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  1. h_d "Hope this gets you further, " thanks, made me laugh, very patient and courteous, feel like I am just trying to get in the sandbox with ice cream smeared over my face and a group of happy playful kids already in.. Anyway, success in finding my original photo. don't know why it did not appear earlier, but the boat photo is now there and I will go through the steps you have outlined and report back. One more question-if I complete, or do not finish the work I want on the photo, how shall I save it and where please? I may not be able to complete the work on the photo today and want to be able to keep the adjustments and retrieve from where I left off. Much appreciation, Stuart
  2. Appreciate the time and support! Ready to read and apply the assistance and instruction, but when I open AF it shows two layers, the original boat pix called Background, and the one above it which I termed Grad. Both boxes checked and locked, but I can't find the original boat photo, even when the Background layer is highlighted in blue. The only one appearing is a white screen with where I ended yesterday at Step 2. How to find and open the Background layer of boat photo? Thx
  3. h_d, "3) Change the blend mode of the upper layer to Colour Burn ." I am stuck at #3. -how and where do I "change the blend mode"? -what is the "upper layer" ? Do you mean from the middle of the added vertical line, there is a little marker? Also, is it ok to have the vertical line for the tool just in the sky area instead of from the bottom of the image? -am I to keep the Gradient layer box checked? Because without going to step 3 it is white. -lastly, after I accomplish the above, where is Colour Burn? Thank you.
  4. Mike, For me I am at the crawl stage, then walk. All I want to learn is how to do a simple ND grad filter for the sky and it is very well pilot error but I did not find it in the book, the tutorial or could figure out any of the Youtube videos. To change the sky is an entirely different deal at this point. I will study and try the directions given in another answer when I can get to it soon.Thanks for the sample!
  5. h_d, will try your instructions and assistance. Thanks but the first suggestion of replacing the sky too complicated for me, the directions and illustrated tools I hope will get me the desired result, just adding a bit of gradient instead of the flat consistent sky color . Many thanks for the time, will report back the results when I can try it, thank you again. Stuart
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    How to use Clone tool?

    Thanks, I've never seen that link, looks useful. Am starting with the Dippy (sp?) Cat set of instructions, the Help link you attached I will listen to as well. Many thanks, Stuart
  7. Hello, I saw the AF tutorial but the method is not working. I click on the area I want cloned with Option alt on my Mac and I cannot copy it to the area where I want it. Any assistance appreciated. Also the Affinity book I paid for is essentially useless to me, page numbers are not even visible on each page if there is an image, and it certainly does not even provide an answer to what I would consider a very basic question Thanks, Stuart
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    How to use Clone tool?

    Will make a new layer for this operation, thank you for the additional information Got it re the book, am still at the beginning stage, so not doing the exercises. When you write "built in Help is probably better", are you referring to the very top right with the word "Help'? Thanks for the explanations and assistance!
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    How to use Clone tool?

    Ahh, your second sentence is the key, thank you! Should I have a new separate layer for the clone? The original, Background, layer I highlighted and the clone tool worked, is that ok? Many thanks! Cheers Stuart
  10. Thanks, will check it out.
  11. Hi, I am about to start, again, trying to learn Affinity from Step One, and I find the AF tutorials too fast and done by experts who do not seem to grasp that some of us need, crawl, walk, run sequence. I just want to start from the very beginning and the in house tutorials, for me, anyway, do not teach me clearly step by step and then move on the next stage. Too much complicated stuff too early and spoken too fast. Sorry, but it is more frustrating than helpful. What other sources might I consider to get started? I would like to maybe do one video a day, or until I get it. Thanks for any suggestions, Stuart
  12. frankentoon's is more illustration, but the Ezra Anderson video(s) is more what I need, thank you for the reference. Wonder why AF can not be as clear. Cheers Stuart
  13. Thanks for replies, probably pre 1.7, but went to Tutorials on the site and the guy with Black hair and black glasses goes way too fast for a Beginner, so I assume it is the latest Affinity version. I feel the "teachers" know too much but cannot teach. There is a huge gap in Affinity for the ones just starting, my guess 95% of tutorials are for more advanced, which is fine, but you gotta get there first. I bought the book, but the book does not even start with Beginners! You hove to go half way into the book to start? WTF? Thanks but no subtitles. Will try the links of the others, but a shame that Affinity developers and programers simply cannot grasp that we have to start, and they are simply not aware that their speed and presentation is not useful for those beginning . They just do not get it because they know too much. Give me someone who knows just a fraction, but can instruct A, B, C in clear fashion any day over the hot shots.
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    Affinity Designer for MacOS - 1.7.0

    Aahh, thank you for the speedy response! Will try it now, many thanks!
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    Affinity Designer for MacOS - 1.7.0

    AF Staff, Sorry for what may be obvious, but not to me, how do I install the 1.7 version? I am an existing member Thanks you, Stuart
  16. Confused about when and how the Develop Persona shifts to Photos? Or does it? I have a bunch of RAW images, and am, finally, about to start learning Affinity after using Aperture, so I am doing the tutorials..... But am not clear on what the transition is from Develop to Photos? What should I do in Develop, should I stay there, when should I shift to Photos, will it do it automatically? Just trying to start with Step One. Thx PS Liquify rates as a major Persona??? Weird choice to make a major league category. The word Persona odd as well. No worries, though, just want to begin at the beginning
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Thanks, everyone, big help! Stuart
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Thanks, so I just keep doing my edits and adjustments on the image in Develop, then when I am happy, hit the blue Develop and it automatically transfers to Photo where I can add any further choices....then I can share or Save, or Save As (will have to look up that distinction) Thanks for the help.
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Last question, hopefully on this topic: As I make adjustments in Develop there appears to be no Save after every adjustment. The AF Raw tutorial says once I am happy with my adjustments to click on the blue Develop. This apparently saves my adjustments, but it also, I guess, sends me to Photos. Does this mean that there is no way to keep saving the changes until the end, when I click on Develop, but takes me out of Develop to Photo? Thx
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Thanks for patience and contributions. My take from this conversation is stay in Develop to do as much as possible and then move to Photo to fine tune. Thx for the bullet points and time to share. If I am not accurate in my assumption, pls advise. Thx again, Stuart
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Many of the images I may use are already in raw, so it's moot about its merits or not, my interest is how much, if any, should I do in raw before moving over to Photo? Is there any advantage doing some prelim work in Develop, then move to Photo? If so, specifically what are the fundamental basics to be done? Can I be specifically told a list of what is to my advantage while in Develop before moving? Is it correct to say AF has already done some of the work by placing it in Develop? Or, is it the same to just move my image immediately to Photo? And keep it under one roof?
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    So there are a lot more tools in Photo over Develop? Is that correct? Is there a Grad Filter in Develop? Is there a histogram in Develop? It looks, not having used it before, (or Photo), like there are far more choices in Photo? So why even begin in Develop? Why not immediately transfer to Photo, with the understanding that AF places RAW images in a certain place for whatever reason? I am asking because I do not know if there are any reasons to remain in Develop after the image is opened there? What benefits do I gain by doing some adjustments there and then moving to Photo? Thx
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    Develop to Photos Persona?

    Thanks, got it, can't Save, SaveAs or Export, but I still am not clear: -Should I do ANY work in Develop before moving to Photo? If so, how much and of what nature? RC-R says it happens "automatically when I click large blue Develop button.." -I assume I already am in Develop because AF automatically places RAW images there, so why would I have to hit it again? Still unclear what if any, and when, I should shift to Photo after the image being placed in Develop by AF automatically Thanks, Stuart
  24. Excellent idea, have Affinity provide a list of resources, including their own, a win/win/win situation, the provider/user/Affinity As a beginner, the AF people simply can't grasp that we need awareness and thinking and action based on teaching the basics, not showing off all the features. Example: AF Work Book. Guess on what page the chapter title BEFORE YOU START, appears? You'd think page one, right? Nope PAGE EIGHTY SIX. This shows the lack of awareness of the needs of the beginner. Page 86 to Start????? Crawl, walk, run. Glad I am back on the forum and I really do hope that I can make the effort to start again and use it. Again, good call. Affinity now do your work and provide not just your own tutorials and books, but others as well. The benefit would be for everyone, as I would love to begin using it and recommending AF. Cheers Stuart
  25. Thanks for the Drippy Cats suggestion, seems like a very good process for my needs.
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