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  1. Thank you for the helpful replies
  2. Sometimes on an image there are some areas in the background that are over bright and out of focus, which distract from the main subject. At the moment I reduce the brightness by using the inpainting brush at a low transparency level, but I am sure there must be a better, none destructive, way. What would you do?
  3. I use the clarity live filter a lot, but with the latest incarnations of Affinity Photo the time taken to Export after using clarity is unacceptably long. With the export save time was insignificant but with 1.7 it stretched up to between 20 and 70 seconds, but with the newly released upgrade it is now at least 60 seconds but sometimes in the mid 70s. I have tried timing with other live filters but all are reasonable – the problem being confined to Clarity. Clarity can be applied destructively through Filters but it is not as good. Please can the Export time problem be sorted.
  4. I took lots of photos at an air display and put the images in separate folders, one for each airplane. I processed each image saving as afphoto and exporting as jpeg. The afphoto files appeared in the folder from which the original image was obtained but the jpegs appeared in the folder of the previous set of images. The destination folder for the jpegs can be corrected each time if remembered. As with the previous version, when a number of images are loaded, the file numbers appear at the top of the screen in random order rather than file number order as loaded. Windows 10 Home ver. 1809, Affinity
  5. mike21

    Very slow Export

    Thank you. I will try that. It seems that this situation is something that needs correcting in the new version 1.7 - it was not a problem in 1.6.5 so should be quite easy for the coders to do.
  6. mike21

    Very slow Export

    Tried with clarity through filter rather than a live filter layer, and export time is 4 - 5 seconds. The effect is the same but unfortunately it is destructive and cannot be reversed.
  7. mike21

    Very slow Export

    I have tried again with another photo. It has had no processing at all, apart from clarity attached to the base layer as a child. It took around 32 seconds to process as an exported jpg. I tried several times with the same result each time. afphoto file attached. IMG_4943 test.afphoto
  8. mike21

    Very slow Export

    I was about to try without the clarity filter but I looked for a reply first, so it seems as if that is the cause. There does seem to be a sort of a bug with live filter layer/clarity in that I apply that last and it appears beside the last adjustment layer, say vibrance, and has no effect until I move it up to its own layer. With the previous version I just dragged the clarity "icon" up but with this version that will not work, so I have to click on the arrow which puts clarity as a child - which still not work - but then I can drag it up to its own layer. I would have thought it should automatically go on a separate layer. It was very quick with the 1.6.5 version, between 0 and 3 seconds. I have 444 images from the air show so the additional time is quite significant. Thank you for your help.
  9. mike21

    Very slow Export

    There seems no rhyme or reason about how long an individual file will take to Export. I have just processed one and this unfortunately was good at about 20 seconds (attached Sea Fury.afphoto ) - an hour ago I had one that took 73 seconds, when I was about to give up. I have been processing many dozens from an air show and it is taking ages.
  10. I "Save As" to produce an afphoto file then "Export" to produce an 85% jpg file. With the previous version this was either instant or just a few seconds, but now it is up to 64 seconds with most exports taking between 20 and 30 seconds, although just a few will take about 5 seconds. These are not complex files - just a few adjustment layers. I cannot revert to the previous version as it will not recognise the latest afphoto format, or at least the beta version would not. Am I doing something wrong?
  11. Looked at preferences again and allow unknowns was unticked - ticked it and the rest worked again - but not Color Efex.
  12. I now only have two plugins available - Analog Rfex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 - and Coloe Efex Pro still crashes the program
  13. If I press ctrl whilst launching color efex pro nothing extra happens, I do not get a clear user data dialog, the hourglass appears and then the only way to get something to happen is left click on the screen, which results in a crash. Allow unknown plugins is checked, but this plugin is marked as working, not unknown. My version is as yours - It is odd that all of the others work, including the "unknowns"
  14. Thank you. I have attached a screenshot as requested. All of the different plugin “programs” shown in the screenshot are listed under filters/ plugins/NIK collection They all work except Color Efex Pro 4, which unfortunately happened to be the only one I previously tried each time. When I click on that one I get an hour glass which displays forevever – it is when I click on the hourglass that the Affinity program crashes as not responding and I have to close it. Should Color Efex work?
  15. I have installed the free version of the NIK collection of presets in the latest non-beta windows version of Affinity, and it appears OK under Edit/Preferences/Photoshop Plugins. There are presets in the tone mapping persona but not the NIK collection; in the photo persona I tried Filters/Plugins/NIK Collection/Color Efex Pro 4 and each time I tried Affinity crashed (not responding) – how do I use them?

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