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  1. I would also like to be able to define preset crops with absolute sizes e.g. 3840x2160. Please add, or bring back, this feature.
  2. Any progress on this issue? It is considering less serious now but it is still a bit annoying that I have to change the laptop's display setting especially since it affects all applications.
  3. Thanks, that's the effect that I want but I might need a few more hints. I am quite new to Affinity and even back the PhotoShop CS3 that I used to use, I have not tried this before. I have recently managed to apply levels and curves selectively: select the area, create an adjustment layer, and edit the selection (typically but it a bit) but I cannot seem to apply that the procedure to this case.
  4. I have an image of a model against a featureless wall. Well, there is no deliberate or desirable featuring to the wall but there are imperfections and shadowing that I don't like. I would like to apply some blur to the wall but not the model. I have tried a few ways but I cannot seem to get it right. I have creates a duplicate of the background and selected the wall successfully but now I need a mask from the selection so I can hide the model and allow the original unblurred image to show through. I cannot seem to get it quite right. Any suggestions?
  5. I have done some more editing and, so far, it is behaving itself. However, the size setting for the laptop monitor is still 100% rather than the default of 125%. I am getting used to it but it is not ideal as it affects all applications and not just Affinity.
  6. I skipped over Windows 8. My work laptop is Windows 7 and the old desktop is XP. However, "Make text ..." sounds vaguely familiar. Yes, if it stays working then I will be happier but there is still an issue. The settings change has had a visible effect. This text that I am typing right now is smaller as a result. It would be nice if Affinity could cope with this setting or at least alert the user to the issue. It was very confusing and frustrating when the dialogs simply did not appear without explanation. It did not even seem as if they had appeared off the monitor.
  7. Thanks. I have just attached DisplaySettings3. The resolution is 1920x1080 again as expected but the "Change the size of text etc" option was 125% on the laptop and 100% on the external monitor. This was not a deliberate choice; as you see in both cases it says "Recommended". I guess that there is some algorithm based on the physical size of the monitors. The external monitor is physically larger which is why I like to edit on it. I switched the size option to 100% and repeated the tests above. The image size issue is still there but to a lesser extent. While Affinity was o
  8. Here are some screen shots. Two shots of display settings. The following shots were made using the Windows key and Print Screen. This seems to create an image showing both monitors. 1. I open Affinity. It comes up on the external monitor due to where it was last. I move it to the laptop's own screen as I have learned that that seems to help. I open an image. Image Affinity 1. 2. I double click the icon next to the (Levels Adjustment) layer in the list of layers. As expected the Levels dialog opens. Image Affinity 2. 3. I close the Levels dialog and move Af
  9. Thanks. I'll have a go at that. I cannot do it now as I am working but I will try to do it in the evening. When working: I open an image, press Ctrl+L and a new layer appears in the layer list and a dialog to set the levels appears. When not working: I do the same, the new layer appears in the layer list but no dialog appears. Similarly, if I double click the icon to the left of the layer name in the layer list then when it is working a dialog for the levels appears but when it is not working, nothing appears. Monitor set-up: laptop 1920x1080,
  10. On further playing. It might not be necessary to disconnect the monitor; just restart it on the laptop's monitor and open the dialog there. Still a considerable nuisance but a bit better than having to disconnect the monitor. I was worried that I would wear out the HDMI socket. However, I need to perform this procedure about once per image.
  11. For about a week now, I have been suffering from a recurrent and annoying problems. Every now and then, many dialogs stop working. For example, I press Ctrl+L for a levels layer. The layer appears in the layers list but no dialog to set the levels appears. If I double click the icon next to the layer name in the layers list, the usual dialog does not open. This applies to many others e.g. white balance adjustment. Most recently, I noticed the problem with Gaussian blur. I installed an update this morning, Help / About now says, but the problem has reoccured since. I a
  12. Thanks. I have just noticed a new version of Affinity. I was a little nervous about installing it after the pain that I describe above but I am pleased to say that it went smoothly. Help / About now says that I am running A very quick test shows that the Levels dialogs are working but that is without the external monitor. A more thorough test will need to wait for this evening. I have just seen the bugs forum. If I experience the problem again, I will start a new thread there.
  13. Thanks. Sorry, I am new and still finding my way around. What's the best way to report an issue? The laptop's built in monitor is 1920x1080 and I have an external monitor which is also 1920x1080. One of the other users suggested starting Affinity with the Ctrl key held down which gives a clear dialog. This worked the first time that I tried it but not again. After the last two failures, I restarted without the external monitor which helped. Fortunately, it seems that I can reconnect it once Affinity is started.
  14. Any ideas om the missing dialogs? Apart from this comment of yours, I have heard nothing from the company, only other users.
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