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  1. Thanks @Chris B. I thought it was odd too, I don't even know what made me think to try it. I'm just glad it worked in my case. And it worked twice.
  2. How does one create a video of what you're doing in Affinity?
  3. Hi Chris, thanks for your reply. Nope, quitting the app and loading it again I still had the same issue. However I found that if I duplicate the file, the duplicate is fine and has all the layers and masks. So that was a HUGE relief. I'm glad I had that intuition to try it in order to see what happened! I almost deleted the corrupt file, but thought I would just try duplicating it first. I'm glad I did. I hope anyone else who has the problem manages to find out that they can recover from it this way, or like you say quitting and relaunching the app. This has also happened to me a second time, just today. Again I duplicated the file and was able to open that and all the layers and work I had done were there. So this time I know for certain that I did not accidentally click on anything in the contextual menu. The menu didn't appear this time. Again it happened when I was trying to double-tap with two fingers to zoom out (or in, I can't remember). That's great that the circle getting stuck bug fix is on it's way. A small thing but it's really annoying, and a bit confusing for someone relatively new to the app like me. And of course, if it happens to be over an area that you are trying to work on it's more than just annoying. Thanks for your reply, and please let people know that if they experience the corrupt file and quitting and relaunching doesn't help, try duplicating the file and opening the duplicate.
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    Free copy of DxO Optics

    Thanks for posting this @dmstraker and @smadell! I'm downloading it now
  5. I'd love to see the average blur feature added to the iPad version of Affinity. This is a technique I really like and would like to be able to do, it uses the Average Blur. But it can be useful standalone (i.e. even when you don't want to create the painted look) for the same reason the photographer in the video used it.
  6. I am under deadline to get a dozen images finished. I worked for hours on this image, until the wee hours of the morning. I just finished with a mask, I had several layers of background textures with different blend modes and opacity that I was finally happy with. I was minutes away from finishing, I may only have added a subtle vignette and something happened that closed my document and brought me back to the project group I had been working in. The image I had been working on was now showing in the thumbnails as the original image, without the background and mask (i.e. without all the hours of work I had done). When I clicked on it to load it up and continue working now I get this "failed to load" error (see screenshot of the thumbnails within my project, the corrupted image is the one of the top row right-most image, it should have a textured background behind it, that is gone and the image is corrupted). The odd thing is that the thumbnail for this image is now appearing both inside and outside the project (it was only inside the project before). In both cases I get the same error message. I don't think I have to explain to anyone how incredibly frustrating and stressful that is! I'm not sure exactly what happened. I had just finished the mask I had been working on. I was zoomed in to work on the mask, very fine detail to include bits of hair sticking out. I tapped twice with two fingers to zoom out. I saw the contextual menu flash onscreen and then disappear. The only thing I can think is that it flashed onscreen and on my second tap my fingers must have landed on the delete button. If that is what happened, the fact that hours of work, your entire image, can be deleted in a nanosecond, in the brief lagtime it took Affinity to respond is frightening. I have never done a delete through the contextual menu that pops up over the image, so I don't know how it normally responds. If I was working on a mask, that was the active layer, and if I were to click that delete button, would it delete the entire affinity document and close down that document I was working on? It looks like Affinity Photo corrupted this document, and lost all my work. I have just tried selecting a mask in another similar image that I duplicated, tapping to get the contextual menu, and intentionally pressed the delete button. It just simply deletes the mask layer, leaving everything else untouched and fine. So... it looks like Affinity Photo just corrupted my image and completely lost it. Bad, bad user experience! This happened literally in the blink of an eye. It's scary that Affinity can lose hours of work in a split second. Is there any way this image can be recovered? I am not using iCloud on my iPad, for a number of reasons it does not work for me, so there is no backup there. There is no way I remember all the texture layers I used (I experimented with adding and deleting some), not to mention the blend modes and opacity on each. This is such a bad experience it makes me question whether the app is production quality. I really don't want to have to complicate my workflow and make things confusing with having to close the image and create a duplicate all throughout the process so at least I can recover part of the work I did if this happens again. A second, far less dangerous bug I have been noticing is that when I use the clone tool where I have to select the source, it pops up the circle that acts like a loupe, zooming into the area you have just selected. As you can see from the other screenshot I attached, this circle/loupe stays even when I move to a different tool. I think I even went into different personas trying to get rid of it. Closed and opened the image. I had to quit the app and relaunch it to finally get rid of that. This has happened to me previously too.
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    Average Blur?

    I have exactly this same question. As Picketwire suggests, does Median Blur do the trick? Or is there anything else that does this?
  8. I have seen that Affinity Photo iPad can install and use Photoshop brushes, although I haven't yet tried it. How about Photoshop actions? I'm looking at a product created for Photoshop that has watercolor textures and brushes, and an action that makes the effect of darker edges like you find in real watercolors. I'm wondering if this will work in Affinity Photo. Thank you so much for making a fully functional iPad version of this! I bought an iPad Pro ONLY because of Affinity Photo!
  9. Thanks Chris. It's uploading now. It should be there soon.
  10. Hi Chris, thanks for your reply. Sorry it's take me a few days to get back to you. I had a couple crazy days then discovered that I cannot AirDrop from my iPad to my MacBook since upgrading to iOS 11. I finally managed to get the image off my iPad with a USB device. I'm attaching the image that I brought into the Affinity document which is the one I am having problems with when I try to refine the selection (I have tried to upload the photo 3 times, it failed all times. It's just under 13M, so within the max limit. What do you suggest as alternatives to get it to you? Can you send me an email address by PM?). I have a few layers in the Affinity document, and I'm trying to cut away the background around the dog. The layers are: this image which was the one I originally created the new document with, locked so I have a backup to go to if anything goes wrong. The image again, duplicated for working on, this is what I'm trying to perform the refine selection on. A layer with a texture and mask that I did by hand. A layer with the same texture again (no mask on this layer).
  11. I am trying to make a selection of a dog. When trying to refine the selection of fur, which it's not doing very well at, and to add to that, at some point it crashes, every time. I have just had to restart the app at least 4 times. When it crashes it goes into "refining selection" screen with the wheel spinning but it never stops. The first I gave it several minutes to see if it would finish. It did not. This is not a super complicated situation. It's getting very frustrating as I'm trying to get a project finished and every time I have to quit I lose the work I have already done. Using the the latest version of Affinity Photo on a new iPad Pro 10.5. Update: I have just left Affinity running to see what would happen. It was running over 30 minutes and still showed "refining selection" screen.
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    Exporting to photos

    That's good to know! I too was having the same problem. I didn't even see the Share button over in the corner there. It's not very intuitive at all, to have to click Share to save to the camera roll, then Cancel out of the Export dialog. But maybe that is the workaround for the constraints that Apple has. If it's possible though it would be better to put the Save to Camera Roll in as an option along with iCloud.
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