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  1. MikeFromMesa

    Masks from B&W images

    OK. That worked. So there were multiple problems. I needed to duplicate the layer and I needed to Merge the B&W image. Thank you for clearing that up.
  2. MikeFromMesa

    Masks from B&W images

    Did that. It did not do what I expected, and I did not get a mask. I am sure your instructions are correct, and that it works properly, but perhaps there is some intermediate step or setting that is wrong on my machine because it does not create a mask for me, but only creates a grouped image. The icon, which should show a mask, instead shows a B&W adjustment layer.
  3. MikeFromMesa

    Masks from B&W images

    @MEB I have sent you a video of the steps that I took to try to create a mask from the B&W image via a PM.
  4. MikeFromMesa

    Masks from B&W images

    When I did the Google search for an answer to this question I found your response to the same question from 2015, and I tried it. It did not give me a mask. It only gave me a b&w image grouped with the original image, and nothing I could do actually gave me a mask. I will do a screen video to show you what is happening and send it to you via a PM. I am sure I am doing something wrong, but I could not get your response to the old question to work.
  5. I have been playing around with some luminosity masking tools and the way they worked made me a bit curious as to why much of this could not be done easily with B&W images. That is, I assume I should be able to take a color image, create a black and white image from it using the B&W layer adjustment, refine that to include what I want and convert that directly to a mask for the original image. That process works with Photoshop but I can not get it to work with Affinity Photo. I did some searching looking for phrases like "Affinity Photo convert B&W to mask" and other similar phrases, and found several links, but none of the instructions actually seemed to do what I wanted. One, on this forum, said I should create the B&W image, rasterize it to a mask and drag the layer to the original image layer until a vertical blue line appeared, but I could never get the vertical blue line and always ended up with the B&W image grouped with the original image, and never got a mask. I am completely sure I am just doing this wrong. The tutorials talked about creating masks from selections, but I wanted to create the mask directly from a B&W image. Can anyone tell me how to do that? Thanks.
  6. Thank you for the information. That worked for me.
  7. I have been processing a series of HDR landscape sequences that I shot during a recent trip. I have done this before using AP without any issue but these photos were taken with a fisheye lens and so that distortion needed to be corrected. That can not be done within AP so, after adjusting the resulting HDR image, I tried to call a plugin (PTLensEdit) to fix the distortion, but it did not show as being enabled. In fact none of the plugin links were enabled. I had to save the image to disk and then reload it before I could get the plugins to enable, so I wanted to know if this was a bug or if it was by design. I understand that there is no name for the resulting HDR until it is saved, but even doing that (saving it) did not enable the plugins and the saved image had to be reloaded before I was able to call a plugin.
  8. MikeFromMesa

    Stretching a photo

    Well, of course. I do not understand why I did not think about that before posting the question. Easy as pie. Thank you for reminding me.
  9. I recently purchased an inexpensive fisheye lens to use for panorama photos. When the images are "de-fished" they give a decent panorama, better than most stitched panoramas that I have processed, but the image tends to be a bit compressed vertically due to the "de-fishing" distortion. I loaded some of these images into AP to "stretch" them vertically, but could find no such native functionality. I ended up using the Perspective Tool and stretching both the top left and top right handles, but I thought there might actually be a "compression" tool that I could use to stretch an image either horizontally or vertically. Is there such a tool in AP?
  10. MikeFromMesa

    Plugin woes

    Yes. I restarted the app. As I wrote in the previous response: Try 2 involved removing all of the entries from the Plugins Search Folder and then restarting AP. However it does not matter at this point as the reset fixed the issue.
  11. MikeFromMesa

    Plugin woes

    > I was referring to the screenshot you attached No. That was not clear to me. However the screen shot I attached was taken after several tries at fixing the issue. Try 1 involved verifying that there were no entries in the default folder and then restarting AP. Try 2 involved removing all of the entries from the Plugins Search Folder and then restarting AP. Try 3 involved putting some of those Plugins Search Folder entries back in and restarting AP. It was after the 3rd try that I took the screen shot so it looked as though they might have had an effect. However the Plugin Search Folder only had entries for Topaz and MacPhun (now Skylum) plugins and nothing involving Luminar or Aurora, both of which were showing up in the defaults list. > Removing all those entries from that section should have cleared the list on the left without the need to resort to the reset. As I indicated, it did not. However the reset did.
  12. MikeFromMesa

    Plugin woes

    > do you have any entry in the Plugins Search Folder section The folder was completely empty. There were no entries, including aliases or other links. > remove them all from the Plugins Search Folder section and check if they still appear for you. There was nothing to remove. > This will clean the Affinity list. That seems to have solved the problem.
  13. MikeFromMesa

    Plugin woes

    > Hopefully an un sandboxed veriosn will be more available in the future which may solve some of these issue I am sure an un-sandboxed version would solve all of these problems. So would the ability to call an external editor app and pass along a temp copy of the current image, since most of these plugins have an associated app that could be called instead (and that is how I use them from PhotoLab and/or CaptureOne). But that does not address my concern as to why plugins are showing up even though they are not in the default folder.
  14. MikeFromMesa

    Plugin woes

    I know that improvements have been made to the AP plugin functionality so yesterday I decided to try to add some plugins to AP. The results puzzled me. 1. I first added some plugin modules to the default plugin folder. When the plugins did not work I removed the modules from the default folder, but they continue to show up in the plugin dialog box. There are NO modules in the default folder, but here is a screen shot of the dialog box. As you can see there are a great number of modules that show up as being in the default folder, but the folder itself is complete empty. 2. I then added some folders to the plugin search location, and you can see those, but none of the MacPhun Creative Kit plugins actually even start. If I load an image and call one of the plugins I get the dialog box saying that the plugin has started, but nothing ever actually runs and, because focus has been given to the non-running plugin I can do nothing with AP except kill the process. If there is some way to address these issues I would appreciate it.
  15. I have seen a similar problem, although on my system when I drag the bottom handle for the perspective tool and release it the top snaps out to where the bottom is. The effect is the same as R C-R reported. In Dual mode it works as described by R C-R.