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Everything posted by MikeFromMesa

  1. Exactly how does someone determine what the current Persona is? I can find no visible indication of the current Persona state. The only thing I have been able to find is that clicking on the Affinity Photo command usually displays 4 Persona links and that the one that is missing is the one I am in, but that does not always work since sometimes there are no change links displayed. What is the easiest way to determine what the current Persona is? And yes, I generally remember what I changed to, but that does not help if I got called away from editing and return 30 minutes later, and it does not help when an image is originally opened. UPDATE: Never mind. Got it figured out.
  2. I loaded a raw image into APB (build 124) that contained gps location information. The location information was properly displayed in the Location Panel: I then changed to the Develop Persona to do some InPainting and duplicated the layer. After that was done I returned to the Photo Personal and the location information was gone. That is, the map no longer displayed the proper gps information:
  3. MikeFromMesa

    Loss of location information when changing Persona

    Yes. I think I see that now. I was looking for something unambiguous, like the words "Photo Persona" written somewhere on the display clearly enough for even me to not miss it, but I think I do see the graphic indication you are referring to. Thank you.
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    Loss of location information when changing Persona

    @walt.farrell Yes. You are right. I had changed to the Photo Persona, not the Develop Persona. Thanks for posting and making me figure out what I was actually doing ...
  5. MikeFromMesa

    Loss of location information when changing Persona

    It is interesting that you posted this question since I have been trying to determine for myself the exact same thing. The problem seems to be that there is no visual indication of what Persona the current editing state is in. The only way I have been able to determine what my current Persona is seems to be to click on the Affinity Photo command and look to see what Persona is missing from the "change to" list, and that does not always work. I am suffering a bit from not having used AP for perhaps 6 months, so some things are no longer as clear to me as they used to be. I need to re-do the sequence to see if you are right about the Persona, but first need to find out exactly how to determine what Persona I am currently in.
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    Photo Crash on quit

    I have seen this as well, although I do not have a recipe to reproduce it.
  7. I downloaded and installed Affinity Photo and checked to see if this version fixed the issue with AP crashing when changing from the Photo to the Develop personal. That problem was fixed, but when the user switches Photo -> Develop, then Develop -> Photo, then Photo -> Develop and again Develop -> Photo AP crashes. It does not matter if any changes were made or not. I have tried this now 3 times and have gotten 3 crashes. For me it made no difference if I made changes or not.
  8. > With Affinity Photo Beta in the foreground, select Preferences fr´╗┐om the Affinity Photo Beta menu. Ah. Well, that explains my problem. I was looking in the MacBook Pro Preferences thinking it was a system setting. I found it in the APB Preferences and turned it off, but it did not make any difference. I still saw the same crash. Turned it back on again.
  9. > It is in Preferences Performance panel Thanks. I will give it a try. UPDATE: Well, I would give it a try if I could find it. I do not find a Performance panel in Preferences on my MBP. Could you be a bit more specific as to its location? There are 33 sub-panels on my system, including some add-ons like NTFS For Mac, but nothing marked Performance and nothing that looks like it should contain a Performance panel. Since the MBP does not have any option for replacing the graphics card could it be that it is just not there on my machine?
  10. I'll give it a try. Where is that setting?
  11. I downloaded the latest beta (, loaded a jpg and clicked on the Develop Mode button. AP crashed, and has crashed every time I have repeated this sequence.
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    Calling Topaz Studio from AP and APB

    When Topaz's Studio is called as a plugin from Affinity Photo Mac it does not show any "Plug-in" command. I originally thought that this was an issue with the Topaz plugin itself, and reported it on the Topaz forum, but got a response that said that the same plugin, when called by the AP beta, showed the proper commands. Here is the relevant part of the UI when Studio is called from AP: Here is the relevant part of the UI when the exact same version of Studio is called from APB. You can see the Plug-ins command, which is missing when called by AP, is shown when called by APB.
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    beta crashes when clicking develop mode

    I have been off this forum for quite some time so I guess I missed any earlier report of this issue.
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    beta bugs

    It has been a while since I have been on this forum so I thought I should ask where is the proper place for filing Affinity Photo Beta bugs. UPDATE: Never mind. I found the location.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Thank you for the information. That worked for me.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
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    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.
  25. 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.