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  1. As in the videos, I was able to "offer up" two masks to the same adjustment and that worked. Thanks for that. Could you provide a bit more detail on the add/substract on the same mask. I created a tonal mask then loaded a selection from another layer and got the marching ants but there was no way to add/subtract the second selection (like with selection brush tool bar). Do I need to be in a certain mode?
  2. Affinity has lots of aspects and tools to manipulate, which is great, but creates a lot of permutations to try when figuring something out. I know how to create a mask and then edit it directly with a brush to refine it. Wondering if there is a way to effectively "combine masks" or different selection techniques? For example a mask created from a tonal range with a mask created by selecting objects via the selection brush? I have tried a few things which kind of look like they work but then do not perform as expected such as selecting a mask and loading a selection from other layer. Any help appreciated, or if I'm wasting my time. I would also like more videos on topics like these for beginners-with-some-experience since this is an area where other vendors videos do not necessarily help. Thanks
  3. Cancel that... I'm using the Mac version. It looks like I was mistaken about which settings were where. I have a Canon multi-function/photo printer MG8220 (not dedicate photo printer) which apparently does not have the RI/BPC in the driver settings either with 1.6.x nor 1.7.x. But thanks for your help anyway.
  4. In 1.6.x the rendering intent and BPC options appeared in the SoftProof and printing dialogs so the scope of the settings seemed pretty intuitive. Clearly moving the settings from print dialogs to AP Preferences allows persisting them. I just wanted to clarify that the settings in Preferences apply only to printing and those in soft proof locally override the preference only for the soft proof. Thanks
  5. The videos are great and have been extremely helpful to learn both digital editing in general and AP. Having been through the complete list in the last year at least once, I periodically return looking for new ones as I gain more experience and the product matures. The list has grown substantially and finding the new ones is becoming a challenge. Wondering if you guys could add the publish date, or some other way to find finding new videos since a previous visit much easier. Thx
  6. In general Im very happy with AP. I'm wondering given all the forum interest, discussion, and workarounds, for luminosity selection that there is not a threshold capability? I'm taking a class with my photo club and covering this topic next. While classmates with brand X can install an add-ins like TK, it looks like I will need to use the macros/work arounds. It seems like AP is very close to a "complete" feature? BTW I think the overhead of regression testing third party brand X add-ins with AP is potentially a bigger distraction than worth the same AP core development. Thx
  7. BeauRX

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    I'm a new user, not sure if this is the appropriate place for this or not. I just installed this build. I understand that the UI can take a significant amount of effort compared to refining internal code, but I think the Select > Color Range, Tonal Range, Alpha Range could be much more effective by adding a simple min/max threshold slider (maybe duplicate the existing histogram?) Thanks for considering
  8. I am new digital editing, but agree that the Flood Select Tool could be enhanced. I am taking a photo club course and ran across a problem with the homework. During class the teacher used Photoshop-Magic Wand which worked to select the sky in the attached photo, but I can't do the same with Affinity Flood Select Tool. I attached is a small section of the original photo to demonstrate. The photos have a grainy sky (I expect due to reduced size). While the Affinity Flood Select Tool seems to “find” and band all the the discontiguous sky regions, there are dark pixels on the white bands, which I’m guessing are out of tolerance. Then the marching ants border the whole picture rather than the sky regions. Admittedly the pixel values vary significantly but even raising the tolerance to 100% will select birds and bushes before all the sky pixels, per quick mask. Thanks
  9. Im new to digital photography processing and have a basic question regarding pre and post-develop editing. Given the non-destructive capability of editing with layers post develop, I don’t see any reason to do more than the minimum of global edits available prior to developing. Is there something I am missing? My understanding is that the “develop" process de-mosaics the individual R, G, or B sensor pixels to uniform pixels each with R, G and B values. From what I read the developed native Affinity Photo format can accommodate 16/32 bits per channel, so it would seem that there is no loss of dynamic range until generating/exporting to an 8 bits per channel format e.g. JPG. Is there a technical benefit to doing some of the edits beyond the most basic ones, e.g. exposure, before developing? The only reason I could imagine, is the changes would somehow be done before or as part of the de-mosaicing process. My class instructor is using Camera Raw and Photoshop, but I think the same apply.
  10. Excepting iPhone photo editing, I am new to both Affinity Photo and digital post-processing, so on a steep learning curve. The Affinity Photo videos, help, and workbook are all great. I have joined a local club and am taking classes too. With Adobe’s large market share, discussions regularly end up talking about feature X or tool Y in one of the Adobe products. So one of the challenges I still face is figuring out the Adobe software features and nomenclature and then translating the to the corresponding Affinity counterpart. Many software companies have challenged the dominant player by creating a help/guide mapping the dominant software usage to corresponding features in their products. Thanks for considering this.