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  1. Hi Again. Background: I have created a series of images that have the purpose of going from a media player through a projector onto a screen, to judge contrast...or, at least, one component of contrast – being able to see into the dark actually. Run it one day – perhaps after the facility is calibrated and note the numbers, then run it later and look for changes. Since I don't know whether a room can 'see' 1% or a tenth or needs 5% luminance for any of the values of RGB and Black (grey), I am making a series for the preliminary tests. Problem is: I export from the attached afdesign piece, with all the 'meters' and scales, etc., with a black background and secondly with a transparent background. They look nice. The PNG (shown) doesn't do them justice at all, but the 16 bit TIFFs are great (attached is Adobe RGB, but the original work and final format is 2020). But when I place them into Final Cut Pro, the one with the black background look completely different than the one that is transparent (I have to place it against a black background from within FCPx). The color bars seem almost the same. The problem shows up especially in the red markings and numbers – on the transparent TIFF they are clear as a bell, bright, crisp (perhaps too bright.) The same red markings and numbers of the TIFF made with Designer derived black comes out barely see-able...as the screen grabs below show. I think the color at the center of the bars is also impinged with black. Because the 'clear' background TIFF shows up as white in Mac Preview, there is no way to judge with the eyes when comparing with the black background TIFF. And I don't have another program that I trust to see what is happening. I suspect that the black is leaching though the colors, even though they are full opacity. Any ideas? If they really are the same but for the background in AD, then I'll ask a FCPx forum. These are screen grabs from Final Cut of two TIFF files derived from the Affinity Design file, the top one with the black baked in, the bottom one with the black added as background to a 'transparent' background image. VertBars_5_and_1.afdesign VerticalMeters5_4K_TIFF_Clr_ARGB.tiff VerticalMeters5_4K_TIFF_Blk_ARGB.tiff
  2. I have no use for this specifically, but I learned so much about great little artistic nuances and techniques that I will definitely use from watching it. Many thanks for all the efforts~!
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    Learning blending...any tips?

    Thanks for making and posting the PNG. In the absence of specific advice, I'll just keep poking around to improve the between-the-primary gradients that should bring out the Yellow and Cyan and Magneta. Turning off the white background of the triangle takes away the halo. Anyway, thanks again.
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    Learning blending...any tips?

    Hi; I have been plugging away on this for a while and it is getting close to what I imagine. There are still a few anomalies and still a few things I don't understand well enough. And, since I have designed this in a cave, I'm appreciating ideas on how if could be better...more accurate to the concept of blending 3 primaries and developing white in the center and 3 secondaries. I feel like the circle, when display the 3 colors by themselves is close but it isn't giving the yellow that I imagine should be showing. [Note: this is in DCI P3 since I am doing this for cinema...but I have changed color spaces in Affinity D and on my monitor and get somewhat the same results for yellow. The TIFF is in regular iMac P3, which is what I am using.) Ha! Solved two problems while writing them out...I want the white circle behind the colored circles and in front of the triangle so the circle doesn't pick up any colors from the triangle, but the circle was totally obscuring the circle when anything but NORMAL blending was applied. Putting the white circle in a separate layer and making the circle group PASSTHROUGH is the answer. The colors of the triangle fall off too quickly...form almost a halo. Well, begging your insights, how to make it more perfect. The triangle is OK since the flaws are hidden by the circle – the radial trick that works well with a circle doesn't fill up the center with enough color, while a straight edge doesn't work well either. And I'd like to be able to use the triangle alone perhaps. Anyway, I am having fun learning. This is my first time at blending. Thanks for any advices. TriCircP3.afdesign
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    [ADe] Book Cover - The War Of The Worlds

    I am in agreement with Aammppaa...I understand that you are going from the description in the book...so keep with that. But it does look too cute. Adding some of the 'fingers' around the planet might help, making the eyes reflection read and maybe the beak reddish also.
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    My LG G5

    Neat!, but I think that you are going to have to cheat a little with the reflections. What may be possible in real life becomes to stark in the drawing...which is quite good. The background makes my eyes go into optical illusion land a bit too. Cause me to see a bend in the bottom that doesn’t exist. I notice that when I cover the bottom (the panel with the LG logo) that most of the ‘errors’ go away. Oh, and shouldn’t the LG logo be more round?
  7. Ah! So that is what the difference is for align stroke. I use it all the time in other drawings. As always, like learning a Mozart piece, only after a long while will it become obvious to me why a particular note had to have been chosen. Again, many thanks. I have eliminated all the odd 'aligned' TIFFs from my computer.
  8. Wow, oh wow...there is always nuance...thanks walt.farrell It seems that it is not only the nature of the TIFF export that the edges have to fall on certain bounds. I just tried PNG and PSD. I need my offset, and I need at least 12 bits of color and obviously, the precision. On to other things. Again...thanks~!
  9. Right; Thanks GabrielM. I was bringing them (the TIFFs) back into Affinity and both the offset and non-offset (centered)versions looked perfect...but I never left Vector View mode...the problem is so obvious when shifting to Pixel View. Gads. But, 3 things. What I want is a TIFF with the lines shifted so I can test the projector ability, handling offset pixels...! I suppose this is what people are asking for when they are asking to turn off the LZW Compression? I draw the pieces at the exact size in order not to need any compression. You'll notice that the master has horizontal line versions. They don't save at 3X the size with the lines shifted by .5, (though they do have that problem of turning to mush for the non-offset lines.) I tried – before moving the lines as a group – to change them with the "Align Stroke to ______ Outside/Center/Inside", but they don't seem to move for me...that button works on others designs I've made...why not here? (...plus it doesn't appear anyway when more than one is chosen.) Thank you for the review. I hope you can let me know a way to get TIFFs with the pixels in different alignments (that is, no compression). The workflow tools after this requires TIFFs – that is, they don't import vectors or that would be a solution.
  10. There are 4 groups in this .afdesign file, made to fill a 4K cinema screen (4096 x 2160) with alternating black lines, color space 2020. The two horizontal groups and two vertical groups are identical (I think), except that one is shifted point 5 pixels on the x or y axis. The horizontal files export with identical file sizes. But the vertical centered file exports to a similar size (all less than a megabyte). But the 'offset' file is over 3 megabytes large. When the tiff files are opened in Designer they look identical (with all the layers intact.) But in Preview they look dissimilar. (The horizontal files look different as well.) I have tried all sorts of variations with similar results. (I also erased the final un-needed line recently in an attempt to change the result.) Does this Export happen similar for others? Does the Tiff file look identical on your screen? Many thanks. I am using iMac 5K, 27, 4.2 OSX 10.13.6 horizontal_vertical_lines_4k_.afdesign OffCenteredTest.tiff CenteredTest.tiff
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    TestImage with flaws and questions...Designer

    Hi Owen...thanks for the response. I will try some of these precision aids, as you describe. RE: false hairline cracks. Unfortunately these false cracks show up on TIFF files sometimes. Though I know what you mean...sometimes not, sometimes yes. My export is to a 4K projector on a 40+ foot screen...which shows all flaws. Sorry for delay in response...been on the road away.
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    TestImage with flaws and questions...Designer

    Thanks gdenby, Yes, my computer is set for the EU method of a comma being the same as the US 'point', so you are seeing the method that I used correctly. I hadn't thought of the anti-alising connection, but that is what got me onto the solution. I had a block that I had turned 90° then butting them so they'd be adjoining each other with a snap...but found (with extreme close up magnification) that in some occasions one side would 'tilt' by a pixel and take an overlapping pixel 'dither' or one other side would have a hairline space, which would show up as a whole pixel when turned to a 16bit TIFF. And then I'd notice that the x and y positions were no longer on whole numbers as they once were...and there would be no way to get them to be exact whole numbers anymore by arrow keys or moves with the mouse...until I realised the answer was adding precision to the angle....and then the size...and the position. Thus, indeed, that is when and how the extra precision idea took form and proved itself...and even with that, it is not perfect, but it solves 80% of the problem. I still get these hairlines...perhaps exaserbated by my 5K retina screen (yours too I imagine.) What is the next step...how do I report this to a tech wizard? Oh, and wow. How is that 12inch iPad working for you? I have the 1st Pro generation. I bought Affinity Photos for it, but Photos is not my thing. Can't wait for Designer on the iPad.
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    TestImage with flaws and questions...Designer

    In regards to adding exif data, I just downloaded EXIFData, which is a powerful Terminal Command line tool...and while looking for how to use it found a front end for it – SetEXIFData – at: https://marc.vos.net/downloads/setexifdata/ Wow! ...how cool and amazing.
  14. Hi; I hope no-one minds if I ask advice while also sharing... I created this 4096x2160;16bit;P3 file as part of a series of test images for checking a cinema auditorium. Obviously, it is using cone gradients of the primary and secondary colors, then flipping them around to meet up in a pattern. One major problem that I have had is getting each 1000x1000 square to exactly butt up against each other without leaving a fine (fine, fine, fine) line between them. It shows on the ADesigner screen image and shows up in the TIFF image (12-bit TIFF is what is required for the transfer to a cinema projector file.) I have spent hours (iMac with 5k screen) futzing and finally came up with the technique of putting a strip of color behind the two blocks and applying a gradient to that (not perfect perfect, but pretty close.) I found that by laboriously going to each block and instead of leaving the "transform" numbers as they are, that if I go through each one and put in a bunch of zeros after the number that the blocks gets closer to being perfectly together. In other words, instead of X position of 48 I type in 48,00000000 or for W and H of 1000 I type in 1000,0000000000 ... and also very importantly for R, 90 must be 90,000000000 – I just put in an arbitrary number of zeros, but it seems to straiten out. Now, maybe I didn't have 'whole numbers' turned on early in the process, and that would have solved the issue. I tried that later and it doesn't seem to always help – and things seem to shift (dither between ± points) if I don't give it the precision of the added zeros. I'd just like to hear from others as to whether this has come up with you before (or if I am the only psychotic doing things where this matters?)? Also, what I am learning today and what I originally came to the forum for, is if there is a way to add exif data within Designer? Anyway, thanks! Good luck to us all... WhitePriSec.afdesign WhitePriSec1.tiff