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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  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. 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?


  6. 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

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  7. 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!


  8. 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


  9. 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!


  10. 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

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