simple black border...
  6. Hi, I suggest that, when in the Develop persona, hitting Return be configured as meaning Develop. Same thing in the Liquify persona, Return should be made to mean Apply. It would save time and avoid a lot of superfluous mousing around. Thanks!
  7. OK, thanks. I'll put it on the "Request Feature" list.
  8. Thanks Toltec, hadn't spotted that one...! That's an awful lot of mousing around, though... Is there a way to customize a shortcut so that hitting return will "Develop"?
  9. Thank you for this. However, the Outline option is a lot more cumbersome than what Photoshop does to obtain a similar result, and, more significantly, the border "eats into" the photo, so that if I make, say, a 50-pixel border, the border will obliterate 50 pixels worth of photograph all around the frame... That is not what I want, and I also deplore the cumbersomeness of the maneuver. Please remember that I do a black border on most of my photos, which means that this very repetitive process has to be as simple and easy as possible... I will look into "reusable border templates", unless anyone else has anything else to suggest... Many thanks in advance.
  10. Hello, Let's say I have a JPEG that someone gave me and I don't like the white balance. I open it in Photo and go to the Develop persona where I can adjust the white balance, which is great. And so, I make my adjustments, and Save. Now that my work is done, I try to close the file using Ctrl-W (PC), but then a pop-up warns me that I must "Commit or cancel" before I can exit. The same warning appears if I click on, say, the Photo Persona, or even try to shut down the program entirely using Alt-F4... Then, since I understand the meaning of "Commit", and because I indeed intend to "commit" to the changes I just made, let's just say I hit Return, which is the way one normally "commits" in Photoshop, when there is any committing to be done. Except that, in Photo, ,othing seems to happen, and when I try to close the persistent JPEG, I'm still being asked to "Commit or cancel"... So where is the darn "Commit" button? :o) Sorry, please read "complete" instead of "commit" above, it's "complete" that is being used in this particular case, although I think I have indeed seen "commit" in some other place.
  11. Oh... So there is a destructive High Pass filter in addition to the non-destructive one? Gee, I really have to tackle those 644 pages of the manual... Can you please tell me where to find that one?
  12. Another question comes to mind as I try to find a way to emulate as closely as possible in Photo the workflow I'm used to in PS: PS remembers most user settings, and it seems that Photo does not. For example, if I call up the High Pass filter in PS, it remembers the Radius value I used last time. Photo always seem to go back to its default value (zero pixel), thus making the user adjust the slider or type in the value again every time... Would there be a way to set Photo so that it remembers such things, or is that a feature to request? Many thanks in advance.
  13. In Photoshop, Ctrl-Alt-C brings up the Canvas Size dialog box. It works the same way in Photo. However, in PS, first there is a "Relative" check box that you can check (it remains checked) and second the program remembers from which point you want to change the Canvas size: I set it so that it will be changed from the center point, and it doesn't move. In Photo, it moves back to top left whenever you open the Canvas Size dialog box. Furthermore, in PS, there is a drop-down local menu to choose the color of the Canvas extension area: I set this to black and the software also remembers it. Therefore, when I call up this dialog box using Ctrl-Alt-C, I find all my settings again and only have to type in the size (thickness) of my black border, and hit Return. In Photo, first there is no "Relative" check box, there is no menu to select the color of the Canvas extension area, and then the program does not remember from which point I want to extend the size of the Canvas and moves back to its own default. I was wondering whether there is something I'm not doing right, or if it is also feasible in Photo but just not the same way... It is quite important for me as I usually do a thin black border around my photos... therefore, many thanks in advance for any tips!
  14. Hi, When you drag guides into your document, sometimes you want to reset the origin of the measurements to align it with one guide, or with an intersection. In Photoshop, you do this by dragging from the small square that's at the origin of the rulers, but a similar feature is currently unavailable in Photo. I suggest it should be implemented in the next update, as it is probably quite easy to do. Personally, I use it regularly, for example when I must produce a photo that meets certain size requirements and I want to ascertain what parts of the photo I can include in the required maximum size. I then use guides which I position where I want/need in the frame, and reset the point of origin to see what can be included or not. Many thanks in advance!
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