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  1. Smadell, Thank you kindly for sharing your macro Graphic Novel. It is really cool. Again you've outdone yourself, and I appreciate your efforts. What I also found impressive was your use and order of sliders. It was almost like using an "app" in AP from an SDK tool. If only Serif would provide one...hear us, Developers?
  2. Bug in Affinity Photo 1.7.1 Mac Problem In the Develop Module under the Toolbar Before/After with the 3 icons: When the far right icon (Swap) is pressed, the Before and After images are swapped, which is correct. However, notice that the written designations for After/Before on the bottom of each image do not change, but remain as After/Before (rather than Before/After, which is the swapped image). Request That the Swapped icon, when pressed, reflect the correct Before and After image, as well as the written designations on the bottom. WeiPhotoArts
  3. February 18, 2019

    Hi dmstraker,

    Thank you for your 5-stage Curve Select macros concerning Luminosity Masks, including a detailed documentation sheet. I’ve finally been able to look at these macros, and I find all 3 sets to work well on Mac OS. Thank you kindly.

    While the macros work, I haven’t been able to figure out how to change your macros dynamically. Here’s what I’m trying to figure out. Once I press a macro button, the selection (marching ants) comes up, as advertised. Is it possible to tweak the Blend Range upon which the macro was based, so that I could have a wider (or narrower) range for the luminosity mask? I may want more/less darks. I know I can do this if I manually created a Blend Range, and then change it in “real time” to obtain the effect I want. But how would you go about doing this, once the macro is run? I tried going to the cog wheel (that turns on the Blend Range, but no dice, only the default beginning Blend Range.

    Any hints? Or maybe it can’t be done, which is a finding in itself.

     

    Again, thanks for your work in Affinity Photo, and your generosity in sharing it through the Forums and your Youtube channel InAffinity.

     

    Wei Chong

    1. dmstraker

      dmstraker

      Hi Wei, you go to the Macro panel and step through the macro. A way to do this is to turn off all steps, then turn on one step at a time, press 'play' and then turn it off and turn the next one on.

      Alternatively, adjust directly the layers creates.

      Otherwise the macro was not really set up for modifying.

      Best

      Dave

    2. WeiPhotoArts

      WeiPhotoArts

      Hi Dave,

      Worked like a charm, once I found the "play" button (I'm a newbie at macros.). I found your Blend Range curves once I pressed the cog wheel on the Layers tab, not the macro tab. I now can tweak your curves to real-time affect the selection. Thanks, again.   

      Wei

  4. To RCR, I neglected to thank you for your clear, to-the-point explanation (that worked) to make my AP Beta 1.7 work. Thank you. Wei Chong
  5. I've been using Affinity Photo 1.6.7. I now am trying to use AP Beta 1.7 (Mac). However, it requires a product key. I don't know how to retrieve/find my product key. I tried to go to the Affinity Site, but it doesn't even have my purchase of Affinity Photo (probably because I bought it from the Apple App Store). Both apps are in the same directory, and they used to work when in my main MacBook Pro Apps directory. But I moved them, so the Beta requires a Product Key. How can I get my Product Key? (I certainly can't purchase the Beta from the App store...) Wei Chong
  6. I agree with RCR's suggestion. And being able to order the presets would be a boon; why should we be stuck with the original order we put things?
  7. I wholeheartedly agree. I use Gradient Maps, and the default is this garish red-green-blue, which I (nor anyone else) never use. I support the option that users should be able to set their own defaults for adjustments--and they would be able to RESET them in preferences, if they deleted or replaced a former default. Also, users should also be able to change the positions of the presets, so if I want my B&W gradient map to be first in line (MY default), I should be able to, rather than have the order in which I added the preset. The order is a pain to use. BTW, I use the Apple version of Affinity Photo.
  8. Thank you for these 2 tutorials, dhayton. I've added the gradient maps (including the touch of opacity reduction) to my collection. It is very useful to have such a collection, as one can easily add the color to see the effect on the B&W image.
  9. Worked like a charm. Thanks! Didn't realize there were well over 300 gradients to choose from. I appreciate how much work you did to create these. Thanks again for sharing.
  10. I downloaded the zip file, and unzipped it, with the result of a file uiGradients.com.afpalette. I tried to drop it into Affinity Photo, but AP said it wasn't an AP file. I tried to open it, with the same result. Could you walk us through how to read it into Affinity Photo and use it? Thanks in advance.
  11. DHayton: two great videos on how to create Gradient Maps for certain monochrome looks. Thanks.
  12. My bad. Thanks PaulEC. Re-did my workflow and opened them in Library. Worked like a charm. Wei
  13. Just learning to use Gradient Maps for Toning. So I found these Toning Maps today and downloaded them. After I unzipped them, I went to Affinity Photo 1.6.7 and tried to download them from the MACRO tab, just like I had in other macros. However, both of the macros in the zip file were blurred out, so I couldn't download them. Any suggestions? I have an older (mid-2009) Mac Book Pro running macOS 10.11.6 (El Cap). What may I be doing wrong? Everyone else seems to have no problem. Wei Here's what I unzipped: Photographic Toning Gradients - reduced.afmacros Photographic Toning Gradients.afmacros
  14. Hi dmstraker, I’ve been intrigued with luminosity masks as applied with Blend Ranges in Affinity Photo. I’ve had some discussions with smadell before locating your work recently on these Forums. Thank you for sharing your findings and macros. The curves you provide, including the multiple additions of the 5-curves, were a good addition. Your 5-Stage Curve Previews macros have been most helpful to me. I noticed that the previews are like the Toggle Quick Mask in the Toolbar, using White as Mask. But as I went from Blacks to Shadows to Mid-tones to Highlights and finally Whites, I found by the time I got to Whites I could not see any of the selected pixels. My screen was completely white. There are pixels selected, but what I needed was the Quick Mask Black as Mask. To better illustrate this, I’ve included a screen grab first from Highlights, then Whites. Finally I show the screen grab from Whites as viewed from Black as Mask. Here are screen grabs from Highlight and Whites from a your macros, followed by pictures from Whites, in Black as Mask mode (which I obtained from the Hack below): [Highlights-Preview-dmstraker.jpg] Screen Grab Highlights Preview [Whites-Preview-dmstraker.jpg] Screen Grab Whites Preview (yes, it’s all white) [untitled-.jpg] Screen Grab Whites (Black as Mask) from Toggle Quickmask My Hack, or workaround, was to go to /Select/Selection from Layer/ [Shift-Cmnd-O] and then select the Toggle Quick Mask from the Toolbar, and finally pick Black as Mask from the drop down. In general I’ve found that when viewing the lighter luminosity masks, Black as Mask works better, and with the darker luminosity masks, White as Mask works better. I’ve played with the macros to create the “semi-macro” Hack: Set Blend Ranges Selection from Layer ...and only then, after the macro finishes, manually picking Toggle Quick Mask...manually having to select the correct mask (Black as Mask, White as Mask, or any other that best shows the pixels selected by the luminosity mask). Might you have a better way to do this? Or to program the macros so that the “lighter” macros have Dark as Mask, while the “darker” macros have Light as mask? Wei Chong / WeiPhotoArts
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