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  1. The on-canvas brush adjustment works fine with my mouse. I setup my Wacom Intuos tablet front pen button to produce (control+option+Lclick) to be able to adjust quickly. While pressing the front pen button APh displays the small parameter info window correctly but will not allow me to adjust the values by sliding then pen Up/Down or Left/Right (while the front pen button is depressed). The tablet is connected by USB so no BT issues, and it works fine otherwise. (macos 10.15.7, Wacom 6.3.40-2). Update: Well this is embarrassing, I forgot the tip contacting the tablet equals a left click so had a double left click when depressing the the pen button. It works fine now.
  2. Affinity Photo has a number of Features/Menus to “copy” data from one layer-channel to another. Except, each type (Composite RGBA, selected layer RGBA, Pixel selection, Spare Channel) has a different sub-set of features/menus which often make a simple “copy” process more complex/difficult. See attached table. Green cells are existing features/menus. 1. If the existing menu items were implemented for each of the channel types (yellow cells) one could copy data from any channel type to another directly in one step. 2. Alternatively, if Spare Channels had the [Create Grayscale Layer] and [Create Mask Layer] functions/menus so a superset of Features/Menus, then one could always create a Spare Channel, then convert the Spare Channel to the desired layer-channel, so two steps at most. These asymmetries may not be an issue for someone coming from years/decades of PS usage but they present extra hurdles for first time editors. Thanks for considering.
  3. I tried out this feature and it worked fine. - You can now single click a spare channel in the Channels panel to edit it like a layer. But when trying to apply the changes to a layer above, clicking on the spare channel "area" outside the icon only produced part of the regular context menu. I had to click on the icon to get the full Spare Channel context menu.
  4. Chris, I would be a giant help, especially to new users (and probably PS converts) to document known design behaviors/limitations. Currently there is documentation for what something is and how it works, not so much for behavior. I realize part of these issues is simply the learning curve of a fairly complex set of tools that can be used many different ways/combinations. I am sure Affinity Photo is also undergoing change give it is 1.X software. That said I find myself spending a fair bit of time with issues like above trying to figure out, what is the general Affinity Photo behavior, and is the current issue a special cases, operator error, or a bug. This turns into a trip to the forum. Even mature multi-decade products document version notes (example attached). I expect the effort to create these notes in the help could offset the corresponding forum support for the same issues. Thanks
  5. On occasion, I have noticed rendering changed just by grouping layers (without any group attribute changes). Trying several permutations I found the following example changes color simply by grouping the layers and reverts by ungrouping. I believe masked layers (large indent on layers panel) are evaluated top down as opposed clipped layers (small indent on layers panel) are evaluated bottom up. I would like to understand if this is the intended behavior and if so what is the behavior heuristic, or a bug? Thx Grouped.afphoto
  6. Chris, I just ran across the same cursor issue with the [Grow / Shrink Selection] dialog and I would like to push back on the "as by design" categorization. In the context of a filter it likely does not make sense if the X factor only is valid between 0 and 100. Modifying preexisting selections may well be increased or decreased and I expect there will be other cases (e.g. Filters with -100 to +100). It seems the design should account for scoping the range min/max so the behavior is correct in all contexts. Thanks, Beau
  7. The APh macro capability is very powerful, and I’m sure there are plans in the backlog to facilitate the typical “programming” activities. Adding a basic ability to delete steps to the end would make developing longer macros much less painful. I realize the full set of editing capabilities could be a big effort, but that is not what I am asking for right now. Currently one can record a number of steps, stop, and then repeat the process. This allows developing longer/more complex macros one chunk at a time. But even with this approach a single mistake is a big setback as it requires starting over. If you could add a simple opposite “partial deletion” that would be a huge help. Just to be clear, I’m thinking of something like right click on a step and select a menu like (Delete to End). For example, with a 20-step macro, clicking on step 12 and the (Delete to End) context menu would yield a macro with the first 11 steps, where one can resume adding steps at step 12. I realize this allows the potential for recording a new step 12 that does not make sense in the context of the old step 11, but it seems this risk already exists given one can currently add to an existing macro. Also, I would gladly assume this risk for the benefits afforded. There are similar discussions on the forum elsewhere so I am not a lone requestor. Thanks for considering.
  8. Wish I had this a year ago. One refinement would be to reflect/emphasize the different levels of indenting for cropping and clipping in your examples, as shown in your layer stack image above.
  9. Unlike many, I have not come to Affinity after years/decades of using other software, so I am both learning general image editing concepts and the specifics of the Photo application. I made some test images, one includes pure RGB and CYM swatches. I created them using RGB values and based on my understanding of the RGB color wheel. When testing the results using the info panel the CYM values were not as expected. E.g. for cyan as RGB (0, 255, 255) was not CYM (100%, 0%, 0%) but rather (50%, 0%,15%). I know translating between color models is much more complex than between yards and meters, but with the exception of the red swatch the CMY values are substantially different from expected. I have done a fair bit or reading on Wikipedia about color models, color management, color spaces, translation, color gamut, ICC, etc. so think I know enough of the basic concepts, just not quite enough to figure out what is going on here? Any help appreciated. Thanks
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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)
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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