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  1. I don't usually run beta versions, but I just tried the regular 1.7.0 release, and indeed it fixes the problem. Thanks!
  2. I'm using Affinity Photo 1.6.4 on a Windows 7-64 bit Home Premium machine. I have some TIFFs that Affinity Photo does not open correctly--even though Windows Photo Viewer, DxO PhotoLab, and GIMP open them fine. For whatever it may matter, these TIFFs are grayscale instead of RGB, and are 16 bits per pixel. Opening the file brought up the Develop persona instead of the Photo persona. The file displayed completely wrong--grossly over-exposed, high contrast, like somebody had grabbed the top right of the tone curve and dragged it almost all the way to the left edge (while leaving it at the top).
  3. Doh! Thanks, that's exactly what I needed. I just tried it, and it worked as desired. Now I can't believe I didn't try that before--if it had been a snake, it would have bitten me.
  4. I feel like I must be missing something basic, but I cannot get a mask onto a layer. The issue may be that a pixel layer and a mask layer are totally different things, and never the twain shall meet. If so--and I think this has to be my ignorance--then that's a terrible design flaw. Background: I have an image where the foreground and sky need very different raw conversion to look good. Years ago in GIMP I painstakingly created a very detailed mask to combine TIFFs from the two different raw conversions. Now I want to use Affinity Photo to do the same thing, so I can work from 16-bit TIFF
  5. Grr, nope, unfortunately the technique suggested in the tutorial video that Toltec embedded does not do what I want. Specifically, what I want is a layer (adjustment layer or whatever you want to call it) that captures the relative changes to an underlying pixel layer that are made by healing and cloning. While the technique suggested does produce non-destructive changes, those changes are not transferable as relative changes to, say, a different (outside-done) raw conversion with different color or exposure. Instead, what happens is you get a new pixel layer that puts on top the actual pixels
  6. Toltec, that's it! Thanks! How did I not find that video? But yes, that technique looks like it should do exactly that I want. I tried it just now with my own photo, and it seems to be working as I wanted it to. Thanks all for the suggestions.
  7. Thanks for all your replies, and sorry if I was unclear on what I want, why, and how I think it should be able to work. Maybe two examples will illustrate the issue: (1) My camera sits on a tripod, and other than changes in shutter speed, nothing changes as I take a series of photos of a sunrise or sunset scene as the sun rises or sets. There are some distracting foreground elements. I want to take the first image in the series, add an adjustment layer, on that layer clone out the distracting foreground elements, copy that adjustment layer, and paste it on top of each of the other photos
  8. I've watched a bunch of the tutorial videos, but can't seem to find a way to do what I want. Basically, I want to create a set of healing- / cloning-type adjustments on an adjustment layer, to preserve them independently of the pixels from which they were originally derived and to which they were originally applied. I want to do this so that, for example, if I fix facial blemishes on a portrait, or clean up its background, but then decide I want to change the underlying raw conversion (which I do in another program, and export as a 16-bit TIFF), I don't have to start over and redo my faci
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