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    paristo reacted to Callum in Convert colour to transparency   
    Hi Marmite,
     
    Welcome to the Forums :)
     
    To select a colour from a photo and make it transparent you can do the following:
     
    1. Go to Select and then Select Sampled Colour.
    2. Click the colour you want and refine the selection until you are happy with it.
    3. At the bottom right  of the App there is the Channels Tab inside this tab is the Pixel Selection Channel.
    4. Right click this Channel and click Invert then click Create Spare Channel.
    5. You will now see a Spare Channel below the Pixel Selection Channel.
    6. Right click the Spare Channel and choose Load To Background Alpha.
     
    This should then make the Colour Selection transparent :)
     
    C
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    paristo got a reaction from davemac2015 in Brush Manager ?   
    I think something where you get own "brush-kit" (widget on the side, or drop-down list from top) where all brushes are listed. And then you can create new ones with samples or using simple "layer mask" technique where black on the white scratch pad is turned to the brush itself.
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    paristo got a reaction from Fixx in Affinity, we need clarification: are you or aren’t you working on a DAM?   
    DAM doesn't need to convert raw at all!
     
    That is the whole point of the DNG as well.
     
    The DNG file is "like a ZIP file", just like every other raw file is just a container. Most raw files inside holds a sidecar file with metadata, a low resolution preview JPEG file and then three TIFF files, one for each bayer filter color. 
    The raw converter job is to import the TIFF files (and if manufacturer has done, decrypt the encryption) and then read the metadata and then proceed to do the demosaicing by combining three TIFF files to one by the commands that there are given. 
     
    The DNG does the same thing, except that the TIFF files are never encrypted, there comes a sidecar file for metadata and all the modifications done to the image, there are two preview JPEG (large and small) and you can even embed the original raw file inside, to be used in future with a raw converter that can read the original file instead converted clear images DNG offers. 
    So when ever you have a DAM, all it needs to know is to read the raw file container JPEG file for preview, read the metadata sidecar file and that's it. No need to what so ever to do conversion. 
     
    So everytime you save your "non-destructive" file, its preview JPEG is updated and DAM reads that.
     
    It is all already solved long long time ago, the only difference is that you really get a new window to do your image editing, instead swapping to "Develop module" or such "tab" otherwise. And that is as well better in multi-screen environments, with low memory systems etc as you have more flexibility to choose what you use and when. 
     
    That is one of the great things with the Affinity Photo that you can just double click raw file in memory card to open it, make the adjustments, save the Affinity file to memory card. Take the card out and move to other computer and do the DAM import there and you get that Affinity file correcly with the original raw file and then you can just double click the Affinity file in DAM on any computer and get it opened in Affinity Photo in those computers. The raw file stays intact without any problems. 
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    paristo got a reaction from Etienne in Default location for Save As (and Export)   
    Yes, more options for the directories (defaults, as common defaults) are needed. 
     
    - Save Affinity file to same location as the opened file by default, unless otherwise pointed elsewhere.
    - Export file to same location as the opened file, unless pointed elsewhere.
    - Remember different Export and Save As -directories per file opened (file from C: doesn't get offered being saved where file from D: got opened)
     
     
    It would be nice to be able just unpack package full of image files, open to Affinity Photo and save file and get it saved to "Affinity" directory after pointing in first save time. Then get export as well saved to "Export" directory after pointing the first time there.
     
    It would speed up the processing multiple files in same directory (detect the directory path is it same as "Session" or is it as "Project".
     
     
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    paristo got a reaction from p10n in Default location for Save As (and Export)   
    Yes, more options for the directories (defaults, as common defaults) are needed. 
     
    - Save Affinity file to same location as the opened file by default, unless otherwise pointed elsewhere.
    - Export file to same location as the opened file, unless pointed elsewhere.
    - Remember different Export and Save As -directories per file opened (file from C: doesn't get offered being saved where file from D: got opened)
     
     
    It would be nice to be able just unpack package full of image files, open to Affinity Photo and save file and get it saved to "Affinity" directory after pointing in first save time. Then get export as well saved to "Export" directory after pointing the first time there.
     
    It would speed up the processing multiple files in same directory (detect the directory path is it same as "Session" or is it as "Project".
     
     
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    paristo got a reaction from 3drealism in A small but very IMPORTANT UI Issue   
    Yes, that is a problem when having more than two files open and you lose track of the order where you are processing files. 
    A slight lighter/darker color or even a single pixel thick line above the tab is good. 
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    paristo got a reaction from rainwilds in Progress Bars   
    Challenge with the progress bars is that you need to be accurate with them, and you need to know the ending time. 
     
    Everyone should be familiar with the infamous Windows progress bars where it hangs at 5%, 6%, 7% and then suddenly jumps to 98%, 99% and sits there half of the time until gets to 100% and still rolls?
     
    How to calculate the process then? Okay, you have 45 frames focus stacking, should we split the 100% to a 90 frames so first you show progress when a frame is processed for alignment so then when all 45 frames are aligned, you end up 50% part and then is focus stacking started. So after every frame is processed and added for the stack, you progress the bar?
    Sounds easy right? But it aint'... 
     
    How to calculate process when loading an image? By the amount of data read from disk, or by the processed the data in memory or what?
     
    Then when it comes to simple "processing" informations like a circling balls in Windows now, or a circle going around like Google etc, it is as well not so good. As the animation is a own thread running, but doesn't tell that thread doing process hasn't hanged! So you can be in infinite loop in data processing, but the animation "I am working!" is as well in infinite loop. And ain't better from "Loading 1 Document"
     
    One of the easiest really is the data input/output about reading and writing data to disk. But that too is very far from reality as there can be many complex background operations waiting to be processed. Like if you save a file to a memory stick, it can take anywhere from 180 to 720 seconds that the data is actually flushed from the RAM to the actual memory stick so it is there when you pull it out! Even when the application doing the writing says "100% completed"! That is why the correct drives ejection is required as you tell the OS that specific storage device is about to be removed and it needs to flush the data from RAM to it so it is there correctly. 
     
    I worked with a few dozen Affinity Photo files last week in one day over a network drive. The Affinity told that the file was saved and then I went to make a phone call that lasted about 4 min and came back and shut the laptop and went away. Later on I opened the files on a another computer from the network drive, only to find out that the layers with TIFF files were corrupted by few pixels rows. Every single one that I had saved in a batch, had the similar effects, from few rows to tens of rows. 
    The fault was mine, as I didn't follow my standard procedure, save first locally and only then copy the files over network drive and check the disconnection. 
    I knew better, I just wanted to trust that things would go right as I didn't have time. And now, by trying to save the couple minutes, I wasted days! (Okay, I didn't as I had backups from the process elsewhere). 
     
    Even when a simple "Save Dialog" gets closed as "Save is Completed", it doesn't mean it is! So how you make a progress bar for that?
     
     
     
     
     
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    paristo got a reaction from Rick G in A small but very IMPORTANT UI Issue   
    Yes, that is a problem when having more than two files open and you lose track of the order where you are processing files. 
    A slight lighter/darker color or even a single pixel thick line above the tab is good. 
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    paristo got a reaction from rafikiphoto in [DAM] Affinity Lightroom Killer Request   
    Yes, in a way. But you said not to do a DAM while I recommend Affinity to go a head and do a DAM, but really get it right. Affinity should do a DAM that is purely focused for managing images. Then they have their Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer for working. And what they need to do is a "raw persona" that is own separate product for raw conversion that is used with all two (DAM and Affinity Photo) as integrated unit, instead both having something. Bring the updates to the raw converter quickly and even backport for older versions if possible. 
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    paristo got a reaction from donka in [DAM] Affinity Lightroom Killer Request   
    Yes, in a way. But you said not to do a DAM while I recommend Affinity to go a head and do a DAM, but really get it right. Affinity should do a DAM that is purely focused for managing images. Then they have their Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer for working. And what they need to do is a "raw persona" that is own separate product for raw conversion that is used with all two (DAM and Affinity Photo) as integrated unit, instead both having something. Bring the updates to the raw converter quickly and even backport for older versions if possible. 
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    paristo got a reaction from vovkasolovev in Drop the skeuomorphic design on the lense (color picker + alt)   
    Even better, drop the circle magnification as well. Just a square box with the true enlargement is the best. You can get corner of the canvas/document or display without problems.
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    paristo got a reaction from MosesOveme in Printing assistance (persona)   
    Photograph is just an image until it is printed. 
     
    Yeah... Photographers needs to print their images to get them to be photographs, be them in the books, as prints in album or walls or table etc. We just need to get the images out from the digital devices to the physical world to really get the value and impact to them. 
     
    So, many knows that printing is expensive, either by ordering prints or then doing prints by yourself. And all who does printing knows the basics of "soft proofing" but even that is just a trial and error method really. 
     
    Adobe Lightroom (and few others) has a modern "print layout" feature where you can just select templates and place images in order and then just order print or press "print" and it comes out from the printer. But that is useful really only at the final results!
     
    The Affinity Photo (and incoming Affinity Digital Asset Management) would really help many photographers by offering a real "soft proofing" method. That is the feature from the darkroom era etc, where first we did a contact sheet so we could see easily negatives later on what we had. 
      Then when we had chosen what we started to process, we needed to do a exposure test strip so we could bracket the correct exposure for the print before we start to work it.
     
    And then we did these on the smaller papers that were cheaper than using a final paper size. Like if we wanted to make a 20x30" print, we didn't do these evaluation tests for such size! We used all the scrap paper we had or size that could fit our negatives (usually single sheet of 8x10" paper for contact sheet). 
     
    And here is the request:
    To offer to let us get this automated very easily to save money and time!
     
    Let us select a images we want to get printed Then let us to choose the final print size that will be the target like 30x20cm (this is crucial for sharpening, resolution, denoise evaluation) After that we select the test print size like 10x15cm.  Now comes the easiness as well, we can select "strip" as well for the selected "test print", so the print is divided for a selected strips (like 1-5) and each strip can have a different settings (sharpening, contrast, saturation etc etc) or even files (copies of the same file of course)!
     
    This would allow easily anyone to import image to Affinity Photo, process it like they consider it to be a final one. And then export it to "soft proof" persona.
      And there user selects the final print size that is the target (like I want that 30x20cm print to be final) and then selects the test print size that is the paper size that is really going to be used to produce the test prints. 
     
    And then we can choose a amount of strips for a test print and select each strip and make some special adjustment to each of them. And then print that/share that out so we can see what were the real results on print in final print size look!
     
    Example: Take image, adjust colors, contrast, sharpness. Then export it to "soft proof" persona and select target to be 20x30cm 300DPI print and test print a 10x15cm. Now the image gets overlay crop box that is size of 10x15cm related to the final 30x20cm 300DPI print (so 1/4 of print area) that we can move to position we want (we can have multiple of these!) and then we can select the amount of strips ie. 4. And then we can click each of the strips and edit each of the strip as individual by control values of the adjustments we did on the whole image (color adjustment, contrast and sharpness like we did above) but this is done just with +/- slider. It doesn't allow to apply a new effects but only ones we did and that matters in printing (like DPI value, colors, contrast, sharpening etc) and each strip gets easy way to set them up/down. 
      So we get ie test print size of 10x15cm with 4 slides and each strip has +20 sharpening adjustment compared to next one. So strips are
    Original +20 Sharpening +40 Sharpening +60 Sharpening Or with other adjustment it could be like:
    Original 600 DPI 300 DPI 150 DPI Or with saturation:
    -10 saturation Original +10 saturation +20 saturation We get the 10x15cm test print files we can save (and get all the information overlaid even if wanted to strip corners so we can see later on what were the difference in settings). 
     
    And now it is cheap to go and order or print these 10x15cm prints and get a "soft proofing" that way as contact/test sheet without going through lots of custom cropping, laying down the cropped parts as layers, adjusting each layer little differently and then getting them rescaled etc correctly for the image. 
     
    And who says it would be limited to strips? Of course we could example select a 20x20cm test print with 5x5 grid with target of 30x20cm. And then we can use X and Y scales for a different settings. Like vertical lines for contrast and horizontal rows for a sharpness. Set the center (3x3 grid position) as default and then have sharpness and contrast to go from - values to + values at left to right. It could be hue, saturation etc. 
     
    Then when we do a single 20x20cm print we can easily see the difference in settings and select the wanted one for final. 
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    paristo got a reaction from mellabella in its crash again again   
    You mean that after focus stacking it crash, before it shows up the layers etc?
    Or that after stacking when you do first document save (save as... etc), it crashes?
     
    As I have the second one when I try to save to D:\ that is a MicroSD card on Surface Pro, and it always happens so that saving goes to 50-60% and then crashes.
    That is if I don't re-open some directories first and then save as Affinity has "contacted" the MicroSD card (likely problem is on Windows side that it doesn't poll the card so often). 
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    paristo got a reaction from Aothedorop in Customize toolbar/sidebar with everything   
    We can customize the main toolbar by long pressing it etc, and then add there some of the basic tools. But how about having a capability to add a filters and effects too there? Or have a own custom sidebar where to add them, so there wouldn't be need to open the list everytime to call something?
     
    It would speed up the workflow when user could add a most used filters and effects as buttons and then just tap them to get them added?
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    paristo got a reaction from supermundane in Customize toolbar/sidebar with everything   
    We can customize the main toolbar by long pressing it etc, and then add there some of the basic tools. But how about having a capability to add a filters and effects too there? Or have a own custom sidebar where to add them, so there wouldn't be need to open the list everytime to call something?
     
    It would speed up the workflow when user could add a most used filters and effects as buttons and then just tap them to get them added?
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    paristo got a reaction from davemac2015 in Shift + Mouse Wheel on layer list / widget   
    Does the layer list get activated when the mouse cursor moves above it? If so, what would people like the idea to be able to assign Ctrl, Alt or Shift as modifiers to mouse wheel, to be applied to that list?
     
    Functions like:
     
    Ctrl+Wheel = Move Selected layer up/down
    Shift+Wheel = Select layers up/down
    Alt+Wheel = Change layer transparency/mode
     
    Other functions to enable with modifiers could be like:
     
    wheel Up = Show layer
    wheel Down = Hide layer
     
    wheel Up = Select widget tabs right
    wheel down = Select widget tabs left
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    paristo got a reaction from davemac2015 in Save As... from new clipboard file   
    There is a bug. It does work but the problem is that when you select "New from the clipboard" then the new document isn't marked as "modified" and doesn't allow to be saved. 
     
    If you do something to the new document so it gets marked as "modified" then Ctrl+S will pop-up the "Save As..." dialog correctly.
     
    So the question is, when new document is created, should it be marked as "modified" at the start?
     
    The image properties on top would then say: <Untitled> [modified] (%)
     
    And that would be needed to be done when just creating a new document, even when user has not modified it by any means!
     
    The name "modified" should probably be renamed as [unsaved] as that would indicate the user that the document has not been saved, even when it is without a title. Maybe even the whole <Untitled>  should be removed as well and just have that <unsaved> at the topic as then user knows it hasn't been saved, so it clearly doesn't have a document title... 
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    paristo got a reaction from saljur in File Management in Photo   
    Hi. I just 30min ago purchased the Affinity Photo (for Windows) as I find its stacking features very useful compared to others (and easier than some little more effective Open Source ones)  but really miss a good file management system. 
     
    The one reason why I little was hesitant to purchased Affinity Photo was that maybe there comes a some kind super deal/sale for Affinity Photo for its 49€ price when the DAM app gets released. But then I started to wonder that there isn't for Photo + Designer either, so why would for DAM?
     
    But that wasn't the point of this reply, but just to raise a slight voice of opinion that the Affinity would look little after Open Source tool like digiKam for the file management system (like geolocation, tagging, search by content/name/metadata etc), how it is far more powerful than any Lightroom, Bridge, Capture One etc. And how it is directed to be used on all kind storage libraries (local, removable, network) and especially how it keeps all the files on those libraries so you can then use even plain file manager to browse files if so wanted, so you can do all the backups, control etc with any other software. 
     
    Even when such software is designed for the photographs, it is very powerful to be used with a other software that use image or video files like video editors, media players and vector graphic editors.
     
    And I think that one huge possibility for Affinity is to make the DAM software work well with even competitors editors, as that puts it to computers of many other users and then open door to them to purchase the Affinity Photo and/or Affinity Designer when they already use excellent file management system from them. 
     
    Just for my 2 cents. :)
     
     
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    paristo got a reaction from anon1 in File Management in Photo   
    Hi. I just 30min ago purchased the Affinity Photo (for Windows) as I find its stacking features very useful compared to others (and easier than some little more effective Open Source ones)  but really miss a good file management system. 
     
    The one reason why I little was hesitant to purchased Affinity Photo was that maybe there comes a some kind super deal/sale for Affinity Photo for its 49€ price when the DAM app gets released. But then I started to wonder that there isn't for Photo + Designer either, so why would for DAM?
     
    But that wasn't the point of this reply, but just to raise a slight voice of opinion that the Affinity would look little after Open Source tool like digiKam for the file management system (like geolocation, tagging, search by content/name/metadata etc), how it is far more powerful than any Lightroom, Bridge, Capture One etc. And how it is directed to be used on all kind storage libraries (local, removable, network) and especially how it keeps all the files on those libraries so you can then use even plain file manager to browse files if so wanted, so you can do all the backups, control etc with any other software. 
     
    Even when such software is designed for the photographs, it is very powerful to be used with a other software that use image or video files like video editors, media players and vector graphic editors.
     
    And I think that one huge possibility for Affinity is to make the DAM software work well with even competitors editors, as that puts it to computers of many other users and then open door to them to purchase the Affinity Photo and/or Affinity Designer when they already use excellent file management system from them. 
     
    Just for my 2 cents. :)
     
     
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