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  1. It would be great if one could include minimal text with a macro for help and/or preconditions to run the macro. Then displaying the text as the hint when putting cursor over the macro name. When writing one’s own macros they are more memorable but if you acquire them it’s helpful to have a prompt with details. I imagine we will all have many more macros as time goes on. Thanks for considering
  2. Im pretty sure this was not required previously and so is a bug. With a quick Mask displayed changing the type (red, white, black) via the drop down arrow does not have an effect until the mask is disabled then reenabled. Thx
  3. I would like a Print Persona in Affinity Photo. Maintaining a single (aphoto) file with a complete and coherent set of image data, export information, and print information clearly has big advantages to both workflow and asset management. Something like ... the current Export Persona with the new document window for paper selection with the current print capabilities and some enhancements to streamline the process and facilitate reconciling interdependencies related to choosing an image-region to print region aspect ratio region resolution/resampling print paper size print paper aspect ratio, print resolution/DPI, print area/border Ideally it could communicate the print image-region to the Export Persona to get a matching selection for output. Thanks for considering
  4. I had just printed several landscape photos so printing was working. Steps to reproduce. 1. Select a new 5R (5x7) document from the templates. 2. Change the orientation from landscape to portrait. 3. (Place) an iPhone portrait jpg image 4. Print 5. Orientation: Automatic 6. Insert 8x10" paper with short/8” edge leading 7. I received Support Code (2114) (The size or type of the paper loaded in the top feed is different from the print settings.) 8. After canceling and reloading the paper with long/10” edge leading it printed but the image orientation did not match the paper orientation. I did have a problem with AirPrint getting enabled which changed the driver settings available but after correcting that, the same job hung after printing the crop marks. I was able to print a landscape document/image at this point so printing is generally working. Looks like the orientation setting has a bug. (Config: macOS 10.15.3, APhoto 1.8.1, Canon PRO-1000 w current driver/FW)
  5. Beyond the obvious clipping vs. masking differences there is another important aspect to highlight with these layers. The masking layer indent (larger) and clipping layer indent (smaller) also have opposite order of applying multiple adjustments. Multiple masking layers are applied top-to-bottom, multiple clipping layers are applied bottom-to-top. I just learned this from the In Affinity video below.
  6. The Affinity keyboard-shortcuts are well documented in the help, online, cheat-sheets, and in the Preferences. Kudos for all that work! It is a big help while learning. I would like an equivalent help section for the mouse interactions, especially with modifiers (Control, Option, Shift, Command). I know there is some info on the cheat-sheets. First, I would like mouse help to list mouse interactions which might not be obvious. For example, I have been wanting steppers (up/down-arrow buttons) on the Photo Persona sliders, just like the Develop Persona for over a year. Only recently, I discovered the mouse wheel can control of the edit box values, so I don't need the steppers. Second, in the above cases where the modifiers (Control, Option, Shift, Command) change the effect of the mouse button/wheel. For example, Item Modifier Action Effect slider knobs double-click to restore default cursor on edit box Mouse wheel to adjust +/-1 cursor on edit box Option + Mouse wheel to adjust +/- 0.1 Layer Icon Option+Cmd click Luminosity selection of layer The reason for compiling these together is that the modifiers are typically bitmaps so not a searchable text term to find when organized other ways. Thanks for considering
  7. Blend Ranges seem a very powerful feature, if maybe underappreciated. I have seen James makes quick work of them in a video but I am still flailing around a bit. I think a few enhancements would help the less expert users relate image locations/regions to corresponding curve locations/regions and vice versa. Adding Curves-Picker functionality to the Blend Range graphs, would help one better relate the tones at image locations to the corresponding Blend Ranges graph positions just as with Curves. Adding Quick-Mask type feedback to visualize the tonal regions selected by the Blend Range curves, would help one better relate the Blend Options graph shape to the corresponding image luminosity regions rather than colors. For consistency it would be good to reconcile the gear hint-text (Blend Ranges) with the dialog title (Blend Options). Thanks for considering
  8. I had a similar question watching your video (How the Graphs in Affinity Photo's Blend Ranges Really Work!) at 9:17 when you set Saturation to -100%. Why were the gray levels all the same? I think part of the answer lies in the HSL model. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSL_and_HSV#Saturation Saturation is chroma scaled to always fit between 0-1, looking at fig 14. The problem is discussed in the Saturation section, see purple boxes. BTW your videos are a great help to understanding the fundamentals!
  9. To better understand how the adjustments work I use test images. Here I used an image with gray segments 0, 32, 64 … 255 to test the Levels Adjustment. As expected, increasing the Levels>Black Level incrementally changed the darker segments to black until all segments were black. Decreasing the Levels>White Level incrementally changed the lighter segments to white. But at 1% the last segment was still black and when slid to 0%, rather than turning the whole image white, the whole image turned black. The picture below are the initial unmodified image, Levels>White Level = 1%, and Levels>White Level = 0%.
  10. There may be a reason/use case for defaulting retouch tools to (current layer) that I am not aware of, but it seems that if users follow the non-destructive approach of using new layers for edits the most likely scenario is retouching on a new layer hence needing (current layer and below). So I would like (current layer and below) as default for the retouching tools. As a beginner it would be just one less setting to remember/forget. Thanks
  11. Affinity, I started out with no photo editing experience and AP 1.6. I bought the AP workbook and watched that generation of videos. I also watched and read about more generic editing aspects via Photoshop information on the net. I feel like I achieved a basic editing/AP proficiency. But there are still use cases like above that are procedural and not immediately obvious, if one does not know if available. In this case, it works one way and not another and is not clear that/why the other way does not work. At one point I did try the way that does not work. Please document/video more of these types of important features/capabilities (i.e. ones without specific menubar items), especially since the release of 1.7. Thanks.
  12. I’m using the Mac version of AP, the printer setup page preview will display a red overlay if the image size exceeds the paper size. Not sure why you can reduce print area, there is a “fit” option on my printer. You could also try scaling way down to test e.g. 5%.
  13. I have read a bit about creating ebooks and looked at Publisher, but would like to hear from someone with experience. I am also an Affinity Photo user so would like to leverage my Affinity experience on Publisher. Would Publisher be a good tool for developing an ebook with photos/images? Either directly or indirectly? Thanks
  14. 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?
  15. 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
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