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  1. 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
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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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.