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  1. Thank you very much! Not all persons like video lessons, but prefer written help instructions like those embedded into Affinity Photo help. Your instructions are very welcome therefore. Contune the manuals as possible, please. Many thanks, again!
  2. You produced very good video tutorials, especially in surveying special details. I found many interesting for my photo development. Thank you!
  3. To James Ritson, A HQ photo enlargement tutorial is required. So, this request targets both the desktop and iPad versions of Affinity Photo. You as a professional photographer, know this problem. In brief: 1. The final result is a high-quality print on an acid-free paper with carbon powder. Such prints live for 500 years or more without loss of quality as printed engravings by Albrecht Dürer. Whereas the practical lifetime even with high-quality chemical toners produced by Canon or Epson is no more than 7-10 years due to oxidation in air. 2. The size has meaning. When printing, say, a 75x100 cm artwork with the standard 400 dpi resolution (the digital carbon printing uses only 400 and 720 dpi resolution), we need to have a 130-150 Mpx image. 3. If merely using the enlargement algorithms accessed in Affinity Photo, Photoshop or any other image editor, we could NEVER get the necessary quality at such magnifications. This is the well-known practical fact known to professional photographers. Therefore, 3rd party enlargement software is used among which No.1 is Benvista PhotoZoom, while all others (Topaz Gigapixel AI and others) are at the 4th and lower places in the sense of the quality of enlarged images. PhotoZoom costs 160 GBPounds, but we purchase it because no other choice. And... there is no iOS version of PhotoZoom; the Benvista developers reject to create an iOS PhotoZoon arguing that this version will give a very little income. 4. If fact, we all understand that there is nothing contained in "S-Spline Max algorithm" used in PhotoZoom that would not be presented in Affinity Photo. Supposedly, "S-Spline Max algorithm" is merely a tricky combintation of the usual algorithms of enlargenent, sharpness and other that are presented with Affinity Photo. This is the same situation that with any other tricks and algorithms used in photo editors: we can repeat all these using Affinity Photo if we know how. A sample are many perfect video tutorials by James Ritson using which we can repeat almost all that is accessed with photo editors but using only Affinity Photo. 5. How about a video tutorial telling about high quality photo enlargement? I mean not banally using the algorithms accessed in Affinity Photo, simply using of which does not give necessary high quality. I mean something like “translating” the one-step complex algorithm of photo enlarghement used in PhotoZoom into the simple terms of a multi-step sequential process that can be done using the Affinity Photo tools. In the past, you released similar tutorials for other photo development processes. P.S. I posted this request to this thread. But the same is true about the desktop version of Affinity Photo, because using both iPad and a desktop computer. Supposedly, the tiutorial will be the same. I hope you understand the high impotance of such a tutorial (currently we have no competition for PhotoZoom, and there is no an iOS version of it). Everyone who printed high quality artworks with museum quality knows that I mean and that this problem is highly important. I hope you understand that I mean. Thank you in advance -- Dmitri
  4. Use DxO FilmPack and ViewPoint as standalone applications. No other way. DxO developers focus their attention on only Photoshop compatibility of their software. They have no idea to introduce necessary changes to the plugins to improve their crash on Affinity Photo and other possible host carriers of their plugins. This is the DxO policy. Happily, FilmPack and ViewPoint are available as standalone apps. Use them and focus your mind and power on photography, but noth the technical details. With FilmPack and ViewPoint you can introduce all changes as you feel to your files then open them in Affinity Photo again. Good luck!
  5. Thank you. In your case, Affinity Photo for iOS would surely strike when painting on a 12,000 x 12,000 px canvas using even a powerful 4GB RAM iPad Pro. This is as a matter. But this is NOT the case of photography. I asked for the following. Namely, --- 1. Fine art development of photo images is processed on the basis of their "small-megapixel" originals, I say 12 Mpx or something like this (after finme art cropping). Affinity Photo allows to edit digital photo images very fast on even any iPad Air having 3GB RAM. I saw how fast Affinity Photo works on iPad Air 2019. No problem. As a result, you have a finally edited 12 Mpx image (for example). 2. Then you need to enlage the final 12 Mpx image to, I say, a 8,400 x 10,800 px size in order to make a 70 x 90 cm fine art print with a 300dpi resolution. Enlargement is not a highly complicate procedure, in contrast to fine art tonal/contrast editing that needs many layers and instruments applied in dozens complicate steps. Enlargement is processed in three easy steps: a) enlarging the bitmap pattern, b) increasing sharpness of the image and c) inceasing its contrast. All these options are integrally applied to the image: no brushes, selections or everything else is used. A delay with the processing does not mean something important therefore. This should work on any modern iPad, not only iPad Pro. The only problem is the PHYSICAL LIMIT on the image size that we do not know (and that I cannot check by my own for yet because I only aim to move to an iPad as a COMPLETE replacement of my desktop and laptop computer). Only Affinity Photo staff knows the answer. I therefore repeat my question to the Affinity Photo staff: what is the maximum image size in pixels that I can process with Affinity Photo for iOS?
  6. My question to Affinity Photo staff. We know that iOS has some limitations on file size and image size, respectively. How does this affect Affinity Photo for iOS. Namely, -- what is the maximum image size in pixels that I can process with Affinity Photo for iOS? This question is significant when you want to prepare a greatly enlarged image (from a certain 12 megapixel source) for making a high quality 70x90 cm print, for example. Such an image, when prepared on a desktop version of Affinity Photo, takes more than 100 Mpx. So, having in mind to move the entire photo lab from the ageing laptop to a new powerful iPad Pro, I should be sure in the possibility to make high quality large prints. Thank you for your further answer.
  7. Affinity Photo does not correctly interpret 16-bit floating point TIFF unfortunately. Only 16-bit integer TIFs are able to be developed. Contrary, iOS applications like Preview and Photos do read 16-bit floating point TIFF properly, which is how I know that the file is being written correctly. Add 16-bit floating point TIFF support to Affinity Photo desktop and iOS, please. Thank you!
  8. I tried to download the iPad related videos from https://affinity.serif.com/tutorials/photo/ipad but did not find how to do it. Is this possible or not? Thank you.
  9. Dear Paul, Print manager (first screenshot in all my screenshots) is a part of editing software e.g. Affinity Photo, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painshop etc. It is developed by the editor developers. And there is printer driver with its GUI, developed by the printer manufacturer (the second screenshot). Printer drivers developed by Canon or EPSON for work properly on both macOS and Windows: otherwise no one person would purchase these printers. The problem is how the print manager embedded into the editing software (Affinity photo in the case under focus) interacts with the printer driver. And there is no matter what the file format. As I showed above, TIF files are printed properly from Photoshop under Windows. Again, the same steo-by-step screenshots showing the print manager of Photoshop (Windows) and then -- the GUI of the printer driver launched from the Photoshop print manager. The image is centered very well: In contrast, the printer manager of Affinity Photo, when launching the Canon printer driver, does not interact with the printer driver correct thus non-aligning image at centre (I do not repeat these screenshots because they are above). That is, answerinf your question: printing TIF file from another Windiows (or macOS or BSD or any other operating system) application will depend on how this application interacts with the printer driver. If Affinity Photo for Windows interacts with Canon or EPSON printer driver in right way, the image will be centered. Surely, Canon and EPSON are two leading families of pro-grade printers for professional HQ printing. Any image editing software considered seruious should interact with these two printer driver families correct. At least on Windows and macOS (because EPSON and Canon produces their printer deriers for only these two opetating systems). The task becomes easier because Canon printer drivers have the same interior for all the Canon printer family; the same is true for EPSON printers. If I am alone who found this issue with printing, no one person tried to print something serious at studio from Affinity Photo for Windows. Otherwise they would stop the printing then sending a complaint due to the impossibility to center printed images relative to page borders. NO ONE PERSON, Paul. This means that all photograohers still print from Photoshop or Paintshop... Thank you for attention to this problem -- Dmitri
  10. Yes, I use affinity Photo for Windows. Meanwhile Canon & EPSON printer drivers have similar interface on macOS and Windows. From your screenshot, I realize the same big problem: no the possibility to choose physical size of printed image, but only the scaling per cent...
  11. > Sorry to ask a probably dumb question, but where have you found this Print Assistant? If you mean Affinity Photo print manager; it is accessed from File => Print, or Ctrl + P as well as in any other image editor: If you mean the small window of Canon IJ Print Assistant (Screenshot 2) -- is launched after sending the image to print via Affinity Photo print manager, -- it is a GUI (Graphic User Interface) of any pro-grade Canon printer provided on a CD with the printer. In my preliminary screenshot Canon IJ Print Assistant comes with Russian interface, but one can install any of other ten or more languages accessed on the printer CD. > I work with some models of new documents as empty layout with a soft proofing layer, and place an image in it. It is a bit old fashioned, and not realy fast, but I must admit, it works fine. Of course I would prefer a convenient Print Assistant. Yes, theoretically, we can go avoid this problem as you say. But in this case we should prepare a pattern of desired size, re-calculate the image size and so on. But as you say in the end, this is not a good way to do things. This is more suitable to such freeware editors as GIMP wherein you pay nothing for no obligation from the side of the software developer. And also, do forgive about competition with Photoshop. Because I believe in Affinity Photo as a COMPLETE REPLACEMENT of Photoshop for mass people in the closest future, everything of printing needs shuld be done without manual computation and via Affinity Photo print manager. Thank you, Dmitri
  12. Dear Paul, The aforementioned problem with Affinity Photo print manager does not depend on the method defining paper size. I tried different ways with the same bad result. See two following step-by-step screenshots where I predefined A4 paper size, for example. So... setting up A4 paper We obtain... the same non-aligned form: I did not check this issue on EPSON pro-grade printers just because having no EPSONs in the use. But all that has been said above is true for Canon pro-grade printers. Supposedly, the problem is hidden in that fact that Affinity Photo print manager does not properly export information from the printer drivers. Developers of Affinity Photo should know better the source of this problem. But, surely, Affinity Photo MUST work properly with two leading pro-grade families: Canon and EPSON. Think: editing in Affinity Photo then printing from Photoshop thus purchasing Adobe license for only printing purposes... this way would not be considered as something healthy... This issue is important. Believe me. This is because, due to the above problem, Affinity Photo still remains an "editing only" software without a possibility of professional quality printing... Surely, this gap should be removed by a substantial upgrade of Affinity photo print manager. Otherwise how to compete with Photoshop without a possibility of normal printing? Sincerely -- Dmitri
  13. This is in addition to my previous posts on the current impossibility to use of Affinity Photo print manager for accurate printing: Affinity Photo print manager should be updated How Affinity Photo meets Canon pro printers Today I tried to print an image from Affinity Photo, again, but calculating the scaling per cent with Calculator. This could remove, temporarily, the problem that Affinity photo print manager does not provide the physical size of printed image, but only the scaling per cent. OK. Let us print an image with, I say, 51% of scaling. You can see Affinity photo print manager below. The image is shown well aligned with respect to the page borders: But, once you start printing so that Affinity photo calls the printer driver (Canon Pixma Pro-1 in this case, but the same is observed on other Canon printers), you see... the image is turned to the page corner. And there is no way how to change the image location... That is, I guess, Affinity Photo print manager, when connecting with printers, does not do it correctly... In practice this means that you cannot align printed image on page when printing from Affinity Photo. To be honest, this does not allow printing something at all... I see this problem on the Canon professional printers (such as Pixma Pro-1 or Prograf). Compare how this works in Photoshop. When launching PS print manager we can set up both physical size and scaling per cent, on your choice and without boring calculations to match desired height or width of the image: And then, PS print managers calls printer drivers in correct way so that the image is well aligned to the page borders: CONCLUSION. It is the third week as I use Affinity Photo (trying to migrate to it from Photoshop). I got much editing work in Affinity Photo already. I like it much more than Photoshop, and believe your project has great future. But still unable to print something without problems... Photography exists not only in the fileds of the internet (which is a short flash in the world history). Prints survive in centuries as those made by Bruegel and Duerer five centuries ago. I therefore hope that Affinity photo print manager will have been improved in the next stable release, to meet professional photo-artists who are de-facto print makers as well.
  14. Thank you, Sean. I believe that the scaling and positioning will be updated in one of the next stable releases. Concerning the rasterization, I have undetstood. Thank you for explanation (it is only the sixteenth day as I had migrated from Photoshop...).
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