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    smallreflection got a reaction from VISION in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 1)   
    Love the progress on Macros and Batch processing! :D And the halftone filter is awesome, as well. :)
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    smallreflection reacted to paolo.limoncelli in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 1)   
    Thanks for the Accumulation Jitter!
     

     
     
    I love the way you implemented, keeping it separate from opacity. 
     
     
     
    I'm experiencing the same issue.
    Also sometimes (randomly) the editor goes nuts when I modify an existing brush, it seems not able to perform a new nozzle addition: preview is correct, but stroke is the "older" one.
    I noticed that the Fill Layer is broken too.
     
    That's all so far...  :)
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    smallreflection reacted to Andy Somerfield in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 1)   
    Hi csp,
     
    Please understand that this is the first beta of 1.5 - not everything we intend to achieve in this beta is done yet. Some of the points you raise certainly will get done for 1.5 - although some will not.
     
    We must balance our time very carefully between adding new features (yes - in essence marketing - lots of people have not bought Photo yet because it does not have the features we are trying to add) but we do aim to improve other parts of the app for existing users. Usually, a beta starts with "features", then "improvements", then "bug fixes" - in that order..
     
    Don't get downhearted because the fixes you need are not in the first beta - we have plenty of time :)
     
    Hope this helps,
     
    A
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    smallreflection reacted to A_B_C in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 1)   
    Has there been a more impressive feature upgrade list at any time before (well, I mean apart from the recent Affinity Designer list … ;))? I doubt that … can’t wait to try this out …  :D
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    smallreflection reacted to Andy Somerfield in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - Beta 1)   
    Status: Beta Release
    Purpose: New features, fixes, improvements
    Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo
    Mac App Store: Not Submitted
    Download: 1.5 Beta 1 Here
     
    This is an early beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that you may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.5 cannot be opened in 1.4 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.5 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.4 version.
     
    To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it.
     
    With all that said, here is a list of all the new things we can do with 1.5. This will be a fairly short beta (approx. 6 weeks) and things will likely be bad / broken for the the first week or two. After that, we expect the beta to become more stable and usable.
     
    Please understand that all betas must start somewhere - and that they are beta for a reason!
     
    Thanks once again for taking the time to download and use our beta :) - here's the list:
     
    Focus Merge Support
      Focus merging allows you to generate a detailed composite image from a number of images focussed at differing lengths. Use File -> New Focus Merge to get started.   HDR Merge Support   HDR merging lets you create a deep, unbounded 32-bit image from a number of exposure bracketed source images. Use File -> New HDR Merge to get started.   New 32bit RGB Editing Mode   Photo now offers a full compositing / editing environment for 32bit unbounded images. It correctly deals with 0-alpha cases (as per the OpenEXR spec) and generally operates in linear space.   Known Issues: Whilst most filters will work out of the box, we still have significant work to do to make all adjustments / blend modes work correctly in 32bit. Don't be surprised if you get weird result sometimes.   Known Issues: Our renderer will seem very slow when dealing with 32bit documents - it's because we are (at the moment) falling back to CPU where we should be able to use the GPU. This will get faster soon :)   Tone Mapping Persona   Full tone mapping Persona for both HDR and LDR images. This is obviously best used with an image merged by HDR merge - although you can use it on any image.   Known Issues: The UI still requires refinement and eventually there may be more sliders!   OpenEXR / HDR (Radiance) Import / Export   Photo can now import and export .hdr (Radiance, RGBE) and .exr (OpenEXR) images.   Known Issues: We know that people need lots of export options - mainly for OpenEXR - these will drop in in the next few weeks.   Macros   Using the View -> Studio -> Macro and View -> Studio -> Library menu items, you can access new panels which will allow you to record actions, save them, then play them back later. You can also store them in a handy gallery which will offer you live previews of what each stored macro would do to your document if you applied it.   Known Issues: You will find that you can not record some actions which seem natural / obvious (eg. selecting layers). This will be fixed soon.   Batch Processing   Using File -> New Batch job, you can queue up processing on a large number of files. You can resize, convert format and apply any number of macros to each file. The batch processing happens in the background - so you can continue working whilst the jobs are processed.   Live Projections   Photo 1.5 contains a new mechanism which allows you to edit an image in different spatial domains - we currently support the “Equirectangular” domain (360 pano - Ricoh Theta, etc.). You can use all tools when editing - and you can convert back once you have edited. This is especially useful for cleaning up stitching artefacts, or artefacts at the zenith / nadir of the image. Use the options in Layer -> Live Projection to get started.   Known Issues: Perspective projection is disabled. Will be introduced soon.   Improved Pixel Tool   The pixel tool is improved in 1.5 - you can hold shift when dragging to constrain the direction of painting (sorry we did not get this working sooner!). You can also select what happens when you hold Alt and drag - erase to transparent, erase to background colour, or erase to whatever the nominated snapshot / history location is (like in the Clone tool).   New “Pixel Art” Document Resizing   Photo now contains an alternative way to resize a document - using well known pixel-art resampling algorithms. If you work with pixel art and want to use this feature, it’s located under the Document menu.   Known Issues: This can crash if your document is huge - we will fix this.   New “Accumulation” Brush Dynamics   Many users have asked for “Opacity Jitter”. For us, opacity is a constant thing and will remain constant. However, we have added a new property to brushes - “Accumulation” - which should allow you to get what you need :) Please let us know how this works out for you..   Text Styles   Affinity Photo now has the same Text Styles support as Designer - it’s all shared code so it should work right out of the box :) Let us know if you find anything odd about it.   New Marquee Modes (Polygonal, Magnetic) [NOT AVAILABLE YET]   We are committed to adding these modes in 1.5. There are already icons / modes for them in the context toolbar of the Freehand Marquee tool. At the moment, it won’t let you enter these modes - but it will in a subsequent beta build :)   Even more RAW cameras supported   We have upgraded our RAW support again! I’m sorry I can’t give a full list of supported hardware right now, but I aim to do so tomorrow :)   Improved Metadata Mining   Our detection of RAW / JPEG / etc. metadata has been upgraded - after reports of certain lenses not being properly recognised - hopefully this update will fix the missing ones, but if not, please let us know!   Massive Improvements to Export Persona   Our Export Persona has seen huge upgrades in this cycle - you now have total control of exactly what resolution sets get exported. You can also use our handy batch export builders to quickly generate content for external consumption - ie. Xcode .assets - even Spline compatible metadata can be generated!   Layered TIFF Interop   Users have constantly asked us to support “Layered TIFF”. Layered TIFF is not a thing. TIFF with embedded data is a thing - and I’m happy to report that we now import embedded PSD / Affinity data and can write TIFF with embedded Affinity data.   Halftone Filter   We have a marvellous new halftone pattern filter in 1.5 - it can approximate monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones and can even be applied as a “Live Filter”.   Known Issues: This filter can be a bit funky in "Live Filter" mode - and if you have a retina screen, you will see some jittering even in non-live.   Dust & Scratches Filter   Many user have asked us for a “Dust & Scratches” filter - so we have made one. It’s extremely useful for removing sporadic small defects in images. Please let us know if it works for you.   Layer Linking [NOT IMPLEMENTED YET]   Layer linking will happen in 1.5 - at the moment it is currently not exposed in this beta. Look out for it soon though - it should set the benchmark for how linked layers should work in a raster editor.. More on this soon!   “Edit in Affinity Photo” Photos extension   This is something which we didn’t think we could do - a Photos extension for Mac OS 10.9 and above which simply allows you to use the full Photo app to edit your images - and stores the changes you have made as a layered document.   New Colour Picker Tool   After literally thousands of requests, we have implemented a dedicated picker tool for colours. It requires little explanation - so let us know if it works for you :)   New Clone Sources Panel   We now have a new studio panel which allows you to store up an unlimited number of global sources for the Clone / Healing brush - it even works across multiple documents.   Direct PSD Write-Back   One of the most requested features - direct write-back to PSD. A number of 3rd party DAM applications will happily deal in PSD - but until now, Photo required you to File -> Export for PSD. No longer! You can now just hit File -> Save! You will need to turn this on - in File -> Preferences - please read the warning there carefully!   No Thumbnails Option   This is more a Designer feature, but I promised it some time ago so here it is - you can choose (in Preferences) not to write out a thumbnail with your documents. This has the advantage of making your documents use less space - but obviously you won’t get Finder thumbnails, etc.   Improved Vectorscope   Our old HSL vectorscope is no more - replaced by a vastly more appropriate Rec.709 YUV scope with an improved graticule :)   Improved Photoshop Plugin Support   We have found a significant bug with our plugin code - it has been fixed :) That said - please don’t expect all your plugins to now work. This fix primarily puts us in a position to work properly with plugin makers to move forward. That said, some plugins will now spring into life - “Focus Magic” being a notable example.   Multi-monitor Colour Profile Support   Sorry it took so long to get this fixed - we now can profile different on different monitors.   Adjustment Performance Improvements   Found and fixed a simple issue which made changing adjustment parameters appear to be slow. Fixed.   This update also includes literally hundreds of fixes and small improvements, some of which are listed below:   - User control over two pass rendering on Retina devices. - PSD import / export improvements. - PDF import / export improvements. - Snapping improvements - candidate-free snapping, gaps-and-spans (Alt key in Move Tool), so much more!   - Performance and stability improvements for macOS Sierra.   Thanks again for taking the time to use this beta!   Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:
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    smallreflection reacted to el.Fakir in Multiple Layer Effects   
    Hi there, any feedback from Serif regarding this multiple effect layers feature?  I'm working with Sketch right now, and it's something very, very handy. 'would be nice to get it also in AD.
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    smallreflection got a reaction from G-F-H in Self portrait   
    Self portrait done in Affinity Photo, with default drawing brushes, a bit of Daub's gouache brushes, and a smattering of fine texture on top. Currently using AP for a big client illustration project—it's been a joy to use.

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    smallreflection reacted to Herbert123 in Image Trace - Raster to Vector conversion   
    I use Inkscape's built-in bitmap trace. Works really well for black and white line art conversions. Save as SVG, and import into Affinity.
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    smallreflection got a reaction from Maxxxworld in Social Media Template 2015   
    Hello all! I threw together this social media template based on recommended sizes for 2015—largely based on Constant Contact's recommendations. It doesn't include quite everything, but it has slices already set up as well to help expedite most needs. Enjoy! :)
    social-media-template-2015.afdesign
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    smallreflection got a reaction from CloudOnBye in Stipple Shading Textured Intensity Brushes   
    So I found myself wanting to come up with a basic stipple brush, of a more vector-style and less painterly variety. Going for that more retro-modern shading look inside of vectors that's quite popular these days. Pretty basic, but I think this is what I was going for! Works best sticking to applying with straight paths, no vector handles. The nice thing shading this way is you can vary the opacity and get quite a nice buildup on top of gradients. I threw together this trippy abstract to give them a go.   :)
     
    Edit: Sorry, this post seems to have gotten mysteriously duplicated, and the attachment isn't showing up here consistently.

    Basic-Stipple-Brushes.afbrushes.zip
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    smallreflection got a reaction from selah2012 in Steam Court painting   
    Thanks for the feedback, all! Penwiper, good thoughts, I'll probably try to get some of those in revisions. Test prints came out a bit dark too, so I might play with tonal values a bit also.
     
    Without giving too much away, here's another in-progress character piece from the set, with some slight stylistic differences (some folks said they preferred earlier sketched versions of the characters, so I'm testing out some subtle outlines and sketch elements along with the original layers.
     
    Penwiper, the game is coming to Kickstarter soon, so you can follow us at SteamCourt.com until it drops. It's super fun, I can tell you that. :D

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    smallreflection reacted to MEB in Help!! i am LOST!!!!   
    There's still a few things missing (not implemented yet) in the Export Persona like realtime previews (for compression) and the estimated output size. This should come later.
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    smallreflection reacted to selah2012 in Stipple Shading Textured Intensity Brushes   
    Thank you, these are cool!
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    smallreflection got a reaction from techtone in Steam Court painting   
    Not 100% done, but this is a portion of a new art piece done by commission for an upcoming card game. All painting done in Affinity Photo Beta. So far it's been fantastic with few hiccups. The new beta does seem a bit friendlier to my Wacom as well. :)
     
    More updates will pop up at SteamCourt.com soon!

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    smallreflection reacted to paolo.limoncelli in DAUB Mosaic   
    Well... (update...)
     

     
    A set of 6 simple stupid tools to vent your obsessive-compulsive disorder  :lol:
    These brushes offer a ramp shaped to jitter hues and luminosity of the colour you're painting with.
    Download here
     
    Happy mosaic!
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    smallreflection reacted to paolo.limoncelli in DAUB Pencils   
    Hi!
     
    I want to share with you this small set of pencils.
    Some of these tools feature Angle (Tilt) variance but you need a tablet that support it.
    Don't have so much inspiration today to add some samples, but will do it for sure later 
     
    This set doesn't work on iPad because required settings are not yet there.
    It will work with proper textures once the matching of iOS/Desktop version has been completed. 
     

     
    Hope you'll enjoy it!
    Happy sketching!
     
    UPDATE
     
    Just uploaded a v1.1 with these two new pieces 
     
     

     
     
    Some things to know...
     
    This new release works with MAS versions of Affinity range, but to have proper tilt dynamic latest Beta of AP or AD is needed.
    Special thanks to Andy Somerfield for custom ramps...
    DAUB Pencils.afbrushes.zip
    DAUB Pencils v1.1.zip
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    smallreflection reacted to Andy Somerfield in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.4.2 - RC1)   
    Purpose: Fixes
    Status: Release Candidate
    Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo
    Mac App Store: Submitted
    Download: Here
     
    To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it.
     
    This is a release candidate build. It has been submitted to the App Store for review and we will make it available as the current App Store version when we are confident there are no unexpected problems. This build should be considered more stable than the current MAS version (1.4.1) and should be used in preference to that build.
     
    Fixes
     
    - Fix for converting between wide-gamut RGB and sRGB profiles causing incorrect colours
    - Fix for converting colour profile/colour model not undoing correctly for inner glow effects
    - Fix for occasional crash with arrow shape
    - Fix for Rasterise causing layer effects to appear the wrong size if they were present on a scaled object
    - Fix for A1 (Press Ready) preset having the wrong dimensions for an A1 sheet (*sigh*)
    - Fix for tool shortcut keys on international keyboards
    - Updated help file
     
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    smallreflection got a reaction from Alfred in Stipple Shading Textured Intensity Brushes   
    So I found myself wanting to come up with a basic stipple brush, of a more vector-style and less painterly variety. Going for that more retro-modern shading look inside of vectors that's quite popular these days. Pretty basic, but I think this is what I was going for! Works best sticking to applying with straight paths, no vector handles. The nice thing shading this way is you can vary the opacity and get quite a nice buildup on top of gradients. I threw together this trippy abstract to give them a go.   :)
     
    Edit: Sorry, this post seems to have gotten mysteriously duplicated, and the attachment isn't showing up here consistently.

    Basic-Stipple-Brushes.afbrushes.zip
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    smallreflection reacted to Craig Deeley in Textured pack 03 Intensity brushes   
    I am posting a third set of custom Textured brushes for Affinity Designer:
    Textured pack 03 Intensity brushes (zip file - big - 30+mb)
     
    These are more remakes of custom brushes I created for Expression3 back in 2004-2007. Plus quite a few new custom brushes and variants.
    This set is also a continuation of the previous sets posted. Strokes developed with a moderately organic, mostly (un)natural media, water or oil based pigment like art approach in mind. There is a big variety of brush "looks" included. None of these are strict emulations of traditional media effects. Each is a little "digital" in its own way. There are quite a few wash stroke variations in this set and a few wild cards.
    There are quite a few additional rugged drawing/wet inking brushes as well.
    There are also several brushes with raged, dashed or random textures.
     
    Example images of the strokes are attached here.
    Hope the user base here finds this third set interesting and useful.

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    smallreflection got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Steam Court painting   
    A long gap between my last post on this, but Steamcourt is finally wrapped up and was successfully funded on Kickstarter! In the end, we reached enough support to hit some stretch goals and add additional characters. We ended up with twelve characters total, and the reception overall has been really good. All art finished in Affinity Photo, with a few vector support elements done in Designer. Brushes almost exclusively were from the excellent Daub bristle set. Affinity was a joy to use! Find out more on the final game and see more at SteamCourt.com. :)






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    smallreflection reacted to Brett Stebbins in Fantasy Forest Cooking Area   
    Here is my latest concept art for a client's top-down game. I was also using the DAUB brushes. They work great! All work done with Affinity Photo. You can see more of these and some of my process on my Artstation profile.

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    smallreflection reacted to Frankentoon Studio in Elvish-like Girl Portrait (AP)   
    To be honest, I've never tried Affinity Photo for digital painting. I usually work in PS or Manga Studio. But today I was testing some brush settings of Photo and came up with this quick portrait. I've always tried to emulate the traditional mediums when painting digital, so I tend to work my digital paintings with that natural a la prima feel... working in one layer and mixing pencils and 'gouache'.
     
    Here's the result:
     

     
    I think I'll use Photo for more digital painting. It runs pretty smooth and fluid. It is pretty fun to create brushes too, very fewer settings compared with other painting software, but at the same time those boundaries makes you create some nice brushes more quickly. 
     
    Hope you all dig it!
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    smallreflection reacted to paolo.limoncelli in Enemy Mine   
    I had a chance to see again this nice old sci-fi movie.
    This is a concept inspired by. 
     

     
    Done in AP and AD
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    smallreflection reacted to MattP in Steam Court painting   
    REALLY nice! Well done with reaching the funding goal too! :D
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    smallreflection reacted to paolo.limoncelli in Steam Court painting   
    Wonderful pieces!
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