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  1. Yes, RC-R Point taken. Nevertheless, when you press tab and they disappear, then when you press tab again they should reappear. On that occasion they didn't. Just tested tabbing again and this time worked fine.
  2. So, you are saying that the IR Baboon, under your name is correct and that you are located at Castle Grayskull is correct - that seems eminently suitable . I will try elsewhere!
  3. Hi Callum - show a screenshot of my tools not showing at the left? That is going to demonstrate, what?
  4. Very shortly after I posted this I went back to 'View' - noticed that 'Show tools' not ticked. I had certainly NOT unticked. So I clicked to turn on again. The tools reappeared, but despite the fact that an image and layers were showing, they are all greyed out. So, I am not better off. Help please!!
  5. Was working on an image. Hit 'tab' so gain more workspace. However, later decided I needed to see everything. I pressed on tab again, got back the panels - but not the tools (to the left). I went to Studio and clicked on "Show Toolbar". Nothing happened. Am stuck?? Have closed down Affinity Photo and re-opened, but keeps happening. Wish that I had never hit tab!
  6. Hi RC-R, well if I have open File > New it shows by default as white 'photo'. Then I say, go File > Place and place a lizard onto it, then it does become a layer, which shows in the Layers Panel as a lizard on a transparent background. Let us just say that I have finished, then export as a Jpeg, then it does have a white background, (unless I export as a png) -- which I suppose answers my question. Appears that I have become too hung up about my expectations from Microsoft Word, where the white page is just that - so if I type, say, the word Affinity then the document in whatever way used, remains the word on a white page. I suppose having New as a transparent background is just something I will have to get used to. RNKLN has shown, above, a keyword sequence which I will have to follow in those cases where I need it. Thanks, anyway! - I will trouble the forum no more with this query.
  7. So there is no way to have a 'New' blank document like you would have say, in Microsoft Word? Affinity Photo's 'New' is a different animal altogether! What is the best way to achieve what I want to do then, Walt?
  8. No, that is correct, I do not have any document open, Walt. What I want is to easily achieve is a white pixel layer as my starting point (nothing I have said contradicts that).
  9. Yes, RNKLN, that does work thanks. It is rather more convoluted that I would hope for!
  10. No, dutchshader, I pointed out the problem in my initial query, it does not become a layer. Certainly not, in the procedure that I follow, unless I am missing something?
  11. Thanks Walt and Dutchshader, for responding. However, I think we are at cross purposes. When I am working on a project and have layers on screen, then I do know to click on 'Add Pixel Layer. What I am trying to convey is a situation where there is nothing on screen at all. In that circumstance, the options you suggest are greyed out and not available.
  12. When I take steps to get a new document to start on, it does not show as a layer. It cannot, at that point be rasterized. I find myself wasting time going through a protracted procedure. Am I missing something perhaps, is there some simple way to do this?
  13. I say, dearth, because if you google, there is not much mid-range. I have gone to some of the very good, tried and true, video tutorials, but am disappointed. James Ritson's "old" tutorial seems to do everything on one layer (it is not clear, because the layers are not shown). Affinity Revolution is somewhat similar. I have older material, but when I do as instructed and add a 50% grey layer, with a Blend Mode of "Overlay", then choose, say, mid-tones, opacity 100%, flow 14% and Hardness 19%, can see no results. There are quite a few more advanced tutorials, about using gradients and curves, but since I have trouble at the moment with basics, this becomes somewhat academic. Any suggested tutorials?
  14. Thanks Walt, it seems that I have been trying to overthink the process. At least, in the meantime, our little group of seniors can now confidently use that method. Nevertheless, in due course I will try to work out how sometimes I managed to set the font size, etc, to speed things up - it did work just great.
  15. I am loving using Paul Mudditt's Mud's Macros V3, however, sometimes I get there ........... and sometimes not. Despite a few hours, I have not worked out what I may be doing wrong (some of the time). It seems to all come back to the beginning of the sequence. I create a New Document, then create a shape (usually a crescent). I place the Text tool slightly to the right of centre of the Curve - which is crucial as I understand --- (a) to identify the start point (b) to identify the size of the font. Then I invoke the macro. At this point the flashing cursor often disappears for whatever reason. It may be because the layer is not rasterized, or because of there is no (coloured) background. However, I have tried fixing both, but still get the problem most times. A couple of times, I have realised that the text and background colour are the same, so obviously the lettering does not show, however, even when I have the text as black, still the problem persists! This is doing my head in, so if you can suggest what to do??
  16. Many thanks, Walt! I had not read all of the posts in that thread, so had not seen the link, first time around. Got it now. Just got to learn how to use it!
  17. Greetings Walt We are a small group of 9/10 Seniors, here in Auckland, New Zealand, who regularly meet once a week, to jointly learn Affinity Photo. Four of us now take turns in tutoring. One of our little group, who is 88 yrs, likes to make his own Christmas cards. In doing so, he puts in a curved text. Nowadays, he only feels comfortable in doing this in Photoshop Elements, which we moved on from a few yearsback. I would like him to learn how to do the same in Affinity Photo (plus learn for myself and others). I have checked as thoroughly as I can, but unfortunately cannot locate the very lastest macro from Paul. I have Version 2. Please, how can we get hold of Version 3? Probably simple to do, but I have not worked this out. Tried to send you a private message, but got response that messages could not be sent to you. Many thanks in anticipation Jim
  18. You are exactly right, Walt, thanks. I should have checked the forum, before I spent quite a lot of time this afternoon figuring it out. Funnily enough, when I tried today, I kept getting it all correct and it took me ages to duplicate the problem. Mind you, sometimes you learn a lot more from errors than from always getting things right, I find.
  19. A group of us, here in New Zealand, were using the “Affinity Revolution” video tutorial yesterday (on Windows). Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK4HVcWLcS8&t=85s However, things did not work out, which seems not to be a fault in the process. However the makers were using an earlier version of Affinity Photo (and on an Apple Mac). All of us had the same problem, when we had selected both the Average Selection and the Target Skin Tone, we then chose the Picker and started to move the values of the right hand of the Info Panel. However, seemingly because we are using V 1.7.2 it seems to be a flaw (bug) that the values on both sides of the Info Panel move. This did not happen with just one of our members, but seemingly all of them. Later in the day, I further checked this and it happens on our home PC too.
  20. That's great news, Walt! Just after I posted, I had the thought that I should experiment and find out if that was the case. I am presuming that it carries over even to the next time you reboot your desktop.
  21. I, more and more, frequently am using PNG files with transparent backgrounds. If I want a transparent background then I tick accordingly. However, is it possible to change this to be my default?
  22. I have just been working at the very initial stages with a pixel layer and duplicate. I have found often both at home and at our tutoring sessions (where we can have up to eight desktops and two laptops working) that Affinity Photo frequently shows the layers, in the Layers Panel, completely black or completely transparent, when they patently are not! Sometimes this comes right later ................... and sometimes not. Attached is an example from today. My suggestion is to have a refresh option for the layers panel to prompt Affinity to do the job again and fix.
  23. I have an image (ie not pixel and not therefore rasterized). I selected a part of the image and did a Cntrl + j. Affinity Photo did not duplicate the part selected, but instead duplicated the whole image. The assistant did not step in and rasterize. Seems clear that you have to rasterize before you can do what I attempted. Am I correct please?
  24. I have a selection made with the Selection Brush Tool. Went to add a bit to the selection using the Freehand Selection Tool and it refuses to do anything. Tried multiple times in different ways, even tried subtracting (whereas I really want to add). The Tool refuses to do anything! I have the background layer in blue in the Layers Panel. Things I have tried 1. In Customise Tools, I have done a re-set. 2. I have closed down Affinity Photo and restarted. 3. Shut down the desktop and left for a while then rebooted Windows. 4. Have deleted all adjustment and other layers, so only left with the Background Layer. 5. I have saved the (incomplete) selection as a Spare Channel and done "Load to Pixel Selection". That works but the Freehand Tool is still on strike. It is hard to see what else I could try.
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