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  1. Use the eyedropper to choose a color that you want to paint with. Then select the paintbrush. The colors switch. Edit: Apparently it has something to do with the X key (or shift X). Sometimes what I described happens and sometimes it doesn't, but I can't find a pattern to it.
  2. I repeatedly find myself having to undo an operation because the foreground & background colors switch when I select a tool. For example, if I create a mask layer, select black, then click on the paintbrush and start to paint on the mask, I find I'm painting white because the black and white have switched. If you click around on various tools in the toolbar you can see the foreground and background colors switching. I'm sure there's a method to this and I just don't know what it is. What makes the foreground and background colors switch?
  3. Interesting! I've never known about that. Thanks
  4. yes, I added them back and so far they're fine. What do you mean by "a reset of Affinity"?
  5. I had plug-ins for NIK, NeatImage, Topaz, Portrait Pro, and something else that escapes me now that it's not there anymore. They've all disappeared. I used them as recently as two days ago. I've restarted AP and the pc, that didn't bring them back. I'm using ver on Windows 8.1 Pro 64. Does anyone have any ideas what would make them disappear?
  6. Okay, well thanks for the tip about grouping the layers and hiding the group.
  7. Are you saying that merging layers and zooming my view should be as slow as printing? Because that's not the case. By the way, the only live filters I'm using are two instances of vignette and one of blur.
  8. Exporting is interesting. Exporting as PNG, JPG, or TIFF is fine. It refuses to export as PSD; takes an unspecified error after a too-long time of trying.
  9. So is it normal to have to do this when working with images with a large number of layers?
  10. This solves the problem of how to print it, but does anyone have any idea why it's taking so long otherwise?
  11. Yes. With the group showing it's the same as before, but with the group hidden, it's pretty much instant.
  12. I've been using AP for quite some time and have never had any problems printing and I'm not sure what's relevant to this problem so I'm just going to post as much info as I can about what's going on. The bottom line is it's taking so long to print this image that it seems to be freezing up, and during the process it's taking up 50-60% of my total RAM and up to 100% of my CPU, with no other programs running. (I have a core i7 CPU and 24 GB of RAM.) There are 20 layers active in AP, plus the "merge visible" layer recommended in the printing tutorial video. Total file size of the image on the disk is 447MB and on the info line above the image in AP it shows 6.47MP and approximate 3000x2000px. I've tried this over and over with the same result. I tried restarting the pc to free up RAM and it doesn't make any difference. When I flatten the image it prints just fine, no hesitation at all, but I don't understand why it won't print if I don't flatten it. I keep thinking it has something to do with the size of the file but that's not based on anything, it's just a guess.
  13. Okay, I see! This is really very cool! That's very helpful "info" in that panel. It's so much more than I knew. Thanks a lot guys. Now, I do have another question about the info panel, but it's just a curiosity thing: What is "memory efficiency"? It changes as I open or close images but always hovers around 500%, even with 6 images open at once. If I got ridiculous and opened 20 at once (Which I don't want to do.) would it drop drastically? Edit: I thought of another question: Why do most images have samplers automatically but some don't?
  14. Yes. It doesn't seem to do anything but it's possible I'm just missing it because I can't figure out what "sampler" and "target" even are. Affinity Photo Help doesn't shed any light on it for me; it seems to assume that I'm already familiar with those terms. The way I've always used the "info" panel in Adobe is just to put the cursor on the image and it shows the colors in my image at that spot. Do you know of a place where they explain "sampler" and "target"? Thanks