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  1. Hello, Is there anyone in the North Bay using Affinity willing to tutor me for a few lessons to get going? Will pay, can meet at your place, mine or some other location. I live in Santa Rosa. I bought the Affinity book, doing Simon Fraser's course, try and find answers on Youtube videos, including AF tutorials, but every single step is frustrating and complicated. I had used Aperture and use basic stuff: open, crop, color, contrast and exposure, burn and dodge and sharpen. Then save or export. That is what I want to learn, plus the Gradient tool, using soft ND grad filter for bland skies. I have not done Photoshop or Lightroom. I just want simple, basic understanding of the listed tools. I have had postings on Craigslist before and now to get a group together but not a single response, thus this Forum request. I want a patient teacher, as if instructing an absolute beginner, not a hotshot going fast techie showing off their advanced knowledge. If there is a method of screen sharing and telephone, that would work for me too. This could be a new niche if it does not exist already. Thanks, Stuart
  2. Thanks, Ross. I paid for the Affinity Revolution and got my money back. I am now using Simon Fraser's tutorial which is more suited to me. All the Youtube tutorials I have looked at, so I am plugging along. This forum has been very helpful and not yet being called an idiot. I have found no other program for a Mac, so I will be riding this horse. The teaching on the AF tutorials and others are intermediate to expert oriented, and I want a slow explanation of sequence designed for a novice. I still am not up to speed on the most basic stuff and I will continue, but it is very frustrating. AF designed for and by experts and the beginning instructions are too fast and not clearly understanding that those watching have never done it before... I do think there is a huge market for online screen sharing tutorials. Pay for 30 min or an hour and save lots of wasted time and energy. Wondering why no one is doing that...? Cheers
  3. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    Thanks, Walt, what I am trying to do is avoid masks at this point, I just want to sharpen it a specific area. After I gain a little more confidence and skill I will certainly expand my knowledge, right now every step is a challenge.
  4. Have spent time going through the youtube AF Sharpen tutorials but cannot find a simple tool where I can click on the size and strength for a specific area. Gosh, the number of things one has to go through I just could not follow, the High Pass (?) just the beginning of what is a series of things that have to be done. Seems very complicated for what was a simple tool in an outdated editing system, Aperture, on which I used a few basic tools. I go to the top under Filters and there are three choices, but I did not find what I want: area specific determined by size and intensity Does this exist in AF? Thank you,
  5. I click on the Dodge tool and all I get is the crosshair, not an adjustable circle. Any help appreciated, thanks
  6. Two for two this morning (Pacific Coast, US)! First I got Sharpening, now this, thank you very much! Used the keyboard parentheses enlarge and the circle appeared! Much appreciation
  7. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    Got it, brilliant! Thanks! Your hyena photo? Had them circle our camp one night with a carcass hanging from a tree....yellow flickering eyes from the campfire...Thanks again.
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    Simple Sharpen method?

    In order, last three responses, thank you. -USM: I am not "going to press", just trying to make a print, maybe 12" x 18" or so -" ..will be applied to the whole image.." -" will sharpen everything " I do not want to sharpen everything. I do not want to sharpen the whole image. Is there not a tool in Affinity where I have the choice of strength and brush size?? I do NOT want to do the entire picture, I do not want to add then remove, white, then black, then do whatever.... All I want to do is start, get a photo, crop it, adjust contrast, color, etc, maybe sharpen some SPECIFIC areas, then, if needed, maybe add a soft ND grad if the sky is all one shade. Is there a Sharpen tool for area specific which can be adjusted in size and strength? And if it is the little indicator in Unsharp, how to make that into a brush? Thank you
  9. tried going to the tutorials, and this is the closest: "If you want to use a specific ratio, set the Mode to Custom Ratio, enter the ratio you want in the input fields and drag the grid corner handle on canvas to set the crop area you want" But I do not see where I can insert 8 high and 12 wide. Any help appreciated, thanks!
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    How to get 8x12 crop ratio?

    no complaints, was just trying to figure out some of the basics, cropping, color, burn and dodge, sharpening. Thanks for helping me learn some of the things to get started!
  11. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    The Unsharp term threw me off. So I click on that, and yes, I do want to do a specific area, so I made another layer, but the cursor has a little horizontal line next to it, how do I get something as a tool instead of the little line? Thanks for your help.
  12. SF Charter Boat

    How to get 8x12 crop ratio?

    Ahh, the lines extending beyond the photo had to be pulled in by the corners! Thank you, at least I have figured out one thing today! One a day, with the help of all of you, and I might get my first photo finished...lots of thanks
  13. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    Unless this can be slowed down big time I will not be able to follow, and it goes back to my original question: Is there a simple one step way to click on a Sharpen tool where I can manage the brush size and strength?
  14. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    Wow, that is a lot of stuff, thanks. Is there any way it can be slowed down a lot so I can follow step by step?
  15. SF Charter Boat

    Simple Sharpen method?

    Thanks but confused. I did your first line, to clarity. I tried to select clarity layer for next step, but it combined with the background layer, both of them blue. "Select only Clarity layer>menu>layer>invert" not sure how to do this after I had done the sentence above. Thx
  16. Will do, thank you. Just want to do the adjustments before getting back to the Grad topic, then I will return to this.
  17. Hello, I have spent the last two hours on various Youtube videos, searched this forum, watched the Affinity tutorial, but, as with most of the instruction for me, it is too fast or complicated. Understood, the zillions of tools, but beginners, I feel, really need more attention, and the teachers either do not understand the patience needed or do not know how to teach someone starting. Most comment about Photoshop or Lightroom, for gosh sakes, please assume some is starting from scratch. My rant over, I want to simply darken a sky. Essentially a neutral density grad filter. Pretty simple. A soft graduated ND filter. What are the steps please, 1, 2, 3. Or how to find what I consider a simple, basic tool? (I tried to do it with Aperture, burn tool, but the line is visible and it is not a good job, my error...) Last thought-does anyone provide screen sharing instruction? That would be really helpful to me, and certainly worth a reasonable fee. Basically a personal tutor? Much appreciation, Stuart
  18. A little off topic, starting to go through what I normally use most of the time as tools in Aperture and learning them in AF, not sure to continue this thread or start a new, but my question is on sharpening. How to do it simply? Have spent time going through the youtube tutorials but cannot find a simple tool where I can click on the size and strength. Gosh, the number of things one has to go through I just could not follow, the High Pass (?) just the beginning of what is a number of things that have to be done. Seems very complicated for what was a simple tool in an outdated editing system, Aperture. I go to the top under Filters and there are three choices, but I did not find what I want, just want area specific determined by size and intensity Does this exist in AF?
  19. Brilliant, thanks! It was "coarse", now it is "fine" in all senses
  20. Starting with a new image. Will use crop, straighten, color, burn, dodge before doing my ND grad, so there may be some questions before I return to the original question on this link. The adjustments were done in Aperture before I brought the image over for the ND grad earlier. This time all in AF from the start. First question is why the yellow caution triangle in the histogram? And how to correct? Thx
  21. I have brought the original photo into AF. I clicked New to import and a window appeared with 72 dpi. Should it remain that figure or 300? Then I clicked Open and my image appeared, so I will begin with cropping, color, sharpening, retouch, etc before applying the instruction from this thread for a slight ND grad in the sky. This will be my first complete attempt from beginning to end. Thanks for all the assistance!
  22. I am going to start from scratch. The photo used I had cropped and done a few things in Aperture before bringing it over to AF, so I am taking a similar photo and starting from the beginning here. Aperture has been my training wheels but not supported by Apple for about 5 yrs but I have still been using it because I know the things which I use, not fancy stuff, just basic. It did not have, or I did not use, layers. So I will begin my first project. -what do I do with what I have been working on? I don't want to keep any of it. Drag it to the trash, the little icon on the right? -"don't use the gradient tool while the Background layer is active." Does that mean to uncheck the Background layer when working on the Gradient layer? Once I have the new photo, I will return to the top of this discussion and start again. Thanks
  23. OK Background layer is on Normal Grad Layer, above it, is on Colour Burn But how to remove grad tool from background, as it is still white? I still see the icon, this should be removed I understand but what is the method? thx
  24. Don't know why I keep losing the background image, boat. Tried clicking o each layer and checking and unchecking boxes, but on both layers I get only white Thx
  25. Will do re saving! Thanks! Support of members on this forum very helpful! Just wish there had been a simple official or otherwise explanation. The AF book I bought is projects, and beginners have to get over the hump of teachers and Youtube tutorials assuming one has had Photoshop or Lightroom experience. I do have the Fraser tutorials and have started them, the closest to my needs re information, presentation and speed. So, am plugging along and very appreciative of those sharing their knowledge!
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