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  1. I love the noise reduction in Affinity Photo. Just recently I used 395% on a girl's face and it worked beautifully. Now we all know that in practice you can only have 100%, so the scale must be different in some way. What is 100% based on in Affinity Photo? Is that the measure to which some other programs can only reach to? When I am singing the praises of Affinity Photo to others how do I explain this?
  2. Many thanks for your very helpful explanations. RC-R - I am saving your comments on a file on my PC for reference whenever necessary.
  3. ... or just "Open" instead, Fixx? Why do people "like" to place images, why a seemingly unnecessary step?
  4. I know what a smart object is and why, for instance, "Place" is used in Photoshop Elements. However, as I understand it, Affinity Photo images are all smart objects, therefore I am confused as to why it is necessary to have a "Place" option in the menu? There must be a use for it, so I am keen to understand what it is.
  5. Yes, Walt, it is not the actual history I am talking about, you are right. Logic tells me that most, if not all, users would like a minimum of panels viewable immediately upon starting to edit a new document. I would like Layers, Channels, History, Colours - indeed, any panel that I used with the previously edited document. To go into Studio for the ones missing seems a terrible waste of time to me!
  6. To give a small example - I edit an image and, at a minimum, I have open the Layers panel and the History panel. Next day, I want to edit an image and open it up. The Layers Panel usually shows, but the History Panel is not there. How peculiar that I have to then go View>Studio>History. Seems bizarre, because I would have thought that Affinity Photo would open up with the panels you have previously used as default. Is there something I can do please?
  7. Many thanks for the replies, guys! However, just had another go and worked out where I was going wrong. Sure, on the scale, I did enter 50 - however it is not a percentage scale, it goes up to 255 (of course!). Duh!
  8. Sorry to hijack your post and thread, Juan, however it seems that your question has been answered. I am intrigued by the comment above "select the object in the canvas", how do you use the canvas in this way? Perhaps you mean that the background layer or a merge visible layer is the canvas? Otherwise how do you do this? Cheers, Jim
  9. I want to do some dodging and burning. As a first step I added a pixel layer, then went to Edit>Fill and from the Colour Wheel drop down box chose Greyness. Next I changed the greyness to 50% grey. Finally I changed the Blend Mode for the new pixel layer to Overlay. From there I should have been able to carry on my task (which I have done before and which is shown in Vimeo video tutorials - James Ritson "Affinity Photo - Non Destructive Dodge & Burn".) However the problem was that my main image appeared far too dark - it should show not much differently than before. I suspect something wrong with the selecting of greyness. On James' video 50% shows about the middle of the scale, however on my Affinity 50% showed as much more to the left of the scale. I could move it right, however this is an instance where a precise 50% is crucial. Help please!
  10. Hi Walt Sounds great! Have had a look through the Edit>Preferences and cannot yet see where/how to do this. Can you give me a pointer or two please. If it is "Save thumbnails with documents", then that is already ticked. Jim
  11. Thanks, v_kyr - Unfortunately, XnView MP is not free. Have had a look at ACDSee and it seems that it may only show thumbnails, whilst I want to look at the images at 100% (and often above that). Will keep researching, including having a closer look at AlternativeTo.
  12. When I want to view images quickly I have always used Irfanview, which is great, except that in some situations, where I want to view an Affinity Photo file, outside of Affinity Photo, it cannot recognise it. I was told by someone that Faststone can view Affinity files, but I have just tried and so far it refuses to recognise them. Is there someway that I can get Faststone to do this, or is there another program I could use for the purpose?
  13. Many thanks HVDB, that works great! Also, your video is very helpful. I appreciate all those others who also took the time out to respond!
  14. For whatever reason I am not getting Affinity Photo in Windows to straighten. I look to see what I am doing wrong, but seems it is the program at this time. I have a photo and want to straighten. I choose the crop tool and then in the bar up top choose "Straighten". Sure enough the icon of the levelling device appears. Next, I drag to the right to identify the part I believe is straight. However I do not get the level line shown in the videos. The 'tool' chooses to identify a crop area, which invariably, as I am trying to identify a straight line to it, ends in a very long, very slim crop. Have tried this 20/30 times and always get the same result. I have worked with Photoshop Elements and then Affinity Photo, in total, for about 7 1/2 to 8 years - so am no novice. Help soon please!!