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  1. I would select the water, then play around with the Haze Filter until you are happy. You don't want to overdo it though.
  2. I don't say Linux is flawed. It is pretty good at what it does but it is very limited for professional use (outside of a very few pro uses). I do say the Linux market place is flawed, very flawed! I was running a photo studio 10 years back and fancied trying Linux. No drivers for any of my 3 printers, no specialised plug-ins (green screen software) plus lots of similar problems. In fact I couldn't use it for anything except web browsing and a firewall. I even had help from a mate who was a Linux expert, but he couldn't write printer drivers or plug-ins, obviously. As far as I can tell, it has not moved on in 10 years? I honestly don't think it will, unless Microsoft release Microsoft Linux. Then they will only wreck it.
  3. I have answered your question. Your file is being compressed. The data does not go anywhere, it is compressed. LZW normally compresses by about 4 times. So a 160 file .raw file would end up as about a 40 mb TIFF, which is what you have. It is very easy to compress raw camera data because it has absolutely no compression to start with and is full of very repetitive data. As a very simplistic explanation, a large black area that was described in .a raw file as black, black, black, black, black, black, black, black, etc, etc, etc would be described by LZW as ‘all black’. That saves a lot of space! If you still don’t understand, try googling LZW compression.
  4. I though it should remember it (sticky) if not try Edit > Defaults > Save
  5. I’m a Linux User (10 years), a Windows user, a MAC user, an Android user and I would tend to agree with @InfoCentral. The ‘typical’ Linux user (based on the ones I know) is proud of not paying for software. But this is counterproductive, because free software is nearly always inferior. Hence the “typical” Linux user we get on here asking for Affinity. But does that type of ‘typical’ customer base make a good market? Anyway, be careful of what you wish for. If Serif did release Affinity for Linux and it became a huge success, before long others would follow, until eventually there might be a Microsoft Linux. No so far fetched, look at Apple. Then before long it would just be another version of the mainstream OS types and would lose it’s independent appeal. Like an unknown beach that suddenly gets known. Before too long there are multi-story hotels, paid for car parks, McDonalds, litter all over the place and binge drinkers.
  6. First of all, resolution has absolutely nothing to do with file size, so what are you actually worried about, or asking? Also, what format are you saving the Affinity file in? Affinity Photo does NOT change the image resolution or quality (unless saving as JPEG). Resolution is the number of pixels in the image. File size is the space the image occupies on disc. A picture with a resolution of 4000 x 4000 pixels could be 40 megabytes, 20 mebabytes 1 mebabyte The difference in mebabytes) would be the type of file format it is saved in, with .raw camera data being the biggest, JPEG being the smallest. You are wrong about compression. If you save in TIFF format Affinity always and only saves in LZW compressed format. This is much more efficient than RAW but the image quality and resolution is exactly the same, as LZW is a non-lossy compression format but the size on disc (in megabytes) is very different. But open both files up and they are identical. JPEG is lossy, so although the image resolution is the same, quality suffers. File size displayed in a program is only a guess. If you decide to save in TIFF format or JPEG with a high compression ratio, the difference in saved file sizes between the two would be huge. So the software actually has no idea. It just guesses, so best to ignore it.
  7. You are actually changing the Opacity of the colour on the Colour panel. That affects the Opacity of paint as you paint with the brush etc. To change the Opacity of a whole layer, you need to User the Opacity control for the layer, as @carl123describes.
  8. B is a toggle (or cycle?). Pressing B once activates the Paintbrush, pressing B again activates the Colour replacement Brush, pressing B again activates the (square) Pixel brush then another B starts from the Paintbrush again, and so on. Although from your picture, you have the colour replacement brush selected, which seem odd??? Try selecting the Paint brush on the Tools panel (in the same group as the Color Replacement Brush) or pressing B until it cycles to the Paint brush. Failing that, try clearing the user data. Press and hold Control down while you launch Photo. There will be three options already ticked on the Clear User Data panel. Just press Clear. P.S. If you have another tool active, pressing B will select whichever brush of the three I mentioned above, depending on which one you used last. Pressing B for the second time starts to cycle through the different brushes.
  9. toltec

    more efficiency

    Anti-fouling gloves. I have one that came with my graphics tablet and it’s very good. They are only a couple of dollars from eBay and are nice and soft. I would have thought an old sock would soon make your hand get very hot and depending on what they are made of, there might be a static build up issue. Don’t really know. Well, if you can remember a password like ‘simon1’ double it. Use simon1simon1 but don’t actually use that or I would know how to break into your account Everything you draw is really a curve, even a straight line. It’s just a term for, er, something you draw. Convert to Curves turns a shape (which has special dynamic editing properties) into a simple curve, then you can break it and edit. Are you using Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo? they are a little different in converting to curves. There are some very good (and short) videos available from Serif. If you are an absolute newbie they would give you a starting point and some basic grounding. BTW I agree with you about the iPad. It is definitely NOT easy to use. Only if you are tapping on a browser link maybe. Everything else is much harder and takes longer without a keyboard and mouse. I much prefer Android. I also find Apple’s insisting you use the “cloud” for transferring files really stupid. A “portable” ? Device that is permanently in need of an internet link or lots of difficult setting up (airdrop etc). I can’t use that on my PC! Whereas my android tablet can be connected by a cable, no matter where or when.
  10. toltec

    Work Panel

    If you go Edit > Preferences > User Interface, near the bottom is an option called, Monochromatic Iconogrophy. Make sure that is not ticked.
  11. I think I saw on a Serif video somewhere that Affinity sales across all platforms have reached 1 million. There have been 20 or so Linux users “crying out” for Affinity on Linux. Still a way to go then Maybe you should start a forum (please don’t take it as an invitation to post on questions). Maybe when it reaches 100,000 or so Serif will reconsider. Although I doubt they have enough staff/time to develop it.
  12. If you join up a curve (to make it closed) you have to look out for the tiny black circle that appears at the base of the Pen Tool nib. That indicates closing a curve. To join with the node tool, drag one end over the other end until it snaps in place. I normally have snapping on, but if the Pen tool goes yellow, that doesn’t join the curve. You need the little circle. It does join with with the Node tool though.
  13. That reminds me of a few decades back when people either bought VHS, Betamax or V2000 (I think that was the name) video players. Probably before your time The problem was, all the Hollywood films were on VHS format, so although VHS was the worst technically, everybody bought VHS machines because the bottom line was, people just wanted to watch films. The other formats just died out because 99.9 recent of people don’t care about the technology running the technology, they just want the technology to work and benefit them when they press the Start button. Linux appeals to the .01 who prefer playing with technology than using it. Generally speaking, they are very poor customers. Surely the smart move is to buy the machine that plays the content, rather than buying the wrong machine and crying out about bad hardware (or software in this case) buying choices because it doesn’t play the content? BTW, I still have a Betamax machine in my loft, if anyone wants one?
  14. Click on the curves adjustment panel Picker tool, then click and drag (a little bit) on the image with the mouse. No need to hold anything down after clicking on ‘Picker’ just click and drag the mouse on the image.
  15. You do have to click and move the mouse very slightly for it to register and place a point on the curve.