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  1. That's certainly interesting. I'd never known that PS did scanning....but even so, I think I'd still rather depend on a dedicated tool for scanning. I'm presuming scanning film negatives, and there are great tools like Silverfast that are great for scanning film negatives and color positive films (I use it)....tools like these allow you to get in there and "tune" your file before scanning so as to get the best you can from your film media...and do preliminary dust and scratch fixes, etc. If you're just looking at document scanning, well, even then, I'd think the dedicated tool would be best. Not that I have ANYTHING against added functionality of any tool...but in this case, I think its usually one of those cases where "jack of all trades" philosophy doesn't fit as well here as in other cases. Anyway, just my $0.02, cayenne
  2. Thank you Mark and Stokerg!! The reason I posted this, is that my thread: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/122811-aps-equivalent-to-ps-smart-objectswith-raw-image-changes-after-edits-in-pixel-persona/ I"m getting. a lot of response, but so far, not enough to let me understand how working within AP that doesn't have the equivalent to smart objects....works. I had a couple questions, the main one was concerning bouncing back and forth between the pixel and develop persona. And at the end of the thread I added on how AP reacts to while in the Pixel persona....if you are needing to transform a image layer....do you lose resolution if in scale it up and down and back up again, etc. In PS, the smart object container addresses this problem. And as I understand it with AP no smart object is required, and so I was wondering how AP dealt with these two workflow scenarios. Thank you VERY much in advance if you guys might could take a look there at my questions and the responses so far. cayenne
  3. Wow...definitely some advance terms and workflows I'll need to research and try to understand. But more in simple terms. If I bring in a RAW image to AP. I may do a tweak or two in Develop persona. I come into pixel persona.... I do some work there, and decide, you know...I need to bring the midtowns up more.... In PS, I could double click the image layer and it throws me back into RAW and I can do that, I close RAW and come back and the images is updated in my layer and you see the change propagate. Of course this is with limitations, etc...but in general I think you can see my question...of can I do that in AP similarly. At this point, it appears the answer is NO. ON a slight tangent from that....in PS with a smart object, if you while working with it with transform make it better or smaller and back and forth, you don't lose image quality. With Affinity Photo...is this also a capability....or do I lose resolution if while in the pixel layer when I'm transforming larger/smaller...while trying to decide and work with which is the best size etc. I"m generally wanting to know how Affinity Photo deals with these issues in general as that PS has you put things into a "smart object", and what I read about Affinity Photo is that it takes care of this behind the scenes and I'm trying to gauge the abilities and shortcomings so that I know best how to work within AP. I thank everyone for their contributions!! This is how I learn...and hoping this thread could be beneficial to others looking for similar answers. C
  4. Thank you for your reply. But it isn't quite so much the bit depth...which I do like, and at anything but HDR, 16-bit is the usually high standard, I'm looking to keep the work flow as close to RAW as possible even with some pixel manipulations ( like compositing, filters, etc)....I'm looking for answers if AP can come as close as PS can with smart objects...in that after some/many pixel manipulations...that if you need to actually do RAW level edits to the file in there..that AP can handle those and update the pixel manipulations to accept those and update as required. I'm dropping Adobe PS and wanting to try to figure out if I can do some rather important things in AP that I can do in PS. I realize there are limitations on how far this can go, but I"m wanting to know if I can get and how I can get the same level in AP as I can get in PS. Thanks!! cayenne
  5. Ok..thanks for the reply. I was hoping since Affinity doesn't seem to have on official support links/process....that they'd be chiming in MORE on most all posts in the forum, since that is where the site points to. Don't get me wrong, I TRULY appreciate help and suggestions from other users....but there are times that really require someone with inside knowledge of the product on how it actually works programmatically for some answers, and I don't see those very often on the forum. But thank you again for your reply. If nothing else, I'd have expected an Affinity employee to answer something exactly like this question. C
  6. While I VERY much appreciate the great replies and answers from other users...I'm curious if actual Affinity employees...developers or staff that have in depth first hand knowledge of the product ever get on here and answer questions...expecially the tough ones that are concern how Affinity (Photo in my case) products function? I've searched their website and their support seems to ONLY point to the forums....so I don't see any way on the site to send in support questions directly to them....or open a case, etc. Anyone? Thank you, cayenne
  7. Well, these images are from a Fuji GFX100....and I have it set to the highest image level...so, it is pretty high being a medium format 100mp image ( on a similar workflow to this question, original images is about 208mb, the focus stacked set of images using Helicon Focus RAW-to-DNG workflow, results in about 297-332mb images each.) Again, THANK you very much for your input!! If anyone else out there knows, more please chime in. cayenne
  8. So, you're saying if I go back to the develop persona....I'll no longer have the wide gamut and leeway to make edits to the same extent I had with the RAW image that comes in? Thank you for the reply!! C
  9. HI all, I've been trying to research Affinity PHoto's equivalent behavior to smart objects in PS. Let's say I have a couple of RAW images, in this case, DNG specifically. I bring them in and in the RAW personana I do a couple of adjustments and bring them into the pixel persona. I'm thinking similar how I"d bring them into PS as smart object which I can double click to go back and edit still in Adobe RAW....even after I've applied smart filters to them, etc. So, I'm bringing these into AP in a similar way, and I'm doing a little composite work and I notice on one of the images, that I need to bring up the shadows....if I go back into the RAW persona and make an adjustment, will it be reflected back in the pixel persona? I'm wanting to try to keep as MUCH in the RAW workflow as possible, I know there are limitations at some point with some adjustments...but can you do something similar to what I'm describing in AP? If the example I described with 2x images and the unknowns with what I'd be compositing is making the question too complicated for simple answers, let's just change it to one image coming in RAW...and doing a bit of work on it and then adjusting again the RAW part and having it reflected in the pixel persona.... Am I being clear in what I"m attempting to do? Thank you in advance, cayenne
  10. Hello all, I've generally been working within the RGB 16 bit color format and the ProPhoto RGB color profile. I"m needing export to high quality jpeg, but the printer wants something like Adobe RGB. When I am in the export dialog and select jpg, I don't see the option there to change the color profile....what am I missing? Thank you in advance, cayenne
  11. I meant the latter.... I can't post those images, but, I will try a different test focus stack, shot in the same setting and see if I can reproduce it, and if so, I'll post that. Thank you, C
  12. Hi all, Yesterday I tried my first shot at doing a focus merge. The image had a couple of central images that were on top of plexiglass shot from above. The Plexiglas was on top of black cloth but the background didn't come out perfectly black, there were some light reflections on part of it. I had about 5 images. I brought them in for focus merge and the objects appeared to be pretty well merged, BUT....when I started to do a bit of clean up, trying to clone stamp or in paint brush...I noticed that what it copied over was much darker than the area I was on.... I checked for current and below layers, etc. Then I found that the upper part of the image, where it was lighter than the bottom was actually partially transparent!??! I put a full black layer underneath and sure enough it darkened up the transparent parts of the focus merged later. I could then inpaint and clone to my hearts delight. I next found that my image was NOT the same size as the images I brought in...it seemed the workspace as well as the image itself was cropped significantly from the size of the source images brought it. Is this normal for these to occur? Do I have something set wrong? I've done this in PS, etc...and the workspace is the same as the source images...sure when it has to align there may be parts of the image that are here and there and I usually have to manually crop a bit, do to changing the focus etc.....but I've never seen an application do this. And the crop was almost from 3:2 to 1:1 when the app did it...I went from rectangular to square almost. And I still can figure out why the resultant focus merge had semi-transparent parts? Thanks in advance, Cayenne
  13. I found some videos and figured it out. I created a square document...white background. I then used my pen on my Wacom tablet to sign my name so that it fit in the square. I then saved the document out to a PNG file. I then went to the brush panel and first created a new category and renamed it Signatures. I then Selected New Intensity Brush (for B&W ones)....and selected the PNG image I'd made. I then went into the properties and made it larger (I need to play with this more)...no dynamics, etc. Anyway, it seems to mostly work, I had to use it to "sign' some PDF documents to send back out to someone, so I just signed the line with it and added a text field for date.... AP handles opening PDFs a lot different than PS does...had to figure how to add a new layer to each page and do the sig and date layers in there...and played with how to export one or all pages back out..I'm still in the dark exactly how that works but finally got it to work. I've created a full sig this way, but will likely do an Initial brush too for things that just need initialing. Anyway...doable, not as straight forward as PS, but hey, always fun to learn and figure out new things!! I also found the most of the time, it 'signs' nice and dark.....but on one set of PDF forms...it looked faded even though I made sure it was black color and full flow, hardness...etc. Anyway, I"ll keep playing with it, but just FYI how the basics work if anyone interested. cayenne
  14. Hi all, Is there a way to create a brush with your signature? I used to have this a long time ago on PS, where I could use it when I opened a PDF file and just "stamp" it with my brush for my signature... Saves a lot of time printing documents, signing them and scanning them to send out.....easier to just open the PDF and "sign" it digitally... Thoughts? Is there a good tutorial for AP doing brushes like this? Thank you in advance, cayenne
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